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

1/6/17 -- Issue 14     HAPPY NEW YEAR! 
1/16   NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
1/26   Quarter 2 Ends  [Block finals schedule on 1/25 & 1/26] 
1/27 & 1/30 NO SCHOOL - Teacher Record Keeping Days
1/31    Quarter 3 Begins

2/2    Soul Fest  (Dinner in Cafeteria & Performances in Auditorium)  5:00-8:00pm
2/13  African American Family Involvement Day @ Roller Garden 6:00-8:00pm
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 (7:00-10:00pm @ Varsity Theater)
2/28  Junior ACT Testing Day

3/31  NO SCHOOL - Teacher Record Keeping Day
4/3-4/7 NO SCHOOL - Spring Break 

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.

ELL Testing
Starting January 30, ELL students will take the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 test at Washburn. The test provides information about students' English language abilities in school. Educators use this information to make decisions about students' education. ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 measures what students know and can do in English in the domains of Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. Student do not need to study for the test, but rather, focus on demonstrating their language abilities. Look for further information as the date gets closer.

Course Selection & Advanced Academics Info Night
Parents are encouraged to attend our  Course Selection & Advanced Academics Information Night  on  1/12 at 6:00pm  in the Washburn Auditorium. Information about Advanced Academics and other course selection options for the 2017-2018 school year will be presented. You will be able to learn more about the AP, IB and PSEO options for students. Advanced Academics coordinator and counselors will be present. Course registration for students begins January 17! Students can attend the session, however, it's designed for parents as students will be receiving the same information in their classes. 

Students will receive information about core classes from their Math, English, Social Studies, and Science teachers. For electives, they will watch a video about choices during their advisory class. Students will also get the opportunity to get advice from fellow students who have experience with certain courses. 

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! 

Genesys Works - A Paid Corporate Internship Opportunity
Apply junior year, participate senior year!  Genesys Works online application is now open for juniors! Genesys Works is a paid internship program for high school seniors to develop professional skills needed to succeed in the corporate workplace. Genesys Works offers paid internships at major corporations in the Twin Cities like General Mills, US Bank, 3M, Ameriprise Financial, etc. Students can earn $10,000 their senior year of high school and build an impressive resume. It is also a plan for college because 100% of Genesys Works students are accepted to college and receive one-on-one support and guidance on college applications, financial aid and scholarships.

If you are interested in this opportunity, find out more information at www.genesysworks.org or visit the AchieveMpls Career and College Center (CCC #107). Students can also fill out this link to receive more information and to attend an informational session: bit.ly/gwtcrecruit
  • January 4: Online application opens
  • January 25: Genesys Works visiting all junior advisory classes
  • February 7: Genesys Works Information Session in the CCC room #107 at the start of 4th hour
  • February 21:Genesys Works Application Session in the CCC room #107 at the start of 4th hour
  • March 2: Application deadline

Important Dates
1/10:  "Into the Woods" cast/crew/pit parent meeting, 7:00 p.m., WHS choir room
1/18-19:  Theatre 1 Showcase, 7:00 p.m., WHS auditorium
1/21:  WAC meeting, 9:15 am, Common Roots CafĂ©
1/23:  Dance Showcase, 7:30 p.m., WHS auditorium
2/2:  Soulfest, 5:00-8:00 p.m., WHS cafeteria/auditorium
2/23: "Into the Woods" Open Night @ 7:30pm 
"Into the Woods" Parent Meeting
Rehearsals are underway for this year's Spotlight Musical! If you have a student participating in the cast, pit orchestra or crew, be sure to ask them for the rehearsal schedule, ensure all necessary forms are completedand attend the mandatory parent meeting on Jan., 10 at 7:00pm in the WHS choir room. Contact Julie Hillmyer with questions: jhillmyer@icloud.com 
BlackBox Theater 1 Showcase - Jan. 18 & 19
Come enjoy performances by Washburn's Theatre 1 students at 7:00 p.m. in the WHS auditorium.
Washburn Arts Council - Jan. 21 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.  Join us for our next meeting Jan. 21 at 9:15 at Common Roots Cafe, 2558 Lyndale Ave. South (meeting room in the back)!  Connect with us at washburnwac@gmail.com and www.facebook.com/WashburnArts.
Great Gatherings
Many of the Great Gatherings sold out during the Washburn Fall Arts Gala, but we still have some seats remaining at upcoming events. Don't miss you your chance to participate in these activities and support the arts at Washburn! For more information email  whsfallartsgala@gmail.com to claim your spot (or purchase your tickets when attending school events):
  • 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)
  • February 4: Karaoke Party 
  • April 20:  Fulton Tap Room
Kick-Butt Self-Defense for Women (teen friendly)
Friday January 6: 7:30-8:30pm; $25
Held at X2 Fitness 3528 Hennepin Ave. S.

