Middle School UpdatesTop of Page

September 17, 2018

Woodside High School Outreach Event — Revised Date!
Tues., October 2; 7:00 p.m.
Woodside High School Outreach Event for Woodside Elementary Families: Tuesday, October 2 at 7pm, at a private home in Woodside. This is a great opportunity to meet Principal Diane Burbank, selected staff members, and parents of current students. Principal Burbank will share her vision and priorities for Woodside High School over the next few years, including programs and expanded course offerings. All 7th and 8th-grade parents are welcome!! We look forward to seeing you there - please email events@whsfoundation.org to receive an invitation.

Meet the Middle School
Tues., Oct. 2; 10:00 a.m. in Wildcats
All 4th and 5th grade parents are invited to join the Middle School staff in learning about the Middle School program.  All Middle School teachers will present their programs, and parents will have the opportunity to visit multiple classrooms. 

In addition, all you will be able to sign up your 4th or 5th grade child to shadow our Middle School in late October.  We hope that you will take advantage to learn about the Woodside Middle School and everything that it has to offer all students!

October Parent-Teacher Conferences
Each Wednesday in October
Fall parent-teacher conferences will be held during each of the Wednesday minimum days throughout October.  Middle School conferences are as follows:

  • Wednesday, October 3:  1:00 - 3:30 p.m. in the School Library
  • Wednesday, October 10:  1:00 - 3:30 p.m. in the School Library
  • Wednesday, October 17:  5:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the School Library
  • Wednesday, October 24:  1:00 - 3:30 p.m. in the School Library

Middle School teachers and administration will work over the next week or so trying to schedule group conferences, conferences that require a translator, etc.  On Monday, September 17, the online sign up system known as My Conference Time will be operational for parents to sign up.  

Beginning on Monday, September 17, you may go to My Conference Time to sign up for a teacher conference.  Please remember that Middle School teachers have many families to meet with so please try and sign up with a day/time that you know will work for you.  Also, please only sign up for ONE time slot per student for each teacher.  We also ask that you do set up an actual conference and not try and "slide" into one during the arena-style conferences.  Teachers need time to adequately plan (e.g., printing grade reports, bringing portfolios or writing samples, etc.).  You will need to sign up individually with each teacher.  The link to My Conference Time will take you to the main Woodside School webpage.  From this page, you should select the individual teacher.  

8th and 5th Grade 1:1 Parent-Principal Meetings
All 8th and 5th grade parents are invited to sign up using My Conference Time for an individual conference with Mr. Frank regarding High School and Middle School options.  Beginning immediately, you may sign up online for a 30 minute meeting to discuss possible future schools, both Middle and High School.  The application process can be daunting so as much information that can be gathered to make good decisions that keep the best interests of the individual student in mind, the better.  Please try and sign up for a day and time that you know will work for you, as there are nearly 100 families that may possibly want to meet.  Finally, please visit the High School Information webpage for more information. 

7th Grade Yosemite Trip
Mon., Sept. 17 - Fri., Sept. 21
All students will arrive at Woodside School by 6:30 a.m. on Monday, September 17 to depart by bus at 7:00 a.m.  Once we arrive in Half Dome Village, students will be supervised by both Woodside School staff and NatureBridge educators.  Small groups will explore the various attractions in Yosemite Valley throughout the week.  All food will be provided to the students through the various cafeterias within Yosemite Village.   

After a morning of exploring the Valley, we will depart Half Dome Village around 12:30 p.m. on Friday, September 21.  Taking traffic into consideration, we are estimated to arrive back to Woodside School around 5:00 p.m.  

Young Dreamers Network Summer Trip to Costa Rica
The Young Dreamers Network is offering a summer trip for Middle School students to Costa Rica.  The trip will run from July 10-17, 2019.  There is an informational meeting in Room 26 on Monday, September 17 at 6 p.m., and all students and parents who are interested should attend.  Please see the attached flyer.   

