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9/8/16 -- Issue 3

9/13  Community Presentation -- "Screenagers" 7:00pm WHS Auditorium 
9/19  Curriculum Night 6:30-8:30pm (parent engagement event)
9/22  Counselor Event - Senior Financial Aid Night
9/22  Site Council 4:30-6:00pm & Parent Council 6:30-7:30pm (Room 107)
9/30  Homecoming Game

10/1  Homecoming Dance (all grades) 
10/10 Picture Make-up Day
10/18 Parent-Teacher Conferences 4:30-8:30pm (Arena Style in Main Gym)
10/19 Parent-Teacher Conferences 8:00am-12:00pm (individual in classrooms) 
10/20, 10/21  NO SCHOOL

11/2    1st Quarter Ends
On Wednesday, November 2, 2016, the PSAT will be offered at Washburn High School for students in 10th and 11th grade.  The PSAT is a practice standardized test for students in these grades. 11th graders who score well enough are able to qualify for a National Merit Scholarship.  10th graders can use the test as practice for future standardized tests.  Students in the 10th and 11th grades will be given a registration form in their Social Studies classes.  Additional forms are available in room 203A, the main office, or you can download and print from the WHS website.

The cost for the test is $18. Pay using cash or check (made out to Washburn High School).  Registration and payment should be made together.  Registration is not considered final until payments have been made.

If you would like to do some online PSAT practice, please follow this link:  https://www.kaptest.com .   Lessons start on October 1. Remember the PSAT Test is 11/2! 

Questions? Please feel free to call or email Tara Mennitt, WHS Testing Coordinator.
Phone: (612) 668-3400

Career & College Center 
Greetings from the CCC! Our names are Danielle Seifert and Eman Abdullahi and we are Washburn's Career & College Center (CCC) Coordinators. We are located in room #107, next to security desk by door 10. We wanted to share some important updates and information with you as we begin the 2016-2017 school year.

We encourage all families to create a Naviance account. Naviance is a post-secondary planning tool that is used to help track students progress as they plan for life after high school.  If you have questions about Naviance, please email or call the CCC.
Important Updates and Events
  • Coalition Application - The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success is a new college application platform developed to improve the college application process for all students as they search for and apply to their perfect college. The platform provides a single, centralized toolkit for students to organize, build, and refine their applications to numerous institutions. www.coalitionforcollegeaccess.org
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Priority Deadline November 1st, 2016 -- Priority consideration for admission, Honors, and scholarships is given to students whose applications are complete by November 1st.  http://admissions.tc.umn.edu 
  • FAFSA/MN Dream Act Date -- Students will be able to submit 2017-2018 FAFSA/MN Dream Act Application as early as Oct. 1, 2016 rather than beginning Jan. 1, 2017! https://financialaidtoolkit.ed.gov/tk/announcement-detail.jsp?id=2017-18-fafsa-changes
  • Senior College Night September 22nd, 2016 - For seniors and their families in the auditorium from 6-7:30pm.
  • Washburn's MnACC College Fair November 8th, 2016 -- For all students in main gym from 9-10:30am.
  • FAFSA Night- November 10th, 2016 -- For 11/12 students and their families in the auditorium from 6:00-7:00pm.
  • MN Dream Act Night- November 17th, 2016 -- For 11/12 students and their families from 6-7:00pm.
  • FAFSA/MN Dream Act Workshop Night- December 13th, 2016 and March 23rd, 2017 -- For seniors completing their FAFSA/MN Dream Act applications in the CCC from 5-7pm.
  • Washburn's Career Fair- February 2017- TBD -- For 10th grade students during advisory.
  • Washburn's Senior Career Fair- April 2017- TBD -- For 12th grade students who have yet to solidify a post-secondary plan and/or for students in grade 11 who are not interested in attending a college/university after high school.
Contact the CCC
Danielle Seifert- 612-668-3442 or Danielle.seifert@mpls.k12.mn.us
Eman Abdullahi- 612-668-3546 or eman.abdullahi@mpls.k12.mn.us
Washburn Arts Council Meetings
Join the Washburn Arts Council (WAC) for monthly meetings. WAC is a group of parents and teachers supporting the Washburn arts community.  If you have a Washburn student participating in band, choir, dance, orchestra, theater or visual arts classes/activities, we need you!  We meet the second Saturday each month at Common Roots Cafe (the meeting room in the back of the restaurant), 2558 Lyndale Ave. South at 9:00 a.m.  Connect with us at washburnwac@gmail.com and www.facebook.com/WashburnArts
WAC Wine Tasting - Sept. 29 
Don't miss the annual WAC Wine Tasting event!  Sample wine, enjoy hors d'ouevres, get a discount on wine donations for the Washburn Fall Arts Gala - and buy some for yourself, too.  Join us to support the arts at Washburn!
WHEN:  Thursday, Sept. 29, 5:00-8:00 p.m. (5:00-6:00 exclusive to Gala supporters; 6:00-8:00 open to the public)
WHERE:  The Cork Dork, 4703 Cedar Ave.
Roaring 20s Fall Arts Gala - Nov. 19
Mark your calendars for the 5th annual Fall Arts Gala on Saturday, Nov. 19th. This year's Gala theme is The Roaring 20s. The Gala is a fun-filled event to support arts programs at Washburn. Previous gala events have raised money for a thrust stage for the Washburn auditorium, visual arts display cases, choir uniforms, a recording studio, instruments, arts equipment, performance uniforms, a pug mill for mixing clay, microphones and portable sound system for music/theater productions, printing press, mat cutter, and more.  You won't want to miss it!

