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

12/15/17 -- Issue 13
12/18  Senior Pictures Due to Yearbook Committee 
12/19   ACT Writing Workshop @ 3:15pm 
12/25-29  NO SCHOOL
- Winter Recess

1/1-1/5  NO SCHOOL - Winter Recess
1/8  Back to School for the New Year
1/24  End of Quarter 2
1/29  Quarter 3 Begins

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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
Juniors - Writing Test Workshop
Juniors are invited to practice their writing skills of on the ACT at an ACT Writing Test Workshop on: December 19 (6th period). Students will learn about the test, the process, and the rubric and then be able to take a practice writing test. Their practice test will be evaluated using the ACT Writing Test Scoring Rubric and will be returned to students with feedback. More info available online. 

Important Dates
December: Student art display at Washburn Public Library (5244 Lyndale Ave.S)
12/18:  Winter Concert 7 p.m. in auditorium: Choraliers, Crew 612, Miller Voices, Orchestras
12/19:  Winter Concert 7 p.m. in auditorium: Treble Choir, Men's Choir, Bands
12/18 & 19:  Cocoa & Clay at Winter Concerts
12/20:  Black Box Theatre: 7:00 pm University of MN-Rariq Center for the Arts
12/21:  Black Box Theatre:   7:00 pm University of MN-Rarig Center for the Arts 
Winter Concerts
Please note a change in date for some choirs. Come early for Cocoa and Clay. You can purchase cocoa and items made by art students during the Winter Concerts. There will be candle holders, soap dishes, bowls and more just in time for holiday gift giving. Also Washburn Cares will be at the event collecting gift cards and money for Washburn students and families in need. 
Volunteers Needed
Volunteers are needed for Cocoa and Clay sales on 12/18 and 12/19. Click here to sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4aa8ae2fa0f94-cocoa1 
Black Box Theatre Performances
Theatre 2 & 3 students will showcase original work on Dec 20 & 21 at 7:00 pm at the University of Minnesota Rarig Center, 330 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN. Tickets $5-10 by donation. 
Theatre 2 topics: Toxic Masculinity, Sexual Assault, Islamophobia, Immigration
Theatre 3 topics: Gun Violence, Colorism, Alcoholism, Teen Pregnancy, Multi Racial Identity 
Opening Acts: Bella Dawson, Savannah Spirov & Olivia Roberts, Ashawnti Sakina Ford

Great Gathering
Get your tickets to the Washburn High School Alumni Cabaret on January 4. It's a 'Great Gathering' that helps to support the Washburn Arts Council. For information and tickets email: whsfallartsgala@gmail.com

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  

Emily Covert takes 9th at Nationals
Washburn Miller Emily Covert finished 9th at the Foot Locker National Cross Country Championship in San Diego last week. Covert finished in 17.58.8. Amazing! What a wonderful finish to an already hugely successful season where she became the first Minneapolis female to take first place at state! 

Dining Out for Nordic Skiing 
Come support the Nordic Ski Team by dining out on Tuesday, Dec. 19th at Galactic Pizza (2917 Lyndale Avenue S.) from 11:00 a.m. to midnight.  Please use the attached flyer to help the proceeds benefit Washburn! 

Online Orders
Online Orders will be delivered next week. Parents who ordered items will receive an email when the merchandise arrives.  

Pick up Schedule (in Miller Mart -- ground level next to Athletic Office by lunchroom): 
    • Monday 12/18:  5:30-7:00pm
    • Tuesday 12/19:  7:30-8:30am
    • Wednesday 12/20:  5:30-7:00pm
  • During this time it will also be open to purchase in store only items
  • If you want your student to pick up your order during lunch we can arrange that
  • If anyone has questions they can email skip.stoelzing@gmail.com


Winter registration for Driver's Ed classes will begin on January 3rd! Because we will still be on winter break when registration opens, we encourage you to register online at www.mplscommunityed.com


Our first winter Driver's Ed session will start on Friday, January 12, 2018, and will end on Friday, January 26, 2018. Spaces are limited and will fill up fast! If you have any questions or would like to get a flyer, please stop by the Community Ed office in room 013A or call Eliana Powers at 612-668-3450.


