“I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning”. ~J.B. Priestley
Woodinville High School
September 24, 2021
World Language Competency Testing: Registration open until October 11!
Registration is now open online for students to participate in World Language Competency Testing here in Northshore. Registration will close on Monday, October 11. This is an opportunity for students who can read, write, listen and speak a language other than English to earn up to four competency credits and/or the Seal of Biliteracy designation on their high school transcript. More detailed information about the test and earning credits can be found on the World Language Competency Test website. Here is the pertinent information regarding the upcoming testing opportunity:
All of this information can be found on the WL testing website: World Language Competency Test website. Please refer to the frequently asked questions document for more details. It's also easy to find the WLCT website from the district main page. Click In Our Schools / Assessment / World Language Competency Test or use the shortcut URL www.nsd.org/wlct
Date/Time—Tuesday, November 2nd, from your student's home school’s start time to end time (WHS 8:20a-3:20p. Check-in for the test can begin 30 minutes beforehand (WHS 7:50a).
Location—Students’ home schools (all middle and high schools)
The test is open to grades 7th through 12th
The test registration is open from 9/20 through 10/11
Message from your WHS Counselors
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. With all the busy-ness happening we want to encourage you to check in with your student about what's going on in their classes, homework, and how the year is starting off. If your student is struggling in a particular class, the best place to start is with them talking to their teacher.
Here are some ways you can help your student communicate with their teachers:
- Encourage them to stay after class for a minute or two for help or to schedule at time to meet
- Come up with specific questions to ask before/after school or during Options
- Ask for a "Golden Ticket" to see a teacher during Talon Time on Thursdays
- Help them send an e-mail to their teacher with their questions or to request a time to meet
- Encourage them to meet with their counselor to discuss strategies for communicating with teachers
Naviance Log in: We are aware that some students are having issues logging into Naviance via Clever. The district and Naviance are currently working on resolving the issue. In the meantime, you can access Naviance by following these directions:
Seniors: As you continue to work on your college applications, know that we are here to answer questions, review college essay drafts, upload transcripts, write letters of recommendation, and help you navigate through Common Application, Coalition and Naviance websites. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your counselor for support!
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens on October 1st, so mark your calendars, as this is a task you will want to complete sooner than later. Updated Senior Rank will be available on October 15th. Please contact Ms. Diaz at firstname.lastname@example.org for your most current unofficial rank as of June 30th, 2021.
We hope your student is having a great year so far and let us know how we can help!
Washington State Healthy Youth Survey: Wed., October 20
Our school is participating in the Washington State Healthy Youth Survey (HYS) on October 20, 2021.
The survey will be given to students in Grades 10 and 12. 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.
The HYS will be administered online this year. No privacy issues were identified in the E-survey pilot conducted in 2019. This year, schools and districts are being instructed to disable any recording, keystroke tracking, and video capture software on school-issued devices used to take the survey. Students will also be instructed to do the same on personal devices used to take the survey before they begin. The sponsors* of the survey ask if you use any software to monitor the device your student will use to take the survey, please turn it off before they begin to ensure their honest participation.
Please read the Parent and Student Notification Letter (English) (Spanish) for more information about the Healthy Youth Survey.
*The Healthy Youth Survey is sponsored by the following state agencies: Health Care Authority - Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, Department of Health, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Liquor and Cannabis Board.
Help us shape the District by joining the Racial and Educational Justice Committee! Register by Thurs., Oct 7!
Northshore School District’s Racial and Educational Justice Committee serves as an advisory to the Department and advocates for our community at large. The committee’s aim is to provide these stakeholders with support, guidance and information to fuel equitable practices in the District overall. Central Focuses for the Racial and Educational Justice Committee:
- Promotion of inclusion and equity for all members within our Northshore community
- Review and analyze student performance, program participation, and behavior data in order to form policy and procedure recommendations
- Alignment with the Strategic Plan
- Support in identifying, reviewing- and implementing curricula, initiatives, and efforts that best support students, staff, parents and community members
The Racial and Educational Justice Committee meetings will be held on the third or fourth Wednesday of every month from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m., beginning on Sept. 29, 2021. The location is to be determined. Members should be committed to serving a two-year term and commit to a minimum of two hours per month and a consistent attendance rate. At this time, there are 25 spaces available on the committee.
Flyers have a barcode will be posted around WHS school for students to scan and easily sign up if interested in joining.
Talon Time Advisory 2021-22: Attendance Taken!
What is Talon Time Advisory?
