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Fall Sports Registration Night - 8/4 @ 5-7pm

Fall Sports Registration Night - 8/4/21 @ 5-7pm in the Main Gym - Enter door 5
Athletic Forms
Official Start of MSHSL Fall Sports -- 8/16/21

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Free Summer Food Boxes

Free food boxes for Minneapolis youth will be available all summer long! Families can pick up food boxes at eight sites across Minneapolis. Find Sites & Hours Here

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Summer Resources for Families

MPS has a resource list for families to use over summer break with options for student enrichment programs and activities, free food, and other options. 

Additionally, you can check out youth services resources here. They provide information on shelters, outreach workers, health & wellness, resource hotlines, and more!  

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Here are the links to translated versions of our 2021 graduation ceremony:




Watch the pre-graduation slideshow movie (11 min. 30 sec.) featuring music by Chuck Smith

Graduation Ceremony Photos Facebook or Flickr, A-L Graduates Facebook or Flickr, M-Z Graduates Facebook or Flickr

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Choir Videos

Choir Director Tim Buzza and the choirs made these amazing choir videos:
• Choir concert video         • Don't Stand So Close to Me 
• Hand in Hand                  • Spring Choir Videos

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Summer Arts Courses at The FAIR School for Arts

Love the Arts Scene? Come be a part of it this summer! It's a FREE opportunity to express your identity, develop your skills, and meet new people through dancing, drawing, painting, singing, and creating at The FAIR High School. All students entering grades 9-12 in MPLS and surrounding communities are welcome (not just MPS students).

PROGRAM DATES: June 14 - July 30th
PROGRAM LOCATION: Classes are offered on site at Downtown Arts partners facilities: MacPhail Music, Hennepin Theater Trust, Cowles Center for Dance, and with guest artists

For more information about these programs and other programs we offer, visit
Summer Arts Program 2021


Summer Credit Academy

Summer Credit Academy will be held at Minneapolis South and Minneapolis Edison High Schools.This is an “in-person” credit recovery program. There are three sessions. If you need credits & have not yet signed up, contact



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Senior Party 2021

Thank you senior parents for an awesome senior party on June 4!
Here are some photos and videos:
• Senior Party Photos by John McCreary  
• Senior Party photos by Dale Olson
 Photobooth photos by Kevin Yellick on the Washburn HS Foundation Instagram 
• Drone videos from senior party

2021 Prom Photos

Thank you to our fabulous prom photographers! Click the title to check out their photos!

AP Exams
AP exams moving to the first weeks of June

The AP Exam Testing window is June 1- June 10 this year. All exams will be taken digitally at home this year. Please read the information in the links below for dates and times along with important information for students on setting up computers for the exam. Thank you so much and please have your students connect with their teachers or Mr. Percy if they have questions.
• Washburn AP Exam digital schedule 2021
• AP Digital exam information letter for students

Meeting This Moment in History

Washburn staff & students took time to share thoughts on the killing of Daunte Wright and the civil rights movement that we are currently experiencing in our country through an expanded Weekly Webcast on April 16th. Here is the link. A big thank you to all of the students & staff who stepped up to speak out!

We are also partnering with the Mpls Legal Rights Center: here is a short video summarizing the basics of the Know Your Rights information they shared with us in last month's workshop. You can find more info on their website as well.

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Return to In-Person Learning - Updates

We are so excited to welcome our Millers back to in-person learning for Quarter 4! Note that students will have two weeks with no school. There is no school March 29 – April 2 for teacher planning week, and there is no school April 5-9 for Spring Break . This space will continue to be updated with information as we know it, so you can always find the latest accurate info right here. We also support those who make the decision to stay with distance learning. Thank you for your patience as we navigate uncharted territories!

Here is the revised schedule for Quarter 4 for all students.
Here is the Quarter 4 Lunch Schedule for in-person students


New Q&A doc (as of 3-15-21)
Freshman Tour Sign-Up (Tours on 3/31 & 4/1 -- only for those returning to in-person learning)
Welcome Back Video describing in-person learning
PPT from Q&A session
What We Know Right Now (updated 3-4-21)
Live Q&A Session for Students & Families (recorded on 3/3/21)

Chromebook Expectations for In-Person Learners
Washburn is now a 1-to-1 Chromebook school. All students will receive an MPS Chromebook if they don't already have one. Students are expected to bring their MPS Chromebook home, charge it, and bring the Chromebook and charger to school each day. 9th graders who need one may pick up a Chromebook after their tours on March 31 and April 1. 10th-12th graders can pick up their Chromebook on April 2 between 11 am and 1 pm. Enter door 5 on 49th street by the gym to get your Chromebook. If you cannot make it to pick up a Chromebook March 31-April 2, students can pick one up the week of April 12-16.

Please contact Dr. Palmer with questions that are not covered in the materials above: or 612-668-3402.

