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Volunteers are needed August 21-23

Volunteers are needed August 21st through August 23rd to help us compile the information for Welcome Back Night (in other words help stuff envelopes). Please let us know if you can help out even for an hour. Thank you!! Sherrie 668-3401 or

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Go-To Card Distribution

Go-To Cards will be distributed on the following dates and times.
Check in with Hannah Bundlie, Check and Connect Advisor, outside room 208.
For 10th-12th graders, Mon, Aug. 21 from 9 am - 3 pm
For 9th gradersWed, Aug. 23 from 4:30 - 6:30 pm
All grades - Thur, Aug. 24 from 9:00 - 12 noon 

Welcome Back Night - Wed, Aug. 23 4:30-6:30 pm

Welcome Back Night is for all students and parents
3:00-4:30 pm Orientation for 9th grade students only
4:30-6:30 pm 9th grade student go-to card distribution
4:30-6:30 pm 10th-12th grade students drop in anytime to get their schedules, turn in all relevant forms - get locker locations & combinations - check out our new construction - meet staff - sign up for extracurricular activities - parents urged to attend to complete and sign necessary forms!! We are planning to be outside on the mall permitting
5:00-6:00 pm Information Session for 9th grade Parents only

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.

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

School Picture Day will take place on Friday, September 1, 2017. Order packets will be distributed to students earlier that week. The packet needs to be filled out with payment enclosed OR you may order online at using our school Picture Day ID M1207217Y0. The online option is open up to 48 hours after Picture Day. Please note that ALL students will have their picture taken regardless of ordering for use in the yearbook and for school ID’s. Retake day is on Monday, October 9 for students who miss picture day or need retakes.

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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Summer Reading
Washburn Reads - Summer Reading Program 2017

We are excited to announce the Washburn Reads Summer Reading Program! Every incoming Washburn student is expected to read at least one book over the summer. Upon their return to school, students will be asked to write an essay and/or engage in discussion about the required reading. Fostering a love of and a healthy habit of reading is one our main objectives. Summer Reading Lists

Athletic Registration Night - Fall 2017

WHEN: Tuesday, August 1st @ 6:00pm
WHERE: WHS Main Gym (use Door 5)
​WHO: All Student  Athletes & Parents (grades 9 – 12 who want to play a Fall sport) 
WHAT:  Turn in Sports Physicals … Sign MSHSL Eligibility... Pay Fees...Learn Important Information regarding GPA requirements, attendance rules, practice times, and schedules
FEES: Football…$80     All Others…$60 or $70  
FORMS: Available at
SCHEDULES: Visit  for details! 
PDF ​Informacion en Espanol!

Free Football Camp - 7/22/17

Washburn will play host to NFL star (and Washburn grad) Ra'Shede Hageman's upcoming FREE football camp for ages 6-12. Don't miss out! Ra'Shede Hageman states, "I'm very excited to give back to my Community with my 2nd annual youth football camp." 

Click the link to register:

A letter from Superintendent Graff 6-14-17

Superintendent Graff has a message for families as we conclude the 2016-2017. He writes, "Thank you for supporting my vision for Minneapolis Public Schools. Thank you for welcoming me back to my home. And thank you most of all for treasuring our students and their futures. I look forward to working with all of you in the year ahead." Read the entire letter below. 
PDF Letter from Superintendent Graff

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