• Student News, September 19

    Dear IBW Families,

    We are very excited to welcome you all back to our building this week.  Our Back to School Night is this Thursday and all of you are invited.  You will have a chance to follow your student's schedule, meet our teachers, and connect with our support staff.  We look forward to seeing you soon.  Please read below for more details!

    With Gratitude,

    Filip Hristić, Ed. D.
    Principal, Ida B. Wells HS
    Portland Public Schools

    "Lifting as We Climb"
    Schedule this Week, Sept. 19-23
    Monday - A Day
    Tuesday - B Day
    Wednesday - A Day
    Thursday - B Day
    Friday - No School
    Important Dates 
    September 22, Back-to-School night, In-person, 6:00pm
    September 23, No School for Students, Staff Professional Development Day, School Closed
    October 10-13 - Homecoming Week
    October 12 - PSAT Day, Special Schedule for all students
    October 13 - Homecoming Game and Dance
    October 14 - No School for Students; Statewide Inservice Day, School Closed
    Yearbook News
    2022 Spring Supplement
    NEW! The 2022 Spring Supplement is now available for pick-up!  They are free for all students and you can pick up a copy in front of Room 143.  
    2022-2023 Yearbook
    UPDATE! Don't forget to pre-order/purchase your 2022-2023 Yearbook! Yearbook pre-orders are highly recommended if students want a guaranteed yearbook at the end of the year. Yearbooks can be

    purchased on SchoolPay for $65.  The price increases to $75 on January 9th.
    Yearbook Ads
    NEW! Do you know of a business that would like to advertise in the yearbook? If so, they can email ibwybk@gmail.com for more information.  
    Covid Testing
    NEW! PPS is partnering with OHSU again this year to offer free weekly COVID-19 testing for students. Participation in this program is completely optional, but encouraged, and is offered regardless of vaccination status. Participating students will drop off spit samples in pre-labeled tubes at school on their designated day each week, whether they have symptoms or not. Schools will begin collecting spit samples starting September 27th-29th.
    What’s new?
    • Registration: Beginning today, Parents/Guardians can start enrolling their students through OHSU’s NEW Online Portal. If you are unable to enroll for any reason, please call OHSU support at (503) 418-8500.

    • Test Tubes: New, pre-labeled test tubes with a scannable barcode will be mailed directly to your mailing address and should arrive within a week of enrollment. Test kits from last year cannot be used, so please throw them away.

    • Spit Samples: Spit tests can be collected either the night before or the morning of their school’s testing day. Please use this spreadsheet to know what day to drop off your student’s spit sample.

    • Test Results: When the test results are available, you will receive an email telling you to log into the online portal www.labfinder.com/ohsu to view the results.

    • Additional drop-off locations: If you miss your weekly testing day, OHSU has added 3 drop-off sites around the Portland metro area.

      • Doernbecher Child Development Rehabilitation Center - 707 S Gaines Street, Portland, OR 97239

      • Primary Care Clinic at Gabriel Park - 4411 S Vermont Street, Portland, OR 97219

      • Richmond Family Health Center - 3930 SE Division Street, Portland, OR 97202

    What stays the same?

    • There is no cost to families to participate.OHSU uses highly accurate molecular testing, known as PCR.

    • Students will continue to bring their spit samples to school on the designated testing day.

    • OHSU nurses will call parents of all students who test positive or whose tests are inconclusive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19.

    For more information about OHSU's K-12 Screening Program, visit their website at http://www.ohsu.edu/k12testing or contact the OHSU support team at k12covidtesting@ohsu.edu or (503) 418-8500.
    Letisia Ayala Guillen, Health Services Coordinator, layalaguillen@pps.net
    School Bus Safety
    School Bus Evacuation Drills are required for all students in Portland Public Schools. (OAR 581-053-0002) The intent of the rule is to reach even the occasional riders who find themselves on a bus because of a field trip, activity trip, etc. Please review the following documents:
    School Bus Evacuation
    Safe HS Riders
    Riding the Bus Safely
    Senior News
    Graduation, Monday, June 5, 2023, 7:30pm, Providence Park*
    Graduation has been set for IBWHS. However, it is still "tentative" until confirmed with Timbers/Thorns 2023 schedules.
    Grad Night - Monday, June 5, 2023
    Hey Seniors – Class of 2023! We’re already planning for an unforgettable Grad Night Party! Buy your tickets now for a fun-filled night with your friends in a TOP SECRET location. Tickets are $100 and will be available on SchoolPay or by bringing a check to the school office. Scholarships are available, please contact Grad Night Co-Chairs Sarah Johnson (sarahparkjohnson@gmail.com) and/or Jackie Haddon (jackiehaddon@yahoo.com) with your request. And we always accept donations to the event, so add on a little extra, if you can.  For more information, please see the Grad Night FLYER
    PSAT - Sophomores
    The PSAT will be given to all sophomores at Ida B. Wells on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at no cost (Free) starting at 8:30amMore information can be found here.
    All students will be on a special schedule that day, so no classes will be missed.

