Woodside High School

Weekly Wildcat Notes: November 14 - 18, 2022

"B - A - B - A - B" Schedule

Our Fall Play Opens this Weekend! Celebrate the ARTS!

Manor of Death Murder Mystery begins... you don't want to miss it!!!

2 shows only. Friday, 11/18/22 and Saturday, 11/19/22, 7pm shows @ PAC

Purchase tickets at:

You can purchase online til 2 hours before show. Remaining available tickets can be purchased at the door.

General admission:

$5 students/staff

$10 adults

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Woodside Staff Connections and Celebrations

Last Wednesday, we kicked off our monthly all-staff meeting with a staff mingle and connector activity on the quad led by our own Staff Connections team. Food certainly brings people together and time to connect with colleagues within our own departments as well as get a chance to chat with newer team members helps our staff develop our sense of belonging here at Woodside. We have traditions like "Pass the Cat" (see center photo) where colleagues get to recognize the positive work and commitment of another colleague and pass forward a "wildcat" to hold onto for the month. The "cats" get passed at every staff meeting. In addition, we make time to give "shout outs" to each other so that the entire staff can hear the good work of our hardworking Woodside staff.

With November's change in seasons as displayed by the vibrant foliage all across campus, it is a perfect time to reflect on our students' journeys and share a note of gratitude for the teachers, aides, coaches, and counselors who have been instrumental in encouraging and supporting our students. I invite all students and parents to take a minute to jot a handwritten note or send an email to simply say, "Thank you."

On behalf of the staff, we also want to say "THANK YOU" to our WHS Foundation for your gift of nearly $50,000 toward Teacher Grants, providing funds that directly impact student learning and enrichment opportunities!

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Message from the Principal

Dear Woodside HS Community:

Congratulations to all our Fall Sports student-athletes and our coaches! Every one of our teams moved forward into some level of post-league action and experienced League or CCS playoff action, and they are already planning for next year. For all our senior athletes who may have played or run in their final high school game or meet, congratulations and thank you for devoting so many hours to your sport and representing Woodside with honor and courage every time you wore the uniform and Woodside colors! And to the senior parents who may have cheered for their senior for the last high school game, I see you. Thank you for supporting your student-athlete all these years and driving them to all those practices and being there in the bleachers, on the side of the dusty trails, watching from a distance...thank you.

We welcome our Winter Sports season action that is already underway, and we welcome you all to buy your tickets for the Drama Department's Murder Mystery taking place this weekend! Get your tickets today!

Students and Parents:

This is a critical time for our students to take advantage of ALL the many ways to stay on top of their academics and their learning. Are you:

  • Using Tutorials fully and effectively?
  • Using the DEN after school to receive tutoring from teachers (MUR with snacks!)
  • Using Quiet Study in the Library to get work finished?
  • Using the on-line FREE Paper tutoring service?
  • Using CANVAS effectively, planning and managing your time?
  • Using the College and Career Counseling Center for questions about college applications, scholarships and all things college-related?
  • Using the Mental Health resources available for all students in F14?
  • Using the bilingual resources available to you from Mr. Stewart or Mrs. Lopez?

If you answered NO to any of the above, it's time for you to take some proactive actions to make positive changes to help yourself. If you don't know where to start, stop by your school counselor or administrator or ask any one of your teachers to get help.

The peak of cold and flu season is looming and we want to ensure your child has a seamless experience should they be absent from school. To prevent a widespread virus in school, we recommend that your child stay home from school if they are experiencing any flu or cold-like symptoms. Consider keeping your child at home for an extra day of rest and observation if he or she has any of the following symptoms:

  • Very stuffy or runny nose and/or cough

  • Mild sore throat (no fever, no known exposure to strep)

  • Headache

  • Stomach ache

Definitely keep your child at home for treatment and observation if he or she has any of these symptoms:

  • Fever (greater than 100 degrees and your child may return to school only after his or her temperature has been consistently below 100 degrees, by mouth, for a minimum of 24 hours)

  • Vomiting (even once)

  • Diarrhea

  • Chills

  • General malaise or feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches

  • Frequent congested (wet) or croupy cough

Our custodians disinfect surfaces and door knobs on a daily basis, and ensure that there is soap and hand sanitizer in all dispensers. Please also take the time to review this flu guide for parents from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Your voice matters!

