Woodside High School

Weekly Wildcat Notes: April 3 - April 8, 2023

April 3 to 7 is a "Special B - A - Minimum Day B - A - B" Week Schedule

Photo Gallery: Spring Assembly & Spring Sports Action

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Message from the Principal

Dear Woodside HS Community:


Congratulations and BRAVO! to the cast and crew of the WHS production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella for a successful Spring musical, and many thanks to the performing arts teachers, coaches, producers and parents who devoted their time and talents to help make it such an entertaining show. Nothing's impossible!


Our Spring season of sports involves the most student participation during the year and our Wildcats are doing very well despite many game postponements due to the inclement weather. Our Boys Tennis team is undefeated 7-0 and for the first time in history, Track & Field Coach Chris Pedrin shared that Woodside defeated rivals Aragon and M-A! Our swimmers continue to drop seconds from their individual and relay races, with several CCS eligible times mid way through the season. Our Varsity Boys Baseball team had a great victory on Saturday, defeating neighbor Menlo School 13-7 with Harry Pelzman striking out seven, Braiden Boswell homering and multiple hits for Dakota Ellis and Trent Amoroso. The boys were fired up and looking for the "W"! Come on out to cheer for the teams... there is something going on almost every afternoon/evening.


We wrapped up a very long and full month of March that brought atmospheric rivers and epic winds that mirrored some of the roller coaster of emotions for our seniors, anxiously waiting to hear from colleges, and now the exciting part lies ahead with campus visits and working out the financial details to determine which college / program is the "right fit" school. Congratulations to our seniors: maintain your focus and finish strong. After Spring Break, we will begin our tradition of inviting seniors to paint the admin office windows with their school/college logo and on May 4th, we will hold "College & Next Steps Signing Day" -- a celebration in the morning where all seniors can share their "Next Steps." We encourage seniors to wear their new 2 or 4 year college gear. As a parent living through my daughter's senior year journey, I hear you and see you, seniors and parents of seniors. Try to breathe and celebrate your journey.

Congratulations to our newly elected BOSA officers:

President: Malin Petersson

Vice President: Megan Xu

Secretary: Allison Shaffer

Treasurer: Jessica Lin

For Future Planning: SUHSD Minimum Days in April

  • Wednesday, April 5: "Minimum B Day"
  • Tuesday, April 25: "Minimum A Day"

For daily photos and updates, follow Woodside HS on Facebook and Woodside Spirit on Instagram

With Gratitude,

Karen van Putten, Principal

Important Dates & Schedules

April 3 to 7 is a "Special Testing B - A - Minimum B - A - B " Week Schedule

  • All Athletic Events / Meetings are listed on the Website Calendar Click Here for the Weekly Calendar of Events -
  • The DEN and Quiet Study ARE OPEN! See flyers below - Get free tutoring from teachers
  • 4/3: 7:00PM PTSA Meeting Both in person & Zoom: The Zoom link can be found on the PTSA website and here -
  • 4/4: 6:30PM ELAC Meeting in the Library
  • 4/4: 7:00PM Foundation Meeting in the MUR
  • 4/5: SUHSD Minimum B Day Schedule
  • 4/5: Athletic Boosters Scholarship Application DUE in D9 or online - see below
  • 4/8: 10:30AM in the PAC - A Celebration of Life for Coach Josè Navarette
  • 4/10 - 4/14: Spring Break - NO SCHOOL
  • 4/15: Music Booster Class of 2023 Scholarship Application Due via email - see below
  • 4/21: Woodside HS PROM - Tickets on Sale Through April 7th!!
  • 4/25: SUHSD Minimum A Day Schedule
  • 5/1 -- 5/12: College Board AP Testing
  • 5/4: SENIORS: College and Next Steps Signing Day Celebration!

Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month and presents us with an opportunity to promote acceptance and celebrate differences. Autism is a complex, life-long developmental disability that can impact a person’s social skills, communication, relationships, and self-regulation. Autism is a spectrum condition that affects people differently and to varying degrees. Our Special Education teachers and aides provide support systems for our students with autism. This month and throughout the year, we encourage everyone to elevate autism awareness, and celebrate inclusiveness and kindness by appreciating our differences.

