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

11/18/16 -- Issue 10

11/17  GIVE TO THE MAX DAY (It's not too late to donate!)
11/18  Poinsettia Sale Ends (extended until 11/20!)
11/19  Fall Arts Gala 6:30-10:30pm
11/22  Native American Family Involvement Event 11:00-12:30pm Lunch
11/23, 11/24, 11/25 NO SCHOOL -- Thanksgiving Break 

12/3    Barnes & Noble Book Sale 
12/6    8th Grade/Prospective Students Open House 6:00-8:00pm 
12/19-1/2  NO SCHOOL -- Winter Break 
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Important Dates
11/19  Washburn Fall Arts Gala
11/30, 12/1-3  Student-Produced Theatre 

Roaring Twenties Fall Arts Gala - Saturday night!
Hey, all you guys and dolls, don't miss the  5th annual Fall Arts Gala on Saturday, Nov. 19th! You'll have a swell time mingling with fellow arts supporters, enjoying performances, tasty food and beverages, viewing student art, signing up for Great Gatherings, bidding on silent auction items and more. Help us make a lasting difference for arts programs at Washburn!  It'll be the cat's meow! The bees knees! (Roaring Twenties attire not required.)
WHY attend the Gala? This fantastic party raises money to support all the arts at Washburn: band, black box theater, choir, dance, guitar, musical theater, orchestra and visual arts. Past Gala events have funded the WHS auditorium thrust stage, arts equipment, recording studio, a pug mill for mixing clay, microphones, printing press and much more. This year we are raising funds for a rubber dance floor, murals, choir risers, theater instruction, paper cutter, clay extruder, sound system, instruments, choir uniforms and other arts equipment.
WHEN: Sat., Nov. 19, 6:30-10:30 p.m.

WHERE: St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave. S., Minneapolis (tickets available at the door)

Adaptive Soccer News
Good luck to the Minneapolis Adaptive Soccer Team as they play in their first game of the championship series tonight  November 18th @ 6:30pm at Stillwater High School. Go Millers! 

Girls Swimming -- Road to State
The swim meet is held at the University of Minnesota Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center at 6:00 p.m tonight 11/18!
Washburn Swimmers participating in tonight's finals are:
200 yard Medley Relay Consolations
Eleanor Dolan (10) Backstroke
Maddie Dieffenbach (10) Breaststroke
Annika Roe (11) Butterfly
Anika Johnson (9) Freestyle
100 yard Breaststroke Consolations
 Maddie Dieffenbach (10)

And in other interesting news...Naomi Walthour freshman swimmer from Washburn has been selected to sing the National Anthem this evening (Friday, November 18, 2016) at the Minnesota State High School Swimming and Diving Class AA Championship. 

Mountain Biking Season Review
The Minnesota High School Mountain Bike season has concluded and our Washburn Team was fantastically successful!The league continues to grow in leaps and bounds. This year's field included 1003 riders from all over the state of Minnesota. The Washburn team finished 4th out of 10 teams in Division One. Multiple riders took a spot on the podium, with everyone's participation contributing greatly to the teams overall finish. Washburn has some of the best mountain bikers in the state -Washburn is known among the league as having athletes who not only excel at their sport, but exemplify qualities of class act student athletes. Way to go Washburn! Per Alexander (3rd place Freshman), Gillian Bode (5th place Sophomore), Avery Carlson, Anna Christian (1st place Varsity), Sean Christian (3rd place Junior Varsity), Michael Doyle, Adam Gilleece, Anja Healy (6th place Freshman), Ethan Healy, Karl Janczak (5th place Sophomore), Eli Markworth, Odgen Miller, and Isaac Lowenthal Walsh (4th place Freshman).

Winter Sports Announcements
Please note that all paperwork needs to be turned into the Athletic Office BEFORE the first day of practice. This is especially true of the sports physical. 

Boys Basketball
Tryouts will be 11/21 & 11/22. 

Swimming/Diving - Boys
The Boys' Swimming and Diving team will begin practice on Monday, November 28th, at the Midtown YWCA from 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm. The team invites swimmers from South, Washburn and Roosevelt who make up the Minneapolis TMT swim team. For more information about the team visit http://www.southsideswimming.com/. You can also contact TMT's Head Coach, Jeff Sanders ( jeff.sanders@mpls.k12.mn.us). 

