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ACT Test for seniors - Oct. 20

Seniors who indicated yes on the ACT-for-All survey have all been registered for the Tuesday, October 20, 2020 test date at Washburn High School.
If a student is unsure if they said “yes” - they can check this document.

Students should expect to test from 8:00 AM to approximately 1:30 PM. Students will take all 4 of the subtests (English, Math, Reading, Science) and the Writing Test. There are 2 breaks built into the ACT and students will be able to eat a small snack during those breaks.

Students should go here for additional information about the ACT, its timing, and how to prepare.

Further information about entrance procedures, where students will test (i.e. which classroom), and COVID-safety procedures will be updated soon.

All students will test in a room with windows and doors, are expected to wear masks the entire time they are in the building, and will be in spaces with a ratio of 10:1 or fewer.

Contact with questions.

Homecoming Spirit Week - Oct. 19-23

Homecoming Court Photos • Homecoming Spirit Week:
• Monday - Miller Spirit Out (wear orange & blue and/or WHS gear)
• Tuesday - Hat Day
• Wednesday - Favorite Food Selfie
• Thursday - Best Team/Jersey Day
• Friday - Class Colors Day (9=orange, 10=blue, 11=white, 12=black)

Livestream Soccer, Volleyball and Football - Oct. 20-23

Support Washburn teams by livestreaming from home.
Tues, Oct. 20 at 6 pm Girls Volleyball - Southwest at Washburn
Wed, Oct. 21 at 5 pm (Note change from 10/20) Boys Soccer - Section 6AA Semifinals - St. Louis Park at Washburn
Thurs, Oct. 22 at 6 pm Girls Volleyball - South at Washburn
Fri, Oct. 23 at 6 pm Football - Richfiled at Washburn (Link availalble soon)

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AP and IB Exam Registration is open until Nov. 6

Online registration for AP and IB exams is open from Oct. 1 to Nov. 6, 2020. Please register as soon as possible. Cost is $58 per exam through October 31. After that a late fee of $5 PER EXAM will be added. Waivers are available for students eligible for Free/Reduced lunch OR with an immediate family member on active duty. You must register for both AP and IB exams using the unique links. If you are taking both AP and IB exams it is extremely important that you register in both sign up windows!
AP Exam Registration Link for 2021 Exams
• IB Registration Link for 2021 IB Exams
For any questions regarding the registration process, please contact Tara Mennitt (Testing coordinator) at . For any questions regarding the AP and IB exams, please contact Aaron Percy (Advanced Academics Coordinator) at

Latino Heritage Month

El 15 de septiembre marca el comienzo del Mes de la Herencia Latina. Comienza el día 15 porque es la fecha en que varios países latinoamericanos celebran su independencia. Por favor, haga clic para leer la Proclamación adjunta por el Gobernador Walz para más de la historia y en relación con la Herencia Latina de los Minnesotanos. Se encuentra en español y en inglés.

September 15th marks the beginning of Latino Heritage Month. It starts on the 15th because that is the date several Latin American countries celebrate as their date of independence. Please click to read the attached Proclamation by Gov. Walz for more of the history & in respect for Minnesotans of Latino Heritage. It is attached in Español & in English.

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Order your 2021 Yearbook

All students in grades 9-12 are requested to submit a photo for the yearbook this year since we are not having a school picture day. Send photos to by December 1, 2020.
Order your 2021 yearbook at the early bird price of $60. If you have haven't picked up your 2020 yearbook contact yearbook adviser, John McCreary, at and to arrange a time to pick it up. More yearbook info

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Girls Tennis Wins All State Academic Award

The Girl's Tennis team received the All State Team Academic Award with a team GPA of 3.89. And seven seniors on the team also earned the All State Individual Academic Award for having a GPA of 3.75 or higher. This was in addition to winning the city championship for the second year in a row and for making it to the second round of team tennis sectionals this year.

Spiritwear Available!

The Miller Mart is back!  Typically, the Miller Mart is run by volunteers and open during lunches to sell snacks and spiritwear in the school.  Since we can't sell during lunch, we have brought the Miller Mart home.  Let's fill our houses with Washburn wear and show our Washburn spirit.  We have some limited inventory on hand that we can sell right now.  Some colors, styles and sizes are available.  Luckily, next week we will open our online store with new styles and logos and all sizes will be available.  
VIEW CURRENT INVENTORY HERE!  All profits support Washburn clubs, activities and sports, so your purchase does good, too.  

To purchase from our current inventory, please contact  She will coordinate with families on pick up and payment for gear. 

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Club & Activities Sign Up is Open!

Washburn's Club & Activities and Community Education classes are happening! We have a list of the current clubs & activities available to students. We have something for everyone! This year we are using a sign up form to help students sign up. Fill out the form and the advisor or student leaders will follow up with you about how to join the club including dates/times of meetings. 
Washburn Club List - Washburn Sign Up
Community Ed Classes - Community Ed Sign Up

PSAT tentatively planned for January 26

Washburn is tentatively planning to host the PSAT for 10th and 11 graders on Tuesday, January 26, 2021./ The CollegeBoard has added this additional date for the PSAT test for the 2020-2021 school year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. According to the CollegeBoard, "The January administration will have the same benefits as the October PSAT/NMSQT, including eligibility for programs administered by National Merit Scholarship Corporation." Students may only take the PSAT one time during an academic year.

