Woodside High School

Wildcat Notes: April 24 - April 28, 2023

April 24 - 28 is a "B - Minimum A - B - A - B" Week

Juniors Inspired by Southern California College Tour

Nearly 50 juniors chaperoned by SDSU alumni staff members Mr. Negri, Ms. Perdikomatis and Mr. Gonzalez along with counselor Ms. Grimaldi visited six college campuses to provide students with a taste of what life at a CSU, UC and private university is like. To personalize the experiences, several WHS alumni met with the students to offer their perspectives about their majors, campuses and life beyond WHS. They toured UC San Diego, San Diego State University, CSU San Marcos, CSU Long Beach, Chapman University and Loyola Marymount University. A couple student voices: "My favorite part was experiencing the difference between all these colleges and being able to experience the diversity and culture and life that we don't see at home." "Thank you [donors] for paying for this trip. I had no idea what college I wanted to go to and now I have a top contender and I intend on applying and hopefully going to this college." This overnight trip along with one-day local college community and four year college bus trips, college essay workshops, SAT/ACT Test Prep workshops and Developing a Balanced College List workshops are all part of the Foundation's Fund-a Need on the College & Career Access Program (CAP), providing all students access to these programs for free.
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Prom @ SF Design Galleria - Photo Gallery

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Team 100 Wildhats Inspired at World Championships

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Tune In to KQED April 24 - 28

It’s KQED Youth Takeover week, when local teens take over KQED’s airwaves and digital channels! Several Woodside High School students in Ms. Sidley's Digital Journalism courses have worked all year to write and produce their own stories for you. You’ll hear them on your favorite shows, like Perspectives, Forum, Above the Noise, KQED Live, and Bay Curious. See them all on the KQED Youth Takeover showcase. The following students' stories will air during KQED’s Youth Takeover week, be featured on our Youth Takeover page, and host our Youth Takeover celebration at KQED Fest!

Abigail Edwards: Roe v Wade

Maya Wik: Pets in Kill Shelters

Kate O’Toole: CA Wildfires

Nora Stevenson: Mass Shootings

Jessie Lin: Youth Advisory Board, 4/29 @ 4:00PM

Clara Chu: Youth Advisory Board, 4/29 @ 4:00PM

Green Academy Plant Sale - April 27th

Green Academy sophomores have been working hard growing all sorts of plants for their annual fundraiser sale. Please come support them by buying some plants on Thursday, April 27th in front of the school from about 3:15 - 4:15, cash or Zelle. Plants include a variety of tomato plants, a variety of herbs and flowering plants, and possibly squashes and cucumbers.

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Class of 2023 Grad Night--Sail into the future, Senior Wildcats!

Join us on the Fume Blanc Yacht and sail around the San Francisco Bay

Friday, June 9 2023 from 10pm-2am

Ticket Price: $150*

*After May 1 ticket prices increase to $160.

Your trip will feature taco and pasta stations, DJ/dancing, casino tables, a photo booth, henna and caricature artists. Bus transportation from WHS is included in the price of the ticket.

Deadline: May 8th, 2023 for all ticket sales.

Click Here for Tickets and Information

Scholarships are available; contact your counselor for more information.

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Message from the Principal

Dear Woodside HS Community:

Our Spring Sports teams and student-athletes are marching into the final matches and games of the season and we are optimistic that we will see some move into post-season action and CCS eligibility. Stay tuned and come out to cheer them on! Both students AND parents are experiencing the phenomenon I call "the Lasts" -- the last home game on Bradley Field, the last high school dance...the last few weeks of the school year, especially for our seniors and their parents is both something we look forward to and now that it's upon us, we experience a bit of an emotional nostalgia. Savor these moments. Take those last photos. And try not to let the ailment called senioritis negatively affect you. Maintain your focus and finish strong.

Seniors: We will begin our tradition of inviting seniors to paint the admin office windows with their school/college logo. Check with Ms. With or for the official paint markers. On May 4th, we will hold "Woodside Senior Day & Next Steps Signing Day" -- a celebration from 10AM - 11:15AM where all seniors can share their "Next Steps." We encourage seniors to wear their new 2 or 4 year college gear.

The final SUHSD Minimum Day of the Year is

  • Tuesday, April 25: "Minimum A Day"

SUHSD Student Trustee Position

The application period for the 2023-2024 student trustee representative is from April 21 to May 12. Applications with an accompanying letter of recommendation from the Principal, Activities Director, or Teacher are due in the Superintendent's Office by May 12, 2023, at 4:30 p.m.

Here is the link to the application:

Click here for Student Trustee Description

Click here for Student Trustee Timeline


Here are a couple of opportunities from the community:

Woodside Area Equestrian Merit Scholarship (High School Seniors)

Applications due April 30, 3:00 p.m.

