• Student and Family News, May 16

    Dear IBW Families,

    Last week Multnomah County health officials made an announcement about masking, due to the current COVID-19 surge.  The Multnomah County Health Department is asking people to wear masks indoors until new coronavirus case counts and hospitalizations start to fall, and they strongly recommend that people wear masks in schools. The current increase in COVID-19 cases is expected to peak in mid-June, when PPS’s school year ends.  In alignment with this public health guidance, Portland Public Schools strongly recommends that all staff and all students wear masks at schools, in district office buildings and at other indoor events beginning Monday May 16th to the end of the school year. This recommendation includes masking at important end-of-year events such as prom, school performances, assemblies and indoor graduation events.

    Filip Hristić, Ed. D.
    Principal, Ida B. Wells HS
    Schedule This Week
    Monday - A Day
    Tuesday - B Day
    Wednesday - A Flex
    Thursday - B Flex
    Friday - All 8
    9th Grade Opportunities are Coming Up!
    PIZZA AND CRAM! MAY 18TH AND 19TH, 3:30-5PM, ROOM 118
    9th graders are invited to come study, work on make-up assignments and assessments on Wednesday 5/18 and Thursday 5/19! Please join us to get some work done and have a piece of pizza! Look for an invitation from your 9th grade team teachers.
    9th grade teams will meet their teachers on the practice field for 75 minutes of games, teambuilding and fun! Your student will be excused from 1 class period(Team A=1st period, Team B=2nd period, etc).  Please dress comfortably, wear tennis shoes and your 9th grade team guardian shirt! We look forward to playing and connecting with you and the team at Play Fit Fun on Monday!
    2022-2023 ASB/Class Representative - Applications Due!
    Are you interested in running for an ASB or Class Representative position for the next school year? Any student can apply! Come see Ms. Satoorian in room 143 for more information and to get an application during lunch or flex this week. Don't wait, because applications are due THIS FRIDAY.

    Chromebooks - Action Needed by All IBW Students and Families
    Step 1: Determine if you have a school Chromebook checked out 

    By Tuesday, May 16th, email notices will go out to all students who have a Chromebook currently checked out. Please check your student’s PPS email for this notification. The subject line is “PPS Chromebook Checkout Notice and Summer Permission Slips” and it is from idabwellslibrary@pps.net.

    Step 2: Fill out the Permission Slip in the email notice for each student in your family OR return your Chromebook

    • Are you leaving IBW OR do not want to keep your Chromebook over the summer?
      Please return your Chromebook to the library or College and Career Center before school, at lunch, after school, or flex when it is no longer needed.

    What if I never use my school Chromebook and do not want it?
    If your Chromebook is no longer needed, please return it to the Library or College and Career Center before school, after school, lunch, or flex. However, if you return your Chromebook and need one later, we may not have one available to check out to you. We are also unable to provide any technical support for students' personal devices. Please only return it if you are certain you will not need it at all this school year.

    What happens if I don’t return it or fill out the permission slip?
    Please note, the fee for losing a Chromebook is $450. If you do not return your Chromebook or fill out the permission slip, your Chromebook will be marked as lost, locked to prevent use, and the fee will be assessed. If you return the Chromebook later, the fee will be deleted.

    What if I am graduating?
    If you no longer need your Chromebook for the remainder of the year, return it to the Library or College and Career Center. If you are still using it, you can return it during Senior Checkout.

    What if I have questions?

    • If you have any questions regarding your Chromebook account or a specific device, please contact or come to the Library or College and Career Center outside of class time or email idabwellslibrary@pps.net

    • If you think we have made an error regarding your Chromebook checkout account, please have your student come to the Library or College and Career center with any Chromebooks in their possession.

    • If you have questions regarding the fee, please contact Erica Caldwell at ecaldwell@pps.net

    Science State Testing – Begins Monday, May 23rd
    The Oregon Statewide Assessment (OSAS) testing in Science for 11th graders will begin on Monday, May 23rd. For students scheduled to take the exam, it will take one to two class periods to complete.

