In our continued commitment to our students’ college readiness and our ongoing improvement efforts, the annual PSAT/NMSQT exam will be administered to all juniors and sophomores at WHS on Wednesday, October 11th during the school day with results being available in mid-December.
An email will be sent Monday evening through Naviance to all junior and sophomore students regarding their Wednesday, October 11 PSAT testing room location along with other reminders. Juniors and sophomores will also be able to find their testing room location posted by student number Wednesday morning prior to 8:20 a.m.: Junior room locations will be in the Commons and sophomores room locations will be in the Main Gym.
As has been shared, please note there are some important technological changes, as the PSAT will be administered electronically this year. The College Board no longer offers a paper and pencil PSAT exam. As we prepare for the PSAT, please read closely the information below as it relates to the movement to an all-electronic format that includes the use of each student’s district-issued Chromebook. As PSAT testing cannot be done on a student’s personal computer:
**Students are expected to bring their assigned district-issued Chromebook on testing day.
**The Chromebooks must be brought to school fully charged.
**Students must restart and test their Chromebooks a couple of days before the testing day to ensure they are in good working order. Once restarted, when students click on APPS, they should be able to see an application called BLUEBOOK.
**Reach out to Ms. Aarthi (email@example.com) in the library if there are any issues with the device.
**For students who do not have an assigned district device, it is important to CLICK HERE for further instructions.
The PSAT measures critical reading, math problem solving, and writing skills that are important for success in college and in other post-secondary pursuits and is the qualifying test juniors must take to enter the National Merit Scholarship Corporation scholarship program.
The exam fee is $18.00 and has been populated to all junior and sophomore accounts and was due September 15.
Questions can be directed to PSAT Testing Coordinator Michael Kelly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next Wednesday, October 11, between 9:15am-12:05pm, WHS counselors will be hosting our first ever WHS Senior Menu day!
This day is designed to give seniors the time to work on post-high school plans, whether it be working on college applications, learning about Boeing job and internship opportunities, exploring our local community colleges, discovering personal interests and passions, or a combination of everything! Take a look at the Senior Menu below!
Not sure what to choose? You will be more than welcome to pop in and out of the different options that day!
All freshmen must bring their fully charged device for their grade-level activities.
Prior to 8:20 a.m., all freshmen go directly to the Main Gym to pick up their schedule for the day so they can arrive at their first designated lesson by 8:20 a.m.
Educational opportunities for freshmen include Future Planning, Belonging/Mindfulness, Mental Health, and Naviance.
Grade-Level activities for freshmen conclude at 12:05 p.m., followed by Options, Period 3, and lunch. Dismissal is as usual at 1:50 p.m.
Freshmen should get a good night’s sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and come to school looking forward to an engaging day!
WHS Fall Play: Tickets on Sale! The Legend of Sleepy Hollow October 19-21, 7p and October 21, 2p
The Woodinville High School Theatre Company will start the 2023-24 season by bringing The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by John Heimbuch and Jon Ferguson to the WHS Theater stage. This dynamic ensemble-based retelling of the famous Washington Irving short story is a spooktacular, crowd-pleasing theatrical event, perfect for the Halloween season. It’s the details that make any story convincing, and this marvelous rendition of the Great American Halloween Story is sure to please you. Don’t miss it! _____________________________________________________________________ Performances will run October 19-21, at 7:00p, plus a matinee on October 21 at 2:00p in the Woodinville High School Theater.
This show is recommended for audiences over 10 years old.
Ticket Sales Tickets can be purchased online or at the WHS office.
Reserved seating only! Tickets are available for purchase first come, first serve starting Monday, September 25:
In person at the WHS Main or Cashier's Office (no processing fee, M-F, 7:50a-3:50p)
Ticket prices are as follows*:
General Admission $15
Students w/ASB $10
Seniors 65+ $10
*In order to receive a qualified fee waiver for winter musical tickets, the ticket(s) must be purchased through the InTouch Point of Sale system at the WHS Main or Cashier's office. (Student free, immediate family member(s) 50% discount.)
Online GOFan ticket sales for that day's performance will close at 4:00p each night.
Tickets will be available on a first come, first serve basis at the box office if that performance is not yet sold out.
Tickets purchased at the box office are cash or check only.
The box office opens at 6:15p each show night and at 1:15p for the Saturday matinee.
For tickets purchased on GoFan, be sure to bring your mobile device for entry at the door.
