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

12/22/17 -- Issue 14  [Friday before Break -- Happy Holidays!]
12/25-29  NO SCHOOL - Winter Recess

1/1-1/5  NO SCHOOL - Winter Recess
1/8  Back to School for the New Year
1/11 Site Council Meeting
@ 4:30-6:00pm
1/18  Course Registration Info Session
@ 6:00-7:00pm
1/24  End of Quarter 2
1/29  Quarter 3 Begins

Resources For Families & Teens

Community Resources
MPS is sharing some resources with families that may be useful during the winter break (Dec. 25, 2017 through January 7, 2018). Our partners have a variety of resources available for families during this time.  http://osfce.mpls.k12.mn.us/winter_break_resources.html 

Crisis Resources for Families 
If you find yourself in the midst of a crisis with your child, you are not alone. Trained professionals are available to come to your house to assist. To learn more about their services, check out the Metro Children's Crisis Response Website and Resources    https://childcrisisresponsemn.org/ 

Teens in Crisis 
  • MN Youth Resources for all needs listed below (website and mobile app): www.ysnmn.org
  • I need help getting food YouthLink  612-252-1200
  • I feel unsafe at home  YouthLink 612-252-1200
  • I or someone I know is talking about suicide  Crisis Connection 612-379-6363 or Crisis Text Line - Text Hello to 741-741
  • I don't have a place to go home YouthLink  612-252-1200, Bridge for Youth (612) 377-8800

Step-Up Applications
The STEP-UP application season is upon us once again! The online application for the 2018 program is available now at www.stepupmpls.org and the application deadline is Friday, February 16, 2018 at midnight. 
STEP-UP places Minneapolis students ages 14-21 (by June 18, 2018) with barriers to employment (meet family low-income guidelines OR students with disabilities, IEPs or 504 plans, English Language Learners, pregnant or parenting teens, or been involved in the juvenile justice system) who are eligible to work in the US in paid summer jobs at top Minneapolis businesses and local non-profits. A detailed list of eligibility guidelines can be found at www.stepupmpls.org under "How to Apply for STEP-UP."
STEP-UP connects students to paid, career-oriented summer jobs students cannot get on their own. Resume-building internships are available across 15 industries, from large corporate offices to small business, government agencies and non-profits. Just to name a few, this past summer Washburn students worked at:  
  • Fairview Health Services
  • Boston Scientific
  • Wells Fargo
  • SteppingStone Theatre for Youth Development
  • U.S. Bancorp
  • Minnesota Department of Human Services
  • Xcel Energy
  • Foley & Mansfield
  • Centerpoint Energy
  • Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • Graco
  • UCare
All STEP-UP interns are required to complete a 1-day rigorous work readiness training and a mock interview, and upon successful completion of training are eligible to be placed in summer jobs.
Through STEP-UP, students can:
  • Explore career interests
  • Learn the skills needed to land a job
  • Develop self-confidence and crucial soft skills
  • Build professional skills
  • Expand their network of support
  • Earn a paycheck

Course Selection Info Night (Current 9th-11th Grades)
Save the date! On Thursday, January 18th from 6:00-7:00pm in the Auditorium The Counseling Office Staff & The Advanced Academic Coordinator will will be hosting an informational session to explore Washburn's 2018-2019 course offerings. Also, we'll cover the registration process that will begin in late January. Please join us! 

PSAT Scores Available 
10th and 11th grade students can pick up paper copies of their PSAT scores from the Counseling Office starting Wednesday, December 13. Their score report will include an Access Code that will help them create an online CollegeBoard account.

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

Important Dates
More next year! 
Great Gatherings
There are still some fun Great Gatherings available: Email whsfallartsgala@gmail.com for more info. Proceeds benefit the Washburn Arts Council. Over winter break come see former Washburn High School students perform at the Alumni Cabaret hosted by Nancy Lee.
WHS Alumni Cabaret 1/4 7:00 pm
Fulton Brewing Tasting 1/16 6:30 pm
Guthrie Theater Backstage Tour 1/20 10:00 am
Spanish Tapas 1/27 7:00 pm
Paper making 2/3, 2-5 pm
Book Discussion 2/22 7:30 pm
Miler Underground: Karaoke Party 2/24 7:30 pm
Soup and Board Games 3/17 6:30 pm

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  

Chipotle Fundraiser for Wrestling 
Get your Quac On! Show your support for the Washburn Wrestling Team by dining out on Tuesday, Jan. 9 at the Chipotle (1830 East 66th Street) in Richfield between 4:00-8:00pm. Bring in this flyer, show the flyer on your phone, or tell the cashier you're supporting Washburn Wrestling. Chipotle donates 50% of the proceeds.


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.
Buy Coffee
If you want to support the scuba club and buy some nice coffee, the club is selling pounds of coffee for $20. And it is really nice coffee! The money will go directly to students and help fund the scuba trip this summer! 

Contact Mr.Jensen for more info! Mark.Jensen@mpls.k12.mn.us 
Gift Card Drive
A HUGE thank you to all the families who donated gift cards this year! Our community is incredibly generous and we have been able to help many students. We will have totals to report in January. 

Millers on Air
Students from Mark Jensen's Mass Media produced a radio show for KFAI that aired this past Sunday, 12/17/17. The show had students talking about mass media and about two of the projects they worked on in the class. They also played a selection of songs related to mass media. A recording of the show can be heard on line: http://kfai.org/sites/default/stream/player.php?url=http://uno.kfai.org/WaveProject/WaveProject_2017-12-17.mp3 
CPEO Graduation     

Congratulations to all the parents who completed the CPEO program this year. It's really inspiring seeing families learn more about supporting their student's success at school.


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.

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.


Back next week! 
Washburn High School | Main Office 612-668-3400 | Family Liaison 612-668-3440