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Happy Homecoming Day! Washburn Rural High School has planned a variety of activities leading up to tonight's football game against Manhattan High. See below for details.

Join us at the Homecoming game tomorrow – Friday, September 22 – as our Jr. Blues take on Manhattan High School! Pre-game festivities begin at 2:15 pm.
–Parade at 2:15 pm
–Tailgate at 5:00 pm
–Pre-game at 6:45 pm
If you are unable to attend, game coverage will be livestreamed at

We are motivated to improve the connection we have between our district and the families we serve! To better cater to your needs, we kindly ask you to complete this online survey by Monday, October 2. The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete and will help us develop the most effective communication strategies. Your input is greatly appreciated!

Come support your Lady Blues and all the students participating at tonight's Volleyball Dual vs. Spring Hill! Games start at 5:00 PM in the WRHS Activity Center.

If you are unable to attend tonight's event, varsity coverage will be livestreamed at

This just in — Auburn-Washburn is one of 60 employers from around the world recognized for candidate experience excellence as winners of the 2023 Global Candidate Experience Awards! To be eligible for this award, employers must receive above average rankings and scores via candidate surveys. Not only does this award validate efforts to improve our overall candidate experience, it demonstrates accountability, fairness, and business impact in our hiring processes!
Announcing the 2023 Global Candidate Experience Award Winners - Talent Board
At one of our CandE workshops earlier this year, I explained to the room of recruiting professionals that the highest rated companies in our annual candidate experience benchmark research (CandE...

National Merit awards have been announced, and several high-achieving Washburn Rural High School students are among those recognized! Congratulations to these well-deserving students!

Washburn Rural High School

PLEASE JOIN US IN CONGRATULATING THIS OUTSTANDING GROUP OF NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARS! Six of them were named National Merit Semi-Finalists and are among the top 1% of all high school students in the United States. Three others were National Merit Commended Students ranking in the top 5% of all students nationally! Outside of Johnson County, no other high school in Kansas received more National Merit recognition this year!

Pictured are:

Front Row, left to right:
Samuel Byrne, National Merit Semi-Finalist
Lacy Allen, National Merit Commended Student
Caylen McCoy, National Merit Commended Student

Back Row, left to right:
Zach Billups, National Merit Commended Student
Blaine McVey National Merit Semi-Finalist
Pierce Romine, National Merit Semi-Finalist
Allison Reed, National Merit Semi-Finalist
Anshumann Zutshi, National Merit Semi-Finalist

Audrey Caleb, National Merit Semi-Finalist

Washburn Rural High School Homecoming is next week! Help us celebrate!

This week, it’s the third graders turn to explore the Outdoor Environmental Laboratory! All third-grade classes from across the district are participating in a “Squirmy Science” field trip and learning about:

🪱 earthworms acting as recyclers and enriching the soil.
♻️ reducing, reusing, and recycling and why it’s important to decrease the amount of waste sent to landfills.
🦟 the characteristics of invertebrates and the important role they play in the food chain.
🦗 how grasshoppers benefit the ecosystem.

Other highlights include a nature hike and worm races (accompanied by obvious squeals of delight)!

Indian Hills Elementary School student Houston Noller is this week’s WIBW “Good Kid.” Houston has a big heart for helping others as proven by the many activities and initiatives she has undertaken to support the Ronald McDonald House. Great job, Houston! You are so very deserving of this recognition!
Good Kids - Topeka fourth grader helps Ronald McDonald House
Topeka fourth grader Houston Noller is helping the Ronald McDonald House raise money to support its services