The Guardian Gazette

Student News, May 30

Message From Principal H

Dear Students,

Though it may be hard to believe, this is the last week of school for our seniors! Tuesday and Wednesday are senior finals. Thursday is the last day for seniors. I’m excited to celebrate senior achievements this Thursday during the Senior Awards assembly and at the Graduation Ceremony next Monday evening. Seniors, if you haven't done so already, please take some time this week to thank your teachers, coaches and mentors. I know that they will appreciate this immensely.

Schedule This Week: May 30 - June 2

Tuesday - A Day

Wednesday - B Day

Thursday - A Day Flex
Friday - B Day Flex

Important Upcoming Dates

May 30 - 31, Seniors, Finals, Senior Check Out

June 1 - Seniors Last Day
June 1- Senior Check Out, Mandatory Senior Meeting and Graduation Rehearsal, Senior Awards Ceremony and BBQ

June 3 - Starlight Parade
June 5 - Graduation and Grad Night Party
June 12-14, Finals for 9th, 10th, 11th graders
June 14 - Last Day of School

Mark your calendars now for these 2023-24 School Year Dates
August 14 - First day of Fall Sports
August 22 - Freshmen - Back-to-School Business Day
August 23 - Sophomores/Juniors - Back-to-School Business Day
August 24 - Seniors/Make-Up All Grades - Back-to-School Business Day
August 29 - First Day of School for 9th Graders
August 30 - First Day of School for 10th-12th Graders

Yearbooks are here!

If you've pre-ordered your yearbook, you can stop by room 142 before school, during lunch, or directly after school

We have a very limited amount of books to purchase on a first come first serve basis. Purchases must be made directly from Ana Curtis in the main office during lunch ONLY

Finally, juniors and seniors only, if you'd like a FREE copy of the 2020-21 Distance Learning edition of the yearbook, see Mr. Higbee in room 142 before school, during lunch or after school.

For Seniors - May 31 and June 1

To review all details for the last days of school and Graduation, see the May Senior Newsletter:

Wednesday, May 31:
Senior checkout from 12:00 - 3:30 (if you do not have class)

  1. Once you checkout with the library, bookkeeper, and the college & career center, you will check in outside of Main Office to get name card for Graduation and confirm Graduation Tickets

Thursday, June 1:

  1. Senior checkout from 8:30am - 12:30pm
    1. Once you checkout with the library, bookkeeper, and the college & career center, you will check in outside of Main Office to get name card for Graduation and confirm Graduation Tickets

  2. Mandatory Senior Meeting and Graduation Rehearsal - Gym @ 1:15pm

  3. Line up in Gym 1:55pm for Senior Awards Ceremony - Please wear your cap, gown & cords for the ceremony!

  4. Senior Awards Ceremony - Auditorium from 2:00 - 3:30pm
    1. Scholarship announcements, IBW awards, Department Awards, Slide show and Staff Infection performance

  5. Senior BBQ following the awards ceremony in the cafeteria courtyard

We are excited to celebrate you! Reach out with any questions to your counseling or college and career staff!


Commemorate your Senior's graduation and time spent at Ida B. Wells HS with the purchase of a personalized, engraved brick in the Ida B. Wells Stadium Plaza.

Proceeds will be used to benefit students in IBW sports and clubs. Also makes a great tribute to a special teacher, friend or family member!

4 x 8 Brick $100

8 x 8 Brick $250

If you have any questions, please contact

Free Trimet Passes for PPS HS Students and Class of 2023 Graduates

As you may know, the 2022-2023 PPS ID/TriMet HOP card will deactivate on June 16th. Those needing TriMet access over the summer will need to get a designated summer pass.

This summer all PPS students- including incoming 9th graders as well as graduating seniors- are eligible for summer passes, but they are intended for those who are transit-dependent and will make use of them over the summer. It is recommended that PPS students keep their 2022-2023 student ID cards with them when using the summer passes on transit.

Please complete this online form requesting a summer pass using your PPS Login. We will be communicating about how to pick it up from our school before June 1st.

Air & weather News!

You can now check the weather at IBWHS on our website!

2023-24 Back-to-School Business Days

  • Our Back-to-School Business Days are when students can come and get their photo taken and receive their student ID card, receive their Trimet HOP Pass and class schedules, pay any class fees or contributions. 9th graders will also have the opportunity to tour the school to find class locations and attend a club fair.

