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Spirit Week
Homecoming Spirit Week Sep 27-30, 2022

Washburn Spirit Week runs from Tuesday, 27 September through Friday, 30 September in the run up to Washburn’s Homecoming football game against Richfield High School on Friday evening. All students and staff are invited to participate in our daily Spirit Day themes by dressing up! This week’s themes are:

  • Tuesday: Denim Day
  • Wednesday: Staff/Student Swap (Student dress up, staff dresses down)
  • Thursday: Dress Like the Sport (or Club) You Don’t Play
  • Friday: Class Color Day
    • Freshman- White
    • Sophomore- Orange
    • Junior- Blue
    • Senior- Black

Students who are “Most Spirited” can be nominated via Google Form by any staff member during the week for a gift card drawing during Pepfest.

Hollywood homecoming
Homecoming Dance - Oct. 1

Washburn’s Homecoming Dance is Saturday, 10/1. The Hollywood-themed dance starts at 6:30 and ends at 9:30. It will be held outdoors at Washburn’s Stadium. Doors will close at 8:00pm, so students should plan on arriving before then. Tickets for the dance are $15 each and will be for sale each lunch in the auditorium Tuesday, 9/27 through Friday, 9/30. Ticket sales are cash only. Only 12th graders can bring guests from other schools. Each 12th grader received specific information about the guest policy in their Washburn email. We appreciate parent and family support. If individuals are interested in donating their time on Saturday for dance setup, dance chaperoning, or dance take-down--please fill out this Google Form.

Homecoming Court
Homecoming Court 2022

Congratulations to the 2022 Homecoming Court: Alex Hollie, Anika Zaccardi, Brynn Winter, Cade Heinemann, Charlie Graff, Colin Brandt, Isaiah Philibert, John Dolan, Lila Kuntz, Maddie Barnhill, Maggie McHugh, Paige Gruenhagen, Ryan Rowell, and Zamzam Abdi. View photos

Senior College Planning Night - Sep. 29
Mark your calendar for Thursday, September 29 @ 6:00-8:00pm for our Senior College Planning Night. This will be a chance to learn about the search process specifically for Class of 2023 (we will offer another event in the spring for 10th & 11th Grade families). This will be an in-person event, but we try to record as many of the sessions as possible and post them on our website after the event. This will be similar to our event last spring, but our welcome session in the Auditorium at 6:00pm will have more specific information to the actual application process. We will use a rotating schedule so students and families can choose the top three sessions that are of the most interest to them. Having more than one family member attend is a good way to maximize gaining information in the following areas: 
  • Finding a Good Fit School: How to improve your search process
  • Financing College: A general overview of financing college (Financial Aid & Scholarships)
  • College Essay Writing: Tips on submitting a strong essay
  • Highly Selective Admissions: Understanding the expectations of schools with more selective admissions 
  • U of M SpotLight School: Applying to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • General Application Support: Understanding the Common App & HBCU Common Black College App
PSAT - Oct. 12

Washburn High School will offer the PSAT on Wednesday, 12 October 2022. This standardized test is offered to students in grades 11 and 10, with priority given to 11th graders.

Test Registration is open through Friday, 30 September. Washburn will start charging a $3 late fee on Tuesday, 27 September for registration.

Registration & General Information can be found here

Citywide Student Leadership - Applications Open

Apply to be on CITYWIDE for the 2022-23 School Year! 

Come represent your school in district decisions. MPS is looking for two representatives from each High School. 

Applications will be OPEN September 6-21, with interviews the week of September 26. To learn more, read our member expectations  and apply online HERE.

Driver's Ed Classroom Training

Driver's Education Classroom Training Fall Session Monday, October 3 to Monday, October 17 (10 days, Monday-Friday with no class on Wednesday, October 5) 3:10pm to 6:10pm In-person at Washburn HS Class fee is $145. We are also offering a sliding fee option ($95 to $185) Registration for fall opens on Monday, September 12. When registering for classroom instruction online, a parent/guardian must create a profile on to enroll their student. email or call 612.668.3450 with questions.

