• Student and Family News, February 1

    Dear Ida B. Wells Families, 

    Thank you for treating us with coffee and doughnuts today.  What a wonderful way to start the second semester.  Congratulations to you and your students on successfully completing the first half of this school year.  Semester one grades will be posted in the next couple of days.  Please take some time to check in with your student(s) about their progress thus far.  If you or your student have any questions or concerns, please reach out to our teachers, counselors, or grade-level admin.  If you notice that your student has an "I" (i.e. Incomplete) for any of their classes, please expect to receive a credit completion contract from their teacher  by the end of the week.  I'm hoping to send a congratulatory voice mail to all our Honor Roll students by the end of the week, too!  Finally, please take a look at the updated school calendar below.  You'll notice that we added several Flex Days to the second semester.  I know that our students will appreciate additional opportunities to connect with their teachers.

    Filip Hristić, Ed. D.
    Principal, Ida B. Wells HS
    School Calendar 
    Due to the change for Monday, this is the updated schedule for this week:
    Tuesday - A Day
    Wednesday - B Day
    Thursday - A Day Flex
    Friday - B Day Flex

    There are 2 places to best view the daily/monthly calendar:  Website Calendar and Trivory
    I highly recommend Trivory (website or app) as the calendar feature is much more user-friendly and it is synched with the OSSA calendar for athletics.
    To see the added Flex days
    , 2021-2022 School Calendar
    Forecasting for 2022-2023 - due THIS FRIDAY!
    Only 3 more days for students to complete their forecasting! All the info is on the school website: https://www.pps.net/domain/764 Students need to fill out their forecasting sheet, enter the courses into StudentVue and then finalize their choices with their counselor. Counselors will be available before school, at lunch, FLEX time and after school. No appt. needed, just come on in!
    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 their parent/guardian submits 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 the 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
    Attendance Updates for 2nd Semester
    An email was sent on January 31st with 2nd Semester attendance updates. If you didn't get a chance to read the email, please read here: 2nd Semester Attendance Updates  Please note, if you bookmarked the first version of the Absence Reporting Form created in January, a brand new form was created.  Be sure you are using the updated form. The link can be found above.
    Instructions for using ParentVUE and StudentVUE
    Whether you are a brand new or longtime parent with PPS, here are some instructions to help you out. ParentVUE and StudentVUE Instructions
    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. 
    It's not too late 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.
    OHSU Testing Authorization: https://www.ohsu.edu/sites/default/files/2021-09/OHSU-K12-COVID-19-Testing-Authorization-Form-English-091621.pdf
    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.
    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.
    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
    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.
    Name and Gender Changes
    If your student goes by a name that is different from their legal name, they can change their preferred name without parental consent. With parental consent, students can change their legal name on school paperwork. To do name changes, in addition to gender marker changes, please submit page one of this form to Kathy Lommen. For questions, contact Kathy Lommen at klommen@pps.net or Britni Locke at blocke@pps.net.
    New Course Offering in World Languages: Parliamo Italiano!
    If you haven't had a chance to look closely at the forecasting guide, please note an addition to the World Languages offerings! Students now have a unique opportunity to take Italian as their World Language option! This is not offered at any other schools in the area, so it is a great way to stand out on college applications! Sign up for Italian and learn about Italian language and culture, connect with the local Italian community, and have fun with a new language!
    The Smart City Learning Cafe continues every Wednesday
    What: Drop-in homework help in math, science, English, and writing. 

    When: Every Wednesday.

    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. 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
    AMC Math Contest Results
    Congratulations! The Top 5 winners of the AMC Math Contest this year for each level are as follows:
    12th Grade Test:

    10th Grade Test:
    SimonWalsh   (Tied)
    OwenMaxwell   (Tied)
    JuliaIwanow    (Tied)
    HodakaNakamura    (Tied)
    Preston Bushnell qualified for the AIME Contest, the next level in this national competition - nice job, Preston!
    IBW Construction Tech Senior Recognized
    Senior Colby O'Leary ('22) completed his PPS education a semester early. But he didn't leave empty handed. IBW Construction Technologies teacher Steve Walmer recognized O'Leary last Thursday for completing four years of the Construction Technologies Career & Technical Education (CTE) program. Walmer, who has mentored O'Leary in his woodworking and metalworking skills, appreciates Colby's dedication to the program as well as the leadership he has shown serving as a teaching assistant. 
    O'Leary spent his last day as an Ida B Wells student working on projects including a piece of furniture he designed, crafted and welded for a family friend. O'Leary leaves IBW hoping to get a headstart in his life after high school. He'll pursue a manufacturing position at Boeing alongside his father.
    Counseling Department News
    Only 3 more days for students to complete their forecasting! All the info is on the school website: https://www.pps.net/domain/764 Students need to fill out their forecasting sheet, enter the courses into StudentVue and then finalize their choices with their counselor. Counselors are available before school, at lunch, FLEX time and after school. No appt. needed, just come on in!
    College and Career Center
    TONIGHT!!! Apprenticeship in Science & Engineering Information Session
    T 2/1/22, 5:00-6:15PM

    Are you a 9th-11th grade student interested in a career as a scientist, doctor, engineer or technologist? ASE matches scientists, engineers and technology innovators with smart students for 8-week, full-time internships over the summer. ASE is a great way to improve your college application, to earn school credit and a $1,000 stipend! 

