• Student and Family News, January 24

    Dear Ida B. Wells Families, 

    Welcome to the last week of the first semester!  Thank you for supporting your students throughout this school year and thank you for helping them finish the semester with success!  Please remember that Friday (1/28) and Monday (1/31) are non-instructional days for students.  Here is what the finals schedule will look like this week: 






    Period 1

    Period 5

    Period 3


    Period 2

    Period 6

    Period 7






    Period 4

    Period 8






    Please note that some classes will have traditional final exams while others may have different plans for how to finish the semester.  If you have any questions, please connect with your student’s teachers.  Go Guardians!

    Filip Hristić, Ed. D.
    Principal, Ida B. Wells HS
    Title IX Community Event – Tonight (1/24)!

    You are invited to join Principal H, Vice Principal, Ayesha Coning, The PPS Title IX office and a student panel for this PTA sponsored event to address how schools address sexual harassment, teen dating violence & LGBTQ2SIS+ discrimination plus much more. 
    Monday January 24th from 7-8pm on https://pps-net.zoom.us/s/81336412764. See this Flyer for additional information that also includes a QR for the Zoom link as well.
    COVID Updates
    Our school nurse is reporting that students are coming to her office before school with symptoms and want to be tested.  Students should not come to school with ANY symptoms of contagious illnesses.  IBWHS is also not a "testing site".  Students can only be tested at IBWHS if they become ill during the school day, and they have to meet certain criteria.
    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.

    Parking Reminders
    Just a reminder that students should not be parking in faculty parking.  Seniors with parking passes can park in student parking that runs from the west side of the tennis courts to the west side of the stadium.  Juniors with parking passes can park in the IBW designated parking at the north end of the Rieke parking lot.  Juniors and seniors can still submit HERE for a parking pass .  Anyone without a pass needs to find valid parking in the neighborhood. 

    Parents, our limited parking is also a great reason to plan ahead when you need to have your student leave early for an appointment. Use the Absence Reporting Form  (before school begins that day) or call ahead and your student can be outside waiting when you drive through.
    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. To assist us in planning, please submit your Opt Out forms by February 18th   Math and ELA Opt Out Form  Science Opt Out Form
    Class of 2022

    • 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.
    January Senior Newsletter
    Read the January Senior Newsletter here!
    Grad Night Fundraiser - Clothing and e-Cycling Drive, Feb. 6th
    It's time to clean out your closets!  10am - 2pm, February 6th, Grad Night representatives will be in the parking lot near the stadium to collect both gently used clothing and household textiles as well electronics.  Please see both flyers for detailed information. Clothing and Textile Drive and 
    E-Cycling Event
    Yearbook News

    The deadline for Juniors and Seniors only has been extended to Jan. 31st 
    Seniors, please check your school email for a link to submit your senior quote
    It's time to vote for Senior Bests. Forms will be available in your English class. If you didn't get one, you can stop by room 142.
    Both quotes and senior bests are due by 2/11/22. Email khigbee@pps.net if you have any questions.

    Forecasting for 2022-2023
    Forecasting is under way! Please check out the IBW forecasting website here with all of the
    info: https://www.pps.net/Page/17046   Feb. 4 is the last day to meet with your counselor to finalize your choices. If your student has not picked up their forecasting materials, they can pick them up in the Main Office or look at the materials online.
    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.
    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
    Seniors, please continue to work on your Personalized Learning Requirements for graduation. These are updated in your Student VUE. If you have any questions about these requirements, please contact Ms. Wade or stop by the College & Career Center. 

    Earn a CRLE & Learn about Jobs in the Solar Industry!

    Wednesday, January 26, 4-4:45PM (Virtual; Click on Link; No pre-reg required)
    Career Presentation-Dr. Michelle Maher, Program Manager, OSSIA 
    Dr. Michelle Maher is the Program Manager for Workforce Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Oregon Solar + Storage Industries Association, that promotes clean, renewable, solar technologies with a focus on workforce development, project permitting, advocacy, and policy for solar projects in Oregon and region wide. Michelle will provide students with an overview of the range of jobs in the solar energy industry, which is one of the fastest growing job markets in the world. She will spotlight pathways to secure a job in the industry through training, apprenticeship, and licensing programs.

    Virtual Resume Workshop for Seniors ONLY
    Friday, January 28, 10:00AM
    This Resume Workshop session will help you to complete this graduation requirement. Students can register at https://bit.ly/Resume-2022 .
    From our Social Worker
    Multnomah County Covid Rent Relief fund will open up for 3-5 weeks beginning January 26th following the 6 week pause that began on December 1st. Here is the link for information about how to apply and who qualifies - https://www.211info.org/multco-rent
    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 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.
    Boosters - Ida B Wells Merchandise Pop-Ups!
    Ida B. Wells Merchadise is available online www.schoolpay.com/link/IBWgear and at weekly pop-ups on Wednesdays from 4-6pm beginning this week at the IBW Track Field House. Come on down, check out new styles and restocked sizes of our favorites.
    Planning  is underway for 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 

    Questions:  email Brad Nelson --  bknelson@cascadeautoglass.com
    From Athletic Director, Mike Nolan
    ATHLETIC WEEKLY NEWSLETTER Athletic Weekly, Week of January 24
    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

    Women's Lacrosse News
    Women's lacrosse is excited to introduce alumni, Jessica Ellefson, as Head Coach. Coach Jess has been involved in lacrosse since she was a third grader in the former Wilson Youth Program (now IBW’s Youth Program). She is currently a senior at Portland State University and is a fierce offender on their team. She brings with her a genuine passion for giving back to our lacrosse community. We will plan to hold a Meet and Greet as we get closer to the season beginning. 

    Registration is open for 2022!  To register:

    1. Make sure you update / renew your US lacrosse membership.  This is required, and it’s easiest to do this part first, since it is required for registration with our club (http://www.uslacrosse.org/).  

    2. Go to wilsonlax.com and follow the steps under registration

    3. Finally, make sure to sign up with IBW athletics department, using Family ID: https://www.familyid.com/programs/2022-spring-sports-registration-6

    Thank you for registering as soon as possible. If you know a player who is new to lacrosse and interested in playing, please encourage them to try it out!  This is promising to be an incredible season. We will be continuing to send further communications and please reach out if you have questions. 
    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! 
    Warm Winter Gear Drive
    Student-Led Warm Winter Gear Drive through February 4th.  Look for bins in the Main Hall.
    Student and Family News, January 24