• Student and Family News, February 28

    Dear Ida B. Wells Families,

    This Wednesday, March 2, will be a half-day for students.  Students will be in school from 8:30-11:30.  The morning will be full of activities that focus on social and emotional well being, targeted academic support, and building community with peers and teachers.  Students will first report to their regular second period class from 8:30-8:45.  This is where teachers will take attendance and students will sign up for three high-interest workshops.  Here is where you can find a listing of some of the activities that will be offered on that day.  We are hoping that this will be a fun and memorable day for everyone.

    Michelle Duster - We had a wonderful evening last week with Michelle Duster, a great granddaughter of Ida B. Wells.  If you missed it, here is the recording of her presentation.  It’s definitely worth watching.

    No Place for Hate - On Monday, Feb. 28th and Tuesday, March 1st, our trained No Place for Hate Peer Facilitators will be delivering a lesson to all 9th graders in their Modern World History class about how to be an ally and how to take a stand against bullying, bias, and hate.  They have been working on this project since they were trained by the Anti-Defamation League's No Place for Hate Program in October 2021.  We are proud of these courageous and compassionate students.  Here is a brief video about our facilitators and why they decided to join No Place for Hate.

    Filip Hristić, Ed. D.
    Principal, Ida B. Wells HS
    Choose Your Own Adventure, Special Schedule Wed., March 2
    We are excited about hosting our first Social Emotional Learning Day on Wednesday, March 2nd from 8:30-11:30am.  Please see this SLIDE DECK for more information on how the day will run.
    Successful Schools Survey, open until Friday, March 4
    On Monday, February 14, Portland Public Schools began 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.
    News for Juniors, Class of 2023
    State testing, known as OSAS (Oregon Statewide Assessment System) for 11th graders will begin this month.  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 and are not tied to any funding for the classes of 2022 or 2023 due to the pandemic. The tentative testing schedule and class time each student will miss are:
        Week of March 14th – Math – 3 hours (3 Math class periods)
        Week of March 28th – English/Language Arts – 4 hrs (3 ELA class periods) (date change)
        Week of April 4th  - 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.  Have questions about statewide testing? Email or call Vice Principal Ayesha Coning aconing@pps.netTo assist us in planning, please submit your Opt-Out forms ASAP.   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 Fundraisers
    Did you miss the first clothing drive in February?  You have another chance to clean out your closets! Donations will be accepted on Saturday, March 5th, 10am-2pm, in the front parking lot on Vermont St.  Please see this FLYER for all accepted donations
    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 Kari McGee's house at 3344 SW Maricara Street (across from Jackson Middle School) 
    Restroom Survey
    IBWHS Students and Staff 
    In an effort to improve our services to the bathrooms at Ida B. Wells, please complete this feedback form to share your thoughts and experiences with PPS facilities.  
    SW HOPE  Community Food Drive/Neighborhood House
    Ida B. Wells High School is a participant in the annual SW Hope Food Drive for Neighborhood House. Since 2007, Neighborhood House has held the SW HOPE community food drive to combat the sharp decline in food donations that occurs after the new year begins. We partner with local faith communities, businesses, and schools to keep the spirit of generosity flowing in order to fully stock the shelves of the Neighborhood House Food Pantry.  To familiarize yourself more with SW HOPE, see their website HERE. The Food Drive runs from February 28 - April 10.Stay tuned for more details next week.
    AP Exams - LATE Registration is open, deadline today!!
    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 Booster Club will be on-hand for in-person shopping on Wednesday at the Women's Basketball Playoff game (see below) beginning at 6:15pm until the end of the game. 

    In addition, Ida B. Wells Merchandise is 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 invites 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
    Greetings Sports Fans! Today is the first day of Spring Sports and hopefully this atmospheric
    river will pass soon enough and we can get some good weather for the first week. No fun being
    outside in this mess!! We had a thrilling end to the regular season for both the Women’s and
    Men’s Basketball Programs and they are both gearing up for the first round of the 6A OSAA
    State Playoffs. Our Wrestling Program wrapped up their season at the State Meet over the
    weekend as well. Thanks to all who came out to support our Basketball Seniors this past week
    and a huge thanks to all the Senior parents who have supported our Basketball Programs over
    the past four years and in the middle of a pandemic! You are all appreciated.  Continue reading HERE 
    Spring sports begin today! 
    Spring Sports (Baseball, Softball, Track and Field, Golf and Tennis and Lacrosse) officially begin today (Feb. 28). It's not too late to sign up for all sports except golf and tennis, which have try-outs. 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
    Winter Season Updates
    Congratulations to both our Women's and Men's Varsity basketball teams for qualifying for the 6A State Tournament! The last time both teams qualified was the 2014-15 season. The men will travel to West Linn to take on the Lions on Tuesday, March 1st at 7:00pm, $6 adults, $5 students

    The women take on McMinnville at home on Wednesday, March 2nd at 7:00pm.  $6 adults, $5 students.  However, a generous anonymous donor is covering the entrance fee and free pizza  (while supplies last) in the cafeteria beginning at 6:30pm for ALL IBW high school students.
    The state meet concluded yesterday and a big congratulations to our 5 athletes who wrestled hard and represented us well. Aweis, Oscar, Noah, George, and Austin all traveled out to Sandy High School for this year's event. We got 6 wins over the weekend which was a very good showing. Participating in the state meet is one of the hardest things to accomplish in any high school sport and to come away with some wins is a great way to end the season.

    IBW State Qualifiers!


    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! 
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