Open Enrollment for the 2022-23 school year 

5 months ago

Interested in attending the Washburn School District? Dates of open enrollment for the 2022-23 school year are from February 7, 2022 to 4:00 pm on April 29, 2022.

If your student currently attends the Washburn School District and you previously completed an open enrollment application or an alternative open enrollment application, you do not need to reapply for open enrollment. 

If your student moved to another district during the school year and is now attending Washburn under a Tuition Waiver for the remainder of the current school year, you need to apply for open enrollment for the 2022-23 school year.

Please contact Shellie Heglund at (715) 373-6188 x160 or by email at for any questions regarding the open enrollment process. 

If you would like to enroll your student for the remainder of the 2021-22 school year, please contact Shellie Heglund.

Work Permits

5 months ago

Work Permit Requirements for Employment of Minors

  • A work permit is required before anyone under the age of 16 is allowed to work in any job with the exception of agriculture or domestic service work.
  • Employers must have a work permit on file for the minor being employed before they may allow the minor to begin work.
  • 16- and 17-year-old minors do NOT need to obtain a work permit prior to beginning work. Work permits will not be issued for minors ages 16 or 17.
    • State law prohibits the use of minors to perform hazardous work. Prohibited employment provisions still apply to work that 16- and 17-year-old minors can be employed to perform.
  • This law makes no changes to the requirements for minors younger than 16. Minors younger than 16 must obtain a work permit prior to beginning work, unless an exception applies.
    • There are no changes to the maximum hours or times of days that minors younger than 16 may work, or the types of work that minors younger than 16 may perform.

How to Obtain a Work Permit

To obtain a work permit, either the minor alone or the minor and a parent must visit the permit officer, taking with them:

·         the minor's birth certificate or other proof of age,

·         the minor's social security card, letter from Social Security Administration showing proof a new card has been ordered or copy of minor's parent's tax records with the minor's social security number on it

·         letter from the employer expressing intent to hire, on employer's regular letterhead, describing:

o    job duties,

o    hours of work,

·         a written parent’s consent

·         a $10.00 permit fee, usually provided by the employer

Proof of Minor's Age: We may accept a valid operator's license or an identification card issued by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation as proof of a minor's age. This means that we may now accept either a duly attested birth certificate, a verified baptismal certificate, or a driver's license or photo ID card issued by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

For the Employer - Permit Fee Requirement: The employer must reimburse the $10.00 permit fee to the minor by no later than the date of the first paycheck. Copies of the permit go to the employer and the minor, in addition to the school district where the minor is enrolled.

Any questions about Work Permits, please contact the District Office at (715) 373-6188 x160 or x104

Information Updated 7/20/2021

Part-time Public School Open Enrollment

5 months ago

Beginning in the 2018-19 school year, a pupil enrolled in a public school in the high school grades may attend public school in a nonresident school district for the purpose of taking a course offered by the nonresident school district.  A pupil may attend no more than two courses at any time in nonresident school districts. Wis. Stat. 118.52

The application is to be completed by the parent, legal guardian or pupil (if age 18 or older) and submitted to the nonresident school district (Washburn). The application must be received in the nonresident school district office no later 4:00 p.m. on the date that is six weeks before the scheduled start of the course for which the pupil is applying. A postmark does not constitute timely submission.

Due date for classes beginning on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 is by 4pm on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 and by 4pm on Monday, December 13, 2021 for classes beginning on Monday, January 24, 2022.

This application process does not apply to homeschooled students. The part-time attendance law, Wis. Stat. sec.118.53, allows homeschooled students to attend a public school on a part-time basis. A school district is required, space permitting, to allow pupils who are enrolled in a homeschool program to take up to two courses per semester at any public school. Students must satisfy the minimum standards for admission to a course offered by the school district. Wis. Stat. sec. 118.53(4) limits a homeschool student to a maximum of two courses per semester but each course could be in a different public school.

For questions, please contact Shellie Heglund at (715) 373-6188 x160 or by email at


What's Growing in the School Garden?

5 months ago

By Hope McLeod


A week before school, Greta Kochevar and Lori Filbert met in the Washburn High School (WHS) cafeteria to talk about what’s growing in the Washburn School Garden and can be turned into school lunches – the primary function of this garden.

“Kale, green beans, basil, dill, tomatoes, cucumbers, and broccoli,” reported Kochevar, the district’s Green and Healthy School Coordinator and WHS Family/Consumer Science teacher.

