Washburn High School provides students with an education that promotes excellence in academic, artistic and athletic achievement!

11/17/17 -- Issue 10 [Week before Thanksgiving]
11/16  Give to the Max Day  [still time to donate!]

11/19  Miller Mart Online Sales Closes
11/19  Washburn Cares Gift Card Drive Begins
11/22-11/24  NO SCHOOL  - Thanksgiving Break 
11/24  Poinsettia Sale Closes
11/28 FAFSA & Dream Act Workshop Night @ 5:00-7:00pm 
11/30  8th Grade Open House @ 6:00-8:00pm

12/2   Barnes & Noble Bookfair
12/13  Parent Council Social Gathering 
@ 6:00pm (Carbone's on Cedar)
12/14  Site Council Meeting
@ 4:30-6:00pm (106B)
12/18  Senior Pictures Due
to Yearbook Committee 
12/25-29  NO SCHOOL - Winter Recess

1/1-1/5  NO SCHOOL - Winter Recess
1/8  Back to School for the New Year

Career & College Center (CCC) Newsletter
Stay connected with opportunities offered through our CCC! The weekly newsletter is located online. November 13-17

FAFSA/MN Dream Act Night
Do you need money for college? Come to FAFSA/MN Dream ACT Night on November 28th @  5:00-7:00pm in the CCC! Get assistance with filling out your FAFSA or MN Dream Act Application. YOU MUST BRING ALL REQUIRED FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS! Stop in the CCC to get a list of documents required or if you have questions. See you there!


From the Testing Coordinator
All 11th graders (juniors) are automatically registered for the ACT on Tuesday, February 27th.  The test is free for all students in 11th grade at Washburn.
  • Students will take the 4 multiple choice subtests: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science AND take the Writing subtest of the exam.
  • 11th graders are automatically excused from class on 2/27 and are expected to be on time and present for the testing session which will start promptly at 8:30 AM.
  • Online testing resources are available on the Washburn website under Testing Resources
From the Writing Center
Juniors are invited to practice their writing skills for the ACT on Wednesday, November 29 after school.  Ms. Mennitt with host an ACT Writing Essay workshop starting promptly at 3:10 at the Tables in the Media Center.  Students should expect to get some tips and tricks and then take a 40-minute practice writing exam.  Bring some #2 pencils and lined paper.  Ms. Mennitt will have the rest.
Who: Juniors who are interested in improving their writing skills for the ACT
When: November 29 at 3:10
Where: the Media Center Tables

Important Dates
11/18:  Washburn Arts Council Fall Arts Gala @ 6:30-10:30 pm  (St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church)
11/30: Student art display opening reception @  6:30-8:30 pm Washburn Public Library
12/5: Miller Voices, Choraliers, Crew 612 perform noon to 1 p.m. IDS Tower Crystal Court, Minneapolis
12/18: Winter Concert @7:p.m. in auditorium:  Choraliers, Miller Voices, Orchestras
12/19: Winter Concert @ 7 p.m. in auditorium:  Crew612, Treble Choir, Men's Choir and Bands
12/18 & 19: Cocoa & Clay at Winter Concerts
12/20: Black Box Theatre
12/21: Black Box Theatre

Washburn Arts Council Fall Arts Gala
The Gala is tomorrow! Don't have a ticket? No worries! You can still get them at the door. $40/ticket at St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church in Mpls. Come help us raise money to keep the amazing arts programs thriving at WHS. Enjoy student performances and art. Bring cash to buy tickets for a wine drawing. And if you are coming please volunteer to help at the gala.  Volunteer here!
Cocoa and Clay
You will be able to purchase cocoa and items made by the art students during the Winter Concerts. There will be candle holders, soap dishes, bowls and more.  If you can help art teachers coordinate this event please sign up here:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4aa8ae2fa0f94-cocoa 

Athletics Schedule Online
Don't forget check out the weekly athletic schedule online to come out and support our players at home games & matches!   http://mplscity.org/g5-bin/client.cgi?G5genie=6&school_id=7  