School Picture Day
School Picture Retake Day - Oct. 14

School Picture Retake Day is on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022. Parents can order and pay for photos ahead of time at

Order your 2023 Yearbook

The 2023 yearbook is now on sale. Order a 2023 yearbook soon to get the early bird pricing.
Senior pictures are due Dec. 5. More Yearbook Info

Washburn Whirl - Save the Date!! - Nov. 19
The Washburn Arts Council is hosting its annual fundraising silent auction and student arts showcase at St. Mary’s Event Center on Saturday, November 19th, 2022, from 6-10:00pm.  The Washburn Whirl, formerly known as the Washburn Gala, is a much-loved event that helps fund band, orchestra, choir, visual arts, theater and Black Box social justice theater at Washburn High School.   
We invite the Washburn community to join us on Saturday, November 19th Click on the link to learn more about the Washburn Whirl and to purchase tickets.
Welcome to the 2022-2023 School Year!

Welcome to the new school year! Take a virtual tour of Washburn

School Hours for students: 8:30am-3:00pm (zero hour 7:30-8:25am)

Schedule: 6-period day + zero hour with 55-minute classes - see the daily schedule here.

School starts on Tuesday, September 6th. Here is the MPS calendar for the year.

Questions? Contact Dr. Palmer at 612-668-3402 or

Washburn Demands Justice
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."

Grease wins 21 Spotlight Awards

A huge congratulations to the cast of crew of our fall musical, "Grease" for winning a record 21 awards through the Spotlight program and Hennepin Theatre Trust. Washburn's musical won the highest award, Outstanding Achievement in a Musical, which sends them to the Orpheum Theatre in June to perform in the awards showcase. Only 10 schools out of the 125 involved get this honor to perform on the Orpheum stage. Other big award winners were Madeline Huiting, Mary Bair, and Hattie Tschida for "Best Actor in a Musical" as well as Ryan Rowell, Maddie Barnhill, and Lillian Richman for their roles in technical theatre. Photos: • Opening Night Nov. 11 • Rehearsal Nov. 9 • Act 2 Rehearsal Nov. 8 • Act 1 Rehearsal Nov. 8

Carabet - Voices from a High School - May 5-7, 2022

May 5-7, 2022 Cabaret - Voices from a High School
• Opening Night May 5
• Rehearsal May 4

Go to card
Go To Metro Bus Cards

Information regarding student transportation opportunities available via the MTC Go-To Card program can be found here. Students qualify for a Go-To Card either by location or by eligibility for educational benefits (free/reduced lunch). Students who do not qualify for a free card may purchase one from Metro Transit.

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Tech Tips and Resources

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.

Some households may qualify for low-cost Internet service

How to Apply for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP).

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

Emergency Resources

If you are in need of resources relating to housing, food, clothing and other basic essentials, please contact 211 by phone. 

If you are in need of place to sleep tonight, visit or get the YSNMN app to see shelter bed availability.

If you are experiencing crisis and need assistance, please contact one of the following resources:

  • 911- if you are experiencing a medical or life-threatening issue
  • Crisis Textline: Text “MN” to 741-741
  • Hennepin County Children’s Crisis Services 612-348-2233
  • Hennepin County Adult Crisis Services 612-596-1223
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
homecoming dance
Homecoming 2021

The Homecoming pepfest and football game were on Oct. 8, and the Homecoming dance was Oct. 9 outside on the mall.
View photos: Pepfest • Football game • Dance • Video

Poetry Finalists
Poetry Out Loud 2022
Congratulations to the Washburn champions who represented Washburn at the section Poetry Out Loud competition:
Ari Kimball, Chiara Brown and Miguelangel Carbajal Tello
Here is the livestream of the event: 
Here are the top three finalists and three runners up:
Washburn Cares
Washburn Cares is a group of staff, students, parents and community members who try to make the high school experience better for our homeless and highly mobile students.  We work closely with our social workers to provide things like free senior photos, basic hygiene and clothing, gift cards to Walmart and Cub, and winter gear.  We are always accepting donations, please consider giving something from our list.  THANK YOU!
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