Cougar Connect

Week of September 17, 2018

Back To School Night - Thursday, September 20, 2018

We are looking forward to seeing you on Thursday night for Back To School Night. On Thursday during sixth period your students will be filling out a sheet about their schedule for you. Please make sure to ask for it so that you have it for Back To School Night. We will have tables in front of the gym with a variety of information and ask that you fill out a ballot to vote for Site Council representatives. We still need a couple more parents to be a part of Site Council.

5:15-6:00 pm: Food for purchase outside of the gym

6:00-6:25 pm: Principal's Welcome, Learn To Use Google Classroom To Check Your Student's

Assignments, Budget Update

Classroom Visits

6:30-6:38 pm: Period 1

6:41-6:49 pm: Period 2

6:52-7:00 pm: Period 3

7:03-7:11 pm: Period 4

7:14-7:22 pm: Period 5

7:25-7:33 pm: Period 6

7:36-7:44 pm: Period 7

Astronomy Night

Join us for Astronomy Night on the next full moon, Tuesday, September 25th. We will have several different telescopes available for students and parents to look closely at our nearest celestial companion. Discover craters, large and small, mountain ranges, rills, rays, and the Sea of Tranquility! Time: 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm.

After School Sports



(Coach Oropeza) Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays 3:30 to 4:30 pm

{Fridays Only starting the week of 9/24 to 9/28}

First Game:

Monday, 9/24 5:00 pm vs Connect @ Hawes



6th Grade (Coach Crockett) Tuesdays, 6:15 to 7:45 pm & Fridays, 5:00 to 6:30 pm

7th Grade (Coach Montoya) Tuesdays, 3:15 to 4:45 pm & Thursdays, 1:45 to 3:15 pm

7th Grade (Coach Landes) Tuesdays, 4:45 to 6:15 pm, Thursdays, 3:15 to 4:45 & Fridays, 3:15 to 4:45 pm

{Also: Monday & Wednesday (next week only) 3:15 to 4:45 pm}

8th Grade (Coach Meek) Tuesdays, 3:15 to 4:45 pm & Thursdays, 1:45 to 3:15 pm

8th Grade (Coach Tuifua) Tuesdays, 6:15 to 7:45 pm & Fridays 5:00 to 6:30 pm

First Game:

Monday (6th Grade) 9/24 4:00 pm vs Redwood @ McKinley

Monday (7th Grade-Montoya) 9/24, 4:45 pm vs Kennedy (Landes) @ Kennedy

Monday (7th Grade-Landes) 9/24, 4:45 pm vs Kennedy (Montoya) @ Kennedy

Monday (8th Grade-Meek) 9/24, 4:00 pm vs Kennedy (Tuifua) @ Kennedy

Monday (8th Grade-Tuifua) 9/24, 4:00 pm vs Kennedy (Meek) @ Kennedy

Clubs & Groups

Clubs began last week. Below are the clubs that we will offer to begin the year. We will add to this list as the year continues.

  • Art Club: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7:30-8:20 am, Room 526

  • Book Club: Thursdays, Lunch, Room 534

  • Jazz Band (Audition Only): Mondays, 3:30-5:30 pm, Room 312

  • Photography & Writing Club: Tuesdays & Thursdays, Lunch, Room 314

  • Robotics Club: Tuesdays, 3:10-4:10 pm, Room 530

  • Shakespeare & Improv Club: Mondays & Fridays, 3:10-4:10 pm, Room 417

  • Walker Library Club: Tuesdays & Wednesdays, Lunch, Room 417 (This is a club Mr. Boyd started last year. The students created a library system for his classroom library and became "librarians." They also learned organizational skills and socialized. He is open to any student checking out books from his classroom library this year).

Coming Soon:

  • Genius Bar/Maker Space Club
  • Pride/LGTBQ Group
  • Kara Group (Grief support group for students who have lost family members due to death)
  • El Centro de Libertad Group (Drug and alcohol education prevention)

*Any student can start a club as long as at least one other person is interested and they find a staff member willing to sponsor. The Student Council will give $100 seed money to start the club.

Lunch Forms

If you think there is any chance you might possibly qualify for free or reduced lunch, please fill out the form. Here is a link to the online form, but we can also help you fill it out in person in the office or Family Center.

