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

1/19/18 -- Issue 16   End of the Semester is next week!

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 
2/12  African American Involvement Roller Garden Event @ 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)

3/30  NO SCHOOL - Teacher Record Keeping Day 

4/2-4/6  NO SCHOOL - Spring Break 
4/9  Quarter 4 Begins 
4/30  First Day of IB & AP Testing Begins

5/28  NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
5/31  Last Day for Seniors

6/7  Graduation @ 8:00pm (Convention Center)
6/8  Last day of school (new date per school board vote)

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

Course Info for 2018-2019
Students learned about the 2018-2019 courses during Advisory this week. If your student missed this presentation or you would like to view yourself, please access the links below.
Course Selection Guide (Counselor Presentation Slides) 
Finals Schedule
Reminder: No school on Jan. 25th & 26th (Record Keeping Days)

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
1/20: WAC meeting @ 8:30 am (Common Roots Cafe, Minneapolis)
2/1: Jazz and Crew 612 Concert @ 7 pm (WHS Auditorium)
2/13: Classic Choir Concert @  7 pm (WHS Auditorium) [All WHS choirs, Field Concert Choir]
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)

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 (meeting room in the back of the cafe).  
Welcome to the 60s! Hairspray. Tracy Turnblad achieves her dream of performing on a TV dance show in the early 60s in Baltimore and works to help integrate the show in the process in this musical version of the John Waters film. Save the date and don't miss this upbeat and uplifting show. March 1-3, 8-10 at 7 pm and March 4, 11 at 2 p.m.
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/person. 

Jan. 20: Guthrie Backstage Tour
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  

Girls Hockey Senior Night
We will be celebrating our Seniors between the JV and Varsity games against Henry Sibley next Thursday, 1/25 @ Parade. Come support our Millers!   

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.

Millers Make History
This past weekend was the Minnesota Debate State Tournament, and Washburn closed out, winning both first and second place! This happened because for the first time in its 117 year history, the The Minnesota State Debate Tournament had two teams from the same school make it to the final round. The two pairs, Lily Endo/Luke Peichel and Grace Klage/Alex Dresdner were undefeated in the first 7 rounds of debate and then hit each other in the final round. Wow! These students work super hard, and it is very exciting that they were able to make this happen. Next up on their agendas are a few national tournaments that they qualified to attend:
1) The National Association of Urban Debate League tournament in April in Washington DC 
2) Tournament of Champions in April in Kentucky

Good luck in the next chapter! 

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! 


For the past several months, Superintendent Graff and his leadership team have been in conversations with the City of Minneapolis, the MN Super Bowl Host Committee, the NFL and other school districts who have hosted Super Bowls to determine how MPS can keep students safe and ensure our learning day continues with as little interruption as possible. Here are the most important things to know:
  • Classes will continue at ALL schools during the Super Bowl from Jan. 29 to Feb. 5, including those in and around the downtown area.
  • It is important to be extra cautious about safety with such a large event that brings so many visitors to town. 
  • There will be increased traffic throughout the city, but particularly downtown where a majority of Super Bowl events are taking place. Expect significant delays and possible road closures, especially in the afternoon. The worst day of traffic will likely be the Monday after the Super Bowl as everyone exits the city.
  • Our standard attendance policies apply to both students and staff.
    • After-school activities, including athletic events, are scheduled to continue as normal.
    • Expect an increased law enforcement presence throughout the city.

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.  

National African American Family Involvement is Monday February 12, 2018.  The Office of Black Male Student Achievement would to invite your families to attend a free and fun family event at the Roller Garden.   This is a great event to build positive relationships with families.  Students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 


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

Jay Selvaag (Math Teacher)
Jay Selvaag is our next staff of the week! He has proven to be a great collaborator especially as it pertains to supporting student needs. Jay provides level headed concrete suggestions for meeting the students' needs, which his colleagues appreciate. Jay has also worked tirelessly with our mathletes on the Math Team. Even students encouraged us to select Mr. Selvaag. They commented that he's very encouraging and actively sought out students to suggest they take advanced classes.  Mr. Selvagg, thank you for being a great teacher to our students and a great colleague to our staff! 
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