    August 22 - Freshman - We ask that students arrive at the following times based on the first letter of their last name (this is also your counselor grouping)

    9:00-10:00 AM Sheila Kendall's Group A-C
    10:00-11:00 AM Malcolm Simonoff's Group D-H
    11:00-12:00 PM Julie Fleming's Group I-Mi
    12:00-1:00 PM LUNCH BREAK for Staff and Volunteers
    1:00-2:00 PM Danny Bradach's Group Mj-Sch
    2:00-3:00 PM Lauryn Files' Group Sci-Z

    August 23rd - Sophomores/Juniors - We ask that students arrive at the following times based on the first letter of their last name


    9:00-10:00 A-F
    10:00-11:00 G-O
    11:00-12:00pm P-Z


    1:00-2:00PM A-F
    2:00-3:00PM G-O
    3:00-4:00PM P-Z

    August 24 - Seniors/Make-Up

    9:00-10:00AM A-F
    10:00-11:00AM G-O
    11:00-12:00PM P-Z

    Make Up - All Grades


Summer Scholars

Students and Families, please check StudentVUE. Are you in a position to finish everything up by June 14? Please contact your counselor for assistance or to look into the possibility of Summer School.
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2023-24 AP Literature - Summer Reading Assignment

If you are taking AP Literature next year, here is the *encouraged* summer reading assignment

AP English Literature Summer Reading


College and Career Center

May 2023 Career Happenings Newsletter Now Available!

View online at

Follow us on Instagram @ibw_ccc

Summer College Prep at IBW

Juniors(SOON to be Seniors)

As the school year comes to a close, it's important to start thinking about your future and what comes next after graduation. That's why we are excited to announce the IBW Summer College App Fest! This program is designed to provide support for rising seniors on College Applications, Filling out Common App, Writing your College Essay and more!

The IBW Summer College App Fest will be offered August 1-3, 8-10, and 15-17. During these three weeks, you will have the opportunity to learn from experts in college admissions and get all the help you need to prepare for your college applications.

The program will feature interactive workshops, discussions, and one-on-one support sessions, where you will receive personalized advice and feedback on your college applications. You'll also have the chance to connect with other guardians as you begin to make your post-high school plans

Programming will be split over 3 weeks as follows: Students are welcome to attend all days or on a drop in basis.

Week 1: August 1-3: College Fit, College Applications, and Common App

Week 2: August 8-10: Writing your College Essay & Personal Statements

Week 3: August 15-17: College Essay & Application Workshop Days

To register for the IBW Summer College App Fest fill out the registration form. Space is limited, so be sure to sign up soon to secure your spot.

Google Form:

If you have further questions, feel to reach out to the College and Career Center!

PCC FREE Summer Credit Opportunity

PCC Jumpstart Your Future 2023

Mon-Fri, August 7th-11th

Registration Link Here

What: Summer Programming at PCC for Rising Seniors - CG 140C “Career and Life Planning” PCC Course Description

Where: PCC Cascades Campus, 705 N Killingsworth St. Portland, OR (in-person)

When: August 7th-12th Times: Monday - Thursday from 9:30a - 1:30p; Friday all day.

Course Description: This will be an in-person course at PCC Cascade. Course provides tools and resources for making informed career decisions and how college pathways can affect that decision. Explores pathways options, next steps, and college/career process overview. Covers how to research career information and methods of exploring careers. Snacks and Lunch will be provided. Students will receive 1 PCC elective credit upon completion of the course.

  • College/career exploration workshops and lessons
  • Activities around career pathways, community building, the college process, and more
  • Required assignments to be completed during class
  • Breakfast and lunch provided
  • Friday field trip


Chromebooks - Important Information for End of School Year

Chromebook Accounts- Action Needed by All IBW Students and Families

Step 1: Determine if you have a school Chromebook checked out

Email notices went 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 “Chromebook Checkout Notice” or “Daily Chromebook Checkout Notice.” You will receive an email for every Chromebook you have checked out.

Step 2: Confirm the Chromebook Checkout

Follow the directions in the email to confirm that the Chromebook checked out to you is the one you are currently using.

Step 3: Fill out the Summer Chromebooks for Current 9th-11th Grade Students or return your Chromebook to the library for repair. Click here for the form.

Are you leaving IBW or does your Chromebook need repairs?

Please return your Chromebook to the library during finals week after it is no longer needed.

What if I am graduating?

You can return it during Senior Checkout.

What if I have questions?

  • If you have questions regarding your Chromebook account or a specific device, please come to the Library or email

Chromebook Account Clean-Up Days

On May 24 and May 25, every Chromebook being used by someone who did not check it out will be locked. If your Chromebook is locked, don't worry- you are not in trouble. Please bring it to the library so we can fix your Chromebook account. Many students are accidentally switching Chromebooks with classmates and we want to clean up everyone's account. Remember, your Chromebook is checked out for only you to use. Do not loan your Chromebook to siblings or friends. Questions? Email


For news that is more pertinent to Parents/Guardians, please see the Guardian Gazette, Family Edition that comes out each Thursday and is posted on the homepage of our website

The spring season has now concluded. Watch for a spring season re-cap coming soon!

