• Student and Family News, March 7

    Dear Ida B. Wells Families,

    As you all probably know by now, masks will become optional in PPS starting next Monday, March 14.  I know that this change is raising lots of questions and concerns among our students, families, and colleagues.  Over the last two years, we have done a remarkable job of weathering many storms as a school community.  As we move through this next transition, I hope that we can continue to support each other, to respect each other’s choices and needs, and to continue using dialogue to bridge any real or perceived tensions.  Several teachers have begun to engage students in thinking about how they feel about the changing mask-mandate.  We’ll continue these conversations in the days to come.  As always, our aim is to understand our students’ experiences and needs in order to best support their learning.

    Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions and join us for this week’s PTA meeting, too.

    Filip Hristić, Ed. D.
    Principal, Ida B. Wells HS
    SW HOPE - Fill the Foyer with Food for Neighborhood House
    Ida B. Wells High School is a participant in the annual SW Hope Food Drive for Neighborhood House.  Representatives from the Leadership Class, the Red Cross Club, the Athletic Leadership Council and the Key Club are all working to help us reach a goal of collecting 5,000lbs of food for Neighborhood House. Collection bins will be at both entrances of the school each morning or canned food can be dropped off in Room 18a (Mr. Olsen's Room).  Additional collection bins will be added in the coming weeks, as well as an option to donate equivalent dollars through SchoolPay.  We will be collecting food for the 2 weeks before and after Spring Break.  

    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. They 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, please see their website HERE

    Any questions can be directed to Leanne Van Horn at lvanhorn@pps.net
    Choose Your Own Adventure
    Our first ever Choose Your Own Adventure Day was last week. So.much.fun!  To get a peek into the day, watch this VIDEO Thank you to our VP, Jill Altman, for taking photos and creating the video!
    Band Concert, Wednesday, March 9th
    Please join us for the Band Concert this Wednesday, March 9th, 7:00pm in the Auditorium under the direction of Band Teacher, Nick Caldwell
    Attendance Update
    Thank you for using our Absence Reporting Form! It has been a great tool on our end.  Please continue to use it to excuse all absences and, when at all possible, when you need to have a student called out of class. We just need ample time to make sure we see it in time.  Just a reminder that it must be a parent/guardian who excuses absences even if the student is 18 years old.  Beginning today, you will receive an auto-reply from Google Form for the submission. If you receive this confirmation but did not fill out the form, please call Kathy Lommen at 503-916-5294.  In addition, Kathy will continue to send out an email at the end of the day to confirm the absence has been updated in Synergy.
    PPS Successful School Survey - Deadline Extended
    Dear PPS Community,  our annual Successful School Survey is one of the most important tools we use in making decisions about school climate and culture. Because we want to gather the most comprehensive data possible, we are extending the deadline to take the survey to Friday, March 11. The survey includes four segments of the PPS community: students, families, staff and building leaders. We especially want to get more input from our families. If you are a parent or guardian of a PPS student and have not yet participated, please do so by going to the Successful School Survey webpage. Thank you for helping us in this important endeavor.
    News for Juniors, Class of 2023
    The Oregon Statewide Assessment (OSAS) testing in math will start for 11th graders and will begin on Monday, March 14th.  For students scheduled to take the exam, the test will take up to two class periods to complete.

    If you are scheduled to take the exam during your math class, go directly to the library to sign in.  Make sure to bring your charged chromebook.  Your teacher will know that you are testing and you will not be marked absent as long as you sign in when you enter the library.

