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12/16/16 -- Issue 13     HAPPY HOLIDAYS! 
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
2/17 & 2/20 NO SCHOOL - Parent/Teacher Conference Day & President's Day Break
2/17  Winter Dance (Varsity Theater)

ACT For Juniors -- 2/28/17
Students  in 11th grade will take the ACT test on February 28, 2017 during the school day. This exam is offered to all WHS juniors free of charge. More logistics and information will be made available as they are known.

PSAT Scores Are In
Students can access scores from the November 2, 2016 PSAT test. Students will need to create an online account with College Board and will need an Access Code.  Request your access code . Paper copies of the PSAT Score Reports are available in the Counseling Office for pick up before school, during passing time, during their lunch, or after school.  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)  Following Winter Break, WHS will host an interpretation session of the results during the Advisory Period.

Registration for 2017-2018 School Year
Families should soon receive a letter in the mail about the course registration process for next year. If you want a sneak peak of the information, click here!

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.  Interested students should contact the CCC! 

Nancy Lee Honored on WCCO
We're proud to say that our very own Nancy Lee was last week's recipient of the Excellent Educator Certificate! WCCO looks for the best educators to honor each week. They show up to schools to surprise teachers who have been nominate and chosen for the honor. Way to go Mrs. Lee!! Check out the story here. 

Winter Concerts in Review
Hundreds of Washburn students participated in amazing winter arts performances this week.  Our band, choir, guitar, orchestra and theater students ended the month on a high note.  Concert attendees also enjoyed viewing and purchasing ceramics made by Washburn students. What a wonderful celebration of the arts at Washburn! 

BlackBox Theater Showcases
What great theatre performances this week as well! Check out our Facebook page to view photos from the show.  https://www.facebook.com/pg/MPS.Washburn/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1275546845835206  

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 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

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  

Girls Hockey Fundraiser
Come and support the Minneapolis Girls Hockey team by playing Chuck-a-Puck for a chance to win CASH! The next home game is at Parade Ice Garden on December 20th at 7pm. Pucks are $1, 50% of the proceeds go to the winner and 50% goes to the team.

Wrestling Fundraiser
Bake Sale Fundraiser at the Jan. 5th Washburn Wrestling meet vs. Southwest. The meet starts at 5:00. Come on out to support Washburn Wrestling and enjoy a sweet treat! 

Alpine Skiing Fundraiser
Who Loves Bread? Muffins? Cookies? The Great Harvest Bakery in Linden Hills?? On Sunday, January 8 from 9am-5pm The Great Harvest Bakery (4313 Upton Avenue) is turning the store over to the Minneapolis Alpine Ski Team (MAST) to help raise money for their program. Skiers will be there baking and selling deliciousness. Please stop by and support our team of 100 athletes from 10 schools in Minneapolis. Skip the line and pre-order from any member of the MAST team. Salted caramel cookies, anyone? Yum! 

Football Fundraiser
The football team is selling delicious World's Finest Chocolate bars for only $1.00 each! Buy one from any football player or stop by the main office to purchase your bars. 
The use of electronic devices such as cell phones, iPods, and other entertainment equipment has grown among our students to the point that they are interrupting and distracting from the learning environment. At times, they have also posed safety and security problems for our school community. In order to create an engaging school environment where student learning is a priority, we have a clear policy regarding electronic use during the day. We are asking for parent support as we continue to enforce to our Cell Phone Policy.  And please note that we will no longer look for lost or stolen cell phones as we adhere to our policy.  Remind your student to secure their phones at all times. It is their responsibility
We also discourage the practice of charging phones at school because it's very easy to become distracted and then leave the phone unattended.  
Here's a reminder of the electronic policy that was sent out to families in the Welcome Packet this fall: 
  • Students are allowed to use cell phones/electronic devices during their breaks, passing times, and lunches.
  • Students are allowed to use their devices to play music in the hallways during passing times with the use of headphones only. Playing music out loud in the hallways is not allowed.
  • Students can use cell phones/electronic devices during class time IF they have specific stated teacher permission. The default rule is no use during class time unless otherwise stated.
  • If a student uses their phone/electronic device in class they can expect the following consequences:
    • 1st Occurrence: Device will be confiscated by the staff member and returned to the student at the end of the hour. [note: this has been updated from what is printed in the student handbook]
    • 2nd Occurrence: Device will be confiscated by the staff member, labeled and given to the grade level Dean. The student can pick up the device at the end of the school day.
    • 3rd Occurrence: Device will be confiscated by the staff member, labeled and given to the grade level Dean. A Parent/Guardian must come to the school to pick up the device at the end of the school day.
  •   For all consequences involving electronic devices:
    • Students will need to show their ID when they retrieve their device.
    • Uncooperative students are to be referred immediately to the appropriate Dean and/or Administrator.
    • The policy consequences will restart at the beginning of each quarter. 

