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Mark Jensen - Room 119

So once you do know what the question actually is, you'll know what the answer means.

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This year I am teaching Mass Media and College Prep Writing and AVID 12. 

I have been teaching in Minneapolis since 1990 when I moved here from San Diego. I have have degrees in Biology and Literature/Creative Writing from the University of California at San Diego, and teaching licenses in Life Sciences and Language Arts. I also have a Masters in Comparative Literature from the University of Minnesota. I graduated from high school from Taipei American School and have been traveling my whole life. I still travel and spent most of the summer in Argentina poking away at my Spanish. I am a news junkie and I love thinking about mass media and culture. Everything is a text! Often, I see myself more as a writing teacher than an English teacher. Writing is life!

I am the adviser for the Minneapolis Public Schools Marine Ecology/Scuba Club here at Washburn. We went diving in Roatan, Honduras in June and had a great time. Click on the link to the right to see pictures of that trip. This year we are off to Cozumel! 

I am also the adviser/coach for the Washburn Quiz Bowl team. The season officially starts in October and ends in February. The club meets every TUESDAY now in Room 119. It's fun and there is food and a no-judgement jar.

If you wish to contact me for any reason, please do: Email is the best way to reach me. You can also leave me a voicemail at 612-668-8766.

The mice will see you now.

AVID volunteering opportunities list

All AVID upperclassmen need to participate in a volunteering job and an extra-curricular activity. The reason for this is that a good AVID student is a participant and a leader in their community. You foster those connections and go out of your way to raise yourself up and to bring others with you. You are a role model for others. When these characteristics are reflected on your college applications, colleges are more likely to accept you into their schools and to offer you scholarships.

This is the first year we are requiring this, so we are starting with modest requirements for volunteering. We want you to volunteer for at least 5 hours a month. Over the course of the year that will add up to 40-45 hours a very respectable amount. It is better to volunteer at the same place over a long period of time rather than volunteering for 8 hours in one day. However, both are acceptable.

We would like you see involved in an extra-curricular activity for the full year. Sports involvement is okay, but other types of involvement in activities show that you are well-rounded.

An after school activity or club. This can be a sport or better yet, an extra-curricular activity.

Check the Washburn page for activities. Email the advisor and find out how to join.

Another possibility is that you create your own club. We will be forming an AVID Student Leadership group.


A volunteer position within your community. You can find your own volunteering job – like in your church or community/park center, but otherwise you need to look for something. Pay attention to the descriptions. Not all opportunities are available for people under the age of 18.

Good search engine – use the advanced search.,%20MN,%20USA&categories=22

Volunteer Match for teens

Another good search engine

A decent list, though not necessarily close by opportunities

Search engine, more basic than the first two

Short list for teens

TWO PDF brochure of opportunities