Woodside High School

Wildcat Notes: May 10th - 19th, 2023

Student-Athletes Move Into Post-Season Action - CCS and State Championships

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Woodside Senior Day 2023 #Nextsteps

Our seniors have been on quite the educational journey and lived through a global pandemic. Woodside HS teachers have helped prepare our seniors achieve a "Sense of Accomplishment," "Confidence to Take Action," and multiple opportunities to demonstrate "Leadership & Responsibility." On May 4th, we celebrated the Class of 2023 and watched them "sign" their name and destination showing their commitment to their "Next Steps" with their Wildcat "Spirit of Adventure" to do great things!

Seniors began the Woodside tradition of painting the Admin Office windows with specially designed paint pens with their college logo or college name where they have committed. Stop by campus and walk by our admin office and check out our painted windows as these served as a colorful backdrop for our #nextsteps signing day and inspiration for our underclassmen. The windows will stay painted through Graduation on June 9th.

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Message from the Principal

Dear Woodside HS Community:

Special thanks to our PTSA, ELAC, Alumni families and our District Office who arranged daily delicious treats for a thoughtful Educator Appreciation Week!

Take a moment to read the Presidential Proclamation on National Teacher Appreciation Day (May 10th) and National Teacher Appreciation Week. I would like to echo the sentiments shared in the proclamation and want our teachers to know that I'm proud to work alongside them amid the seemingly endless challenges we continue to face in our endeavors. The proclamation reads, "Teaching is a calling — a way to live out the belief that we can shape , our corner of the world, one student at a time. But shaping that world demands a lot." The demands are real and ensuring our students' success requires dedication, creativity, adaptability, perseverance, and community.

We know that our Woodside community supports our schools and our teachers. When you give to the Woodside Foundation, this is one of the best ways to show your appreciation. The Woodside Foundation Auction is live, and we are incredibly grateful for our annual campaign efforts and looking forward to a successful Fund-a-Need continuing our focus on our College and Career Access Program. Click here to view this year’s video. All the efforts of our Foundation help us maintain and improve our instructional and enrichment programs and help to maintain smaller class sizes.

Between May 1-12, 542 Woodside students in grades 9-12 will have participated in over 1,000 Advanced Placement exams in 22 different courses. MANY thanks to our students for their commitment to their studies, to our teachers for their dedication to teaching what is equivalent to college level coursework and to all our proctors. And very special thanks to our AP Coordinator, Math teacher Mr. Igoe, Ms. Lupe Robles-Flores who handles all the behind the scenes preparation for each exam and IVP Ms. Cara Klackle for her attention to detail to ensure that all students received their accommodations and that we provided the best testing environment possible. Thank you!

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

WHS Spirit Week: May 15 - 19

The leadership program is hosting a spring spirit week next week, May 15-19. Each day staff and students are encouraged to dress up according to the theme of the day. At lunch there will be activities and music in the quad.

The spirit days are:

Monday 5/15: Tie-Dye Day

Wear tie-dye clothing. Come out to the quad to make a tie-dye shirt or get a tie-dye tattoo; many Chemistry students have dyed their own shirts this week--make sure to wear your own works of art!

Tuesday 5/16: Beach Day

Get ready for the warm weather by wearing some fun beach attire. Please no bathing suits. Come out the quad to make large bubbles or make a sand castle.

Wednesday 5/17: Anything but a backpack Day

Use that sense of creativity and find something to carry your items to school that is NOT a backpack.Please no store shopping carts.

Thursday 5/18: Rhyme without reason Day

Get a partner and dress up. Each pair is to dress to a theme that rhymes. For example DJ & PJ, Athlete & Wall Street.

Friday 5/19: Pinkout

Orange turns Pink.

To get everyone ready for the powder puff game happening this evening, everyone is encouraged to wear PINK!

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WHS Dance Team Spring Showcase May 20th

When: Saturday May 20, 2023

Time: 7pm

Location: WHS Performing Arts Center

Tickets: $15 Adults | $10 Student/Staff

Tickets can be purchased at

Come support the Woodside HS Dance Team and let's say goodbye to the 2023 Seniors! Most dance routines are student choreographed.