Students Signing Letters of Intent
This fall we have 6 student athletes who signed early letters of intent from the following teams:  Boys and Girls Soccer, Volleyball, Cross Country. Congratulations Miller athletes! 
Student Athletes
David Saly - Augsburg - Boys Soccer
Cooper Wells - North Park in IL - Boys Soccer
Lydia Ruppert - U of MN - Girls Soccer
Hannah Heinemann - Univ. of Nebraska Omaha - Girls Soccer
Lizzy Stark - Northern Michigan - Volleyball
Olivia Orr - Loyola-Chicago - Cross Country

Swimming Updates
Congratulations to our women swimmers for their accomplishments this season! Swimming is like track in that state qualifiers have to be 1st or 2nd in the final or beat a time standard for each event.
- 200 Yard Medley Relay - 2nd place (Eleanor Dolan, Maddie Dieffenbach, Annika Roe, Anika 
- 200 Yard Free Relay - 2nd place (Eleanor Dolan, Maddie Dieffenbach, Annika Roe, Anika Johnson) 
- 200 Yard Freestyle - Anika Johnson 5th place (qualified based on state time cut)
 -  500 Yard Freestyle - Anika Johnson 6th place (qualified based on state time cut)
- 50 Yard Freestyle - Maddie Dieffenbach - 3rd place, Annika Roe - 5th place
- 100 Yard Freestyle - Annika Roe - 7th place
- 100 Yard Backstroke - Eleanor Dolan - 5th place
- 100 Yard Breastroke - Maddie Dieffenbach - 4th place
- 400 Yard Free Relay - 7th place (Emma Foley, Bella Bennet, Mia Ruchie, Anika Peterson)


Parent Council
Parent Council offers several ways to get more involved! Looking for opportunities to contribute to Washburn, consider the following options for involvement:
  • Social Gatherings (every other month -- see dates below)
  • Parent Learning Topics (every other month-- see dates below)
  • Volunteer for Events
  • Join a Planning Committee
  • Attend Parent Council Executive Board Meetings (monthly meeting)
  • Donate
Social Meet & Greet
[Carbone's @ 6:00pm]
1/11/18 Parent Topic -- TBD
[Room 106B @ 6:30-7:30pm]
February Social Meet & Greet
[Place & Time TBD]
3/8/18 Parent Topic -- TBD
[Room 106B @ 6:30-7:30pm]
April Social Meet & Greet
[Place & Time TBD]
5/10/18 Parent Topic -- TBD
[Room 106B @ 6:30-7:30pm]
June Social Meet & Greet
[Place & Time TBD]

Visit the Parent Council page on the Washburn website for information on available opportunities   http://washburn.mpls.k12.mn.us/parent_council 
Site Council
Interested in what is being discussed at Site Council? Read the minutes from last month! While only official members have voting rights at Site Council, the meetings are always open to the public and all are welcome to attend. If you have a topic you'd like addressed, please reach out to the Co-Chairs prior to next meeting: Jeanne Massey and Diana Benjaafar

12/14 Room 106B  @ 4:30-6:00pm
1/11 Room 106B
 @ 4:30-6:00pm
2/8 Room 106B
 @ 4:30-6:00pm
3/8 Room 106B
 @ 4:30-6:00pm
4/12 Room 106B
 @ 4:30-6:00pm
5/19 Room 106B
 @ 4:30-6:00pm

The Miller Mart Online Store is now open until Nov 19th! This is a great time to buy gifts for the holidays. Remember that the online store is only open a couple times a year so don't miss this opportunity for great Miller swag. Credit cards accepted online and cash only in store at Washburn (open during lunches).  Order here!  Sample products shown below. 

The annual Washburn Poinsettia sale is on! This year the proceeds will go to our Washburn Cares fund to help our own Miller families who find themselves in need during the holiday season and throughout the school year. Purchasing a poinsettia this year will not only be beautiful but also charitable. It's a win-win! 

We have partnered with Wagner's for past 10+ years.  Their poinsettias are beautiful and good options at every price level. ($12 / $15 / $25).   

Poinsettia sales will run from Monday, November 13 -- Friday, November 24. 

Pick up date and time:   Thursday, December 7 from 4:00-6:00pm in room 107.  

