March 8, 2019
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.
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.