    PSAT - Juniors
    Juniors, sign up is open to take the PSAT/NMSQT on Wednesday, Oct. 12.  Cost is $20. We encourage all juniors to consider this opportunity as a great prep for the SAT, which will be offered to all juniors, at no cost, in the spring, at Ida B Wells. Additionally, this is the only way to qualify for National Merit Scholarships (nationally only about 1% of all Juniors testing qualify for National Merit).
    How to Sign Up for the PSAT:
    The cost of PSAT for Juniors is $20 and must be paid on School Pay. Your payment is your registration. Don’t let finances be a barrier! If you are on Free and Reduced Lunch or it is a financial hardship, complete this PSAT Hardship Form and we will get you registered. There are a limited number of exams available so register early!
    All students will be on a special schedule that day so no classes will be missed.
    AP Students
    All students in AP classes need to sign up in AP Classroom.  This should be done ASAP!  Registration for the AP exam is done at this time as well.

    Here is a slideshow with detailed instructions for students about how to enroll in AP Classroom, register for the exam and apply for financial aid/pay for AP exams.  
    Steps 1 and 2 can be done in class or at home.  Please complete steps 1 & 2 by September 30th.
    Step 3 is the payment portion and should be completed at home with parent(s)/guardian(s) by November 1st 

    Counseling Department
    Schedule Changes - Last day to make changes is September 22nd
    For information about changing schedules, making appointments with your counselor and much more, please review the Counseling Department Basics
    College and Career Center
    Career Happenings
    This month's online issue of the Ida B Wells Career Happenings is now available. This monthly newsletter features career learning events, leadership and job opportunities for 9th-12th graders.
    College Visits
    College visits 9/20-9/22 College Visits 9/20-9/22
    Review this full list of colleges coming to IBWHS this Fall. IBW College Visits
    Social Worker
    Wellness Wednesdays
    NEW! Once per month during flex, some of our support staff (counselors, social worker and school psychologist) will be putting on "Wellness Wednesdays." We will be hosting drop-in workshops that center around wellness and self care! Our first one is on Wednesday, September 28th. We will be down in the cafeteria, hosting a workshop on creating "vision boards." If you don't need to see a teacher during flex, we hope to see you there!  See the flyer for September 28th HERE

    Mike's Athletic Weekly
    NEW! “One person practicing sportsmanship is far better than 50 preaching it.” Knut Rockne
    Greetings Sports Fans! The above quote is an important reminder about the importance of sportsmanship and our Be A Guardian initiative, where we are stressing the importance of being energetic and gracious in victory and defeat. I am extremely excited to announce that our JV Volleyball Program and our Varsity Football Program were recognized by the OSAA for their great sportsmanship! Thank you coaches! Our partners at the Positive Coaching Alliance have crafted a great tool for sportsmanship centered around ROOTS. They are Rules, Opponents, Officials, Teammates, and Self and you can see more of their message here: https://devzone.positivecoach.org/resource/book/roots-honoring-game-and-sportsmanship

    To continue reading the Athletic Weekly, click HERE
    Guardians of the Week
    NEW! Our Guardians of the Week come from our Varsity Volleyball Team, which is currently undefeated and haven't yet lost a set!

    Chloe Nelson, Jr. Volleyball-
    Chloe Nelson- Jr Middle hitter is one of the top scorers on the team, serving over 90% and hitting above .250. Her calm and positive demeanor is always ready for anything at or off the net. Making athletic plays with her hands or platform on the ground or in the air, it doesn't matter. Willing and able to play any front row position as well, Chloe is a team player and contributor."
    Chloe Nelson

    Kate Rodgers, Sr. Volleyball- Kate Rogers- Sr Libero has led the Guardians in digs and a leader in the back row and off the court. Her positive attitude and effort is an excellent model of behavior that doesn't go unnoticed by her teammates or coaches. Along with some of the digs! Kate's contributions not only prevent points with her defense, they accumulate thanks to her back-row attacks and tough serves.
    Kate Rogers
    Weekly Athletic Schedule - Week of September 19
    For a complete listing of the weekly athletic schedule, please visit the athletic dept. website: IBW Athletics/THIS WEEK.  Links to team schedules can also be found on their team pages on the athletic website.
    Pack the Park for Cross Country - Wednesday!
    NEW! This Wednesday, our Cross Country program has their only home meet at Gabriel Park. Races begin at 4:00pm. We have over 160 student-athletes participating in XC this Fall.  Come out and support! 
    Fall Sports - Registration is now closed
    NEW! FamilyID for Winter Sports will open by Monday, September 26.  Stay tuned!
    Class Representatives, Student Senate
    NEW! We need 9th and 12th-grade student representatives! A class representative should be present at school events, should embody school spirit, and should have the drive to appreciate and improve our community as a whole.
    Interested students can pick up packets from Room 143, may attend an informational lunch on Thursday 9/22, and should turn in completed packets by Friday 9/23. Elections will occur at the end of the month. 
    Please email Ms. Griffin at abgriffin@pps.net with any questions or clarifications. 
    Student Clubs
    NEW! Students, check out this slideshow that lists every club with club information, meeting time(s),
    advisors and everything else you need to know.  It's not too late to join!! 2022-2023 Club List 
    Student News, September 19