The Guardian Gazette

Family Edition, February 2

Message from Principal H

Dear Ida B Wells Families,

Last week the Oregon Department of Education released the four-year graduation rate for the Class of 2022. We knew last year that our Class of 2022 set a new standard for what it means to be an Ida B. Wells graduate. Our students earned more than $3.5 million in scholarships and were accepted to Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Howard, and West Point just to name a few. Last week we also learned that our Class of 2022 registered the highest graduation rate in the city and in the history of the school. Nearly 96% of our students graduated on time! This is a huge achievement. Congratulations to our families and staff for supporting our young people toward success. Most of all, congratulations to our students for exhibiting resilience and commitment during their four years of high school.

Go Guardians!

Important Upcoming Dates

February 10 - IBWHS Red Cross Club Blood Drive

February 10 - Deadline to take Successful Schools Survey
February 13 - Monthly Boosters Meeting
February 17 - No School, Teacher Professional Development
February 20 - No School, President's Day Holiday
February 28 - Coffee with the Principal
April 29 - IBWHS Auction

News from our Parent Groups

Boosters News

Show Your Support for B-ball and Boosters

All three IBW Men's Basketball teams have home games against Roosevelt this Friday.We’d love to open the concessions stand in the gym for all of them! Please click to link to see the available shifts and sign up.

@Ibwboosterclub | Linktree

Claim Your Seat on the Booster Board

The Booster Board has some vacancies for next year, including VP and Treasurer (see brief descriptions below). We’d like to find some interested folks and start training them this Spring. Freshman parents welcome! This is a great way to get involved and support all the clubs and teams at IBW. Want to know more? Please email

Vice President (or President)

We're looking for someone, with several years ahead at IBW, who is willing to ascend to the President position for the 2024-25 school year. Alternatively, you could begin as President in Fall of 2023 and the current President would step down to VP in support. Vice President currently pre-screens funding requests and communicates with those making requests, helps draft bulletin content, steps in and supports the President during periods of unavailability. Generally, the VP commitment is one-to-two hours weekly plus the monthly meetings.


Our Treasurer not only acts as the primary checkwriter for grant funding, they also reconcile accounts, maintain cash banks for concessions, track messages from folks in concessions, prepares monthly reports for membership, reimburses expenses incurred by others on behalf of Boosters and either prepares tax returns or works with a reputable vendor to do so. Also responsible for checking the Boosters P.O. box at Multnomah USPS station and the mailbox in the IBW school main office.

PTA News

The mission of the Ida B. Wells PTA is to keep parents informed, support teachers, advocate for the Ida B. Wells community, and fund teacher grants and academic programs.

Seeking new board members for 2023-2024 school year

Open positions for the 2023-2024 school year include:

  • President
  • Treasurer
  • Hospitality
  • Scholarship (cannot be a senior parent/guardian)

High school PTA is pretty simple and a minimal time commitment. Please email or call Marci Forbes at 503-887-6331 if you are interested in helping out!

PTA Clothing Closet

The PTA send volunteers to the PPS PTA Clothing Closet twice each year. The next date for IBW to send volunteers is 3/2/2023. The PTA Clothing Closet is a wonderful service provided to students in need from across PPS, including students from IBW. It is run entirely by volunteers and through donations. See this link for details about the program and volunteering.

Senior Scholarships

The PTA funds three $1000 scholarships to graduating seniors in the Spring.

You All Are So Sweet!

Thank you to everyone who ordered from our See’s Candy Senior scholarship fundraiser. We made just over $245! That gets us even closer to our goal of funding three scholarships this year. Stay tuned for our next fundraiser coming soon!

Foundation News

Save the Date for the IBWHS Auction!

When: April 29th, 6pm-9pm

Where: Scottish Rite Center, 709 SW 15th

Theme: A Night in Vegas

Ida B Wells HS Foundation invites you to take a chance and join us for an evening of fun at our annual auction which supports the Ida B Wells High School Foundation, school clubs, and sports.

Dress for Vegas and bring your luck!

Volunteers STILL needed to help with Auction Planning

We are looking for help with:

  • Planning and coordinating
  • Set up prior to the auction
  • During the auction: silent auction maintenance, cashing out, checking in, etc
  • Clean up after the auction

Please reach out to the Auction

Let us know if you are able to volunteer and in what capacity you are willing to help. We look forward to having a fun and profitable auction, we need your help to make it happen!

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News - Date Sensitive

February 10 - Successful Schools Survey

Hello Parents/Guardians of Ida B. Wells Students

Please make time to take the Successful Schools Survey before February 10th. The intention of the survey is to gather input from parents/guardians about your student's experience in school. In our efforts to make IBW the best high school for your student, we very much value your input. We hope you will take 15 minutes to complete the survey before the deadline of Feb. 10th.

The link to the survey is in the top right corner of this PPS webpage:
If you are visiting the school, you are welcome to take the survey using the computer in the Main Office on the front counter.

February 10 - Red Cross Club Invites the Community to Donate Blood at iBWHS

Hello Ida B Wells Community -

The Ida B Wells Red Cross Club is hosting an upcoming blood drive. Every day, tens of thousands of people need donated blood and blood products to keep them healthy or even stay alive. There are many reasons why blood donations are essential for the health of the community, and we need generous people to donate blood and save lives.

Please use the QR code below to join our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today!

Drive Details:
Site: Ida B Wells High School
Address: 1151 SW Vermont Street, Portland, OR, 97219
Location: IBW gymnasium
Date: Friday, February 10th
Time: 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Coordinators Name: Aaron Olsen

February 28 - Coffee with the Principal

Coffee with the Principal is coming back to Ida B. Wells High School!

Please join Principal Hristic on the last Tuesday of the month in the main office conference room to ask questions and just have a chat about our school.

Feb. 28th 8:15-9:15 am

April 25th 8:15-9:15am

May 31st 8:15-9:15am

March 17 - Deadline to place Senior Ads

Hi parents of 2023 seniors! This year senior ads are $210 for a full page, $110 for a half page, and $60 for a full page. Ads can be designed and purchased using this link: Completed ads will be due no later than March 17th.

News - General

CommuniCare Club Fundraiser

We are the CommuniCare Club at Ida B. Wells. We will be granting money to organizations that are local to the Portland area that focus on preserving natural areas and spreading environmental awareness. We believe supporting the environment will create a healthy community and a better future. We will focus on organizations that support the preservation and restoration of the environment as well as organizations that spread awareness and encourage activism. We would like to see less pollution in outdoor spaces, cleaner local waters, a safer city, and hope for the future of our planet.

Each dollar donated will be matched x10. Here is the link for people to donate online:

IBW Ethnic Studies Fundraiser

The Ida B Wells Ethnic Studies class is collaborating with Communicare to fundraise money to support houseless populations in the Portland area. We are aiming to raise up to $750, and each dollar will be matched x 10 by the Communicare non-profit, all proceeds going to local non-profits addressing houselessness in the area. To learn more or donate directly to our fundraiser, access the following link or qr code (below): Fundraiser LINK
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Wine/Purse Party Fundraising Event for 2023 Grad Night

The Ida B Wells-Barnett Grad night Committee is hosting a wine/purse fundraising event in April to raise money for the 2023 senior graduation party. They want to help you with your commitment to 'Dry January', and help clear your closets by collecting bottles of wine and gently used Designer Handbags. More details about the event to come soon. Please contact or text 503-319-0521 to arrange a pickup or find a drop off location.

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Fred Meyer Community Rewards

Support Ida B. Wells High School and sign up for Fred Meyer Community Rewards and select Ida B. Wells High School.