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

2/24/17 -- Issue 20
2/24  Last day to register for AP Tests
2/25  Last day to order Yearbooks
2/28  Junior ACT Testing Day (for ALL 11th graders)

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  

Please consider taking time to give Washburn feedback around budget priorities for the 2017-2018 school year. Your answers help us make important budgeting decisions. The following survey asks brief questions that help us understand what our families value most.

School budgets will be given to Principals next week and there is a very quick turn around to make decisions. Please take the survey ASAP to have your feedback considered! 

Spring Break Academy - Credit Recovery
Spring Break Academy Registration has begun. This is a great opportunity to make up 2 quarters of a previously failed class. Spring Break Academy is between the dates of April 3rd through 7th from 8:30 AM - 12:45 PM at Washburn or Edison High School. You must attend all 5 days in order to receive credit. Please see Maggie in the Counselors office to sign up or to ask her any questions you may have. Remember: you must sign up before March 17th in order to attend! 

National Merit Scholar Finalists! 
Congratulations to two Washburn seniors, Max Lindemann & Thor Solberg, who have been named as  National Merit Finalists! Max & Thor were nominated as semi-finalists earlier this year and have moved onto the next round. Congratulations! 

Upcoming College Visits

  • Monday, April 3-Thursday, April 6 (Spring Break)- Chicago College Tour (11th & 12th ONLY) - applications are in the CCC!
Very Important Details on the ACT Test on 2/28

The ACT for All Juniors will take place at Washburn High School on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. All 11th graders will take the ACT With Writing Test (paper-based). The test is free of charge to them. The test will take approximately 4-4.5 hours. Students will test in the main gym. Students with testing accommodations will test in the Media Center. 

The test is broken up into 5 sections: 
English - 45 minutes 
Math - 60 minutes 
Reading - 35 minutes 
Science - 35 minutes 
Writing - 40 minutes. 

Other Important Reminders
  • We encourage students to arrive by 8:00am to begin checking in.
  • 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 (per ACT rules students who arrive late may not be allowed to test and will be sent home if they arrive after the test begins).
  • Students are encouraged to bring at least two #2 pencils and an ACT-approved calculator to the exam (see www.act.org for a complete list of approved calculators).
  • Cell phones, tablets, Apple Watches, and other electronics are not allowed in the testing rooms. Students should leave all personal belongs, including their cell phones, in their locker during the test
  • No food or drink can be brought into the testing area (this includes water bottles)
  • Per ACT regulations, students who violate any of the rules risk having their test invalidated and will be dismissed. Reasons for dismissal include but are not limited to:
    • cell phone or electronic noise heard
    • use of a cell phone even at a break
    • bubbling after time is called
  • The test will conclude at approximately 1:00-1:30pm with bagged lunches being served immediately after the test for those who want a school lunch. Juniors WILL NOT HAVE REGULARLY SCHEDULED CLASSES AFTER THE TEST AND MAY LEAVE AFTER THE TEST. 
If you have any questions - contact your school counselor or Tara Mennitt, WHS' testing coordinator at  tara.mennit@mpls.k12.mn.us 
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/

There will be NO LATE REGISTRATIONS ACCEPTED Fee is $53 per exam. 

Exams being offered for Washburn students:
AP Language and Literature
AP US History
AP Human Geography
AP Statistics

Important Dates
2/24-25 & 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
3/11: WAC meeting, 9:00 a.m., Common Roots Café
3/13:  A Night with Crew 612, 7:30 p.m., WHS auditorium
3/14-16:  Auditions for spring play, "Good 'N' Plenty", 3:15-5:30, WHS auditorium
3/16:  Classics Choir Concert (Concert Choir, Miller Voices, Treble Choir), 7:30 p.m., WHS auditorium
3/21:  Band and Orchestra SPRIN-TER  Concert "A Night at the Movies", 7:30 p.m., WHS auditorium
Into the Woods
Performances continue this weekend and next week (see dates/times listed above).  Don't miss this spectacular show! 

Tickets:  Purchase your tickets in advance at http://intothewoodswhs.brownpapertickets.com/ 

General Admission: tickets are $5 students / $10 adults
Reserved Seating: $10 Students / $15 Adults
Student Pass:   See all shows for $20!  Request your pass at the door (general admission seating)


Volunteer:  Volunteers are still needed to help with performances. Sign up here:   http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f4ca8a82fa6fe3-into 

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):
  •          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.  Join us for our next meeting March 11 at 9:00 at Common Roots Cafe, 2558 Lyndale Ave. South (meeting room in the back)!  Connect with us at 

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  

Spring Sports Registration Night 3/2 @ 6:00-8:00pm
Spring Sports Registration Night  will be on Thursday, March 2  from 6:00-8:00pm.  This night is a chance to register, fill out paperwork, pay fees, and meet coaches. All f orms  must be turned in before the start day for each sport. Students can contact coaches or captains to find out if there any pre-season training opportunities. 
March 6 -- Badminton (Girls)
March 13 -- Track (Boys/Girls) & Softball (Girls)
March 20 -- Baseball (Boys) & Golf (Boys/Girls) 
March 27 -- Tennis (Boys)
April -- Lacrosse

