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Go-To Card Distribution

Go-To Cards will be distributed on Thur, Aug. 24 from 9:00 - 12 noon for students in all grades. Check in with Hannah Bundlie, Check and Connect Advisor, outside room 208.

The first day of school is Monday, August 28 for all Washburn students. First hour starts at 8:30 am. Zero hour starts at 7:30 am. Schedules will be handed out on the mall beginning at 7:15 am.

Washburn Jazz Auditions September 5-8

Our Washburn Jazz Ensembles are holding auditions September 5th-8th. Click on the attached link to more information. Please contact Tim Martin, our Band and Orchestra Director for anymore details.

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We are now offering Arabic 1, 2 and 3
We are now offering Arabic 1 and Arabic 2/3. If your student would like to add this class, please complete the schedule change form available during Welcome Back Night on August 23.
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Picture Day is Friday, September 1
Student photos will be taken on Friday September 1st in the Auditorium. All students will come down with their teacher during Social Studies hour. Packets will be given to students during their advisories on August 29th and August 30th. Every student will have their photo taken for use in the yearbook and on their ID. If you wish to purchase photos you have two options:

  • your student can bring the picture packet to the photographer on September 1st.  The packet should have the order information filled out along with payment.
  • rder online through  This link will be available up to 48 hours after Washburn’s picture day.

Questions – contact Deb Keefe at

Yearbook Spring Supplements have arrived

If you purchased a 2017 yearbook you may pick up your spring supplement at door 10 (50th street) through August 25. After that you can pick it up in the media center.

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Washburn to End the Practice of ‘Ranking’ Students

In May, 2017 the Washburn Site Council approved the recommendation made by the counseling staff that Washburn remove class rank from transcripts beginning with the 2017-2018 school year. We are falling in line with how most college-prep high schools in Minnesota practice and the practice that most college-prep high schools on the East Coast have been doing for more than a decade. More info

School Supplies for 2017-2018

In an effort to keep "back to school" shopping economical for families, we've simplified the supply list for our students. We're providing this list early so families can take advantage of back to school sales over the summer. Here are the items we recommend all students have regardless of assigned classes: 

  • Backpack
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Spiral Notebooks
  • Pocket Folders
  • Note Cards (if you like studying using a note card system) 
  • Preferred organizational system (binders, trapper keeper, etc.)
  • Math Graphing Paper (if taking Algebra)
  • Math Tools (ruler, compass, protractor -- if taking Geometry)
  • Calculator for Math
    - TI-84 model is the most used/needed (escpecially for advanced classes)
    - TI-84 calculators are expensive but necessary; if finances are an issue, you can check with the teacher about a more affordable option or try to check out one from the Medica Center
    - Some are available in the media center for checkout but many students prefer to purchase their own
    - This model also works well for science needs

Students may need to check with their teachers during the first week of school about other needed supplies specific to a particular class (i.e. art classes)

Also, please note that Washburn gladly accepts extra donated supplies to help students for whom finances may be a struggle (such as our Homeless/Highly Mobile students).  We will be collecting donations at Welcome Back Night at the Washburn Cares table. 

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Site Council Recruitment for 2017-2018

Washburn is seeking new members to join our Site Council for the 2017-2018 school year. It's a great way to be involved and make a postive impact on school decisions. We seek to have a representative group that takes into account cultural/language backgrounds, feeder school pathways, and gender diversity to name just a few. The Site Council is made up staff, parents, students, and community members who provide support and advice to the Washburn High School administrative team (30 members). The Site Council is responsible for working on behalf of Washburn's common good and for all students. 
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