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

9/8/17 -- Issue 2
9/8    Home Opener Football Game @ 7:00pm [students dress up: WHS jerseys / blue out]
9/14  Site Council Meeting @ 4:30-6:00pm (room 106B)
9/16  Super Soccer Saturday @ 8:00am-8:00pm
9/19  Curriculum Night @ 6:30-8:30pm
9/21  Senior College Planning Night @ 6:00-7:30pm

10/9  Picture Re-take Day
10/13  Homecoming Football Game
10/14  Homecoming Dance
10/17  Parent-Teacher Conferences @ 4:30-8:00pm
10/18  NO SCHOOL / Parent-Teacher Conferences @ 8:00am-3:00pm
10/19  NO SCHOOL - MEA Break
10/20  NO SCHOOL - MEA Break 

11/1  1st Quarter Ends
1 1/2  NO SCHOOL - Teacher Professional Development
11/3  NO SCHOOL - Teacher Record Keeping Day 

Senior College Planning Night
Senior College & Financial Aid Night is September 21, 2017 from 6:00 - 7:30pm. College Representatives along with your High School Counselor & CCC Coordinators will present on:
- 6:00-6:45 Senior college application timeline & process
- 6:45-7:30 FAFSA/MN Dream Act information & application 
    Auditorium- English speaking families (FAFSA information) 
    Room #104- Spanish speaking families (FAFSA & MN Dream Act information) 

Career & College Center (CCC) Newsletter
Stay connected with opportunities offered through our CCC! The weekly newsletter is located online.

College Visits Next Week
Juniors and Seniors encouraged to attend these presentations. Sign up in advance in CCC!

9/14 Saint John's University 9:30am
9/14 Northern Michigan 2:07pm
9/15 Dartmouth 10:30am

Free College App Opportunity
Apply now CommonBlackCollegeApp.com Promo Code: mn2017 


Writing Lab
LOCATION: The Washburn Writing Lab is located in the Orange Lab (Media Center)
STAFF: Tara Mennitt  Tara.Mennitt@mpls.k12.mn.us
WHAT: Students working on a writing assignment (including college application essays, scholarships, or job application essays/responses) can access Washburn's Writing Lab in the Media Center's Orange Lab
  • Drop-in between 8:00-8:30 
  • Drop-in after-school 
  • Come to the Media Center during LUNCH (with a pass) during any of the three lunches
  • Schedule an appointment with Ms. Mennitt via email or on the Washburn website under the Students Tab
  • Pre-writing techniques & brainstorming 
  • Organizing rough drafts 
  • Editing & revising 
  • Work on citations, references, and bibliography pages 
MAP Testing
Freshman (9th Grade) will take the MAP test starting September 18, 2017. All 9th grade students will be taking the MAP test in reading and math. Students will take the test during their English and Math classes. A more complete and comprehensive schedule is currently posted on the Washburn website. 

PSAT Testing Information
10th and 11th graders have the opportunity to take the PSAT if they choose. I f you have questions about the PSAT, please email Tara.Mennitt@mpls.k12.mn.us , call 612-668-3509, or students can find Tara Mennitt in the Media Center to ask in person.

Romeo & Juliet Play at the Guthrie -- 9th Grade Field Trip
On Thursday, October 5 freshman students are invited to the Guthrie to watch a professional performance of Romeo & Juliet. Project Success sponsors this free trip for all 9th graders. Students will start coming home with permission slips from their English teachers in the next week (if they have not already). Please make sure to sign and return this form as soon as possible. If you are interested in chaperoning, please contact Tara Mennitt (tara.mennitt@mpls.k12.mn.us or 612-668-3509). 

Important Dates
9/5-9/7:  Fall Musical "Heathers" Auditions
10/10: Orchestra Concert @ 7:00pm
10/12: Homecoming Choir Concert @ 7:00pm
10/26-10/28: Fall Musical @ 7:00pm
11/2-11/4: Fall Musical @ 7:00pm

Tech Crew 
Auditions are over for 'Heathers the Musical', but you can still join the tech, costume or makeup crews. Email Ms. Lee at  nancy.lee@mpls.k12.mn.us for more information.
Washburn Arts Council Meeting 
Sept. 9: Join us Saturday, Sept. 9th for the first Washburn Arts Council (WAC) meeting of the 2017-2018 school year (and mark your calendars for future meetings the 2nd Saturday of each month). We meet at 9:00 a.m. at Common Roots Cafe, 2558 Lyndale Ave. South (meeting room in the back of the cafe). If you have a Washburn student in band, choir, guitar, orchestra, theater, tech/costume/props crews or visual arts classes/activities- or no student involvement but are passionate about the arts - WAC needs you!
A Stage Portrait written by Willard Simms Starring Thomas Schuch  
Sept. 8-Oct. 1  Friday/Saturday at 8 pm Sunday at 2 p.m.  
The Matchbox Theater 5415 1/2 Nicollet Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55419  
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Washburn Performing Arts Program!

