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January 16, 2019

 

STEM Fair
Please join us for the annual STEM Fair on Thursday, January 31 at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Gym.  It is open to the public, and food will be provided to participating students before the event.     
 
Student Council Elections
The Student Council officer election assembly for the second half of the 2018-2019 school year will take place on Friday, February 8.  All 7 and 8 grade students are eligible to run for office. 

Woodside High School Open House
Sat., Jan. 26; 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Parents and students are welcome to attend Woodside High School's Open House where student led tours will showcase the campus and answer many prospective students' questions about attending WHS.  Tours leave every 10 minutes from the PAC (Performing Arts Center) and end at the MUR (Multi-Use Room) to speak informally with academic and athletic program staff.  You must pre-register here to guarantee your tour spot.    

Middle School Talent Show
The Student Council’s annual Middle School talent show is Wednesday, February 6 at 6:30 p.m. in Sellman.  Tickets to the talent show are $5, and they will be on sale both before and the night of the event.  All proceeds support the Student Council. 

Musical Instruments and Chromebooks
Musical instruments and Chromebooks left outside of classrooms after school have become a real concern as we have seen much more damage to Chromebooks and many more lost instruments the first two months of the school year.  The majority of the instruments and all of the Chromebooks do belong to the school, which means that Woodside School is financially responsible.  Because of this, we have a responsibility to protect these items.  In order to take the proper care to make sure that the items are not stolen or damaged, and to help build student independence, the following process will be put in place beginning immediately:
  • All Chromebooks found outside on the ground, anywhere on campus, will be placed in Mr. Frank’s office. Students must pick up their forgotten Chromebooks in Mr. Frank’s office the following morning.
  • The maintenance staff will collect forgotten musical instruments after 4 p.m. each day. They will be placed in Mrs. Hoss’s music room (Room 37). Students must pick up their forgotten instruments from Mrs. Hoss the next morning.
  • The maintenance staff has been instructed to not allow anyone into classrooms after school hours to retrieve forgotten items.
  • Students who leave items are responsible to go to either Mrs. Hoss or Mr. Frank the next morning to retrieve the items. This will allow us to be able to identify individual students who may need additional support in building independence. Our goal is to protect the school’s equipment and to build independence, responsibility, and resiliency in all of the students. That begins with allowing your child to fail. If your child leaves an instrument or forgets something from a classroom, please follow the process outlined above and have your child follow up with the appropriate staff member the following day. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mr. Frank. 

Our goal is to protect the school's investment and to build independence, responsibility, and resiliency in all of the students.  That begins with allowing your child to fail.  If your child leaves an instrument or forgets something from a classroom, please follow the process outlined above and have your child follow up with the appropriate staff member the following day.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Mr. Frank.

National STEM Fair Winner!
Congratulations to Georgia H. (8th grade) for winning the top over prize at the National Broadcom Masters Competition in Washington, D.C., the preeminent national Middle School science & engineering competition in the U.S. and the world! 

Georgia's project on creating a more efficient and cost-effective solar power system that relies on data from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration to determine where the sun will be at any given date and time earned her the Samueli Foundation Prize of $25,000, the top award in the national competition.  What an amazing project!

Georgia's project has been over a year-long journey, as it was entered in our local competition, as well as the county and state competitions last year when Georgia was in 7th grade.  Georgia's project involved a tremendous amount of local and school support.  Georgia was able to take advantage of the Design lab, spending countless hours using the laser cutter, soldering, computer programming, etc.  Several people were instrumental in their support of Georgia's 7th grade project, including Jenn Parker who taught Georgia science in 5th-7th grade and worked closely with her to develop the project and encourage her to continue on in the national competition, Melissa Bowdoin, who as her 8th grade science teacher, provided support, Harlin and Sandeep for all of their help with the design lab work and computer programming support, and Parnell Pollioni for the countless hours he spent in the design lab helping Georgia with the machinery and equipment for prototyping. 

What a fantastic accomplishment Georgia!  The entire Woodside School Community congratulates you in your incredible journey!

For more detailed information, please read the press release on the competition.  

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.  

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.

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.  

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.