Dance Fever - dance basics with Rush Benson (teen friendly)
Sunday January 8, 4:00-6:30pm; $20
Lundstrom Performing Arts Center-1617 N. 2nd Street
Cartooning Class, with Sally Forth/Flash Gordon artist Jim Keefe (teen friendly)
To learn more about Jim:  http://www.jimkeefe.com/bio-page 
Thursday January 12, 4-6 pm; $20 at Washburn High School room 211  
Please note: DEADLINE to sign up for this class is Monday January 9!

More info can be found on the Washburn Arts Council facebook page
To sign up for classes please email WHSFallArtsGala@gmail.com
Payment can be made by cash or check at the door of any of the events. 

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  

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! 

Girls Hockey Fundraiser & Senior Night
Come and support the Minneapolis Girls Hockey Team!  The next home game is  Senior Night  at Parade Ice Garden on  January 10th @ 7pm . And it's  Chuck-a-Puck  night. Take a chance to win CASH!  Pucks are $1: 50% of the proceeds go to the winner and 50% goes to the team.

Nordic Ski Team Fundraisers 
The Washburn Nordic Ski team will have two great fundraisers opportunities in the month of January to help raise funds for our amazing team. The first will be Monday, January 16th at the Lowbrow. Come and dine anytime between 4 and 10. You don't even have to mention our name! 10% of all of the night's sales will go to our team. 

The second fundraiser is at Chipotle on Monday, January 30th. Feast on your favorite burrito or bowl between 5 and 9. This time you do need to mention our name when calling in your order or when paying the cashier. We receive 50% of all proceeds from this one. Please join us at 1830 East 66th Street in Richfield (near Cedar Ave and the airport) to eat up! Thanks for eating good food for a great cause!!

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. 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  
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. 

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: 


Washburn Event: Soul Fest on 2/2/17

MPS Event: Roller Garden Family Night on 2/13/17 

What:                   African-American Family Involvement Day
When:                  Monday, Feb. 13, 6-8 p.m.
Where:                Roller Garden, 5622 W. Lake St., St. Louis Park

Race 2 Justice Day Comes to Washburn
Washburn is excited to join with other MPS high schools (South & Southwest) in offering a Race 2 Justice Day on Wednesday 3/8/17. Our Race 2 Justice Day is a half day conference from 11:00 am - 3:15 pm. This day provides a structure for interactive learning and exploration that promotes racial and social justice in our community. Students, staff, and community leaders will dive into deep discussions in the areas of race, justice, identity, disability, culture, and art. Students will attend their regularly scheduled classes for periods 1-3. For periods 4-7 students self-select topics & presentations to attend based on personal interest. A few examples of classes that will be offered are: "Understanding Implicit Bias", "Native American Drumming", "Systemic Oppression", "Building Community through Improv Theater", and "Discovering, Discussing and Defining Feminism." 

Our theme is HEAL
H onor 
E mpower 
A dvocate 
L ead 
Look for more information in future weeks in the newsletter and on our website! 

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.

Drop Offs & Pick Ups
As a reminder, students cannot be dropped off or picked up on 50th street due to traffic congestion. Drop off/pick up spots are on Pleasant Ave, on 49th or by pulling all the way into the 50th street parking lot. Thank you. 

