• Student and Family News, April 4

    Dear Ida B Wells Community,

    I hope you all had a rejuvenating weekend.  It is hard to believe but this Thursday is the last day of the 3rd quarter.  There is no school on Friday for students while our teachers have a Grading and Planning Day.  Please also note the special schedule we have next Wednesday, April 13th.  The school day goes from 8:30-11:30am with different plans for each grade.  More information about this day and other announcements are below.

    Filip Hristić, Ed. D.
    Principal, Ida B. Wells HS
    Fill the Foyer with Food - Final Week!
    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 areas are:
    - at both entrances of the school each morning
    - Room 18a (Mr. Olsen's Room).  
    - Room 121 (Athletic Department)
    - Room 143 (Leadership Room)
    - Main Office
    - 9th grade Communities (after Spring Break)

    In addition, an item has been opened in SchoolPay to make a cash donation instead of bringing in food.  100% of the funds in this account will be donated to Neighborhood House. https://pps.schoolpay.com/pay/for/SW-Hope-Food-Drive-for-Neighborhood-Hous/Sc6nTaD

    Then and Now:  Leanne Van Horn (IBW Athletics/ Communications) at WLHS helping with a Food Drive in Leadership Class 1984 and now overseeing the 2022 IBWHS Food Drive. (Photo assist by Kathy Lommen (IBW Attendance), also a WLHS Graduate)
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    Leadership students helping count cans!
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    April 13th - Special Schedule, 8:30-11:30am
    All 9th graders will begin with donuts and an assembly and then participate in a 2nd round of "Choose Your Own Adventure" at IBWHS.  They will be receiving information about options tomorrow during class.  
    11TH GRADE
    All 11th graders will be taking the SAT exam at IBWHS on 4/13. No registration required. Please refer to the SAT Information for specifics on when to arrive, what to bring, accommodations, etc.  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
    All 10th and 12th graders will register for Plan Do Act–a virtual, district wide event focused on career readiness, post-secondary options and social emotional learning. They will log into the event from home.  See below under Career Center for more details.
    Garden ReFresh/Spring Campus Clean Up
    Thanks to everyone who came out to lend a hand on Saturday for the Campus and Garden work on Saturday. See the photos below of the garden on the NE edge of campus to see the wonderful work done by our esteemed engineering teacher, Caitlin Toohey and her students. The primary intention of the project is to build community at IBW, with aspects of the garden eventually being integrated into a variety of subjects (biology, environmental science, climate change/justice, business management, shop, art, etc.). Leadership and AVID instructor, the most amazing Stephanie Satoorian was seen with some eager AVID students with shovels and rakes and other implements of hope. 
    Jessica Wade, our career counselor, connected our students to Westside Watershed, a community partner that has been essential in helping turn the engineering students' ideas into reality.  Westside Watershed helped our students connect with the Community Watershed Program Grant.  The students applied and were awarded a $500 grant to spend on native plants at Bosky Dell Nursery.  A big thank you to Abby Menashe who went to pick these plants up at the nursery on Saturday morning.  
    Many thanks to everyone. What an inspiration to see authentic work being done to improve our natural environment and our human community. (submitted by Joe Minato)
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    Grad Night Fundraiser - Pop-Up Purse Sale
    The Grad Night Committee had a successful purse sale last Friday that earned $2000!  We still have several gently used purses available for sale.  We will open a pop-up purse sale at lunch Tuesday, April 5th outside room 143 for students and staff. Purses range in prices from $1-$30, with many name-brand purses available. We can take cash or credit cards.
    No Place For Hate
    We have three students: Nura Salah, Anisa Ali, and Sophia Toobian, presenting to the school board on Tuesday, April 5th about the district calendar recognizing Yom Kippur and Eid by granting a district-wide, no-school day for those Jewish and Islamic religious holidays, respectively. Please feel free to tune in to the PPS YouTube channel tomorrow at 6:05pm to hear their 10 minute presentation. https://www.youtube.com/user/ppscomms
    Prom - Date Changed
    Prom will be held on Saturday, May 14th, at the Adrianna Ballroom from 7-10pm. The ticket price is $40 each. We want everyone to graduate and we want everyone to attend prom! Clear up any incompletes from 1st semester and complete your CRLE’s, My Plan Essay and Resume by May 13th to be able to attend. If you plan to clear up an incomplete via credit by proficiency 2nd semester, be sure you are passing your class by May 13th.

