• Student and Family News, April 12

    Dear Ida B Wells Community,

    I hope that you and your loved ones are doing well after yesterday’s unexpected winter storm. We are now starting the last quarter of this school year.  Grades will be posted by the end of the day today.  Please take some time to review grades this week, celebrate your student successes and identify potential goals for the remainder of the school year.  As always, please reach out to our teachers, counselors or admin if you have any questions or concerns. 

    Please note the special schedule we have tomorrow and that the IBWHS Spring Fundraising Event is quickly approaching.  I hope you will be able to attend.  News about these items and many more can be found below.

    Filip Hristić, Ed. D.
    Principal, Ida B. Wells HS
    Snow Day!
    A Rare April Snow Day at IBWHS
    This Week
    Wednesday - SAT/SEL/Plan Do Act Day
    Thursday - A Day
    Friday - B Day
    April 13th - SAT/SEL/Plan Do Act Day 
    We have a special schedule for Wednesday, April 13th.  It is important to review what is happening for each grade below..  Attendance will be taken for all grades.

    8:30am - 12:30pm (ending times vary).  No school for students in the afternoon

    In Person at IBWHS (8:30am-11:30am)

    • 8:30-9:15am, begin with donuts and an assembly in the gym

    Then spend the next 2 hours connecting with peers and teachers, learning a new skill, or enjoying something fun!  Examples of sessions to experience: salsa dancing, knitting, watching a movie, science club experiments, CAD & 3D drawing, Flex Time, Mandalas, Arts & Crafts, hoops in the gym, CAT club, French films, etc.

    • Session 1 9:20-10am (pick 1 session to enjoy)
    • Session 2 10:05-10:45am (pick 1 session to enjoy)
    • Session 3 10:50-11:30am (pick 1 session to enjoy)

    9th graders will be released at 11:30am to head home

    In Person at IBWHS (8:30am -12:30pm but will vary by rooms and accommodations)
    All 11th graders will be taking the SAT exam.. No registration required. Please refer to the SAT Information for specifics on when to arrive, what to bring, accommodations, etc.  

    Remote Learning from Home (8:30am-11:55am)
    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 with opportunities to complete graduation requirements. Students will log into the event from home. Please view this slide deck for registration instructions.
    Attendance Reminders
    Excusing absencences or tardys must be reported by a parent or guardian, even if your student is 18 years old.  
    Fill the Foyer with Food - Thank You!
    Thank you to everyone who brought in food or made a cash donation for the SW HOPE Food Drive for Neighborhood House.  Together, we reached our goal of donating 5000lbs of food!
    Food DriveThermometer

    Yearbooks - 2021-2022 Yearbooks Still Available for $30
    The last couple of years have been a blur. So much so that it seems many of you forgot to purchase last year's yearbook. What better way to remember the weirdness of an online schooling year than by purchasing the hopefully once-in-a-lifetime Distance Learning Edition of the yearbook which, based on my 17 years as a yearbook adviser, I can assure you is one of a kind. 

    And now, while supplies last, we are offering this book for the lower than ever price of $30. Do your future self a favor and pick up your copy now. These can be purchased from Mr. Higbee in room 142 with cash or check, or from Ana Curtis in the main office with a card. Get yours before it's too late!
    Prom - Saturday, May 14th, 7:00-10:00pm
    Our juniors and seniors have been waiting for this event all year, and it is just around the corner. Prom season is upon us and our Student Leadership classes have been hard at work getting all the details ready for this special day. This year, prom will be held at the Adrianna Ballroom in Downtown Portland on Saturday, May 14th from 7-10pm and we are looking for chaperones to help out at the event. Duties will be pretty straightforward, like checking tickets at the door and won’t require much from you. It’s a great opportunity to spend some time with students and be a part of a memorable experience in their lives.

    If you are interested, please sign up using the chaperone form below. Individuals that have not been previously cleared to volunteer through the district will also need to complete a background check through the district. You can use the background check link below to get more information. We will have more information in the coming weeks. If you have any questions regarding chaperoning or completing the volunteer application process, please contact Stephanie Satoorian (ssatoorian@pps.net

    Chaperone Sign-up  
    Background check: Volunteering with PPS
    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 18th  

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

    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
    The April edition of the Senior Newsletter is now available and is chock full of valuable information for the final quarter of your senior year! You can read it HERE
    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
    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 Career Events
    Wed 4/13, 8:30am-Noon - Plan Do Act for Your Future 
    Required for all Sophomores & Seniors and non-testing Juniors

    Join us from home for this district wide, virtual day of career exploration, future planning, and learning skills to navigate major life changes.You can:
     - Earn a Career Related Learning Experience (CRLE) toward graduation
     - Complete your resume (Seniors ONLY)
     - Explore your options for life after high school
     - Gain life skills 
    1) Please review this slide deck with embedded instructional video
    2) On Wednesday, you will also be able to join the sessions directly from the links that will be listed under each session with your PPS google account.
    3) Remember to attend, 2 black (Welcome & Assessment), and 1 green (Career), 1 purple (Postsecondary), 1 red (Social Emotional) session of your choice. 
    4) At the end of the day, please write and submit your CRLE reflection at tinyurl.com/IBWCRLE
    For full instructions and troubleshooting, see pps.net/plandoact or this document

    Construction Careers Day Field Trip to NW College of Construction
    Friday, April 22nd - Depart IBW at 10:45am; Return at 2:30pm

    Interested in Careers in Construction? Want to know what a trade school is like? Join the College & Career Center for this field trip. Open to grades 10th-12th. Priority will be given to Juniors & Seniors who are interested in exploring construction careers, the employers, and the educational paths to access them. Lunch will be provided. Registration is 2 step:

    1. Please fill out this registration/interest form   

    1. Pick up/sign/and return a permission slip in the
      College & Career Center, RM 149. 

    Upcoming Deadlines
    Thurs 4/14 - Deadline: City of Portland Youth Conservation Crew (14+)
    Friday 4/15 - Deadline: Open Sesame Summer 2022 Internship
    Friday 4/15 - Deadline: AMR Multnomah County Diversity Recruitment Scholarship
    Monday 4/18 - Deadline: Multnomah County Youth Commission
    *View information about all of these opportunities and more at https://www.pps.net/Page/16186 or visit the College & Career Center (RM 149). 
    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
    The theme of the IBW Spring Fundraising Event is IBWHS gear!  You can order your Ida B. Wells Merchandise online www.schoolpay.com/link/IBWgear and have it in time for the big event on April 23rd. Pick-up is at Ida B Wells HS during school hours. You will be notified once your order is ready.
    Boosters will have three open board / volunteer lead positions for the 2022-2023 school year. Please message me if you would like to consider taking one of these roles. Ideally we would like someone able to be in each of these roles for the entire fiscal year, which runs July 2022 thru June 2023.
    Social Media
    This involves keeping our FB page updated and promoting meetings, merchandise, concession signups and especially the tree sale. You would be assigned an editor role on our existing page. Detailed instructions and content are provided.
    Sign-up.com Management
    Manages signups for Concessions & Tree Sales and keeps them updated. Full disclosure, covid has made this job a bit whacky. Traditionally, all the work on the Concessions signup would be done at the start of each sports season, with only minor tweaking. The last couple of years have required more cross-checking as games get canceled, rescheduled and/or concessions is shuttered by the district. Detailed instructions are provided.
    Brick Sales
    Promotes our etched bricks for sale and then oversees installation on the plaza outside the Track Field House. Involves preparing content for the bulletin and especially senior newsletters, and then keeping it at the front of school communications during prime brick sale times. Confirms orders with buyers and arranges for etching, followed by installation. Bryan has led for several years and his youngest is now graduating. He's happy to meet to provide detailed instructions and training.
    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
    Scrip fundraising is gift card fundraising.  It’s a chance for you to buy everyday things with gift cards and have a percentage of your gift card purchases go directly to the IBW PTA.

    We now have hundreds of brands of gift cards to offer, including e-cards, physical cards, and reloadable cards.  You can have e-cards sent to you in minutes. Physical cards can be mailed directly to you or personally delivered by our volunteer coordinator. Payment can be made online or by check.   Our new order form has many popular cards listed.  Don’t see something you want? Check the Brand List on www.ShopWithScrip.com for a complete list of available cards.

    PTA Scrip Order Form    MONDAY, MAY 2: Deadline for our Spring group order 

    To order e-cards anytime or set up a family account to order and pay online, go to our PTA webpage for details: PTA webpage

    Questions? Contact Martha Schulte, at schulte@easystreet.net

    IBW PTA is looking to fill the board position of secretary for the 2022-2023 school year. We typically have one board meeting over the summer and 3 general meetings throughout the school year and the secretary’s role is to take minutes. If you are interested and would like more information, please email idabwellspta@gmail.com. Thank you!
    We're planning to meet in person (!!!) in the IBW library on 5/18/2022 at 6:30pm. 
    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.

    Athletic Contests
    Week of April 12 :https://www.ibwathletics.com/this-week
    Red Cross Club - Blood Drive, Friday, April 29th
    The Ida B Wells Red Cross Club is hosting a blood drive, Friday, April 29th from 8 am - 2 pm. Students, Staff and Parents are all encouraged to sign up!  There is a critical blood shortage right now and all blood types are needed!  Be a hero and save up to 3 lives by donating. Sign up with the direct link to the sign up sheet or use the QRcode  See our  flyer as well Red Cross Club Blood Drive

    Battle of the Books News
    Congratulations to The Doom, the Ida B. Wells Oregon Battle of the Books team! After winning our school level competition, they advanced to the Regional Tournament. In Round One, they won battles and earned enough points to advance to the Elite 8 bracket, where they tied for fourth place along with McDaniel High School. Several other PPS schools competed, with Franklin advancing to the Championship and finishing second and Grant advancing to the final four and tying for third place.
    Team members included Grace Pendergrass, Dakota Zarinwy, Helena Stedman, and Jack Conway. Team members read between 4-12 books and most read at least 1000 pages to prepare for this competition! Go Guardians!
    Model United Nations News
    The 35 members of the Model United Nations Club attended (online) the annual conference this weekend, representing France.  The following individuals accomplished something extra in addition to helping solve the world's problems:  
    • Hannah Lo was on the statewide Secretariat this year.  Her work in the student-run organization helped to make a successful conference for everyone AND she was elected as Secretary General for next year - the highest position in the statewide student organization.
    • Deewa Rahim was a Committee Chair, leading meetings of other students, AND was elected to next year's Secretariat
    • Katrina Phillips was elected to next year's Secretariat
    • Lucy Carver won Best Speaker Award in her committee (International Court of Justice)

    Ida B. Wells also got awarded a BIG 5 country again (U.S.A.), after a presentation by Lily Crow and Avi Horowitz, supported by 20 other members. 
    Next year, the conference will be in person at U of O.
    IBW Speech & Debate News
    The Ida B. Wells Speech & Debate team is proud to announce that we have three students competing in four events at the upcoming OSAA State Championship Tournament. Please congratulate the following students and wish them well in their upcoming events:

    • Preston Bushnell -- competing in Impromptu and Extemporaneous speaking
    • Noemie Veillette -- competing in Impromptu speaking
    • Cassidy Beebe -- competing in Value Lincoln-Douglas debate