Handicapped Spots
Also, a reminder that handicap spots are NEVER a drop-off/pick up area for students. The fine is $200 no matter how long a person is stopped in that spot.  

Thanks for a huge success! 
The Washburn Book Fair at Barnes & Noble was a big success this year. Your support resulted in a $1653.57 gift card for the media center to purchase educational resources to enhance and enrich the learning environment. In addition to the gift card, 59 books were purchased directly for teachers and $254.81 in cash was raised through gift wrapping. Many thanks to those who shopped and to the students & staff who donated their time toward making the day fun & successful:

Robotics Team & Mark Le Feber Guitar Ensemble Wind Ensemble Crew 612 choir
SKA band Quinlan Genrich, violinist National Honor Society volunteers Teran Pederson-Linn
Nancy Lee Tim Martin John McCreary David Ritsema

"One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution." -Malala Yousefzai

Tristen Lindemann & Karen Reisch, co-chairs

P.S. We're looking for new co-chairs for next year! Please reach out if you're interested in learning more. 

Get Involved at the District Level
MPS is looking for more parents to be involved with the various PACs taking place across the district. PACs gather parents together who have similar interests in advocacy in a specific area. 
PACs create and support a space for vibrant family groups to come together around shared interests and experiences focused on ways to support and sustain student academic and social-emotional success. They increase parent and family involvement in their children's education through effective communication and leadership development while empowering and advocating for all families. By attending an Advisory Council you can:
  • Connect with other parents and community leaders; 
  • Provide input concerning school-related issues; 
  • Make recommendations in support of enhancing learning opportunities and environments; 
  • Advocate for issues vital to the success of schools, youth, and families in their community; 
  • Each Parent Advisory Council selects two people to represent them on the District Parent Advisory Council.
African American Parent Advisory
Hmong Parent Advisory
Latino Parent Advisory
LGBTQ Parent Advisory
District Parent Advisory 
Somali Parent Advisory
Special Education Parent Advisory

If you are interested in joining any of these groups, please contact Washburn's Parent Liaison (Erica Lebens-Englund   erica.lebens@mpls.k12.mn.us)

Upcoming PAC Dates
1/9     6:00-8:00pm     African American PAC @ Davis Center 
1/11    6:00-8:00pm     LGBTQ PAC @ Davis Center 
1/24  10:00-11:30am  Latino PAC @ Northeast Middle School
1/26   6:00-8:00pm     Latino PAC @ Whittier 
1/27   6:00-8:00pm     Somali PAC @ Davis Center 


Tou Vang, IT Support 
Tou is one of those staff members who makes the school run behind the scenes. He is patient, courteous, helpful and very knowledgeable.  Tou is responsive, flexible and resourceful in meeting our many tech needs in the building.  His work with technology literally keeps the school running. Tou has made an critical impact here at Washburn as many staff members have said he's a "lifesaver." He's especially gifted at remaining calm and easy going when others are stressed out about a tech problem. His sense of humor also helps greatly. We're lucky to have him at Washburn. Congratulations Tou! 

Viva City Visual Arts Exhibition 
Viva City was initiated 23 years ago to showcase outstanding arts education in MPS. The event motivates students, celebrates student achievement in the arts and provides staff development for teachers. The arts are vital, nationally recognized component of MPS. 

Washburn had several teachers and students participate in the event. Here's a shout out those people:

TEACHERS: Cristina Benz, Shane Eady, Nancy Hinz, and Kris Rome.

STUDENTS: Joey Randall, Marcus Rucker, John Robinson, Mikayla Ramstad, Isabel McLaughlin, Kaiya Davis, Amelia Sanchez, Nicole Ryan, Penelope Onsrud, Madeline Kleckner, Adrian Headrick, Ava Elofson, Hannah Kolcinski, and Mae Boda.

Sophomore John Robinson next to his art! 
Washburn alum checking out student art! 

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