Also, potatoes, beets and onions are not far behind. Kochevar oversees everything inside this 6400-square-foot elementary school teaching garden, also the WHS high tunnel, where students tend, study, harvest, and sell produce to the community – and occasionally donates to the kitchen, Filbert’s domain. Filbert is the WSD Food Service Director, who magically prepares and serves deliciously nutritious meals daily at the Elementary and MiddleSchool/High School cafeterias.

After hearing Kochevar’s veggie recital, Filbert checked off “salad bar ingredients” for her first-week-of-school menu plan.

“Kids love the salad bar. They seem to enjoy eating what they (or their friends) grow,” she said.

Since 2005 the Washburn School District (WSD) has been deeply committed to environmental responsibility, sustainability education, and health and wellness initiatives, involving every student from 4K-12. Washburn was the first school in the region to establish a Farm-to-School teaching garden with Americorps members as managers. (Kochivar was a manager from 2008-2011). Also, in 2009 the district was recognized as a Wisconsin Green & Healthy School, and in October 2017 received a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools District Sustainability award. On top of this layer-cake, five kids from the elementary school were invited to plant the Whitehouse garden in 2016 with former First Lady Michelle Obama.

“Next Friday we’re having roasted veggies,” Filbert informed Kochevar. “So whatever smaller amounts of veggies you have, I can mix into that” to which Kochivar suggested the few beets ready for harvest. “Excellent! I can make those into a chocolate cake too.”

This is how their conversations will ping and pong from now until Halloween when the kids put the school garden to bed. Meanwhile, Kochevar, and her students, will take weekly inventory; Filbert will menu-plans, and two (soon-to-be-hired) Americorps members will deliver the goods. Dishes like Greek cucumber salad with Tzatziki sauce will amazingly show up on the kids’ lunch trays.

Before launching into what else is growing, first a drone’s-eye view of campus: a teaching garden, high tunnel, apple orchard, aquaponics lab, and three pollinator gardens, providing healthy insects to make these gardens grow. Keeping this beehive buzzing requires careful orchestration between teachers, administration and students. Besides Kochevar and Filbert, other players include the summer crew.

This summer the school hired two garden caretakers: Washburn alumna Emily Wiatr and Northland College graduate Ryan Padrutt, who did everything from creating a new pumpkin patch in the elementary school Habitat Improvement area to installing a pollinator panel in the WHS Washburn Castle Garden. This educational panel displays examples of materials needed by pollinators for nesting and overwintering.  

Also, this summer 10th graders Caroline Ray, Lily Wheeler, and Seth Johnson worked as high tunnel agripreneurs. In its fourth year, this program gives students a stipend-paid opportunity to wear two hats: farmer and entrepreneur. This summer they grew over $1200 worth of basil, green beans, melon, peppers, cucumbers, and tomatoes, and sold to Dalou’s Bistro, Coco’s Café, Fat Radish, and Spirit Creek Farm.

William Schlager, the MS Science teacher who co-teaches high tunnel projects with Kochevar, estimated they harvested six pounds of basil weekly from late June until the end of August; 100 pounds of beans; over 300 pounds of tomatoes; and “more cucumbers than we know what to do with.”

One advantage to having a high tunnel is when produce gets scarce, or is recalled, like cucumbers were recently, the district has plenty. Last winter/spring the kitchen had more than enough spinach –50 pounds delivered biweekly. That’s because WHS students participated in a two-year UW-Extension Spinach Trial Project. This statewide information-gathering venture involved testing the effects of light and heat on growing winter spinach inside high tunnels. Trial over, students have resumed charge of their winter high tunnel. On September 15 they planted lettuce, spinach, kale, and an experimental carrot crop.

Stop by to see what’s growing. Better yet, have lunch in the cafeteria! 

Green Ribbon School

5 months ago

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that Washburn School District in Washburn, Wisconsin is among the 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools District Sustainability Awardees. The Washburn School District was nominated by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The district serves 587 students, 43% from economically disadvantaged households, in grades 4K-12, with 94 staff. In addition, we have an Early Learning Center in the elementary school for children 8 weeks old to school age which serves another 40 children with 8 staff.


" receive another National Award recognizing the efforts of our entire learning community is both humbling and inspiring. Our dedicated staff connect with children to provide them a welcoming, healthy, safe, and engaging learning environment that celebrates their individual abilities. Washburn is a special place," says Dr. Thomas Wiatr District Administrator 
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