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

1/12/18 -- Issue 14   Happy New Year! 

1/15  NO SCHOOL - MLK Holiday
1/18  Course Registration Info Session
@ 6:00-7:00pm
1/24  End of Quarter 2
1/25  NO SCHOOL -
Teacher Professional Development Day
1/26  NO SCHOOL -
Teacher Record Keeping Day
1/29  Start of Quarter 3

2/8   Site Council Meeting
@ 5:00-6:00pm 
2/15  Parent-Teacher Conferences @ 4:30-8:00pm
2/16  NO SCHOOL - Conferences @ 8:00am-3:00pm
2/19  NO SCHOOL - President's Day 
2/27  ACT for all Juniors (free to students)

Career & College Center (CCC)
Check out what's happening in the CCC this week! 

Course Selection Info Night (Current 9th-11th Grades)
Parents of current 9th, 10th and 11th graders are invited to Course Information Night Thursday, January 18 from 6:00-7:00 pm in the Choir Room. Counselors and Advanced academic Coordinator will present information about advanced academic offerings and the course registration process.

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. 
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! 

ACT Prep Classes through Community Ed
Each class meets for three hours, once each week for four weeks, with make-up classes available. The course includes diagnostic testing, instruction in time management, overcoming test anxiety, science reasoning, English strategies and review, reading comprehension improvement, writing essay instruction, and math strategies and review. Winter session will start on Tuesday, January 23. Tuition for the 12-hour ACT course is $140 and all class materials are included in the tuition fee. 

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
1/18: Winter Blackbox Theatre Showcase. 7 pm. WHS Auditorium
1/20: WAC meeting. 8:30 am. Common Roots Cafe, Minneapolis
2/1: Jazz Band and Crew 612 concert. 7 pm. WHS Auditorium
2/13: Classic Choir Concert. 7 pm. WHS Auditorium
3/1-3/3: Hairspray. 7 pm. WHS Auditorium
3/4: Hairspray. 2 pm. WHS Auditorium
3/8-3/10: Hairspray. 7 pm. WHS Auditorium
3/11: Hairspray. 2 pm. WHS Auditorium
Winter Blackbox Theatre 1 Showcase
Support  Theatre 1 student voices on Jan. 18 at 7:00pm in WHS Auditorium. Suggested donation is $5.00 or pay what you can. 
Topics Include
Home, through the eyes of a refugee
Black Girl Magic
Native Rights
Sexual Assault
Privilege and Oppression

WAC Meeting
Join us Saturday, Jan. 20 for the next Washburn Arts Council (WAC) meeting (and mark your calendars for future meetings the 2nd Saturday of each month). Please note the special date and time. It will be at 8:30 a.m. We meet at Common Roots Cafe,  2558 Lyndale Ave. South (back room).

Great Gatherings
There are still some awesome opportunities to have fun and help raise money for the Washburn Arts Council and your students. Tickets are $35 per person.

Jan. 16  Fulton Brewing 
Jan. 20  Guthrie Theater
Jan 27  Spanish Tapas
Feb 3    Papermaking

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  

Rivalry Game
Washburn boys basketball takes on Southwest tonight! 

B Squad @ 4:00pm
JV @ 5:30pm
Varsity @ 7:00pm 

How can Minneapolis Public Schools balance our budget? By focusing on what counts and joining with families and our Minneapolis community. Please join us on February 7 @ 6:00pm for a community discussion about how we can move MPS forward. We'll talk about why MPS is recommending changes for the 2018-19 school year, how they may affect our learning communities and what can be done to make any changes easier. Visit www.mpls.k12.mn.us/community_discussions  to learn more.


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.
Two Debate Pairings Qualify for State
Washburn has two debate pairings that have qualified and are heading to the state tournament this weekend! Grace Klage, Lily Endo, Alex Dresdner, and Luke Peichel (all Seniors) have all been working this entire season to prepare for this tournament, and are excited for the chance to compete for the state title. If you see these students, feel free to congratulate them and wish them good luck for this weekend! 
Mark Your Calendars!
Mark your calendars for the annual Egyptian dinner at Washburn on 2/10 @ 6:00pm. This is a fundraiser for the Parent Council while also being a beautiful cultural experience. You won't be disappointed! Lovely people coming together to enjoy delicious food. Only $15 per person for buffet style dinner. This event usually sells out. Get your tickets today!


Donations Needed
We are looking for parents to volunteer to bring meal items so we can provide a dinner before conferences for our hard working teachers. The meal will be provided in the afternoon on 2/15. Items can be brought to the main office or dropped off at the security desk at door #10. The meal is served from 3:15-4:00pm so it's really important that items are delivered in the morning so we have time to adjust if all items are not delivered. Thanks! 


All 9-12th graders are invited to attend the Winter Dance! 

WHEN:  Friday, February 9th
WHERE: The Muse Event Center (downtown MPLS)
TIME: 7:00-10:00pm
TICKETS: $20 (with donation for Tubman Center) / $22 (without donation)

An addition to the dance fun, we are partnering with the Tubman Center to have a supply drive at the dance. Students can purchase a discounted ticket when they bring in a donation. The Tubman Center's "wish list" can be found on their website. Ticket sales will start January 29th and guest forms will be available in the main office starting January 22nd.  

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
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

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

Michelle Housenga (Science Teacher)
Michelle Housenga is this week's staff member of the week. Her colleagues have commented that she has challenged their ideas about teaching causing important reflection as they think about their own practice in a different light.  She adds to the professional environment at Washburn through her leadership. Many teachers wrote in stating a high level of respect for her.  She also serves as a wonderful role model for our young women in the science field. 
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