Middle School UpdatesTop of Page

March 8, 2019

County STEAM Fair
We had a great showing at the County STEAM Fair on Thursday, March 7th.  Congratulations to the Woodside School students who received awards at the County competition.  They are as follows:
- Landon P. (6th) - Landon received first in his Environment Category: analyzed how plants help us filter smoke
- John H. (7th) - John received second in his Environment Category: research efficiency of different materials in solar panels
- Tristyn K. (7th) - Tristyn received second in her Materials Category: researching just how well those vegetable washes get the pesticides off our vegetables
- Lucca V. (7th) - Lucca received a special award for his work in studying the harmful effects of different types of car washes on our aquatic and planted plants.
Landon, Tristyn, and John will go on to the Regional County Fair, as well as all three were invited to apply for Broadcom Masters. Landon will be able to go directly to the State STEM Fair.
Thank you to Melissa Bowdoin for organizing and planning the entire STEAM Fair.  It was a long process and was organized so well, with the culmination being several of our students winning awards.  Also, countless hours over the last several months spent by Melissa and Jenn Parker mentoring their students and spending most of their lunch time offering support.  Thank you to you both for your dedication to the students!
Congratulations to all of our participants!
2nd Trimester Report Cards
The 2nd trimester grading period ends on Thursday, March 7, and the 3rd trimester begins on Monday, March 11.  Individual student report cards will be finalized and sent home the week of March 18. 

Bingo Night 
Friday, March 22, 5-7:30pm; Sellman 
The 6th grade is sponsoring Bingo Night on Friday, March 22 and all families are welcome! This annual event is a crowd favorite and the proceeds help support the 6th grade class. Bingo card pre-sales will go on sale soon. Donations are needed — please consider donating movie tickets, gift cards, novelty gifts, games, books, etc. for prizes. Collection box is in the school office.  Please email Tina Lount for details regarding donations.  

Student Council Officers
Congratulations to all of the newly elected student officers!  The following students were elected to represent the student body by serving as officers in the Student Council for the remainder of the 2018-2019 school year:

Presidents - Eric S. and Trey W.
Vice-Presidents - Aidan B. and Reed P.
Treasurers - Fiona B. and Grace T.
Secretaries - Josephine M. and Pilar V.
Spirit Leaders - Madi E. and Josie L.

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.