Middle School UpdatesTop of Page

March 14, 2018

Powerschool Portal
The portal for all student and parent Powerschool accounts will be closed Until Wednesday, March 21 as teachers work to finalize grades, comments, and citizenship for report cards.  The portal will only remain closed until the 2nd trimester report cards are mailed home.   

High School Information
All 8th grade parents should be aware of the following that is happening with both public and private High Schools during the next few weeks.  

Sequoia Union High School District Information

  • All 8th grade students have completed the 9th grade placement tests for the SUHSD.

  • Individual student sheets with class placement information determined by the SUHSD have arrived, and the necessary teachers have provided their input as to 9th grade classes.  

  • These forms will be sent home with your child on Tuesday, March 13.  

  • Each 8th grade student must return the completed class form (with selected elective choices and a parent signature) to Mr. Frank no later than Wed., March 21.  

  • In order to help parents and students understand the elective choices, please visit the Sequoia Union High School District's website to view their program handbook. You can preview the program handbook for each of the four High Schools to help with the elective course selection process.

  • Your child was placed into specific classes based upon the High School District's criteria. Woodside School has no ability to change what is on the forms, but it is possible to request a more demanding course for your child. If this is the case, you will need to speak with the Woodside High School counselor.  

  • On Friday, March 23, the Woodside High School counselor will be here at Woodside School to meet with the 8th grade students. The forms will be collected by the counselor, and the specific courses for students are then set up in the High School's course registration process.  

  • In April or May, you will receive login information to access the parent portal for Woodside High School. The portal is how parents can communicate with counselors, request changes in classes, etc.   

  • In addition to the course form that needs to be returned by March 21, your child will be given a math acceleration form for Woodside High School.  This is a summer option for incoming 9th grade students who wish to take geometry.  

  • Finally, for any students interested in athletics and dance, please see Woodside High's athletic department webpage for important registration information.  

Private High Schools

  • Students who applied to private High Schools should receive their notification this Friday,
    March 16, and a decision is usually required within one week.    

  • It is vital that you contact either Mr. Frank or Monique Hunt upon notification by the schools. Knowing the results of each application is very important information for Woodside School to have.

  • Once you make your decision to go to a private school, please bring a copy of the acceptance letter to Mr. Frank or Monique Hunt in the main office. The SUHSD requires proof that a student will not be attending public High School. We must receive the letters by Thursday, March 22 so we can provide them to the Woodside High School counselor.  

Nueva School Ted Talks - Creating the Future
March 25; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. – Nueva High School
All 6th grade students and above, including parents, are invited to Nueva High School’s Writing and Research Center at 131 E. 28th Ave. in San Mateo to attend the TEDx team’s conference featuring several guest speakers that will focus on “Creating the Future.” Please go to tinyurl.com/tedxnueva2018 to sign up for this public event. 

MARS Testing
All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students will be administered the MARS assessment during the week of March 12.  Students will take the MARS assessment in their math classes.  Please try your best to make sure that appointments are avoided during this time.  

8th Grade Washington, D.C. Meeting
Thurs., March 29; 6:00 p.m. – Woodside School Library
All 8th grade parents and students must attend the Washington, D.C. informational meeting on Thursday, March 29 at 6 p.m. in the school library.  Important forms will be handed out. 

Parent Resources
The SEL Committee put together some parent resources detailing the pitfalls of social media and the importance of independence, resiliency, and accountability.  Please take a look at the Woodside School website 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 Schedule

PowerSchool Portal
If you have questions regarding logging into PowerSchool, please contact Monique Hunt at mhunt@woodsideschool.us.

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.