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Washburn High School is an authorized IB World School

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Virtual Graduation News

Washburn's graduation ceremony is still on at 8:00pm on Friday, May 29th, but will be virtual. Click here for details about the ceremony, and about cap & gown pick-up for seniors.

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IB Art Exhibition

IB Art teacher, Kathleen Cassidy, has created an online art exhibit for her IB students to showcase some of their work from this year. It is arranged by class and is alphabetical by last name within each class. Students chose their level of participation. The introduction is provided in English, Spanish, and Somali. View IB Art Exhibition

Drone racing team wins MN State AA bracket, advances to AAA
Washburn 10th grade rookie drone racers Mac “Big Mac” Hearn and Graham “FiZyxZ” Adleman won the AA teams bracket at the MN State High School Drone Racing Championship on Sunday, 17 May. They advanced to the AAA teams bracket, shown live on Fox Sports North, and posted their best times yet against some stiff veteran pilot competition. Kare 11 story - Americaninno story - More info
Summer School
Summer School is happening this summer!

Summer School is happening via Distance Learning this summer! There will be three separate sessions and students can enroll in a total of two quarters each session (for a maximum of six quarters over the summer). You will need to virtually attend the classes each day to receive credit. There will be three separate sessions: • Session 1: June 15 - June 25 • Session 2: June 29 - July 9 • Session 3: July 13 – July 23 Classes will occur Monday – Thursday: • Period 1: 9:00 - 10:00am • Period 2: 10:00 - 11:00am Tell your counselor by Tuesday, June 2nd if you would like to attend summer school. Make sure to include if there are any sessions you cannot attend.

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Summer Reading Program 2020

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. Some books are available as PDFs, ebooks or audiobooks. View Summer Reading List.

Fostering a love of reading and a healthy habit of reading are our main objectives. Research shows that all students benefit from summer reading, especially those who are reluctant readers. Summer reading prevents the summer slide, or the regression/loss of academic skills over the course of the summer. Although only one book is required for each grade, each has a list of optional readings that students are encouraged to read as well.
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Sophomore Nora Bartlett Accepted into All State Band

Nora Bartlett, sophomore, 1st chair clarinet in our Wind Ensemble, auditioned and was accepted into the Minnesota All State Band 2020-21!  Congratulations Nora. We are proud of you!
Thanks for being a magnificent Miller!

Q4 grading decision for CR/NC
Click for info from Sup Graff and Dr Palmer about the district's choice to go CR/NC for Q4. (Updated 5-20-20)
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Yearbook Information
There has been a delay in the printing of the yearbooks from our yearbook vendor, Jostens, due to Covid-19 and having to close a plant and move production to another plant. Yearbooks are now scheduled to arrive in mid-June. We will let you know when the new yearbook pick up dates are as soon as we find out. You can still order a yearbook.

Some good news is that Washburn parents, alumni and the student council are raising money so that every senior in the class of 2020 who wants a yearbook will get one. We're trying to help as many seniors as possible get a yearbook so we can't accommodate too many full cost grants. Fill out this form if you are a senior and you want a yearbook and need help paying for it.

Apply to be on the 2020-2021 Yearbook staff.

Contact yearbook adviser John McCreary with questions at

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Interested in Cheerleading? Follow @washburn.cheer on Instagram for information about the summer workouts, tryouts, photos and videos or email adviser or contact in the Washburn athletic office with questions.

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Tech Tricks for Distance Learning & Beyond

Washburn seniors Nathaniel Mersy and Ben Anderson have 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. Check it out!

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Washburn students featured in Washington Post

Washburn seniors in Dan Forstner and Teran Pederson's IB Language & Literature classes are featured in the Washington Post in an article about Miller students reading The Plague during distance learning. Thank you to all the seniors who participated in interviews. You represent us well!

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Registration for Incoming 9th graders

Thank you to all the 8th graders who attended our virtual registration nights on 4/16 and 4/23 and completed your course selections online.  Most of our incoming Millers are now registered.

If you have not yet had the chance, click here for the links. We recommend watching the video before completing the form. If you are unable to complete the registration process online, our staff will reach out to your to assist in selecting classes. Thank you!

Teacher Appreciation!

Thank you to the students who gave video shout-outs to our fabulous teachers! Enjoy our Teacher Appreciation Week 2020 video!

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AVID Application

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) provides scaffolded supports that students need to encourage college and career readiness and success. Students are expected to take control of their learning and play an active part in building a community with classmates, while maintaining good organization habits along the way. In order to be in AVID students must have a 2.0 GPA or higher. Don’t delay and apply to be a part of the Washburn AVID community today!!! Apply for Avid

AP Testing Schedule Updated

Date Time Exam
May 12 1:00 PM AP Calculus
May 12 3:00 PM AP Human Geography
May 13 1:00 PM AP English Lit and Composition
May 14 1:00 PM AP Chemistry
May 14 3:00 PM AP Physics
May 15 1:00 PM AP US History
May 18 1:00 PM AP Biology
May 22 1:00 PM AP Statistics

AP College Board Testing info

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Lawn Signs for Class of 2020

Thanks to the generosity of our Student Council and our Parent Council, we have yard signs available for all seniors! Just one way Washburn celebrates the Class of 2020.

If you don't have one yet, you can request a delivery by completing this form. We have signs for every WHS senior!

Resources for Families During the Closure

We know this is a challenging time for everyone. Here is a list of community resources that may be helpful during the school closure. Also, please be reminded that our staff is checking email during the closure so we encourage you to reach out with any questions. Staff emails can be found under the "department" tab or the "teacher" tab.

View full resource document here. Quick links below:


Hennepin County Child Crisis Team - 24 Hour Crisis Line:  612-348-2233
Crisis Text Line   -  Text HELLO to 741741
Crisis Connection - 24 Hour Crisis Line:  612-379-6363
Sexual Violence Center - 24 Hour Crisis Line:  612-871-5111
Tubman Domestic Abuse - 24 Hour Crisis Line:   612-825-0000
United Way First Call for Help:  Dial 211 (can provide suggestions for shelter, food, clothes, resources, etc.)
Bridge for Youth - 612-377-8800 (shelter for youth under 18)


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Staff senior photos

Washburn staff have sent in their senior photos to honor and salute the class of 2020. To the Washburn High School Class of 2020: We are thinking of you, we miss you and we know that we will get through this together. We hope these retro pics make you smile and you have a little fun guessing who they are. View on Facebook

Gift Card Drive
Washburn Cares Gift Card Drive

Washburn Cares has launched a gift card drive. Anyone wondering how they can support the school during these unprecedented times may be interested in this project. Social Workers are reporting that many families are reaching out because they are experiencing financial hardships. We are collecting gift cards that can be mailed to families who are struggling. There are 3 options:

  • Donate online: (case sensitive)
  • Mail a gift card or check to: 5217 Portland, MPLS 55417 [attn: Tina Ham Peterson/Washburn Cares]
  • Drop off a gift card or check to: 5217 Portland, MPLS 55417 [attn: Tina Ham Peterson/Washburn Cares]
  • $25 cards preferred: Target, Cub, Walmart, Aldi, Walgreens & Holiday Gas