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Student Activities: Junior / Senior PROM

This year’s Junior/Senior Prom, Out of This World, will be held on Friday, April 21, 2023, at the Galleria in San Francisco. The doors open at 8:00 pm and doors close at 9:00 pm. The dance will end at 11:30 pm. Students who leave before the dance concludes will not be allowed back into the venue. Students are not required to have a date for this dance. Woodside only sells single tickets.

TICKETS: Tickets for the dance have been on sale on sale in Room D7 during brunch, lunch, and after-school for up to 15 minutes.

March 27-31 $90 per person

April 3-7 $100 per person

Student Activities accepts cash and credit cards (with a processing fee). NO CHECKS!

Tickets are NOT sold at the door. Students must be off the no-privileges list (no fines and no detentions) and show a current WHS student ID card to purchase tickets.

Ticket sales will end on April 7!

All current WHS Junior and Senior students are welcome to purchase a ticket as long as they are off the No Privileges list.

Woodside students are allowed to bring one non-Woodside guest provided a Guest Pass is properly obtained prior to the dance. Guests must be enrolled in high school. Guest Request Forms, also known as Guest Passes, may be picked up in D7 or on the school website and require the signature of the Woodside student's parents and the Vice Principal of the guest's school. When the Guest Pass Form is complete, the students are to turn it into their appropriate AVP for approval from the WHS administration. The Woodside student will be given a slip that is to be brought to D7 to purchase a ticket. Guest pass forms will be due to the AVP’s office no later than Tuesday, April 4, 2023. It is suggested that people plan accordingly due to spring break dates for other schools.

If a current WHS junior or senior wishes to bring a current WHS freshman or sophomore as a guest they are welcome to do so. Please note though that a Guest Pass Request form will need to be completed for the underclassman and turned into the Junior/Senior AVPs office. The process will be the same as a non-WHS guest.

DANCE NIGHT: Our dances are very well attended and safe. Attire for this dance is formal; the dress code applies. Students should bring the following with them to the dance: school ID, ticket receipt, guest pass slip (if applicable). Food and drink are included in the ticket price. Parent volunteers operate a coat check. At the dance entrance, school administrators will perform and supervise the screening (bags/pockets/breathalyzed) of students. Students are advised to avoid bringing large bags to the dance.

CTE - Career Technical Education Seeks Volunteers!

The Career Fair is the culminating event for students enrolled in Career Technical Education (CTE) programs. Students have created resumes and are looking to hone their interviewing skills as well. Please join us for 1 or 2 hours of the event. Students will be rotating through 3 sessions:

  • Student Panel
  • Pathway Experiences
  • Mock Interviews--This is where we need your help!
Students will have the opportunity to meet with 2 professionals, ~20 minutes each, to go through mock interview questions and a review of their resumes. Watch students visibly improve and sit up with confidence as they proceed through these 2 interviews! In addition, we'd love for you to bring a spouse, colleague, or friend if they'd like to volunteer. It's an easy and fun volunteer opportunity for anyone that has interviewed for a job before!

When: May 10, 2023, 10:15-12:15

Where: Skyline College, 3300 College Dr, San Bruno, CA 94066

How: Sign Up Here

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Join the PTSA…Make a Difference in the WHS Community

Monthly PTSA Meeting Monday, April 3 @ 7 pm - online or in person

Our monthly PTSA meeting will be this Monday, April 3rd starting at 7:00 pm in the MUR conference room (the big room in the D Wing, near the quad with the main cafeteria; the conference room is up the small staircase near the stage) OR via Zoom.

The Zoom link can be found on the PTSA website and here -

The meetings are a great opportunity to connect with parents, students and teachers as well as hear from Principal Van Putten in an effort to support our wonderful WHS community. All are welcome.


