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Senior Prom 2021

We're excited to share information with you about PROM 2021! We have been given permission to hold Prom with some extra safety precautions in place. While it will be a little different, a lot of planning has been happening to create a fun event for our Seniors so this important milestone can still happen. We’ve chosen an outdoor venue for maximum safety precautions and it will be at a  beautiful location! Students need to pre-register to reserve their prom ticket and then pay for it by Friday, April 30th at 4:00pm. 


WHEN:       May 14th, 2021 (with a rain makeup date of 5/15)
WHERE:    Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA) in the outdoor courtyard
TIME:         Event is 7:00-11:00pm (must arrive by 8:00pm)
                       Music: @ 7-10pm
                       Late Snacks: @ 10-11pm
TICKETS:  Full Price $40 / Discounted $20 (sold 4/19-4/30)

After Juliet
Spring Play, After Juliet, runs May 20-22
The spring play, After Juliet, will run May 20-22 @ 7:00 pm. Tickets are general admission: Adults/$15 Students/$5. Tickets can be purchased at the door. The auditorium will be set up for social distancing. Masks are required.
Vaccine Event for Washburn Students Ages 16+ on May 19

The Washburn School Based Clinic, in partnership with MPS, Hennepin Health, and the Minneapolis Health Department will be hosting a vaccine event at Washburn High School for all students ages 16+. On May 19th, we will offer 300 doses of Pfizer. A link to schedule will be released on May 10th.

Event #1: First Dose Wednesday, May 19th 8:30am-2:30pm, Second Dose Wednesday, June 9th 8:30am-2:30pm (Scheduling link will be available at event in May 19th)
Vaccine: Pfizer
Where: Washburn High School Main Gym, Enter through Door 5A
Who: Washburn Staff and Students, ages 16+. We may open appointments to families if spots are still available. Check back here for details later in the week.
How to Register

Step #1: 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.

Step #2: Sign up for a vaccination time here.

Please know:

  • 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, you may send the student with the signed rand 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.
  • Spanish and Somali language interpreters will be available on-site.
On-site COVID-19 saliva testing

The Washburn School Based Clinic (Room 002) is now providing on-site COVID-19 saliva testing for all Washburn students. Students must be symptom-free with no family contacts who are positive for COVID-19. Testing is by appointment only. To make an appointment please call or text 612-599-1714. Parent consent form is required for testing for students under 18. Vaccine consent forms can be found on the SBC website and in the main office and Room 002. Testing is recommended every 2 weeks for all in-person learners. Tests will be collected and sent by clinic staff, and results will arrive via email within 24-48 hours. 

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Senior Exit Interviews -- Required!

Attention Seniors! The counselors and CCC staff look forward to seeing you in person for your exit interview. You will complete your final Senior Survey which will include where you want us to send your final transcript among other important and required tasks. Please come during your scheduled time. Seniors should enter door #10 on their assigned day and go to the small gym #103.

*We have a strong preference for in-person, socially distanced interviews (exit interviews are required before Cap & Gown distribution). 

Wednesday, May 12th

  • 1:00-2:00  Last Names H-J
  • 2:00-3:00  Last Names K-Ma
  • 3:00- 4:00 Last Names Mc-O

Wednesday, May 19th

  • 1:00-2:00 Last Names P-R
  • 2:00-3:00 Last Names S-T
  • 3:00-4:00 Last Names U-Z      

Wednesday, June 2nd

  • 1:00-3:00   (Make-up day if you missed or couldn’t make your schedule time)
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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Incoming 9th Grade Registration by 4/30

We’re looking forward to welcoming incoming 9th graders to Washburn! We are excited to offer an online course registration process for families. This is a nice way to walk your student through the process of selecting courses at home. All the information you need to register your student for classes is below. Please complete your choices by April 30th.

Plant Pot
Spring Plant Sale 2021 -- Benefitting Senior Class

Plants will be delivered (within 5 miles) on Wednesday, May 5. We also need volunteer drivers that day. If you can help, please email Thank you!

MCA Testing Information

The district and state of MN has released some information regarding MCA testing. Find out more information.

MCA testing during the week of April 19...
• Monday, April 19 and Tuesday, April 20: Orange group students  (A-L) will test as scheduled in their Biology, World Studies/IB History Yr 1, or English 10/AP English classes.
• Due to the change to distance learning on Wednesday-Thursday, we are adjusting our schedule for Blue group students. A new schedule will be posted by Wednesday (4/21) afternoon.

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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
PPT from Q&A session
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.

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Choir Videos

WHS Choir Director Tim Buzza and his choir students produced this amazing choir concert video. Also, here is their latest COVID hit single Don't Stand So Close to Me. Check out these amazing recordings! #MillerPride

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Junior Helen Hedge Appointed to Governor's Young Women Initiative Cabinet

Washburn 11th grader, Helen Hedge, has been appointed to the Governor's Young Women Initiative Cabinet working to achieve equity in opportunities and improve the lives of young Black, Indigenous, and women of color. The Executive Council includes leaders from business, academic, non-profit, and government sectors. The Cabinet is composed of young leaders from communities across the state that experience some of the greatest disparities in opportunities and outcomes. Thank you for your leadership, Helen!

Poetry Out Loud
Ebba Nordstrom Takes 2nd Place in State Poetry Out Loud

Congratulations to Ebba Nordstrom who took 2nd place in the state Poetry Out Loud competition on March 11, 2021! Her performance was terrific and showed months of hard work.  She will receive a cash prize and a trophy.  The school will also receive a check for $200 to spend on enhancing poetry and Poetry Out Loud in our school. State champs two years in a row for Washburn. Whoo-hoo!!!!! Facebook - Google Photos Album

Megan Twomey is 2021 Athena Award Winner
Megan Twomey has been named the 2021 Athena Award Winner for Washburn High School. The Athena Award honors one outstanding senior female student-athlete at every high school in Minnesota.  Over the past four years Megan has excelled in four sports: tennis, basketball, softball and track & field. She has earned nine varsity letters, and she was captain of the tennis team. With her contagious positive attitude and her great work ethic Megan shows her leadership on and off the court as she is a member of the National Honor Society and she is on the yearbook leadership team. Congratulations Megan! Facebook Photos • Google Photos
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New Food Cards Available to Families
P-EBT reminder from the Minnesota Department of Human Services...Hundreds of thousands of Minnesota children may be eligible for additional food benefits through P-EBT, short for Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer. If you haven't submitted an application for educational benefits yet this year, submit an Application for Educational Benefits as soon as possible. Eligible families will begin to be issued new P-EBT cards starting in late March. Check your email to learn more about your eligibility and how benefits will be distributed from the State of Minnesota. To be eligible, K-12 students must qualify for free or reduced-price meals and their school must also meet certain requirements. Read more here


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Youth Soccer Camp 2021

Youth entering grades Kindergarten-5th grade are invited to attend Washburn's Youth Soccer Camp! Register here 
When: Monday, June 21 – Thursday, June 24, 2021
Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: Washburn High School Stadium
Cost: $80.00 (Price includes camp registration, camp T-shirt and soccer ball)
Deadline: Friday, May 28, 2021 *Early Registration Recommended  as camp limited to 130 participants

Quarantine Canyon
Mid-Year IB Art Show

Would you like to get a peek into the IB Visual Art Classroom?  Although the physical classroom is empty (except for Ms. Cassidy and class mascot Crunch, the dino-dragon) our virtual classroom is full of art and ideas! In place of our usual Winter Art Show, IB Visual Art students have opted to share their artwork in a web-based Mid-Year IB Art Show. • More information

Washburn Demands Justice
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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