The Guardian Gazette
Family Edition, September 7, 2023
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
Mark your calendars for these 2023-24 School Year dates
September 11 - Boosters Meeting
September 12 Deadline to purchase pies to support band program
September 19 - Back-to-School Night
September 27 - PTA Meeting
October 4 - Community Equity Council Meeting
October 13 - No School, Statewide Inservice Day
October 20 - Photo Re-Take Day
October 21 - Foundation House Parties
Please join us for Back-to-School Night on Tuesday, Sept. 19th.
Our incredible Jazz Band and Choir will welcome you to the new school year beginning at 6:00pm in the auditorium (arrive a bit early to enjoy the jazz band starting before 6:00pm). Our new Principal Ayesha Coning will start us off and you will also meet many key staff (ex. administration, counselors). Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to meet with your student's teachers in their classrooms allowing you to find out more about programs, curriculum, and the layout of Ida B. Wells High School. “Your” period 1 will begin promptly at 6:30 pm. Each period will be ten minutes in length, with a five-minute passing time to get to the next class. In addition:
Our bookkeeper will be available in her office between 5:45-6:45pm to help with school supply fees and contributions or yearbook/ASB purchases.
Counselors will be available after the auditorium presentation.
There will be Ida B. Wells gear (hoodies, shirts, etc) available for purchase
Parent groups will be present to learn more info too!
Filling out your student’s schedule using the Blank Schedule below or using ParentVUE will help you find classrooms as we will not be printing out schedules ( please also see map link below).
PreACT for Sophomores (during the school day) and PSAT for Juniors (on a Saturday)
On Wednesday, October 18th, sophomores will take the PreACT. There is no cost to sophomores. The PreACT helps students prepare for college and careers. Please make sure your student gets a good night’s sleep and breakfast before the test. If you have questions, please contact your child’s school counselor.
In prior years, sophomores took the PSAT. Beginning 2022-23, the Oregon Department of Education changed the required assessment from the PSAT to the PreACT.
Juniors wishing to take the PSAT for the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying opportunity (NMSQT) or for SAT preparation can register to take the PSAT at their own expense ($15) on Saturday, October 14 at either Ida B. Wells-Barnett or McDaniel High Schools. A School Messenger message was sent to parents of juniors on 8/31 with additional information. Students wishing to take the PSAT can register here.
Para positions available at IBWHS
IBW is hiring two Paraeducators! Help us get the word out to qualified people who may be interested. This is a 37.5 hour/week position.
Paraeducator - 0.938 FTE - Ida B Wells-Barnett HS
Portland Public Schools
Ida B Wells-Barnett HS
If interested, we would like to invite you to visit our careers site to complete your application.
1. Select the link to access our careers site.
2. Sign In to access your account or if you are not an existing user select the New User link to create one.
3. Review the job description and select the Apply button to begin your application.
If you are a current employee of our organization please use the following link instead:
NEWS FROM OUR PARENT GROUPS
Ida B Wells Booster Club
Booster Club supports all student clubs on campus, not just athletics.
Our first meeting is next week! If you would like to participate in supporting our IBW clubs and athletics, come and make your voice heard.
STEP 1: Join so you can vote!
STEP 2: Attend!
Monday, September 11th, at 6:30 pm in the IBW Library!
**** We already have grant proposals set to be discussed for the first meeting, but it's not too late to add your club or sport to the list. You can find grant applications for funding in the Office or can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are unable to make it on Monday, please consider the following ways to support the Booster Club:
STEP 3: Buy Ida B. Wells Merchandise!
Represent Ida B. Wells High School with our great collection of gear! Shop for shirts, hats, and more online, any time, at www.schoolpay.com/link/IBWgear.
STEP 4: Volunteer!
No time like the present to help out in concessions. Our upcoming open spots to volunteer are listed below:
Amongst the other requests that are live on the site, we need some volunteers for Saturday 9/9 for our Youth Football (tackle and flag). We can only open the shed if we have folks who can help :)
Bookmark this to easily find all our links: @Ibwboosterclub | Linktree
Community Equity Council (CEC)
The Community Equity Council (CEC) is a parent group focusing on inclusivity at Ida B. Wells. The members of the group have supported events and activities which lift up historically underserved students and their families, the student leaders of No Place For Hate, and culturally specific and Affinity clubs at Ida B. Wells. The CEC welcomes all parents, guardians, and community members who are interested in participating in these school based missions and learning more.
Meetings will take place once a month (usually on Wednesday evenings 7p-8:30p) in Room 120* Bring a friend.* Mark your calendars for these future meetings!
Wednesdays 10/4, 11/1, 1/3, 2/7, 3/6, 4/10, 5/1, 6/5
The PTA strives to keep parents informed, advocates for the entire parent community,and provides you with a way to make a difference in your child’s school and educational experience. We all want our children to have a high school experience that prepares them for their next adventure in a safe environment where they can learn and grow. Parent participation is a very important piece of this equation. Here are a few things PTA fundraising supports: classroom support, staff development, scholarships, PTA Clothes Closet, Portland Council Student Aid Fund, and more.
