Woodside High School
Weekly Wildcat Notes: September 5 - September 8, 2023
9.5 to 9.8 is an "A - B - A - B" Schedule
Great Energy at Back to School Night 2023
F-14 WHS's Confidential Counseling / Wellness Center
We continue our partnership with ACS (Adolescent Counseling Services) and I am excited to share that Elizabeth Harris will be working very closely with Kathleen Homes, our Mental Health Specialist. Ms. Harris will serve as the ACS site director, overseeing the interns, who work directly with our students. Ms. Harris comes to us having recently worked with the Las Lomitas School District and as a provider of clinical therapy services via the Community Counseling Program.
Fall Sports are in Full Swing
The girls golf team won their first match in the Bay Division, outperforming San Mateo 215 to 240. Katelyn Fung went home with a medal with a score of 34.
On 9/1, the Woodside JV team opened the evening with a big win against Overfelt (42-14). The Varsity football team won their away non-conference game against Overfelt (San Jose, CA) by a score of 39-30. The game was exciting and many players had the opportunity to gain some play time. The leading offensive player was Evan Usher while Mason Furtado delivered defensively.
Both water polo teams, girls tennis and volleyball teams face a busy week ahead starting on Tuesday, September 5th and on Wednesday, September 6th, our inaugural girls flag football team will scrimmage Menlo School on Wednesday at Menlo. Please come out to any of our games and support the wildcats!
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.
NOTE: the Kitchen is open for breakfast if students want to eat before school starts. We serve from the Quad area window from 8:15am to 8:30am; however, that would count as one of two of their free meals.
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 WWW.myschoolbucks.com 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.
Seeking Mentors for the Green & Graphics and Technology Academies
Want to make a difference in a teenager's life? Had a mentor yourself or wish you did? Easy communication in person as well as through email, phone, and zoom.
Mentoring Program: WHS Green and Graphics & Tech Academies are looking for career mentors. The mentor program will pair students with professionals to discuss both academic and career goals. The student's career interests are wide-ranging from technology and design to environmental policy and sustainable careers. I'm hoping that you, or someone that you know, might be able to participate in this program as a mentor.
Commitment: Approximately 2 hours per month from October 2022 to May 2023, with a set curriculum that is focused on career exploration and developing the students' business communication goals. Key deliverables include an elevator pitch, SMART goals, resumes, mock interviews, and a job shadow.
The First Introductory meeting is planned for November 3 or 4th, depending on your student's class.
Message from the Principal
Dear Woodside Students and Families:
Did you know all WHS students are expected to read at least one 150+ page book of their choice over the summer?
The only summer work for students for the WHS Big Read is to read! On September 22, 2023, students will participate in a classroom assignment related to their chosen books and sense of belonging. Students can use the graphic organizers as they read to prepare themselves for the in-class Big Read activity.
Need ideas on what to read?
- For book ideas: Click here for some recommended books within the theme.
- Click Here For free access to electronic books with a San Mateo County Library Card
Enrolled in an AS or AP English class?
You may use one of the required books listed here OR any book of your choice for The WHS Big Read theme.
As adult role models, many of our staff members engaged in personal reading over the summer, and I enjoyed reading Crying in H-Mart as my Big Read novel. When I started as principal of WHS in 2021, my 95-year old mother moved out of her independent living apartment in Los Angeles and moved in with my daughter and me. The book had me crying/laughing, grappling with my sense of belonging within this new humbling landscape of taking care of my parent. I am looking forward to our entire school community engaging in a meaningful BIG READ activity this year!
¿Sabía que se espera que todos los estudiantes de WHS lean al menos un libro de más de 150 páginas de su elección durante el verano?
¡El único trabajo de verano para los estudiantes de WHS Big Read es leer! El 22 de septiembre de 2023, los estudiantes participarán en una tarea en el salón de clase relacionada con el libro que escogieron y el sentido de pertenencia. Los estudiantes pueden usar organizadores gráficos mientras leen para prepararse a sí mismos para la actividad Big Read en clase
¿Necesitas ideas sobre qué leer?
- Para ideas de libros: Haga clic aquí para ver algunos libros recomendados dentro del tema.