    If you are scheduled to take the exam during your Science 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.
    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!
    News for Seniors, Class of 2022
    24 days remaining until Graduation Day!  Make sure to check your PPS email, school Social Media and Trivory often for information. And be sure to reach out to your counselor, administration or the main office if you have questions or concerns.
    The May 2022 Senior Newsletter is hot off the press!  Please read this newsletter carefully as it is filled with all the important dates and details you will need to make this last month go smoothly.
    Complete the Graduation Ticket Form here  (or in the newsletter) Tickets are electronic-only and we need important information from all families that plan to attend Graduation on June 9th.
    All tickets will be issued as general seating.  However, if anyone in your party needs assistance with seating or ADA seating, Providence Park Guest Services will be available at the gate to assist you to appropriate seating. You do not need to request special seating on the Graduation Ticket Form.
    Visual Impressions is our photographer at Graduation this year and they need your help! Last week they sent a personalized email to your PPS account.  Find it and upload a selfie by May 27 to the personalized link in the email!  They have an amazing facial recognition software that will allow quick and accurate linking of your graduation photo to your account, letting you and your family receive and order photos quickly.  Don’t find the email from Visual Impressions?  Check your spam/junk folder for the email.  If not located, email Schools@visualimpressions.org immediately.
    Things are looking good for volunteer help for the kick-off of the evening but we still need 3 more volunteers for check-in and to chaperone/ride the bus. This shift starts at 9pm.  
    We still currently need A LOT of help at the venue.  Each shift is 2 hours and you have options to do just one shift or multiple shifts for different activities/stations. It will make the time fly by!!   PLEASE SIGN UP TODAY!
    Community Equity Council
    The Ida B Wells Community Equity Council is working to raise funds for an event to celebrate the IBW students who have worked so hard on our No Place For Hate program.   This will be a much-deserved opportunity to honor the Ida B Wells No Place For Hate Peer Facilitators and their families.  As our first No Place for Hate - CEC in-person event in years, we would like to provide a meal for these incredible students and their families as we especially recognize the Seniors in this group who additionally represent and participate in a number of our culturally specific affinity groups.  This event is scheduled for May 26th.

    Would you or your business be willing to make a tax-deductible donation to the Ida B Wells Community Equity Council so we can celebrate these students and their families who have worked so hard for much-needed change, but who have often been given so little in return?  Even small donations can make a big difference!

    Online donations can be made to the PTA here: https://www.schoolpay.com/link/IBWAffinityGroupsCommunityEvent

    IBWHS Art Fair
    Thank you to our Art Department Team of Matt Carlson, Marie Pearson, Katie Sullivan and Andrew Butterfield for overseeing the 2022 Art Fair, a first since 2019!  And thank you to the IBW Band, Simpleton, for providing entertainment!
    Art Fair 1Art Fair 2
    Art Fair 3Art Fair 4
    Art Fair 5Art Fair 6
    Summer Scholars - Credit Recovery Option
    PPS Summer Scholars registration is now open. This is for students who earned an F or NG in a class needed for graduation. Counselors have to register students for classes,this is not something you can register for on your own. If you have questions about your credits, please see your counselor before/after school, at lunch or during flex time. Here is a link to the Summer Scholars website for more detailed information:  https://www.pps.net/domain/4358
    Credit Completion Camp:
    Students will be invited by their teacher to attend our Credit Completion Camp that will run from June 15th to the 22nd. They will be invited if they are receiving an incomplete for a class and need a little more time to finish up. There will be teachers here to support students in finishing assignments or assessments.
    9th Grader wins Grand Prize 
    9th Grader Quinlyn Black has won the Grand Prize for Writing in the 2022 Jakob and Sala Kryszek Art & Writing Competition. This is a statewide competition through the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education. Quinlyn's short story Symphony of the Sky was top submission for writing in competition across all secondary grades and private and public schools, she completed this assignment in addition to normal course load.  Congratulations, Quinlyn!
    Success at State Solo and Ensemble Music Competitions
    Congratulations are in order for all of our musicians who represented Ida B Wells in State Solo and Ensemble music competitions this weekend. Our State winners are:
    Nico Vilches - 2nd place for Baritone solo voice
    Clara Cywinski - 3rd place for solo Trombone
    George Ramsey - 5th place for Tenor solo voice
    WAVE - 4th place for Large Mixed Vocal Ensemble
    Oregon Game Project Challenge
    This weekend we had 4 teams of students participate in the Oregon Game Project Challenge.  OGPC is a year-long event where students design games based on a theme (this year it was Symbiosis).  The students did amazing work that combined programming, art, music, writing and more!    This year the game Roped Together, developed by Andy Franck, Max Richter and Miles Anderson won the Judge's Choice award!  If you'd like to see a trailer of their game follow this link: https://youtu.be/cZ8O7uAnTFI.
    The full list of participants:
    Andy Franck, Max Richter, Miles Anderson

    Thomas White, Carter Kroenke, Roland Armstrong
    Zoe Sidener, Grant O'Conner
    Kaleb Rice-Eisenbraun, Jesse Mitchell-Reese, Dorian Kodesch, Mati Moore
    Leadership Class raising money for Ukraine Crisis Fund
    Donation boxes can be found in classrooms and in the main office. The picture below is on each box


    LEAP into 9th grade
    When: June 27-July 15, 9am-12:30pm
    Details:The Leap into 9th Grade summer program prepares incoming ninth grade students to excel in high school by building a foundation for success before starting high school.

    News from the College Center for Juniors 

    We are hosting another College 101 presentation where we will be going over all the nuts and bolts of the College Application process including Letter of Recommendations, how to find your college fit and resources to make your college application process successful!  After our presentation, we will have a short Q&A with graduating seniors to talk about their College Application process.
    Join Ida B Wells College Center, Kenyon College, Sarah Lawrence and Reed for a College Application Essay Workshop.

    This event is meant to be more inspirational and informative for students who may have never considered a private school as well.

