Woodside High School

Weekly Wildcat Notes: November 7 - 12, 2022

"B - A - B - A " and No School on Veterans Day Schedule

Celebrate the Arts

A combination of Digital Photo (Mr. Campbell) & Fine Arts (Ms. Marten) Artwork is on display at Redwood City Library up on the top landing of the stairs through Jan 2nd.

Congratulations to JV and Varsity Football! League Champions and CCS Quarterfinal vs. Seaside on Friday!

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Congratulations to Woodside Cross Country Runners! PAL Champs and CCS up Next.

Boys Varsity placed 2nd in PAL Championships overall and will move on to CCS next week!. Girls Varsity speedster Sophia Karer qualified for CCS. Freshmen Boys placed 5th out of 13 teams in PAL!
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Message from the Principal

Dear Woodside HS Community:

Your voice matters!

Sequoia Union High School District values input from families – and needs to hear from you!

Helping students do their best in school requires a team effort. Parents, students, and schools all play important roles in this process. To help all of us learn how to make your child's schooling experience as positive and beneficial as possible, please give us your honest, thoughtful responses to the survey by Friday, November 18th.

English Survey:

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¡Su voz importa!

¡Sequoia Union High School District valora la opinión de las familias, y necesita escuchar de ustedes!

Ayudar a que los estudiantes hagan su mejor esfuerzo en la escuela es un esfuerzo en equipo. Los padres, estudiantes y escuelas cumplen una función importante en este proceso. Para que logremos que la experiencia de su hijo/a en la escuela sea lo más positiva y beneficiosa posible, por favor denos sus respuestas más honestas y reflexivas a las preguntas que encontrará a continuación antes del viernes, 18 de Noviembre.

Encuesta de Español:

From The Parent Education Series:

In support of children and families, we stand against hate. United Against Hate Week is November 13-19, so please join us in calling out hate and implicit biases that threaten the safety and civility of our neighborhoods, towns, and cities. #UnitedAgainstHate

November is also Native American Heritage Month, a month when we celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories of Native peoples.

Thursday! David Feldman, PhD, professor of counseling psychology, Santa Clara University, a national expert on hope and trauma, presents Grounded Hope: Why Hope is Important in Times of Stress and Loss (November 10, Online).

College admission is a barrel of laughs, right? Join experts Gabi McColgan, Michael Elgarico, and Patrick Wilson for an inside-track chat about the college admission process, What's So Funny About College Admission? (November 17, Online).

NEW! How can parents help their teens and tweens get more sleep? Join Lisa L. Lewis, MS, author of The Sleep-Deprived Teen, for Why Teen and Tween Sleep Matters, and How Parents and Schools Can Help (November 30, Online).

NEW! What are teens actually doing on their smartphones? Harvard researchers Emily Weinstein, PhD, and Carrie James, PhD, discuss their new book, Behind Their Screens: What Teens Are Facing (and Adults Are Missing) (December 2, Online).

If you missed a live event, visit our Video Library (YouTube), a popular and trusted resource with new videos posted weekly. Subscribe today, sign up for our newsletter, and follow us on Instagram and Facebook!

Recent recordings include:

  • Fentanyl: What Parents and Caregivers Need to Know
  • How to They/Them: A Guide to Nonbinary Pronouns and Gender Fluidity
  • Cannabis: The Role of Parents and Community in Prevention

The Parent Education Series is a program of The Parent Venture, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Included in this Newsletter:

  • Important Dates and Schedules
  • Information from our Woodside HS Foundation
  • Information from the PTSA and the Class of 2024
  • Information from Drama Boosters
  • Information from the ABO
  • Information from Woodside Musical Theatre
  • Information from our Robotics Team 100

*Students and Parents--If you see a photo with you or your child featured in any one of the newsletters, send me an email and I can send you the photo!