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  

Soccer Hub Player of the Week -- Darley Florvil
Soccer Hub has announced it's weekly picks for Player of the Week of Aug. 29-Sept. 2. Miller player Darley Florvil is one of the candidates. He needs our votes and today is the last day! 
http://bit.ly/votedarley  . Go Miller Soccer! 

Super Soccer Saturday
Come out for a great day of soccer on 9/16/17! Pay once, and get into all games! 


Each year it is important to be reflective about our practices. We strive to create the best learning environment possible for maximum achievement and adapt our practices as needed. Therefore, there are a few changes in the upcoming school year. 


If you'd like to read further about these changes please review them here. 
Changes for the 2017-2018 School Year

Please note: major school changes are brought to our Site Council for review. If you have something you'd like discussed at a Site Council meeting, please contact the Co-Chairs.
National Honor Society is now accepting applications. If your student has a passion for community service, leadership qualities, and a 3.2 GPA, they should consider applying! You can print the application online or see Ms. Pederson in room 106B for a copy. Applications are due Sept 30th! Viist the  National Honor Society section  for more details about what it means to join NHS.

All families in the district are asked to complete the school meal eligibility form, regardless of income or eligibility as school funding is tied to gathering this information. 

ONLINE APPLICATIONS:  schoolcafe.com
PAPER APPLICATIONS: Available in the main office
MPS invites all families to our  Farm to School Community BBQ offered by MPS Culinary & Wellness Services.  Meet the chefs who inspire our recipes and the farmers who grow our food. The BBQ is free to all and includes delicious local food, hands-on activities for children and families, farm animals, live music and more.  
In case of rain, the event will move to September 14 at the same place and time.

WHEN: September 12 from 4:30-7:00 p.m. 
WHERE: 812 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411. 
RSVP: on Facebook and let us know you are coming 
MPS Culinary & Wellness Services is hosting a special, one-time Jr Iron Chef Competition
Super Bowl Edition will be held on October 10. We are looking for middle and high school students to apply to compete in this special event. Students can apply online at http://bit.ly/jrironchef_sbe_application

Applications are due Friday, September 22Learn more at http://nutritionservices.mpls.k12.mn.us/junior_iron_chef_super_bowl_edition

Attention French Students in Level 2 and Above
Students and families are encouraged to come find out about Washburn's Spring trip to France! Meeting held on Monday, September 11, in Room 205. 

Help Keep Kids Safe

Students can be dropped off or picked up for school near doors 10 & 3.
  • In the mornings, students may enter school through Door 10 (50th Street) & Door 3 (49th Street) and soon will be required to show school ID cards upon entering;  
  • CARS CANNOT STOP ON 50TH STREET. It's dangerous to hold up traffic at this location and those who do may receive a ticket; 
  • According to Mpls Ordinance 478.110 students can only be dropped off/picked up on Pleasant Ave or 49th Street; 
  • You can drop off at door 10 if you pull all the way into the parking lot on 50th street (entrance on Pleasant; exit only on 50th); 

Many studies have shown that students who are engaged in extracurricular activities get better grades and are happier. Help your student get involved! Here are a list of clubs actively recruiting new members:

Chess Club
Debate Team
Fall Musical Tech Crew
Quiz Bowl
Robotics Team
Sailing [*Independent Team]
The Grist Student Newspaper  

CPEO - Connection Parents to Educational Opportunities

Need information on how to prepare your student for college? Attending the 7 week CPEO course can really help parents navigate the school system setting your student up for the best opportunities post high school! 

WHERE: Washburn High School
WHEN: Tuesday Nights: 11/7 - 12/20
TIME: 6:00pm - 8:30pm - Dinner & Childcare Provided
For more information or to register contact:
Erica Lebens-Englund: 612-668-3400 erica.lebens@mpls.k12.mn.us
DeSean Smedley: 612-668-2090


Robotics at Lowbrow
On Monday, September 11th
the Lowbrow will be donating 10% of everyone's order between 4:00-10:00pm to the Washburn robotics team. IF you enjoy their t-shirt cannon come out and help support them!   [Please note a correction of date & time in red]

Tara Mennitt, Testing Coordinator & Writing Center Coordinator
We're excited to announce the next staff of the week...Tara Mennitt. Not only does she successfully manage our testing schedule, she runs our Writing Lab. She is extremely helpful with helping students who want to attend a two-year college and with essay writing for colleges and scholarships. The CCC is especially grateful for what she does to help students with applications and essays. We appreciate her positive attitude and team spirit!  
Washburn High School | Main Office 612-668-3400 | Family Liaison 612-668-3440