Breaks in the school schedule can be challenging for some families who depend on the school for assistance and support. If your family or someone you know needs support, please review the following resources available. And visit our newly created section of our website for a link to all these resources. http://washburn.mpls.k12.mn.us/Social_Workers 

Washburn Staff Resources
Here's the list of WHS staff members who can provide support to students & families in various areas of need.

Dial 2-1-1
Did you know that if you dial "2-1-1" on your phone you'll be connected to an operator who can direct you to many community resources?  2-1-1 is a free confidential service that helps people across North America find the local resources they need. They're here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Also visit them online at   http://www.211.org/ . For example, if someone you know is dealing with an emergent mental heath or substance abuse issue, you can call 2-1-1 and will be directed to a community agency that can help right away. 

Community Resources 
Here's a list of community resources available to families created by MPS.


Take the Survey -- Safe in Our Schools
Safe in Our Schools is a new engagement initiative of the Minneapolis Public Schools intended to help us learn and better understand what strategies will increase safety and create a more welcoming school environment. Our goal is to work together to foster a school community that supports all students, families, community members and staff. We have developed language specific surveys below to gather your input:
We appreciate your willingness to share in this exciting engagement initiative.  If you have questions or want to learn more about efforts to improve school climate and safety at MPS, please visit the OSS website at http://emss.mpls.k12.mn.us  or call 612.668.0177.
CPEO - Connecting Parents to Educational Opportunities           

CPEO begins 1/3/17!    

For families that signed up for CPEO, the classes begin soon! If you need more information about CPEO, please visit the website  http://osfce.mpls.k12.mn.us/cpeo_4 


Order Your Tickets Today! 

Parent Council is planning an event at the end of January ( Saturday Jan. 28th 6:00-8:00pm in the Washburn lunchroom).  It is an Egyptian Dinner made by Abir Ismail.  Abir is former Ramsey math teacher and she is also a Washburn parent.  This event was hosted at Ramsey last year and was a huge hit!.  Abir decided to bring it to Washburn this year. There are only 100 tickets available. They are only $15/person for delicious food. Sign up and come enjoy an authentic Egyptian dinner. The menu and ticket details are featured on the Eventbrite page: 


Gift Card Drive a Huge Success! 

Thank you to the MANY families who donated gift cards. We exceeded our totals from last year bringing in just over $3000! The generosity of this community is inspiring. Our social workers were able to provide holiday assistance to 23 families this season and we have cards left over to help us provide support throughout the rest of the year. 

Families were SO appreciative and it was obvious that receiving these gift cards lifted their spirits tremendously. The Social Workers have commented how much it has helped to have the resources to help families.  Check out this email we received from a teacher that demonstrates how this drive has impacted families ...

A parent called me explaining a financial situation that just occurred, and had put her family in dire need of food, household supplies, etc. I could tell that it was a very hard conversation for her to have. I was able to run over to the social workers' office to see what we could do. We were able to call the parent right back and help her out with a Target gift card, and some other ideas for resources. It was so gratifying to be able to have an immediate answer/solution for this mother.....thanks for the great organizing of community contributions!

If you want to join the Washburn Cares team, please contact Erica @ erica.lebens@mpls.k12.mn.us and we'll get you added to the email list. 
As a Title 1 school we value and need family input. Please take this short survey to help us better partner with families. Thank you!


Ryan Zgutowicz, Instructional Specialist
Ryan comes through the media center several times a week, and the staff has been really impressed with his consistently positive attitude. He always greets everyone with a smile and takes time to genuinely connect with those around him every day. He is very professional when meeting with teachers in our space and cares very much about his profession. He stands out to me as a great addition to the Washburn atmosphere. Congrats Ryan!
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