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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

Summer Reading Lists

Battle of the Bands
Battle of the Bands - May 19

The 5th Annual Page-Washburn Battle of the Bands will take place on Sunday, May 19 from 3 to 6 PM at the Uptown VFW at 2916 Lyndale Ave S. It is a fun event and we hope to see everyone there!

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Art Show

Washburn hosted a art show on May 9, 2019. Some of the art is displayed at the Washburn branch of the Hennepin County Library and other art was displayed in the gym at Washburn. View photos

Kids jumping in the air
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. 

Upcoming Events

5/14 Latino Opportunity Fair @ 6:00pm
5/14 Spring Orchestra Concert @ 7:00pm
5/16 Choir Pop Concert @ 7:30pm
5/17 Spring Band Concert @ 7:00pm
5/19 Battle of the Bands @ 3:00pm (Uptown VFW)
5/21 Somali Parent Meeting @ 6:00pm (room 106A) [rescheduled from 4/16]
5/21 Spring Guitar Concert @ 7:30pm
5/24 Yearbook Distributuion for 12th graders
5/27 NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
5/28 Yearbook Distributuion for 10th & 11th graders
5/29 Seniors Finals hours 1, 3 and 5
5/29 Black Box Theater 2 & 3 Performances @ 7:00pm (Rarig Center)
5/29 Yearbook Distributuion for 9th graders
5/30 Seniors Finals hours 2, 4 and 6 and Last Day for Seniors
5/30 Black Box Theater 2 & 3 Performances @ 7:00pm (Rarig Center)
5/31 Spring Jazz Concert @ 7:00pm
6/7 Last Day for 9th-11th Grades
6/8 Graduation @ 8:00pm (Convention Center) 

Wind ensemble
Wind Ensemble Receives Superior Rating

The Wind Ensemble received a superior rating at the MSHSL Region 6AA Large Group Festival on Monday April 29th At Edina High School.  

Judas poster
Spring Play - Last Days of Judas Iscariot - May 8-11

The spring play, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, runs May 8-11, 2019 at 7 pm in the Washburn auditorium. Tickets are $5 for students and $15 for adults. This play is rated PG-13 due to strong language. View photos

Prom King and Queen
Prom 2019

View photos from Prom which was held at the Machine Shop in Minneapolis on May 3, 2019. We will be adding additional photos in the next couple of days.

Somali Flag
Somali Culture Night

View photos from Somali Culture Night that was held on May 1, 2019.

bubble sheet
AP and IB Test Volunteers Needed
THANKS TO ALL THOSE THAT HAVE VOLUNTEERED SO FAR! We do have a few spots still open that need volunteers. We have had an amazing turnout for volunteers so far with just a few days where the need is high.  5/8 AM, 5/14 PM and 5/23 AM are larger AP exams that require more proctors.  If you have time those days, please consider signing up.  If these days don't work for you, take a look, there are still some scattered other signups available
Advanced Academic testing season is approaching quickly with 719 students testing for 1,132 exams during the month of May. We need YOU to help make this happen. There are multiple days and times available to fit most any schedule- and it’s easy! Sign up to voluteer here
Two important reminders: 
1. Testing will happen at multiple locations so pay close attention to where the test you are available for is being held. 2. Parents of students taking an AP exam may not proctor their child’s test.  All other AP and IB exams are open to sign up to volunteer for.  
Thanks for considering helping out with this important component of the Advanced Academic program Questions? Email Deb Keefe at               PDF AB & IB Exam Schedule
Miller Mart Items
Miller Mart Flash Sale (Spring 2019)
MILLER MART FLASH SALE -- Shirts, Sweatshirts, and Hats on sale! The Miller Mart has opened a spring online sales option for the next week. Orders must be submitted by 5/5. This is a great chance to buy a couple things for your family. The multi-colored shirts are very popular and only available through the online sales. Order here! 


Washburn Chamber Orchestra Receives Superior Rating

Our Washburn Chamber Orchestra received a Superior rating at the MSHSL Ensemble contest Wednesday April 18, 2019 at Wayzata High School. They received 39 points out of 40, on the pieces the performed. The judge commented to the group "....You are the first group today to play correctly in the Baroque Style" ( In the Chamber Orchestra division, you must perform 2 contrasting pieces, one must be from the Baroque era.) These students have worked very hard this year and it is a well deserved honor. Congratulations Chamber Orchestra Millers!

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