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Washburn High School
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Friday, May 17, 2013
You don't have to wait until prom night to post photos on Patch!
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Carol Markham-Cousins was removed from the position in April.
While the dust still settles from the events surrounding the reassignment of Carol Markham-Cousins, the Minneapolis Public Schools district is in the process of finding her replacement. Markham-Cousins was removed from her position as Washburn High School principal April 11 after district officials said a change in leadership was necessary to restore the school’s learning enviornment. Of course, many attribute her dismissal to the investigation surrounding Washburn Athletic Director Dan Pratt, which led to demonstrations by students and community members. Craig Vana, a veteran administrator in the district, is serving as interim prinicipal. According to a letter from Associate Superintendent Theresa Battle, the district hopes to have a new…
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Annual three-way tournament includes the Lakers, Millers and Tigers.
After umpteen snow-outs this spring, the boys varsity tennis teams from three Minneapolis high schools—Southwest High School, Washburn High School and South High School—met at Powderhorn Park Tuesday for an annual doubles tournament.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Minneapolis Public Schools puts together an FAQ on the recent Washburn HIgh School events.
Editor's Note: The following was recently published on Washburn High School's website regarding the reassignment of former principal Carol Markham-Cousins and the search for her replacement. *** We understand that this situation is challenging for both the Washburn community and the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) community as a whole. We hope the community understands that MPS is limited by law in what we can say about this matter. Even if the subjects of the information speak out, MPS cannot comment unless the individuals give us permission to make the information public. Private personnel and student matters have been the subject of social media and mass media coverage. Although these reports are often filled with inaccuracies or half-…
Friday, May 3, 2013
You don't have to wait until prom night to post photos on Patch!
Prom, the glamour event of the year for Washburn High School students and their families, is May 17. It's one long photo op, and Southwest Minneapolis Patch is the perfect place to share your memories with the community. From dresses and hair-dos to limos and group photos, we want the whole process on Patch. There's no limit on the number of photos you can add. Share your shots from: And this isn't just for kids! Parents, you can upload your "classic" prom pictures. Just click the "Upload Photos and Videos" button to the left and show off those awesome pics! Follow Southwest Minneapolis Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our free daily email newsletter
The district is in the process of finding Carol Markham-Cousins replacement.
Editor's Note: The following is a letter from Associate Superintendent Theresa Battle. Dear Washburn High School Community, We are preparing to begin the process of selecting the next principal for Washburn. An important part of this process involves acquiring your feedback on the characteristics that will make a successful principal for the school. Your feedback will assist the selection team in choosing the best candidate to serve its students, staff, and community. Our goal is to have the position filled before the start of the 2013-2014 school year. We would like to invite you to attend a parent input session on May 7 from 5:oo-8:00 pm at Washburn. At this meeting I will further explain the hiring process and gather your input and …
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Student protesters, online and at Washburn High School, had a role in Principal Carol Markham-Cousins' departure, the newspaper reported.
In an article in Saturday's edition, the Star Tribune reviewed how Washburn High School students who organized on the Internet and on the ground to save Athletic Director Dan Pratt's job contributed to the reassignement of Principal Carol Markham-Cousins: Some are calling it the “Washburn Spring.” Dissident Minneapolis students using Facebook whipped up popular protests that led to a high school version of regime change, the ouster of Principal Carol Markham-Cousins. “Just like the Arab Spring, it was youth that started it all through social media,” said Jamison Whiting. Read the full article at startribune.com. Related at Southwest Minneapolis Patch: Follow Southwest Minneapolis Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our …
Monday, April 15, 2013
Washburn High School administrators didn’t excuse students who walked out in protest April 8. Was that the right decision?
Hundreds of Washburn High School students walked out of school April 8 to support the school’s athletic director, Dan Pratt. The district is investigating Pratt for a “private personnel matter”—thought to be related to the purchase of a scoreboard—and students worry that he’s on the verge of being fired. In the lead-up to the walkout, high school administrators warned that absences would not be excused. A statement on the school’s website said: While we respect students’ rights to demonstrate, if a student chooses to participate, the absence will not be excused. If the student chooses to leave school, he or she will not be allowed into school or after-school activities on that day. Students will be welcomed back the following day for a …
Sunday, April 14, 2013
This week's compilation includes the death of a grocery chain's namesake, Chelsea Clinton presents top prize to student and a manufactured home fire.
Editor’s Note: Every week we bring you a sampling of stories from Patch sites in the west metro: Eden Prairie, Edina, Fridley, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Lake Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Richfield, Shakopee, Southwest Minneapolis, St. Louis Park and St. Michael. (UPDATED) Washburn HS under Code Yellow as Students Protest AD Firing Students taking part will be suspended, school administration said. The Star Tribune reported that Athletic Director Dan Pratt was or will be fired in connection with the purchase of a new playing-field scoreboard. UPDATED: SW Journal Reports Principal Carol Markham-Cousins Out at Washburn HS Robert McCauley is now substitute principal at Washburn, a Minneapolis school district spokesman told the …