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

2/10/17 -- Issue 18
2/13  African American Family Involvement Day @ Roller Garden 6:00-8:00pm
2/14  Senior Pictures Due for Yearbook
2/16  Parent-Teacher Conferences 4:30-8:00pm (Main Gym)
2/17  Parent-Teacher Conferences 8:00-11:00am & 12:00-3:45pm (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  

Conferences Coming Soon! 


Upcoming College Visits

  • Friday, February 2017 - Minneapolis Community & Technical College (MCTC) - applications are in the CCC!
  • Friday, February 2017 - McNally Smith College of Music- applications are in the CCC!
  • Monday, April 3-Thursday, April 6 (Spring Break)- Chicago College Tour (11th & 12th ONLY) - applications are in the CCC!

Medtronic Field Trip
As part of the career exploration opportunities offered by the CCC, Washburn took over 30 students who are interested in STEM to visit the Medtronic campus in Moundsview 2/6/17.
We engaged in a career fair, handled some medical equipment, and split up into small teams with a Medtronic mentor to brainstorm technological solutions to current societal issues. The students heard about the steps of a journey from high school to a career at Medtronic and had the opportunity to ask questions. The brainstorm session allowed them to think creatively and utilize what they learn at school in a professional workspace to think like an engineer.

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

9th Graders at King Lear at the Guthrie
All 9th grade English classes will be attending a performance of King Lear at the Guthrie Theater on March 14, 2017. This trip is sponsored by Project Success and will give our students the opportunity to see a Shakespearean performance at one of the premier theaters in the Midwest at no cost. Students will also participate in a post-performance talk with cast and crew. This trip will take up the entire school day. Students will receive a permission slip from their 9th grade English teacher. Students can get a bag lunch from the school cafeteria or bring one from home. Light snacks may be available at the Guthrie, but there are no meals available to purchase. If you are willing to chaperone, please let your child's English teacher know or contact Tara Mennitt at Tara.Mennitt@mpls.k12.mn.us.

Important Dates
2/11: WAC meeting @ 9:00 a.m., Common Roots CafĂ©
2/23: Pasta dinner fundraiser for New York choir trip, 5:00-6:30 p.m., Washburn cafeteria
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
Class Options for Next School Year
As students are signing up now for classes for the 2017-2018 school year, encourage them to explore the theater, choir, band, orchestra, dance and visual arts offerings at Washburn. The school has a broad range of options to get kids involved in the arts! For example, this year a Theater Production class was added. The arts are a great way for kids to connect, inspire and pursue their creative passion. 
One-Act Play
" Unveiled" , a one-act play, was performed by Washburn students in the Minnesota State High School League One Act Play Festival. The play, which explores issues faced by Muslim women, was performed at Hill-Murray School on Feb. 8 and an additional performance is being planned at the English Learning Center. Watch this amazing cast performing on stage at Washburn:  https://youtu.be/xs4ofvuJWNs 
Washburn Arts Council - Feb. 11
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.  Come to the 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 
Into the Woods
Purchase your tickets online and volunteer for this year's Spotlight Musical!
Attend the Pasta Dinner on 2/23
What a great way to feed the whole family before the show! It's also "pay what you can" night.  Pasta & Dinner Form Here 

Great Gatherings
Don't miss 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 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

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  

National Signing Day
Congratulations to seven Washburn Student-Athletes who signed National Letters of Intent to play college athletics.  7 out of the 16 MPS students who signed were Washburn athletes. Way to MILLERS!!!!


Taylor Cottew - MSU-Mankato
Austyn Kimbrell - Simmons College (Boston)
Juan Louis - Drake University
Kaitlyn Villars - UW-Lacrosse

Savion Johnson - Ellsworth Community College
D'Angelo Moore - Ellsworth Community College
William Sanders - Augsburg College

Alpine Skiers Head to State
WHS boys team earns 2nd place and earns a trip to State! What an accomplishment!  At the recent Section Meet, the Boy's Alpine team qualified to compete as a team at the State Meet to be held next week at Giant's Ridge. Best wishes to Luke Conway, Logan Griggs, Augie Bent, Willem Robertson, Jackson Lederman, Wilson Psotka & Alexander Heath! Congratulations also to Logan Griggs for qualifying to compete as an individual. Outstanding skiing guys!

L-R: Wilson Psotka, Willem Robertson, Jackson Ledermann, Augie Bent, Luke Conway, Logan Griggs, Alexander Heath 

Senior Pictures Due Next Week on 2/14
Please get in your senior pictures for the yearbook by Tuesday, February 14th. Details located below:
  • 300+dpi
  • JPEG format
  • 1-6 megs
  • Closer images preferred; photos that are taken from a distance away may be cropped to appear closer
  • Students can also submit a baby photo and quote if they want that included
  • Submit photos & quotes via email to washburnyearbook2017@gmail.com

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: 


We are busy working on our budget for the 2017-2018 school year. Learn more about our process by watching a short video available in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong. There are many opportunities for families, residents of Minneapolis and staff members to get involved in the process. See more information at   http://www.mpls.k12.mn.us/mps_budget 

Washburn is Hosting Feedback Meetings
Please consider attending one of our open public meetings to provide feedback and ideas on budget priorities at Washburn for the 2017-2018 school year.

2/23  Site Council Meeting @ 4:30-6:00pm
2/23  Parent Council Meeting @ 6:30-7:00pm (followed by Parent Council agenda 7:00-7:25pm) 

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

Check out this cool venue!


Do you read and write in a language other than English? Your language skills might be worth college credit. Take a test and earn a Minnesota Bilingual Seal and eligibility for college credit at MnSCU schools. This test is designed for those who have skills similar to that of a native speaker. Tests are available in Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. The test will be at Davis Center on Saturday, March 11. If you are interested, see (Mayde Vega) in Main Office. You will have to fill out registration form. Deadline for registration is Tuesday, March 7.

Would you like to support Washburn artists while also supporting an important cause?
IB art students designed these t-shirts and are selling them for $10 to support homeless youth.
When you purchase one of these Miller designed shirts, the
proceeds benefit homeless students in MPS. Please contact Ms. Hinz if you'd like to buy one!   Nancy.Hinz@mpls.k12.mn.us 


Tom Cowhitt, Social Studies Teacher
Tom is an innovative teacher and a wonderful colleague; known for being respectful and driven.  He's been working very hard since the day he walked through these doors less than three years ago. Just a couple of his achievements include taking on a new IB History curriculum, bringing in (among others) Keith Ellison and Ilhan Omar as guest speakers for Government students, co-leading peer jury during the spring of 2016, and leading Tuesday PD. He's done all of this and managed to be a professional St. Paul Winter Carnival Medallion hunter as well! So nice to send our congratulations to Tom Cowhitt this week! 
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