Middle School UpdatesTop of Page

Nov. 15, 2018

8th Grade Parent Meeting
Tues., Dec. 11; 7:00 p.m.
All 8th grade parents are encouraged to attend an informational meeting in the school library on Tuesday, December 11 at 7 p.m. to learn hear preliminary Operetta information as well as specific information regarding the D.C. trip and Graduation.  During this meeting, parents will receive some basic information about Operetta, parent responsibilities, etc.  In addition, we will spend the majority of the meeting going over specific dates and times for year-end events such as Graduation.  We hope to see all of you there!

Middle School Talent Show
Alll Middle School students are invited to participate in the Talent Show on Feb. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in Sellman.  Interested students must turn in the Middle School Talent Show Sign Up Form no later than Wednesday, November 27.

In order to make the Talent Show a great experience for everyone, all students who wish to perform will be required to attend specific rehearsals.  If there are any questions regarding participation, students should contact Dr. D'Ambrosio to discuss the specifics. 

This is a wonderful community event that highlights the many talents of our students, and we hope that students want to participate and that everyone will want to come out and support both the students and the Student Council as they host the annual Talent Show!      

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.

1st Trimester Report Cards
The 1st trimester ends and the PowerSchool portal will be closed on Friday, November 9 so that teachers can work on report cards.  Report cards will be mailed home as soon as they are ready, hopefully before the Thanksgiving break.   

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 Dance
Fri., Nov. 2; 7-9:30 p.m.
All 7th and 8th grade students are invited to the Winter Wonderland dance on Friday, Nov. 2 in Sellman.  Woodside School students must turn in their dance forms to the office by the end of the school day on Nov. 2.  In addition, all 7th and 8th grade Woodside School students can invite guests to attend.  All guests must complete a guest form and turn it in either before the dance begins or at the door before entering.  Please visit the Middle School Dances page for the dance forms.  

4th/5th Grade Shadowing
Fri., Dec. 14
Any 4th or 5th grade students who missed the cut off can sign up in the office to shadow on Friday, December 14.  Please be sure to do sign up before Monday, December 10, as it is challenging to organize all of the moving pieces on a shadow day without having a firm cut off date.    

8th and 5th Grade 1:1 Parent-Principal Meetings
All 8th and 5th grade parents are invited to email sfrank@woodsideschool.us individually for a conference regarding High School and Middle School options.  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.  Finally, please visit the High School Information webpage for more information.

Please email Mr. Frank directly at sfrank@woodsideschool.us to schedule a 1:1 meeting if you have not done so and feel the need.   

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.