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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

Nancy Lee
Choir Director Nancy Lee Honored Again

Tony Awards® Excellence in Theatre Education Award recognizes Nancy Lee with Honorable Mention for the second year in a row! The Tony Awards® and Carnegie Mellon University announced that Nancy Lee, director of arts programming at Washburn High School in Minneapolis, has received an Honorable Mention as part of the 2017 Excellence in Theatre Education Awards. This is the second year in a row that Lee has been recognized with this honor. This recognition puts Lee in the top 2 percent of teachers nominated for the award. Lee was selected from 1,100 applicants from across the U.S. for leadership in building a thriving performing and visual arts program at Washburn. The award honors dedicated professionals who discover talented students, nurture and inspire them, and help launch their lifelong journeys as theater supporters and professionals. The 2017 awards include one winner and 20 honorable mentions. We are tremendously proud of Nancy!
About the award: 
Watch the nomination video: 
PDF Press Release 

Grad hat
Graduation Ceremony 2017

Thank you to all the families that celebrated with us on June 7th. It was a wonderful ceremony. View video of ceremony on YouTube (1 hour 33 minutes). View photos on Facebook. Also, due to high participation this year we sadly ran out of programs last night. We do apologize for this inconvience. We know that many parents like to keep the program as a keepsake so we ordered extra programs that are now available in the main office. If you'd like to print your own use the link provided.  The pictures taken by Lifetouch are also now available. View Lifetouch photos here! 
PDF Graduation Program 2017

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. 

Site Council
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. 
More Info

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  
SCHEDULES: Visit  for details! 
PDF â€‹Informacion en Espanol!

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

Summer Volleyball

Sign up now for Summer Volleyball! Skills Sessions or Volleyball Camp are available. Skills sessions are for middle school and high school ages. The camp is for middle and elementary ages, as early as 3rd grade. 
Summer Volleyball Camp (June 26-29, 2017)  Volleyball Camp Flyer
Summer Skills Sessions (June 12-July 28, 2017) Summer Skills Flyer

Service Learning Trip 2018

"Empowering Children in the Dominican Republic"  Back by popular demand! Come be a part of the change and join Washburn on its 4th international service learning trip to...the Dominican Republic! This trip will take place in the summer of June 2018, but the planning and fundraising starts now! Participants on this tour will travel across the Dominican Republic, take a cultural journey into the local communities of the northern coast. While you're immersed in the local heritage, you'll gain insight into the issues impacting local children today. Working together with area non-profits and community members, you'll help build sustainable solutions to the educational, social, and economic challenges they face. We partner with EF Educational Tours, the world leader in international education, with more than 1 million students experiencing their programs every year. EF's mission is to help teachers and students experience different cultures, navigate new languages and explore historic sites, all while developing the global perspective needed for success in today's interconnected world.  Get more info here! 

Length of Trip: 8 days
Dates: June 19th - June 27th  (these dates could change by four days before/after trip date)
Cost: $2,950.00 (if first deposit made by June) or $3,050.00 after June 1 [includes all food, travel, and lodging]
Fundraising: Yes! Students will have the opportunity to fundaise for their trip to help reduce the cost
Questions:  Please email Molly Koppel at 

Summer School
Deadline Extended - Sign Up for Summer School by June 7

Students have until June 7 to sign up for Summer School. Please stop by the Counseling Office to sign up!

Senior Party
Senior Party 2017 -- June 7

Students must be pre-registered to attend the Senior Party. Forms were due by Friday May 19th! The Senior Party is a fun, safe way for seniors to celebrate this exciting time in their life. The party gives them one last chance to see many of their friends before starting summer jobs, travel, and transitioning to post-secondary plans. They will not want to miss out on this night of fun!  Activities Include: Ice Skating, Basketball, Soccer, Football, Swimming, Snacks, Caricature Artist, Massages and more! Also, there will be over $500 in cash and gift cards given away during the night!  This event depends on dedicated parents who care about sending our Seniors off in style! PLEASE sign up to volunteer or donate. Parents always report that it's fun! Check-in starts on 6/7 at 9:30pm at Washburn and buses leave at 10:00pm. Students will arrive back at school by 4:00am on 6/8. Students will go through security before being admitted on the buses. Please note: This event is run by Parent Council, not the school. Direct questions to 

Theatre 1 Final Showcases 6/1/17

Come out to enjoy the Theatre 1 Final Showcases on June 1 @ 7:00pm in the Washburn Auditorium. Suggested donations of $3.00-5.00 at the door. This event is a celebration of Youth Voice through topics such as the education system, ableism, racial bias, cyber bullying, and more! 

Black Voices
Black Voices Final Performance 5/31/17

Come see the powerful performances by our Black Voices class on Wednesday May 31 from 6:00-8:00pm. Event will be held in the Black Box Theatre and will feature poetry, music, and light refreshments. For more info, visit or email teacher Molly Vasich

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