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

10/14/16 -- Issue 7
10/18 Parent-Teacher Conferences 4:30-8:00pm (Arena Style in Main Gym)
10/19 Parent-Teacher Conferences 8:00-11:00am & 12:00-4:00pm (In Classrooms)
10/19, 10/20, 10/21  NO SCHOOL
10/27  Site Council 4:30-6:00pm & Parent Council 6:30-7:30pm
10/29  Landscape Clean-up Day (tentative - weather dependent) 

11/2   1st Quarter Ends
11/2   PSAT Testing Date 
11/3   Winter Sports Sign Up Night 6:00-8:00pm
11/8   Election Day 7:00am-8:00pm
11/10  FAFSA Night 6:00-7:00pm
11/17 Dream Act Night 6:00-7:00pm
Homework Lab
Our Homework Lab has officially started for the 2016-2017 school year. Students are encouraged to take advantage of this great resource. We have college tutors after school on Tuesdays and Washburn teachers/staff after school on Thursdays in the Media Center. We also have help available on Wednesday & Friday mornings.

Wednesday & Friday   7:00-8:00am
Tuesday & Thursday    3:15-4:30pm

PSAT Registration
The posted PSAT registration deadline has passed. However, we'll still accept registrations until we're full. There are about 10 slots still available. First come, first serve. Stop by the office for a form. The cost is $18. This test is open to Sophomores and Juniors. 

IB Test Registration Begins 11/17
IB exam registration will be done online this year at www.TotalRegistration.net/IB/241695. The website will be available starting Monday 10/17 at 7:00am. The final deadline is  Friday 11/4 at midnight.
Some things to keep in mind: 
  • Please read the main page in its entirety before creating an account.
  • When asked for your IB student category:  
    • ALL JUNIORS enter "Anticipated"  
    • ALL SENIORS enter either "DP" (if you are a full Candidate taking TOK and doing an Extended Essay) OR "Course" for all others. 
  • All fees must be paid by Monday 11/7 or your registration will not be completed.
Questions - contact Deb Keefe at dekee001@mpls.k12.mn.us or Jeanne Dobson at Jeanne.dobson@mpls.k12.mn.us

Counseling Office
Mark your calendar for these important upcoming counseling office presentations: 

10/18  Presentation on "Advanced Academics" 6:00-7:00pm (Auditorium)
10/19  Presentation on "Advanced Academics" 11:00am-12:00pm (Choir Room)
10/19  Casual Drop in Session with Counselors 11:00am-12:00pm (Room 203)
11/10  FAFSA Night 6:00-7:00pm (Senior Families)
11/17  Dream Act Night 6:00-8:00pm (Immigrant Families)

College Visits Next Week at the CCC
This is prime time for college visits at Washburn! Encourage your Junior or Senior to attend college visits of schools of interest. All of these are posted in Naviance. If you haven't set up a Naviance parent account, call to set one up soon with the great CCC staff! 

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
Important Dates
10/13-10/16  Zombie Prom
10/17  Fall Cabaret 7:30pm 
10/24  Fundraiser Deadline 
10/25  Fall Band & Orchestra Concert 7:30pm
10/27  Fall Choir Concert 7:30pm 
11/1    Black Box Tributes 7:00pm
11/2    Black Box Tributes 7:00pm 
11/19  WAC Gala
11/30  Student Produced Play 

Zombie Prom -- Final Weekend
Don't miss the final performances of ZOMBIE PROM! The show is Grease meets Rocky Horror Picture Show. It's great fun for the whole family! Remaining shows:
Thursday/Friday/Saturday 10/13, 10/14, & 10/15 @ 7:30pm
Last Show: Sunday 10/16 @ 2:00pm   
Advanced Reserved Tickets available at: WHSZOMBIEPROM.BROWNPAPERTICKETS.COM  

General Admission also available at the door: $5 Students $10 Adults / Reserved Seating: $10 Students $15 Adults
Student pass:  See all remaining shows for $10!  Request your pass at the door (general admission seating).  We know you can't get enough of Zombie Prom!

