Woodside High School

Weekly Wildcat Notes: January 16 - 20, 2023

"Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'" Martin Luther King, Jr.

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January 16 - 20 is a "No School - B - A - B - A" Week Schedule

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The Wildside: Big Crowd Cheers on Woodside vs. Sequoia

Why isn't my team's / club's / class's photo in the newsletter?

If you would like to see your sports team or club or class featured in the newsletter, please email your photos to Principal van Putten: Thank YOU!
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Message from the Principal

Dear Woodside HS Community:

On Monday, there is no school in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, whose legacy as a civil rights leader, activist, and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize serves as an inspiration for us all. Dr. King once shared, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” In recognition of his legacy of service to all, Congress designated the Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service - a “day on, not a day off.” As an English teacher, one of the most powerful and artfully written texts I taught each year was Dr. King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail," The student discussions and analyses of this important piece of literature, history and call to action were some of my toughest but most empowering teaching and learning moments. As we commemorate his life on Monday, I encourage you to remember his challenge to each of us: to recognize the important role we all play in building a more just and equitable society, to actively expose and eliminate racism and hatred in all forms, and to work every day through our positive words and positive actions. (The photo of the MLK, Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC, was taken in 2018.)

Please SAVE the DATES for two very fun and important school-wide fundraisers:

  • February 4th: The Athletic Boosters Organization's Annual Crab Feed - We will be honoring our 2022 Hall of Fame Honorees: Dick Camera and Tina Patrick.
  • May 12th: Woodside HS Foundation's Annual Auction & Party
  • Scroll down to see the flyers and information.

Second semester is the ideal time for our students to make a new year's resolution and take advantage of 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.

With Gratitude,

Karen van Putten, Principal

Important Dates & Schedules

January 16 - 20 is a "No School - B - A - B - A " Week Schedule

  • 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
  • 1/16: No School: In Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • 1/21: Future Wildcats Open House- Campus Tour 9AM - 1:45PM.
  • 1/24: Financial Aid Night for Seniors - MUR 6:00 - 7:30PM
  • 2/4: WHS's Annual Crab Feed Fundraiser - see flyer below
  • 2/11: Winter Formal: Starry Night (New Gym) 7:30 - 10:30PM
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What's New With Woodside Athletics?

Stay in the loop, and learn all about Woodside Athletics at our upcoming monthly ABO meeting. Join us via Zoom on Wednesday, January 18, at 7 pm. All are encouraged to attend!

Join us on Saturday, Feb. 4th at the ABO Crab Feed to support our athletes. Event and raffle tickets will be for sale soon. Raffle prizes will include fabulous baskets valued around $100, and we need donations for raffle prizes, such as sports-themed baskets (Woodside, college or professional teams), gift cards to local businesses, a garden-themed basket, wine and/or food-themed basket, etc. If you've got an idea, we'll make it happen! Thank you for continuing to support our Woodside athletes! Please contact Alicia Truby (

Mark your calendars!

Go WHS Athletics! Come out and support the Winter Season Sports Teams!

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Mark your calendar! The Foundation's annual Auction and Party is May 12th at Domenico Winery in San Carlos. Tickets will be on sale soon. We will continue to Close the Academic Gap by raising money to support a specific academic program critically needed by Woodside High School. Stay tuned on the details of this year's Fund-A-Need.
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Parent Volunteers needed for Open House Tours

Saturday, January 21 - 9am - 2pm

The annual Open House Tour welcomes prospective WHS families on campus to learn about our school.

Students from leadership will lead the tours, and parent volunteers will keep the tour on time and answer any questions. It’s an easy way to support our great school!

We need 10 volunteers who are able to walk/stand for an hour around campus. Also, each time slot is for two separate one hour tours except for the last two slots which are for one tour only.

To sign up, go to



The PTSA Hospitality Committee would like to send a heartfelt thank you to all our parent volunteers who helped provide a wonderful Holiday Luncheon in December for our well deserving WHS Teachers and Staff! And a special thanks to Karen Peterson for her experience and background in helping us with this event. Each of your individual contributions made this a successful event!

This Spring, we are planning to daily events during Staff Appreciation Week.

If you are not able to donate your time, please consider donating funds towards future events and mini-grants here:

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News from the Drama Boosters

The next booster meeting will take place via Zoom on WEDNESDAY, 1/25/23, 7PM.

The link is on our website (

Join us if you can!

Spring Musical

Cinderella - Enchanted Edition:

Save the show dates on your calendar for the Spring Musical: Cinderella - Enchanted Edition

March 17-19, 24-26, 2023! Tickets will be available to purchase in February.

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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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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