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Back to School!

We know many families are looking forward to having information about how fall will look. All of these decisions are being worked on right now. We appreciate your patience as we build the distance learning model for our fall launch. While more details will be shared soon, we can currently confirm:

- We will have a socially distanced Welcome Back event for students that will include book & materials distribution, and technology distribution (held outside)
- We will have a socially distanced Freshman Orientation event specifically for 9th graders (held outside)
- We will post the daily/weekly class schedule as soon as it is finalized

All Welcome Back events will take place during the week of 8/31-9/4. More specific information coming soon! 

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Technology for Distance Learning

MPS has committed to making sure students have the technology they need to participate fully in distance learning. WHS staff will be calling homes between now & 8/31 to update our records on family technology needs as we know some families have had changes since the spring. Devices will be available for pick up (or trade-in) at our Welcome Back events that will be scheduled during the week of 8/31-9/4. More details on that coming soon! 

Yearbook Pickup August 17 from 12 noon to 3 pm

We will have another yearbook pickup day on Monday, August 17 from 12 noon to 3 pm in the 49th street parking lot. We have a few copies left that can be purchased for $70 cash or check. Please stay in your car and hold up a piece of paper with the name of the student and pop your trunk if you have one. We will place the yearbook(s) in your trunk or hand it to you through the window. If you are not available to pick up your yearbook on August 17 you may have a friend pick up your yearbook for you or you can pick up your yearbook at a welcome back night before school starts. Contact yearbook adviser, John McCreary, with questions at

WHS Welcomes new AP

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!

MPS Announces Distance Learning

Governor Walz has issued guidelines for when/how schools come back this fall, and Superintendet Graff has shared that MPS will start with Distance Learning. The distance learning format will be VERY different this fall than it was this spring. See this video for more info.

Fall Sports Registration!

Fall sports are happening! Thank you for your patience as MSHSL has worked out what can safely happen with high school sportsthis fall. Although Football & Volleyball won't compete until spring, ALL fall sports are still able to come together & practice this fall. We are still working out whether the games that are permitted will be all in-conference or more flexible, and the district has not yet determined if/how fans may be allowed at games. We will share information as it comes.

Athletic Forms are available on the Washburn Website at - one option is to print them, complete them, scan them and email them in.

OR families can register online here instead & save the trip. More info about sports at WHS can be found on our Athetics Page.

Forms must be in by Friday, 8/14 as some practices begin on 8/17.

You can contact or with any questions.


Washburn Demands Justice - A Statement from WHS Student Council

The Washburn Student Council has published a statement about justice. Please click the title 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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Resources for Families

Many families are in need of support during this difficult time. Please review these resources if you need support or if you're looking for ways to donate. 

Resources (June 2020) -- Social Services, Food, Housing, Mental Health, Donations Needed
Map of Donation Sites
MPS Mental Health Support Line  (612-767-4158)
Walk-in Counseling Center 

MPS Resource Page (including the following categories)

  1. Food services for children; Shelter, clothing, financial, medicaion
  2. Managing stress and anxiety; wellness and mental health
  3. Communications
  4. Technology support
  5. Instruction and grading
  6. Standardized testing
  7. Special Education and 504 services
  8. Specific student groups
  9. Staff resources
  10. Free child care for emergency personnel and health workers
  11. MPS buildings and playgrounds
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Summer Reading 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 for each grade here

Here is a link to summer events through Hennepin County Libraries as well - including a poetry workshop with author Zetta Elliott and a Somali Cultural Festival. Check it out! 
Summer Homework for Advanced Courses

Attention all students who are enrolled in an AP or IB course for next year.  Please find your class in the Google folder to access your Advanced Course Summer Homework. Have a great rest of the summer Millers!

Sports Practice Plan

MPS has determined that our teams can start some in-person practices as of 6-22-20, according to specific safety guidelines. YAY!!!! Click to see the full plan. #GoMillers

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Yearbook distributuion

Over 600 yearbooks were handed out through a drive-thru distributuion on June 25 and 26. If you ordered a yearbook but did not pick it up, you can get it when school starts in the fall. Have a great summer!

For the Class of 2020: how to migrate your MPS Google Account

For the Class of 2020: Your MPS Google account will be active until October 1, 2020.  After that time you will lose access to both the email account and the documents in your drive. It is recommended that you create a personal Google account and transfer email and documents that you wish to keep. Here are the steps to transfer email and documents from your school Google account to a personal Google account. Here is a video from Ben Anderson and Nathaniel Mersy on how to do the transfer.

Message from Dr. Palmer

On the last day of the 2019-20 school year, we are not looking backward, we are only looking forward. We know we have a lot of work to do, as a school and as a city. We stand for social justice and stand with impacted communities to ensure the best possible education for ALL of our students. Please watch this video message from the principal.

Video Message from Principal Palmer

OR Read the message in English, Spanish & Somali here.

Class of 2020 Graduation

Washburn's virtual graduation ceremony for the class of 2020 was held on Friday, May 29, 2020 at 8:00 pm. Recordings are available to view on Eduvision. Scroll down to find the Washburn graduation. View Cap & Gown photos: Facebook - Flickr  - View Fun photos of graduates: Facebook - Flickr

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IB Art Exhibition

IB Art students have created an online art exhibit 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. Thank you to Ms Cassidy for all her work to help make this happen!  View IB Art Exhibition

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Virtual Senior Recognition Night -- 5/28/20

The annual Senior Scholarship and Awards Recognition Event will be held virtually on Thursday, May 28th @ 6:00pm. At this event, will be announcing the winners of Washburn Scholarships and recognizing Seniors who have earned other private or institutional scholarships as well as other honors. The link for this event is listed below.

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
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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!

Cheerleading squad

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.