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Woodinville High School | Care - Respect - Leadership

"Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. ~William Arthur Ward

Principal's Message

Dear Falcon Families,

Across our nation, our state, and our community, we have seen the use of racist language and symbols with and against each other. As Woodinville High School’s principal, I take the responsibility to create a safe, welcoming, and inclusive learning environment very seriously. Religious bigotry, racism, discrimination, bullying, and harassment go against every core belief held by Woodinville High School and the Northshore School District. I am committed to ensuring every student at WHS thrives, and that as educators we continue our own professional growth and development through our intentional work with our Racial and Educational Justice Department.

I also want to remind our broader community that high school students are learning and developing during these formative years. Parents and guardians, I encourage you to continue conversations with your student about the perpetuation of hate, racism, and anti-Semitism and the impact and consequences of these inappropriate actions now and into the future. As a resource, Learning for Justice has a parent guide for addressing these topics with young people.  

As we head into the holiday break tomorrow, as well as the winter months and the many cultural and religious celebrations that will take place, I am grateful for your partnership in our continued commitment to a supportive and welcoming learning environment for all students, staff, and families. 

GO Falcons!


Kurt Criscione

National Honor Society

Elevate your academics, leadership, and community engagement by joining National Honor Society!

Application due Nov. 29!

Application includes...
-Joining the Schoology course by going to Schoology→ my courses → Join a Course → Type in ID: MKDD-K6BG-2ZHXD
-Complete the Intent to Join Form/Essay Questions (on Schoology)
-Payment of annual dues
-Complete 5 hours of Community Service

Scan the QR code below or go to for more information!

WHS ASB Annual Holiday Food Drive!

November 29 - December 17
It’s that time of the year again—the WHS Student Leadership is organizing the WHS Annual Holiday Food Drive!

Students can drop off their donations at their 3rd period classrooms from Monday, November 29 to Friday, December 17.

Donations need to be shelf-stable, non-perishable food items (no cash donations).

Students can earn Honor Society hours for their donations (1 hour for every 20 items donated, with a maximum of 2 hours). Students can bring their Honor Society Service Log, which teachers may sign directly. Top Ramen, Cup of Noodles, and water do not count!

The 3rd period with the most food by December 17th will earn a free breakfast provided by admin!

ASB is very excited to "Can the Man" by filling Mr. Criscione's office with the items! The food will then be donated to the Maltby Food Bank again this year so donations will go to families in our very own local community.

Thank you for helping us help those in need this holiday season!

WOI and Key Club are excited to invite all WHS students to participate in their Movie/Card Making event! 
December 1, WHS Library, 2-4:30pm 

WOI (Women of Influence Club) and Key Club are so excited to host a card making/movie event on Wednesday, December 1 from 2:00 - 4:30pm in the WHS Library for all WHS students!
While watching a movie that uplifts influential women (Hidden Figures), students will have the opportunity to earn National Honor Society hours by making cards for retirement homes (1 NHS hours = 2 cards (maximum of 2 hours).
There is a $5 entry fee which includes a goody bag to support the WOI end-of-year conference.
Please RSVP with this google form link. The clubs are so excited to see our students there!
Message from your WHS Counselors  
Hi Falcon Family, 

As we move into the 2nd quarter and the days get shorter, cloudier, wetter, and grayer, and the holidays coming up, we want to remind you to find ways to take care of you and your mental health. Here are some things you could try to reduce your stress:
  • Exercise; go for a walk/run, do yoga, lift weights, play basketbal
  • Practice mindfulness; noticing your thoughts feelings, deep breathing, eating slowly 
  • Care for others; send a text, write a note, deliver food/drink, help with chore
  • Sleep; never underestimate the power of a good night’s rest!

With 1st quarter grades out, check if you’re doing as well as you hoped. If not, there’s still time to get your grades up. Here are some things you can do to help:
  • Talk to your teacher; ask questions, get clarification, talk through problems
  • See your counselor; we can help create a game plan to get you back on track
  • Use Tutorial; ask for a Golden Ticket to see your teacher and get extra help
  • Peer Tutors; we have a list of your peers who are willing to help in a variety of subjects

Holidays are coming up and we know it can be a difficult time for families. Here is a website that lists local food banks, pantries, and community meal information.

Know that your WHS Counseling Team is here to support and help in any way possible!

