• Student and Family News, April 18

    Dear Ida B Wells Community,

    On Wednesday, April 20, we will have a Sexual Assault Awareness assembly during flex.  We have rearranged the flex schedule for this day, making flex in between 1st and 2nd period:

    This assembly is a student-led event that has the hopes of being a step in introducing consent culture to our school.  We will be splitting the 9th-10th graders into the gymnasium and the 11th-12th graders into the auditorium.  There will be two guest speakers, Alexxis Robinson-Woods, Executive Director of Call to Safety, and Marchel Marcos, Political Director at APANO.  Alexxis and Marchel are deeply committed to ending all forms of domestic and sexual violence. They will be discussing their experiences with sexual assault, ways to get involved, as well as challenging societal ideals that contribute to our current culture.  

    It is important to acknowledge that this can be a difficult conversation for students and we want to offer the cafeteria, counseling center, or room 126 (Social Worker + School Psychologist) as alternative locations during the assembly if needed. Students, we hope to see you there - the Consent Committee

    In addition, the Spring Fundraiser event is coming up this Saturday.  It has been 3 years since our last in-person event and we are very excited to have the community come back together.  See all the details and how to purchase tickets below. I hope to see you there.

    Filip Hristić, Ed. D.
    Principal, Ida B. Wells HS
    This Week
    Monday - A Day
    Tuesday - B Day
    Wednesday - A Flex/Early*
    Thursday - B Flex/Early*
    Friday - All 8
    *Flex/Early Bell Schedule for April 20th and April 21st 

    Early Flex
    New Flex/Late Schedule beginning April 27
    Beginning April 27, this will be our new Flex/Late schedule for the remainder of the year.
    We continue to encourage everyone to use the Trivory app or Trivory Web to stay informed.  Go to https://trivory.com/ to find out more.  Just a reminder that to get the full use of this tool, go into your settings in the App and be sure you have all your notifications turned on so you get all the News and Reminders we send out!

    Attendance Reminders
    When possible, please use the Absence Reporting Form to report/excuse ANY kind of absence to our Attendance Clerk. This data will be used to update synergy. Once you fill out this form,  you DO NOT need to call or email with the same information. A parent or guardian needs to excuse an absence. A student may not excuse their own absence even if they are 18.

    You can also use this form (with advanced notice) to let our attendance clerk know you will need your student called out of class.  Without advanced notice, please call our Main Line at 503-916-5280 until further notice.  Please do not leave a message as it may not be heard in time. 
    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.  We exceeded our goal of 5000lbs and collected 6031lbs!
    Yearbooks - 2020-2021 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, April 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 full of valuable information for the final quarter of your senior year! You can read it HERE

    Important! The Senior Meeting will be Wednesday, April 27th at 2:40pm. Weather permitting, the meeting will be in the Stadium and Jostens orders (cap, gown etc) pickup will be in the Field House in the Stadium on Wednesday, April 27th following the Senior Meeting. Only students with an open 8th period may pickup before the meeting starting at 2pm.  The Senior Meeting will start with the Senior Class photo on the bleachers. In case of rain, the meeting will move to the Auditorium and the Josten’s order handout will be in the hallway outside the Auditorium.

    • 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.

    AP EXAMS – MAY 2-13
    You should have received an email from the District this weekend confirming the details of your AP exams.  Please read it carefully.  AP Exams will be held at the Portland Expo Center.  Students testing with accommodations (another note coming shortly from us with details) will test at the Greater Portland Bible Church, 2374 SW Vermont, (just off Vermont near the disc golf course).  Full exam schedule is available here.
    Immunization Exclusion Day - April 20th!
    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.
    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
    Career Learning & Opportunities to Earn a CRLE - Week of 4/18/22

    Register TODAY for IBW’s Construction Careers Field Trip!
    Friday, April 22nd, 10:45am-2:30pm @ NW College of Construction
    Open to grades 10th-12th.

    Interested in Careers in Construction? Join the College & Career Center for this field trip to explore construction careers, area employers, and educational paths to access construction careers. Hands on activities, demonstrations, speakers and more! Priority will be given to Juniors & Seniors.Transportation and Lunch will be provided. 

    Registration is 2 step:

    1. Please fill out the registration form https://bit.ly/IBWConstruction22
    2. Pick up/sign/and return a permission slip in the College & Career Center, RM 149.

