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Fall Conferences 2018 - 10/16 & 10/17

We hope all families will take advantage of the Parent-Teacher Conferences being offered this Fall. Conference options are:

Tuesday 10/16 @ 4:00-8:00pm (Arena Drop-in Style -- Teachers in Main Gym)  [no appointment needed]
  - Meeting: "Stanadardized Testing Accomodations for Students with IEPs/504 Plans" @ 6:30pm (room 017)
  - Counselors: Drop-in Booth (near main gym)
*Enter through Door 5 or Door 6

Wednesday 10/17 @ 8:00am-12:00pm &  (Classroom Drop-in Style -- Teachers in Classrooms)  [no appointment needed]
  - Counselors: Office open; Drop-ins welcome 
*Enter through Door 10 or Door 3

Annual Poinsettia Sale - Benefiting Washburn Cares

Enjoy the beauty of poinsettias and know you're making a difference at Washburn. 

All proceeds for this sale are used by the Washburn Cares Committee to help meet basic needs of our students, especially our homeless and highly mobile students. Washburn Cares helps get donations of the following items for students/families in need:
  • School supplies and backpacks
  • Winter gear
  • Toiletries
  • Grocery gift cards
  • Discounted activity/dance tickets and yearbooks
  • Free senior pictures.  
Thanks for lightening the load for families! 
ORDER WINDOW: Monday, October 15 to Sunday, October 28
PICKUP/DELIVERY: Thursday, December 6 from 4:00 to 7:00pm, room 106A
*NEW $5 delivery within 2-mile radius of WHS
**PLUS giveaways for every 15th order-gift cards, coffee, wine, t-shirts, and more! 


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Application for Educational Benefits

It's extremely important that families complete the Applications for Educational Benefits (previously known as Free/Reduced Lunch Form). This form determines eligibility for benefits such as free/reduced, testing waivers, reduced athletic fees, and more. The overall budget of Washburn is also dependent on how many students complete this form. Even if you don't think you qualify based on your income level, when you complete an application for educational benefits you help your school secure vital state and federal funding. Last year, families who completed the request for educational benefits application helped MPS secure over $55,000,000 in state funding. This form must be completed EACH school year. Fill out your application today!

*Turn in forms before your student's account accumlates debt and has an outstanding balance! Some students have a grace period until October 9th if they were on Free/Reduced lunch last year at Washburn. Students new to Washburn are already being charged for lunches until the form is submitted and the family is found eligible. 

Parent Portal - A Resource for Grades & Attendance

Parent involvement is crucial to student academic success. The Parent Portal is a tool for you to stay informed and engaged in your child’s education. The Parent Portal gives parents and guardians access to:

  • View your child’s grades, transcript and MCA results
  • See your child’s schedule
  • Monitor your child's attendance
  • Communicate with your child’s teachers
  • Stay current on homework, projects and deadlines
  • View contact information

Sign Up or Log in Today!

Written Instructions English
Writting Instructions Spanish
Written Instructions Somali

PSAT is Sold Out

The PSAT is sold out. Students can register for the waiting list here: The wait list is only open through 10/10. If you are no longer planning on taking the test, please cancel your registration via Total Registration so other students have the opportunity to test. Expect further information concerning the October 24 PSAT test date via email from Tara Mennitt. Testing Info

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Join the Volunteer Database

The best functioning schools have strong partnerships with families. Washburn seeks to have a Volunteer Database to use when we need help for various events. By completing this form you are expressing interest in receiving emails soliciting volunteer needs for various things throughout the year. You can also  let us know about specific interests. We thank you in advance for being part of making our school great.

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ESSA Letter to Families - MN State Rating System

You may have heard in the news about Minnesota’s new school rating and support system, which is called the North Star Excellence and Equity System.  You can learn more at The enclosed letter contains more information about what this new system means for our school. 

National Honor Society Application

Attentions Juniors: Apply to join NHS which is a nation-wide organization for students recognized for their scholarship, leadership, service, and character.
Fill out the application found on Washburn's website.
Applications due to Ms. DeJong in Room 307 by Friday, Sept. 28.

View the National Honor Society application

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Free Tickets to 'Scapin' Show

Project SUCCESS students and families, join us for dinner and a show on Sunday night, as Ten Thousand Things brings 'Scapin' here to Project SUCCESS! This experience is offered free of cost. It's "a raucous comedy about love, revenge, family dynamics, deception and greed," performed here at Project SUCCESS by the talented company of Ten Thousand Things. TTT do not use a stage; they perform on the floor inside a circle of chairs, with the lights on so everyone can see each other, with minimal sets and live music. It's a unique theater experience and space is still available for Sunday's show. Read more and request tickets online:

Picture Retake Day - Monday, Oct. 8

Picture retakes will happen on Monday October 8th in the Auditorium. Students MUST bring their original packet to turn in if they want retakes. For those that missed pictures the first time around, order forms are available in the main office. You may also order online at Our school specific code is MI208227Y1   Keep in mind you have 48 hours after pictures are taken to order your packages. Questions- Contact Deb Keefe at

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Homecoming 2018

Homecoming 2018 is coming!  The football game is on 9/28 @ 7:00pm and the dance will be on 9/29 @ 7:00-10:00pm at Washburn. Tickets are on sale now until Thursday 9/27. 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:  "Outer Space" [dressing up to match the theme is for Seniors Only]
DRESS ATTIRE:  9th-11th Grade students get dressed up; not Prom formal, but look your best!
PICTURES:  No professional pictures offered at the dance
[some students choose to participate in group pictures  before the dance: 9th/10th @ Rose Gardens & 11th/12th @ The Bandshell -- 6:00ish]
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 1 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 9/27 in order to be admitted to the dance. STUDENTS CANNOT PAY MONEY AT THE DOOR! Student picture IDs are required for entrance. 
GUESTS: Due to our growing enrollement numbers, we cannot accomodate outside guests this year
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 will be offering a coat check this year. However, lines can be long. So be aware! No packpacks are allowed. 
FOOD: No outside food or drink allowed; we provide snacks and refreshments

Curriculum Night 2018 -- 9/26/18
Please join us for Curriculum Night on Wednesday 9/26/18 from 6:30-8:30pm. Curriculum Night is an opportunity for parents/guardians to experience a day in the life of their teenager. The event is designed for parents to attend. Students are not expected to attend. We use a bell schedule to move parents through a typical school day -- periods 0-6. You get to hear about each class and meet your child's teachers prior to conferences in October. It's a wonderful way to engage in your child's academic success. Please plan on joining us on. Welcome begins promptly at 6:30 in the Auditorium with Dr. Palmer and a bell schedule follows. Here's what you can expect: 

- Hear from the Principal
- Visit all your Student’s Classes (periods 0-6 on a bell schedule)
- Meet your Student’s Teachers
- Learn about Curriculum & Learning Goals for the Semester
- Find out how best to contact teachers
- Visit Resource Tables: Learn about school resources & clubs/activities [only open from 6:15-7:45pm]
Doors open at 6:15 to allow you time to pick up schedules, tour the school, or visit info tables
- Childcare available (room 211)


Washburn OPEN Friday, Sept. 21
Washburn is open for all students and staff on Friday, Sept. 21. We look forward to a great day of learning!
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