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

10/6/17 -- Issue 6 (week before Homecoming)
10/9    Picture Re-take Day
10/11  PSAT Test @ 8:00am-12:30pm (registration now closed)
10/13  Homecoming Football Game @ 7:00pm
10/14  Homecoming Dance @ 7:00-10:00pm (no entrance after 8:00pm; buy tickets now)
10/17  Parent-Teacher Conferences @ 4:30-8:00pm
10/18  NO SCHOOL / Parent-Teacher Conferences @ 8:00am-3:45pm (teacher lunch break 11:00am-12:00pm)
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. October 9-13

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

School Compact
Each year Washburn shares with families the Family-School Compact. The Compact is designed to demonstrate the commitment we all make to one another to create a positive school climate that focuses on academic achievement for all students. Our Site Council will be reviewing this compact at the October meeting. If you have feedback for suggested changes, please email Parent Liaison  Erica Lebens-Englund

Is your student missing credits? Come find them! Credit Recovery is after school, Monday through Thursday. See Hannah in Room 221 for more information. Thanks!

Important Dates
10/10:  Orchestra Concert @ 7:00pm
10/12:  Homecoming Choir Concert @ 7:00pm
10/14: WAC Meeting @ 9 am Common Roots Cafe, Uptown Mpls
10/26-10/28:  Heathers the Musical @ 7:00pm
11/2-11/4:  Heathers Musical @ 7:00pm
11/18:  Washburn Arts Council Fall Arts Gala @ 6:30-10:30 pm St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church
Sign up to help out at the fall concerts. Hand out programs, take donations.
Heathers the Musical
This high school edition of the musical is a dark comedy following the story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy misfit who makes her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers. NOTE: Recommended for ages 13+

WAC Meeting
Join us Saturday, Oct. 14 for the next Washburn Arts Council (WAC) meeting (and mark your calendars for future meetings the 2nd Saturday of each month). We meet at 9:00 a.m. at  Common Roots Cafe, 2558 Lyndale Ave. South (meeting room in the back of the cafe). 
WAC Arts Gala
We are looking for hosts for Great Gatherings (parties/events) and for auction item donations. Have a cabin to donate a stay? Restaurant gift cards? Host an 80s party? Spaghetti dinner? 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  

10/9 Volleyball Fan Appreciation & Senior Night
Monday, October 9th is Fan Appreciation and Senior Night for Washburn Volleyball and is the big home match against Southwest. Students can get in for half price ($2). We will also have special concessions and prize giveaways. Tell all your friends and family to fill up Washburn's gym to cheer on the Millers and celebrate the commitment these athletes have made to Washburn! 

Games on Monday:
4:00 (B-Squad) 
5:30 (JV and Sophomore) 
7:00 (Varsity) 

Retired Gear for Sale
Need Washburn Gear?  On Friday, October 13, the day of the homecoming football game, old Washburn soccer, basketball and football jerseys will be sold for between $2 and $5 during lunch in the lunchroom and at 5:30 pm on the mall. 

Parent Council
Parent Council offers several ways to get more involved! Looking for opportunities to contribute to Washburn, consider the following options for involvement:
  • Social Gatherings (every other month -- see dates below)
  • Parent Learning Topics (every other month-- see dates below)
  • Volunteer for Events
  • Join a Planning Committee
  • Attend Parent Council Executive Board Meetings (monthly meeting)
  • Donate
11/9/17 Parent Topic -- TBD  [Room 106B @ 6:30-7:30pm]
December Social Meet & Greet [Pepitos @ 6:30-8:00pm]
1/11/18 Parent Topic -- TBD
[Room 106B @ 6:30-7:30pm]
February Social Meet & Greet
[Place & Time TBD]
3/8/18 Parent Topic -- TBD
[Room 106B @ 6:30-7:30pm]
April Social Meet & Greet
[Place & Time TBD]
5/10/18 Parent Topic -- TBD
[Room 106B @ 6:30-7:30pm]
June Social Meet & Greet
[Place & Time TBD]

Visit the Parent Council page on the Washburn website for information on available opportunities   http://washburn.mpls.k12.mn.us/parent_council 
Site Council
Interested in what is being discussed at Site Council? Read the minutes from last month! While only official members have voting rights at Site Council, the meetings are always open to the public and all are welcome to attend. If you have a topic you'd like addressed, please reach out to the Co-Chairs prior to next meeting: Jeanne Massey and Diana Benjaafar

