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

9/15/17 -- Issue 3
9/15  Super Soccer Friday Games  @ 6:00pm & 7:30pm
9/16  Super Soccer Saturday @ 8:00am-8:00pm
9/19  Curriculum Night @ 6:30-8:30pm
9/20  Last Day to Sign up for PSAT Test (10th & 11th Graders)
9/21  Senior College Planning Night @ 6:00-7:30pm

10/9  Picture Re-take Day
10/11  PSAT Test (requires pre-registration)
10/13  Homecoming Football Game @ 7:00pm
10/14  Homecoming Dance @ 7:00-10:00pm (no entrance after 8:00pm)
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 Pictures Due December 18th! [more info to come next week]

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) 

Peer Mentoring
We're looking for 10th, 11th and 12th grade students who are interested in being peer mentors. Peer mentoring is a leadership opportunity designed to enhance the high school experience of others. We are looking for students who reflect and embrace the beautiful diversity here at WHS. Applications are available in the counseling office and need to be returned there by Friday, September 22.

Career & College Center (CCC) Newsletter
Stay connected with opportunities offered through our CCC! The weekly newsletter is located online. September 18-22

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


Curriculum Night -- See you on Tuesday! 

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
HOW TO ACCESS:  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
SERVICES OFFERED:  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

Attention: Sophomore and Junior Students & Parents!
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. Details: 
  • Wednesday, October 11, 2017, the PSAT is being offered at Washburn High School for students in 10th and 11th grade.
  • Please sign up for the test by Wednesday, September 20. After that date, there will be a late fee ($2)
  • Registration closes on Friday, September 22 or after tests sell out.
  • The cost for the test is $18; you will pay online using a credit/debit card or you can send a check to Total Registration [ Fee waivers are available for 11th grade students who have Free/Reduced Lunch].
  • Register Here

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). 

10/5:  Wine tasting and purchase event for WAC Gala. 5-8 p.m. Cork Dork ( 4703 Cedar Ave S Mpls)
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
11/18:  Washburn Arts Council Fall Arts Gala @ 6:30-10:30 pm St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church
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.
EINSTEIN: 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!
WAC Arts Gala
We are looking for hosts for Great Gatherings (parties/events) and for auction item donations. Contact whsfallartsgala@gmail.com for more information.
Like the Washburn Arts Council Facebook page to keep track of upcoming events! 

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  

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


Cheerleading Car Wash
Please come show your support for our Cheerleaders by coming to a fundraising car wash tomorrow, September 16th @ 10:00am-2:00pm at the Blaisdell YMCA. If you are unable to attend you can give a much appreciated donation by contacting Coach Michelle Nelson michelle.nelson@mpls.k12.mn.us or having your child find one of the cheerleaders in school. Thank you, Go Millers!


Recently two Washburn students showed amazing Miller Pride by donating their time and talents to collect school supply donations for the Washburn Cares Committee. This committee has a goal of meeting various needs of students at Washburn and have a specific eye for the needs/concerns of our Homeless/Highly Mobile population of students. This group of parents and students works closely with our Social Workers to understand the needs for donations. 

This marks the second consecutive year that gradate Samantha Wheeler has collected supplies for Washburn. She is inspiring in her efforts as she simply asks her friends, family, and neighbors for donations and they come through in a big way! Samantha's sense of service to community is extremely commendable. 

Boy Scout, Will Anderson, committed his Eagle Scout project to collecting supplies for Washburn. He created a collection plan, sent flyers to neighbors, and used the assistance of other scouts to collect an amazing amount of supplies for Washburn: over 60 backpacks, 276 notebooks, 2,000 pencils/pens, 300 folders, 26 binders, and much more! Will's project not only highlights the integrity of a Miller, but also an Eagle Scout! Way to go Will!

Early Dismissals
If you're planning to have your student be dismissed early, please send him/her to the attendance office with a note first thing in the morning to get a pass to leave early. This will save you a phone call and eliminate the need for you to come into the building. 

Early Dismissal for Illness
If your student is ill during the school day, please do not have them text home from the classroom. They should inform the teacher of their illness and visit the school nurse. Once they've visited the nurse, they will get a pass to leave the school if appropriate. This is the only way to have the absence counted as "excused." 
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.

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

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


Raewyn Kelley, Science Teacher
Our next Staff of the Week is...Raewyn Kelley! Simply put, Raewyn is a pretty awesome science teacher who has the ability to engage and educate all of her students. She brings a positive, warm, inviting, calm, and reassuring attitude to her classroom and is a great coworker. She is known for taking initiative in the building and shares her leadership skills in various ways such as a club adviser for GSA and serving on Site Council. She is known  not only as a great teacher for the students, but also known for creating community among the staff.  Thanks Raewyn for being an awesome teacher. Enjoy locking your bike to the Staff of the Week Parking sign! :) 
Washburn High School | Main Office 612-668-3400 | Family Liaison 612-668-3440