Woodside High School

Weekly Wildcat Notes: November 21 - 25, 2022

11.21 - 25 "A - B - Thanksgiving Holiday" Schedule

Congratulations to the Cast & Crew of Manor of Death

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Message from the Principal

Dear Woodside HS Community:

I wish all our Woodside High School students, families and staff a joy-filled Thanksgiving Holiday starting Wednesday, November 23. This holiday break, I hope that you can slow down, reset, visit the coast and find many opportunities to laugh and share a word of gratitude. The opportunity to spend time as a family is critical to student well-being. Please check out the research-based flyer above from Challenge Success which is associated with Stanford University's Graduate School of Education offering tips on Play Time, Down Time and Family Time essential to a teen's development.

Save the Date: November 29th, Woodside and Safe Space are collaborating to bring an essential conversation to our campus. Safe Space is a youth-led organization empowering students to talk about mental health, offer services, and support students. Woodside has several students on SafeSpace's Youth Action Board.

You can check out their website: All are welcome! See you there!

A Fall Sports Recap will be included in a special mid-week newsletter!

With Gratitude,

Karen van Putten, Principal and Terra, the dog

Included in this Newsletter:

  • Important Dates and Schedules
  • Important Study Week and Final Exam Schedule
  • Information from Student Activities
  • Information from our Woodside HS Foundation
  • Information from Drama Boosters
  • Information from the ABO
  • Information from our Robotics Team 100
  • Information about all our Academic Supports
  • Information from Community Events

Important Dates & Schedules

November 21-25 is an "A - B - Thanksgiving Holiday" 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 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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First Semester Study Week & Finals Schedule

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Students and Parents: Take Advantage of ALL the Supports at WHS

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.

Information from Student Activities


Since the start of the pandemic, the need for food has skyrocketed. Second Harvest of Silicon Valley is now serving 450,000 people on average every month, an 80% increase over pre-pandemic levels.

The Woodside High School Student Leadership Program has joined with Second Harvest of Silicon Valley. Community support has been vital to Second Harvest’s ability to meet the dramatic increase in need — helping those in our community is what Woodside High School’s fundraiser is all about.

Donations to Second Harvest help provide hope and security to families across Silicon Valley who are still recovering from the financial devastation caused by the pandemic. Every $1 raised helps provide enough food for 2 meals.

Will you join us in helping provide food to our community?

Please donate using this secure link:

The online fundraiser has been extended. Please help us reach our goal by donating.


Attention senior families. Now is the time to take care of some important senior aspects. There is a lot to manage between senior portraits, ordering graduation announcements and reserving the cap and gown. Be sure to check the grade level canvas page for the most up to date information as well as the WHS website.

Want to create a special page to honor a senior and have it included in every yearbook? Create a Senior Ad. This page will live forever and is a wonderful way to remember your student’s friends and time at WHS.

People can design the ad online and create a special memory.

Cost is: Full Page $225, Half Page $125, Quarter Page $75

Pictures have to be school-appropriate. If there is anything not school-appropriate your page will not be used or changes will be made prior to printing. Ads must be reserved by January 31, 2023.

Click here to learn more

Senior Ads

Woodside High School will host Prestige Portraits on campus to allow a limited number of students to take their senior portraits. This event will be on Tuesday, December 6 and Wednesday, December 7 from 9 am-6 pm in the MUR. Only the yearbook pose will be taken on this day. Students must sign up for a time slot. To reserve a spot please complete the form at


The 2023 yearbook is currently on sale for $90. All sales are done online through the Jostens website. Please be sure to order your yearbook now. The price will go up to $100 at the start of the second semester.

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We are at 70% of our Fundraising Goal!

You can still make a gift online here.

$300,000 More to Raise to Reach
$1 million by December 2nd! Let's Go School Families + Community Friends!
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?

Help us raise funds for our athletes while shopping! Be sure to designate Woodside Athletic Boosters on Amazon Smile ( and support our teams!

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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Community Events

Menlo Park Academy of Dance is excited to present its delightful holiday show “Winter Suite - A Nutcracker Fantasy” on December 3rd & 4th at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center.

“Winter Suite - A Nutcracker Fantasy is a charming original story for children and families created by Michael Lowe, Sarah-Jane Measor and Julie Lowe - Artistic Directors of Menlowe Ballet. “Winter Suite - A Nutcracker Fantasy” follows a young girls dream of dancing in the Nutcracker, which takes her on a captivating adventure as she fulfills her quest.

The show features students from Menlo Park Academy of Dance alongside Guest Artists from Menlowe Ballet - Fabiana Santiago & Terrin McGee Kelly and Alonzo King LINES Ballet - Tatum Quinonez. Also appearing will be Miss Isabelle and Florence!

Tickets available at

Hope to see you at the show and thank you for your support of Menlo Park Academy of Dance.

Welcome an AFS Exchange Student into your home and community in autumn 2023

AFS (American Field Service) has been hosting exchange students since 1946 and is a great way to experience another culture in your own home.

WHS has hosted students from France, Tunisia, Kyrgyzstan, Japan and Switzerland who have been important contributors to the school and community. As a host parent I can attest it was a great experience for our family!

We are looking for WHS families to host in autumn of 2023. Students come from a wide range of countries, and some are on scholarships from the US State Department and have been selected from thousands of applicants.

For more information and to view student bios please contact Sarah Bodary –

or call1-800-AFS-INFO, press 2 or go to to select the right match for your family.

This could be the year you establish a relationship with a student that lasts a lifetime.

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