• Student and Family News, January 18

    Dear Ida B. Wells Families, 

    I hope that you and your loved ones are doing well.  I hope you found some rest this weekend and I hope that remembering Dr. King lifted your spirits, too.  Celebrating Dr. King Day always felt like a sacred day and it feels even more special now that it also marks the anniversary of our school’s name change.  It was exactly a year ago that our Renaming Committee recommended “Ida B. Wells-Barnett” as our new name and the PPS Board approved this recommendation shortly thereafter.  I’m pleased to let you know that Michelle Duster, Ida B. Wells’ great-granddaughter, will join us for a virtual community event in a few weeks on Thursday, February 24.  Michelle will help us celebrate the Black History Month and the one-year anniversary of the renaming of our school.  She is the author of several books, including Ida B. the Queen.  Most recently she published a picture book about Ida B. Wells, too.  Michelle will also join us in August for a day-long curriculum camp.   

    Last Friday Multnomah County released new guidelines regarding contact tracing in schools.  In short, Oregon will no longer consider masked contact in schools to be an exposure regardless of distancing.  We will continue to enforce all the preventative measures, of course, including social distancing and masking.  Unless I hear otherwise, we will also continue to send community notification letters whenever we have a confirmed positive case on campus.  Please continue to emphasize for your student(s) the importance of wearing a well-fitted mask, limiting the number of people they have lunch with during the school day, and practicing social distancing on and off campus.  

    Finally, a big Thank You! to all our families who contributed coffee and donuts last Friday.  Last week was busy and challenging in lots of ways.  It was so heart-warming to be well caffeinated and cared for on Friday morning.  Ms. Coning and I spent about an hour walking around the building refilling teachers’ coffee cups.  As I’m sure you can guess, we have lots of coffee drinkers on our staff.  I know they were appreciative of all of you as well. 

    Schedule This Week:

    Tuesday - B Day 

    Wednesday - A Day Flex 

    Thursday - B Day Flex 

    Friday - All 8

    Filip Hristić, Ed. D.
    Principal, Ida B. Wells HS
    COVID UPDATES - Important updates for January 18
    Things are rapidly changing and we continue to make changes to attendance tracking.  We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through these busy times.  

    These two forms are used by two separate departments:
    ABSENCE REPORTING FORM (for use by our attendance clerk)
    Please use this Absence Reporting Form to report/excuse ALL types of absences to our Attendance Clerk. This data will be used to update synergy. Once you fill out this form, you DO NOT need to call or email with the same information.
    SYMPTOM TRACKING TOOL (for use by school nurse)
    In addition, if your student has any of the symptoms below, please also complete this Symptom Tracking Tool (STT Form) that reports this information to our school nurse. *Please note, the STT form should only be filled out once per an illness event.
    Symptom Tracking Tool
    • Tested positive for COVID-19
    • have any of these excludable symptoms of COVID-19    
           a)  Fever (100.4 F or above)
           b)  Cough
           c)  Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
           d)  New loss of taste or smell
           e)  Chills
    • Vomiting (48 hour exclusion)
    • Diarrhea (48 hour exclusion)
    • Rash
    We recommend giving as much notice as possible when you need to have your student leave school for an appointment or other reason.  With advance notice, you can use the Absence Reporting Form to let our attendance clerk know when you will need your student called out of class. Without advanced notice, please call our Main Line at 503-916-5280 until further notice. Please do not leave a message as it may not be heard in time.  Instead, please call back until you reach someone. 
    Order Free COVID-19 Tests
    To better assist with COVID cases, please register your student's vaccine information in ParentVue
    Register COVID Vaccine Information in ParentVue
    To sign up, please complete these two forms and return to the main office.  If your student has already signed up for this weekly free program, please have them come to the main office to collect their COVID tests.

    Title IX Community Event – Jan. 24th
    You are invited to join us for this PTA sponsored event in partnership with the PPS Title IX office, Monday January 24th from 7-8pm on Zoom Link. See this Flyer for additional information. 
    State Testing for 11th graders - opt-out information
    Our state and district are returning to a statewide testing system known as OSAS (Oregon Statewide Assessment System).  This has effectively replaced SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium).  All 11th graders will be taking the tests unless parent/guardian submit the opt out forms. Each test will replace 2-3 class periods of Language Arts, Math and Science instruction. These tests are not a requirement for graduation for the classes of 2022 or 2023 due to the pandemic. If you do not want your child/student to take the test(s) (in early March), please fill out and return opt out forms to the Main Office or to the Vice Principal's Office (#139) across from the gym. NOTE that there are two opt out forms:  one for Language Arts/Math and a separate one for Science.  If you have questions about statewide testing, you can email or call Vice Principal Ayesha Coning aconing@pps.net.  Math and ELA Opt Out Form  Science Opt Out Form
    Class of 2022
    IMPORTANT! - DIPLOMA NAME ORDER FORM – Deadline extended to 1/21
    Seniors, if you have not yet completed the  Diploma Name Order Form please do so by January 21, 2022. This will ensure that we have your correct name, spelling and preference on your diploma. In addition, this is where you put how your name is to be read at the ceremony and how to pronounce your name, if needed.  