October performances: Cabaret, Band, Orchestra and Choir
Please plan to attend. Parent volunteers needed to hand out programs and collect donations - sign up to volunteer at  signup.com/go/vpiqJJ
  • Cabaret - Oct. 17, featuring the Guitar Ensembles, solos and small ensembles performing in the Washburn auditorium at 7:30 p.m.  Your attendance at the Cabaret helps fund student music trips!
  • Band & Orchestra - Oct. 25 concert at 7:30 p.m.
  • Choir - Oct. 27 concert at 7:30 p.m.
Support Washburn's Music Department!
Help  our Washburn Music Department fund their upcoming trips!  If you know a student involved in choir/band/orchestra - ask them about it.  You can order delicious cookie dough or magazines directly from them. If you prefer to shop online just go to gaschoolstore.com - click on the "order now" button and enter the code for the department you would like to support (*Cookie dough is not available online but there are many other great offerings)
Choir - 2241040
Band/Orchestra - 2676807

You can choose a specific student to support, or skip this step and support the department as a whole.  Happy Shopping!  Deadline is 10/24/2016

Roaring 20s Fall Arts Gala - Nov. 19

You won't want to miss the 5th annual Fall Arts Gala on Saturday, Nov. 19th !  The Gala is a fun-filled event supporting all the performing and visual arts at Washburn. You'll mingle with fellow arts supporters, enjoy tasty food and beverages, be entertained by student musicians, view student art, sign up for Great Gatherings, bid on silent auction items and more - all to help make a lasting difference for arts programs at Washburn! Purchase tickets to the event 
bit.ly\2016WashburnFallArtsGala bit.ly\2016WashburnFallArtsGala  . We are seeking more donations for the silent auction and hosts for Great Gatherings. If you'd like to help, contact  whsfallartsgala@gmail.com

Washburn Arts Council
If you have a Washburn student in band, choir, dance, orchestra, theater or visual arts classes/activities- or no student involvement but are passionate about the arts - join the Washburn Arts Council (WAC), a group of parents and teachers supporting the Washburn arts community.  We meet the second Saturday of each month at Common Roots Cafe, 2558 Lyndale Ave. South (meeting room in the back) at 9:00 a.m. - we would love to see you at our next meeting on Nov. 12th!  Connect with us at washburnwac@gmail.com and www.facebook.com/WashburnArts.

Winter Sports Sign Up Night
WHEN: Thursday, November 3rd   6:00-8:00pm
WHERE: Main Gym (enter Door 5)
  • Meet  Coaches
  • Get Info on practices, tryouts and schedules
  • Complete Paperwork
  • Pay Fees
  • Drop in style -- Come when it works for you!

Soccer Playoffs 
Both Miller soccer teams won their first round games against Robbinsdale Cooper & Southwest. Now our 2nd Ranked Millers take on Hopkins on their road to state. Come out to support our Miller soccer players for the Saturday playoff games at home! Boys play @ 3:00pm and the girls play @ 5:00pm. Let's pack the stands! 

Cross Country 
The Washburn boys and girls cross country teams each took first place in the Blaine Invitational on October 6th. Individually, we also had five runners place in the top ten: Emily Covert, 1st, Grace Dickel, 2nd, Olivia Orr, 4th, Joseph Minor, 4th, and Matt Cota, 5th. 

As teams, the boys are currently ranked 8th in the state, and the girls are ranked 6th. Check the paper to see how the teams fared in the City Conferences on October 13th. 

We are also celebrating the success of one of our recent alumni.  Hamza Ali, now a freshman at the University of MN, won the TC5K with a speedy time of 14 minutes and 57 seconds.

Tennis News
Coach Ryan Hoag Honored for National Coaches Day (USTA)
Washburn's own Ryan Hoag, coach and Miller alum, was honored by United States Tennis Association for National Coaches Day.  Congratulations Coach Hoag! Thanks for your dedication to Washburn and the Miller Tennis Program. More info available at 

Check out some recent tennis photos:


Parent-Teacher Conferences are coming soon! This is an excellent opportunity for families to hear about their student's academic progress and meet individually with teachers. And attending conferences counts towards the "10 Hour Family Engagement Challenge." Pick up an engagement card at conferences. 

