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

12/9/16 -- Issue 12
12/13 FAFSA/Dream Act Work Night 5:00-7:00pm   (not general info but help completing form)
12/19-1/2  NO SCHOOL -- Winter Break 

1/1     Happy New Year! 
1/3     School Back in Session
1/16   NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
1/26   Quarter 2 Ends
1/27 & 1/30 NO SCHOOL - Teacher Record Keeping Days
1/31    Quarter 3 Begins

2/14  Senior Pictures Due for Yearbook
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PSAT Score Information
Students will be able to access scores from the November 2, 2016 PSAT test date online starting December 12. Students are encouraged to create an online account with the College Board (if they haven't made one already). This account will allow them to access current scores, register for future SAT and SAT II tests and remains accessible for students past their high school careers.  The College Board recommends that students sign up for their own accounts using a personal email address (students should have the account, not the parents).

Paper copies of student score reports will also be available for students in the Counseling Office sometime during the week of December 12.  Students should wait until they hear a morning announcement saying that the score reports have arrived before checking at the Counseling Office.  

Following Winter Break, WHS will host an interpretation session of the results during the Advisory Period.

Counseling Office / Career & College 
Need help completing your FAFSA or MN Dream Act?
Don't miss our Washburn's FAFSA/MN Dream Act Workshop Night on Tuesday, December 13 from 5-7pm in the Career & College Center (CCC room #107). Come get help to complete your FAFSA or Minnesota Dream Act applications! You must bring all applicable financial aid documents with you to this event. Spanish and Somali interpreters will be available. If you have questions, please contact the CCC at danielle.seifert@mpls.k12.mn.us or eman.abdullahi@mpls.k12.mn.us.
Get this information:
  • Student and Parent (s) SSN/s (if applicable)
  • 1-94/s (if applicable)
  • Date/s of birth
  • Total amount of $ in checking, savings and cash
  • Student driver's license # (if applicable)
  • Date parent/s got married, separated or divorced
Bring these documents:
  • Student's 2015 federal income tax return and W-2 forms (if applicable)
  • Parent/s 2015 federal income tax return and W-2 forms (if applicable)
STEP-UP Jobs Program
I know it's tough to think about summer right before Winter Break, but the STEP-UP Summer Jobs program application is now open!  Last summer, 103 Washburn students worked in meaningful, paid, professional summer jobs through STEP-UP. STEP-UP places Minneapolis students ages 14-21 with barriers to employment in paid summer jobs at top Minneapolis businesses and local non-profits. These are professional jobs students cannot get on their own. All STEP-UP interns complete a 2-day rigorous work readiness training curriculum at MCTC, and upon successful completion of training are eligible to be placed in summer jobs. 
The online application to the 2017 program is available now ( www.stepupmpls.org) and the application deadline is Friday, February 10, 2017 at midnight
Washburn students have worked at the following companies (just to name a few):
Fairview Medical Center
Boston Scientific
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Mayor R.T. Rybak's Office
University of Minnesota
Xcel Energy
Best Buy Corp.
Target Corp.
STEP-UP interns:
  • Gain valuable job experience
  • Build professional skills
  • Expand their network of support
  • Explore career interests
  • Earn a paycheck
Interested students should contact the CCC! 
Eman Abdullahi 
Career and College Center Coordinator (CCC)
Washburn High School
Washburn P: 612-668-3546