    If no Google form is received, then your full legal name (first and last) from Synergy will be used.  This will also determine how your name will be read at Commencement as well.  Please remember you must access this form using your PPS student account. 


    • Packets are available in the Main Office. 
    • Submit your orders online at Jostens or mail to: Jostens, 11914 NE Sumner, Portland, OR 97220 
    • Lots of great packages are available online at Jostens. If you are just looking for the minimum cap, gown and tassel (which is needed to walk at the ceremony), it is available here,
    • While we want all of our seniors to wear a cap and gown, we recognize that finances can sometimes be a barrier. We do not want financial concerns to impact your participation in this year’s graduation ceremony, so please reach out to Sharon Dailey (sdailey@pps.net) if this becomes an issue.

    The IBWHS Magazine - The Headlight, The Winter Edition
    Be sure to check out The Winter Edition of The Headlight!  https://ibwhsmag.com/
    Yearbook Information
    The deadline for Juniors and Seniors only has been extended to Jan. 31st 
    The deadline to submit senior photos is January 14th
    Seniors, please check your school email for a link to submit your senior quote
    Tutor.com - Free personal homework help for AP Students
    Tutor.com provides free, personal tutoring 24/7 in all AP classes with experienced, professional tutors.  Here is a video about this service quick overview of Tutor.Com.  Great opportunity to get the help you need.
    Introducing: The Smart City Learning Cafe
    What: Drop-in homework help in math, science, English, and writing. 

    When: Every Wednesday in January, 2022, 7 - 9 pm. January 12, 19, 26. Future dates and times TBA.

    Where: Fat City Cafe, 7820 SW Capitol Highway, Portland OR 97219.

    Who: You! Amy Minato (English, writing), Joe Minato (science, math), and peer tutors will be available to supervise and provide help. Limited to 10 students at a time while Covid rages. Everyone must be fully vaccinated and boosted. No reservations, just drop in!​

    Cost: Free. Donations are welcome and appreciated.

    Check out https://www.joeminato.com/smart-city-learning-cafe

    College and Career Center

    Earn a CRLE with Future You 2 Go on Wednesday 1/19.  
    No pre-registration required; Simply click on link to join the Google Meet. Need a place to log-on or an excused absence? Come to the College & Career Center (RM 149). After viewing, please complete your CRLE reflection assignment for your graduation requirements.

    W, 1/19 12:00pm-12:45: Career Presentation-Anthony Arias, Footwear Curriculum Developer/Design-Pensole Lewis College.

    Have you ever considered a career in athletic shoe design? Anthony Arias is the Footwear Curriculum Developer/Design for Pensole Lewis College of Business & Design, which is the pipeline HBCU for career education and professional development in the design industry. Learn about Anthony's individual career pathway and how he became an instructor for Footwear Design. Please have paper/pencil available if you are planning to attend. Connected Careers: Design, Education, Business, Sports Apparel/Footwear

    W, 1/19, 1:00pm-1:45pm: Post-Secondary Presentation-PCC Exercise Science

    The Oregon Employment Department forecasts Portland area employment of fitness trainers will grow 14.6% through 2027. The Portland Community College Exercise Science program, located primarily at the Sylvania Campus, provides high-quality education and practical experiences to prepare you to successfully join the workforce as a fitness professional.  Connected Careers: Exercise Science, Group Fitness, Personal Trainer, Yoga Teacher

    W, 1/19, During FLEX - 2:40pm-3:25pm: Career Presentation-Katrine Lofberg, Pediatric Surgeon-OHSU.  Join from Mr. Olsen's RM 18B
    Dr. Katrine M. Lofberg is a pediatric surgeon and an assistant professor of surgery in the Division of Pediatric Surgery in the OHSU School of Medicine. She has expertise in neonatal surgery, surgery for cancer and diagnosing and managing congenital anomalies — abnormalities that babies are born with and that affect the way they look or how their body develops or functions. Learn about Dr. Lofberg’s career and how she earned her M.D. from the University of Washington and completed her residency in general surgery at OHSU. Connected Careers: Pediatric Surgery, Surgery, Healthcare Careers.