    Tickets go on sale (in person and online) for Seniors: Monday, April 25th  

    Tickets go on sale (in person and online) for Juniors: Monday, May 2nd

    If you are planning on bringing a guest (a non-IBWHS student), you must complete this Guest Pass:  and turn in by May 9th, 3:30 pm
    News for Seniors, Class of 2022
    Important! The Senior Meeting will be Wednesday, April 27th at 2:40pm in the Auditorium (please note, this is a change of date!)

    • Jostens orders (cap, gown etc) pickup will be on Wednesday, April 27th following the Senior Meeting. Only students with an open only may pickup before the meeting starting at 2pm.

    • Still need to place your Jostens order? - Order packets are available in the Main Office or 139 or you can order online at Jostens. If completing a paper packet it should be mailed to Josten’s directly.

    For more detailed information, see March Senior Newsletter.
    The Senior Awards ceremony will be held on June 2nd.  The last day of school for seniors is June 1st and our annual Senior Awards ceremony will be between 2-3:30pm in the Ida B. Wells Gym.
    This event will be followed by a Boosters-sponsored BBQ.  
    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.
    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.
    Immunization Clinic - April 13
    Please see information here about an Immunization Clinic being held at McDaniel HS on April 13th 
    Immunization Catch Up Day
    NCWIT - Aspirations in Computing
    The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) has announced that 2 IBWHS Students have received 2022 Awards for Aspirations in Computing(AiC).
    Congratulations to:
    Danielle Chang, National Certificate of Distinction and 
    Margot Pullen, Affillate Honorable Mention
    Danielle is our first-ever national award winner!  Congratulations to both!
    Advanced Placement (AP) Program – Free Tutoring
    We want students to know what is available - free, personal tutoring 24/7 in all AP classes with experienced, professional tutors! Here is a quick overview of Tutor.Com for students & families. Please talk to your AP teacher if you have any questions about this great opportunity.
    College and Career Center
    Upcoming Opportunities to Earn a CRLE & Explore Your Interests - Week of 4/4/22
    PLAN>DO>ACT For Your Future
    Wednesday, 4/13, 8:30AM-11:55AM
    Registration is now open for all Sophomores & Seniors: pps.net/plandoact
    Join experts for this district wide virtual day of career exploration, future planning, and learning skills to navigate major life changes:
    • Earn a CRLEComplete your resume (Seniors - see below)

    • Explore your options for life after high school

    Registration information taking place in Sophomore US History and Senior English classes or view this slide deck

    Wednesday, April 6, 1:00pm-1:45pm: Learn about the PCC Teacher Scholarship Program
    The scholarship/student support program is a partnership initiative between PCC, Portland State University (PSU), and Portland Public Schools (PPS) with a special focus on recruiting racially/ethnically diverse individuals to the teacher workforce.
    Jueves, 7 de Abril, 1:30pm a 2:15 pm: Panel de Estudiantes de Habla Hispana-PCC
    ¿Cómo es asistir a PCC como hispanohablante? Asista a esta sesión y hable con estudiantes hispanos que están actualmente en el PCC sobre: Por qué PCC es adecuado para ellos; Cómo PCC apoya a los hispanohablantes; qué áreas profesionales persiguen; Cómo se ve su futuro. Esta presentación será toda en español. 
    Thursday, April 7, 2:40pm-3:25pm: Career Presentation- OHSU Surgeon
    Please join this session from Aaron Olsen’s RM 18 during Flex (Disclaimer: Graphic video)
    Dr. Arvin Gee, OHSU general and trauma surgeon. His clinical and research interests include timely provision and improvement of urgent and emergent surgical care as well as utilizing minimally-invasive (laparoscopic and robotic-assisted) techniques.
    Interested in Careers in the Construction Trades?
    Attend the Construction Careers Day at the NW College of Construction
    Friday, April 22nd, 11am-2:15pm
    Priority for this field trip will be given to Juniors & Seniors who are interested in exploring construction careers and the educational paths to access them. Please fill out this registration/interest form and pick up a permission slip in the College & Career Center, RM 149. Lunch will be provided.