Two Options for Conferences 
- Tuesday 10/18 from 4:30--8:00pm   (arena style conferencing in the main gym; enter at door #5) 
- Wednesday 10/19 from 8:00-11:00am & 12:00-4:00pm  (drop-in style conferencing in classrooms) 

Other Offerings During Conferences
* Resources on Tuesday 10/18 between 4:30--8:00pm...
  • Parent Portal: come set up a parent account that can help you monitor grades & attendance [Hallway outside main gym]
  • Counselor Drop-in Station: ask a quick question of a counselor [Hallway outside main gym]
  • Counseling Office Presentation: "Advanced Academics at Washburn" [6:00-7:00pm in Auditorium]
  • Miller Mart:  come by to purchase Washburn swag [Hallway outside main gym]
* Resources/Events on Wednesday 10/19 between 8:00-12:00pm...
  • Parent Portal: come set up a parent account that can help you monitor grades & attendance [8:00am-12:00pm -- Media Center]
  • Counseling Office Presentation: "Advanced Academic at Washburn"  [11:00am-12:00pm -- Choir Room]
  • Counselor Drop-in Q & A Session: check in with counselors in a relaxed, comfortable safe [11:00am-12:00pm in room 203]
Don't forget to pick up your card to log your hours for the 10 hour "Family Engagement Challenge" for 2016-2017. Our goal is to connect families with many opportunities to engage around academic success. 


Donations Needed

Our Washburn Cares Team seeks donations in various areas that helps us meet basic needs of students. When students have basic needs met, they can better focus on their academic achievement. 

Please consider donating the following items needed most right now:
  • belts 
  • socks 
  • winter hats & gloves
  • coats
  • sweatpants
  • granola bars & small cracker packs
Also, if you have interest in joining the Washburn Cares Team, we are looking for new members who can help us solicit donations in the community in the areas of food, clothes, school supplies, toiletries, and gift cards. Contact Erica Lebens-Englund  with interest! 

The School-Based Clinic is a wonderful resource for students and families. Need more info about our services? Click the document below:

Washburn School-Based Clinic
Room 002
Clinic Phone:  612-668-3453 

Minneapolis Health Department
School-Based Clinic Program
250 South 4th Street, Room 510 | Minneapolis, MN 55415

kristie.anderson@minneapolismn.gov | www.minneapolismn.gov/health
www.facebook.com/mplssbc |  @MplsSchlClinics


Knitting Club Starts Soon
The start of knitting club is right around the corner and we need supplies! Donations of sizes 7, 8, and/or 9 needles (straight or circular) are highly appreciated. If you have any needles in need of a new home, please contact Camille Hanson at (612)963-460  or Ms. Housenga at michelle.housenga@mpls.k12.mn.us. Thank you! 

Southwest Coder Dojo -- Saturday 10/29 @ 3:00-4:30pm
Coder Dojo is a free club for youth and teens (11-18) who want to learn computer programming.  At each meeting we divide into small groups and go through tutorials in languages for creating websites, mobile apps and general programming.  No experience necessary.  

RSVP: Reserve a free ticket on Eventbrite and remember to bring a laptop, charger and earbuds. Visit swcoderdojo.org for more information. Reserve Tickets Here 

Next Dojo : Saturday, October 29, 3 - 4:30 pm at Walker Library (2880 Hennepin Ave)

Parent Council is happy to organize a teacher appreciation meal that we provide to staff the night of conferences on October 18.  We will offer staff a meal on Tuesday Oct. 18th from 3:20-4:30 in the cafeteria prior to Tuesday night conferences. 

We only need a few more volunteers to fill all the slots. Sign up today if you can help out! 
Many thanks for supporting the Washburn staff! 

If you would like more information on the "MPS 2016 Referendum", please contact our Washburn Contact.  She can also help get lawn signs to anyone who wants one.

Jeanne Massey  jkmassey@usinternet.com 


You are welcome to join in for the upcoming LGBTQ+ Family Picnic that will be held at Jefferson Community School!  


Thank you to Washburn for helping make our recent St. Olaf mentor visit a success. We value our St. Olaf Mentors! Check out our photos! 

Jeanne Wilkowski
Our crew of SEAs and WRAP do a lot of work with our students that range from helping them learn basic daily living skills to assisting them in various job opportunities in the community. Our students also play a big part in our school. They help prepare all the ice packs for the health office, help deliver your Wednesday cup of joe during advisory, help the athletic department prepare programs that are distributed during games, and probably one of the most important: they help fill up the soda machine with your favorite beverages. We have a great team in our department, and EVERY person is a valuable asset in having each of our students succeed. 
Jeanne Wilkowski is one of those great leaders who has been with Washburn for 15 years, and has spent 20 years of her life working in special education. She comes to work everyday full of compliments, and stories. She is outspoken, outgoing, and unique in the best ways possible, and always makes an effort to get to know our students both in and out of the program. Please give it up for Jeanne Wilkowski. Thank you for being so dedicated, caring and wonderful. Washburn is lucky to have you.  
Washburn High School | Main Office 612-668-3400 | Family Liaison 612-668-3440