    For detailed information about these and other opportunities, please see the January IBW Career Happenings Newsletter - https://www.pps.net/Page/16186 
    From our Social Worker
    With school in session, our pantry is seeing regular use.  Please help us restock by visiting this link for needed items and delivery instructions.  Thank you for supporting our students and families. VolunteerSignup - Online volunteer signup sheets - IBW Food & Hygiene Pantry Restock 1.2022 signup sheet

    N/NE PHB Housing Waitlist
     – Applications are now being accepted year-round to be placed on a waitlist for rental housing opportunities. Must meet income qualifications. Find out more here or fill out the online application .  Find more affordable housing options here

    We expect our wait lists to reopen towards the beginning of this year 2022.  To receive notification when the Section 8 or any of our property Wait Lists open, please sign up for the Home Forward e-newsletter.  Go to our website  www.homeforward.org.  Click on eNewsletter Signup.  All we need is your current e-mail address.

    Foundation - General Meeting this week, 1/20
    Our next IBW foundation meeting is this Thursday, January 20th from 5-6 PM.  We are beginning to plan an online spring auction event set for April 23rd and we need your help. The spring auction event is our biggest annual fundraiser and we need volunteers to help plan and coordinate the virtual event.  Some of the specific positions we still need filled are: 
    • Data entry into the auction software-it is very user friendly. 2-3 people
    • Organization of procured items 2-3 people
    • Graphic design/graphic artist person. 1-2 people 

    Please consider joining the meeting to learn more about our spring event plans.  Go @GivingGuardians! 

    Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81177554722?pwd=Unp0NkZFMzRHMHdRYlA2TlhYRUVCdz09

    Questions:  email Brad Nelson --  bknelson@cascadeautoglass.com
    PTA - General Meeting this week! 1/19
    Ida B Wells PTA is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
    Topic: IBW PTA General Meeting
    Time: Jan 19, 2022 06:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
    Join Zoom Meeting 
    Meeting ID: 408 626 2115

    Passcode: PTA

    From Athletic Director, Mike Nolan
    ATHLETIC WEEKLY NEWSLETTER Athletic Weekly, Week of January 18
    ATHLETIC SCHEDULE, WEEK OF JANUARY 10 www.ibwathletics/this-week
    Winter Sports Teams- Grad Night Photo Button Fundraiser
    Hello Winter Sports Teams and Clubs! There is still time to order Photo buttons. As a fundraiser for the Grad Night Party, we will be selling buttons – 2 for $10  If you would like a photo buttons of your student-athlete, please email the following:
    · Photo of the student in their uniform.  It works best to take from the waist up and further back. 
    · Number of buttons you would like. (minimum 2)
    Photos can be emailed to jillmartini@ymail.com  If you are a parent willing to help take photos for your team and help collect the money, please reach out to me. Please email with any questions.  Thanks, Jill Martini
    Spring Sports - Register Now!
    Winter Sports are now well underway so it is time to start getting ready for Spring Sports (Baseball, Softball, Track and Field, Golf and Tennis; Men's LAX registration is also now open). The Spring season officially begins February 28. Early registration helps coaches communicate practice plans and dates of voluntary pre-season practices as well as assisting the Athletic Department detect expired physicals https://www.familyid.com/programs/2022-spring-sports-registration-6 
    PIL Pay-to-Play for Spring now open in SchoolPay
    Softball - Preseason workouts
    Softball preseason workouts are underway! We will meet every Tuesday and Thursday 4-6pm in the batting cages. If you are interested in playing softball please join us. Everyone is welcome!  We will be outside so please wear layers and bring all your softball  gear. Hope to see you there! 
    Loprinzi Scholarship Program - Scholarship for Senior Student-Athletes
    The Loprinzi Scholarship Program is through the Multnomah Athletic Foundation. Any high school senior from one of 30 program high schools can apply for the scholarship.  
    • Deadline is March 1st
    • A $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a finalist from each of the program high schools.
    • Then the school finalists are considered for the three $8,000 awards that are given to the overall finalists.
    • All the information and application links can be found here - https://www.multnomahathleticfoundation.com/scholarships/loprinzi-scholarship/
    • Criteria – the candidate is a good student, community minded and involved, a competitive athlete and has financial need
    Interested in Rugby?
    Check out this flyer for an opportunity to play with Westside Rugby