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Food and snack box updates - April 2021

Washburn is a food box pick-up site Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Come to Door #3 on 49th St. We will be offering one food box with a week’s worth of nutritious, convenient breakfast and lunch items. Food boxes are free for all youth 18 & under, and all families are welcome to participate in this program.

Cheerleading Tryouts - May 25 and 27

Cheerleading tryouts will be May 25th and 27th in the small gym from 4-6pm. No experience is necessary but you will need to attend both days to learn the material and tryout. Masks required. Contact coach Michelle with questions at or call/text 612-440-3412.

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Junior Helen Hedge Appointed to Governor's Young Women Initiative Cabinet

Washburn 11th grader, Helen Hedge, has been appointed to the Governor's Young Women Initiative Cabinet working to achieve equity in opportunities and improve the lives of young Black, Indigenous, and women of color. The Executive Council includes leaders from business, academic, non-profit, and government sectors. The Cabinet is composed of young leaders from communities across the state that experience some of the greatest disparities in opportunities and outcomes. Thank you for your leadership, Helen!

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Ebba Nordstrom Takes 2nd Place in State Poetry Out Loud

Congratulations to Ebba Nordstrom who took 2nd place in the state Poetry Out Loud competition on March 11, 2021! Her performance was terrific and showed months of hard work.  She will receive a cash prize and a trophy.  The school will also receive a check for $200 to spend on enhancing poetry and Poetry Out Loud in our school. State champs two years in a row for Washburn. Whoo-hoo!!!!! Facebook - Google Photos Album

Megan Twomey is 2021 Athena Award Winner
Megan Twomey has been named the 2021 Athena Award Winner for Washburn High School. The Athena Award honors one outstanding senior female student-athlete at every high school in Minnesota.  Over the past four years Megan has excelled in four sports: tennis, basketball, softball and track & field. She has earned nine varsity letters, and she was captain of the tennis team. With her contagious positive attitude and her great work ethic Megan shows her leadership on and off the court as she is a member of the National Honor Society and she is on the yearbook leadership team. Congratulations Megan! Facebook Photos • Google Photos
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Washburn Demands Justice - A Statement from WHS Student Council

The Washburn Student Council has published a statement about racial justice. Please click to see the full statement.

"We not only demand that community leaders address social injustices through systemic changes in the areas of police reform, voting rights & access, and economic disparities in our city, but we call on our whole school community do the following:

  • Commit to practicing anti-racism work at school and in our own personal lives;

  • Acknowledge and address the systematic problems in our own school system that create divisions and separations between white students and students of color;

  • Listen to and uplift the voices of students of color."

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Meet the Washburn Staff!

We are so excited to welcome our Millers to the new school year! Since we can't be together in person, our staff are sending a welcome by video. You can click on individual teachers & staff, or watch them all. Go to this Flipgrid link and enter guest code MeetWHSStaff. Enjoy!

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Welcome New Assistant Principal, Arslan Aziz

We are thrilled to welcome Mr. Arslan Aziz to Washburn in the role of Assistant Principal! Mr. Aziz is replacing Ms. Tenner, who was chosen as the new principal at Justice Page Middle School next door. Mr. Aziz comes to us from Upper Mississippi Academy, where he was most recently in the role of co-director. Prior to his work at UMA, Mr. Aziz was an Instructional Coach and taught HS Science in Brooklyn Center. Welcome to Washburn, Mr. Aziz!

Resources for Students

Right now we are living in really tough times. Students (and families!) - please reach out for help when you need it!  Emall any of the following people: 

9th grade: Counselor Amy Webster; Social Worker John Jubenville; Dean Giovan Jenkins; Asst. Prin. Arslan Aziz
10th grade: Counselor Natalee.D'Amore; Social Worker John Jubenville; Dean Kevin Baker; AP Michelle Terpening
11th grade: Counselor Herb Crowell; Social Worker Michelle Nelson; Dean Lisa Jensen; AP Arslan Aziz
12th grade: Counselor by last name (Loretta Collins serves last names A-C and Moe-Q; Herb Crowell serves last names D-Hug and R-S; Amy Webster serves last names Huh-Mod & T-Z);  Social Worker Michelle Nelson; Dean Lisa Jensen; AP Michelle Terpening
Our School-Sased Clinic is also available for students looking for mental health supports. You can call or text 612-599-1714.
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Tech Tip for Distance Learning and Beyond

WHS Class of 2020 students Nathaniel Mersy and Ben Anderson created a YouTube Channel called WHS Tech Tricks with tech trick tutorials for students to help Millers navigate distance learning. This channel is an IB Diploma CAS Project, and just one example of the fabulous work our Millers do as part of the IB Diploma Program.

Also - there is a district Technology Support website for students & families that has software & platform training in four languages. Check them out!

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