Woodside High School

Wildcat Notes: June 5-9, 2023

It's Final Exam Week + Graduation!

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Dear Woodside Students, Families and Staff:

This is a brief Wildcats Notes, but there will be updates throughout the week!

The end of the school year is always full of emotions. For our graduating seniors, the final school bells ring this week and then they are off to new adventures: college, trade school, work, military service or travel. For all our students, tired as they might be as they prepare for their final exams and projects, I hope they all can look back on this year as a year of growth and change...change for the better, change in the form of broadening their understanding in several subjects as well as a deeper understanding of themselves and their classmates. For our staff, thank you for your commitment to our students in both academic and social/emotional supports, right down to the wire.

For a few of our staff, they have reached a major milestone and have announced their retirement. Please make sure to show your appreciation for the following legendary educators, soon-to-be retirees:

  • Gwen Sidley (36 years) - Digital and Visual Performing Arts and English Departments
  • Nancy Staves (26 years) - PE and Edgenuity Departments & Badminton Coach

The following educator is NOT retiring, but she will be moving over to teach Independent Studies after having taught nearly every level of English, teaching Psychology, and serving as a mentor teacher in the district:

  • Kathleen Coughlin (35 years) - English Department

Additional updates and photos will be shared later this week as we honor these three inspiring educators whose years of service at Woodside High School total an impressive 97 years and encouraging thousands of young adults to pursue their life's passions.

For Senior Class of 2023 Info - Click Here

For Summer Program Info - Click Here

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

Instagram @woodsideathleticboosters

Facebook @woodsideABO

With Gratitude,

Karen van Putten, Principal

Pride Month 2023

Pride Month is an annual celebration of the contributions made by the LGBTQ+ community to history, society and cultures worldwide. Pride is celebrated in June in commemoration of its roots in the Stonewall Riots of June 1969. Click here to learn how activists fought to create LGBTQ+ Pride.

Important Dates & Schedules

June 5-9 is Finals Week and Graduation

Click here for the School Activities Calendar

  • 6/5: Final Exam Schedule: Periods 1 & 2
  • 6/5: PTSA Meeting: 7PM MUR or Join Zoom Meeting
  • 6/6: Final Exam Schedule: Periods 3 & 4
  • 6/6: Nuestra Graduation: 1:30 MUR
  • 6/7: Final Exam Schedule: Periods 5 & 6
  • 6/7: Staff End of Year Lunch: 1:30 Pool Deck
  • 6/7: Awards Night: 7PM in the PAC (Participants were sent an invitation; please RSVP)
  • 6/8: Final Exam Schedule: Periods 7 & 0
  • 6/8: Seniors - Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal, 9:15AM
  • 6/9: Class of 2023 Commencement 10:00AM at Bradley Field
  • 6/15 - 7/7: Summer School Session 1
  • 7/10 - 7/27: Summer Session 2
  • Non school days for any summer program

    Monday June 19

    Monday July 3

    Tuesday July 4

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Thank you Donors! We raised $1.6m this school year — that’s $960 per student!

And we couldn't have done it without your support. Thank you to our school families, community donors, business partners and school teachers, staff and administration for your continued support and generosity. Together we are helping to close the equity gap and better educate local students!

Your donations will be used to enhance essential academic programming for all students at Woodside High School and fund our new College Access Program for two more years!

  • 35 additional periods of Core Academic Classes (English, History, Math, and Social Studies)
  • Expanded elective offering
  • Additional guidance and college counselors
  • Mental health counseling
  • Summer Acceleration programs
  • Class tech and tools
  • The Den after-school homework center
  • The new College Access Program, our 4-year college prep program

Thank you donor community! This support for Academic Programming at Woodside High School is a tremendous gift!


Woodside High School Foundation Board (Parent Volunteers)

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Goodies for Grads; Commemorative Bricks; Join the PTSA!

Commemorative Bricks

Want to Congratulate your graduate? Remember an alumnus? Honor a teacher or coach?

Leave a legacy with this great gift. For $150, your personalized brick will be placed on the entrance walkway in front of the administration building, a permanent part of the landscape at Woodside High School.

Click link to purchase a commemorative bring -

Questions, please contact Naomi at

Join the PTSA…Make a Difference in the WHS Community

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 (

Our last monthly PTSA meeting will be Monday, June 5th 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 -

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News from the Drama Boosters

Congratulations and Happy Graduation to all of our SENIORS! We are so proud of all of your contributions the past four years in the classroom, on the stage, behind the scenes, and in the pit! You pulled off an amazing final year of performances. You have bright, starry futures ahead!

With lots of love, the entire WHS Drama Booster Family

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The ABO Needs Parent Leadership

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!

Follow Us!

Instagram @woodsideathleticboosters

Facebook @woodsideABO

Go Wildcats!

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Follow us on social media:

Facebook at Woodside Music Boosters

Instagram at whs_musicdept

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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