Woodside High School

Weekly Wildcat Notes: January 30 - February 3, 2023

January 30 - February 3 is an "A - B - A - B - A" Week Schedule

Future Wildcats Take a Walk on the WILDSIDE

With the help of Student Leadership Tour Guides, Parent Volunteers from PTSA and Booster groups, Staff representing all departments, the Counseling and Admin Team ready to field all questions and the addition of our Culinary Arts students preparing fresh pastries and healthy wraps, we welcomed 200 future wildcats and their parents to Woodside for a personalized tour of our campus. We are so excited to welcome our Class of 2027 and offer a diverse offering of electives and opportunities featuring our four A's: excellent Academics, Activities, the Arts and Athletics!
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WHS Cheer and Dance Teams Lift Crowd Spirits

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The Wildside: Winter Sports Action & Senior Nights

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Emergency Preparation Involves Knowledge & Drills of the BIG 5

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Message from the Principal

Dear Woodside HS Community:

Please SAVE the DATES for two very fun and important school-wide fundraisers:

  • February 4th: The Athletic Boosters Organization's Annual Crab Feed - We will be honoring our 2022 Hall of Fame Honorees: Dick Camera and Tina Patrick.
  • May 12th: Woodside HS Foundation's Annual Auction & Party
  • Scroll down to see the flyers and information.

Three of our Woodside seniors were recognized in the Semi-finals round of the Boys and Girls Club "Youth of the Year" Awards:

  • Arnoldo "Arnold" Ayala
  • Lucas Gonzalez Luna
  • Yunnuen Lopez

Each student shared a personal and inspiring story of their life's journey and the positive impact that their schools, teachers, families and Boys and Girls Club staff / mentors have had on them to persevere and overcome individual adversity while inspiring their younger peers in the club or their siblings. The after school offerings provided by Boys and Girls Club truly does serve as a second home for many of our students and the Future Grads program is another support system our students benefit from.

Arnold, Lucas and Yunnuen each represented Woodside HS with their experiences, powerful voices and their dreams before a crowd of peers, family and community leaders. Their parents were present and collectively, our hearts were full of joy and gratitude. And many tears of joy and pride were shed. SUHSD Trustee Carrie Dubois served as a mentor to one of our wildcats and she was in the audience along with several of our students and the BGCP staff to cheer on all six of the inspiring future leaders.

After a panel of judges reviewed several components of the selection process, Woodside's own Yunnuen Genesis Lopez was selected as the 2022-23 Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula's finalist who will move forward in the next round of Youth of the Year selection.

Congratulations to our three Wildcats and to you, our Woodside teachers and counselors, for supporting them, especially when the struggle was real!

Attention: JUNIORS!

With the support of our Foundation and this year's Fund-a-Need focus on "Elevating College and Career Readiness," we are hosting 4 College Bus Trips with the first one scheduled for Friday, February 3rd to UC Davis. Pick up a permission slip in the Counseling Office or D-9 ASAP as there are limited seats. We are also planning a multi-day overnight SoCal College Trip in April - Information and Flyers will be shared mid-February.

We have also partnered with AJ Tutoring to offer 8 week SAT or ACT Test Prep sessions for Woodside Juniors starting in early March! Each "cohort" will be between 12-20 students held on campus on Saturdays or Sundays. The goal is to be prepared for the May 6th or June 3rd test dates. Look for flyers and information for sign ups coming soon. We will also offer Summer Workshops!

In addition, our College and Career Counseling Center will be hosting five March Into College Information Sessions for Juniors and their Parents every Wednesday in March - see calendar below. We have partnered with ObiCoach to help Juniors develop a "College List" and we will offer College Essay / Personal Statement Workshops later this spring semester and several summer sessions. THANK YOU to our Foundation and generous community / family donors in expanding our College and Career Readiness offerings to ALL our students!