A Reminder about Illnesses & Excused Absences 
Students who become ill during the school day need to see the school nurse in order to be excused. We need to track illnesses so that we know who is sick in our building and to inform parents when students can return. Students who leave school without seeing the nurse will be given an "unexcused" absence. 
When Students Should Stay Home
  • If your child has had an oral temperature of 100 degrees or higher in the past 24 hours.
  • If your child has vomited 2 or more times in the past 24 hours.
  • If your child has diarrhea and needs to use the bathroom frequently.
  • If your child has a rash for which the cause is unknown, see your health care provider before sending them to school.
  • If your child has an illness that prevents them from participating in routine activities.
When Students Can Return to School
  • When they have been fever-free for 24 hours WITHOUT fever-reducing medication
  • No vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours
  • If your child is taking antibiotics, they must take one full dose (24 hours) before returning to school.
Gift Card Drive
Thank you for all your generosity! The gift cards are definitely coming in! Helping our Homeless/Highly Mobile families makes a huge difference in the lives of the students. 

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.   
  • Aldi
  • Target
  • Walmart
  • Cub 
  • 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. 

T-Shirts For Sale -- Bringing Attention to Homelesness 
Washburn Cares will have a table at Cocoa and Clay, continuing through the intermission of a Holiday Concert on both Monday, December 18 and Tuesday, December 19.  We will be selling the fantastic shirts created by art students on the theme of homelessness. Here's a preview of the design choices. Shirts will be black with white print this year and will range from $12-15.


Student Art for Sale 
Are you still looking for that perfect holiday gift? Please join us on December 18th and 19th from 5:30-7:00pm for our annual Cocoa and Clay sale! Beginning and advanced ceramic students have been creating a variety of ceramic wares including, mugs, bowls, soap dishes, and plates to raise funds for the ceramic program. These funds will be used to go on field trips, artist in residencies and to purchase specialty supplies. We will be located in front of the auditorium. Cash and Checks accepted. 

Donate clothes today! 
Amnesty International is hosting a refugee winter clothing drive. Please bring any coats, gloves, hats, scarves, boots and snow pants you no longer use. Drop items off in the Main Office and Media Center between December 14th--January 24th.

Senior Meeting
All students will be attending a Senior meeting on Dec. 13th during Advisory. Important graduation material will be covered. Students will receive their graduation packet on that date.

All Night Senior Party
We are looking for Senior parents to join the Senior Party Planning Committee. We will recruit underclass parents to be chaperones at the event, but need current Senior parents to plan some of the fun. We cannot do the party without a committee so reach out today! Email Erica Lebens-Englund with interest in this committee. 

Senior Photos
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. 

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
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

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

Composting & Recycling Goals

WHAT:  Washburn needs YOUR help with our composting and recycling goals! We want adults to monitor the composting bins in the lunchroom to make sure students sort their waste correctly. (We would first train volunteers how to correctly sort waste in our lunchroom.)

WHO: Any community members/parents who have the time to help Washburn be a greener school!

WHY: On average each student at Washburn produces 1.2 pounds of trash a day . We can change this by simply composting and recycling our lunch waste!

WHEN: From 11:30am-1:00pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. 11:46am-1:16pm on  Wednesday.

WHERE: The Washburn High School lunchroom, 201 West 49th street.

Christian Hoogheem, Science Teacher

For this week we honor Christian Hoogheem as staff of the week! He was nominated because students always have wonderful things to say about him. The following are just a few of the things we've heard students say about Mr. Hoogheem: positive, patient, kind, funny, motivational, attends extracurricular activities, and all around good teacher. Christian, we hope you have a great week! 
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