Sequoia Union High School District values input from families – and needs to hear from you!

Helping students do their best in school requires a team effort. Parents, students, and schools all play important roles in this process. To help all of us learn how to make your child's schooling experience as positive and beneficial as possible, please give us your honest, thoughtful responses to the survey by Friday, November 18th.

English Survey:

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¡Su voz importa!

¡Sequoia Union High School District valora la opinión de las familias, y necesita escuchar de ustedes!

Ayudar a que los estudiantes hagan su mejor esfuerzo en la escuela es un esfuerzo en equipo. Los padres, estudiantes y escuelas cumplen una función importante en este proceso. Para que logremos que la experiencia de su hijo/a en la escuela sea lo más positiva y beneficiosa posible, por favor denos sus respuestas más honestas y reflexivas a las preguntas que encontrará a continuación antes del viernes, 18 de Noviembre.

Encuesta de Español:

Included in this Newsletter:

  • Important Dates and Schedules
  • Important Info about NCAA from the Athletics & Counseling Department
  • Information from our Woodside HS Foundation
  • Information from Drama Boosters
  • Information from the ABO
  • Information from Woodside Musical Theatre
  • Information from our Robotics Team 100

With Gratitude,

Karen van Putten, Principal

Important Dates & Schedules

November 14-18 is an "B - A - B - A - B" Week

  • Click Here for the Weekly Calendar of Events - All Athletic Events / Meetings are listed on the Website Calendar
  • The DEN and Quiet Study ARE OPEN! See flyers below - Get free tutoring from teachers
  • November 14 & 16: 8th Grade Prospective Parent Campus Tour 4:00-5:00PM w/ Admin
  • November 17: NCAA College Night 7PM - MUR - See below
  • November 18 & 19: Murder Mystery Fall Play: Manor of Death
  • November 19: The Music Boosters is hosting a Carwash Fundraiser - 9AM -2PM
  • November 22: Alumni "In School vs. Old School" Basketball Game Fundraiser -see below
  • November 22: The Parent Project Celebration - 6:30PM - MUR
  • November 23 -25: Thanksgiving Holiday - No School
  • November 29: Teen Mental Health Parent Info Night w/ SafeSpace in the PAC - 6:30PM
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We are at 60% of our Fundraising Goal!

You can still make a gift online here.

To learn more about the Woodside High School Foundation and how these funds have significant impact on our student community, visit

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News from the Drama Boosters


Cinderella - Enchanted Edition


Sign-ups in the Administration Building

November 28th - December 2nd - Auditions/Callbacks in PAC 3:45pm

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What's New With Woodside Athletics?

The Wildcat Holiday Pop-Up Shop is open for business! The shop is stocked with a variety of Wildcat spirit wear that is not in our regular inventory, including long-sleeved shirts, tank tops, puffer vests, cinch backpacks, fleece pants, and PJ pants and shorts. Shop now until November 10!

Mark your calendars!

The annual ABO Crab Feed is back!

Saturday, February 4, 2023

Red Morton Community Activities Building

Go WHS Athletics! Good luck to all our WHS Wildcats!

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Good news just in–matching funds have become available!

A committed group of donors has offered to match every gift made to the WHS Robotics Boosters before November 30, 2022 up to a total of $5,000.

The WHS Robotics Program emphasizes active outreach to students of all backgrounds and encourages engagement and teamwork in pursuit of a STEM education. Any interested student can join and learn to build a robot, as well as the skills necessary to run a small business.

WHS Robotics is a remarkable program, but also an expensive one. This year, we need to raise $47,000. We depend on financial support from businesses, team families and friends, and the local community to fuel our passion for robotics. Right now, you can double the power of your donation so it goes twice as far to support the team.

Donations of any size are greatly appreciated and are tax deductible. We hope we can count on you to help nurture the innovators of tomorrow.

Please use this link to contribute.

Sponsor Team 100

Thank you for your support.

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

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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.

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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