Sectional & State Updates
  • Alpine Skiing -- team placed 8th in state 
  • Nordic Skiing -- finished 5th in the Charley Banks relays 
  • Wrestling -- Team sectionals were last week and now individuals head to sectionals Friday & Saturday 2/24 & 2/25 @ Hopkins High School 
  • Boys Hockey -- beat Orono 4-2 to make it to semi-finals on Tuesday 2/28 at Parade Ice Garden @ 8:00pm

Boys Tennis Fundraiser
Love to eat? Would you rather have someone else make it? If yes, then come eat at the Lowbrow on February 27th and 10% of proceeds will be donated to support the Washburn Men's Tennis Team. We hope to see you there!

Order by tomorrow Saturday, 2/25! 

Yearbooks are $55 without customization. Add ons are extra. 


Due to our great season, we will be receiving an invite to the Math League State Tournament Team Contest. Our team of eight (plus an alternate) will compete against the best of the best in the state on Monday, March 13th at South Saint Paul High School.

Two of our students finished in the top 10 of the Minneapolis Division. Luke Peichel finished the season tied for seventh place, and that's even after missing out on tonight's meet. Pretty impressive season for him. And another Washburn student ended up as the Minneapolis Division leader and earned a spot in the State Invitational Event for individuals -- our own Max Lindemann! In addition to Washburn's first trip to the State Tournament as a team, Max will be Washburn's first student to get the invite as an individual. Great finish to a great Math Team career for Max.

South MPLS Community Forum Coming to WHS - 3/27/17

Save the date for a great upcoming community event co-sponsored by our Parent Council. The event will be on March 27th from 7:00-8:30pm in the Auditorium. Issues around substance abuse issues face all teens. Come hear some really important information around this issue:
  • Local Stats
  • Vaping & Other Drug Trends
  • Warning Signs
  • Drug Lingo
  • Personal Stories
  • Your Role 
Please help us spread the word. All are welcome! 


Race 2 Justice Day
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:
Please sign up to volunteer or donate here! 

Senior Party
Please consider volunteering for the All-Night Senior Party on 6/7/17! We could not offer such a fun, safe event without you. Miller parents are the best! We also use a "pay it forward" volunteer model asking parents of 9th, 10th, and 11th graders to volunteer for the event.  Please note we need many volunteers (over 20) to provide adequate supervision at the facility. Grab your spouse, call a friend, and make it a fun night by being with people you know! Sign up here! 

Spring Plant Sale 
The Parent Council Spring Plant Sale is coming soon! If you're interested in being involved please contact the co-chairs for volunteer opportunities.    washburnplantsale@gmail.com 

Let's think Spring! The ordering site is live. Visit our site to plan for spring planting all while supporting Washburn. Orders ready before Mother's Day!   http://washburnplantsale.com/  

Upcoming Meeting Dates
Please join us for the next meetings to be part of a great community of parents and students working towards improving the overall high school experience for some of our students. Washburn Cares focuses on soliciting donations for Washburn students by creating resources in the following categories: food shelf, clothes closet, school supplies, toiletries, gift cards for holiday & emergency assistance, and access to high school events/activities
  March 15 @ 3:30pm 
  April 19 @ 3:30pm
  May 17 @ 3:30pm 

Monetary Donations Welcome
This committee is now able to  accept cash or check donations (kept in a club account at the school) to help with our efforts of providing some basic needs for our students and provide access to events/activities that improve the overall high school experience. See what your financial donation could support:

- Dance tickets
- Yearbooks
- Athletic Punch Cards
- Senior Photos 

Donations can be sent to the high school in care of Washburn Cares. 

Washburn High School
attn: Washburn Cares
201 W. 49th St
MPLS MN 55417

3rd Annual Ramsey-Washburn Battle of the Bands!  
Calling all bands...The 3rd Annual Ramsey-Washburn Battle of the Bands is coming soon---Sunday, April 23rd, at The Junction.  For families new to Washburn, this event features Washburn and Ramsey Middle School student and staff bands, facing off for bragging rights (and an amazing traveling guitar trophy beautified by Ramsey art teacher, Ms. Cedarleaf-Dahl).  The band sign up form is now live. This is a first come, first booked, sign-up process.  Please make sure to review the guidelines and enter all needed info. 


Michael O'Connor, TOSA Admin
Michael O'Connor took on a new rule this year, taking a break from his work as a science teacher to become an Admin TOSA (teacher on special assignment). He's been a great addition to the Admin team as he brings many skills such as a calm demeanor, approachable, and great with data. His many years as a teacher help tremendously in his new role. We're lucky to have him at Washburn. Thanks for all you do Michael!  
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