Come Experience Your Student's Schedule
Curriculum Night is an opportunity for parents/guardians to experience a day in the life of their teenager. The event is designed for parents to attend, not students. The evening uses a bell schedule to move parents through a typical school day -- periods 1-7. Not only will you get to hear about each class, you'll be able to meet each of your child's teachers prior to conferences in October. It's a wonderful way to engage in your child's academic success. Please plan on joining us on Monday 9/19 from 6:30-8:30pm. Welcome begins promptly at 6:30 in the Auditorium and a bell schedule follows. 

Girls Varsity Soccer -- Senior Recognition Night 
Girls Soccer Senior Recognition Night is Saturday 9/10 at 5:00pm with a home game against Cretin-Derham Hall. Please come out to cheer on the Girls Varsity Team and show support to our graduating seniors who have been a part of this amazing soccer community the last four years! 

Super Soccer Saturday - 9/24 8:00am-8:00pm
Mark your calendars for Super Soccer Saturday on 9/24! It's a fun filled day with girls and boys soccer in the Stadium. There will be food, prizes, entertainment, and great soccer all day. Come join us and support the soccer program! 

Alpine Ski Team
Do you enjoy downhill (alpine) skiing? Would you like to learn how to ski race?  The Minneapolis Alpine Ski Team (MAST) may be just for you.  
Slalom ski racing is a varsity sport of Minneapolis Public Schools and MAST is Minneapolis' slalom racing team.  MAST is open to Minneapolis students in grades 7-12.   Everybody races as part of a team, either varsity or junior varsity.  No racing experience is necessary. We offer excellent coaching and training, a fun and friendly team atmosphere, exciting competitions against other high school ski teams, and the chance to participate in the fastest, non-motorized sport in the world! Financial assistance is available!  
Learn more about MAST and sign up for the team at http://www.mplsalpineski.org/.   Interested athletes should sign up right away, as space is limited and now is the time to take advantage of pre-season race gear swaps in early October.  You can also contact our Head Coach, Mark Conway, 612-275-8392, or email markrobertconway58@gmail.com if you would like to learn more about our sport and team.    It is never too soon ---or too late--- to learn to ski race. 

Students who are active in extra curricular activities tend to do better in school and are happier. And we are finding that colleges are now very interested in the types of things students do beyond academics. We strongly recommend students get involved. The reality is that sometimes students need a gentle push from their parents to join a group or club. Here are a few ideas of clubs that are actively recruiting new members right now:

National Honor Society
Attention Juniors and Seniors interested in fostering leadership, service, and character in the Washburn community! Now is the time to apply to National Honor Society. Applicants must have a passion for community service and a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Applications are available on the Washburn website, or you may see Ms. Pederson in room 106B for more information. Please note that all applications are reviewed, however, acceptance is not guaranteed. Great emphasis is placed on the essay accompanying the application.

Dare 2 Be Real
Would your student like to become a racial justice leader? If so, they might be interested in joining the Dare 2 Be Real club. This club meets on Thursdays from 3:30-4:30pm. 

Art Club
Art club will meet Tuesday, September 13 at 3:15 in room 211, Ms. Hinz's room. You do not need to have signed up to attend. All students are welcome! 

The Odyssey Magazine
The Odyssey Literary Magazine is looking for new recruits! We meet every Tuesday right after school in room 317. Additionally, we are now accepting submission for the winter edition. Please email art, photos, poems, and short stories in any language to whsodyssey@gmail.com by November 18th. 

Latino Club - Líderes en Acción
Latino Club, now known as "Líderes en acción," will be having its first meeting Tuesday, September 13th in room 216 at 3:30pm. If you are interested in promoting Latino culture and getting involved in issues facing the Latino community, come check it out. If you have questions, please talk to Ms. Laboe in room 217.

Urban Farm
If your student is interested in free food and learning more about a low-commitment club, they should check out Urban Farm's first meeting on  Friday, September 9th at 7:30am at the picnic tables out on the mall. This is just an informational meeting, so come see what Urban Farm is all about and enjoy some muffins and donuts while you're there.