Please note there is no food and only water allowed in the theater.
No photography at any time.
Class of 2024 Senior Yearbook Photos: Due Thurs, Oct 26
Provided size and other requirements are met, seniors can submit a photograph for the yearbook from whichever professional photographer a family chooses; OR a photograph taken by an amateur; OR seniors can choose to have the free Dorian photo (taken for their required ID card during Falcon Days or on make-up day September 14) published in the yearbook. Learn more about specific requirements on the Yearbook website at https://woodinville.nsd.org/activities/yearbook-2023-24.
Class of 2024 Yearbook Questions Should you have any questions, please email Ms. Alder at email@example.com.
*Details regarding the upload of senior yearbook photos will follow after school starts, well before the October 26 deadline. Once the information becomes available, most professional photographers can upload the image for the senior or can provide the senior with a .jpeg image digitally for the senior to upload themselves.
Class of 2024 Senior Name Verification
Attention seniors: Please confirm the name you would like printed on your diploma and in the Commencement program.
Step 1 - Please log into your school email and open the email sent to you to review your name(s), first, middle, and last name we have listed for you in our student information system.
If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Porter, WHS Counseling Office Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Counselors are shifting gears from schedule changes and looking forward to working more closely with our seniors as they prepare for life after graduation. The schedule change window has now passed and student schedules are set for the semester.
As we get more into the school year with classes, clubs, sports, etc. students are starting to find and make their routines and establish priorities. We encourage you to check in with your student about what's going on in their classes, homework, and how the year is starting off. Regularly, have your student open their StudentVue account and review their grades together and set goals
Here are some ways you can direct your student to gain extra support:
Encourage them to stay after class briefly for help or to schedule a time to meet
Help them send an e-mail to their teacher with their questions or ask to meet
Encourage them to meet with their counselor to discuss strategies for communicating with teachers
Seniors: College application planning can be overwhelming and time consuming and we want Seniors to know we are here to support you!
College Apps & Snacks are happening for students wanting the counselors' help with their college applications. Come work on your applications, essays, ask your counselor questions, and have dorm-style snacks.
When: October 11th during PSAT day. October 13th, 27th, November 9th, 17th and December 8th in the Library, periods 1-2, 3-4, and 6-7.
Parent and teacher permission is required for all dates starting October 13th. Here is the link for 10/13: https://forms.gle/khZwmZ7RAXHJiDr2A. Once students fill out the form, they will be sent a personalized consent form that needs to be printed, signed by teachers and parent/guardian, and brought with them to the Library on 10/13.
WHS, along with all other NSD high schools, will no longer rank students.
The 2024 graduating class size is 407.
WHS Counseling website: The WHS Counseling website has a plethora of resources ranging from College and Career Readiness links and videos, Naviance and High School and Beyond details, and Mental Health resources! Check it out: https://woodinville.nsd.org/counseling We are thrilled to see students back on campus and enjoy meeting our underclassmen that are new to the building. We hope your student is having a great year so far and let us know how we can help!
WHS Counseling Team
Amy Strandy, Kat Lamb, Scott Churchill, Nate Hirsch, Sarah Brenner, My Tang
WHS National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Students!
Congratulations to our 15 Falcon seniors who were named Commended Students in the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program: Cooper Bailin, Krish Doshi, Claire Dulas, Adam Flatness, Austin Flatness, Lea Kallio, Solomon Lane, Bryson Medd, Samikshaa Prabhu, Tobias Roetteler, Dan Sharan, Declan Swan, Ben Van Shaar, Andrew Van Veen, and Andrew Wood!
Commended students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success. These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.
About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2024 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 students who entered the 2024 competition by taking the PSAT/NMSQT their junior year. Congratulations to these students and their families!
Ongoing: Fee Waiver Consent Form available for families who qualify for Free & Reduced Lunch 10/07: Pink Out Football vs. Mount Si, 1pm 10/11: PSAT Exam at WHS (All 10th & 11th) 10/11: SAT Exam at WHS (Pre-registered 12th graders) (during the school day) 10/11: Grade-Level Activities for freshmen and non-SAT testing seniors 10/11: Early Release Wednesday Schedule #11 10/13: College Apps & Snacks, Library 10/15: NSD REQUIRED FORMS SIGN OFF IN PARENTVUE & STUDENTVUE DUE 10/16-22: Senior Week - CO2023 Cap, Gown & Announcement sales with Jostens 10/19: Picture Retakes, Theatre/Gym Foyer during lunches 10/19-21: Fall Play - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Theatre, 7pm (Plus Matinee, Oct. 21, 2pm) 10/26: Senior Yearbook Photos Due 10/26: Fall Music Concert, WHS Theatre, 7p 10/27: Flapjack Friday 10/27: College Apps & Snacks, Library 10/31: Northlake Jazz Festival @ WHS 10/31: Halloween 11/02: Financial Aid Night, Theatre, 6:00-7:30pm 11/03: End of 1st Quarter 11/05: Standard Time - Back 1 Hour 11/05-07: DECA Fall Leadership Conference 11/06-10: School Psychologist Awareness Week 11/10: Veterans Day Holiday - No School 11/12: Diwali (No Evening Events) 11/13: Mid-term Progress Reports Mailed 11/17: Senior College Apps & Snacks, Library 11/22: Half-Day Schedule #29 (Dismissal Time pending District confirmation) 11/22: Spanish Club Dance Performance 11/23: Thanksgiving Holiday - No School 11/24: Native American Heritage Day Holiday - No School 11/27-30: Yearbook Sales (11/27-12/15) (Final pre-order sales window of the 2023-24 school year)
05/18: Senior Prom, Seattle Aquarium, 8-11p 06/14: Class of 2024 Commencement Rehearsal, MANDATORY, 9-11am 06/18: Class of 2024 Commencement Ceremony, Pop Keeney, 1pm
WHS Chromebook Device Swap for Seniors, Juniors, & Sophomores: October 16-18
On October 16th, 17th and 18th, the NSD Technology Department will be conducting the device swap event at WHS. Students in grades 10-12 will be swapping out their old chromebook for a new one. This will take place in our library during the students specific math class. Your 10th, 11th and/or 12th grade student(s) are required to bring their assigned Chromebook to school and exchange it for a new Chromebook. Charger and bag will not be exchanged. Their current charger and bag will work with the new device.
To prepare for the swap, please ask your students to:
Carefully remove any stickers, tape, or other personal items from the Chromebook.
Log out of the Chromebook.
Be sure that the Chromebook is the one assigned to them and not to a friend or sibling. Check with the School Technology Specialist in the Library to confirm if they are unsure.
Note any problems with their assigned Chromebook? Ask your students to report those problems to the School Technology Specialist as soon as possible.
Although students should be bringing their device to school each day, in order to support a smooth device swap, please remind your student to bring their Chromebooks to school each day during the device swap window.
Washington State Healthy Youth Survey 2023
Our school is participating in the Washington State Healthy Youth Survey during fall 2023. The survey will be given to students in Grades 6, 8, 10 and 12 in large districts and students in Grades 6 through 12 in small school districts.
The Healthy Youth Survey includes questions related to physical activity and diet, unintentional and intentional injury, substance use, sexual behaviors, abuse, risk and protective factors, and access to school-based services. Survey results are used by schools, communities, and state agencies to plan programs to support our youth and reduce their risks.
Participation in the survey is voluntary and the students’ answers are anonymous. There are no codes or information used to match a survey to a student.
Important Message from the Nurses!
“I don’t HAVE to mask any more, but should I?” That’s a very good question!
What are the current recommendations for when you are sick?
Testing is no longer required and we do not have test kits at school any more (if you would like free tests, please visit: https://www.covid.gov/tests). Buuuuuuuuuuuut…
Stay home if you have a sore throat, cough, stuffy nose, or similar symptoms not explained by a pre-existing condition.
Remain home until symptoms are improving.
Stay home if you have a fever.
Remain home for 24 hours AFTER the fever has passed.
Stay home if you have vomited or have diarrhea. Remain home for 24 hours since the last time you experienced those symptoms.
Masks are available by the Nurse’s Office if you want one! STAY HEALTHY FALCONS! WE’VE GOT THIS!
NSD REQUIRED FORMS DUE SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2023!
NSD Communications will be emailing all families about the requirement to electronically acknowledge the annual District form notifications the week of August 28. As took place last year, parents and guardians must acknowledge the NSD forms outlined below before being able to view information in ParentVue and students will need to sign off on the Rights & Responsibilities Handbook before being able to access StudentVUE. The District will send Synergy activation keys to all families who do not have an active ParentVUE account. Required forms:
WA State Attendance Letter
Rights and Responsibilities Handbook (parents/guardians AND students)
Student Housing Questionnaire
Permission to Withhold Student Directory Information
Fee Waiver Consent Form (available August 1) Completing the fee waiver consent form in ParentVUE will allow families who qualify for free and reduced status to share the information with those administering extra-curricular activities at our school or within the district to reduce certain fees or waive certain extracurricular fees. Learn more: https://woodinville.nsd.org/resources/payments#fs-panel-148324
Please mark your calendar to log into ParentVUE to acknowledge the required forms by Sunday, October 15!
If you need your user name and password for ParentVUE, email email@example.com.
Please know that when you next login to ParentVUE, you will be prompted to download, read, and take action for each of the forms listed above.
The applicable acknowledgement(s) must be completed by ALL parents/guardians and students in NSD.
SOLUTIONS TO MOST COMMON QUESTIONS:
ParentVue/StudentVUE will not accept your signature. (Invalid Signature Error)
Please refer to the spelling of your name in the upper right-hand corner of the form.
Your signature needs to match the spelling that is listed there.
If your name is spelled incorrectly, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the correct spelling.
You receive an error when trying to download the Rights and Responsibilities Handbook letter.
If you are using a cell phone to download this letter, please try again on a desktop computer or a laptop.
If you are still unable to download it, please let email@example.com know ASAP.
Verify that all the forms have been completed. (What is the current status of your forms)
Go to "my account" tab at the top of ParentVue/StudentVUE and scroll down to acknowledged documents, this will show the status of all your forms.
The forms are available in English, as well as the District’s ten most common languages. If you would like to access a paper copy of these forms, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions about these forms, please contact Student Services at (425) 408-7725 or by email at email@example.com.
Reduced or Waived Fees 2023-24 Don't forget... families must re-apply every year!
Parents and guardians whose income falls within specified guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture should apply for free or reduced-price meals for their students. Applications are due by October 17th to avoid an interruption in benefits (only one application is required per family), but families can apply at any time during the year – throughout the year. If you qualify for Free or Reduced Meals you may also qualify for:
School fee waivers (a fee waiver consent form must be completed) in addition to the Free and Reduced application.
See below for more information or contact your school counselor (available after August 23).
Other services such as health insurance.
Contact Nurse Christie Callahan or Jennifer Gardner for more information.
Cars and Parking Lots During Options & Lunch ___________________________________________________________________ A reminder that students are not to be hanging out in cars or in the parking lots during options or lunch. Students were reminded of this during Falcon Days, is not a new policy, but one that we are returning to reinforcing this year for safety and supervision reasons both for students individually and for all WHS students. We will continue to remind students of this the first two days of school, but expect all students are aware of and following this policy after that.
Passes Required for Elevator Use
As we start the 2023-2024 school year please note that in order to use the elevator, students are required to check out an elevator pass in the Main Office with Mrs. Benedict.
The ONLY students who should be using the elevator are students with medical conditions. If a student is seen using the elevator without a pass that has been checked out, they will receive progressive discipline.
Sign up to Wrestle During the Winter Sports Season!
A friendly reminder to our Wrestling athletes that they must be registered in Final Forms prior to the start of the season. Register now!
WHS Music Boosters General Meeting
Come join us on Monday, October 9, 6 - 7 p.m. in the WHS library for our first general meeting of the school year! We will be discussing upcoming activities, events and voting on our bylaws. We hope to see you there!
Woodinville High School Music Boosters is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization comprised of volunteers fully committed to serving the music department and its students. Our volunteers assist with events and raising funds to support activities and supplies that are not provided by NSD.
The WHS ASB Math Club is seeking donations to fund supplies and their future competitions and field trips. Math Club members would very much appreciate the help of your generous donation to reach their goal!
Donate at TouchBase Lite: https://wa-northshore-lite.intouchreceipting.com A username/password are not needed. 1. Under the Item drop down menu on the right-hand side under Cart, select “WHS Math Club Donation” 2. Under Amount, designate how much you would like to donate by clicking the up/down toggle or typing in the amount (The sum will move into your Cart) 3. Under Memo, add a message, if desired 4. Click Buy (The sum will move into your Cart) 5. Click Cart 6. Click Pay 7. Enter your First Name, Last Name, Address, Phone, and Email 8. Click Pay 9. Enter your credit/debit card information 10. Click I’m not a robot 11. Click Pay 12. You will then be able to print, download, or send your receipt to your email address