The Woodside-Area Horse Owners Association and the Mounted Patrol Foundation are offering a $10,000 scholarship to a highly qualified high school senior who is active in the horse community, plans to pursue additional education, and has financial need. Learn more.

NPR Podcast Challenge (Students in Grades 5-8 and Grades 9-12)

Submit entries by April 28

Students can create a podcast about any topic they wish to explore. Their podcast can be in many different formats: an interview, narrative story, or even investigative reporting. Students can create their podcast by themselves or with their entire class. Maximum podcast length is eight minutes; longer entries will be disqualified. Entries must be submitted by an educator or a student leader who is 18 years old or older. Learn more.

For daily photos and updates, follow Woodside HS on Facebook and Woodside Spirit on Instagram

Instagram @woodsideathleticboosters

Facebook @woodsideABO

With Gratitude,

Karen van Putten, Principal

Important Dates & Schedules

April 24 - 28 is a "B - Minimum A - B - A - B" Week Schedule

  • All Athletic Events / Meetings are listed on the Website Calendar Click Here for the Weekly Calendar of Events -
  • The DEN and Quiet Study ARE OPEN! See flyers below - Get free tutoring from teachers
  • 4/25: SUHSD Minimum A Day Schedule
  • 4/25: Juniors Registered for College List or SAT Workshops: Report to MUR 12:30PM as soon as class ends
  • 4/27: Green Academy Plant Sale 3:15 - 4:15 in front of school
  • 4/28: Campus-wide School Fundraising Day on the Quad
  • 5/1 -- 5/12: College Board AP Testing
  • 5/4: SENIORS: Woodside Senior Day: Next Steps Signing Day Celebration! 10 - 11:15AM
  • 5/5: Drama Booster Scholarships Due - see details below
  • 5/7: PTSA Scholarships Due - see details below
  • 5/11: Stanford Teen Health Van - Click here for Info
  • 6/9: Class of 2023 Commencement 10:00AM at Bradley Field

Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month and presents us with an opportunity to promote acceptance and celebrate differences. Autism is a complex, life-long developmental disability that can impact a person’s social skills, communication, relationships, and self-regulation. Autism is a spectrum condition that affects people differently and to varying degrees. Our Special Education teachers and aides provide support systems for our students with autism. This month and throughout the year, we encourage everyone to elevate autism awareness, and celebrate inclusiveness and kindness by appreciating our differences.

CTE - Career Technical Education Seeks Volunteers!

The Career Fair is the culminating event for students enrolled in Career Technical Education (CTE) programs. Students have created resumes and are looking to hone their interviewing skills as well. Please join us for 1 or 2 hours of the event. Students will be rotating through 3 sessions:

  • Student Panel
  • Pathway Experiences
  • Mock Interviews--This is where we need your help!
Students will have the opportunity to meet with 2 professionals, ~20 minutes each, to go through mock interview questions and a review of their resumes. Watch students visibly improve and sit up with confidence as they proceed through these 2 interviews! In addition, we'd love for you to bring a spouse, colleague, or friend if they'd like to volunteer. It's an easy and fun volunteer opportunity for anyone that has interviewed for a job before!

When: May 10, 2023, 10:15-12:15

Where: Skyline College, 3300 College Dr, San Bruno, CA 94066

How: Sign Up Here

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2023 PTSA Scholarship & Commemorative Bricks / Staff Appreciation Week

Sign up to Help with Staff Appreciation Week (May 8-12)

Staff Appreciation Week is coming up, and we could use your help honoring our amazing WHS Teachers & Staff!

Sign up here -

Questions? Please contact Lisa ( or Saya (

Thank you!

2023 PTSA Scholarship Application is now open!

Each year the Woodside High School PTSA awards scholarships to graduating seniors.

This year we will be awarding several $500 and $1,000 scholarships. The awards align with Woodside High School’s 8 Conditions of Student Success. The Scholarship Award may be used for any higher education expense following Woodside High School and is open to any graduating 2023 senior from WHS.

Follow these steps to apply:
1) Complete at least two of the four sections related to the 8 Conditions of Student Success

- Please use this link for the google form application -

2) Complete the 500 word essay explaining what you will do with the award

3) Plan ahead so you complete the two required references before the deadline

4) Make sure you are a PTSA Member (student $5) use this link -

5) Submit application by Sunday, May 7, 2023 11:59pm

Sections based on the 8 Conditions of Student Success:
- Belonging / Sense of Accomplishment
- Fun & Excitement / Curiosity & Creativity
- Spirit of Adventure / Leadership & Responsibility

- Confidence to Take Action / Heroes

Awards will be announced at Senior Awards Night on Wednesday, June 7, 2023.

Please contact Naomi Reynolds at with any questions about the application process.

