Woodside High School

Weekly Wildcat Notes: November 22 - 26, 2021

Grateful to be a Wildcat! Thank you, PTSA, for filling our cups!

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Bravo! to the Cast & Crew of the Fall Play: Stage Door

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Message from the Principal

Dear Woodside HS Families and Staff:


I hope many of you were able to see the Fall Play, Stage Door written by Edna Ferber & George S. Kaufman, directed by Mr. Woodruff. I shared the following message with the cast and crew after Friday's Opening Night:


I could not have been any more proud and heartened by what I experienced last night in the PAC. The students were poised, prepared and professional and the attention to detail with the costuming, sets and smooth transitions all added up to a fantastic opening night. Please extend my joy and heartfelt thanks to each student and parent involved in the performance. As Terry said:

'I live and breathe theater. That's what I'm crazy about. I want to play everything I'm suited for. Old hags of eighty, and Topsy, and Lady Macbeth.'

I hope that audience members find what makes them live and breathe and discover what they are crazy about...here during their time as students at Woodside or by some inspiration from their relationships and opportunities here at Woodside. Thank you and Bravo!"


On Saturday morning, the Guidance Team hosted an inaugural Cafecito with the Counselors reaching out to 11th and 12th grade families whose primary home language is Spanish. It was so heartwarming to listen to the questions and perspectives of our families in this small group setting, and we hope to host more events for all parents in the coming months.


Many thanks go out to our students in The Octagon Community Service Club, affiliated with Optimists International, a widely recognized organization that aims to teach students the value of giving back. They worked together in a Campus Clean Up and collected bags of trash. I call on all our Wildcats to value our clean and beautiful campus and to do our individual part to maintain the beauty of our Woodside campus and facilities.


Thank you to our PTSA for hosting a Coffee Cart last Tuesday, filling our cups with gratitude in the form of custom orders of coffee and tea. From the entire staff, THANK YOU!


Whether you stay close to home or venture farther away to visit family and friends, I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving holiday. Please find time to connect, slow down and make memories. Please continue to be safe and vigilant with COVID health precautions during your travels and gatherings; we want all students to return healthy to class and all extracurricular activities without any interruptions. Classes are in session only on Monday and Tuesday this week, and we'll see everyone back on Monday, November 29th.


With Gratitude,

Karen van Putten, Principal

Important Dates & Schedules

November 22 - 23 is an A - B short week and NO SCHOOL Wed-Friday

  • Click Here for the Weekly Calendar of Events
  • During Tutorial last week and ongoing: In the spirit of thankfulness that is a hallmark of this fall season, the Aspirations Task Force shared the Attitude of Gratitude Lesson Plan with Tutorial teachers that connects to one of our 8 Conditions for Student Success: the Condition of Heroes. If you'd like to send additional Gratitude messages, families, students and staff can send a digital message: free Punchbowl Thank You Card
  • November 22: Boys' Basketball - Pre-season games vs. Gunn and Terra Nova
  • November 23: Boys' Soccer - Pre-season game vs. Kings Academy
  • November 24 - 26: Thanksgiving Break, NO SCHOOL
  • November 27: Cheer on our Wildcats - CIF Cross Country State Championships at Woodward Park, Fresno (for Info, click here)
  • December 2: Winter Concert
  • December 4: Marching Band - Redwood City Hometown Holidays & Parade
  • December 13 - 16: 1st Semester Final Exams
  • December 17 - January 3: Winter Holiday Break, NO SCHOOL

Are You Looking for Academic Support?

Check out our website to find out about all the supports we have available: click here.

  • The Den in the MUR
  • Quiet Study in the Library
  • Tutorial during school - Take full advantage
  • Paper - online support 24/7

Thank You, Octagon Service Club - Campus Clean Up

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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 https://schools.worksitelabs.com/suhsd* 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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