    Additional opportunities are always updated at https://www.pps.net/Page/16186
    News from our Social Worker
    To donate items to the IBW Pantry, see this LINK for needed items.
    Spring Sports concessions will be open and we need volunteers to work the shifts. Here's the schedule and link to sign up: https://signup.com/go/ycboLia
    In Person - This Thursday
    Boosters Merchandise will be available for purchase during the Youth Track and Field Meet this Thursday at the Field House. The Meet begins at 5:30pm.  In addition to their regular items, they will have clearance t-shirts and hats for $5 and clearance sweatshirts for $20!  Come out and support our athletes and pick up some IBW Gear!
    Ida B. Wells Merchandise is also 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.
    Guardians of the Future

    Tickets on Sale Now
    The IBW in-person fundraising event is on April 23, 2022 and tickets are on sale now!  This event will take place on the covered back patio of the Stock Pot Restaurant, located at the Red Tail Golf Center from 5:30 – 8:00PM. Theme: IBWHS Gear!  Space is limited to the first 175 attendees so be sure to sign up today to secure your tickets.  We look forward to seeing parents and community members alike at the event. Ticket Purchase and Online Bidding Registration
    Online Bidding
    Online bidding will be available to all IBW families and friends.  You do not need to attend the in-person event to be able to bid on items.   We want all families to have access to the bidding process and we hope that you will bid high and bid often.  The link above also brings you to the online bidding page.   The amazing donations from the IBW community will be visible beginning April 15th and bidding for these items will run through April 24 at 5PM.  Watch for another message when the catalog items become visible on April 15th.
    Donation Items
    We have received many generous donations but we can use more.  Athletic teams and school clubs have reached out to their members for donation items.  Vacation homes, sporting tickets, experiential outings, artwork, collectibles, and large dinner parties all make tremendous donation items.  If you have something that you can donate for the event, please download the donation form below and email it to auction@ibwhs.com.  The more items the better.  Just download the donation form below: 2022 IBW Spring Auction Donation Form.pdf

    We hope to see you at the in-person event and thank you for supporting IBW community. Your 2022 Spring Fundraising Team  foundation@ibwhs.com
    We're bringing back the fruit stand, after a covid-forced hiatus, as our April staff & teacher appreciation event.  This one is more work, and we need commitments from the group instead of just funds.  But it is a long-time favorite, and usually very well received. The details and sign-up are here:  https://volunteersignup.org/7FDKM

    Verselandia! City-wide Youth Poetry Slam
    Verselandia! City-wide Youth Poetry Slam on April 28 at 7:00 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.  Join Literary Arts for Verselandia! youth poetry slam,  presented by Literary Arts in partnership with public school librarians and teachers. This city-wide event features local high school students performing original poetry in front of a panel of judges and a live audience. Two students from IBW will have the opportunity to perform. Tickets start at $10.
    Ida B. Wells Poetry Slam|
    Come to the Ida B Wells Poetry Slam on Wednesday, April 20th during Flex in the library to share an original piece of poetry!  All types of poetry are welcome. First and second place poets will have the opportunity to perform during Verselandia! April 28th at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Audience members are welcome to come just to watch. Interested in performing or volunteering? Contact Cassie Lanzas clanzas@pps.net  in the library or see the library homepage https://www.pps.net/domain/4251 for more information.

    IBW Athletics Weekly
    Greetings Sports Fans! Our Spring programming is off and running and we have 465 student athletes competing in a Spring Sport!  In this issue, we will have a Spring Preview of our programs. 
    If you get a chance, come out and see one of our programs in action!  IBW Athletics Weekly, Week of April 4 
    Athletic Contests
    Week of April 4:https://www.ibwathletics.com/this-week
    Red Cross Club - Blood Drive, Friday, April 29th
    You are invited to participate in the first Blood Drive to be held since we became Ida B Wells High School and the first in over 2 years on Friday, April 29th.  Every 2 seconds, someone in the US needs blood and/or platelets.  Please support or come join the Red Cross Club in our lifesaving mission. It's easy! Simply use the QR code to register to donate.  

    Speech and Debate News!
    Ida B. Wells Speech & Debate is proud to announce that senior captain Preston Bushnell qualified for the upcoming National Speech & Debate Tournament in two different events: Lincoln-Douglas Debate and Extemporaneous Speaking. Congratulations, Preston! We are so proud of you.
    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