• Student and Family News, February 7

    Dear Ida B. Wells Families, 

    The second semester of this school year is underway!   I hope you had a chance to review (and celebrate!) your student progress thus far.  Please reach out to teachers, counselors or admin if you have any questions about your student's grades.  Students finished forecasting last week.  Counselors are busy this week verifying student course selections for next year.  On Thursday I will get information from the district about our staffing levels for the 2022-2023 school year.  This will tell us whether we will expand, maintain, or reduce any of our programming.  I'll be sure to include more information next week.
    Filip Hristić, Ed. D.
    Principal, Ida B. Wells HS
    Black History Month - Celebrating Our Namesake
    Mark your calendars for this special event!
    Celebrating Our Namesake
    School Calendar 
    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 (updated since last week)
    , 2021-2022 School Calendar
    Opt-Out Information for 11th grade State Testing 
    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 (for a total of 6-9 hours of 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
    Parking Reminders for both parents and students
    Just a reminder that both students and parents should not be parking in designated 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 area 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, please DO NOT park in our designated faculty parking when dropping off your students in the morning.  It causes a ripple effect of problems for our faculty members.  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. 
    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 or visit the ATTENDANCE page here on our website
    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
    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!
    Yearbook News - deadline approaching for Seniors
    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.
    Scholastic Art Awards
    The Art Department would like to congratulate the following students who received awards in the Scholastic Art Awards.

    Awards in Senior Art Portfolios
    Max Savage (Honorable Mention)
    Kairi Jeffrey (Honorable Mention)
    Serena Best-Prostrednik (Honorable Mention)

    Individual Awards in Drawing and Illustration
    Hazel Grimm (Silver Key)
    Eyla Mitchell (Silver Key)
    Lyra Roska (Silver Key) & (Honorable Mention)
    Marin Hanson (Honorable Mention)
    Ellison Helsel (Honorable Mention)
    Hannah Kaye (Honorable Mention)
    Erin Wilson (Honorable Mention)
    Wilhelmina Whittaker (Honorable Mention)

    Individual Awards in Painting
    A’ishah Mokrani (2 Gold Keys) & (Honorable Mention)
    Hazel Grimm (Silver Key)
    Samantha Newlyn (Silver Key)
    Ellie Amato (Honorable Mention)
    Isa Felix-Roise (Honorable Mention)
    Hannah Kaye (Honorable Mention)
    Edith Macdonald (Honorable Mention)

    Individual Awards in Printmaking
    Meilan Wechsler (Silver Key)
    Samantha Caldera (Honorable Mention)
    Cadin Huyett (Honorable Mention)

    Individual Awards in Mixed Media
    Niko Schoessler (3 Honorable Mentions)
    Eyla Mitchell (Honorable Mention)
    Samantha Newlyn (Honorable Mention)

    Individual Awards in Digital Art
    Eyla Mitchell (Gold Key)
    Avery Fuller (Honorable Mention)
    Mei Li Hawthorne (2 Honorable Mentions)
    Anabel Hasenauer (Honorable Mention)

    Individual Awards in Photography
    Dana Savage (Gold Key)
    Lucy James (Silver Key)
    Priya Malempati (Silver Key)
    Robin McAdoo (Silver Key)
    Trotter McLemore (Silver Key) & (Honorable Mention)
    Niko Schoessler (Silver Key)
    Emma Walsh (Silver Key)
    Ellie Amato (Honorable Mention)
    Serena Best-Prostrednik (Honorable Mention)
    Adam Biggs (Honorable Mention)
    Claire Catalan (Honorable Mention)
    Lola Gibbons (Honorable Mention)
    Edith Macdonald (Honorable Mention)
    Liam Mahto (Honorable Mention)
    Sophia Meyers (Honorable Mention)
    Ella Poor (Honorable Mention)
    Kate Rodgers (Honorable Mention)
    Haley Underwood (Honorable Mention)
    Amelie Bosnjak (Honorable Mention)

    Individual Awards in Ceramics & Glass
    Sophia Sutherland (Honorable Mention)

    AP Exams - LATE Registration is open!
      See registration Instructions
    Students can still register for an AP Exam in February. However, there will be a $40 late fee per test.  February 28th is the LAST day to register for an AP exam.
    This February, we will be piloting the use of SchoolPay for collecting AP exam fees.  We are hopeful that this change will help streamline the process for all parties involved. Please let us know any feedback you have.  More Information about AP & SchoolPay
    - Families who DO NOT NEED Financial Assistance will now pay for their exams here: SchoolPay Link 

    - Families who NEED Financial Assistance will complete the Financial Aid Request form

    • They will then be emailed a new link that allows them to finish registration at a different cost (either $0 or $35, plus a $40 late fee if applicable.)

