Woodside High School

Weekly Wildcat Notes: August 29 - September 2, 2022

Wildcat Life in Photos: Week Two

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We believe in students having balanced lives and access to the Four As: Academics, Activities, the Arts and Athletics. This takes time management and understanding all the supports available. Congratulations to our JV Boys Football Team and their season opener win over Sequoia 8-7 and a strong effort in the second half for our Varsity Wildcats who fell to Sequoia 34-15. It was standing room only with the Band, Cheer and Dance Teams and Leadership students keeping the wildcats' spirits up throughout the evening. On Saturday, the JV Girls Water Polo Wildcats went 3-0 and earned First Place at the Aptos Invitational! Slay Defense was the winning strategy!
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Universal Free Meals for all Students & Additional a la carte Offerings

SUHSD is offering Universal Free Meals to students this school year in compliance with the California Department of Education Nutrition Services Division guidelines. This means that your student is entitled to receive a free compliant breakfast and or lunch during the school day free of charge regardless of their ability to pay. Please consider completing a meal application that may qualify your household for other limited income based discounts such as reduced priced internet service.

We are also offering a la carte snacks, beverages and second meals for purchase during the school day. Students must have funds in their cafeteria account to purchase second meals, healthy beverages and or snacks. Parents can create a free myschoolbucks account at or through the link on the food service payment page. MySchoolbucks is also an App. The free app can be downloaded on iOS and Android. The app will also be used for other payments District wide throughout the year.

Message from the Principal

Dear Woodside HS Community:

We begin Week 3 of the semester, and students are now starting to feel the reality of balancing their time between school responsibilities, extracurricular commitments, family and social time. If you are like me, I receive the Canvas notifications about dues dates and check my daughter's Canvas app to make sure she is on top of things. Even though she is a senior and is mostly responsible and ready to be fully independent, I check occasionally because she is juggling a lot of things on top of school: college applications, varsity sports and a job, but I refuse to monitor every single assignment. *If you are new to Canvas, click here for a tutorial on Canvas.

High School is when and where we have to gradually release our students so that they take ownership of their assignments and use their time wisely and effectively. Establish an open and respectful dialogue with your child about when or how often you will check in about how they are doing with their HW/studying for quizzes/tests/long reading and writing assignments and encourage them to share results or ask you for help before it's too late. This open communication is a delicate dance, but let them know that you are there to listen and support them along the way. The following are some supports we have when parents just don't have the answers to support with subject-specific content. While there are challenges our students face outside of their control, there is little to no excuse for Woodside students to say they can't do something if they have not tried any or all of these academic supports.

In addition to Tutorial that is time built into the school day, the "Den" and "Q-Study" are additional academic supports we have for any Woodside HS student. In order to best support students and parents' schedules, we sent out a survey asking for the need and preferred times. If you already filled out the google form, no need to complete this as we have your input, but if you have not yet completed the form, please fill this google form out: "Help for Students Outside the School Day." We hope to have the Den and Q-Study up and running by the second week of September. Another excellent academic support is Paper, an online tutoring program available to students 24/7. See below for the flyers and additional information.

We also understand that it's not just the academic support that students need. Our School Counselors are available for students to meet with students on their caseload and starting Monday, August 29th, our Confidential Counseling Center located in F-14 will be fully staffed and open for drop-ins from 9AM - 4PM.

Included in this Newsletter:

  • Important Dates and Schedules
  • The BIG READ-August 30th
  • Goals & Rationale:

    • To advance literacy & academic performance

    • To foster a love of reading through self-selection of books of interest

    • To build community through reflection and discussion of ourselves, the WHS 8 conditions for student /staff success, and the world

  • Parents: Back to School Night is September 1st
  • Parents - SDMC Participation Nominations Sought
  • Tutorial during school day -- Overview
  • Information from Drama Boosters about the Talent Show

With Gratitude,

Karen van Putten, Principal

Important Dates & Schedules

August 29 - September 2 is a "B - A - B - A - Minimum Day" week

  • Click Here for the Weekly Calendar of Events
  • August 29: PTSA Mtg @ 7 - 8PM MUR
  • August 30: The BIG READ - Make sure you have finished reading your summer reading.
  • August 30: 4PM - Room B15: Seniors Only: College Application / Naviance Bootcamp
  • August 30: 4:00 - 6:00 Varsity Girls Water Polo Scrimmage vs. Los Gatos Wildcats
  • September 1: Photo ID Make-up Day in the MUR
  • Students who missed taking their picture at Wildcat Welcome Day or who want to retake their picture will be able to come to the MUR to take their picture. Also, staff is invited to come and take their photo as well.

  • September 1: Girls Golf @ HMB, 2:45PM; Girls Volleyball hosts PALY: 4PM, 5PM, 6:30PM
  • September 1: WHS Back to School Night (Social 6:30pm in the Quad; 7:00-8:45 Visit Classes) On 8/30, students will receive a "Fill-In-Schedule and Map" to share with parents
  • September 2: MINIMUM DAY (No "0" or "1st" periods) - 9AM Start - Early Dismissal @ 12:30
  • September 2: JV / Varsity Football @ Rancho San Juan in Salinas, 4PM and 7PM
  • September 3: Varsity Volleyball @ SpikeFest, Milpitas HS
  • September 5: Labor Day - NO SCHOOL
  • September 7: Talent Show Auditions 3:45 - 5:30 in the PAC
  • September 9: Club Rush - on the Quad During Lunch (learn about all the clubs on campus!)
  • September 12: SUHSD Staff Development - No School for Students
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Would you like to be a part of this annual Fall show? Talent show sign-ups will be available in the Administration Building on September 1st. Auditions will be in-person in the PAC on September 7th, 3:45-5:15pm.

Dress rehearsal will be on October 5th and talent show date will be October 6th, 7pm in the PAC.

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

Parents Needed: Shared Decision Making Council (SDMC)

The Shared Decision-Making Council(SDMC) will provide all Woodside High School stakeholders with representation in a democratic governing body that will

  • respond to concerns of the school community

  • establish priorities for school wide improvement

  • write and implement the schools mission and goals,

  • oversee the task force process,

  • support the implementation of approved action plans.

The time commitment is two Monday meetings a month, serving for one school year, with a larger group totaling 18 members, including the principal, teachers, staff and a community member. The first meeting will take place on September 19h.If you are interested in learning more about the role and would like to submit your interest in serving in this important role, please email Karen van Putten, Principal by Monday, 9.6.22.

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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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