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Class of 2023 Grad Night--Sail into the future, Senior Wildcats!

Join us on the Fume Blanc Yacht and sail around the San Francisco Bay

Your trip will feature taco and pasta stations, DJ/dancing, casino tables, a photo booth, henna and caricature artists.

Friday June 9, 2023 from 10pm - 2am

Ticket Price: $150, bus transportation from WHS is included

Scholarships are available by request. Please speak with your counselor for more information.

Click Grad Night for more details and to purchase your ticket. Deadline is May 30, 2023.


Clase de 2023 Grad Night— ¡Navega hacia el futuro, Wildcats!

Únase a nosotros para navegar alrededor de la Bahía de San Francisco.

Su viaje contará con una estación de tacos y pastas, DJ/baile, mesas de casino, una cabina de fotos, henna y un caricaturista.

viernes junio 9 2023, 10pm – 2am

Precio de la entrada $150, Incluye autobús transporte desde WHS.

Además, hay becas disponibles; comuníquese con su consejero para obtener más información.

Haga clic en Grad Night para obtener más detalles y comprar su boleto. Fecha límite 30 de mayo.

Important Dates & Schedules

May 15 - 19 is an " A - B - A - B - A" Week Schedule

Click here for the School Activities Calendar

  • 5/1 -- 5/12: College Board AP Testing
  • 5/11: Stanford Teen Health Van - Click here for Info
  • 5/11: Spring Blood Drive - Old Gym
  • 5/12: Super Friday - Registration for Cañada College (See flyer below)
  • 5/12: Woodside Foundation Auction
  • 5/13: SAT Workshop Cohort #2 - Practice Test 11:30AM (must be pre-registered)
  • 5/14: SAT Workshop Cohort #2 - 12:30PM - 3:00PM (must be pre-registered)
  • 5/15 - 5/19: SPIRIT WEEK
  • 5/16: Team 100 Robotics Celebration - MUR
  • 5/18: Spring Music Concert - 7:00-9:00PM PAC
  • 5/19: Powder Puff Football Game
  • 5/19: SENIOR SUNSET on Bradley Field
  • 5/20: WHS Dance Team Showcase - 7PM - PAC
  • 6/9: Class of 2023 Commencement 10:00AM at Bradley Field
  • *Order your yearbook HERE by July 31st! Yearbooks will be distributed in the Fall.
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The Wildcat Wine Country online auction is LIVE!

Here are some of the fantastic items we want to highlight:

Half Moon Bay Kayaking adventure with Principal van Putten, including two kayaks to take home! Seven nights in a luxurious villa in Tuscany with a one-year membership to Inspirato, one-of-a-kind Club access Warriors tickets, parent-sponsored class parties, and so much more!

Online auction access instructions are available on the WHS Foundation website.

In addition, check out our Fund-a-Need video to learn more about the College Access Program! Listen to Principal van Putten, school counselors, students, and teachers talk about the impact of the program! It will take all of us and every single donation counts! Click here to view this year’s video.

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Goodies for Grads; Commemorative Bricks; Join the PTSA!

Goodies for Grads

Time to celebrate your 2023 graduate and buy them a Double Lei*, Flowers or a Graduation Bear for graduation day!

Pre-Sale will go from April 17 - May 12

*Price for double leis on the day of graduation will cost more and will be limited so get your order in now.

Click this link to order:

There will be some Leis, flowers and bears to purchase on the day of graduation but supplies will be limited.

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


Join us on Tuesday, May 23rd at 7pm in the PAC for our annual Drama 3/4 Production: "Teachers on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown AND Conversation Therapy." You will be treated to two 1-act plays produced and directed 100% by the students! Tickets will be available at the door for $5 cash.

Last DB Meeting on Zoom: Wednesday, May 24th, 7pm. Zoom link on home page.

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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 + 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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