Woodside High School

Weekly Wildcat Notes: November 8 - 12, 2021

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Message from the Principal

Dear Woodside HS Community:

Congratulations to junior, Clara Chiu, whose video, Asian American Hate, was selected out of numerous submissions to KQED, and will be featured at a KQED event called I Made This: A Youth Media Celebration on November 10 at 7pm! Clara’s video was chosen because of the creativity and power of her video and she will be talking about her research and showing her video at this event. Click here to see Clara's video and get tickets for the event here:

Homecoming “Re-shuffle” 2021 was a success!

Students and staff showed great school spirit with the dress up theme days, and the Homecoming Assembly was a fun culmination of student recognitions of our National Merit Semi-finalists, CCS-bound athletes, homecoming court and the creative class skits/dances. The Junior and Senior Classes wowed the crowd, but based on the smiles and pure joy on the students' faces, I think the staff skit offered some welcome comic relief. Many thanks to our BOSA team, student leadership classes and Ms. With for planning a spectacular Homecoming Dance on Bradley Field.

Finally, following this section, I included a photo from last week's ELAC meeting where a record number of over 60 parents participated in our monthly meeting focusing on supports for English learners. With the assistance of AVID and upper level Spanish language students and school counselor, Mr. Cortez and Bilingual Parent Liaison, Mrs. Lopez, and AVP Mrs. Porter, the parents learned more concrete ways to navigate CANVAS and Infinite Campus to support their children. The energy in the meeting captures the spirit of Woodside's commitment to creating a sense of Belonging for all students and parents.

Included in this Newsletter:

  • Important Dates and Schedules
  • Athletics Updates
  • The Fall Play: Stage Door 11/19 and 11/20 Performances
  • Pink Ribbon Club Fundraiser & Second Harvest Food Bank
  • Survey for an Arts Center in our Community
  • COVID Health & Safety Reminders - On-site Testing on Mon/Thurs

With Gratitude,

Karen van Putten, Principal

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Important Dates & Schedules

November 8 - 12 is a B - A - B - No School - A week

  • Click Here for the Weekly Calendar of Events
  • Thursday, November 11: Veterans Day Observed - NO SCHOOL
  • Friday, November 12: End of Quarter 2 Progress Reports
  • Monday, November 15: SDMC 4:00PM
  • Thursday, November 18: NCAA Information Night - Zoom Webinar
  • Friday, November 19: CSM Jazz Festival & Fall Play Opening Night
  • November 24 - 26: Thanksgiving Break, NO SCHOOL
  • December 13 - 16: 1st Semester Final Exams
  • December 17 - January 3: Winter Holiday Break, NO SCHOOL
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WHS Athletics Update

  • Cross Country: PAL Cross Country results: Woodside Varsity Boys' team wins 1st Place! Woodside Varsity Girls' team wins 3rd Place! Boys Frosh/Soph team wins 1st Place! Individual Achievements: Ethan Brooks placed 2nd; Elle Marsyla placed 1st and Dominic Barty placed 1st! Both varsity teams advance to CCS competition on Saturday, 11/13.

  • Boys Water Polo: In their CCS quarterfinals game vs. Leigh HS, the boys won 16-9. They advance to semifinals against Palo Alto HS @ Paly on Wednesday, 11/10 at 7PM. Tickets can be purchased at GoFan:

  • Girls Water Polo: The WHS Girls Water Polo team played their hearts out and lost to Archbishop Mitty 9-8 in a very exciting game that played out to the final possession. A huge congratulations to Coach Kara Skourtis and the entire team for an inspiring season!

  • Winter Sports are underway! Stay tuned for season schedules.

Please come out to cheer on our CCS-bound scholar-athletes!

Go, Wildcats!

Pink Ribbon Club

The Pink Ribbon Club's mission is to raise funds to support women's health initiatives. This month is Prematurity Awareness Month, so we are raising money for the March of Dimes This organization is committed to "leading the fight for the health of all moms and babies. They support research, lead programs, and provide education and advocacy so that every mom and baby can have the best possible start."

Please view our team page and consider a tax deductible donation.

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Interested in the arts and in having an Arts Center in our area? Take the survey!

ARTS RWC, an arts roundtable of artists, arts advocates, arts organizations and civic leaders

from Redwood City, together with its growing list of supporters, is working on a powerful vision

for a new arts center, which we are calling the Center for Creativity. The hope is to provide access

to the arts for all in our community and the Peninsula at large.

Your entire family can help to move it closer to reality in two easy ways!

1. Take our survey! Everyone in the family has an opportunity to give input about

community needs and desires. There are even specific surveys for kids and teens to

make sure their voices are heard! Click here for Survey

Students, please take the high school survey:


2. Share! Reach out to your friends, family, and colleagues who live, work, learn, and play

on the Peninsula and ask them to take this survey also.

Survey results will be used to create a formal feasibility study that will go deeper evaluating

possible locations, as well as enlisting the support of City and County government for the vision.

Survey collection ends November 12.

COVID Safety and Screenings - REMINDERS

Health & Safety Reminders:

Here are some concrete things you and your family can do to keep yourself safe:

  • Get vaccinated.
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Get a COVID test / screening here on campus on Mondays and Thursdays.
  • Practice good hygiene: wash hands with soap & water; use hand sanitizer.
  • Wear face coverings.
  • Don't share personal items like water bottles.
  • Practice social distancing when outside of your home.

As a reminder, if your student is out with any COVID-like symptoms they should remain off campus until they are 24 hrs fever-free without medication, symptoms largely improved AND a negative COVID test result before returning per SMCH Guidelines.

SUHSD has partnered with Worksite Labs to provide onsite COVID-19 testing as well as for help with contact tracing. For testing, as a parent/guardian, you and your student may participate in the onsite testing program as long as the online registration for Worksite Labs has been completed prior to arriving for testing. Testing is available for screening and diagnostic purposes onsite at Woodside High School PAC from 9:30am-5:30pm on Mondays and Thursdays. You and your student may access any onsite testing that is located throughout the district. District testing site location schedules are listed in the section below.

SUHSD + WSL Onsite Testing Schedule:

9:30am - 5:30 pm Monday-Friday *rotating Wednesdays

Monday: Woodside High School (PAC) & Carlmont High School (TH2 by Scot’s Gym)

Tuesday: Menlo-Atherton High School (PAC) & Sequoia High School (Carrington Hall)

Beginning 10/1/21 Wednesday*: East Palo Alto Academy (MPR) & *TIDE (1st), Redwood (2nd) , MOT @ Mills (3rd)

Thursday: Woodside High School (PAC) & Carlmont High School (TH2 by Scot’s Gym)

Friday: Menlo-Atherton High School (PAC) & Sequoia High School (Carrington Hall)

Information on registering for testing:

PRIOR to arriving, complete the following:

    1. Complete the registration information and schedule an appointment at* for those wishing to test in your household.

      1. You may link minor students to your Patient Portal account but a separate account will need to be created for others in your household over 18 wishing to test.

      2. Walk-ins are also available, but appointments are recommended.

    *IF you do not see any appointments available please try booking from a desktop/laptop computer or using an incognito Google Chrome Web browser.

    1. Parent/Guardian should accompany student to the testing site for the initial test

      1. Ensure that you have completed the registration process

      2. Please have your confirmation number (if scheduled appointment) and ID ready (students should bring student ID)

    2. Results are typically ready the same day or within 24 hrs. Please remain off campus until results are ready if you are symptomatic or have a known exposure to COVID-19. WSL or SUHSD health staff may be in contact regarding next steps.

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