Join PTA online at www.SchoolPay.com Find us under NonProfit Groups in the left side menu. Choose from multiple ways to join PTA whether as an Individual or at the Family level. Combined membership with Boosters can be done at: www.schoolpay.com/link/JoinIBW
We're looking forward to a great school year!
DATES TO NOTE
Our first meeting is scheduled for September 27, 6:30pm in Room 145
Our shelves are bare! Please help our IBW social worker, Britni Locke, continue the important work of helping our students and their families by stocking the shelves of our IBW Food Pantry. This is an important place for our school and community where students can come during the day for snacks, and also where students and families can get needed food as well as personal care and cleaning supplies. The list of needs is long right now and any help is appreciated. Sign up link is here.
The Ida B. Wells Foundation funds teaching positions, raising funds to decrease class sizes and provide a diverse range of electives. The Foundation is the only entity that can pay for staff, and contributions help mitigate cuts to our school due to district and state shortfalls. Foundation receives direct contributions from families in the form of monthly contributions on a credit card, matching gifts from employers, contributions made at House Parties, responses to direct fundraising appeals and the Auction. Last year, the Foundation was able to provide funding to restore teaching positions.
DATES TO NOTE
Foundation House Party Extravaganza: October 21, 2023
The party is on and everyone is invited to help raise funds for the IBWHS Foundation. Each October, Ida B Wells parents have opened up their home to bring the community together in support of IBW High School. We will be sending out signups this fall inviting everyone to support the IBW Foundation. Fun, themed parties are a great way for parents to connect and raise money for our community.
Looking for Party Hosts for our Foundation House Party Extravaganza
Many families join with other families to host a gathering together. If you would be willing to host one of these fantastic events on October 21, 2023, please reach out to Erica Caldwell at email@example.com so we can share how to be involved. Thank you to all of our generous families who have hosted in the past!!
Foundation All-School Auction: April 19, Eco Trust Building
A fun and informal evening of fundraising to benefit Ida B Wells Foundation and all student groups, clubs and teams. Ida B. Wells biggest fundraising event of the year! We already have a Chair, date and location for the 2024 Auction!
We hope you will consider a recurring monthly donation of $10 or more to the Ida B Wells Foundation. A little every month adds up to a lot of support for the Foundation! Establish a recurring monthly donation or make a one-time contribution https://fundforpps.org/donate. Many local employers offer matching programs that could double your contribution; check with yours. Matching gift programs allow you to multiply the impact of your gift-at no cost to you. Ask your company's HR or community relations staff if there's a matching gift program.
INTERESTED IN SERVING ON THE FOUNDATION BOARD?
Seeking Homecoming Dance Volunteers!
Hello Guardian Families,
We are so excited to be back to school and putting on events for our students. Our leadership class has been working very hard this past year to put together an Ida B Wells High School Homecoming Dance that is fun for everyone! In order to involve our community more, we are looking for parents/guardians who are interested in chaperoning our dances. This year, our Homecoming Dance will be on Friday, September 22 from 7-10pm. Chaperones will have to arrive 30 minutes early. There are four chaperoning options for homecoming night and this includes coat check, admissions, refreshments table, and chaperone in the dance room. We would love to have you come!
To volunteer as a Homecoming Chaperone, please fill out the form linked here: https://forms.gle/DTu8bs39fn3rGPNG7
If you have questions, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to see you there!
College and Career Center Needs
IBW Career Speakers & Pathway Partners Request
Engaging students in career exploration is central to our Career Technical Education programs, AVID classes, and 9th grade College & Career Exploration classes at Ida B Wells. If you are interested in serving as a guest presenter or contributing your professional knowledge and inspiring our students this year, please complete one of these forms:
Healthcare Career Professionals: https://forms.gle/2wzQ4dPTCSs7g2xy6 (see more below)
All Other Professionals: https://forms.gle/1Yvs2CTm479ksNyE6
IBW College ASPIRE Volunteers
Ida B. Wells High School is looking for dedicated volunteers to support our efforts to help Seniors complete their college applications, financial aid & scholarships. This is a weekly commitment of 1-2 hours mentoring seniors along their college journey. We will provide training and be here to support the work you do all along the way! Please complete this form: https://forms.gle/dge5ZqtWk7S6qbWJA
Thank you! And let me know if you have any questions.
Jessica Wade (she/her/hers)
Career & Community Partnerships Coordinator
Office: 503-916-5280 x75374
Seeking Healthcare/Medical Field Professionals
Hello, my name is Aaron Olsen and I am the Health Sciences Pathway teacher here at Ida B Wells High School. I am casting a wide net to see if we can develop a "Careers in Healthcare" series for my students interested in the healthcare/medical field. Ideally we would like to host a wide variety of healthcare providers and professionals,. Any time we can bring the outside/real world into the classroom, it makes our discussions and investigations into the field so much richer.
