Woodside High School

Weekly Wildcat Notes: November 1 - 6, 2021

Never Too Old to Celebrate Halloween

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Message from the Principal

Dear Woodside HS Community:

Welcome to November!

This week, our attention turns to interscholastic sports as our Fall Sports teams wrap up league games and meets and senior scholar-athletes and Marching Band members have been honored at recent games/events. Congratulations to all our students, coaches, and parents who made our first season back a tremendous success. Thanks for all the behind the scenes work from our athletic director Tim Faulkner and the entire Peninsula Athletic League and CIF Central Coast Section who all made it possible for thousands of students to safely host and travel to competitions across the Bay Area. For some of our teams and individuals, the fall season will continue into CCS playoffs this week and next week. We also kicked off Winter Sports tryouts starting this week. Check out the WHS Fall Athletics Update and future playoff info below.

This week, we are excited to resume our rain-delayed Homecoming Activities with a “Re-shuffle”: The unexpected weather forced Woodside to postpone some of the homecoming activities. Now we are ready to shuffle the playlist and start over for some more Fun and Excitement on campus: See Important Dates and Schedules below.

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.

Be well & Go, Wildcats!

Karen van Putten, Principal

Important Dates & Schedules

November 1-5 is an A - B - A - B - A (Wildcat Schedule) week

  • Click Here for the Weekly Calendar of Events
  • November 3-5 will be the replay of homecoming with dress up themes. All wildcats are encouraged to dress up and have fun.
  • Wednesday, November 3: Anything but a Backpack Students use their creativity to carry their books and items around with anything that is not a backpack
  • Thursday, November 4: Throwback Thursday Students are to throw it back. This can mean to dress according to when they were young or last homecoming spirit day of Music Genre, or anything else.
  • Friday, November 5: Wildcat Blast Students are to wear their grade level colors or any WHS attire and celebrate being a wildcat
  • Friday, November 5 will be a full day with the Senior Sunrise for seniors only and the All School Rally. Woodside will be on the Wildcat Schedule. Students are to dress in the color according to their grade level. The staff is encouraged to dress in Woodside attire.

Senior Sunrise: This event is only for WHS seniors. The cost is $5 at the door. Seniors meet at the top of Bradley field at 6:45am and bring a blanket. Seniors and friends will enjoy some morning treats while watching the sun rise over campus.

All School Rally: Students will perform their class skit at the All School Rally on the football field.

  • Saturday, November 6 at 7:30 pm will be the Homecoming Dance, The Grammys. Tickets sales will resume on Monday, November 1 ($25 with PAL, $30 without) and go until Friday, November 5. There will be no ticket sales on Wednesday, November 3. Tickets are NOT sold at the door. Students who wish to bring a guest (must be in high school) that is a non-Woodside student, must complete a Guest Request Form and submit it to their AVPs office by end of the school day on November 2, NO EXCEPTIONS. Students will then be given a Guest Pass slip that is used to purchase a ticket out of D7. Students must be off the No Privileges list to purchase a ticket.

  • November 11th: In Observance of Veterans Day, NO SCHOOL
  • November 24 - 26: Thanksgiving Break, NO SCHOOL

WHS Fall Sports Update

  • Cross Country: Positioned at the top of the PAL and CCS, they will conclude their PAL season this Saturday, November 6 at the PAL finals at Crystal Springs followed by the CCS championship meet at Crystal Springs on Saturday, November 13. We anticipate multiple runners will qualify for the CIF State Meet in Fresno on Saturday, November 27.

  • Football: One game left in the season. Overall record is 3-5, 2-2 in league. Last game of the season for both JV and Varsity is next Friday, November 5 at Jefferson.

  • Girls Golf: Our inaugural girls golf season ended a few weeks ago. Our overall record was 7-3 and we finished in 2nd place overall in the PAL ocean division.

  • Girls Tennis: Girls Tennis finished in 4th place of the PAL Bay division with a league record of 7-7. The PAL individual tournament for singles and doubles will be played tomorrow, Tuesday, November 2 at @ Burlingame and San Mateo HS. Wildcat participants will include Carmen Bechtel, Annabelle Bechtel, Madeline Lee, Kailyn Holty, Eva Urbanek, Camilla Jerng.

  • Girls Volleyball: Volleyball finished off their season last week and with their senior recognition day. They finished with an overall record of 5-15, 3-11 in the PAL Bay Division.

  • Boys Water Polo: Finished in 2nd place of the PAL Bay Division this season and earned an automatic qualifying bid to the CCS tournament. We will play this Saturday, November 6 vs Leigh HS at 2:30 pm at WHS in a CCS quarterfinal game. Tickets can be purchased at GoFan:

  • Girls Water Polo: Finished in 3rd place of the PAL Bay Division after beating HMB in a CCS play-in game last Thursday earning an automatic qualifying bid to the CCS tournament. We will play this Saturday, November 6 vs Mitty HS at 1:00 pm at WHS in a CCS quarterfinal game. Tickets can be purchased at GoFan:

Please come out to cheer on our CCS-bound scholar-athletes!

Go, Wildcats!

Woodside Athletic Boosters Organization (ABO) - Holiday Pop Up Store

Tuesday, Nov. 2nd, 12am to Friday, Nov. 5th, 11:45pm

This is an online event.

The holiday season is approaching, but we've got your back. The Woodside ABO Limited Holiday Pop Up Store is NOW LIVE. Order some fabulous new Wildcat fashions, or stick with your traditional favorites. Either way, START TODAY because the pop-up holiday store will only be accessible for a limited time. Happy shopping!


Pink Ribbon Club

The Pink Ribbon Club's mission is to raise funds to support women's health initiatives. This month is Prematurity Awareness Month, so we are raising money for the March of Dimes This organization is committed to "leading the fight for the health of all moms and babies. They support research, lead programs, and provide education and advocacy so that every mom and baby can have the best possible start."

Please view our team page and consider a tax deductible donation.

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Interested in the arts and in having an Arts Center in our area? Take the survey!

ARTS RWC, an arts roundtable of artists, arts advocates, arts organizations and civic leaders

from Redwood City, together with its growing list of supporters, is working on a powerful vision

for a new arts center, which we are calling the Center for Creativity. The hope is to provide access

to the arts for all in our community and the Peninsula at large.

Your entire family can help to move it closer to reality in two easy ways!

1. Take our survey! Everyone in the family has an opportunity to give input about

community needs and desires. There are even specific surveys for kids and teens to

make sure their voices are heard! Click here for Survey

Students, please take the high school survey:


2. Share! Reach out to your friends, family, and colleagues who live, work, learn, and play

on the Peninsula and ask them to take this survey also.

Survey results will be used to create a formal feasibility study that will go deeper evaluating

possible locations, as well as enlisting the support of City and County government for the vision.

Survey collection ends November 12.

COVID Safety and Screenings - REMINDERS

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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Halloween Spirit 2021

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