Commemorative Bricks

Want to Congratulate your graduate? Remember an alumnus? Honor a teacher or coach?

Leave a legacy with this great gift. For $150, your personalized brick will be placed on the entrance walkway in front of the administration building, a permanent part of the landscape at Woodside High School.

Click link to purchase a commemorative bring -

Questions, please contact Naomi at

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News from the Drama Boosters

We are now accepting applications for two scholarships for Seniors. Both applications are due by Friday, May 5, 2023. More details can be found on the application. Bring completed applications to Zorina Matavulj in D7. Applications can be downloaded and printed from our website at Click on "Parent/Cast Resources."

#1 - WHS Drama Boosters Senior Scholarship The Woodside High School Drama Boosters awards scholarships to graduating seniors to recognize their participation in WHS Theatre productions.

Applicants are evaluated on their commitment to excellence and sense of ensemble, maintaining a strong GPA, writing a thoughtful essay, and the teacher's recommendation. All students who have participated in a drama production either on stage, behind the scenes, or in the pit are encouraged to apply! Multiple scholarships are available with up to $2,000 per student. Don't miss out on this great opportunity.

#2 - George Ward Drama Scholarship Established in 2019, this $2000 scholarship honors 31-year Drama and Senior English IV teacher George Ward. Mr. Ward has been an actor/director since he was 17 years old. He became a member of the Actors' Equity Association in 1995. Many of his former students have had careers in theatre, film, television, writing, and theatre education. Applicants are evaluated on maintaining a strong GPA, essay answers, their plans to continue training in the dramatic arts, and two letters of recommendation. We look forward to your submissions!

Questions? Contact

April Drama Boosters Meeting Next and last in-person meeting for the year: Wednesday, 4/26/23 at 7 PM at the MUR Conference Room. Join us!

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The ABO Needs Parent Leadership

Attention All Parents of Athletes!

The ABO appreciates all of your monetary donations, your time spent driving your student to and from sporting events, and your energy in cheering on the teams. Thank you for supporting our Wildcats!

It's time to get more involved with Woodside athletics! We are fortunate to have a dedicated group of parent volunteers who help with the ABO, but we are in need of a new volunteer to take on the leadership of the ABO for 2023/2024. Our current president, Meredith McLean, is willing to help advise our new leader. This job can be shared so find a friend and volunteer together!

Follow Us!

Instagram @woodsideathleticboosters

Facebook @woodsideABO

Go Wildcats!

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Follow us on social media:

Facebook at Woodside Music Boosters

Instagram at whs_musicdept

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Mark Your Calendars- May 12

Mark your calendar! The Foundation's annual Auction and Party is May 12th at Domenico Winery in San Carlos.

We're still accepting Auction item donations! Visit the Foundation website,, for more information.

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Tutorial + PAPER + the DEN + Quiet Study = Academic Success

Second semester is the ideal time for our students to make a new year's resolution and take advantage of the many ways to stay on top of their academics and their learning. Are you:

  • Using Tutorials fully and effectively?
  • Using the DEN after school to receive tutoring from teachers (MUR with snacks!)
  • Using Quiet Study in the Library to get work finished?
  • Using the on-line FREE Paper tutoring service?
  • Using CANVAS effectively, planning and managing your time?
  • Using the College and Career Counseling Center for questions about college applications, scholarships and all things college-related?
  • Using the Mental Health resources available for all students in F14?
  • Using the bilingual resources available to you from Mr. Stewart or Mrs. Lopez?

If you answered NO to any of the above, it's time for you to take some proactive actions to make positive changes to help yourself. If you don't know where to start, stop by your school counselor or administrator or ask any one of your teachers to get help.

Tutorial During the School Day

  • Students have a chance to start homework and ask for help within the school day

  • Students can make up work from absences without using brunch/lunch

  • Access to all of a student’s teachers in one given time period-- all teachers are in their rooms.

  • Do the things that might normally interrupt class time like surveys, counselor meetings, school-wide activities, etc.

  • Click Here for the Overview-Slide Deck

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OnSite COVID-19 PCR Testing at Woodside Thursdays ONLY

Please make an appointment with Worksite Labs keeping in mind that although you must input your health insurance information, we are committed to offering our staff and students no-cost COVID-19 PCR Tests. You may receive an Explanation of Benefits (EOB) with the detailed coverage from your health plan. Insurance plans may cover the entire cost, a percentage, or not cover any amount of the testing. The EOB may show a remaining balance or cost due by the insured. Worksite Labs will NOT bill or pursue additional payments to be made by the insured for the remaining amount due.

In 2015, California passed a law that allows all low-income undocumented children and youth under 19 years old to enroll in full-scope Medi-Cal. As of May 16, 2016, all low-income children, regardless of immigration status, are able to enroll in health coverage and get care. Please visit Medi-Cal for Children.

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