Woodside High School

Weekly Wildcat Notes: November 15 - 19, 2021

Congratulations, Wildcats!

Message from the Principal

Dear Woodside HS Families and Staff:

The month of November always gives me pause to reflect on all the people for whom I am grateful. Since joining the Woodside HS community, I have been humbled by the sense of belonging created by our students, staff and parents. Your generosity in the form of donations to our Woodside HS Foundation's Annual Campaign is notable: we have raised about $600,000 toward our goal of $875,000 and we hope to meet and exceed this goal in the next 3 weeks.

Every Woodside HS student and teacher directly benefits from smaller class sizes, allowing students to receive more personalized attention. Woodside students have increased access to quality technology, art and science lab materials and so many choices in a diverse offering of electives to pursue personal interests. With the Foundation's support, we added more school counselors and college and career counselors for individualized academic guidance, post-secondary planning and social-emotional support. Coming out of a year and a half of remote learning and under the constraints of the global pandemic, I am grateful for your continued or first-time donations to the Woodside Foundation Annual Campaign. WHSF is working hard to ensure that every student receives the highest quality education with a healthy dose of humanity, fun and a spirit of adventure. My family and I submitted our check on Donation Day because we see the positive impact that the Foundation has on our students. Please help us reach our goal and donate by December 3rd! Here is the link to donate-

Congratulations to our Woodside Boys' Cross Country Team who won the CCS Division 2 Championships on Saturday! Our Girls' team placed 12th and senior Elle Marsyla placed 4th in individual competition. Coach Al Hernandez will travel with the boys team and Elle to the CIF State meet in Fresno on November 27th where they will proudly represent Woodside HS in pursuit of some personal and team records.

Woodside Boys' Water Polo reached the CCS semi-finals on Wednesday night in a fierce battle with PALY and came up short 11-13. Although they did not advance to the finals, we are very proud of their outstanding season.

While the fall sports season concludes and we turn our attention to winter sports, we look forward to seeing our Cheer and Dance Teams continue their performances into the winter season.

Congratulations to senior Elise Evans who participated in the National Letter of Intent signing day where she committed to Stanford University where she will play soccer. We will host another signing day in February or April when more Woodside HS scholar-athletes will make their commitments.

Finally, our thespians have been rehearsing for the Fall Play: come out to see Stage Door, performances on Friday and Saturday, November 19 & 20 in the PAC.

With Gratitude,

Karen van Putten, Principal

Important Dates & Schedules

November 15 - 19 is a B - A - B - A - B week

  • Click Here for the Weekly Calendar of Events
  • Monday, November 15: SDMC 4:00PM
  • Tuesday, November 16: AMC - American Mathematics Competition Exam
  • Tuesday, November 16: PTSA hosts Coffee Cart for staff: Fill up w/ a cup of gratitude!
  • Thursday, November 18: NCAA Information Night - in the MUR @ 7PM
  • Friday, November 19: CSM Jazz Festival & Fall Play Opening Night 7:30PM
  • Saturday, November 20: "Cafecito with Counselors" Spanish Language Outreach 10-11AM & Fall Play 7:30PM
  • 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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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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Chemistry Fun: Students synthesized and investigated fluid polymers in the form of slime. They loved it and so did Ms. Baumgartel.

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