Amy Strandy, Kat Lamb, Scott Churchill, Nate Hirsch, Sarah Brenner, My Kiakotos

Register! Important Forefront Suicide Prevention Training Webinary for Parents and Guardians: Thurs, December 9th

Please join us on Thursday, December 9th from 6:00-7:30pm for a suicide prevention webinar training. Please fill out the registration link below to attend. All NSD high school parents/caregivers are welcome.  (Students and children do not attend.)

This training is important for the support of your child and their friends.

Parent/Caregiver Suicide Prevention Training Registration: 

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth ages 14-24 in Washington and the United States. Many suicides are preventable! Mental health problems among young adults are more common than many families realize. Parents and family members sometimes struggle to understand their student’s mental health concerns—or even to recognize that their student is in distress. Learning that their student is having suicidal thoughts can create extreme stress for the family. This training provides resources to help parents and families support those who are struggling with their mental wellness. 

More information about Forefront here:

Contact Counselor Nate Hirsch at, if you have questions.

College and Career Center Scoop!
Ms. Kia, College & Career and Running Start Counselor, has created the College & Career Center Scoop, a monthly newsletter to inform all students, families, and staff about all things related to college and career.

Enjoy the first issue here:

Class of 2022, please verify the spelling of your name to be printed on your diploma and in the Commencement program:

Please check your NSD student email account for an important message! All seniors have received an email and a link to a Google Form so they each may verify the name to be printed on their diploma and in the Commencement program. Seniors will need to refer to the name verification email to complete the Google Form. They may also refer to the name printed on their transcript which they may find in the documents tab of their StudentVue account. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Porter, WHS Counseling Office Manager at
Yearbooks will be on sale December 1-17 for $55. That is the LAST chance to buy a 2021-22 yearbook!  
Wondering if a yearbook has been purchased?
  • Parents/Guardians can check to see if a yearbook has been purchaed in Touchbase history. 
  • A list by student number is also be posted outside the Cashier's Office.

Yearbook Information for the Senior Class of 2022!

Senior Grad Ads: 

Grad Ads are up and running. What is a Grad Ad? Well it’s space in the Senior Section of the Yearbook where you can applaud your child’s achievements with a tribute in their yearbook. Celebrate with words of congratulations, praise and encouragement.  You can also add the pictures we wouldn’t take in the Senior Portrait section, with animals, props etc. Please click the link to purchase Balfour Grad Ad Link. They go off sale on Dec. 17th at Midnight, Pacific Time. 

Ad Pricing: Full Page Ad $200, 1/2 Page Ad $110, 1/4 Page Ad $55, 1/8 Page Ad $30

Steps to purchase an ad:
  1. Log in using the above link. Ads are purchased online through Balfour only.
  2. Sign in using your child's name, I think you have to also create an account giving Balfour an email address. Please be sure to use an address that you regularly use/read. Once you purchase the ad, you will be sent a link to use to upload your pictures and words. This does not always come right away, it may take a day before confirmation of purchase happens. And confirmation of purchase is actually the email containing your link to create your ad. You do not need to complete the ad on the same day you purchase it, you will have until January 3, 2022 to complete the ad. 
  3. We ask that you don’t create your ad using Photoshop or any other photo editing software. They don’t transfer well. Please use the tools provided. We want to be sure that you understand that we will change the fonts on the ads to match those we use in the book as well as any colored backgrounds. We want the Senior Ad section to go along with the theme of the book. We want it pretty :-). Wingspan also reserves the right to edit ads based on school policy and yearbook guidelines. We will contact you if we need to change anything drastically.
  4. You will get a preview of the ad before you submit, if you want to keep that preview you need to screenshot it. Unless it’s changed from last year once the preview is gone you won’t see it again until the book comes out. Unfortunately we can’t spare the time to send you another preview, there is just so much to do once January comes, I am so sorry. :-(
  5. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to email me.
  6. If your questions have to do with the site you have to contact Balfour directly at 1-800-944-5930. Again, please remember they are Pacific Standard Time (the plant is in Texas.)

I know this seems really early but we have to know how many pages you all want, to include that in the size of the book.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email Ms. Alder at, or have your student stop by room 238 and Ms. Alder will be happy to help you.

Women of Influence Club Seeking Donations for April Conference

Women of Influence Club is hosting our third annual Women of Influence Leadership Conference at the end of April. This conference will connect aspiring Woodinville High School students to influential female leaders. The conference will include a panel discussion of eight highly accomplished women in diverse occupations, followed by small round table discussions accompanied by a catered meal.

