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

9/20/16 -- Issue 4

9/22  Counselor Event - Senior Financial Aid Night 6:00-7:30pm (Auditorium)
9/22  Site Council 4:30-6:00pm (Rm 107) & Parent Council 6:30-7:30pm (Rm 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
11/10  FAFSA Night 6:00-7:00pm
11/17 Dream Act Night 6:00-7:00pm
Starting Monday 9/19 at 7 am you will have the option to register for your PSAT exam on line through Total Registration.  This option will be available until Friday 9/23 at noon. You can still register using the paper forms that were given out.
Should you have any questions about the PSAT please contact Tara Mennitt at tara.mennitt@mpls.k12.mn.us
Please see the link below-

Laptops will be available at Curriculum Night (9/19) to sign up online using Total Registration. Find Tara Mennitt at the Testing Information Table to complete the registration process.

Career & College Center 
We're lucky to have many college reps come visit Washburn. This provides an opportunity for students to explore many different college options. Students who are interested in an upcoming school visit can sign up to attend the presentations by visiting the CCC. Encourage your student to attend! 

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
WAC Wine Tasting - Sept. 29 
Don't miss the annual Washburn Arts Council (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 ., Minneapolis
Zombie Prom
The cast has been selected and rehearsals are underway. Costume crews and other teams are meeting to begin preparations.
Roaring 20s Fall Arts Gala - Nov. 19
This year's Gala theme is The Roaring 20s. Mark your calendars for the 5th annual Fall Arts Gala on Saturday, Nov. 19th. The Gala is a fun-filled event to support arts programs at Washburn. Interested in helping with the event, hosting a Great Gathering or donating items for the silent auction? Contact whsfallartsgala@gmail.com
Join the Washburn Arts Council
Do you have a Washburn student in band, choir, dance, orchestra, theater or visual arts classes/activities?  If so, join the Washburn Arts Council (WAC), a group of parents and teachers supporting the Washburn arts community.  We meet the second Saturday each month at Common Roots Cafe, 2558 Lyndale Ave. South at 9:00 a.m. (next meeting is Oct. 8).  Connect with us at washburnwac@gmail.com and www.facebook.com/WashburnArts.
Sylvester Cup - 9/22 5:00pm & 7:00pm
This year on September 22 is the fourth annual Sylvester Cup, a traveling trophy competition between the boys and girls varsity teams at Washburn and Southwest. The Sylvester Cup celebrates John Sylvester and his immeasurable contributions to the Minneapolis soccer community. He is a Washburn graduate and a beloved coach to many kids in South MPLS. Many of the players who play in the matches today have been directly influenced by John's generosity and strength as a person and as a coach. Come out to enjoy some great soccer, support John, and learn more about ALS. If you'd like to donate or get more information visit   https://washburnsoccer.com/events/sylvester-cup/about/ 

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! 

Tennis News
The varsity team opened conference play by rolling over the Gallant Tigers of Minneapolis South by a score of 7-0.  This match did not involve much drama, other than the time spent waiting to see whether Franny and Skyla would make it back from the bathroom in time for introductions (they didn't).  Megan somehow managed to run approximately 11 miles over the course of a two-set doubles match - I love to see the hustle.  Sophie earned a nice 8-3 win at exhibition singles.  Many fans were in attendance, which was awesome. Keep up the good work Girls Tennis! 

Mountain Biking News
The Mountain Bike season is underway and our Washburn Team is off to a fantastic start! Last week kicked off the first of five races for the high school league. Our very own team took 3rd place in Division I out of 7 teams. Along with bringing home a team trophy, there were many impressive individual results. The girls were a force with all of them taking home an individual medal. 
* Anna Christian placed 1st in the Girl's Varsity race 
* Gillian Bode placed 1st and Anna Healy placed 3rd in the Girl's Sophomore race The boys were no less impressive with their podium showing. 
* Sean Christian placed 2nd and Karl Janczak 4th in the Boy's JV race 
* Per Alexander placed 2nd and Isaac Lowenthal Walsh took 3rd in their Boy's Freshman race 

The rest of the team had strong races that helped bring home the trophy. A big shout out to Eli Markworth, Michael Doyle, Odgen Miller, Adam Gilleece, Ethan Healy, Jackson Ledermann, and Avery Carlson for their strong performances as well! This weekend the team joins the rest of the 612 MTB team (Southwest, South, and Southside Composite) to race in St. Cloud. We are hoping for good weather and another great weekend of single track mountain bike racing! 