Right now there are at least 70 students who qualified last year for free or reduced lunch who haven not filled out the form and there are others who qualify this year who haven't filled out the form. Even if your child isn't going to eat at the cafeteria, but you are eligible for free and reduced lunch, please fill out the form. If we don't hit the numbers we need this means we will lose anywhere from $10,000-$100,000+ of funding for the school. This is what is paying for academic support, clubs, counseling, and other important resources.

Box Tops

Please collect and send in your box tops with your student. We earn $.10 for each box top. This money goes towards supplies and student activities for students. Students should turn their box tops into their 4th period teacher throughout the school year. Every other week the 4th period with the most box tops wins a front of the line pass for each student and a small treat.

Academic Support

All Academic Subjects: Tuesday-Friday, 7:45-8:15 am, Library

Math: Monday-Wednesday, 3:10-4:10 pm, Room B4 or 637

Interested in School Site Council?

What is School Site Council?


The School Site Council works to develop and recommend goals for the SPSA (the Single Plan for Student Achievement), oversee the SIP (Site Improvement Plan) budget, and assess progress in meeting the goals outlined in the plan. It is a leadership organization that is crucial to our school's success for our future. The general focus of the Site Council is to ensure that the school is continually engaged in identifying and implementing curriculum and instructional practices that result in both strengthening the core academic program and ensuring that the students have access to and success in that program. School Site Council members agree to a 2 year commitment.

Site Council Purpose

A. To develop and recommend goals for the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA)

B. To assess progress meeting the goals outlined in the plan

C. To oversee the SIP budget

D. To review the goals of the plan and data related to student learning/student achievement to prepare the annual report of progress for the Board of Education, Superintendent, community and Kennedy parents and provide future direction in rewriting the plan

E. To perform other duties as directed by the RCSD Board of Education, Superintendent, and/or California State Department of Education as related to the School Improvement Program

*** There will be a ballot on Back to School Night to vote. Interested in being a candidate for School Site Council? We need 6 parents!

Email: Principal Adler at

High School Informational Night & Shadowing


8th Grade Info Night

When: November 14, 2018

Where: Sequoia High School, Carrington Hall, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

OPEN HOUSE: March 28, 2019 from 7:00-8:30 PM. Prospective Sequoia families are invited to attend our annual Open House. Visit classrooms, visit the IB Art Show, and celebrate Sequoia with friends and family.

8th Grade Shadowing

Signups for Shadowing for 2018-2019 begin September 12


7th/8th grade Parent Night -

Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 7 - 8:30 pm, PAC

Hear from school leadership, department chairs, and students about WHS academics, athletics, and activities.

Prospective Family Open House

Saturday, January 26, 2019, 9 am - 12 noon, begin in PAC

Take a student-led campus tour, talk with current parents about their campus experience, talk with school staff about programs and supports.

Parent Tours

Are offered 8:30 am - 10:00 am. They are on-going from September 13, 2018 through January 31, 2019. Please sign up for the date you want. link:

8th Grade Shadowing will take place between September 10, 2018 and February 8, 2019 and will occur on A-days (dates below). This 8th grade shadow program is designed for 8th grade students, including transfer students, who are interested in attending Woodside High School. The 8th grade shadow program is run through the leadership class and the students in leadership are the shadow leaders. Woodside no longer takes individual requests for specific shadow leaders.

Link to request shadow date:

Flyers From The Community

The next flyers/announcements are ones that community members have asked us to share with you. For the future we have asked them to provide a Spanish version as well.
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September Events

  • Tuesday, September 18: Second Harvest Food Distribution at 9:30 am in Gym
  • Tuesday, September 18: 6th Grade Author Visit, Daniel Jose Older, New Book: Dactyl Hill
  • Thursday, September 20: Back To School Night, 6:00-7:44 pm
  • Friday, September 21: 8th Grade Author Visit, Margarita Engle, New Book: Jazz Owls
  • Monday, September 24: September Birthday Celebration
  • Tuesday, September 25: Chipotle Dine Out, 4:00-8:00 pm (25% of $ goes to Kennedy), PTO Meeting, 7:00 pm, Library, Astronomy Night, 7:30-8:30 pm, Kennedy Field
  • Wednesday, September 26: Student Council Meeting, 8:15 am, Room 535, Site Council, 3:15-4:15 pm, Library
  • Friday, September 28: "This Blows" Lunchtime Competition, 7th Grade Author Visit, Peter Lerangis, New Book: Max Tilt 80 Days or Die