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

10/13/17 -- Issue 7 (Homecoming)
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)
10/18  IB Exam Registration Begins (window closes 11/8 -- info coming!)
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)
11/9  Site Council Meeting @ 4:30-6:00pm (106B)
11/9  Miller Mart Online Gear Sales Begin (closes 11/19)
11/16 Native American College Fair  @ 5:30-7:30pm (East Phillips Park Cultural and Comm. Center)

12/14  Site Council Meeting @ 4:30-6:00pm (106B)
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 16-20

College Visits Next Week
Monday, October 16

University of Puget Sound                          9:30AM   

Gustavus Adolphus College                       1:07PM                        

Mall of America Job Visit                            2:07PM    

Tuesday, October 17

Northwestern University                             9:30AM   

Carleton College                                        10:30AM

Colleges and universities  not charging an application fee from October 23-27!
  • Century College                           
  • Inver Hills Community College
  • MCTC
  • MN State University, Mankato
  • MN State University, Moorhead
  • Normandale Community College
  • North Hennepin Community College
  • St. Cloud State University
  • Winona State University


College Application Essay Writing - A Workshop for Students!

WHAT: A workshop devoted to the college application essay writing process. Students should bring a draft of their essay to be read, edited and reviewed by peers and Ms. Koppel and/or Ms. Mennitt. 
WHEN:Tuesday, October 24 at 3:15. 
WHERE: The Media Center (Blue Lab). Checkin at the door and come back to the Blue Lab. Due to the size of the room, spots may be limited. Check in with Ms. Koppel or Ms. Mennitt to ensure your spot. 
WHO: Any 12th graders who have a first draft of their essay and want another set of eyes to read it. 
WHY: The essay is an important piece of a student's application. Improve your essay with feedback from peers and teachers. Not done with the essay? Or need help getting started? Set up a 1:1 appointment on the Washburn website with Tara Mennitt in Washburn's Media Center. 

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
10/14:  WAC Meeting @ 9 am Common Roots Cafe, Uptown Mpls
10/26-10/28:  Heathers the Musical @ 7:00pm
11/1:  Fall Blackbox Theatre 1 Tributes @ 7 p.m. WHS auditorium
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
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.  Tickets: $35 until 11/8 and $40 after that. Tables are available. Click here to buy tickets
The Matchbox Theater 
The Matchbox Theater presents "The Weir" every Friday/Saturday through Oct. 28.
A portion of all TMT ticket sales go to benefit the WHS Performing Arts Department. Go to www.TheMatchboxTheater.com  for more information.


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  

Homecoming Football Game
Tonight is the Homecoming football game @ 7:00pm. Come out and support The Millers as they take on the Southwest Lakers. Bring a fat wallet as there will be many items for sale! 

- Concessions
- Booster Bake Sale
- Booster Gear
- Miller Mart Gear
- Retired Jerseys  

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. 

Soccer Sectionals - Game 2!

Want to play baseball in the spring?
The Washburn Millers Baseball Program is ramping up it's preseason activities, and we want to make sure we are reaching students who are thinking of trying out in the spring. If you are a player or parent who would like to get on the Washburn Baseball email list, please send an email to washburnbaseball@gmail.com. Thank you!
The Washburn Baseball Boosters


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 -- Hale/Field Integration Celebration (look for info next newsletter!)

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

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

Questions about Portal? 
At the beginning of each school year we see a lot of questions from families and schools regarding Parent Portal. Many questions can be answered with the Parent Portal resources hosted on the MPS public site, under the "Families" tab (located here).  This page hosts an instructional video, written instructions, and a quick reference guide (in 3 languages) for families.

Have you been wanting some Miller gear? See where you can Washburn swag!
  • During lunches @ 11:30am-1:00pm (Miller Mart)
  • During Homecoming Football Game @ 5:30-8:00pm (The Mall & Stadium)
  • Online Sales (online window only 11/9-11/19 -- don't miss out!) [link available on 11/9]

Class of 2018
Seniors may want this great shirt. While supplies last and only $8!


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. Meet at the 50th St. door! 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: Should have bought tickets already (having a "ticket" actually means having your name on the approved "list"! 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. 

A Washburn student gifts a shirt to Ms. Dean! 
#powerdown (so you can turn up)


Teresa Conway, Nutrition Services
Congratulations to TERESA CONWAY  for earning this week's "Staff of the Week" honors.  Teresa is the lead of our wonderful lunchroom staff. Teresa and her staff are passionate about our students and the importance of the essential service they provide. Their team has fostered a positive and fun environment that brings joy to others, constructively takes on challenges, and gladly assists staff and students - like providing school lunches and an organized system to feed our 400+ freshmen at a day long field trip - in addition to their day-to-day operation.  The work that she does can often be taken for granted so please enjoy your time this week in the spotlight. You are appreciated!
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