For Future Planning: March Minimum Days

Woodside High School staff will be required to participate in a mandated training conducted by the California Department of Education- Office of Civil Rights, on March 7th, 2023. This training will support building systems and practices for students who have or are suspected of having disabilities. As such, Woodside will be having a minimum day schedule on March 7th with dismissal at 12:30PM. This time was negotiated by the district in collaboration with OCR to minimize the disruption to the instructional calendar.

In addition to March 7th, we already had on our school calendar the following March Minimum Days:

  • Thursday, March 2nd for SUHSD Equity Professional Development
  • Friday, March 17th (the day following our annual Open House evening March 16th)

With Gratitude,

Karen van Putten, Principal

Important Dates & Schedules

January 30 - February 3 is an "A - B - A - B - A " Week Schedule

  • Click Here for the Weekly Calendar of Events - All Athletic Events / Meetings are listed on the Website Calendar
  • The DEN and Quiet Study ARE OPEN! See flyers below - Get free tutoring from teachers
  • 2/1: Recognizing and Celebrating Black History Month
  • 2/1: National Girls and Women in Sports Day
  • 2/3: Juniors: College Bus Trip to UC Davis (Limited Seats--Pick Up Permission Slip in Counseling Office or D-9)
  • 2/4: WHS's Annual Crab Feed Fundraiser - see flyer below
  • 2/6: No School - SUHSD District-Wide Staff Development
  • 2/7 - 2/10: ELPAC Testing
  • 2/8: Cash for College Workshop - SENIORS and their Parents (7PM - MUR)
  • 2/11: Winter Formal: Starry Night (New Gym) 7:30 - 10:30PM
  • 2/20 - 2/24: No School - SUHSD Mid-Winter BREAK
  • 3/1: March Into College Workshop #1 for Juniors and their parents (7PM - MUR)
  • 3/2: Minimum "B" Day: SUHSD Staff Development (Equity)
  • 3/7: Minimum "A" Day: WHS Mandated Training
  • 3/8: March Into College Workshop #2 for Juniors and their parents (7PM - MUR)
  • 3/15: March Into College Workshop #3 for Juniors and their parents (7PM - MUR)
  • 3/16: OPEN HOUSE - 6:30PM-8PM Visit Your Student's Classes
  • 3/17: Minimum "A" Day Schedule
  • 3/17: Opening Night of Cinderella, the Musical
  • 3/22: March into College Workshop #4 for Juniors and their parents (7PM - MUR)
  • 3/29: March into College Workshop #5 for Juniors and their parents (7PM - MUR)
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What's New With Woodside Athletics?

The Crab Feed is on Saturday, February 4th, at the Red Morton CAB from 5:30-8:00 pm! Buy your tickets online at Woodside Athletic Boosters Organization - Sequoia Union HSD, CA - Home Spring (2023) ( before the event and save!

We will be entertained by the Woodside Jazz Band and will be honoring two Hall of Fame inductees: Dick Camera and Tina Patrick.

This event includes a drawing with prizes that you will want to get your claws on!

Drawing tickets will be for sale at the event only. Items include a signed Edelman Patriots jersey, a summer BBQ basket, a spring garden basket, fine wines, Woodside spirit wear, WHS Musical Tickets, gift cards to local restaurants, personal training sessions, and more!

Go WHS Athletics! Come out and support the Winter Season Sports Teams!

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Mark your calendar! The Foundation's annual Auction and Party is May 12th at Domenico Winery in San Carlos. Tickets will be on sale soon. We will continue to Close the Academic Gap by raising money to support a specific academic program critically needed by Woodside High School. Stay tuned on the details of this year's Fund-A-Need.
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News from the Drama Boosters

Spring Musical

Cinderella - Enchanted Edition:

Save the show dates on your calendar for the Spring Musical: Cinderella - Enchanted Edition

March 17-19, 24-26, 2023! Tickets will be available to purchase in February.

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 Mondays and Thursdays

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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