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Wilson Scholarship InitiativeSupport our campaign to raise money for college scholarships for Wilson grads. Our goal is to fund two $1,000 scholarships this year, and to build an endowment that will fund future scholarships. There are two ways to participate:
Gift Cards for Scholarships, November 30-December 6: Purchase a gift card at participating local businesses between November 30 and December 6, say that you are purchasing gift cards for the Wilson Scholarship Initiative, and we will receive 10% of the value of all gift cards purchased. The list of participating businesses includes Annie Bloom's Books, Hillsdale Art Supply Company, Dairy Hill Ice Cream, Paloma Clothing and more. To see the list of participating businesses and others who have supported the Initiative through donations, click here. With the holidays approaching, consider gift cards—give a gift or buy for yourself.
Cash Donations: Send a check to Wilson Scholarship Initiative, Attn: Sue Stahl, Wilson High School, 1151 Vermont St., Portland 97219; or call Wilson bookkeeper, Ana Curtis, at (503) 916-5280 x75374, to make a donation using a credit card.
Read Dr. Todd Gifford's story of how scholarships made a huge difference in his life. Dr. Gifford has established his own scholarship to benefit Wilson grads—thank you, Dr. Gifford!
Support our Initiative and make a difference for a Wilson senior heading to college next fall!
Wilson Vintage Camera T-shirts
Now available for purchase! 100% of proceeds will go towards buying cameras for Wilson photography students. These will make great holiday gifts. Purchase yours for $20 (cash or check) in the bookkeeper’s office, or email Matt Carlson to place an order.
Rose Court Applications Available Online
Junior and Senior girls with a minimum 3.0 GPA are invited apply for this year’s Rose Court. Wilson’s Rose Festival Princess will receive a $3500 scholarship, a new wardrobe, and will travel around Oregon and Washington and many networking opportunities. Applications are due by January 8, 2016.
Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences Online Survey
Student conferences held last month constitute a significant effort of time and resources designed to support student achievement and effective home/school communication. At Wilson HS we strive to use the conference time to its fullest extent to support all of our students and for conferences to be convenient and accessible to as many different family situations as possible. This year, we added the online sign-up program (myconferencetime.com) to simplify the scheduling of conferences and again we offered multiple formats of conferences that were available both in the morning and the evening. We are seeking feedback and suggestions that will inform our work and potentially guide future efforts to improve the process for our families. Please take a few minutes and complete the online survey here. Thank you!
Important Dates and Upcoming Events
|Thursday & Friday, 26-27:||No School, Thanksgiving Holiday|
For complete athletic schedules, go to the Daily Bulletin.
News from the College and Career Center
We offer help with college searches, college applications, filing for financial aid, searching for scholarships, all things related to post-high school education. Seniors, Please stop in at Room 220 and explore options with one of our volunteers. We are very excited to help expand the horizons for Wilson students. Learn more about the College Center.
Financial Aid Information Night, Tuesday December 1st, 7 pm, Wilson Cafeteria
This is an extremely important night for all seniors and their parents to learn about how to access funds for college. Learn about all the different kinds of financial support to pay for college including grants, work study, and scholarships; learn how to complete the FAFSA for federal aid; learn about Oregon Promise (the new grant that will pay for two years of Community College for graduates with a 2.5 GPA!); learn about applying for scholarships through OSAC. We invite all Wilson seniors and their parents to this important evening of information!
College Admissions Practice Tests
Mark your calendar for practice tests! A practice test for the ACT will be offered on January 25, 2016 (a teacher planning day so no school for students), and one for the new SAT is scheduled for April 8, 2016 (another day when students have no classes). All Juniors take the ACT on March 15 (administered by PPS free of charge); the new SAT replaces the old version beginning with tests administered in May.
We hope with preparation and practice many students will be “One and Done:” Test once, score well, and be done with testing. Give yourself the best chance possible!
The College Handbook is here, updated for 2015. Consult this handy one-stop guide as you move through the process of applying to college and for scholarships and financial aid.
The ACE Mentor Program is now accepting applications, and career days in health careers and construction management are coming up. Follow the link to learn more about all of these opportunities.
Portland Parks Lifeguard Info Session, Thursday, December 3, 2:11-3:15pm
Are you a student interested in becoming a lifeguard? Portland Parks Aquatic Department is hiring lifeguards and swim instructors at Southwest Community Center. Portland Parks offers employees flexible hours and competitive pay. If you are 15 and would like to learn more about becoming a lifeguard please attend the information session in room 221 on Thursday, December 3rd during Tutor Time.
Looking for a job? Check the jobs board outside room 221.
Stay tuned to the Wilson College and Career Center page for details on career related learning opportunities for students.
Wilson Academic All-Stars
Academic All-Stars for November are Sabine Pigg, Chase Howard, and Nicolai Apenes. Read more about what makes these Wilson seniors stand out.
The SW Community Connection highlights Wilson seniors for their academic excellence, achievement and leadership. Thanks to Gifford Dentistry in Hillsdale for their sponsorship of the All-Stars.