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Free Summer Food Boxes

Free food boxes for youth will be available all summer long! Starting Monday, June 14, families can pick up food boxes at eight sites across Minneapolis. Most sites will be open 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and a few will have extended hours of 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Food boxes will contain seven breakfasts and seven lunches. Home delivery of food boxes will continue to be available for qualifying families. Food boxes are free for all youth 18 and under, and all families are invited to participate. Daily summer meals will also be served at MPS summer programs and various community sites.
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Summer Resource List for Families

MPS has a resource list for families to use over summer break with options for student 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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The livestream recording of the June 8 graduation will be available in 3 languages next week. 
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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Incoming 9th Graders -- Complete a Sports Interest Form!

We encourage incoming 9th graderes to submit our Sports Interest Form so coaches can contact you about summer training opportunities! You will also then receive important information about tryouts & practices. Submit Interest Form 

Fall Sports Registration Night - 8/4 @ 6-8pm
Official Start of MSHSL Fall Sports -- 8/16

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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:


June 21-July 2nd (8:30am-1:30pm) Class of 2021, Class of 2022, and Class of 2023 ONLY with Seniors given priority

July 6-  July 15 (8:30am-1:30pm) All students

July 19-July 29 (8:30am-1:30pm) All students


Each class period is about 1.5 hours in length and there are no classes on Fridays.


To register, please see your counselor. Once the counselor has enrolled the student, any questions can be addressed to If you are wondering about your credit status toward graduation, please contact your counselor.


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Book and Material Returns

Students who are planning on returning to Washburn in the fall may keep their Chromebooks, hot spots and calculators through next school year. If students are not returning to MPS next fall they should return their technology labeled with student name and checked in with an adult at school.

In-Person students may return their materials to the library at any time they are in the building.

Distance Learning students may return their materials at door 10 June 10-11 or Tuesday, June 15 from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm.


Remaining yearbooks will be sold on for $75 cash only including tax. Contact yearbook adviser, John McCreary, at with questions.
More yearbook info

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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

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Vaccine Clinics for MPS Students Ages 12+

The Washburn School Based Clinic, in partnership with MPS, Hennepin Health, and the Minneapolis Health Department will be hosting vaccine events at Washburn High School for all MPS students ages 12+For students ages 12-15, a parent or guardian must accompany the minor for vaccination. The accompanying guardian/parent must be at least 21 years of age. 

Here are the scheduling links for the second vaccine clinics

June 9th (if first shot was on 5/19)

June 16th (if first shot was on 5/26)
Vaccine: Pfizer
Where: Washburn High School Main Gym, Enter through Door 5A
Who: MPS students, ages 12+. We may open appointments to families if spots are still available. Check back here for details later in the week.

AGE 16 – 18:  Parent may verbally consent over the phone with the vaccinating nurse if they are not present.  Nurse will write on the Registration Form verbal consent given with the name of the guardian/parent and the nurse’s initials in the parent/guardian signature line.
AGE 12 – 15: A parent or guardian must accompany the minor for vaccination. The accompanying guardian/parent must be at least 21 years of age.


Complete consent and registration forms found at the links below. Paper copies also available in main office, Room 005 (School nurse) or Room 002 (School Based Clinic), or ask a teacher for help printing. Note: ALL students younger than 18 years old MUST have signed parent/guardian consent prior to vaccination. Vaccinations cannot be given without parent/guardian consent.


  • You MUST schedule a vaccine appointment time, no walk-in's allowed
  • Please wear a mask and respect social distancing signs
  • Parents MUST sign the registration form if your student is under 18 years old. For students ages 16-17 you may send the student with the signed and completed registration form or you may accompany your student to the appointment. Registration forms will also be available on-site. Vaccination will not be given if registration forms are not completed by a parent/guardian.
  • For students ages 12-15, a parent or guardian must accompany the minor for vaccination. The accompanying guardian/parent must be at least 21 years of age. 
  • Spanish and Somali language interpreters will be available on-site.
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
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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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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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