    Exploring Environmental Careers Seminars Series Starts this Tuesday
    presented by People of Color Outdoors

    In this series, six distinguished environmental professionals of color will share their career paths with BIPOC youth. Now, more than ever BIPOC youth are needed to influence the environmental movement and refine our relationship to the natural world. This week:

    Tuesday, April 19, 4:30-5:30pm - James Metoyer, Green home energy conservation and weatherization. Workforce Development Training Manager at Earth Advantage, and Principal of Advanced Energy Inspections LLC

    Juniors and seniors are eligible to register and receive $50 for each session attended, limited to the first twenty registrants. See all seminars and register via EventBrite

    Wednesday, April 20, 12:00pm-12:45pm:
    Career Presentation and Post-Secondary Presentation - Health care Interpreter 

    Talk to your teacher and come to the CCC (149) to log on. An excused absence will be provided.

    Meet Gabriela Figueroa and learn about her career as a Health care Interpreter. She also serves as the training Coordinator for OHCIA (Oregon Health Care Interpreters Association) and will speak about how you could become a Health Care Interpreter. 

    Wednesday, April 20, 1:00pm-1:45pm:
    Post-Secondary Presentation- PCC Diesel Service Tech-Training

    Talk to your teacher and come to the CCC (149) to log on. An excused absence will be provided.

    Diesel Service Technology gives you a broad background in different disciplines of the diesel service industry. In addition, the program offers several industry-upgrade courses.

    Questions? Ask Jessica Wade, IBW HS Career Coordinator, jwade1@pps.net See all career learning opportunities, jobs, internships and more 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.
    Portland Public Schools is partnering with Multnomah County and the Big Village Coalition to host a community-wide information night about Substance Use and Fentanyl.  The evening will feature a panel presentation with important information about fentanyl in our community, strategies for families to keep their kids safe, a presentation by youth and then breakout sessions to ask questions and learn more.   The event will be offered in Spanish and English.  See these flyers to register English flyer  Spanish flyer
    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 get gear two ways:
    In-Person Pop Up, Wednesday, April 20, 6:00-8:00pm
    You can pick up your SchoolPay orders or shop the racks at the Field House this Wednesday!
    To receive merchandise in time for Saturday's event, you can still order online until Thursday at 5:00pm.  You can pick up at IBWHS after you receive an email notification that it is available. https://www.schoolpay.com/parent/mip/MdCF

    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

    Online Bidding is Now Open
    Online bidding is now open to all IBW Families and Friends!  Browse the Catalog by clicking on the link below.  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.  There are vacation homes, sporting events, experiential outings, gift cards and a host of ways to support our IBW school programs. 

    Ticket Purchase and Online Bidding Registration 

    Tickets for the In-Person Event
    Click on the link above to purchase your tickets for the In-Person event.  Less than one week until the IBW in-person fundraising on April 23, 2022!!  As a reminder, 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.  The theme of the event is Spirit Week so wear you IBW branded clothing and inspired outfits.  Heavy appetizers will be served.  We look forward to seeing parents and community members alike at the event so buy your tickets today!

    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
    Our April staff & teacher appreciation event is this Wednesday and we still have a few needs.
    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 - This Thursday! 
    Come to the Ida B Wells Poetry Slam on Thursday, April 21st (Please note change of date) - 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 Weekly
    To say this spring has been an unusual one due to the weather would be  an understatement. Rain. Hail. Snow. Thunder at a track meet. Crazy! Huge credit to our  student-athletes and coaches for showing up each and every day and adjusting to a crazy spring  weather season. With that being said, our spring programming, when able to compete, has  been doing outstanding! Our Track Program continues to compete at a high level with some  outstanding returners and a crop of underclassmen. Both the Men’s and Women’s Golf  Program continues to post some outstanding scores as they battle it out in a competitive  schedule. A big thanks to both of our new Golf Coaches for their hard work. Our Baseball  Program is stronger than ever with four competitive levels this year! Both of our Men’s and  Women’s Lacrosse Programs are battling it out this year with their new head coaches as well.  The Men’s and Women’s Tennis Programs are continuing to compete at a high level in a very  competitive PIL League. And a huge shout out to our Softball Program and their young squad. They have had a tough season so far but continue to show resiliency and toughness
    as they  compete. Great time to be a Guardian!  To read the rest of the Athletic Weekly including this week's Athletes of the Week, click HERE
    Athletic Contests
    Week of April 18 :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