    Calling Aspiring Chefs, Nutritionists, Photographers & Anti-Hunger Advocates!
    Career Presentation-Chef Jacob Valentine 
    W 2/2/22, 12:00-12:45pm, Click on Link to Join this Google Meet or Watch in the College & Career Center
    Meet Jacob Valentine, local chef and executive director of Feed the Mass. He founded it five years ago to teach people how to cook and eat healthily. Chef Jacob believes "we take care of each other through food and cooking. Food connects every person in the world. I want to use it to create a community that is inclusive, diverse, and accessible to everyone.”  Jacob is also a professional photographer. 
    Post-Secondary Presentation- Disability/Accessibility Services at PCC
    W, 2/2/22, 1:00-1:45pm, Virtual or Join from the College & Career Center
    Disability Services leads the PCC community to recognize disability as a valued aspect of diversity, embrace access as a matter of social justice, and to promote universal design and inclusive environments. This presentation does NOT count as a CRLE.
    Calling all Artists, Taggers, Performance Artists, & More!
    Applications OPEN for PPS Street Art Academy!
    Learn more and apply at https://www.pps.net/Page/1408
    IBW February Career Opportunities is now available at https://www.pps.net/Page/16186
    For questions or information about any of these opportunities, please contact Ms. Wade, jwade1@pps.net or stop by the College & Career Center (RM 149)
    Juniors, are you thinking About Your Plans for After High School?
    Second semester of junior year is a good time to be putting your plans together for what will come after you leave Ida B. Wells!  Be sure and check out the Junior college Newsletter  to begin making your plans!
    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-Up on Wednesdays!
    Ida B. Wells Merchadise is available online www.schoolpay.com/link/IBWgear and at weekly pop-ups on Wednesdays from 4-6pm 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
    Greetings Sports Fans! We are entering the second half of the school year and our winter programs are gearing up for districts, the state tournament for Cheer,and hopefully a long run in the state playoffs for our basketball programs. We have some important contests this week, kicking off with a youth wrestling meet today hosted by our program at Ida B. Wells High School. Our Wrestling Program heads to Franklin this week with an important dual with Lincoln and Franklin. Our Swim Program has the week off as they prepare for a run at districts. Both the Men’s and Women’s Basketball Programs have a big week this week as they face off against both Benson and Jefferson. We host Men’s Basketball on Tuesday and Women’s Basketball on Friday. Come out and support your Guardians!  To continue reading, click HERE
    ATHLETIC SCHEDULE, WEEK OF FEBRUARY 1 https://www.ibwathletics.com/page/show/3803298-this-week
    Spring Sports - Please Register Now!
    The calendar has changed over to February so it is time to start getting ready for Spring Sports (Baseball, Softball, Track and Field, Golf and Tennis and Lacrosse). 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 - Come give LAX a try!
    Try-Lax Monday 02/07 from 3:30-5pm. Please encourage your friends to come try it out!
    Our new coach, Jess, will be there and will have equipment for new players and asks that returning players join as well in order to help run drills. 

    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

    Softball - Preseason workouts
    Softball preseason workouts are underway! We will meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 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 for Homeless Neighbors! 
    This week, Feb 1- 4th, there will be a warm winter clothing/gear drive at Ida B. Wells for Blanchet House of Hospitality. If you have any new or gently used items you want to donate, drop them in the buckets underneath the signs by the front and back entrances of the school. 

    Most needed items: Blankets, hats, gloves, socks, toiletries, adult coats, and anything waterproof. Also, tarps, backpacks, and size 10-12 tennis shoes are less common donations, so they might be greatly appreciated. Thank you for helping keep people warm and reminding them that someone cares!
    For the 2nd semester, I am bringing back highlighting of our wonderful staff.  Along the way, you will come across bios that have been written by Andrea Patton's Intro to Journalism classes.  You can find links to all our staff members under Teachers and Staff at the top of our webpage.

    We will start with our Administration Team.  Please click on their links to learn more:
    Hristić, Filip, Principal  
    Gandarilla, Sara,  Vice Principal, Grade 9 and 10 
    Coning, Ayesha,  Vice Principal, Grade 11
    Altman, Jill   Vice Principal, Grade 12
    Nolan, Mike,   Athletic Director
    Caldwell, Erica,  Business Manager

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