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1/26/17 -- Issue 16
1/26   Quarter 2 Ends  [Block finals schedule on 1/25 & 1/26] 
1/27 & 1/30 NO SCHOOL - Teacher Record Keeping Days
1/28    Egyptian Dinner 
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
2/16  Arena Style Parent-Teacher Conferences 4:30-8:00pm (Main Gym)
2/17  Parent-Teacher Conferences 8:00-11:00am & 12:00-3:00pm (Classrooms)
2/17 & 2/20 NO SCHOOL - Parent/Teacher Conference Day & President's Day Break
2/17  Winter Dance 7:00-10:00pm (@ The Muse -- all grades)
2/23  Site Council Meeting 4:30-6:00 & Parent Council Meeting 6:30-7:30pm 
2/25  Last day to order Yearbooks
2/28  Junior ACT Testing Day

3/23  Site Council Meeting 4:30-6:00 &  Parent Council Meeting 6:30-7:30
3/31  NO SCHOOL - Teacher Record Keeping Day

4/3-4/7 NO SCHOOL - Spring Break 
4/12  College Planning Night for 10th & 11th Grade Families 6:00-8:00pm  
4/27  Site Council Meeting  4:30-6:00 &  Parent Council Meeting  6:30-7:30 

5/25  Site Council Meeting 4:30-6:00 & Parent Council Meeting 6:30-7:30
5/29  NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day Holiday

6/1   Last Day for Seniors 
6/7   Graduation
6/14  Last Day for 9th-11th Graders  

Seniors --  Class of 2017
As many of you know, we had our Graduation Informational Meeting this past Wednesday. We covered everything from senior pictures to obligations to cap & gowns! Below is all the information you need to know. If you have any questions, please contact Maggie Carlson at (612) 668-3502 or maggie.carlson@mpls.k12.mn.us

Graduation Packet 
Here are the key things mentioned in this packet: [view packet and other info here]
STEP-UP Jobs Program
Last summer, 103 Washburn students worked in meaningful, paid, professional summer jobs through STEP-UP. The STEP-UP application season is upon us once again! The online application to the 2017 program is available now ( www.stepupmpls.org ) and the application deadline is Friday, February 10, 2017 at midnight. STEP-UP places Minneapolis students ages 14-21 in professional jobs students cannot get on their own. Washburn students have worked at, just to name a few: Fairview Medical Center Boston Scientific Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Mayor R.T. Rybak's Office University of Minnesota Xcel Energy Best Buy Corp. Target Corp. Interested students should come to the Career and College Center for help applying and determining eligibility. 

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! 

Interested in Healthcare or Engineering? 
Are you interested in a career in healthcare or engineering? Washburn is taking a trip to  Medtronic, a medical device company, to learn about product development and how technology is used to save lives! A competition with other Minneapolis high schools will take place. If interested, see Ms. Eman in the Career and College Center. The field trip is on  February 6th and there are only a few spots left!

Important Dates
1/28, 2/4 & 2/11  Saturday set-building sessions for Into the Woods, 8:30-2:30, WHS auditorium (students arrive at 10:00)
2/2  Soulfest, 5:00-8:00 p.m., WHS cafeteria/auditorium
2/11 WAC meeting, 9:00 a.m., Common Roots Café
Into the Woods
Set building and rehearsals are underway for this year's Spotlight Musical! Details:
  • Build:  Join our set-building team on Saturdays from 8:30-2:00 in the WHS auditorium (students arrive at 10:00). If you have hand tools, please bring them along. The fun continues this weekend! Sign up using the volunteer link below.
  • Volunteer:  We need your help in various ways leading up to and during the show. Sign up here:   http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f4ca8a82fa6fe3-into 
  • Questions:  If you missed the meeting for families with students participating in the cast, crew or pit orchestra on Jan. 24 or have questions, contact Julie Hillmyer:  jhillmyer@icloud.com 
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).  These are the parties remaining this spring with Spots available--$35 except as indicated.
February 4           Miller Underground Karaoke
February 10         Great American Song Book Singalong
March 18             Belfast Cowboys Event
March 28             Xavi Bistro Buffet Dinner ($60)
April 20                Fulton Brewery Tap Room
April 29                Parent's Prom 1929          

Washburn Arts Council
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 Feb. 11 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 

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  

Nordic Ski Team Fundraiser 
Come support the Nordic Ski Team 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!!

Senior Night & Parent Appreciation Night
Come celebrate the Gymnastic team's Senior & Parent appreciation night.
Wednesday February 1st 6pm, March in at 545pm
South/Roosevelt/EHN vs Southwest;
6:00pm, March in at 5:45pm
North Star Elementary 
2410 Girard Ave N Mpls 55411
Enter Door 10 (East Side of building)

Minneapolis JV/Varsity Conference Meet 
Saturday February 4th 2017 competition starts at noon; March in at 11:45 am 

North Star Elementary 
2410 Girard Ave N Mpls 55411
Enter Door 10 (East Side of building)

Last day to order tickets is today 1/26/17! 
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 Needs Donations & Volunteers! 

We are creating a hospitality room for our presenters for Race 2 Justice Day to welcome them to Washburn. We are seeking donations and a couple volunteers to help that day. We are specifically seeking the following donations:
  • water bottles
  • sodas
  • bagels
  • donuts
  • cookies
  • mandarin oranges
  • bananas
If you are at all interested in helping out in any way, please contact Cristina Benz or Quinnita Abraham to see how you can get involved.

The Washburn Debate Team had an outstanding season this year, both on the local and national circuits! Novice debaters consistently placed in the top handful of teams at each of the local tournaments, both as individual teams (2 students per team) as well as earning recognition for their individual speaker points. To end the season, Washburn had two teams (four students) qualify for the state tournament that took place at the University of Minnesota. Lily Endo and Luke Peichel took fourth place overall, and Grace Klage and Alex Dresdner placed second. Minnesota Policy Debate is highly competitive, and Washburn's students had an excellent showing throughout the whole year. Very proud of all of our Miller Debaters! 

80's Dance
The WINTER DANCE is coming!! It will be an 80's theme and open to all grades. We're excited to be heading to downtown Minneapolis for this dance. We strongly encourage students to have parents drop them off and pick them up to avoid the hassle and expense of parking (or carpooling & uber services). However, parking will be available near the venue. 

WHEN - Friday, February 17th from 7:00-10:00pm (doors close at 8:00pm)
WHERE - Muse Event Center (107 3rd Ave N Minneapolis) 
TICKETS - $20 sold during lunches (Thursday, February 2nd - Thursday February 16th)
GUESTS - Guest forms are available in the main office

Jason Morzenti, Social Studies Teacher
Jason Morzenti is a great option for the honor of staff of the week. Jason teaches geography and is known for making it quite interesting and easy to digest for a lot of students. Moreover, he also does a great job of incorporating things from popular culture into his lessons. He is skilled at providing accommodations for kids who need additional support. He's also a great listener. Thanks for jumping into Washburn with such a high commitment level! 
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