Woodside High School

Weekly Wildcat Notes: September 6 - 9, 2022

Wildcat Life: Back to School Night 2022

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Thank you to all who attended Back to School Night last Thursday evening. As I shared in the quad, the last time we held an in-person B2SN event was September 2019, when our current seniors were freshmen. Many of you shared that you enjoyed meeting the teachers and feeling the positive energy and the "buzz" all over campus. Kudos to our parents/guardians who hustled to get to class on time. If you were unable to attend the event or if one of your child's teachers was absent, feel free to email the teacher or find their slide deck on Canvas. *Many teachers mentioned the importance of staying connected via Canvas. If you are new to Canvas, Parent accounts are automatically set up by the district. Information was sent out to families during the Online Information Update and you can click here for a tutorial on Canvas.
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Message from the Principal

Dear Woodside HS Community:

Attention Seniors: Class of 2023

With college application deadlines approaching, we want to make you aware of a new offering around college essay writing. Woodside High School is partnering with ObiCoach to provide high quality personalized essay coaching workshops.

The Woodside ObiCoach Flex Essay Workshop will provide help in choosing topics, and in crafting outstanding essays for your UC and Common App and other college applications. Our next workshop kicks off on Monday, September 12th with an in-person session from 9am to noon. Participants will be guided through a proven approach to essay writing and will each be appointed a personal essay coach that will review and provide feedback on the students ideas and drafts. Thanks to the generous support of the Woodside High School Foundation, and this new program initiated by the Fund-a-Need for elevating College and Career Readiness, you will receive this personal coaching completely free of charge.

Developing strong essays are, at this stage, your best opportunity to maximize your college options for next spring. You can learn more and sign up here at Spots are limited so sign up today. Seniors in AVID will receive the workshop in class. We look forward to helping you along as you begin your college journey.

Attention: Seeking Speakers for Career Panel 2022-23 / Tedx Style

Woodside is in the planning stages of College [and Career] Day on October 12th. We are casting a wide net for parents, WHS alumni, and friends / neighbors in our community who love what they do and want to share what their job/career involves, the education / major required and any practical insights such as starting average salaries and perks. The image below the principal's message is a list of top career interests from the Class of 2023, but we are interested in featuring a wide variety and diverse speaker series for the coming school year. Please send an email to Principal Karen van Putten if you are interested in being part of our Career Speaker Series and more information will be sent to you.

Included in this Newsletter:

  • Important Dates and Schedules
  • Parents - SDMC Participation Nominations Sought
  • Tutorial during school day -- Overview
  • Information from the Robotics Team 100
  • Information from Drama Boosters about the Talent Show
  • Information from PTSA - Parent Education Series
  • Information from the ABO
  • Video link from our WHS Foundation - Click Here

With Gratitude,

Karen van Putten, Principal

Seeking Speakers in the Following Career Pathways

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Important Dates & Schedules

September 6th - 9th is an "A - B - A - B" week

  • Click Here for the Weekly Calendar of Events
  • September 5: Labor Day - NO SCHOOL
  • September 6: 5:30 online Educacion preventiva sobre el fentanilo (en español)
  • September 6: ELAC Mtg, 6:30 - 8PM in the Library
  • September 6: 4:30PM - Cancelled - Girls' Tennis hosts Sacred Heart
  • September 6: 4:00, 5:00, 6:15PM - Girls' Volleyball @ Carlmont
  • September 7: Talent Show Auditions 3:45 - 5:30 in the PAC
  • September 8: 2:30 - 5PM -Girls' Golf vs. Burlingame @ Mariners Point, Foster City
  • September 8: 4:30PM - Girls' Tennis hosts Hillsdale
  • September 8: 4:00, 5:00, 6:15PM - Girls' Volleyball @ San Mateo
  • September 9: Club Rush - on the Quad During Lunch (learn about all the clubs on campus!)
  • September 9: JV Boys' Water Polo @ Bellermine Tournament
  • September 10: Varsity Boys' Water Polo @ Aragon Tournament
  • September 10: Cross Country @ Lowell Invitational - Golden Gate Park, SF
  • September 10: JV Girls' Volleyball @ Spikefest, Milpitas HS
  • September 12: SUHSD Staff Development - No School for Students
  • September 12: 9AM-12Noon - SENIORS! College Essay Writing Workshop - Cohort #2 KickOff in the MUR Conference Room

Parents Needed: Shared Decision Making Council (SDMC)

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Robotics Team 100 Parent Meeting - Saturday, September 17th, 9 - 10AM • Room J-1

After-school robotics, including a competition team—“Team 100”—are part of Woodside High School’s engineering and STEM offerings. Students learn to design and build a robot to compete in a unique tournament game against other teams from around the world. Parents and students are invited to learn about this program on September 17th. Come if your student is a current team member, if your student has attended some of the student meetings this school year or if you or your student are curious and want to find out more about this fun and engaging program. All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you then!

For more information, visit

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News from the Drama Boosters

Special thanks to Stephanie Finander and Dr. Don Coluzzi for their time and dedication in adding the latest framed photo (Freaky Friday Musical) to our Hall of Musical Memories. Please visit the PAC corridor with all our shows from the 2005 Celebration of the Theatre to the latest on display - 18 musicals! Come see the wealth of our talented theatre family.

Join and support your Drama Boosters today! Visit our website for further information: Join us for our 1st monthly meeting of the year on Wednesday, September 28th, 7-8:30pm in the MUR.

WOODSIDE’S GOT TALENT SHOW Talent show sign-ups are in the Administration Building. Auditions will be in-person in the PAC on September 7th, 3:45-5:15pm. Dress rehearsal will be on October 5th, 3:45pm and talent show will be October 6th, 7:30pm.

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SKIP THE LINE! Purchase Your WHS Season Tickets

Do you have your tickets yet for our 22-23 Football and Basketball Season Games? If not, get them before our first football game WHS vs. Sequoia at WHS this Friday 8/26, and you won’t have to wait in line to get in!

Booster Season Tickets Information:

We have 2 Ticket Programs to choose from to give you access to home games for the current school year

Family 4 pack to Football and Basketball (Boys & Girls) $150

Family 4 pack to Basketball only (Boys & Girls) $80

Your name will be listed at Will-Call. Simply stop by the will-call desk on your way into Bradley Field, or the Main Gym.

For frequent updates on our Wildcat athletes, be sure to follow the Woodside Athletic Boosters!

@woodsideABO on Facebook

@woodsideathleticboosters on Instagram

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

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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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