The PSAT is an optional practice standardized test for students in 10th and 11th grade. Students in 11th grade are eligible for National Merit scholarship opportunities. Students and their families must independently register and pay for this test (some fee waivers will be available for 11th graders receiving educational benefits). Please watch the Washburn website and newsletter for registration information in mid December.

Reach out to for additional questions.

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Cheerleading Tryouts - Oct. 14

Cheerleading tryouts will be held Wednesday, October 14 from 3:30-6pm outside (meet at door 3). Masks are required. Dress in comfortable clothes but pay attention to the weather as tryouts will happen rain or shine. Questions? Contact Coach Michelle at

Volleyball News

On Monday, Sept. 21 the MSHSL reinstated the volleyball season. Coach Jasmine Draper and WHS have been busy putting together plans for tryouts and a game schedule. • More info 

Here is the schedule for next week:

• Sept. 28 @ 6:30 Mandatory Parents & Coaches Meeting ONLINE:  MEETING LINK

• Sept. 29-Oct. 1 - Tryouts - 3 Day Evaluation - 10th-12th Grade from 3:30-4:30 • 7th-9th Grade from 5-6pm


Distance Learning Support

Welcome to the new school year, WHS students! Teachers are emailing students their Google Classroom log-in information on Friday, 9/4. Google Meet info for interactive class times will be found in each Google Classroom.

Tech Support: Call the Help Desk at 612-668-0088. They will help you figure out what's wrong & try to fix it over the phone. More technical support for students & families can be found on Technical Support for Students & Families and on the Tech Tricks for WHS Students page.

MPS Email Support:  email John McCreary  or call 612-668-3487.

General Questions: If you have any questions, please call WHS at 612-668-3400 and we'll find the answers!

Fill out the book and materials request form if you need books, packets, calculators, or additional course materials. Library staff will reach out to you about next steps for pick up.

Fill out the technology request form if you need a Chromebook. Someone will reach out to you after you complete this form within two school days. 

Fill out the bus card request form if you need a bus card. You will receive an email when your bus card is ready.

Nathaniel Genene selected as school board student representative

Washburn is proud to announce that junior Nathaniel Genene has been selected as the student representative on the Minneapolis School Board for 2020!
Way to go, Nathaniel! 

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Five Washburn students named National Merit semi-finalists

Five Washburn students - Maggie Faust, Max Henschel, Austin Hunt, Etta Leugers and Kina Paguyo - have been named semifinalists for National Merit Scholarships, which are given annually to top high school studnets nationwide. The five scored among the top two percent of students nationwide on the PSAT exam and are among 288 semifinalists named in Minnesota.

WHS Schedule for Distance Learning

We have determined that a block schedule will be the best option for Washburn during distance learning. Click here for details. The schedule will be emailed to students & families as well.
PDF WHS Distance Learning Calendar -- A/B Days

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Fall Conferences 2020

Washburn Fall parent-teacher conferences are scheduled during the week of October 12th-16th. We will have various times available for families to choose from. In keeping with MPS current mandate for distance learning, parent-teacher conferences will be held virtually via a Google Meet phone call. Given this new format, we ask that families please understand it will look different than in year’s past and we ask for your patience as we do our best to honor conference requests.  Due to time constraints and our number of students, we will be somewhat limited on what we can offer. However, we will do our best to meet the needs of our families. Keeping in mind that most high school teachers have about 150 students in all of their classes, we do ask that you prioritize your needs when scheduling conferences if you decide you need a conference.

Review & Schedule Conferences on MyConferenceTime
Email Teachers
Call for Help in Scheduling a Conference (612-668-3400 press 0)

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Challenge yourself to "THE Washburn one ninety-two point five"

The WHS Outdoor Adventure Club has a challenge for the whole WHS community! Are you ready to get active, build community, and challenge yourself? Then you’re ready to participate in “The Washburn one ninety-two point five.” Challenge yourself to run, walk, or bike 192.5 miles from September 8 through October 13. You have 35 days to average 5.5 miles a day to finish the challenge. Log your miles each day -  More info

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Fall Play Auditions!

Clubs and activities have been approved following certain safety precautions. Therefore, Washburn will be able to do a Fall Play! Auditions will be held Friday, October 2 at 3:30pm and Monday, October 5 at 3:30pm outside on The Mall between doors 1 and 2. No prep needed. The play is "Love and Information" by Caryl Churchill. 

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Math Team Kickoff - Oct. 5

Do you enjoy math? Are you interested in competing against Southwest in another activity? Are you in UMTYMP? Come to the first Math Team practice on Monday, October 5th at 3:00 to learn more. Enter Google Meet nickname: washburnmathteam