Wednesday, March 21, 2012
The boy's varsity team beat Rocori High School in a close-fought game.
It was a close-fought game, but Washburn High School managed to rally and keep Rocori at bay long enough to beat them in the first round of the Class AAA state championships. The game was Rocori coach Bob Brink's last before retiring. Washburn was the top seed, and Rocroi the bottom seed going into this week's tournament. Tomorrow at noon, Washburn will face off against the winner of this afternoon's game between St Paul's Johnson High School (20-8) and fourth seed Austin High School (23-5) in the Target Center. Were you there? Share your photos by uploading them to this article! Click here to get Southwest Minneapolis Patch in your inbox every morning.
Select students worked with Broadway professionals.
Washburn High School rang with joyful noise as the school's several choirs, directed by teacher Nancy Lee, celebrated their classmates' return from New York City. A select group of students gave concerts in and near the city, and were given the chance to work with professional Broadway singers on their musicianship. "It was amazing," exclaimed Dominica Asberry-Lindquist. "You have a lot of people critiquing you, but (criticisms from professional singers) were the most meaningful critiques." The experience also opened some students eyes. "It was good seeing what (professional singers') window on the profession looks like," especially for students who want to explore a career in music, said Coltrane Johnson.
Monday, March 19, 2012
Washburn Takes Top Seed In State Basketball Championship.
Southwest Minneapolis just might get a state title this year. This weekend, the Minnesota State High School League announced the Washburn High School boys' varsity basketball team (27-2) scored the top spot in its division of the state boy's basketball tournament. They face off against bottom seed Rocroi High School (18-11) Wednesday night at Williams Arena at the University of Minnesota. The full bracket for the Class AAA tournament is available on the MSHSL website. Washburn's girls' basketball team was knocked out in the final round of a tournament that would have qualified it for state earlier this month. Southwest High School girls' team lost its first game in its sectional tournament, and the school's boys' team also lost its first …
Friday, March 16, 2012
The long-time teacher has been contemplating a run since 2009.
Among her four fellow school board candidates, Tracine Asberry sees herself as the "triple threat" candidate—former Minneapolis Public Schools Teacher, Ed.D focused on helping parents advocate for their children, and a policy specialist who's been gunning for a school board seat since 2009. "Teaching at MPS, I went into it thinking that every student had the same supportive background that I had, that they had that same love for learning I had as a kid," she said. Teaching for ten years at the former W. Harry Davis Academy in North Minneapolis dispelled that notion, she said, but left her hungering for a way to offer that kind of support for students, propelling her into her masters and a subsequent doctoral program. "I wanted to make a …
Friday, March 2, 2012
District leaders say changes have been in the works since the start of this school year.
Amid a firestorm of passionate criticism—and defense—of her leadership, Washburn High School Principal Carol Markham-Cousins is echoing district leaders’ promises for changes for next school year. Two weeks ago, Washburn parent Kip Wennerlund sent a long, strongly-worded letter to the Minneapolis school board, criticizing Markham-Cousin’s leadership and the school’s current ninth and tenth grade setup, saying the school wasn’t offering challenging enough programming for his daughter and many others. District leaders responded, saying they had been working on the issue since the start of this school year and were planning to roll out changes this fall. In a letter sent to parents and posted on the online Minneapolis Parents' Forum on …
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
District officials say they have plans to lift up lower-performing students.
Kip Wennerlund is not a happy man. When he looks at his ninth-grade daughter’s classes at Washburn High School, he sees a school that’s not challenging her or her classmates, threatening to push away the very parents that are just starting to return to the district from private schools or open enrollment programs at suburban public schools. Frustrated with pushback from the principal and district officials, Wennerlund sent an open letter to Minneapolis school board members, and the letter was quickly forwarded among high school and middle school parents. The problem, in Wennerlund’s eyes, revolves around Washburn’s classroom structure, called Honors for All. In ninth and 10th grade, most students are grouped by academic subject, without …
Monday, February 27, 2012
Washburn boys also beat Southwest.
It was a night of crosstown rivalry, with the Washburn High School and Southwest High School boys' and girls' basketball teams facing off Friday night. Southwest turned in a dissapointing performance, though, falling 88-62 against the Miller girls and 84-63 against the Miller boys.
Friday, February 24, 2012
Southwest Minneapolis Patch is on the court. Come and say hey.
UPDATED 10:00 p.m. 2/24/12: Washburn wins the night, 88-62. Southwest Minneapolis Patch reporting live from Washburn High School for the Washburn-Southwest High Girls Varsity game. Presently, the home team is ahead of Southwest — 35 to 29.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
The Washburn student is a singer and has a role in the school's musical.
Name: Marcus Lee School: Washburn High School Main Activities: Singing and acting How'd you start: Well, my mom is Ms. Lee (The choral director at Washburn)! It runs in the family: My parents met in a choir, and my brothers are both musicians. I just love it. It's an open-minded community, and a great community to be around. What else do you do: I lettered in baseball last year, and I also play football.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
This Washburn sophomore has her own band, and writes her own songs.
Name: Maddy Kersten School: Washburn High School Main Activity: Performing her original songs with her band. How did you start: In sixth grade, I had a guitar class at Field (Community School). Oh, I should tell you that I play trumpet as well. I didn't bring that to this performance, though, because it's hard to sing while you play that. I keep at it because it's really, really nerve wracking. At the same time, it's a lot more fun to have an audience than to play by myself in front of the bathroom mirror. What else do you do: I'm on the FIRST Robotics team, I play softball, and math is my favorite subject! Ed. Note: Updated 1/27/12 at 1:57 p.m. to correct the spelling of the subject's name. The original article identified her as Maddy …