Any questions, please contact Terri Nelson at terrinelsonmpls@yahoo.com

Holiday Help
Can you help us get gift cards for our Social Work program?  Washburn currently has about 30 students who are identified as Homeless/Highly Mobile. We also have many families who are facing housing or food instability. Can you imagine trying to be a teenager and worrying about basic needs such as shelter, food, or clothing? Thanks for your support of our own Millers who could use some extra support during the holiday season! 

This year we are collecting gift cards from the following stores. Cards in any amount help. Cards can be mailed to the school (attn: Erica Lebens-Englund) or they can be brought to the main office.   
  • Walmart (*most requested)
  • Cub 
  • Target
  • Walgreens
*Cash or check donations can also be accepted in lieu of gift cards. Checks can be written to the "Washburn Parent Council" with Washburn Cares in the subject line. Cash donations will help the committee offer yearbooks & prom tickets at a discounted price for students in need. 

Mark you calendars for Washburn's Barnes & Noble book sale on Sat 12/2! All proceeds will benefit our Media Center and add books to our collection to better service students. Teachers have also created some wishlists so you can support them as well with a purchase. 


Thanks for the Donations! 
Thank you to our many donors on Give to the Max day! Your generosity helped us break over the $10,000 mark this year. Woo-hoo! Even though we were a little short of our $16,000 goal, we are still thrilled about all we'll be able to do with the donations (calculators, books, & social/emotional learning). If you forgot to donate, there's still time! Visit Washburn's GiveMn info online 

Thank You! 
A huge thank you to Laura Morrill, Washburn parent, for the beautiful winter foliage in the front pots. Our landscape committee always keeps the school looking great. Their commitment is much appreciated! 

Donate clothes today! 
With winter temperatures in full affect right now, we are finding that many students need warm clothes. We will gladly accept new or gently used & cleaned items:
  • Coats
  • Hats
  • Gloves
  • Scarves
  • Boots

Quiz Bowl Tournament
Washburn's Quiz Bowl team has started the official Quiz Bowl tournament season with a fantastic showing in Roseville. Our two teams went 4-0 and 2-2 in the first of three regular season competitions. The team also represented Washburn at tournaments at St. Olaf and at Shattuck St. Mary's, and will represent the school at the University of Minnesota in December. Washburn is the only Minneapolis Public School high school in these competitions, so we are representing Minneapolis as well as Washburn! If you see our Quiz Bowl members, give them a high-five for their friendly attitudes, competitive spirits, and knowledge of sometimes meaningless factoids. The teams from Thursday consisted of: Reeve Coon, Colin Farnham, Kathyrn Hillmer, Lucus Pierce-Ralph, Makala Roberson, Alison Thorson, Patricia Thorson, and Lucas Woychick. 

Science Fair Info Meeting
Do you have a student interested in participating in the 2018 Science Fair? This is a great opportunity that can come in handy when applying to jobs or colleges some day. There will be an informational meeting on Tuesday, November 14th after school in room 013. Please see Mr. Miller in room 013 if you have any questions. 

Send your senior pictures, senior quotes and baby pictures to wahian2018@gmail.com by December 18, 2017. 

Send each item in a separate email with the first and last name of the senior in the subject line along with what is in the email. Example Subject Line: Mitchell Krause Baby Photo Senior photos should be "cropped to 8x10 portrait orientation (vertically) at a minimum of 300 dpi (should be around 1 meg sized file). DO NOT submit LANDSCAPE (horizontal) oriented photos. Senior photos must be recognizable. And no props please.  Seniors who do not submit a photo will have their Lifetouch photos used.  

Yearbook Senior quotes should be: 20 words or less, positive, encouraging, celebratory, and related to school/graduation/success. Quotes must be in standard English, verifiable by a quick internet search if attributed to someone else. No violence, put-downs, sarcasm, -isms, or random statements that are non-graduation related. 

John Lynn, AVID Teacher

Next up for staff of the week is John Lynn! All the hard work and long hours put into making Heathers successfully come to life over these past few months is well-deserving of an accolade such as this. Staff members comment about seeing firsthand the positive impact he has on his students in the AVID program.  Congrats again, John, and enjoy the parking spot and well-deserved recognition!
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