Dear Woodside Families,
Welcome to a new school year! For the new families at Woodside, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. This is my 16th year in education. I am a graduate of UC Davis (Go Aggies!) with bachelors in both Political Science and Communications. I earned my multiple subject teaching credential and my masters in education (my thesis focused on the academic achievement of gifted students vs. high achievers) at Saint Mary’s College of Moraga (Go Gaels!). My curiosity to work with gifted students also led me to earn a GATE credential. I am currently working on my doctoral degree at University of Southern California (Go Trojans!) in Organizational Leadership.
Before I came to Woodside, I was a teacher in San Ramon Unified School District and was an instructional coach there. After earning administrative credential at Cal State East Bay and working as a summer school assistant principal in San Ramon, I was encouraged to be a full time school administrator and became an assistant principal at Bret Harte Middle School in San Jose. After Bret Harte, I was encouraged by my superintendent, Dr. Matthews to be an assistant principal at Booksin. I later became the principal at Booksin and was in charge of leading a school with 72 staff and 800 students.
Last year was my first year at Woodside. Woodside community has been kind, generous, and supportive. Woodside E.S. is truly an amazing place for our students, staff, and parents. I am proud of our team and feel blessed to be part of it.
I currently live in San Jose with my husband, Cris and our son, Brayden. We also have two dogs, Coco and Mya. Brayden is a 3rd grader at Woodside. He keeps me busy with his extracurricular activities. I am a soccer mom and my weekends are filled with Brayden’s lessons and tournaments.
I am passionate about our school and excited to share my ideas and goals to our Woodside families. I look forward to a fantastic school year filled with making wonderful memories and developing lifelong learners.
Paws of Praise for May
Congratulations to all the recipients of May's Paws of Praise! There are so many wonderful students at Woodside it is impossible to give each one a Paws of Praise each month. A few are selected to represent the kind of behavior that we wish for all our students. Sometimes I do something good and people mention it. Most of the time that doesn't happen. I keep doing the right thing anyway. I have gotten to the point where the voice in my own head says "Well done!" and I like it. To all those who were chosen for Paws, yay and way to go! If you are one of those who knows they did well, but didn't get a Paw, give me a high five and I will give it right back. We will both know that you too are a praiseworthy person!
Kinder: Henry H., Symone D., Nalia T.
2nd Grade: Alistair C., Kaelyn F., Kareena A., Sofia M., Will B., Quinn G., Arya Y.
3rd Grade: Jackson F.
4th Grade: Harmon H.
5th Grade: Sophie D., Colin J., Luke C., Zoe C., Daniel F.
May Day 2017
The 95th annual May Day parade was as great as ever! The Sheriff's department kicked off with two sparkling motorcycles and a patrol car. The Mayor was there as well as many illustrious town leaders and staff plus this year's Grand Marshals of Dick and Barbara Tagg! Coming through the parade were representatives from the Kindergarten Royal Court on the red fire truck, the PTA, the Woodside School Foundation, Mountain Camp, the Los Trancos Woods Marching Band plus a live performance by the 8th grade cast of this year's Operetta — Shrek The Musical Jr..
I was behind the microphone announcing and really enjoyed when past and present students, teachers and parents stopped by all morning to say hello. The May Pole dance was well choreographed and the third grade delivered a flawless performance! Congratulations to 8th grade mom, Sushma Pati, for receiving the 2017 Citizen of The Year award. After the events at the amphitheater, everyone enjoyed a delicious BBQ meal from Alice's Restaurant and a lively carnival. The day truly proved what a marvelous town we live in.
5th Grade Colonial Day
Last Friday, the 5th grade celebrated Colonial Day. Students dressed in period costume and staged a parade from the town library, through all the classrooms on campus and ended at Wildcats. There, they performed the production of "Walk Through The American Revolution".
This was a very interactive history lesson pitting the Redcoats against the Colonists. Later on they all retired to the school garden for a Colonial lunch. After that there was stenciling, weaving, tin art, and writing with quill pens. Special thanks to the fifth grade team for an amazing, fun, and informative day!
April 10 & 17, 2017
Paw of Praise Awardees for April
The following students were honored with Paws of Praise on Wed., April 4. Congratulations to all these hard working students at WES. Your teachers and parents are proud of you!
April 3, 2017
Spring in the School Garden!
Spring gardening is here! The sunny weather has brought life and lots of activity to the garden. Last Wednesday, I joined Ms. Lighty's class enjoying a quiet moment decorating zen stones at the garden tables. They were relaxed and very polite to each other, sharing pens and ideas. Earlier, Mr. Myrtetus and his crew were busy making spring rolls from the produce the class had grown. Carrots, and other vegetables rolled up with rice noodles made for a refreshing snack.There are garden activities happening in all grades. Ask your child what they are up to in the garden! There are lady bug eggs out there, if you know where to look...
March 27, 2017
The Spring Equinox in 5th Grade
Last Monday, I had the opportunity to observe a great lesson in Ms. Parker's 5th grade class as her students learned about the Spring Equinox — when the length of the day is the same as the night. And, means that spring has officially arrived! The student used protractors and flashlights to simulate the angle of the sun in winter and summer months. By tracing the outline of the light beam at different angles, they demonstrated the changing of the seasons. It is always wonderful to see hands-on science!
Kinder: Tilly M., Hugo W., Juliette (Jules) D., Ariel S-K., Keilani B.
1st Grade: Malia F., Callan E., Hunter B., Baxter P., Levi C.
2nd Grade: Aidan M., Vito D.G.
3rd Grade: Leo U., Christopher R.U.
4th Grade: Anna W.S., Carlo T.
5th Grade: Logan W., Mickey C.
Woodside students focus on eight Mathematical Practices while learning the math content standards at each grade level. The eight Mathematical Practice standards complement the content standards by helping students to see their world through a mathematical lens, reason mathematically, and use mathematics thoughtfully and effectively to solve problems.
As part of the Common Core Standards for Mathematics, one of the most important requirements is that correct answers alone will not be enough. Correct answers are very important, but along with them there is a new set of “mathematical practices” that all teachers will expect from their students. This is part of their preparation for 21st century jobs.
In today’s environment, there are “habits of mind” that students need to develop and use when they employ math strategies, talk about the math they are learning, and solve problems. These practices help them learn the content and describe how students should be able to use the mathematics they learn in the world. These skills are important to employers who want to hire people who can solve problems and make sense of things. These are the eight Standards for Mathematical Practice.
The Eight Standards for Mathematical Practice are:
Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them
Reason abstractly and quantitatively
Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others
Model with mathematics
Use appropriate tools strategically
Attend to precision
Look for and make use of structure
Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning
These Mathematical Practices can be reworded in student friendly language:
I can try many times to understand and solve a math problem.
I can think about the math problem in my head, first.
I can make a plan, called a strategy, to solve the problem and discuss other students’ strategies too.
I can use math symbols and numbers to solve the problem.
I can use math tools, pictures, drawings, and objects to solve the problem.
I can check to see if my strategy and calculations are correct.
I can use what I already know about math to solve the problem.
I can use a strategy that I used to solve another math problem.
For more information and examples, refer to: http://www.insidemathematics.org/common-core-resources/mathematical-practice-standards