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Summer Reading Program

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. As an added bonus, each student who reads at least one of the summer reading texts from their course's list will be entered into a weekly drawing to win prizes.

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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Junior and Seniors Awards Ceremonies - May 23

View Photos from Junior Awards Ceremony on Facebook or Google Photos from May 23, 2019.
View Photos from Senior Awards Ceremony on Facebook or Google Photos from May 23, 2019.

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Yearbook Distribution Begins May 24

Friday, May 24 from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm - Seniors
Tuesday, May 28 from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm - Juniors and Sophomores
Wednesday, May 29 from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm - Freshman
Yearbooks still available for $65 - cash only

Washburn Blackbox Theatre at Rarig Center May 29 and 30
The Blackbox Theatre 2 & 3 will perform @ 7:00pm at Rarig Center at the U of M on May 29 and 30, 2019. Suggested donation $5-$10.
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Battle of the Bands - May 19

View Google photos or Facebook photos from the 5th Annual Page-Washburn Battle of the Bands took place on Sunday, May 19 from 3 to 6 PM at the Uptown VFW at 2916 Lyndale Ave S.

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Senior Party 2019

Parent Council is proud to provide an all-night senior party as a fun, safe way for seniors to celebrate this exciting time in their life. The party is immediately after graduation on June 8th. Students load the buses from the convention center at 10:00pm and return to Washburn by 4:00am on Sunday, June 9th. The party gives them one last chance to see many of their friends before starting summer jobs, travel, and transitioning to post-secondary plans. They will not want to miss out on this night of fun! Activities Include: Ice Skating, Basketball, Soccer, Football, Swimming, Snacks, Hypnotist, Massages Prizes, and more! Students must be pre-registered to attend the Senior Party by May 20th!  Tickets cost $25 before May 10th (deadline extended!) and are $40 from 5/10-5/20. Students will go through security before being admitted on the buses. Please note: This event is run by Parent Council, not the school. Direct questions to Tina Ham-Peterson.
Senior Party Form 2019   --  PDF form

This event depends on dedicated parents who care about sending our Seniors off in style! PLEASE sign up to volunteer or donate. Parents always report that it's really fun!  

Fall Cheerleading Tryouts
Fall Cheerleading Tryouts May 28 & 30

Tryouts for fall cheerleading will take place on May 28 and 30 from 4:00-6:00 pm. You must attend both days. Contact cheerleading coach with questions.

Summer School
Sign up for Summer School by May 31

Summer School sign up has begun. If you need to make up credit in a core class please see your counselor to get signed up for summer school. Summer School will be at Washburn or Edison. Deadline to sign up is May 31. More Info
Session 1: June 17 - July 3             Session 2: July 8 - July 25
Monday - Thursday                         8:30am - 1:35pm

Below is information regarding Online Learning’s summer school for health and fitness classes only.  Please reach out to Katy Hemmah (MPS On-line Counselor) with any questions.     
Her e-mail is:

Online registration will be open on the MPS Online website from May 13th – June 5:

The courses run from June 12th-June 28th. Students will be required to fill out an on-line form and then print off a separate registration sheet that they will need to sign and have their parent sign before bringing it to their current school counselor to sign and submit. All procedural information will be posted on the website once the window opens.
Late registrations will NOT be accepted!
Students are limited to 1 quarter (.25 credits) of 1 course. Students need 2 quarters of both Health and Fitness to graduate. The following classes will be offered:
Health (Quarter 1)
Health  (Quarter 2)
Fitness (Quarter 1)
Fitness (Quarter 2)
These classes are taken for a grade (not just "credit" and not for "pass/fail) and must be completed by June 28th. MPS Online courses cannot be used for credit-make-up. 

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