Our annual Homecoming Dance is only 3 weeks away - Saturday, October 1st 7:00-10:00pm. The dance is held at Washburn in the big gym and cafeteria.  With the help of parent volunteers we make it a gorgeous venue! 
Some Info for New Families:
  • This dance is open to all students in grades 9th-12th;
  • Seniors have a dress up theme that is just for them (to be announced next week);
  • 9th, 10th, & 11th usually dress up (not Prom formal, but look your best!);
  • Going with  just one date is not required or the norm; often the most fun is to come with a group of friends;
  • There is not a professional photographer at the dance; many students make their own plans to take pictures before the dance. And often each grade level picks a place for group photos (students organize this themselves and usually share on social media);
  • Tickets will be sold during lunches only (announcements will be made soon about this);
  • We need parent volunteers for decorating. If you're interested in helping us create a beautiful space for our students please contact the Parent Liaison to join the dance volunteer team (erica.lebens@mpls.k12.mn.us).

MPS would like families to be aware of an upcoming referendumOn Nov. 8, Minneapolis voters will be asked to renew the school district's current operating referendum authorization, which expires after the 2016-17 school year. If passed, funding would help Minneapolis Public Schools manage class sizes and provide supportive services and activities for students. The request would authorize the referendum for nine years and be annually adjusted for inflation. Property taxes are not projected to increase if the referendum renewal passes.

 Please check out this link to make sure you know the facts prior to voting.


Host a Student from Colombia
Share your home and family as you learn about another culture! 
A host family in the Washburn area is needed for a friendly, happy and enthusiastic young man who recently arrived from Cali, Colombia. He is eager to make American friends and establish a lasting relationship with an American family. His temporary family gives him a high recommendation as a family member, he is cooperative and respectful, and has excellent English. He hopes to get involved in many school activities. Loves soccer, but is unable to play this year due to a knee injury. International exchange is a tradition in his family, as both his brother and sister were exchange students.
Students have their own insurance and spending money. Host families provide family meals, a comfortable and clean home, a loving and a caring family atmosphere. The key to a successful intercultural experience is communication.
For more information, please contact Jennifer Conrad immediately for more information.

Jennifer Conrad,  ICES
Regional Administrator & Field Manager
Toll Free: 888-252-1168
Cell Phone: 651-434-0517
Fax: 888-990-1884


Mark your calendars for the upcoming great event on 9/13 @ 7:00pm. Many parents have questions and concerns about how "screentime" is affecting their families. Please join us for this special showing of a highly acclaimed film. 


Project SUCCESS has theater ticket offerings for an upcoming show  "Bars and Measures"  at the Jungle Theater. Tickets are available to Washburn students and their families - up to four tickets per family at no cost to them!  While tickets are free, you must call to reserve your tickets. Tickets are only available by calling Project SUCCESS at 612-874-7710. Please Note: This production does include some strong language.


Washburn staff, students, and families are invited to come out to The Lowbrow on Monday, Sept. 12th from 4-10 pm to support Washburn Football! 10% of proceeds will be donated to the team. Go Millers!

Come support the Miller Cheer Team Saturday September 17th. They will be hosting a car wash at the Blaisdale YMCA from 10:00am-2:00pm. Donations from the event will support team activities and purchase necessary cheer items throughout the season. Go Millers! 


Coding Program at UMN
As many know there is a gender gap in computer science and technology jobs. Girls Who Code teaches coding and computer science to girls with a goal of closing this gap. For more information about the national organization and mission of Girls Who Code visit https://girlswhocode.com/ .
At the UMN, we are working toward this goal by hosting a local chapter of Girls Who Code. Girls Who Code - University of Minnesota is a free afterschool program that teaches coding and computer science to 6-12th grade girls in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area. The club will be Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30pm, and no previous coding experience is required. Professors at the University of MN will lead the instruction and undergraduate and graduate students will assist the students with their coding and computer science projects. The club has 20, 2-hour sessions, along with field trips and guest presentations and runs Sept-March. 
The first club session is Sept 14.  If you have female students who might be interested in this free afterschool program, please spread the word to them. Also, feel free to contact me with any questions. Spaces are limited so early registration is recommended.
Want more info? Contact info below!
Ashley Arthur
Girls Who Code - University of Minnesota President

Alfredo Almazan
Alfredo Almazan  is our honored staff of the week. Alfredo is part of our hard working Security team. It is hard to believe that just one person is able to do what he does. In his dedication to keeping Washburn safe, he communicates to all students with a friendly manner. He interprets and translates to parents or staff. And he even took time out of his work day to support a SWISH community building event. It's hard to imagine Washburn without him. It's nice to work with a colleague who cares so much about both students and staff. Thanks Alfredo for working so hard to make Washburn a great place to learn!
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