Woodside High School

Weekly Wildcat Notes: February 13-17, 2023

February 13 - 17 is a "B - A - B - A - B" Week Schedule

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National Letter of Intent Signing Day was February 1st

Congratulations to the following seniors who have committed to play at the collegiate level:

Andrew Nordgren - Football - University of Puget Sound

George Kreidler - Rowing - Boston University

Charlotte Hill - Rowing - UC Berkeley

Sophia Wells - Diving - Columbia

We anticipate a few more commitments in the spring. Stay tuned!

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The Aspirations Task Force invites you to demonstrate some CONFIDENCE TO TAKE ACTION by participating in the Random Acts of Kindness Challenge Week: La Semana de Amor y Amistad. The challenge will take place the week of February 13-17. During this week, scan a QR code found on the flyers posted around campus and in each teacher’s classroom. The QR code will link to a Google form where you can record the acts you’ve done or fill in your own! Anyone participating will be invited to our Celebration of Kindness during lunch on March 3!

JUNIORS: FREE SAT Test Prep Workshops Offered by AJ Tutoring

Attention: JUNIORS!

With the support of our Woodside HS Foundation and this year's Fund-a-Need focus on "Elevating College and Career Readiness," we have partnered with AJ Tutoring to offer 7 week SAT Test Prep sessions for Woodside Juniors starting in early March. Sign up today for this learning opportunity!

Our group SAT classes consist of 20 hours of instruction and include material and proctored exams. We teach crucial math, reading, and writing concepts and test-taking strategies, giving students the confidence to tackle any question on the SAT. Our program builds in repetition and collaboration to take advantage of the group SAT classroom environment.Our most experienced tutors combine comprehensive lessons and extensive in-class review to deliver results. Our SAT class materials are updated frequently to reflect the latest developments on the SAT.

Each "cohort" will be between 12-20 students held on campus on Saturdays or Sundays. The goal is to be prepared for the May 6th or June 3rd test dates. It's fully funded by the Foundation, but we are requesting a registration/commitment fee of $50.

Register Here by 2/17/23

A Starry Night: Winter Formal 2023

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Woodside Winter Sports Photos & Updates Will Be Posted in a Special 2/15 Edition

Message from the Principal

Dear Woodside HS Community:

February is one of my favorite months in California, especially with all the rain we received, our Bay Area hills are several shades of cheerful green, carpeted with sunny yellow mustard plant and orange poppies. In the high school world, it also signals the transition between trying to maintain laser focus on the the present while planning for the future with 2023-24 course selection meetings and the handoff between winter sports and spring sports seasons. It is also an artistic season with last week's high energy ART BOOM and the preparations for the Spring Musical, Cinderella, and the Music department's springtime SoCal bus trip and AVID's NorCal bus trip. Classes are going on field trips to SFMOMA and Año Nuevo. I had the opportunity to join our Broadcast Journalism and Digital Journalism students on an inspiring tour of KQED in San Francisco. Activities are buzzing all throughout the Woodside campus and beyond! This week, I encourage all our students and the adults to take part in some mindful acts of kindness toward one another. While some might argue that Valentine's Day is a commercialized Hallmark holiday, the Student Leadership classes are encouraging everyone to wear red/pink or white on Tuesday, 2/14 in recognition of Valentine's Day. Every Wednesday, we encourage all students and staff to wear College Gear--this gives our teachers an entry point to share their unique journeys to their respective colleges in order to engage our students in exploring a wide variety of post-high school options. We get a Mid-Winter Break from February 20-24, and I encourage everyone to get outdoors and do something you love or try something new!

For Future Planning: March Minimum Days

Woodside High School staff will be required to participate in a mandated training conducted by the California Department of Education- Office of Civil Rights, on March 7th, 2023. This training will support building systems and practices for students who have or are suspected of having disabilities. As such, Woodside will be having a minimum day schedule on March 7th with dismissal at 12:30PM. This time was negotiated by the district in collaboration with OCR to minimize the disruption to the instructional calendar.

In addition to March 7th, we already had on our school calendar the following March Minimum Days:

  • Thursday, March 2nd: USC & SUHSD Equity Professional Development (Implicit Bias)
  • 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!

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

With Gratitude,

Karen van Putten, Principal

Important Dates & Schedules

February 13 - 17 is a "B - A - B - A - B " 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
  • 2/13: Current Freshmen Registration Zoom Webinar (6PM English & 7PM Spanish)
  • 2/15: Community College Night 7:00-8:30PM MUR
  • 2/20 - 2/24: No School - SUHSD Mid-Winter BREAK
  • 3/1: March Into College Workshop #1 for Juniors and their parents (7PM - MUR)
  • 3/2: Minimum "B" Day: SUHSD Staff Development (Equity)
  • 3/7: Minimum "A" Day: WHS Mandated Training
  • 3/8: March Into College Workshop #2 for Juniors and their parents (7PM - MUR)
  • 3/15: March Into College Workshop #3 for Juniors and their parents (7PM - MUR)
  • 3/16: OPEN HOUSE - 6:30PM-8PM Visit Your Student's Classes
  • 3/17: Minimum "A" Day Schedule
  • 3/17: Opening Night of Cinderella, the Musical
  • 3/22: March into College Workshop #4 for Juniors and their parents (7PM - MUR)
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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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The Crab Feed was Claw-some!

Thank you to everyone who joined in on the fun and especially to those who contributed to the event. The Cheer Team and Wilbur the Wildcat helped us all feel the excitement, and the Woodside Jazz Band set the scene with some great music! The student volunteers did a great job setting up, serving food, selling drawing tickets, and cleaning up. Thank you to all who sponsored coaches and/or donated desserts, wine and beer, and prize basket items. And, a special thank you to the 2023 Crab Feed Committee (Nancy Mein, Jenny Garcia, Alicia Truby, Karen Peterson, Maureen Goode, Allison Benjamin) and our experienced kitchen and bar help (Evro King and Naomi Reynolds). We had a successful fundraising event and the Woodside athletes will benefit from your support.

Congratulations to the Winter Sports Teams and let's welcome the Spring Sports!

Go Wildcats!

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Mark your calendar! The Foundation's annual Auction and Party is May 12th at Domenico Winery in San Carlos. Tickets will be on sale soon. We will continue to Close the Academic Gap by raising money to support a specific academic program critically needed by Woodside High School. Stay tuned on the details of this year's Fund-A-Need.
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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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