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Washburn Blackbox Theatre - May 30 & 31

Washburn Blackbox Presents: Theatre 2: "This Generation" and Theatre 3: "Channels of Change"
May 30 – May 31 at 7 PM
at the University of Minnesota's Rarig Center, 330 21st Ave S
More info:

Mayor Jacob Frey
Mayor Frey Meets the Millerbots

On Friday, May 18, 2018, the Millerbots had a special opportunity to meet up with Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey downtown at City Hall to tell about the team's successes this year, promote the importance of FIRST, and demonstrate the robot in action. Mayor Frey even tried his hand at driving the robot and proudly donned a Millerbot bakers hat!

summer school
Summer School Registration is open until Friday, June 1

If your student has failed at least 1 quarter of a required class (English, Social Studies, Math, Science, Fitness, Health or Art) we encourage them to attend Summer School and work productively to recover their credits. Summer School will be held at either South High School or Edison High School. If your student is an English Language Learner or receiving parenting support they should attend at the Wilder School. In addition to regular summer school there are Experiential Learning with Wilderness Inquiry Summer School options. Summer School begins June 18. See your counselor to register. More Info.

IB Art Postcard
IB Art Exhibit 5/11-5/30

WHS IB Art Exhibit Open on Friday 5/11. Hors D'oeuvres, live music, and art for sale! Runs May 11-30 @ 5:00-7:00pm at Lynnhurst UCC (4501 Colfax Ave S).

Jumping for Joy
Senior Party Volunteers Needed! 6/7/18

Many More Volunteers Needed! 
The Senior Party is fast approaching and we cannot not do it without parent support! Because many senior families have family in town for graduation, we solicit most of our help from 9th-11th grade parents. It's a "pay it forward" model. You help out now so someone will return the favor when your student is a senior. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE sign up today! And if you are a Junior parent, this is a great opportunity to volunteer so you can get ideas for planning your own student's class party! Grab a friend, grab a spouse, or grab a neighbor and sign up together. It really is fun. Even if it's a late night. :) 
PDF Senior Party Form 2018 (spaces still available / now $40)

bubble sheets
IB and AP Exam Proctors Needed!

IB and AP Testing starts May 2nd. We have over 700 students taking a multitude of exams and we NEED YOUR HELP. Please consider signing up for a shift or two.  It’s an easy way to get involved. Sign up with a friend.  Pass on the sign up to everyone you know.  Any questions please contact Deb Keefe at

Sign up at

MCA testing
MCA Math Testing Begins April 16

MCA Math: MCA math for 11th graders (juniors) is scheduled for the week of April 16. Students will test with their Social Studies classes and are scheduled for a block of 2-3 class periods. All 11th graders are expected to take the MCA Math unless they are enrolled full-time in PSEO classes. A detailed schedule is available under the Academics > Testing Information.  Students will receive more information in their Social Studies classes and were emailed a schedule.

MCA Science: MCA math for all students enrolled in their life science credit (Biology or IB Bio) will test the week of April 30. Students will test with their Biology classes and are scheduled for a block of 2-3 periods. A detailed schedule will be available soon.

It is important to note that because of changes at the Minnesota Department of Education, any student who has returned a signed Parent Assessment Refusal form will count as “Not Proficient” when compiling Washburn’s MCA-based achievement levels. Any Parent Assessment Refusal form must be received the week prior to each test in order to be honored. If you have any questions about this change in MDE policy, please call the Research, Evaluation, Assessment, and Accountability office at the Davis Center: 612-668-0570.

Under Construction Sign
Washburn Construction Updates
Last year, Washburn was granted Capital Improvement money to create an addition that will add 5 much needed science rooms to our building. We are scheduled to undergo major renovation and vertical expansion starting May 19, 2018.  Renovation efforts shall include hazardous materials remediation, interior demolition of music and science classrooms, vertical building expansion to create new classrooms and a new location for the mechanical penthouse which will be demolished to allow for vertical construction.

Below is a link to the project website. Also, MPS has established an email update list for people who want to receive information about construction milestones. 

Project Website
Subsribe to Email Updates

Brief School Evacuation on 5/18/18

We wanted to let families know that at around 3:45pm this afternoon a faint gas smell was noticed in the building. As a precaution, we evacuated the building until Center Point could come check it out. We were cleared for re-entry about 25 minutes later. As always, the safey of students and staff is our number one priority. Thank you to the students who patiently waited outside. 

Battle of the Bands - May 20

Don’t miss the 4th Annual Battle of the Bands - Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 3:00-6:00pm at the Uptown VFW. Cheer on Washburn High School and Justice Page Middle School student and staff bands as they play for prizes and awards plus an amazing traveling guitar trophy. Donations at the door benefit programs at both Justice Page and Washburn, and a drawing will be held for a Fender guitar donated by sponsor,Twin Town Guitars. Battle of the Bands T-shirts will be on sale. And remember, the VFW has a full menu for this family-friendly event. Here is the lineup of bands.

Laramie, Wyoming
Spring Play, The Laramie Project - May 9-12

The spring play, "The Laramie Project," opens on May 9th and runs through the 12th. All performances are at 7:00 pm and tickets will be available at the door for general admission. You don't want to miss this moving production about the death of Matthew Shepard, a gay University of Wyoming student who was brutally murdered because of his sexual orientation.

Grad Hat
Student Graduation Speakers

Are you a graduating senior interested in speaking at Graduation? We are accepting student speeches April 23rd through April 30th. Speeches are to be approximately 3 minutes long. Submit your hard copy in Ms. Jensen's box in the main office. See Ms.Jensen in room 210 for questions.

Kathryn Hecht
"Brave Parenting: Helping Your Teen Cope with Stress & Anxiety" 5/7 @ 6:30pm

This event has been rescheduled due to the April blizzard. The new date is May 7th

Event Description: All people experience stress and anxiety as a normal part of a rich and full life. However, for some youth, anxiety becomes so pervasive that it starts to get in the way at home or school.  In this talk, anxiety and child development specialist Dr. Kathryn Hecht will share clinically proven “brave parenting” strategies that support adolescents dealing with significant worries and fears. She will discuss current research on anxiety, including what is normal anxiety and what is not, the hidden cost of excessive worry/avoidance, and what adults can do at home and at school to help anxious children thrive. A licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dr. Hecht will also describe how to use same evidence-based tools that she uses in her office when working with anxious adolescents.

Date: 5/7/18
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Washburn Auditorium
PDF Brave Parenting Presentation

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