• Student and Family News, February 22

    Dear Ida B. Wells Families,

    As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, PPS is predicting a fairly steep drop in student enrollment for next year.  This will be especially noticeable in elementary schools, though high schools will be impacted as well.  At Ida B. Wells we are expected to reduce our enrollment from about 1650 to 1600.  That will result in a decrease of nearly two (2) full-time teaching positions.  We are now in the process of determining how to make this reduction with minimal impact on our students and our programming.  Please see below for more information about our upcoming Auction and ways that you can donate to the Ida B. Wells Foundation.  Please know that your financial support is greatly appreciated and will be used solely for the purpose of retaining and hiring teachers.

    I also want to make sure you are aware of a very special opportunity this Thursday to hear Michelle Duster speak about her great-grandmother, Ida B. Wells.  Please join us on Thursday from 6-7pm.   Michelle and her family have been very gracious to our school ever since we first established a relationship more than a year ago.  Michelle is very busy these days and was kind enough to carve out a bit of time to help us continue to learn about our namesake.  

    Finally, I want to make sure that we are all aware that two of our neighborhood schools, Robert Gray Middle School and Bridlemile Elementary School, both experienced racist incidents over the last two weeks.  The racism and bigotry reflected in these incidents are painful reminders that our work of building inclusive schools is far from over.  We all play a vital role in this process and it is our shared commitment to social justice and equity that will, hopefully, define our community. 

    Filip Hristić, Ed. D.
    Principal, Ida B. Wells HS

    Celebrating Our Namesake Event, This Thursday!

    Celebrating Our Namesake
    Live Stream https://www.youtube.com/user/ppscomms
    Click here to scan QR Code to Join
    See this event and more ways to celebrate Black History Month in this OregonLive article
    News for Juniors, Class of 2023
    Our state and district are returning to a statewide testing system known as OSAS (Oregon Statewide Assessment System).  Tests are in Language Arts, Math and Science and will take 2-3 class periods per subject (for a total of 7-9 hours of instruction). These tests are not a requirement for graduation for the classes of 2022 or 2023 due to the pandemic. The tentative testing schedule and class time each student will miss are as follows:

        Week of March 7th – English/Language Arts – 4 hours (3 ELA class periods)
        Week of March 14th – Math – 3 hours (3 Math class periods)
        Week of March 28th – Science –2 hours (2 Science class periods)

    If you don’t want your student to take any or all of these tests see the Opt-Out information below.
    All 11th graders will be taking the tests unless their parent/guardian submits the opt-out forms. 
    If you do not want your child/student to take the test(s) (schedule above) please complete 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.netTo assist us in planning, please submit your Opt-Out forms by February 18th.   Math and ELA Opt Out Form  Science Opt Out Form
    All 11th graders will be given the SAT exam for FREE on 4/13/22 at IBW.  Students will not be missing any regular classes to take the exam as it will be a special testing day.  While not required, it is a good chance to take advantage of this free testing opportunity. No registration required. Students will receive additional information and optional study links in March.  Students with approved accommodations from CollegeBoard will be testing with their given accommodations.
    Grad Night Fundraiser - Wine and Purse Sale
    We are currently collecting new and gently used purses for our Purse Sale that is happening in Multnomah Village for the April 1st - 1st Friday.  Purses can be dropped off at the school.
    Attn:Erica Caldwell or at Living Room Realty in the village.
    Successful Schools Survey
    On Monday, February 14, Portland Public Schools will begin the annual Successful Schools Survey that allows us to gather data to make informed decisions about school climate and culture. The survey will run to March 4. See the FLYER or the PPS District WEBSITE for more information and to take the survey.
    Student Leadership Class
    In Student Leadership this year, we have been working with CommuniCare, a non-profit organization focusing on supporting community service, philanthropy, and nonprofit organizations in our community with the goal of creating impactful and positive change. We surveyed our student body in the fall to determine what local issues they were most passionate about with the goal of raising $750 to help fund organizations that specifically work on these causes within our community. 

    Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School Period 3 Student Leadership class will be granting money to organizations that provide mental healthcare in the Portland Metro area. We believe there needs to be more accessible support for those struggling with mental health. Although we are open to and will consider organizations that provide direct support and care for all communities, we will prioritize organizations that support sexual assault and rape survivors, foster children, and domestic violence survivors. We would like to see these routinely ignored communities receive the help and support they need.