Important Dates
12/9  Crew 612 at Holidazzle Village
12/10   Washburn Arts Council meeting, 9:00 a.m.
12/12-12/13  Cocoa & Clay art exhibit, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
12/12 Winter concert: orchestras, guitar ensembles, Treble Choir, Miller Voices, 7:30
12/13 Winter concert: wind ensemble, concert band, jazz band, Concert Choir, Crew 612 , 7:30
12/14-15 BlackBox Theater 2 & 3 Showcase, 7:00 p.m.
12/ 14-15  Spotlight musical call-backs 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Crew 612 - Dec. 9 at Holidazzle Village
Come see Crew 612 perform at the Loring Park stage from 8:00-8:30 p.m.
Washburn Arts Council - Dec. 10 meeting
If you have a Washburn student in band, choir, dance, orchestra, theater or visual arts classes/activities - or no student involvement but are passionate about the arts - join the Washburn Arts Council (WAC), a group of parents and teachers supporting the Washburn arts community.  We meet the second Saturday of each month at Common Roots Cafe, 2558 Lyndale Ave. South (meeting room in the back) at 9:00 a.m. - we would love to see you at our meeting Dec. 10th!  Connect with us at washburnwac@gmail.com and www.facebook.com/WashburnArts.
Winter Concerts - Dec. 12 & 13
Join us to celebrate the season!  Both concerts begin at 7:30 in the Washburn auditorium.
Monday, Dec. 12:  Orchestras, Guitar Ensembles, Treble Choir & Miller Voices
Tuesday, Dec. 13:  Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Concert Choir, Crew 612
BlackBox Theater 2 & 3 Showcase - Dec. 14 & 15
Come enjoy an evening of advanced theatre featuring Washburn's Theatre 2 & 3 students, featuring all original work created by the next generation of theatre artists. Topics include Media Influence, Gender Identity, Awareness of Native American Identity & Legacy, Mental Health, Victim Blaming, Rape Culture, & the School to Prison Pipeline. This is an event not to be missed. $5.00 suggested donation. No one turned away for lack of funds. Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/events/617425141775253/
WHEN: Wednesday, December 14th, and Thursday, December 15th at 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Phoenix Theatre, 2605 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis

Great Gatherings
Even if you missed the Washburn Fall Arts Gala, you can still purchase a seat for yourself or your student at one of our upcoming Great Gatherings. For more information email  whsfallartsgala@gmail.com to claim your spot for one of these great events (or purchase your tickets at upcoming school events):
  •          December 11:  Create boot cuffs (Teen Friendly and great for gifts)
  •          December 19:  Dakota Jazz Club event Andrew Walesch Quartet & Debbie Duncan
  •          December 30: Alumni Cabaret
  •          January 6: Self Defense for Women (Teen friendly)
  •          January 8:  Dance fever lessons with Rush Benson (Teen friendly)
  •          January 12: Cartooning-Create a Superhero! (Teen friendly)
  •          January 13:  Paint Your Plate (Teen Friendly and great for gifts)
  •          April 20:  Fulton Tap Room

*We welcome donations to make this event a success! 
Please drop at the main office by Friday December 9th.
-Cocoa - individual packets work best
-Mini marshmallows
-Mini candy canes
-Candy toppings for the cocoa (be creative)


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  

Football Wrap-up & Banquet
Congratulations to our football team for a good season. Here are some highlights:

All Star Game Selection: 
D'Angelo Moore

District Defensive Player of the Year:
D'Angelo Moore

All-District honorees from Washburn:
D'Angelo Moore- Senior
Savion Johnson- Senior
Sedrique Ametor- Junior
Peyton Krause- Junior
All-District Honorable Mention:
Ta'Kyle Brantley- Junior
Kavin Olive- Junior
Kane Myhre
Latrell Bible


Last call for Gift Cards! 

This year we are collecting gift cards from Target, Cub, and Walmart. We have raised over $1200 in cards so far. Just this week help was provided to 6 families and 2 minors on their own. Thank you to those who have donated!!!! 

Currently 25 students/families identified as being homeless/highly mobile. To  most people experiencing homelessness, the holiday season adds an additional hardship to an already stressful situation.  Please consider offering our Washburn students and families support during this holiday season by purchasing gift cards from Wal-Mart, Cub Foods or Target.
Cards can be mailed to the school (attn: Erica Lebens-Englund) or they can be brought to the main office.   


Alex Conover, Media Associate Educator
Alex has pretty much helped everyone in the building at one point or another. He's a really talented guy. Alex has a great attitude, takes professional quality photographs, and is a social media wizard! He is always there to pick up the slack and is willing to jump into any project no matter how difficult or time consuming it is.  He is amazing with all of our students and makes everyone feel at home here at Washburn.  Along with Marci (last week's recipient) Alex has been a great gift to Washburn students and staff in the media center these past two years!
Thank you for all of your hard work Alex!
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