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Week of September 24, 2018

Astronomy Night

Join us for Astronomy Night on the next full moon, Tuesday, September 25th. We will have several different telescopes available for students and parents to look closely at our nearest celestial companion. Discover craters, large and small, mountain ranges, rills, rays, and the Sea of Tranquility! Time: 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm.

Academic Support

We added some more academic support after school starting this week. See below. The YELL room is across from the back door of room 316. It doesn't have a room number.

All Academic Subjects:

Tuesdays-Fridays, 7:45-8:15 am, Library

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 3:10-4:10 pm, YELL Room, (Old REACH Office)

Thursdays, 1:35-2:35 pm, YELL Room (Old REACH Office)


Mondays-Wednesdays, 3:10-4:10 pm, Room B4 or 637

Clubs and Groups

  • Art Club: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7:30-8:20 am, Room 526

  • Book Club: Thursdays, Lunch, Room 534

  • Dungeons & Dragons, Fridays, Room 528

  • Jazz Band (Audition Only): Mondays, 3:30-5:30 pm, Room 312

  • Photography & Writing Club: Tuesdays & Thursdays, Lunch, Room 314

  • Robotics Club: Tuesdays, 3:10-4:10 pm, Room 530

  • Shakespeare & Improv Club: Mondays & Fridays, 3:10-4:10 pm, Room 417

  • Walker Library Club: Tuesdays & Wednesdays, Lunch, Room 417

High School Fair

Join us for our annual High School Fair on Thursday, October 4, from 6-7 pm in the gym. Representatives from local public, private, and charter high schools will have a booth. You can come and get information, ask questions, etc.

Parent Volunteers Needed

We are looking for parents who can come and volunteer at least once a week for:

  • 48 or 85 minutes (one period) reading and having conversations with our long-term English Language Learners
  • 30 minutes to help yard duty at lunch

Please email Mrs. Adler if you can help!

Lunch Forms

If you think there is any chance you might possibly qualify for free or reduced lunch, please fill out the form. Here is a link to the online form, but we can also help you fill it out in person in the office or Family Center.

Right now there are at least 70 students who qualified last year for free or reduced lunch who haven not filled out the form and there are others who qualify this year who haven't filled out the form. Even if your child isn't going to eat at the cafeteria, but you are eligible for free and reduced lunch, please fill out the form. If we don't hit the numbers we need this means we will lose anywhere from $10,000-$100,000+ of funding for the school. This is what is paying for academic support, clubs, counseling, and other important resources.

Flyers From The Community

TIDE Academy (Technology, Innovation, Design and Engineering)

We invite you to learn about Sequoia Union High School District's new school, T.I.D.E (Technology, Innovation, Design, Engineering) Academy. This is the first public high school, within the Peninsula, to focus on training students to be the future of Silicon Valley. Teachers at T.I.D.E Academy will develop the critical skills and aspirations of each student through the intimate attention of a small school setting. All curriculum will be STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Art, and Math) with project-based learning as a focal point. T.I.D.E Academy is projected to open in August 2019 and will start with the founding class of 100 ninth graders. If you would like more information about this new school, please join us at the Kennedy High School Fair on October 4, 2018 from 6-7 pm.

WHY: TIDE was established to provide students in SUHSD an opportunity to learn in a small and personalized learning environment with a focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) curriculum, that is both interdisciplinary and project-based. TIDE was set in Menlo Park to help offset the enrollment of Menlo-Atherton High School and other oversubscribed high schools in the district.

WHAT: TIDE is designed to afford students a smaller learning environment where the curriculum is focused on integrating Career Technical Education (CTE) with Humanities and the Arts. To this end, TIDE will offer a Product Innovation and Design Pathway and a Computer Science Pathway. Students will elect which pathway they will take in 10th grade and then take those dual-enrolled college elective courses. All students will have the option starting in Junior year to take dual-enrolled community college classes in English, History, and Science. Math courses will be assigned based on their previous courses. Every student will take 4 years of Math, with the option of community college courses junior and senior year. Students will study an interdisciplinary curriculum and show understanding through hands-on projects and students will also complete social action projects. Long-term, students will have industry mentors and industry internships prior to graduation. To promote well-rounded individuals, TIDE students will participate in our Social-Emotional Learning Curriculum grades 9-11 and a senior seminar during 12th grade. See our website for additional FAQ.

WHEN: TIDE is set to open August 2019, with approx. 100 9th graders. A grade level will be added each year.

WHERE: Located at 150 Jefferson Dr. Menlo Park

WHO: Open to all SUSHD students, with priority given to students who live in Menlo Atherton High School boundaries (via lottery process).

Timeline: The Fall and early Spring is dedicated to outreach and recruitment. The priority window for enrollment for all SUHSD schools is November 1, 2018 and concludes February 1, 2019.
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Come Check Out Woodside High School Robotics!

Woodside Wildhats are hosting WRRF CalGames!

October 5th (5pm-8pm) and

Saturday, October 6th (8 am – 6 pm)

in the New Gym

Come cheer on the Wildhats and 35 other high school teams of student-designed and -built robots as they Power Up.

These powerhouses are under 120 lbs and can toss power cubes on the scale, tip switches, and partner-climb. They even run on their own (sometimes). It’s exciting “cooperation” with sets of 3 teams working together through changing alliances! Robots get stuck, they tip over, they run in circles and even into each other.

Find any Wildhat (the ones in orange…) and get a tour of the “pits” and a team button. Wear orange to support WHS’s team and look for the Hat, for Carlmont’s Shark and other mascots. Learn about the FIRST STEAM program. You can see the team “brag books”, banners, posters and ask questions about building, programming and driving robots.

Team 100

Woodside is the home of Team 100 Wildhats: FIRST Robotics team. FIRST Robotics provides a fascinating real-world engineering experience for students and opens the door to education and careers in science, technology, and engineering. Students learn mechanics, electronics, fabrication, teamwork, animation, programming, website design, and recovering from failures. All high school students are welcome. We meet on Thursday evenings in room H-8 at 7:00 p.m. and have work sessions on Saturdays 9am.-3pm in our J-wing shop.

For more information about the robotics clubs, contact Woodside faculty advisors, Arlene Kolber, and David Shannon, or check the team's website

See further info at:

Questions? email:

September Events

  • Monday, September 24: September Birthday Celebration
  • Tuesday, September 25: Chipotle Dine Out, 4:00-8:00 pm (25% of $ goes to Kennedy), PTO Meeting, 7:00 pm, Library, Astronomy Night, 7:30-8:30 pm, Kennedy Field
  • Wednesday, September 26: Student Council Meeting, 8:15 am, Room 535, Site Council, 3:15-4:15 pm, Library
  • Friday, September 28: "This Blows" Lunchtime Competition, 7th Grade Author Visit, Peter Lerangis, New Book: Max Tilt 80 Days or Die