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Welcome Back Events 2018

Welcome Back events are coming up next week on Wednesday August 22nd

  • Schedules will be distributed outside on the mall between 4:30-6:30pm on Wednesday. All students and families should come at some point in that time frame to pick up schedules and required paperwork, and learn about the many programs and extracurricular activities that Washburn offers.

  • For Freshman, we also have orientation on Wednesday. This has two parts - one for students & one for parents.  The 9th grade student orientation will be at 3:00pm. Our new parent orientation will be at 5:45pm (English in Auditorium, Spanish & Somali in Room 104 & 102).

  • Washburn Site Council is hosting a “New Principal Meet & Greet” at 6:45pm. This is a chance for the community to meet Dr. Palmer, hear about her vision and plans for Washburn, and have a chance to ask questions. A light reception will follow.

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Go-To Card Distribution 2018
Go-To bus cards will be distributed for eligible students next week. Students may come to the Auditiorium anytime between the following timeframes. If your student needs to purchase a go-to card, they will be available the second week of school. 
Wednesday 8/22/18  9:00am-3:00pm [9th Graders Only]
Thursday 8/23/18      9:00am-3:00pm  [10th-12th Grades]
Friday 8/24/18           9:00am-3:00pm  [10th-12th Grades]
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Important Fall Dates for 2018

8/22  Welcome Back Day

  • 9:00-2:00pm  Go-To Cards will be distributed to 9th grade students only
  • 3:00-4:30pm  9th Grade Student Orientation (including schedule distribution)
  • 4:30-6:30pm  Schedule Distribution for 10th-12th Grades (including club & activities exploration and school open for walk throughs)
  • 5:45-6:30pm New Families Parent Orientation
  • 6:45-7:30pm  "Principal Meet & Greet" with new Principal, Dr. Emily Palmer

8/27  First Day of School
8/31  Picture Day
9/3    NO SCHOOL -- Labor Day
9/20  Senior College Planning & Financial Aid Night
9/22  Super Soccer Saturday
9/26  Curriculum Night (Date changed due to construction)
9/28  Homecoming Football Game
9/29 New Science Wing Dedication at 10 am
9/29  Homecoming Dance

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General Supplies for Every High School Student

Some supplies are necessary year after year, no matter what grade students are in. When you're planning for a new school year, it's pretty safe to invest in these.

  • 3-ring binder (1 1/2" preferred size)
  • 6 – tabbed dividers
  • Red and blue pens
  • Pencils (No. 2)
  • 6 - Pocket folders
  • USB drive
  • Highlighters
  • 6 – Notebooks
  • Note cards
  • Post-it notes
  • Colored pencils
  • Back pack or book bag
Join Site Council!

The Washburn Site Council is actively seeking additional members. We encourage students, staff, and parents to apply. We seek to have a diverse membership that reflects our student body. All applications will be reviewed with an equity lens. Apply today! Completed applications should be sent to SC co-chair, Diana BenJaafar ( by August 6, 2018.
PDF Site Council Application

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Athletics Registration

Athletic Forms & Registration paperwork can be turned in at WHS on Tues. 8/7 - Fri. 8/10  from 9am - 3pm. Enter Door 10 on 50th Street. There will be a location by the counseling office for forms.
PDF 2018-19 Athletics Forms

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Twenty Millers from the Class of 2018 Earn IB Diplomas!!!

Congratulations to the twenty Washburn graduates from the class of 2018 who earned their International Baccalaureate diplomas. This is more than twice as a many in any previous year. This is an extremely rigorous accomplishment! The IB Diploma Program is a comprehensive two-year course of study during the junior and senior year that emphasizes critical thinking, intercultural understanding and exposure to a variety of points of view. Congratulate these amazing scholars when you see them!  #MillerAcademics More info about IB at:

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Summer Reading Program

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. As an added bonus, each student who reads at least one of the summer reading texts from their course's list will be entered into a weekly drawing to win prizes. Prizes last year included tickets to the Homecoming dance, Twins tickets, and gift cards!

Fostering a love of reading and a healthy habit of reading are our main objectives. Research shows that all students benefit from summer reading, especially those who are reluctant readers. Summer reading prevents the summer slide, or the regression/loss of academic skills over the course of the summer. Although only one book is required for each grade, each has a list of optional readings that students are encouraged to read as well

Summer Reading Lists

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Summer Work for IB Math or IB/AP Sciences

Attention all students taking IB Math or IB/AP Sciences next year.  Please complete the attached summer work by the first day of class. In most cases, there will be quizzes/tests during the first week on this material. Contact the IB Coordinator, Aaron Percy, with any further questions.

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Washburn Closed for Construction June 14- August 15

Due to summer construction our building will be closed from June 14th through August 15th.  Some staff continue working throughout the summer, so please feel free to email staff directly. If this is an emergency please contact the district at 612-668-0000. 

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Washburn Welcomes Dr. Emily Lilja Palmer as New Principal

The Washburn community welcomes Dr. Emily Lilja Palmer as the new principal of Washburn High School!

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Graduation 2018

The Washburn graduation was held at The Convention Center @ 8:00pm. 

The graduation ceremony will be livestreamed at: 
DVDs can be ordered online here!
 PDF Graduation DVD Order Form

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Magnificent Millers play the National Anthem for the Twins

Junior Tristyn Voigt and Sophomore Sam Muedeking played the National Anthem with Mr. Martin and 60 other brass players for the annual Brass at Twins event on June 9, 2018. Even in the rain.

Washburn's Blackbox Theatre Performance on YouTube

Watch Washburn's Blackbox Theatre May, 2018 Performances of
This Generation (Theatre 2)
Channels of Change (Theatre 3)

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