On January 26th, Portland Public Schools Board of Directors unanimously approved Resolution No. 6235 to change our name. On May 6, 2021, we had a wonderful opportunity to hear from Dan Duster, Ida B. Wells great-grandson. If you missed the event, you can still watch the recorded video here: A conversation with Dan Duster.
Dear IBW Students and Families,
Thank you to the IBW Boosters for organizing our end of the year staff BBQ on Monday. After more than a year and half, it was wonderful for our staff to finally all come together to celebrate the end of this school year and to say good-bye to some of our staff who are retiring or moving to new adventures. Thank you, IBW Boosters, for the delicious food and the new staff t-shirts!
This final edition of the Student and Family News for the 2020-2021 includes news about summer opportunities and some information to get you thinking about the 2021-2022 school year. You can check our website throughout the summer for any updates we may have to share about the upcoming year.
I hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful summer. Even though I am looking forward to a little break, I am excited to see everyone back in person September 1st!
Class of 2021 Graduation
On the evening of June 7th, we gathered at Providence Park for a wonderful opportunity for the Class of 2021 to have a full commencement ceremony. It was a very lovely (and rain free!) evening. To read more about it and see some photos: Southwest Connection Graduation Article and PPS Graduation Photos
To view the Graduation Program including names of all our graduates, cord recipients, scholarships, valedictorians and many other special awards, please view these 2 documents: IBW Commencement Program_1 and Commencement Program_2
Finally, you will be able to view the entire Commencement Ceremony here: https://www.youtube.com/user/ppscomms (hopefully by June 17).
Graduation 2021, Providence Park, June 7
The last day of regular office hours for the main office is Tuesday, June 22nd. The Main Office will be closed June 23-25th. From June 28-Aug 6, limited business hours are Monday-Thursday, 9am-3pm. Please call our Main Office at 503-916-5280 with any questions or if you need to make an appointment to come to the school. Also, please refer to our website for information https://www.pps.net/ibw
Yearly Student Verification - Update your student's information online
Each year parents and/or guardians are asked to review and update the information on file for their student(s). This information can now be submitted online via PPS ParentVUE: VERIFY ONLINE
Benefits of verifying information online via ParentVUE:
Mark your Calendars!
2021-2022 Registration Dates
On registration days, currently enrolled students (current IBW students, feeder schools, Robert Gray and Jackson MS or enrollment paperwork has already been completed for the 2021-2022 school year) will have their pictures taken, receive their school ID (which includes the Trimet Hop Pass), and receive their class schedules. Textbook distribution and locker assignments will take place after school begins.
For information regarding new student enrollment (anyone coming from a new district or has been enrolled in a PPS school in the past) please click HERE
August 24, 9am-4pm Juniors/Seniors
August 25, 9am-3pm Sophomores/Make Up for Juniors and Seniors
August 26, 9am-3pm Freshman
First day of School, 2021-2022
September 1, 8:30-10:30am, 9th Grade Orientation; Late Start for 10th-12th graders
Other Important Dates
August 9, Adm. and Main Office Staff return and regular office hours resume
August 19, Counselors return
August 16, First day of Fall Sports
August 26, Teachers return
August 28, Campus Clean Up
September 21, Back to School Night
Student Parking, 2021-2022
Student parking spaces are limited. The plan for distributing student parking passes is still being coordinated and will be communicated later this summer. Stay tuned....
Nutrition Services - Summer meal distribution
From June 21-August 20, PPS Nutrition Services will be distributing Grab and Go Breakfast and Lunches at Ida B. Wells High School, Monday-Friday from 3:00-4:00pm for all children ages 1-18. This is the only school location in the Ida B. Wells Cluster, however, there will be some other park locations as well and those locations will be posted soon at https://www.pps.net/nutrition
The Headlight, Ida B. Wells Student Magazine
Check out Ida B. Wells new online magazine, The Headlight. Many new articles were just added! https://ibwhsmag.com/
2020-2021 Yearbooks - You can still order!!
Many years from now it will be interesting to look back at this unprecedented school year through the lens of a yearbook. Purchase your 2020-21 yearbooks now before they sell out! Quantities are limited so to guarantee that you will have a 2020-21 yearbook, please visit SchoolPay pps.schoolpay.com to purchase yours today! Cost is $45. If you can't remember if you have ordered one, you can also go to your SchoolPay account under History (upper right hand corner) to check on purchases.
If you missed out on the 2018 or 2019 yearbook, we recently discovered a few extra copies that will be sold for $20 each via SchoolPay (see links below). Quantities are limited (about 34 of the 2018 book and 17 of the 2019 book) and will be sold on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.
Yearbook Pick Up
2020-2021 Yearbooks will not be ready for pick up until the beginning of the new school year.
If you ordered a 2018 and/or a 2019 yearbook, please make arrangements with our bookkeeper, Ana Curtis, for pick up no later than 2pm, June 18th.
You can still order all yearbooks thoughout the summer on SchoolPay for pick up in August.