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:

- Yearbook club: Tuesdays, 120e. 3:30 - 5. Come and help Washburn find the Miller (this year's yearbook theme.) Homecoming t-shirts - black for the homecoming game "blackout" - will be available Homecoming Week during lunch for $10. Zombie t-shirts from last year will also be available for $5.

- Robotics: Interested in robotics or engineering? Come join the robotics team after school in room 119b on Thursday the 22nd!

- Math Team: Do you enjoy math? Are you interested in beating Southwest and South in yet another sport/activity? Are you free on Monday afternoons and like snacks? We want you on the Washburn Math Team! Come check out the first Math Team practice on Monday, September 26th at 3:15 in room 104 or see your math teacher for more info.

- National Honor Society

- Dare 2 Be Real

- Art Club

- The Odyssey Literary Magazine

- Latino Club - Líderes en Acción

- Urban Farm

- Debate Team


Our annual Homecoming Dance is less than 2 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 starting on 9/22-9/29. Tickets are not sold on the Friday before the dance!; 
  • Tickets cost $15
  • 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).

Have a student working on a writing assignment for a class, job application, college application or scholarship? Send them to the Writing Center for additional assistance or a quiet place to work! Services Available: 
* Prewriting Activities (brainstorming & getting started) 
* Work 1:1 with a teacher through the writing process 
* Have completed work edited and revised by a teacher before you turn it in. 
* Having a quiet place to work with Internet and a printer. 

The Writing Center is located in the Blue Lab (in the Media Center). 

The Writing Center is open to drop-ins everyday during 4th period (all 3 lunches). Teachers can send students to the Writing Center for assistance when they assign a writing task.  There will also be AM & PM hours for students to drop in.
Parents, please encourage your student to take advantage of this great resource! 

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.


Must find a family this week! Please consider! 
This is our last desperate plea for a host family for a Colombian student who has already started at Washburn. If we don't find a family this week, this student will be moved to a different city. That would be a shame! 
Daniel is a 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. Several families who have met him said they would take him in a second if they just had one extra bedroom! 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


In an effort to better serve our families, we're proud to now offer SchoolCafe, a safe and secure way for parents to make online payments to their children's cafeteria accounts, view account balances, review daily purchases and receive low balance reminders. SchoolCafé is replacing PayPAMS.  http://nutritionservices.mpls.k12.mn.us/payment 

Questions? Email michele.carroll@mpls.k12.mn.us.

Families are encouraged to update their School Messenger preferences. You can easily update your preferences online  http://www.mpls.k12.mn.us/school_messenger . If families don't want to receive phone calls or emails, please email answers@mpls.k12.mn.us with the subject line "Block from School Messenger" and include their phone number or email address, and district staff will block their information.
Check out the article in the Star Tribune last week. Dr. Walsh visited our school and wrote a very nice article about us. Check it out! 


Washburn Debate Team had a very strong showing at their first traveling tournament of the year in Skokie, Illinois at the Niles West High School Invitational. Both debate teams (two students per team) had strong showings, and one made it to the semi-finals (over 80 teams in the entire tournament). Congratulations to Lily Endo, Luke Peichel, Alex Dresdner, and Grace Klage on their hard work and success! Pictured: The four debaters (Lily Endo, Alex Dresdner, Grace Klage, and Luke Peichel) with their Community Coach June Kuoch. 

Erin Sachsenmaier 
This week we honor  Erin Sachsenmaier, Finance Clerk. Erin is always willing to step in and help out. If she doesn't know the answer to something she will go out of her way to find out. She has many responsibilities and gives each her full attention. She is extremely efficient and organized. Erin is very friendly and helpful to students and staff and she is fun to work with. She can pull up a balance, explain a form, and answer a phone call all at the same time...with a smile. She helps create a great atmosphere in the office. So THANK YOU ERIN for all that you do for Washburn.

Washburn High School | Main Office 612-668-3400 | Family Liaison 612-668-3440