    If you choose to opt out of the math OSAS, please pick up an opt-out form from the Main Office, Office #139 (across from the gym), or you can also print and complete the following  Math and ELA Opt Out Form.  Bring it signed by you and your parent/guardian as soon as possible to the Main Office or Office #139. Make sure to indicate if you are completing it for Math, English/Language Arts (testing after spring break) or both. 
    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 free testing opportunity. No registration required. Students with approved accommodations from CollegeBoard will be testing with their given accommodations.  Wanting to prepare yourself for the exam? Here are links for the SAT Study Guide and Free online prep through Khan Academy at khanacademy.org/test-prep/sat
    News for Seniors, Class of 2022
    Seniors, interested in speaking at Commencement?  We will have 1-2 student speakers at the ceremony and you can be one of them!  Sign up in room 139 by March 17th to audition in April (exact audition date TBD). Please review the following Guidelines for Auditions before signing up.
    Commencement will be at 5pm on Thursday, June 9th.  Some of our information had the incorrect time.  More information regarding the ceremony will be available soon.
    Seniors, we are extending the deadline for senior quotes. We would love to get as many of your voices in the senior section of the yearbook as possible. If you have not yet submitted a quote, please use this link to submit one before spring break.
    Grad Night Fundraiser
    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
    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.  
    Immunization Exclusion Day
    Immunization exclusion day is April 20th, 2022.  Students must have an up-to-date vaccination record in order to attend school or participate in any school-sponsored activity.  Those who are not currently up to date will be receiving letters in the mail.  Immunization information must be submitted to the school by 8:30AM on 4-20-2022, otherwise the student will be excluded from school until it is received.  If parents have questions about non-medical exemptions or where to get an appointment, please contact the school nurse ASAP. 
    College and Career Center
    See the March Career Learning Bulletin HERE
    News from our Social Worker
    To donate items to the IBW Pantry, see this LINK for needed items.
    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! Our Winter Season is officially over with a tough loss by our Women’s Basketball Program at Barlow over the weekend in the 2nd round of the OSAA State Playoffs. It was a great game against two really good teams. The program should feel really good about their successes this year and they have a really dynamic group of returners coming back for the 2022-23 season. The Men’s Basketball Program should feel very proud of their season as well and they too return a core group. From the Athletic Department, we would like to say thank you to all of our winter student-athletes, coaches, and families for a great year in Guardian Athletics. You all are appreciated!  Continue reading the Athletic Weekly HERE

    The Winter Season on the Mountain
    Congratulations to our Men's Ski Team and Fiona Murphy, who participated in the Oregon State Ski Championships this past weekend!  The Men placed 7th in the Slalom and 9th in the Giant Slalom and placed 6th in the Combined Team Standings!

    In addition, congratulations to IBW Snowboard Team members Carlotta D'Onofrio and Daria Borcea for qualifying for the Women's Banked Slalom and Laird Lilien for qualifying for the Men's Slopestyle at the OISA State Championships this week!

    Ski TeamSki Team

    Field Trip to Mt. Hood
    We were thrilled to partner with the city-wide youth mountaineering club, Post 58, and Timberline Lodge to take 40 students to Mount Hood for the day where they learned some mountaineering skills and also how to snowshoe.  They also had a tour of the historic Timberline Lodge.  Principal H, school psychologist, Emilee Refvem, and our Campus Security Monitor, Garrrett Norman, along with 3 Post 38 adult guides and 3 Post 58 youth volunteers accompanied our students on the trip. What a joyful, bluebird day! 
    Post 58

    IBWHS Drama/SouthWest Stageworks - Auditions!
    Auditions for the Spring Play: Teen West Project: Year 10 - Emergence are taking place March 8-10.  Please see https://pwteenwest.blogspot.com/ for more information
    Would you like to get your written work published?
    Ida B. Wells student, Cate Latimer, is putting together an anthology of student-written short stories and poetry for high school students to be published in late spring of this year. Stepping Stone Publishing, the company she created and will be publishing this anthology through, is a publishing company created for and by students who love writing. Two other Ida B. Wells students are serving as editors for the anthology.

    They are looking for student-written short stories, poetry, or any other form of writing that aligns with the theme "pressure." Work can be submitted through their website, steppingstonepublishing.com. Once a student submits, they will work with them one-on-one to edit their work and prepare it for publication. Submissions are due by April 1st, although earlier submissions may have a greater chance of being included in the anthology. 
    Prom Dress Giveaway, March 12/13, Oregon Convention Ctr.
    Abby's Closet has over 7,000 prom dresses to give away for free.  You must register for the event.  Proof of vaccination or negative test and mask, required.  Please see this FLYER for the QR to register.
    Dragon Boat Season is approaching!
    If you are looking for a fun way to get some exercise, get outside with no running, swimming or prior sports experience required or just want to try something new, consider joining the Dragon Boat Team.  The season will start after Spring Break.  See Mr. Butterfield in Room 245 for more
    Outdoor School - Student Leaders needed
    The Spring Outdoor School sessions are coming up April 3- May 27.  See your counselor for more information. To register, see the flyers around the school and use the QR code or register HERE

    Art Teacher, Marie Pearson Wins Award
    Two of IBW Art Teacher, Marie Pearson's self-portraits were selected for the "Teachers as Artists: Examine, Emerge, and Enlighten" exhibition at The Maryhill Museum of Art. The exhibition dates are March 15 - April 24. In addition, one of the pictures (below) received a first place award!  Congratulations, Marie!   To learn more about Marie Pearson and see more of her art, see her staff page HERE
    Marie Pearson

    Have a great week!
    Student and Family News, March 7