    We are very close to our goal and are reaching out to families to help us reach our $750 goal. Could up help us reach our goal? Each $1 raised up to our goal will be matched x10 by The CARE Foundation! Please note: individual donations are limited to $50.You can use the following link
    or the QR code below.  Thank you for your support!
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    AP Exams - LATE Registration is open, deadline approaching
    LATE REGISTRATION FEBRUARY 1ST - 28TH ONLY →  See registration InstructionsStudents 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

    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 Center News
    Ida B. Wells Scholarships NOW open!

    • Community Scholarship - 3 scholarships @ $1500 - Due April 1st.
    • Gifford Family Scholarship - 1 scholarship @$1000 Due April 1st
    • IBW PTA Scholarship - The PTA will award two graduating Ida B. Wells Seniors each a $1,000 scholarship to be used to help with the cost of their post-secondary education.  Due April 4th  There are no GPA or other requirements. We do ask for an essay and two letters of recommendation. 

    Women at Microsoft Scholarship

    • This year, Women at Microsoft will award three (3) $5,000 scholarships. The scholarships are renewable – each winner who continues to meet the criteria is eligible to receive an annual award of $5,000 for up to four (4) consecutive years. 
    • Up to 10 runners-up will be eligible for a one-time $2,500 stipend.
    • Must be submitted by March 12, 2021.  APPLY HERE

    Loprinzi Scholarship Program

    • Each school will have an opportunity for a school finalist that will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship, all finalists considered for 3 scholarships @$8000 each!
    • Dedication to competitive athletics, contribute to community, strong academics (3.0GPA), financial need.

    Oregon PTA Teacher Education Scholarship 

    • If you want to become a teacher and will attend college in Oregon, then apply today for this one time $500 scholarship
    • Due Mar 30, 2022  Apply Here

    Need a New Laptop for College?

    • Peninsula Odd Fellows Lodge is giving 5 laptops to seniors who will attend college next fall.
    • Requires demonstrated community service
    • Applications in the College & Career Center - Postmarked by April 15th

    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 now available online www.schoolpay.com/link/IBWgear with pick-up at Ida B Wells HS during school hours. You will be notified once your order is ready for pick-up.

    IBW Merchandise IBW Merch
    Calling all Guardians!!   We are now planning to host an in-person fundraising event on April 23rd.  This event will raise funds for our school and celebrate our IBW community.  Please plan to join us for an in-person event at Red Tail Golf Course at the Stock Pot restaurant.  This event will be outside under a large party tent near the restaurant and the 18th green.  We will be promoting the auction items to raise funds for our various student, athletic and club groups.  We will also be raising funds for our school foundation to help pay for additional staffing.  Tickets will go on sale April 4th but save the date on your calendars today!
    Please consider donating to benefit IBW students and school.  Vacation homes, experiential outings, sports team tickets and gift certificates are all great donation items.  If you can donate something, please use the form below to enter in the details.  Donation Item Input Form

    As always, direct donations to the IBW foundation can be made at the website below.  This money is vital to help supplement staffing at our school.  Only foundation money can be used to increase staffing so please consider a direct donation today.  Direct Donation

    Any question please contact Brad Nelson, Foundation Chair at foundation@ibwhs.com

    Ida B Wells PTA is inviting you to a Q&A with Principal Hristic. Questions to be submitted during the meeting in the chat.

    Time: Mar 10, 2022 7:00 - 8:00 PM 

    Join Zoom Meeting
    Meeting ID: 408 626 2115

    From Athletic Director, Mike Nolan
    ATHLETIC WEEKLY NEWSLETTER  Athletics Weekly, Week of Feb 21
    We have a great week in Guardian Athletics this week. Women’s Basketball will host Lincoln on Wednesday for Senior Night!  Please come out and show your support for these outstanding Guardian student-athletes who have been ranked in the Top 10 in State all season!  Men’s Basketball will host Jefferson on Tuesday Night and then Cleveland on Friday night for Senior Night.  Our Cheer Team will also be honoring their seniors. Come out and show your support and gratitude!
    Spring Sports begin in 6 days!
    Please Register Now on FamilyID

    Spring Sports (Baseball, Softball, Track and Field, Golf and Tennis and Lacrosse) officially begins in 6 days on February 28th.. 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
    Track and Field Spring Registration
    Ida B Wells Track and Field 2022 Season is almost here! Come get faster, more explosive, jump higher and throw farther. Track and Field is a no-cut sport with no maximum number of participants.  All are welcome!! There are 17 different events you can try - running, jumping and throwing. Last year our men's team placed 2nd at State and we look to continue building on that success.  See registration details above.
    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.  