    • Students MUST complete all the steps described in the email to be registered for the exam. 

    Have AP questions? Go to the AP Student Slideshow or email the PPS AP office AdvancedPlacement@pps.net

    Evening Scholars
    Evening Scholars
    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
    College and Career Center
    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)

    Career Presentation, OHSU, Trauma Department
    W, 2/9/22, 12:00-12:45pm, Virtual or Join from the College & Career Center

    Presenter #1, Mindy Hamilton (PA)  Instructor of Surgery, Division of Trauma, Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery, School of Medicine. Special focus on General Surgery, Surgical Critical Care. 

    Presenter #2, Dr. Henry Reynold-Dr. Reynold Henry is a general surgeon in Portland, Oregon.

    Post-Secondary Presentation- PCC’s Microelectronics Technology
    W, 2/9/22, 1:00pm-1:45pm

    PCC’s Microelectronics Technology program has earned a reputation for excellence. In contrast to similar programs, our program is specifically designed to meet the needs of the industry. PCC enjoys a strong partnership with local semiconductor manufacturers. You can equip yourself for success by acquiring skills that are in high demand while benefiting from these strong industry partnerships. Connected Careers: Automated Manufacturing, Solar Voltaic Manufacturing and Mechatronics
    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.
    Ida B. Wells Merchadise is available online www.schoolpay.com/link/IBWgear and at pop-ups on Wednesdays from 4-6pm at the IBW Field House.  The next pop-up will be on February 16th
    NEXT MEETING,  Monday, February 14th, at 6:30pm via Zoom
    Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81683180228; Meeting ID: 816 8318 0228
    We have several grant requests to review and value your input.  The substantial grant approved last fall for new weights was realized with last week's delivery.  Here's a photo of the students doing the unboxing!

    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! With roughly three weeks left in the winter season, it is shaping up to be an
    exciting finish to the regular season. Our Women’s Basketball Team is looking to make a return the
    playoffs this year. They have been consistently ranked in the top ten in the coach’s poll and rightfully so.They are one of the top teams in the state defensively and are looking to make some noise in the
    playoffs. The Varsity Men’s Team is looking to finish strong and make a push in the playoffs as well.
    While their record doesn’t show it, they have consistently competed in arguably the toughest league in the state. Our Wrestling Program has one more week to tune up for districts. The Swim Program has a big week this week as they prepare for the district meet. Our Cheer Team just participated in their last tournament over the weekend as they prepare for a run at the state meet. Great time to be a Guardian! Continue reading HERE
    Spring Sports begin in 3 weeks. Please Register Now on FamilyID
    Spring Sports (Baseball, Softball, Track and Field, Golf and Tennis and Lacrosse) officially begin in 3 weeks on February 28th.. 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
    See the Athletics Website for complete Registration Information and a link to the physical form www.ibwathletics/Registration
    Women's Golf - Information Meeting, Wednesday Feb. 9th
    If you are interested in learning about our Women's Golf Team, come to an Information Meeting on Wednesday, February 9th at 2:30pm (beginning of FLEX) in Room 121 and meet our new head coach, James Titus. 
    Lacrosse News
    Lacrosse is a Club sport open to players of all levels and experience. However, as a Club sport there are additional steps when registering.  Registration is open and practices begin February 28.
    Detailed information about the program can be found at www.wellslax.com or email questions to ibwmenslax@gmail.com

    1. For Club registration and payment: Payment plans are available. Go to www.wellslax.com  and click 'Register' in the upper right corner.   New this year: Goalies receive a 50% discount!
    2. Register with IBW Athletics for "Spring Season" using Family ID: complete all the waivers and submit your current physical, if needed. See Family ID link above.  

    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/).  

    1. For Club registration, go to wilsonlax.com and follow the steps under the registration tab.

    2. Register with IBW Athletics for "Spring Season" using Family ID: complete all the waivers and submit your current physical, if needed. See Family ID link above.  

    It's National School Counselors Week, so today's highlight is our FANTASTIC Counseling Team!  They have been working extra hard these past few weeks with forecasting and 2nd Semester changes!  Thank you!
    Meet the team HERE