Summer Hours at Mult. County Student Health Center
The Multnomah County Student Health Center at Parkrose High School will be open all summer. If you do not have a regular medical provider, this is a good no/low-cost option for all health care needs. Call for appointments. Please see the flyer or their WEBSITE for more information
Summer Hours at Parkrose High School, English
Summer Hours at Parkrose High School, Spanish
Art Department - Annual End of Year Tie Dye Day
Art Department students enjoying a sunny day on the patio for the annual tie dye day
Sound Engineering Class
Please take a look at some work that our students produced in the Sound Engineering program. Thank you to our Sound Engineering Teacher, Bruce McCleave, for sharing and for supporting our students throughout this year. Sound Engineering Video
Does your student need to recover credit needed for graduation? If they did not pass a core class then Summer Scholars may be the way to go. Up to 1.0 credit can be recovered over the summer. Session 1 is June 28-July 15 and Session 2 is July 19-Aug. 4. In-person classes will be available at Ida B Wells from 9-noon and online courses will be offered during the morning session- 9-noon, and also 1-4 pm and 5-8 pm.
In Person classes at Ida B. Wells
Limited classes are available from 9-noon during Summer Scholars. Subjects may include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Modern World History, and English. Students need to check with their counselor to register and to verify course availability.
Online Class Offerings and Schedule
Online classes options for both sessions (June 28-July 15 and July 19-Aug. 4)
The first step in registering for Summer Scholars is to contact your IBW counselor:
The deadline to register is Friday, June 18.
Seniors - Transcripts
Just a reminder that once grades have been input for 2nd semester a final transcript will automatically be sent to the college you indicated on your exit survey. If anything needs to change, please contact Sharon Dailey at email@example.com no later than June 22nd.
Leap into 9th Grade - Summer Opportunity
LINK to PPS website where you can gather info and sign-up FREE; August 2-20th 9am-12:30pm
Focus is on growth mindset, academic skill building, future career exploration, field trips and team building with peers.
Band Camp - August 31
Band students are invited to this year's band camp- August 31st in the band room!
Schedule is as follows:
9am-12pm, Freshmen (and anyone else that wants to help out)
12-1pm, Lunch for all grades (provided)
1-3pm, all grades
To register, please complete this Registration Form
AP Seminar Summer Work
We are so excited for you to join us next year in AP Seminar. Please see this document for details regarding our optional, but highly encouraged summer reading assignment. It can also be found on the library's website https://www.pps.net/domain/
Summer Homework Assignments for AP Literature
Please check here for optional summer homework for AP Literature https://www.pps.net/
History Podcast - I Wish I Learned That in School
If you haven't had a chance, summer will be a great time to catch up on history teachers, Frank Mathews and Scott Montanero's history podcast "I wish I learned that in school. They just finished up a 2 part podcast on the 1969 Native american "Occupation of Alcatraz".https://open.spotify.com/show/5ZSffNKX4vdutGncjq7Vix
News from the College & Career Center
Graduating Seniors - Summer Help
Graduating seniors who may need additional support with college and financial aid during the summer can reach out to College Coordinator Mr. Rivas via appointment, phone or email. We are here to support you! Winston Rivas (College Coordinator)Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: 503-939-2571, to make an appointment: https://calendly.
Link to registration: http://bit.ly/
Our new College and Career YouTube Channel!
Our new College and Career YouTube channel is live! On it you will find recordings from our Lunch and Learn Series and we will be updating it with more College & Career related videos.
Summer jobs for teens
The job market for teens is super strong this summer! Jessica Wade, our Career Counselor, has been compiling opportunities including many new jobs added just this week. You can find out more HERE
Congratulations to sophomore Iris Tervo who was honored with a Young Astronomer Award by the Rose City Astronomers. The award includes both a certificate and a cash prize. Iris wowed the RCA at their annual Astronomy Fair with a presentation of her astronomy-themed art. A recording of Iris’s presentation is on the home page of the RCA website, https://www.
Dragon Boat Team - A Fall season opportunity!
After two cancelled seaons due to Covid, an official special Fall Dragon Boat practice season is now being offered by the Rose Festival Association from September 11 through October 9. There will be three, 55 minute practices per week, plus one bonus practice September 11.
Ida B. Wells, formerly Wilson, has a history of fielding Dragon Boat teams for about 20 years. Dragon Boating is not only a Rose Festival activity, it is an international sport with a history of competition dating back over 2000 years! https://tinyurl.com/HistoryOfDragonBoatRacing
June 30 is the deadline for IBW to register with the Rose Festival Association for this opportunity. If your student is interested in participating, please contact Nathan Whitby email@example.com ASAP. No previous experience is necessary! This is a really amazing opportunity to try out Dragon Boat racing!!
John Payne (PE) and Chris Love (Science) will be joining us as new teachers. Both John and Chris bring lots of teaching experience and passion for working with youth.
Current teacher, Stephanie Satoorian, has been named our new Leadership teacher and Activities Director. Stephanie's care for students, enthusiasm for community building, and boundless energy will be perfectly suited for this new and exciting role. Congratulations, Stephanie!
Have a great summer!
Portland Public Schools, thanks to the generosity of voters, has a head start on preparing for instruction in a post-pandemic world, an article in EdTech Magazine reports.
Dear PPS Families,
Due to the continued and unprecedented extreme heat in the region, we are pausing student programs in PPS school buildings on Tuesday, June 29. This pause includes grab-and-go meal service at PPS sites, child care, and summer enrichment programs. However, we are distributing free meals at the following parks on Tuesday:
As we have repeatedly shared with families and the public, Portland Public Schools expects to fully reopen schools to full-day, five-day, in-person learning this fall. We maintain those expectations today in light of the Oregon Department of Education announcement of the Resiliency Framework for the 2021-2022 school year.