The goal of this conference is to empower young leaders by giving them an opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations with professional women in a variety of industries.

In order to stay true to our values of equity and inclusivity, and to give our attendees the best experience possible, our goal is to make this conference free of any cost.

The easiest way to sponsor is by giving a monetary donation so we can cover the cost of the conference.

Donate here:

Thank you!

Student Celebrations!

WHS Robotics demonstrated their robot for faculty and staff at a staff meeting on Tuesday, November 16 to many "oohs" and "aahhs"!!


Details are subject to changes in guidance from the Northshore School District, King County Department of Health, and/or the State of Washington.
COVID-19 Testing every Wednesday during 2nd period                                                      

11/25: Woodinville Turkey Trot

11/25-26: No School - Thanksgiving Break
11/29: WHS NHS Intent to Join, Hours, and Fee due by 11:55 p.m.
11/29-12/17: ASB Holiday Food Drive
12/01: Women of Influence/Key Club Movie/Card Making Event
12/01-17: Yearbook Sales-Final sales window of the school year
12/04: SAT at WHS
12/06-10: NHS Toy/Book Drive
12/09: Winter Concert #1
12/13-17: Winterfest!

12/16: Winter Concert #2
12/17: Senior Grad Ads due to Yearbook by midnight
12/20-31: Winter Break - No School

05/14: Senior Prom, Pacific Science Center
06/10: Class of 2022 Commencement Rehearsal, MANDATORY, 9-11am
06/14: Class of 2022 Commencement Ceremony

Holiday Break!

November 25: No School - Thanksgiving Day
November 26: No School - Native American Heritage Day

The administration, faculty, and staff of Woodinville High School send best wishes to all our Falcon Families for a joyous and relaxing Thanksgiving and holiday break!

WHS Main Office is seeking Copy Brigade Volunteers!

The Main Office is looking to fill spots for the Copy Brigade.  The Copy Brigade program focuses on ten or more regularly committed volunteers making photocopies, laminating items submitted to the Main Office Copy Center by faculty and staff, as well as providing assistance keeping the work room copy center organized. Regular, committed volunteers are needed Monday through Friday for a 2-hour window between 8:20 - 12:20 p.m.

Volunteers who are able to commit to regular and consistent participation are key to the effectiveness of this program. Volunteers are encouraged to team up in pairs and, for example, volunteer every other Tuesday, alternating with their partner.  Then, if a Tuesday volunteer can’t make it, her or his alternating Tuesday partner may be able to swap days and fill in.  In the event a Work Room Copy Center volunteer is unable to make it on their specified day and a back-up person cannot be located, the Main Office Secretary is contacted so alternate arrangements can be made for that day. 

Please email Main Office Secretary Ellen Esteves at if interested and advise the day of the week you would like to volunteer!

Please note:  All NSD volunteers complete a mandatory volunteer training, background check, and submit proof of vaccination prior to volunteering. Volunteers must wear masks.

More information is available on the district website.

Thank you Falcon Families!

Attendance Absences & PCR Covid-19 Result Requirement

Due to high email and call volumes: if you are reporting your child absent from school due to any of the symptoms listed below for any period of time, they are required to get a NAAT, RT-PCR or PCR test prior to return to school. Reference the King County Return to School Flow Chart NSD follows below.  
  • Fever of 100.4°F or 38°C or higher 
  • Cough 
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
  • Chills  
  • Fatigue 
  • Muscle pain or body aches  
  • Headache 
  • New loss of taste or smell 
  • Sore throat 
  • Congestion or runny nose 
  • Nausea or vomiting 
  • Diarrhea 
Various testing sites available through your provider, King County or UW testing sites (linked below). Please return all Covid results to the WHS and

Important Health and Safety Information!
Student out of school for positive COVID test? Please notify school nurse

If a student is out of school for testing Positive with Covid, please notify WHS school nurses Christie Callahan/Jennifer Gardner immediately, this is related to protocols from Public Health guidelines.
Thank You, 
Christie Callahan RN, BSN
School Nurse Woodinville High School (425) 408-7406
Jennifer Gardner RN, BSN
School Nurse Woodinville High School (425) 408-7406