- Haga clic aquí para obtener acceso gratuito a libros electrónicos con una tarjeta de la biblioteca del condado de San Mateo
¿Está inscrito en una clase de inglés AS o AP?
Puede usar uno de los libros requeridos enumerados aquí o cualquier libro de su elección para el tema de The WHS Big Read.
The Big Read is a great example of how we work toward meeting our WHS Goals. I will be repeating these goals in the Principal's Message for the next few weeks so that we can all take responsibility and ownership of our individual part to meet our school goals:
We anchor our teaching and learning in the following WHS (WASC) Goals, examining student progress and engaging in professional conversations so that all students have access to meeting content standards while providing meaningful and relevant experiences and enrichment opportunities:
- Goal #1: Increase the success rates of English Learners (EL and Reclassified Fluent English Proficient) on a variety of measures, including the CAASPP and ELPAC scores, graduation rates, A-G completion rates, and/or CTE Pathway completion. (SUHSD LCAP Goals 1&3)
- Goal #2: Implement strategies and provide opportunities for all students to be successessful in a rigorous course of study as measured by A-G completion and/or CTE Pathway completion. (SUHSD LCAP Goals 1&2)
- Goal #3: Promote a positive and inclusive learning environment for students in all subgroups based on the 8 Conditions for Student Success that will enhance our engaging campus culture. (SUHSD LCAP Goals 1&2)
Included in this Newsletter:
- Important Dates and Schedules
- The Den and Quiet Study are Open
- Looking for Mentors to Work with Academies
- Information from our Parent Booster Groups
Karen van Putten, Principal
Important Dates & Schedules
September 5 - 8 is an "A - B - A - B" week
- Click Here for the Weekly Calendar of Events
- September 4: Labor Day - NO SCHOOL
- September 5: ELAC Meeting, 6:30PM in the MUR (English Language Advisory Council
- September 6: Every Wednesday is Wear Your College Gear Day!
- September 6: Talent Show Auditions 3:45 - 5:30 in the PAC
- September 8: Club Rush - on the Quad During Lunch (learn about all the clubs on campus!)
- September 8: Spirit Friday: Wear Beach Themed Outfits to School and the Football Games
- September 11: SUHSD Staff Development - No School for Students
- September 12: Music Boosters Parent Meeting, 7PM
- September 13: March Into College "Senior Style" for Seniors and their Parents 7PM MUR
- September 14: ID Photo Make Up Day
- September 22: BIG READ
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.
Attention Freshmen Families: Our Annual Campaign Starts With You!
Check your mailboxes for an introduction to the Woodside High School Foundation and the many ways it benefits the academic experience of all Woodside students. We hope you'll join us in supporting this work!
The Woodside High School Foundation is a volunteer-run nonprofit organization whose sole purpose is to raise funds to close the gap between public funding and the cost of a high-quality education. We raise money for academic programming identified by the school administration that will have a significant impact on the quality of education of all the students.
Learn more at https://www.whsfoundation.org/.
WOODSIDE'S GOT TALENT!
Woodside students, we know you are just bursting with talent. Why not share your amazing gifts—musical, vocal, or otherwise—with the rest of the community at the annual Talent Show?? You could win cold, hard cash for your efforts. Prizes of $100, $75, and $50 go to the top 3 performers. Sign ups start on 9/1 in the main office; auditions are on 9/6 in the PAC. Showtime is 10/5. See image below for the details.
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Be sure to follow WHS Drama Boosters on Instagram at @whsdramaboosters for all the latest happenings.
Order Your Merch and Season Tickets Info
Ou online merchandise store is OPEN! Get yourself outfitted: https://woodsideathletics.membershiptoolkit.com/packet/38885699
Now is a great time to purchase your season ticket family 4-packs for all regular season home Football and Basketball games. More information on home games and pricing are available online at Woodside Athletic Boosters Organization - Sequoia Union HSD, CA - Season Tickets Football & Basketball (membershiptoolkit.com).
Be sure to follow our social media accounts to keep up with our teams and athletic booster events! If you take great pictures at Wildcat sporting events, please contact Kim Postlewaite at firstname.lastname@example.org so they can be posted on our social media.
Woodside High School
Location: 199 Churchill Avenue, Woodside, CA, USA
Phone: (650) 367-9750