Here are some ideas/topics that might help guide the discussion with the students:
- Who you are and how did you find your way into your profession (early interests, educational path, etc.)
- What should they study and/or pay attention to moving forward along their educational path?
- Best and the most troubling parts of your job
- Share any tools or items you may use in your profession.
- Lastly, I think it's always best to try to incorporate a simple activity. Students love to simulate, role play and/or try new techniques.
If this something you're interested in (even if online), please fill out this form https://forms.gle/2wzQ4dPTCSs7g2xy6
Deadline Approaching to purchase pies to support the band program
BUY PIES FROM WILLAMETTE VALLEY PIE COMPANY AND SUPPORT BAND
Pre-order your Fall and Winter Pies and help the Band get to Disneyland for their Disney Band Workshop this Spring. Pie Pick up date is September 27th! These are frozen and bake very well for the holidays!
Caramel Apple, Cherry Crunch or Marionberry $18
Berryfield Sandwiches 4-pack $10
Mini Pies Fruit Variety - 4 pack $25
To pre-order, please complete this google form https://forms.gle/VuGzzKjaNbsBhyNcA . We take cash, check on online payments. Here's school pay link to pay for ordered pies:
https://pps.schoolpay.com/pay/for/Pie-Fundraiser-for-Band-/SbR509o Orders must be submitted by September 12th.
September is National Suicide Prevention Month.
National Suicide Prevention month is used for raising awareness on this highly stigmatized topic. This month is also used to spread hope via sharing vital information to people affected by suicide. As a school, we want to ensure our students and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention and to seek help.
At IBW myself, our school psychologist and counselors conduct lifesaving screenings, and do critical prevention work. In addition, we have an in house drug and alcohol counselor 1x a week, school-based therapists through Life Stance 3x a week, and will soon have a Confidential Advocate on campus 1x a week. Findings suggest acknowledging and talking about suicide reduces suicidal ideation. For info and resources #BeThe1To
If you have questions about supporting your child's mental health, please reach out to your child's counselor (extension 75206) or social worker (extension 75340). We can help connect your child to support.
Here are some useful numbers for mental health support:
Multnomah County Crisis Line
24 hours, 7 days a week
Urgent Walk-In Clinic
4212 SE Division (like Zoom Care for mental health)
Daily 7AM-10:30PM - insurance not a barrier
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Kaiser Crisis Line
988 Suicide and Crisis Line
For youth to connect with other youth
Text: Teen2Teen to 839863
Supports LGBTQIA+ youth
Lines for Life Racial Equity Support Line
Staffed by & for People of Color
Our school nurse this year is Cheryl Bell, 503-916-5280, ext 75264, email@example.com
Out of respect for our community, please stay home if you are feeling ill. For complete information regarding communicable diseases and when to stay home, what is excludable symptoms, etc. please see the attached district information.
If your student has a health condition and/or needs to have medication at school, please complete this form Student Health Condition Forms
Trivory Update - Introducing the Youth Resources section, in collaboration with the PPS Student Success and Health Department
We're excited to introduce the new Youth Resources section on Trivory. This is a collection of essential resources and information for youth curated by the Portland Public Schools Student Success and Health Department mental health advisory team together with the feedback of over 100 PPS students. The new section includes information about suicide prevention, health and wellness, housing, food, LGBTQIA+ resources, immigrant and refugee resources, and more.
The new Youth Resources section on Trivory is a continuation of the Youth Resource App, a previous district effort to support the needs of PPS youth. By consolidating the information under one roof, we're making these vital resources just a few taps away for thousands of PPS 6th-12th graders already using the Trivory app.
The new Youth Resources section is now available in the Trivory app for all PPS students. The information is also available online, extending its reach to all Portland youth.
Trivory and PPS remain committed to continuous improvement and welcome user feedback. We hope that the integration of the Youth Resources section into Trivory marks an important step forward in promoting the mental, physical, and emotional well-being of Portland's youth.
With the new school year underway, it's a great time to enroll in or renew your family’s health coverage.
Enrolling in Health Insurance
PPS families who need help in getting health insurance can get free help in many languages to apply for Oregon Health Plan (OHP) or other coverage.
You may now qualify for OHP, even if you didn’t previously. As of July 1, 2023, Healthier Oregon allows people of any age or immigration status who meet income and other criteria to qualify for full OHP benefits.
Renewing Oregon Health Plan (OHP) Coverage
Keep your address up-to-date.
Keep checking the mail for your renewal letters.
Get free help in many languages.
How Health Coverage Supports Students
Health coverage information is important for PPS students (and families) because: