Middle School UpdatesTop of Page

May 17, 2019

Woodside High School Calendar Information
Please refer to the following important calendar information regarding Woodside High School for the 2019-2020 school year:  
  • Back to School Night - Thursday, Aug 29th at 6:30 pm; begins in the Center Quad
  • 7th/8th grade Information Night - Wed, October 2nd at 7 pm in PAC
  • Saturday Open House for prospective students and families - Saturday, Jan 25th from 9 am - 12 noon; begins in PAC
  • Spring Open House for current families - Thursday, Mar 5th from 6:30 - 8:00 pm
  • Advanced Placement and Advanced Standing Information Night for students and families including incoming 9th grade students - Thursday, April 16th at 7 pm; begins in PAC
  • Awards Night - Wednesday, June 3rd at 7 pm in PAC
  • Graduation - Friday, June 5th at 10 am; Bradley Field

Middle School Math Update

Mrs. Waters is taking leave to be a new grandmother for the remainder of the school year.  In her place, Mr. Brian Myrtetus will step in and take over her teaching duties.  Mr. Myrtetus has worked this year in the Middle School math classes and has great familiarity with the students, curriculum, and Mrs. McManis.  

CAASPP Science Testing
May 23-24
All 5 and 8 grade students will take the state science assessment in their blocked science classes on Thursday, May 23 and Friday, May 24.  Please plan accordingly.  

CAASPP Resources
The California Office of Education provides valuable resources about CAASPP testing for parents.  The above link is a great resource to learn more about the state testing, and parents and students can access practice CAASPP tests here.  If you have always wondered what the testing is like, please access the practice test link.     

Middle School Dance
May 24
All 6-8 grade students are invited to join us for the last dance of the school year, a Hawaiian-themed dance, on Friday, May 24 from 7:00-9:30 p.m. in Sellman.  The cost is $15 per student and guests are invited.  Please visit the Middle School Dance webpage for more information.
5th-8th Grade BBQ 
May 24
The final BBQ will include all 5th-8th grade students on Friday, May 24 at lunch.  Thank you to the PTA for sponsoring the BBQ’s throughout the school year and to each of the volunteer parents who make it possible! 

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.