Cougar Connect

Week of September 23, 2019

MDTP (Mathematics Diagnostic Testing Project)

This past week students District-wide took the MDTP (a computerized math test) to provide teachers with feedback about where students’ are with their math skills. (For example, seventh graders took the test that determines readiness for eighth grade math. This test uses around 40 questions to assess their seventh grade math skills). Results will be sent home this week.

Fifth graders took this same test in the spring, which was part of the criteria used for math placement this year. Eighth graders will take the MDTP (different versions) in January to help determine their high school math placement, so this was good practice for them to get used to what this test looks like.

Back To School Night

Thank you for joining us at Back To School Night. We had a great turnout! There were several hundred parents and many rooms were packed. A lot of parents shared how much fun they had at Back To School Night, which was really nice to hear. Some of you voiced some constructive feedback about some staff. I have already shared that with those staff members or will this week. I encourage you to be in communication with your student’s teachers throughout the year.

Below you will find the presentation administrators delivered in the gym. Many of you have asked about State testing results. They were not mailed out by the District like in the past. They can be found in PowerSchool this year. Directions are in this presentation. Also, most of our teachers are using Google classroom, so there are instructions in here as well on how you can access teachers’ Google Classroom so you can monitor your student’s assignments. You do need your student’s login information, so please ask your student. We can also provide this information to you as well if you can’t get it from your student.

Principal's Coffee

There will be no Principal’s Coffee next week on Thursday. Instead on Thursday, October 10, from 8:30-9:30 am, Dr. Baker will host a Superintendent’s Coffee in our library.

Reminder About Super Early Dismissal on Thursday, October 3

Thursday, October 3, is super early dismissal at 11:45 am for all sites in Redwood City for staff professional development. We included it on the calendar that went out in the back to school packet, but my guess is many of you overlooked it or have forgotten already, so I want to make sure it is on your radar.

Academic Support

Breakfast Club (Breakfast Provided)

7:45-8:15 am, Library (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays)

After School Help (Snacks Provided)

3:10-4:10 pm, Room 531 (Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays)

1:40-2:40 pm, Room 531 (Thursdays)


Book Club - Wednesdays, 3:10-4:10, Room 531

Dungeons & Dragons Club - Tuesdays, 3:15-4:15 pm, Room 528

Maker Space Club - Mondays, Lunch, Room 531

Photograph Club - Tuesdays, Lunch, and Wednesdays, 3:10-4:10 pm, Room 314

Yoga Club - Tuesdays, Lunch, Room A1 (Locker Room)

Students can show up to the club and do not need to sign up ahead of time.

International Walk To School Day

International Walk to School Day will take place on Wednesday, October 2nd in the morning. Prizes and other goodies will be given to students who walk and/or bike to school on this day.

Students, small groups, or classrooms can participate in the Walk and Roll to School Poster Contest. Winning entries will be made into posters that will be shared countywide!

Walk and Bike to School Day events raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion and concern for the environment. The events build connections between families, schools and the broader community.

Announcements From The Community

Kennedy PTO is proud to Endorse Measure H!

Measure H will be on the November ballot. Measure H is a parcel tax that will potentially bring $3.4 million annually into Redwood City for the next 12 years. For measure H to pass, it will take 66% of the voters to approve. We need your help to make this happen for our kids and teachers.

Action Items:
Like: Please like our Facebook page. The RWC Yes-on-H Facebook page here: Redwood City Yes on H
Endorse: Please formally endorse the campaign! You can endorse using YES! I endorse Measure H for better Redwood City schools!
Yard Sign: Please use the link below to sign up for a yard sign. Yes! I'll Display a Yes on H Lawn Sign
Volunteer: This is an immediate need! Calling and Walking: Please use this link to sign up for phone banking and precinct walks. This measure will not pass unless we put in the Volunteer time. Redwood City Community for Better Schools - Yes on H: Yes on Measure H Volunteer Sign Up
Send the above links to your contacts through email, Facebook, and text.
Donate: Please donate *any* amount helps. Donate now using this link. Yes on H Donation Form
For more information, please visit the website or contact Ann Hynecek at

Measure H for Redwood City Schools - Yes on H!

Sequoia High School Shadow Program

Dear Friends in the Sequoia HS Community,

Another school year has arrived, and for us at Sequoia, that means another chance to welcome visiting 8th graders for a first look at the school. Our Shadow Program provides the unique opportunity to accompany a current Sequoia student throughout the school day. In our process, we make every effort to match our shadows and hosts based on curricular and extracurricular interests submitted during registration. In addition to seeing a host's regularly scheduled academic classes, we will kick things off with a general introductory information session (8:00-8:30) and will end the day with a summative question/answer session over a complimentary lunch in our Student Activities Center, ending the day at noon. Parents are also welcome to attend both the introduction session as well as an optional informational session from 8:30-9:15.

Shadow dates can be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that the program has become very popular and early dates can fill up fast. the program will open for electronic registration on Wednesday, September 11 on the SHADOWS PAGE (Home Page > Parents and Community > 8th Grade Shadowing Program) of the Sequoia HS website. Please feel free to contact shadow coordinator Corey Uhalde ( with any questions or comments.

Corey Uhalde

Sequoia High School
Director of Student Activities
Head Coach Varsity Baseball

Woodside High School Parent Night

See the flier below for information about the Woodside High School Parent Night for 7th and 8th grade families.

Pictures From This Week

September Events

Tuesday, September 24: PTO Meeting, 7:00 pm, Library

Wednesday, September 25: September Birthday Celebration, Lunch, Room 531A; Site Council, 3:15 pm, Library

Friday, September 27: Missing Card Challenge, Lunch, Outside of Room 534/535