Woodside High School

Weekly Wildcat Notes: March 13-17, 2023

March 13 - 17 is an "A - B - A - B - Minimum A" Week Schedule

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Congratulations, Team 100 Wildhats!

Woodside's Robotics Team 100 - The Wildhats - wrapped up a long weekend in Fresno at the FIRST Robotics Competition (RFC) and earned 12th place in Qualifiers, and they were selected as one of the 8 alliance team captains for semifinals! Team 100 won the “Innovation in Controls Award” for all of the hard work our controls team did using machine vision and autonomous driving!
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WHS Spring Sports Are In Action

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Message from the Principal

Dear Woodside HS Community:

March is a very full and exciting month! PLEASE take some time to read through this newsletter for all the events we have planned, and make sure to join us this Thursday, March 16th for Open House! Classroom Visits will run from 6:30PM--8:00PM, but join us as early as 5:30PM on the Quad to visit with friends and neighbors where we will have a variety of food items for sale. Our ELAC (English Language Advisory Council) parent group is serving up homemade tamales and all the proceeds will go toward the Woodside HS Foundation! The ELAC Parents are very appreciative of the Foundation's efforts in supporting Smaller Class Sizes to College Preparation Workshops to Enrichment Field Trips and College Tours and they hope to collect a handsome amount to donate to the WHS Foundation. I love how our parent groups support each other! In addition, our fabulous Culinary Arts chefs will be serving up Fried Rice straight from our professional kitchen. We will also have two food trucks owned by our parents / local community members and supporters of WHS here to feed to crowd. The weather outlook calls for clear skies, so make it an event and come out to meet the staff and learn about what your students are currently working on!

We lost a very dear community member. Longtime Woodside HS Girls' Soccer Coach, Josè Navarette, passed away on March 1st from health complications. Coach Navarette started his coaching here at WHS in 2000 and leaves a winning legacy of developing a well-respected soccer program, inspiring our female athletes to be fierce leaders on the field and in the classroom. He also supported all our athletics programs, often found in the stands cheering on his fellow coaches and all student-athletes. If you walk through the Admin Office, pause to catch a glimpse of Coach Navarette among the wall of Legacy Coaches of Woodside. A Celebration of Life is planned for Saturday, April 8th starting at 10:00AM in the PAC.

For Future Planning: Minimum Days

  • Friday, March 17th (the day following our annual Open House evening March 16th)

Save the Dates: Wednesdays in March

Our College and Career Counseling Center will be hosting five March Into College Information Sessions for Juniors and their Parents every Wednesday in March - see calendar below. We have partnered with ObiCoach to help Juniors develop a "College List" and we will offer College Essay / Personal Statement Workshops later this spring semester and several summer sessions. THANK YOU to our Foundation and generous community / family donors in expanding our College and Career Readiness offerings to ALL our students!

Student Body Spring 2023 Bulb Fundraiser: Help Woodside High School Student Body earn funds and add some color to your garden at the same time! Three Rivers Wreath & Plant Company Spring planted Bare Roots, Bulbs & Tubers are sourced directly from Holland. They have chosen healthy & hardy varieties that will succeed throughout the United States. At Three Rivers Wreath & Plant Company, they offer their products in larger sizes to maximize the blooms in your garden right from the start! Woodside will earn up to 50% profit for every package of bulbs sold. The fundraiser is open March 13-March 31.

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

With Gratitude,

Karen van Putten, Principal

Important Dates & Schedules

March 13 - 17 is an "A - B - A - B - Minimum A " Week Schedule

  • Click Here for the Weekly Calendar of Events - All Athletic Events / Meetings are listed on the Website Calendar
  • The DEN and Quiet Study ARE OPEN! See flyers below - Get free tutoring from teachers
  • 3/14: Pi Day! Pi Day is an annual celebration of the mathematical constant π.
  • 3/15: March Into College Workshop #3 for Juniors and their parents (7PM - MUR)
  • 3/15: ABO Athletic Boosters Meeting 7 pm POSTPONED
  • 3/16: OPEN HOUSE - 6:30PM-8PM Visit Your Student's Classes - Come Early for Dinner!
  • 3/17: Minimum "A" Day Schedule & St. Patrick's Day - Wear Green
  • 3/17: Opening Night of Cinderella, the Musical
  • 3/19: SAT Test Prep - Cohort #1 Begins 9:30AM - 12:00Noon (You must be registered)
  • 3/22: PSAT 10 (Re-Takes) and SAT for Seniors (Re-take for Interrupted PSAT)
  • 3/22: March into College Workshop #4 for Juniors and their parents (7PM - MUR)
  • 3/27: College Bus Trip to Sonoma State University at 8:15am - 3pm (See Flyer)
  • 3/31: Woodside Music Boosters Fundraiser - 6PM in the PAC
  • 4/10 - 4/14: Spring Break - NO SCHOOL
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News from the Drama Boosters

Spring Musical

Cinderella - Enchanted Edition:

Get your CINDERELLA - ENCHANTED EDITION tickets today!

The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance. Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. Its recreation in 1965 starring Lesley Ann Warren was no less successful in transporting a new generation to the miraculous kingdom of dreams-come-true, and so was a second remake in 1997, which starred Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as her Fairy Godmother. As adapted for the stage, with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, this romantic fairy tale still warms the hearts of children and adults alike. This Enchanted Edition is inspired by the 1997 teleplay.

Directed by Bary Woodruff

Vocal and Music Direction by Nick Gaydos

Choreographed by Kim Harvath

Produced by Karen (Seiko) Peterson & Lupe Robles

Reserved Seating Pricing:

$20 Adults

$15 Seniors (65+)

$10 Students/WHS Staff


(no walk-up box office sales)

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Senior Student-Athletes - Scholarships!

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.

Join us for our monthly ABO Meeting via Zoom on Wednesday, March 15 at 7 pm All are welcome!

Go Wildcats!

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Early Bird Auction Tickets and Donations

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

Don't forget to buy your early bird tickets before March 15th. Click here to purchase your tickets today! Prices increase on March 16th. 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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