    Winter Sports - Swimming and Wrestling success!
    The State Swim Meet was this past Saturday.  Congratulations to Soph. Henry Cannon for placing 2nd in both the 100 and 200 yard Freestyle!   In addition, the Men's Relay team of Henry, Michael Spicer, Jake Wilson-Goodwin and Noah Peng placed 10th in the 200 yard relay and 9th in the 400 yard relay.  Michael placed 11th in the 100yd butterfly and Jake was 16th in the 500 yd Free.  On the Women's side, Freshman, Louisa Lungerhausen placed 17th in the 500 yard Free. Sophomore, Andie Wieber was 13th in the 100 yard backstroke and freshman, Julia Iwanow was 15th in the 100 yard breaststroke.  Congrats to all!
    Swim State
    Henry Cannon on the podium!

    The District Wrestling Meet was this past Friday and Saturday.  Oscar Doces, Noah Nelson and George Ramsey are all District Champs in their weight classifications!  In addition, Aweis Mohamed and Austin Baden Williams qualified for State as well!  Again, Congrats to all!
    IBW State Qualifiers!

    SouthWest StageWorks
    It's time, much earlier than usual, to Shut Up!
    IBWHS' theatre company, SouthWest StageWorks, is rolling out its 21/22 edition of its time-honored, student-produced, student-written microplay festival, 'Shut Up! You Can't Tell Me What To Do. You're Not My Real Dad!'  Coming to you from the Room 108 Studio this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, February 24-26, this burst of energy and creativity is not to be missed!  Directed this year by Molly Cogburn-Frary and Olivia Prime, and starring a cast of IBWHS top actors, this festival will keep you on your toes!

    Tickets are Pay-What-You-Will and will be available at the door at 700pm each night, with proceeds going to The Okra Project.  Seating is limited, so arrive early!
    **This show contains some mature language and subject matter...should be considered PG-13**'
    DECA Club
    The CTE Business Marketing department is proud to commend the members of the Ida B. Wells-Barnett DECA Chapter! After months of preparation, chapter members competed in both written events as well as roleplay presentations at the DECA State Competition and achieved outstanding results! 9 out of 12 competing students placed in the top 20, earning the right to compete at the DECA International Competition in Atlanta in April. Such outstanding performance is especially exemplary, noting that 9 of the 12 members are freshman/sophomore who competed for the very first time! The chapter’s success is in big part the result of its outstanding leadership, so a huge thank you to Max Savage and Lucy Carver for their commitment to DECA’s success!
    Lucy Carver
    Max Savage
    Daniel Sherburne
    Parker Sherburne
    Calvin Howarth
    Milly Henson
    Minka Whittaker
    Tea Brahn
    Maya Forbes
    Zoe Butler
    Will Barnes
    Lachlan Hussey
    Speech and Debate Team
    Ida B. Wells Speech and Debate team is proud of our performance at the recent University of Oregon Tournament on 2/19-20. Please join me in offering congratulations to the following students, who earned the following distinctions at this tournament:
    • 1st place for Open Impromptu Speaking -- Noemie Veillette
    • Finalist for Open Impromptu Speaking -- Preston Bushnell
    • 3rd place for Open Extemporaneous Speaking -- Preston Bushnell
    • Finalist for Open Extemporaneous Speaking -- Evan Horwitz
    • Finalist for Open Radio Commentary -- Noemie Veillette
    • 1st place for Open Lincoln Douglas Speaker Awards -- Preston Bushnell

    Mason Jensen, Eagle Scout!
    A big thank you to Senior, Mason Jensen, for building new picnic tables for outside the cafeteria.  Mason completed this project as part of his Eagle Scout project.  Thank you, Mason! 
    Picnic Tablepicnic table
    Kathy Lommen was hired in Spring 2021 to assist with Attendance.  After the retirement of Sara Mattieson at the end of the 2020-2021 school year, Kathy is now our Full-Time Attendance Clerk.  Many of you already know Kathy as she has raised her family in the Ida B. Wells Cluster.  Her 3 boys have all now graduated (Max '17, Mason '19 and Lucas '21) and daughter, Katie, is now a Freshman here at IBW.  The family has been very active with basketball and other sports through the years and Kathy's husband, Steve, is a Varsity Asst. Coach for the Men's Basketball team.  In her spare time, Kathy enjoys rockclimbing, attending sporting events, cooking and traveling.  
    Lommen Family
    Kathy has done a superb job putting some new attendance procedures in place and recommends using the Absence Reporting Form to not only report absences but use it to let her know if you need a student called out from class. All attendance procedures can be found HERE And contact information for Kathy can be found HERE