The COVID Handbook has been updated and reflects NSD's current practices. Please read through this information carefully so that we can work together to keep our students, staff, and families safe. NSD will continue to monitor evolving pandemic data along with state and federal requirements to update this handbook as appropriate. You can find the link to the NSD COVID-19 Handbook here
Attendance & Early Dismissals
Our student day is from 8:20 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. and WHS expects all students to attend school every day.  Below are a few highlights of our attendance policy and procedures:
  • Absences must be excused within two (2) school days of the absence or students will be assigned progressive discipline.
  • Ten hours of excused and/or unexcused absences in a semester in a given class may result in going through the Attendance Validation process.
  • When a student accumulates three (3) or more days of unexcused absences it will result in a conference with administration.
  • If a student misses more than 15 minutes of class, it is considered an absence
  • If a student requires an early dismissal, the student needs to come to the Attendance Office before school or during Options with a parent/guardian signed request. We are no longer accepting phone calls or emails for early dismissal to limit classroom interuptions.
  • Students who arrive late to school (both excused and unexcused) must check in at the Attendance Office for a pass before proceeding to class.
Please refer to the WHS Website’s Attendance Page and/or the WHS Student Handbook for more details or contact the Attendance Office at 425.408.7410 or
Fee Waivers for Students

Pursuant to House Bill 1660, students who are qualified for free/reduced meals may have extra-curricular/activity fees waived by completing a fee waiver consent form located on the NSD website under the heading of Reduced or Waived School Fees at:  Qualified families are encouraged to complete the waiver form. Information about House Bill 1660 can be found on the WHS website under Resources, Payments/TouchBase. Questions regarding the extra-curricular/activity fee waiver process can be directed to Account Specialist Besty Black at

Financial Assistance for Internet Access

Families who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals may also receive financial assistance for internet access. Learn more about the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program at

Northshore Schools Foundation: Request for Removing Barriers Support

Basic Needs Aid
When a family is in crisis and normal household activities are disrupted, students experience distress that affects their attendance, coursework and classroom behavior. NSF's Basic Needs Aid Fund allows families to stock up on groceries or fill the car with fuel so that they can direct their energy where it is most needed: finding a permanent solution to the situation at hand (

Apply for Funds

For WHS students, contact Counselor and CARE Team member Sarah Brenner at and/or your student’s school counselor or grade-level administrator to describe the temporary challenge or circumstance and request support. All NSF funding requests must come from an approved school staff member.

The NSD staff member will then submit your request.

Foundation leadership will review the request within 5 days and contact the NSD staff that submitted the request with details.
2021-2022 Athletics Registration!

Athletics registration will close on November 28 for men's swim/dive and coed wrestling. Registration will remain OPEN for all spring sports. Final Forms is an online registration platform for Athletics registration. You must be registered to receive information and updates from coaches. Visit our Teams website to learn more about WHS sports.
Required Prior to Participation in Athletics
To be cleared to participate in the first day of tryouts or practice, a Final Forms registration must be completed by both parent and student and a current sports physical must be on file with the WHS Athletic Office. Sports physicals are good for two years from the exam date.

Visit our Register for Athletics page for more information and to register on Final Forms. 

Academic Eligibility Requirements
Student athletes in high school are expected to meet or exceed a 2.0 GPA to be eligible to participate in school-sponsored activities. There are regular grade checks for each sports season.
  • NSD Standard: Minimum 2.0 GPA each semester
  • WIAA Standard: Passing 6 classes
  • Visit the Eligibility page for more specific grade check and suspension information.

Questions? We're here to help!
If you have any questions, are having issues registering on Final Forms, or need to check on a physical expiration date, please email Renae Hector, WHS Athletic Secretary, at

WHS E-News from the Principal
"One Falcon, One Family"

November 24, 2021
Volume 11, Issue 12
Office Hours
Monday – Friday 7:50 A.M. – 3:50 P.M. 

425-408-7400 /

Our Office Team is here to help you!
Carolyn Moriarty, Office Manager, Ext. 7401
Ellen Esteves Main Office Secretary, Ext. 7403
Denise Schwans, ASB/Assessments/Graduation Coordination, Ext. 7515
Jenn Diaz, Student Info Specialist/Registrar, Ext. 7512
Kim Benedict, Attendance Secretary, Ext. 7410
Roberta Porter, Counseling Office Manager, Ext. 7418
Nicki Kongkarat, ASB/Bookkeeping, Fine/Fee Payment, Ext. 7504
Renae Hector, Athletics Secretary, Ext. 7491

The mission of Woodinville High School is to become a community of learners, providing a safe and encouraging environment for developing the mind, body, and spirit.
GO Falcons!

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