The PTSA is recruiting for the 2023-2024 school year. No prior experience is necessary - just an interest in the school and making things great for students, teachers and parents. If you are interested in hearing more, please contact us (

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News from the Drama Boosters

Spring Musical

Congratulations to the cast, crew, orchestra, and production team on six fabulous performances of Cinderella - Enchanted Edition! All of your hard work was worth every minute of entertainment you provided. It was wonderful seeing the acting, singing and dancing (nice to see teens dance ballroom waltz). You all handled the unforgettable opening night with grace and professionalism.

You created a magical experience and should be very proud!

We are now accepting applications for two scholarships for Seniors. Both applications are due by Friday, May 5, 2023. More details can be found on the application. Bring completed applications to Zorina Matavulj in D7. Applications can be downloaded and printed from our website at Click on "Parent/Cast Resources."

#1 - WHS Drama Boosters Senior Scholarship The Woodside High School Drama Boosters awards scholarships to graduating seniors to recognize their participation in WHS Theatre productions.

Applicants are evaluated on their commitment to excellence and sense of ensemble, maintaining a strong GPA, writing a thoughtful essay, and the teacher's recommendation. All students who have participated in a drama production either on stage, behind the scenes, or in the pit are encouraged to apply! Multiple scholarships are available with up to $2,000 per student. Don't miss out on this great opportunity.

#2 - George Ward Drama Scholarship Established in 2019, this $2000 scholarship honors 31-year Drama and Senior English IV teacher George Ward. Mr. Ward has been an actor/director since he was 17 years old. He became a member of the Actors' Equity Association in 1995. Many of his former students have had careers in theatre, film, television, writing, and theatre education. Applicants are evaluated on maintaining a strong GPA, essay answers, their plans to continue training in the dramatic arts, and two letters of recommendation. We look forward to your submissions!

Questions? Contact

April Drama Boosters Meeting Next and last in-person meeting for the year: Wednesday, 4/26/23 at 7 PM at the MUR Conference Room. Join us!

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Scholarships and Parent Leadership

Calling All Senior Athletes!

The ABO awards scholarships ranging from $500-$2,000 to graduating senior athletes in recognition of athletic participation, academic achievement, and community involvement. Scholarships are awarded to student athletes who best exhibit the characteristics of Sportsmanship, Leadership, and Teamwork.

2023 applications are available in D9 or online Woodside Athletic Boosters Organization - Sequoia Union HSD, CA - Scholarships ( Applications are due in D9 on Wednesday, April 5, 2023.

Attention All Parents of Athletes!

The ABO appreciates all of your monetary donations, your time spent driving your student to and from sporting events, and your energy in cheering on the teams. Thank you for supporting our Wildcats!

It's time to get more involved with Woodside athletics! We are fortunate to have a dedicated group of parent volunteers who help with the ABO, but we are in need of a new volunteer to take on the leadership of the ABO for 2023/2024. Our current president, Meredith McLean, is willing to help advise our new leader. This job can be shared so find a friend and volunteer together!

Go Wildcats!

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Big thank you to all our music families for making our "A Night in Paradise" event so enjoyable and successful! We are so lucky to have such a caring and supportive music community!

Class of 2023 - Music Student Scholarships!

Each year the Woodside High School Music Booster Organization, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, will award a scholarship to a graduating senior student musician(s) who continues on to higher education as a full-time student and plans to participate in a music related group or program. The music group or program must require performance with an instrument. Applicants should have a minimum of two years in at least one Woodside High School music performance group. For consideration, complete the application on and return it by email to The deadline for applications is April 15, 2023.

Follow us on social media:

Facebook at Woodside Music Boosters

Instagram at whs_musicdept

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Mark Your Calendars- May 12

Mark your calendar! The Foundation's annual Auction and Party is May 12th at Domenico Winery in San Carlos.

We're still accepting Auction item donations! Visit the Foundation website,, for more information.

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Tutorial + PAPER + the DEN + Quiet Study = Academic Success

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.

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 Thursdays ONLY

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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