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

9/22/17 -- Issue 4
9/30  National Honor Society Applications Due  

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
11/2  NO SCHOOL - Teacher Professional Development
11/3  NO SCHOOL - Teacher Record Keeping Day 
11/3  Last day for Early Bird pricing on Yearbook ($55 instead of $60)
11/16 Native American College Fair  @ 5:30-7:30pm (East Phillips Park Cultural and Comm. Center)

12/18  Senior Pictures Due to Yearbook Committee 
12/25-29  NO SCHOOL - Winter Recess

Career & College Center (CCC) Newsletter
Stay connected with opportunities offered through our CCC! The weekly newsletter is located online. September 25-29

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

Curriculum Night Survey
Attend Curriculum Night this year? Please take our survey to help us plan and improve for next year. Thanks! 

National Merit Scholar Awards
This year we have 4 National Merit Semi Finalists which is the most we have had for at least 14 years. We also learned that we have 9 National Merit "Commended Students" which is the next tier below Semi-Finalist. Again, a new high in recent years. Class of 2018 is a very solid group indeed!

Lily Endo
Julia Morse
Luke Peichel
Patricia Thorson 
Commended Students
Maddie Boesen
Charlotte Devaughn
Wyatt DeYoung
Quin Genrich
Quinn Ingram
Kaj Johnson
Henry Laird
Audrey Mitchell
Alison Thorson

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

PSAT registration is now full and closed.    If you have registered your student for the exam and want to know more about the PSAT at Washburn, view the PDF provided.

Details to Remember
  • test starts promptly at 8:30 AM in the MAIN GYM. Please be on time.
  • Bring pencils and an approved calculator to the exam
  • Bags, purses, and electronic devices should be left outside of the testing environment
  • WHS Students will automatically be excused for periods 1-4; 
  • students can get a permission form signed by a parent/guardian to be excused for periods 5 & 6.  The permission slips are available in the Media Center and can be returned to Tara Mennitt (in the Media Center) by Friday, October 6.
  • Questions? Please contact Tara Mennitt at Tara.Mennitt@mpls.k12.mn.us or call 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  

9/22 Friday Night Lights
Come out as Washburn Football takes on Blake tonight @ 7:00pm. 

9/28 Senior Night - Boys Soccer
Thursday 9/28 is Senior Night for boys soccer. Come out to celebrate the commitment these athletes have made to Washburn! 

Our annual Homecoming Dance is on  Saturday, October 14th 7:00-10:00pm (must arrive by 8:00pm to be admitted!) . The dance is held at Washburn in the big gym and cafeteria.  With the help of parent volunteers we make it a gorgeous venue! 

Info for Students & Families:
  • This dance is open to all students in grades 9th-12th;
  • Only Seniors have a dress up theme that is just for them (Rock n Roll). 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; 
  • Tickets will be sold 10/2-10/13. Tickets are not sold at the door; you must be on the list and have your ID to get in; 
  • Do not bring bring large bags or backpacks, small purses only but there will be NO COAT CHECK THIS YEAR (so if you bring a small purse, you'll have to keep it with you the whole night); 
  • Entrance at door #3 (note: no in/out privileges);
  • Absolutely no drugs/alcohol, tobacco, or weapons allowed; security staff will be present
  • People wishing invite guests from other schools need to complete guest form located in the main office. Forms for guests due by Wednesday, October 11th.
  • Tickets are $15 each. Cash only.
Parent Volunteers Needed
Please consider helping with decorating for the dance. We REALLY need parent help with making our school a beautiful venue for this fun dance. Slots available Friday afternoon & Saturday morning 10/13 & 10/14. 

Senior Photo Information
  • Senior photos due December 18
  • Senior photos should be cropped to 8x10 portrait orientation at a minimum of 300 dpi (should be around 1 meg sized file)
  • DO NOT submit LANDSCAPE (horizontal) oriented photos
  • Senior photos must be recognizable. No props
  • Seniors who do not submit a photo will have their Lifetouch photos used 
  • Senior quotes should be: 
    • 20 words or less, positive, encouraging, celebratory, and related to school/graduation/success
    • Quotes must be in standard English, verifiable by a quick internet search if attributed to someone else. 
    • No violence, put-downs, sarcasm, -isms, or random statements that are non-graduation related
Order Information
Order a yearbook at the early-bird price of $55 by Nov. 3, 2017. The price goes up to $60 after November 3, 2017.

John McCreary and Alex Conover are the advisers for Yearbook. Please contact them with any questions or concerns at   wahian2018@gmail.com

Picture re-takes will be happening  Monday October 9th in the Auditorium between 7:45am and 1:00pm. If you had pictures taken previously you MUST bring back the original package. If you are having them done for the first time, order forms will be available in the main office or you can order online at http://my.lifetouch.com/mylifetouch/pictureDayId/MI207217Y1 . Students are encouraged to take advantage of the before school and lunch hours. Students should not come down during a class unless they have a pass from a teacher. 
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.


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


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