FamilyID will open on June 1st for fall registration for Cross Country, Football and Soccer. Please register early to let coaches know your intent to participate. You do not need to have your valid physical to register; that can be sent via email or uploaded to FamilyID at a later date. You also don't need to pay as SchoolPay will not open for the fall season until we return in August.

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IBWHS student has artwork displayed in New York City.

Congratulations to Freshman, Louisa Way. Her artwork was on public display in New York City this past weekend. Through the fellowship, The Amen SELA Fellowship: Student Emerging Leaders and Artists, veteran Jewish artists coached high school students to make artwork about Biblical narratives in Genesis. The pieces are beautiful, gripping, and subversive. See more here: (

Red Cross Club News

Dear Ida B Wells Community

We'd like to thank all of you who donated at our blood drive on Friday. Lincoln HS did an outstanding job with their donations, but it wasn't enough to stay with the generosity of our community! As a result of our blood drive, we were able to secure 74 units of life saving blood and win THE BATTLE OF THE BIRDS!

We truly appreciate your support with the drive, and a special thanks needs to go out to our student coordinators and all our student volunteers in the Red Cross Club. It truly wouldn't happen without their dedication and hard work.

Thank You

A. Olsen (he/him pronouns)

Ida B Wells High School

Health Sciences CTE Teacher

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Center for Black Student Excellence.

Dear PPS Community,

In November 2020, Portlanders approved the 2020 Bond, which included funds to modernize Jefferson High School and establish the Center for Black Student Excellence. To make these projects reflect the community, the PPS Board of Education approved a historic cooperating agreement with the Center for Black Excellence (“CBE”) to advance Black student excellence at Portland Public Schools.

The CBE is a to-be-formed 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization envisioned and created by Black-led community organizations working together to unify and elevate the Black educational experience and improve outcomes for Black children, youth, and families. Its thirteen-person Board of Directors will include senior leaders from established, Black-led organizations serving the Black community, Black community leaders influencing change, and leaders along the educational continuum. Six of its members will be appointed by the PPS School Board: Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent, two school board members, and two community members.

The PPS School Board is looking for PPS students and community members to join the District’s efforts to advance a culture of Black excellence while meaningfully integrating joy and healing, unifying and elevating the Black educational experience, and improving outcomes for Black students.

Are you interested? If yes, submit your application by June 3, 2023.



What will I be responsible for?

The CBE Board of Directors sets the vision and leads our community’s commitment to Black excellence in Portland. PPS shares in this commitment and will collaborate with CBE, actively co-creating and implementing policies and activities to further the shared educational goals of CBE and PPS. The CBE Board of Directors will meet regularly to review and deliberate on, among other things:

  • Student-facing PPS capital projects in Albina (i.e., CBSE, Jefferson High School (JHS) modernization, and Harriet Tubman Middle School (HTMS) relocation)

  • The Center for Black Student Excellence's vision, comprehensive plan, facilities plan, and operations

  • Black student experience in PPS Schools

  • Vision for future projects and work streams to positively impact the Black student experience

Who will make up the CBE Board of Directors?

The Board of Directors of the CBE will be responsible for managing the CBE’s affairs and will be initially comprised of thirteen (13) directors. Seven (7) members will be selected by the Center for Black Excellence Steering Committee, and the PPS School Board will choose six (6) members: Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent, two school board members, and two community members.

From our Community

Hillsdale Library Teen Space

The Hillsdale Library will be getting a refresh (new carpet, shelving, etc) as a part of the library bond project. The new Youth Librarian, Rebecca Chernay, is hoping to make the teen space there even more inviting. Students, let Rebecca know what you might like in a library teen space? You can email Rebecca at or stop by the library and let her know.

In June, Cathy Camper, local author and former MCL librarian, will be teaching a zine workshop. It is on Tuesday, Jun 27, 2023 from 2:00 to 3:00.

In July, we will have a two day babysitter training camp from Safety Side Up. The dates for that are Monday, Jul 17, 2023 from 1:00 to 5:00 and Tuesday, Jul 18, 2023 from 1:00 to 5:00. Both dates are required. Registration for this one opens June 26, 2023 at 1:00 PM.

We will also have a monthly teen craft club drop-in where we will be doing a different craft each month. The dates for that are Wednesday, June 21, Wednesday, July 5, and Wednesday, August 2 from 2:30-3:30 pm.