PTA School Picture Day
Mon., Sept. 24
It is that time of the year for school photos.  With the help of the PTA, Middle School students will take their school photos on Monday, September 24, beginning immediately following the 8:25 a.m. bell that begins the school day.  Please keep this date in mind when scheduling appointments.   

Middle School Instagram
The Middle School will update its Instagram page throughout the school year.  Please follow us @woodside_middleschool.  All parents and students must request to follow the account in order to view all Middle School events, including the Marin, Yosemite, and Washington, D.C. overnight field trips.  This is a great way to stay connected to your child's educational experience.  

SUHSD Movie Screening:  Raising Awareness Around Anxiety
The Sequoia Union High School District is offering four special screenings of the new IndieFlix documentary - ANGST:  Raising Awareness Around Anxiety.  This is an opportunity for parents and students to hear directly from students about how anxiety impacts their lives. 

Each of the four screenings will be held at each of the four High Schools within the SUHSD.  The film series is presented by the SUHSD Wellness Advisory Council with support from the Sequoia Healthcare District, the CHC, Sutter Health, etc.  Please see the ANGST:  Raising Awareness Around Anxiety flyer for more information.    

My Digital TAT 2 Leadership Opportunity
My Digital TAT2 is interested in having MS students serve in a leadership role by keeping their staff up to date on gaming and social media trends.  Please visit the MS webpage for more information.    

Student Supplies
As we look forward to the 2018-2019 school year, please find the recommended supply lists for incoming Middle School students.  The school is purchasing most of the supplies used on a daily basis, such as pencils, pens, graph paper, binder paper, tape, post-its, etc.  We recognize that a fair percentage of students enjoy the experience of purchasing their own supplies so we have included a modified supply list that covers binders, notebooks, folders, etc.   

Students should plan to bring the items for their grade level to the first day of school on Monday, August 20.  As always, the school will be sure to order extra supplies for students who do not purchase them.

6th Grade Supply List
7th Grade Supply List
8th Grade Supply List

7th Grade Tdap
All students entering 7th grade must show proof of Tdap vaccination before the start of the 2018-2019 school year.  Tdap is a booster shot to protect adolescents and adults against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis.   A copy of an updated immunization record must be brought to the school office or emailed to Elvira Martinez (school office). Please see the Tdap letter for more information.  

Recess/Lunch Activities
Please take a moment to take a look at the various activities that are available to both the Middle and Elementary students during morning and lunch recess.  Sometimes it can be hard to spend your free time productively.  Our goal is to offer a wide array of activities for kids to participate in, and it is good to know that they have options to put themselves in the most productive environment possible.  Please refer to the Recess and Lunch Activities Listings for more information regarding specific opportunities open to students.

Follow the Middle School on InstagramTop of Page

You can now follow our Middle School events (e.g., dances, spirit days, field trips, etc.) @woodsidemiddleschool on Instagram for updates and live action.

Please know that this is a private account that you will need to request to follow if you would like to view the pictures.  The Middle School staff will verify all requests before they are accepted.  We will have complete control over the posting of photos, and the intent is to spread information quickly to parents.     

MS Barbecues and DancesTop of Page

The dates for the Middle School barbeque lunches this year are as follows:
  • Friday, October 6, 2017
  • Friday, February 2, 2018
  • Friday, May 25, 2018
All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students are invited to the barbecue lunches, so please plan accordingly for those days.  Also, the 5th grade students are invited to the May barbecue as a welcome to Middle School. Thank you in advance to the PTA and all of the parent volunteers who help make these lunches so special for the kids!
The dates for the Middle School dances this year are as follows:
  • Friday, December 1, 2017 (7th and 8th grade only) - "50's" Dance
  • Friday, February 9, 2018 - "Valentine's" Dance
  • Friday, May 11, 2018 - "Under the Sea" Dance
The cost for each student is $10 and it will be collected at the door.  The dances begin in Sellman at 7:00 p.m. and end at 9:30 p.m.