    Event description:"What makes a college application essay successful? Join this session to learn how to brainstorm topics, discover a writing process that works for you, and understand what admission committees are looking for in an essay. Join Chris Renaud, Kenyon College - Senior Associate Director of Admissions; Duncan King, Reed College - Assistant Dean of Admission; and Liam George, Sarah Lawrence College - Associate Director of Admission, to get tips on writing your strongest college application essay."

    Event Details: May 24th, 2:05 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.

    • The event is during the 8th period.  Sign up in Maia Learning under University Visits to attend.   We will take attendance when you check in at the College & Career Center.

    Zoom Link: https://pps-net.zoom.us/j/86475181543

    College Essay

    We are excited to offer a new opportunity to help support your post-secondary plans. IBW Summer College Prep camp will be offered over July and August. We will be exploring colleges, finding scholarships, helping write your college essay, and much more. Complete the registration form below and please provide feedback to help support the planning. Registration Form: https://forms.gle/2wDXpXRWbrue86h97

    Current Programs Dates
    July 26-28: Times 11:00a.m-1:00pm
    August 2-4: 11:00a.m -1:00p.m
    News from our Social Worker
    Our social worker, Britni Locke, would like to restock the IBW Pantry one more time before Summer. Not only is her daily snack inventory very depleted, but she would like to have the inventory to send some bundles home for families to use over Summer months. The signup link includes what is most needed, instructions for delivery and options to have items shipped.  All your contributions go directly to students at Ida B Wells.  If you need additional support, please message blocke@pps.net.

    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
    You can purchase gear online https://www.schoolpay.com/parent/mip/MdCF
    Pick up is in the Main Office after you receive notification that your order is ready

    By popular demand, we now have YOUTH hoodies! They are available now on Schoolpay for $30.  Same hoodie quality and graphic as the adult version.  Youth sizes Small through Large.  We don't carry XL because it's the same as an adult Small.

    Youth Hoodie
    We're planning to meet in person (!!!) in the IBW library on 5/18/2022 at 6:30pm.
    New from around our Cluster
    Come celebrate the beloved Laura Nelsen (Taiby) who has worked as a kindergarten teacher at Rieke Elementary since 1992.  We are celebrating in the Rieke Gym on Saturday, May 21st from
    1-3pm (Open House). 
    Verselandia and Poetry Slam Winners

    Congratulations to Emma Hayes, Cara Weathers, and Anisa Ali who placed at our school slam. They each received a Visa gift card, courtesy of the PTA. Emma Hayes and Anisa Ali represented Ida B Wells at Verselandia by performing their prize winning poetry from the stage of the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Both poets performed a moving poem with poise and fervor].
    Additionally, please join me in congratulating the winners of Verselandia:
    First Place: Nykole Jackson, McDaniel High School
    Second: Kendell Brown-Clay, Jefferson High School
    Third: Shala Santa Cruz Krigbaum, Franklin High School
    Fourth: Sera Lang, McDaniel High School
    Fifth: Piper Harmon, Cleveland High School
    Special thanks to the PTA for supporting our school slam.
    Athletic Weekly
    Greetings Sports Fans!
    What a great week in Guardian Athletics!  We hosted the PIL Youth District Track Meet on Saturday. The IBW Youth Track Teams performed well!
    6th grade - boys 2nd; girls 1st
    7th grade - boys 1st; girls 2nd
    8th grade - boys 1st; girls 2nd
    In the PIL District High School Track and Field Meet, our women finished 2nd and our men 4th in both the Varsity and JV Levels. Our tennis teams both finished 2nd at the PIL District Tennis Meet. Finally, the Varsity Baseball Team finished 2nd in the PIL. Great time to be a Guardian Athlete! To continue reading the Athletic Weekly, click HERE
    Guardian Athletes of the Week
    To see who was named Guardian Athletes of the Week, click HERE 
    Athletic Contests
    Week of May 16:https://www.ibwathletics.com/this-week
    Guardian Cheer tryouts are this week!
    This is your only chance to join Guardian Cheer! There will not be any fall or winter signups allowed
    We are a no-cut program and no experience is necessary to tryout! 
    Tryout clinics for current HS students 
    Thursday May 19th 6:00 - 7:30pm
    Friday May 20th 4:00-5:30pm
    Tryout clinics for 8th graders 
    Thursday May 19th 4-530pm
    Friday May 20th 6-730pm
    Tryout performances Saturday May 21st 
    Athletes do not need to attend both days of the clinics, however, you can only attend the session(s) for your grade level.  Video submissions for tryouts will be allowed.  Email: Ibwcheerpdx@gmail for more information.
    Flag Football Jamboree - Friday, June 3rd
    Join us for a fun-filled evening of flag football! There will be three flag football games throughout the evening. Grab your friends and sign up to join a team to participate in one of the games:

    ❖ 5pm – Jackson vs Robert Gray 7/8th Graders

    ❖ 6:30pm – 11th Grade Boys vs Alumni

    ❖ 8pm – IBW Girls - Seniors vs 9th-11th Graders

    Please see this flyer for more information and how to sign up!  Flag Football Flyer