Wrestling begins 11/21.

Donations Needed -- Plastic Hangers! 
We are in need of 200 plastic hangers for our sports equipment room. They can be dropped off in the athletic office. Thanks! 

Washburn Football Player in the MN Football Showcase
Our own D'Angelo Moore was chosen to play in the Minnesota Football Showcase, which is the MN High School Football All-Star Game. This is  great honor and recognizes D'Angelo as one of the best football players in the state of Minnesota!  This game will be played at US Bank Stadium (Vikings) on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 3:00pm.  It is open to the public and you may purchase tickets to come out and support D'Angelo, as well as watch some of the best players in the state compete.
Date:  Saturday, December 3, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM
Place: US Bank Stadium
Prices:    Adults-  $16 /  Youth (12-17)- $8 /  Under 12- Free
Follow this link to purchase tickets.  http://www.allstarfootball.org/ 

Holiday Help
Can you help us get gift cards for our Social Work program? Washburn currently has over 30 students who are identified as Homeless/Highly Mobile. 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! 

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.   
  • Cub 
  • Walmart
  • Target

We have partnered with Wagner's for past 10+ years.  Their poinsettias are beautiful and we have kept the cost pretty consistent all these years ($12 / $15 / $20).   New this year are Wagner's gift cards.  This is a great way to quickly cross holiday gifts off your list and Washburn earns $3.75 on a $25 gift card and $5.00 on a $50.   All proceeds on this sale will go to the Senior Party.  Please note:  our alumni continue to be big buyers during this sale. So please, pay it forward or pay it backward!!!  Thank you!   http://www.washburnplantsale.com

Plant pickup is Thursday, December 1 from 4:00-6:30pm in room 107.  

It's not too late to donate to Washburn! 

We earned  $9448 yesterday in Give the Max
 for TECHNOLOGY FOR TEENS. We are seeking to purchase more scientific calculators and chromebooks for our students. Forget to donate yesterday? No problem! You can still donate at   Washburn's GiveMn  online. 

Also, check with your company to see if they have a matching program. Many corporations will match your charitable donation for Give to the Max

Washburn Book Fair Dec 3rd!
Help fill our media center with new books and resources. Join us at the brand new Barnes & Noble at the Galleria for our all day book fair. A portion of every purchase you make that day (excluding gift cards & Nooks) will be given to the media center if you say "Washburn" at the checkout. B & N will be in a new location on the lower level with a full service restaurant. The new store is one of three concept stores in the nation. Purchases at the restaurant with the exclusion of wine & beer are credited to Washburn, too! 

Come check out the new space, get some holiday shopping accomplished and get more resources into the hands of our fabulous teachers and students. See you Dec 3!

All Are Loved & Respected at Washburn! 
Our student council felt strongly that all students at Washburn should know they are loved and respected here. T-shirts for sale for only $5. Available in Mrs. Jensen's room, 210. 


All Women
All Identities
All Races
All Disabilities
All Religions
All Immigrants


Holiday Trees!
Jefferson Elementary has been a partner school with Washburn through the years. We are pleased to promote their fundraiser each Winter. If you're in the market for a Christmas tree, please think of Jefferson. This is a very deserving MPS school that has many needs with over 90% of its students qualifying for Free/Reduced lunch. 

Beautiful Balsam Fir Trees -- Freshly Cut and Minnesota Grown
$40        5-6 foot tree
$45        6-7 foot tree
$50        7-8 foot tree
$55        8-9 foot tree
Order now through November 28th! 
Send completed form (below) or call Elizabeth Hale at 612.668.2749
Pick-up your tree on Saturday, December 3rd between 8:30-11:00am at Jefferson School lot or we deliver to your home for $5 extra. 
Thank you for your support of Jefferson students and families !

Amy Laboe, ESL Teacher
Amy joined Washburn in 2015-16 and has been a wonderful addition to our Miller Family. She works tirelessly to develop English language instruction strategies that benefit all students. She brings valuable insight and creative ideas to the multilingual and social studies teams. Her colleagues commend her for making their jobs easier and more fun! And i n addition to being an awesome teacher, Amy Laboe is an amazing softball coach for the girls softball team. Congrats! 
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