Room 106B  @ 4:30-6:00pm
11/9 Room 106B  @ 4:30-6:00pm
12/14 Room 106B  @ 4:30-6:00pm
1/11 Room 106B
 @ 4:30-6:00pm
2/8 Room 106B
 @ 4:30-6:00pm
3/8 Room 106B
 @ 4:30-6:00pm
4/12 Room 106B
 @ 4:30-6:00pm
5/19 Room 106B
 @ 4:30-6:00pm

Picture re-takes will be happening Monday October 9, 2017 in the Auditorium between 7:45am-1:00pm. If you had pictures taken on picture day that you didn't like, you MUST bring back the original package if you want retakes. 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 Please take advantage of the before school and during lunch hours. Students should not come down during a class unless they have a pass from a teacher. 

Students must take a picture through Lifetouch in order to have a photo in the yearbook (you are not required to purchase that picture). 

Questions? Contact Deb Keefe

Continue your Miller Homecoming spirit and join WHS parents and students in cleaning up the grounds and shaping up the gardens on Saturday Oct. 14 @ 9:30-11:00am. Grab your gloves and your student (great volunteer hours!) along with any garden items you may have at home - rake, hand clippers, trowel, lawn bags and garbage bags. Let's show our Miller pride by beautifying our awesome school! Go Millers!

Donations Needed! 
Please consider helping to provide a meal before conferences for our hard working staff. Please We need all food items delivered by 8:30am on Tuesday Oct. 17th . Items can be brought to the main office or dropped off at the security desk at door #10.  The meal is served from 3:00-4:00pm  so it's really important that items are delivered in the morning so we have time to adjust if all items are not delivered. Thanks! 

Homecoming 2017 is coming!  The  football game is on 10/13 @ 7:00pm and the dance will be on 10/14 @ 7:00-10:00pm at Washburn. Tickets are on sale now until  Friday 10/13. Tickets are $15 each.  Tickets will only be sold during lunches in the concession stands across from the big gym; cash only. You cannot buy tickets on the day of the event. 

Homecoming 101 

THEME:  "Rock & Roll" [for Seniors Only]
DRESS ATTIRE:  For 9th-11th Grade students dress up; not Prom formal, but look your best!
PICTURES:  No professional pictures offered at the dance
DATES:  Going with one date is not required; often the most fun is to come with a big group of friends
TICKETS: Tickets are sold for 2 week prior to the dance during all lunches. When students pay $15 they will be added to a guest list and will not receive an actual ticket. Their name HAS to be on the guest list by 10/12 in order to be admitted to the dance. STUDENTS CANNOT PAY MONEY AT THE DOOR! Student picture IDs are required for entrance. 
GUESTS: Students can bring guests to the dance if they complete the guest form and turn in by Oct. 11 @ 4:00pm
TIME: The dance is from 7:00-10:00pm; students must arrive by 8:00pm to be admitted (doors lock at 8:00pm and check-in closes; don't be late!)
COAT CHECK: We are NOT offering a coat check option this year; students must keep with them any item they bring; only small purses/clutches are allowed 

Rules -- Things to review with your student:
  • Students must arrive by 8:00pm to be admitted into the dance; 
  • If you leave the dance, you cannot return; no in/out privileges; 
  • If a student is seen to be intoxicated in any form, they will be escorted out of the dance and will lose dance privileges for the remaining of the school year. This includes being found in possession of substances. We take this VERY seriously;   
  • We discourage the use of Party Buses as often they encourage a party atmosphere that frequently includes drinking. Also, there are many companies that do not have reputable business practices and take advantage of teens;  
  • For the safety of all students, our security team will be doing searches of all who enter the dance. No drugs, no weapons, no outside food & drink (refreshments provided at the dance). 
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. 

Tom Piersma, Math Teacher
Math teacher, Tom Piersma, is the staff of the week! Apart from him being an amazing teacher, what stands out about him is his leadership and willingness to step in to assume responsibility where and when it is needed. He's a great problem solver and is very invested in his relationships with students. He's always striving to be better and many colleagues have learned so much from him.  A round of applause for Tom!!
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