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

2/3/17 -- Issue 17
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
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  
COUNSELING / CAREER & COLLEGE CENTER
 


Conferences Coming Soon! 
 

CAREER & COLLEGE CENTER
 
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! 
ACADEMICS
 
ACT Testing for Juniors
The ACT for All Juniors will take place at Washburn High School on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. 11th graders will take the paper-based with writing exam. The test will take approximately 4-4.5 hours. The test is broken up into 5 sections: English - 45 minutes Math - 60 minutes Reading - 35 minutes Science - 35 minutes Writing - 40 minutes. The test will start promptly at 8:15, so it's imperative that students arrive on time to school on the morning of the exam. Students will test in the main gym. Students with testing accommodations will test in the Media Center. Students are encouraged to bring at least two #2 pencils and an ACT-approved calculator to the exam (see ACT.org for a complete list of approved calculators). Cell phones, tablets, Apple Watches, and other electronics are not allowed in the testing rooms. If you have any questions - contact your guidance counselor or Tara Mennitt, WHS' testing coordinator at tara.mennit@mpls.k12.mn.us 

AP Test Registration Begins Feb. 6th
Test registration for Advanced Placement exams will begin the morning of February 6th and run through Friday February 24th.
Registration is only available online at https://user.totalregistration.net/AP/241695   OR though a link on  the Washburn website - http://washburn.mpls.k12.mn.us/ 
Fee is $53 per exam
 
Exams being offered for Washburn students:
AP Language and Literature
AP US History
AP Human Geography
AP Statistics
 
Please feel free to contact Deb Keefe with any questions - dekee001@mpls.k12.mn.us
ARTS NEWS
 

Important Dates
2/4 & 2/11:  Saturday set-building sessions for Into the Woods, 9:00-1:00, WHS auditorium (students arrive at 10:00)
2/11: WAC meeting, 9:00 a.m., Common Roots Café
2/23: Pasta dinner fundraiser for New York choir trip, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
2/23-25 & 3/2-4: Into the Woods, 7:30 p.m., WHS auditorium
2/26 & 3/5: Into the Woods, 2:00 p.m., WHS auditorium
   
Into the Woods
Set building and rehearsals continue for this year's Spotlight Musical. Details:
  • Build:  Join our set-building team on Saturdays (this week from 9:00-1:00; students arrive at 10:00) in the WHS auditorium. Be prepared to get sawdust and paint on your clothing and, if possible, bring some protective eye wear. 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 
  • Advertise: Know a business that would like to advertise in the show's playbill?  Contact Kevin Sell -- Rushtoolxtc@gmail.com
  • Questions:  If you have a student participating in the cast, crew or pit orchestra and have any questions, contact Julie Hillmyer -   jhillmyer@icloud.com
Great Gatherings
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):
  •          February 4:  Karaoke party
  •          February 10: Great American Song Book Singalong
  •          March 18:  Belfast Cowboys Event
  •          March 28:  Xavi Bistro Buffet Dinner
  •          April 20:  Fulton Tap Room
  •          April 29:  Parent's Prom
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.  We'd love to see you at our next meeting Feb. 11 at 9:00 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

Soul Fest 2017
Soul Fest was another wonderful event at Washburn celebrating culture and history! Congratulations to all the performers and planners for a spectacular event full of talent and fun. One of the best parts was the surprise at the end where Washburn staff dressed up as future leaders (i.e. Washburn students)! Check out photos on our Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/MPS.Washburn/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1329537933769430 



ATHLETICS


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  


Gymnastics 
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)

Softball
Miller Softball Pre-Season Clinics begin Sunday, January 29th - March 5! Returning players and newly interested players are encouraged to participate.  
  • Fee is only $50 
  • CLINIC TIME SCHEDULE: 
    • 2016 Past Season Varsity & JV Players - Session 1: 2:15pm - 3:55pm  (*Pitchers and Catchers in this session arrive 45 minutes earlier at 1:30pm)
    • All other Players and Middle School Players - Session 2: 3:45pm - 5:15pm (*Pitchers and Catchers in this session arrive 45 minutes earlier at 3:00pm 
Nordic Skiing Update
Congratulations to our skiers for an excellent conference championship! Again our skiers showed amazing composure and confidence on a big day. We took second in both the boys and girls team completion and had 4 athletes finish in the top ten and receive an All City award. Many thanks to Coaches, Grey, Eric, Peter, Phil, Beckie and Jacob their guidance and care shown through so very vividly. And thank you to our patents, your support is what makes this all possible. 
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Winter Dance
We need a few parent volunteers to help chaperone the Winter Dance. Please consider offering a little bit of your time to help us offer fun and safe events for our students. The dance will be 2/17 from 7:00-10:00pm at The Muse Event Center. Click the link for more volunteering info:

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon for Conferences
Every conference time the Parent Council likes to host a meal for the hardworking Washburn staff before conferences. It's a great way to show our appreciation and send them into conferences well fed. Please consider bringing a food item or two for this event on Feb. 16th. Meal will be served from 3:15-4:00pm. Click the detail for more information: 
RACE 2 JUSTICE DAY

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.
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Amnesty International is hosting a Syrian refugee winter clothing drive from February 9th to the 23rd. Please bring old coats, hats, gloves, scarves, boots, and snow pants. Drop items off in the boxes in the main office or media center.
WINTER DANCE

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

A STATEMENT FROM SUPERINTENDENT GRAFF

Regarding Immigrant Students
 
"In November, I wrote an open letter to our Minneapolis Public Schools staff and families. Today, that statement still stands, and our mission has not changed: We exist to ensure that all students learn.
 
"Minneapolis Public Schools proudly welcomes diverse children from all over the world, from every religion and from every racial and economic background. We view our diversity as one of our greatest strengths.
 
"The current times are sending a very different signal to our children, however, and have introduced an unprecedented level of fear and anxiety. That is why, last month, the Minneapolis School Board passed a resolution affirming our district as a safe place for all students and families, regardless of their immigration status, national origin or language. It is not the role of the district as an educational organization to ask about the citizenship or immigration status of any of its students or families. Our role is to educate kids; in order for them to learn, they have to feel safe.
 
"In the coming days, our building leaders are committed to staying strong for our students and families. And as a system, we are committed to providing the support our staff needs to build even greater connections among our families as a way to provide comfort, reassurance, and ultimately, to help our kids stay focused on learning and achievement." 
STAFF SPOTLIGHT

Lindsay Sykes, Social Studies Teacher
This week the honor goes to Lindsay Sykes. She is known for being a real educational leader and a true mentor.  She is always willing to help her colleagues. Not only is she an excellent teacher with her students, s he puts in extra time to help students with extracurricular things like Amnesty International. She has excellent content knowledge,is caring and dedicated to her students. Congrats Lindsay!
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