With Gratitude,

Karen van Putten, Principal

Important Dates & Schedules

November 7 - 11 is an "B - A - B - A" Week and No School on Friday, 11/11

  • 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
  • November 6: Daylight Saving Time Ends - Move Clocks Back 1 hour: "Fall Back"
  • November 7: SDMC Mtg 4:00-6:00PM
  • November 7: PTSA Mtg in MUR and Zoom
  • November 8: WHS Foundation Mtg in the Library and Election Day - Please VOTE!
  • November 9: 7-8:30PM MUR - PTSA Hosts "College Admissions / ACT vs. SAT" and ABO Mtg - Zoom
  • November 10: 3rd Period - AMC "A" Math Contest in H5
  • November 11: No School - Veterans Day Observed; End of Q2 Progress Report Period
  • November 11: CCS Quarterfinals: WHS Football vs. Seaside @ Seaside HS, 7PM GoFan Tickets
  • November 12: CCS Cross Country @ Crystal Springs - GoFan Tickets
  • November 14 & 16: 8th Grade Prospective Parent Campus Tour 4:00-5:00PM w/ Admin
  • November 18 & 19: Murder Mystery Fall Play: Manor of Death
  • November 19: The Music Boosters is hosting a Carwash Fundraiser - 9AM -2PM
  • November 23 -25: Thanksgiving Holiday - No School
  • November 29: Teen Mental Health Parent Info Night w/ SafeSpace in the PAC
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Wednesday, November 2nd is Donation Day!

Thank you for donating on Donation Day! You can still make a gift online here.

To learn more about the Woodside High School Foundation and how these funds have significant impact on our student community, visit

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Monthly PTSA Meeting Monday, November 7

A reminder our monthly PTSA meeting will be Monday, November 7th starting at 7:00PM. All are welcome. Meetings are held in person in the MUR and via Zoom. The Zoom link can be found on the PTSA website and here:

The meetings are a great chance to meet new and experienced parents, students and teachers from the Woodside school community.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Information Night - College Admissions & SAT vs. ACT

Save the Date!!

Wednesday November 9

7 - 8:30pm

Woodside High MUR

Come learn and empower yourself with the most up-to-date information about the college application process at this free event.

Due to Covid, college applications have risen sharply, adding complications to an already confusing process.

Local experts from AJ Tutoring and College Calm will speak about how best to prepare yourself and your student for college. Although this information is most pertinent to Junior class parents and students, this evening is open to the entire Woodside community.

Topics discussed will include an overview of the current admissions landscape, the current role of standardized testing in college admissions, the difference between the SAT and ACT, and the impact of AP exams. There will also be some planning resources distributed as well as a Q & A.

The event will be held in person at WHS, and there will also be a live stream available for anyone interested. A recording will also be made available.

Event is free!

Link for registration:

Attending from AJ Tutoring will be the Directors of the local AJ Tutoring offices (Patrick and Rachel) and Regional Director (Peter)

Attending from College Calm will be the Founder (Roxana Dommer) and Senior College Counselor (Jenny Dumas)

Questions?? Contact Naomi at

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News from the Drama Boosters

11 more days before the Murder Mystery begins...

Save your seats and purchase tickets for our Fall Play, Manor of Death now at:

2 shows only. Friday, 11/18/22 and Saturday, 11/19/22, 7pm shows @ PAC

What is the murder mystery about?

Newlyweds Rachel and Archie Conrad’s dream of running a successful mystery book store is turning into a nightmare. Three young thugs have targeted the store “Manor of Death” and are trying to drive the Conrads out of “their” neighborhood. What’s worse, Rachel finds a body hidden in the stacks of books. Turns out the victim was the gardener of a very successful, but recently deceased author of mysteries who had been scheduled to speak at Manor of Death. That’s enough for two lady detectives who zero in on Rachel as their Prime Suspect. However, she and Archie quickly find out that the author left behind quite a few suspects at his mansion including his ex-wife and her new boyfriend, his cook, his secretary, and his nephew. In order to clear her name, Rachel must do some fancy detective work and, with the help of some new friends, work a little magic to pull the real killer out of the hat.

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What's New With Woodside Athletics?

The Wildcat Holiday Pop-Up Shop is open for business! The shop is stocked with a variety of Wildcat spirit wear that is not in our regular inventory, including long-sleeved shirts, tank tops, puffer vests, cinch backpacks, fleece pants, and PJ pants and shorts. Shop now until November 10!

Mark your calendars!

The annual ABO Crab Feed is back!

Saturday, February 4, 2023

Red Morton Community Activities Building

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

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Good news just in–matching funds have become available!

A committed group of donors has offered to match every gift made to the WHS Robotics Boosters before November 30, 2022 up to a total of $5,000.

The WHS Robotics Program emphasizes active outreach to students of all backgrounds and encourages engagement and teamwork in pursuit of a STEM education. Any interested student can join and learn to build a robot, as well as the skills necessary to run a small business.

WHS Robotics is a remarkable program, but also an expensive one. This year, we need to raise $47,000. We depend on financial support from businesses, team families and friends, and the local community to fuel our passion for robotics. Right now, you can double the power of your donation so it goes twice as far to support the team.

Donations of any size are greatly appreciated and are tax deductible. We hope we can count on you to help nurture the innovators of tomorrow.

Please use this link to contribute.

Sponsor Team 100

Thank you for your support.

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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