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Fall Musical - The Heathers runs Oct. 26 - Nov. 4

You won't want to miss Heathers, the musical, which opens Oct. 26 and runs Thursdays through Saturdays for two weeks until Nov. 4 at 7 pm in the Washburn auditorium. October 26 is pay what you can night.

IB Exam Registration is 10/18-11/8

Online IB exam registration will be open from 10/18-11/8. No late registrations will be accepted so be sure to register on time. If you plan to test this year, sign up at Total Registration. Please direct questions to Deb Keefe at

Tutoring Available Three Days a Week at Homework Lab

Washburn has free tutoring for all students on Wednesdays and Fridays from 7:15AM to 8:15AM and Tuesdays from 3:00PM to 4:30PM in the Media Center. Students are encouraged to come in to get help with assignments and homework from teachers and college students.

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Record Number of Student Scholars Honored
Congratulations to the following National Merit Semi-finalists and Commended Students! More Washburn students were recognized this year then in any year in the past. 
National Merit Semi-Finalists: Lily Endo, Julia Morse, Luke Peichel, and Patricia Thorson.
National Merit Commended Students: Maddie Boesen, Charlotte Devaughn, Wyatt DeYoung, Quin Genrich, Quinn Ingram, Kaj Johnson, Henry Laird, Audrey Mitchell, Alison Thorson.
Semi-Finalists are in the top 1% and Commended Students are in the top 3% nationally based on the PSAT test.
State of the School/Title 1 Presentation 10/12/17 @ 4:30pm

The October Site Council meeting will be dedicated to hearing the Title 1 State of the School. This presentation focuses on the School Improvement Plan (SIP), the Family Involvement Plan (FIP), and Title 1 spending priorities. All are welcome to attend! The meeting is 10/12 @ 4:30-6:00pm in the Media Center. If you can't make the meeting, the presentation powerpoint will be available on the website after the event. 

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Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences 2017

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

Tuesday 10/17 @ 4:30-8:00pm (Main Gym -- Arena Style)  [no appointment needed]
   Advanced Academics Presentation @ 6:00pm (Choir Room)

Wednesday 10/18 @ 8:00-11:00am & 12:00-3:45pm (In classrooms -- Drop-in Format)  [no appointment needed] *please note teachers will be taking a lunch break from 11-12pm
   Advanced Academics Presentation @ 11:00am (Location TBD)

MAP Testing begins Sept. 18

All 9th grade students will be taking the MAP test in reading and math starting September 18. Students will take the test during their English, Math or Physical Science classes. Testing Schedule

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Homecoming 2017

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. Review dance rules here

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: Tickets are sold for 2 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 10/12 in order to be admitted to the dance. 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 

PSAT on Wednesday, October 11

When: Students should arrive by 8:30 AM.
Where: Washburn High School Main Gym
What should students bring? 2-3 #2 Pencils (sharpened), an approved calculator (check the CollegeBoard’s website for a comprehensive list).
What should students not bring? Electronic Devices (cell phones, Apple Watches, etc.), Backpacks or Bags
Students should expect to test through 4th hour and eat third lunch if they’re staying for periods 5 & 6.
If a Washburn student is taking the test at another testing location on Wednesday, 10/11 – parents or guardians should call the attendance office to excuse their student for the day.

Sylvester Cup - Thurs, Oct. 5

Thurs, Oct. 5 is the 4th annual John Sylvester Cup game vs Southwest! John was a Miller grad ('91) who arguably was the best soccer player to ever come out of Washburn. 5 years ago he was diagnosed with ALS and we started this tradition of honoring him and raising money for ALS research at the same time. Sadly, John passed this summer, which will make this the first cup since his passing. We try and make this a big soccer community event and the family is now creating a scholarship in his name that we will be raising money for through ticket sales!  This is a great event and will really bring many ages of the Washburn community together tomorrow, if you have any chance to come that would be awesome!  Boys play at 5pm, we will have a brief ceremony between games and then the girls will play at 7pm!  There may even be some late 80's early 90's dance wear some orange or blue and support the Millers! Ice Bucket Challenge immediately after the girls’ match.

Picture Retake Day is Mon, Oct. 9

Picture re-takes will be happening Monday October 9, 2017 in the Auditorium between 7:45 and 1:00. If you had pictures taken on picture day you MUST bring back the original package if you want retakes. If you are having them done for the first time, order forms will be available in the main office or you can order online at Please take advantage of the before school and during lunch hours. Do not come down during a class unless you have a pass from a teacher. Questions - Deb Keefe

Romeo & Juliet Field Trip - Oct. 5

On Thursday, October 5 freshman students are invited to the Guthrie to watch a professional performance of Romeo & Juliet. Project Success sponsors this free trip for all 9th graders. Students will start coming home with permission slips from their English teachers in the next week (if they have not already). Please make sure to sign and return this form as soon as possible. If you are interested in chaperoning, please contact Tara Mennitt ( or 612-668-3509).

National Honor Society Applications 2017

National Honor Society is now accepting applications. If you have a passion for community service, leadership qualities, and a 3.2 GPA, please consider applying! You can print the application online or see Ms. Pederson in room 106B for a copy. Applications are due Sept 30th! Viist the National Honor Society section for more details about what it means to join NHS. PDF NHS Application 2017

Senior College & Financial Aid Night - 9/21/17 @ 6:00-7:30pm

This evening is designed for Seniors and their families to provide valuable information on the college application timelines, process, FAFSA, and answer questions. 
English Information: Auditorium
Spanish Information / Informacion en Espanol: Room 104 / Salon 104 

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