- Talon Time Advisory is listed as period 9 on student schedules.
Advisory is a class, so attendance will be taken.
Advisory is a .25 credit course students attend on block days.
Over the course of four years, students will earn one elective credit.
The course is Pass/No Credit.
Credit will be based on engagement in lessons throughout the year.
The purpose of advisory is help students navigate high school with the support of a consistent Falcon Community. In most cases, students will keep the same advisory teacher from year to year while attending WHS.
Announcements, assignments, ASB activities, graduation requirement guidance, such as High School & Beyond, and grade-level presentations will be a regular part of advisory, as well as study time with advisors and tutorials with classroom teachers for academic support. Study time and tutorial sessions are a gift of time during the school day for students to finish homework and to get extra help from teachers. Students have the opportunity to request Tutorial time in advance with classroom teachers each week on Thursdays during Advisory.
College Visits for Woodinville High School Students
WHS students can now sign up for college visits! This year we will offer some visits in-person and some visits virtually. If the visit you are interested in attending is a virtual visit, it will still take place in the College & Career Center. Please follow the directions at the link above to sign up. Students in grades 9-12 are welcome to attend college visits.
The list of the upcoming College Visits can be found here.
FRESHMAN: It is not typical for students in 9th grade to attend college visits unless there is a college they are exceptionally interested in.
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.
Christie Callahan RN, BSN
School Nurse Woodinville High School (425) 408-7406
Jennifer Gardner RN, BSN
School Nurse Woodinville High School (425) 408-7406
NSD REQUIRED FORMS: Due October 29
As indicated in the September 16 Northshore Connections communication to families, annually the District provides parents/guardians with notification of forms that must be acknowledged, including:
- WA State Attendance Letter
- Rights and Responsibilities Handbook
- Weapons Letter
- Student Hosuing Questionnaire
Thank you to those who have acknowledged the required forms. For those who haven’t yet completed the forms, the district extended the deadline to Friday, October 29. We have heard from some families that there was a challenge for middle and high school students to access the Rights & Responsibilities form. The district has resolved this issue and all secondary students should be able to view and acknowledge this form in their StudentVUE account. It is recommended that families use a laptop or desktop computer to complete the forms, when possible.
Parents and students who have not yet acknowledged the form(s) are asked to login to ParentVUE or StudentVUE, as applicable, today to view them.
Senior Portraits: Due October 28 at Midnight!
Here at Woodinville the senior class has the opportunity to submit a “nice” photo. These photos do not have to be done by professional photographers, while many students choose to use them it is not required. You can turn in a nice photo that you took on your phone. The only musts are that it needs to be a single portrait, head and shoulders only, no props, no pets, no hats and clothing free from messages. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email me. If you are satisfied with your Dorian ASB picture, that is the photo we will use. Once October 28th passes we will collate who turned in a new portrait, who has their Dorian picture selected and who we may be missing. We strive for 100% Senior Portrait section completion, please remember accidents do happen but if we are careful and you follow the deadlines we should all be happy.
Grad Ads: Due December 17th at Midnight!
More detailed information will be coming soon about them. The basic information about them is that parents can opt to purchase anywhere from a ¼ of a page to a whole page to give your senior a shout out of congratulations. These will be purchased directly from the Balfour site and you will be able to upload pictures and words to your Graduate if you so choose. In case you were curious; they have to be purchased this early due to printing constraints, these ads need to be factored into our book and they guide the size of it as well, because they are extra pages beyond the content we plan for. More information about this to come Nov. 1, this information will have pricing and examples.
Next Selling period will be December 1-17th.
Questions contact Sharon Alder at email@example.com.
School Photos Retake Day October 21.
All students must have a WHS ID card picture taken. The WHS photo ID card is free of charge. Students must carry photo ID at school and at extra-curricular activities at all times.
All photo packages will be mailed home.
Retake day will be Thursday, October 21 during both lunches.
Picture packages may be ordered online at dorianstudio.com and searching for Woodinville High School.
If a student loses an ID/ASB card, check at the Main Office as often they are turned in. If the card cannot be found, lost ID/ASB cards can be replaced for $5.00 at the Cashier's Office. ASB membership can be purchased for $60.
If for some reason a student's ID card is missing the Woodinville logo, has a wrong student number, name or wrong image, please stop by the Cashier's Office, as well, for a reprint free of charge.
"Magic"! Homecoming 2021!
Thank you for your support!
WHS ASB's first-ever outdoor Homecoming Dance was a big success, with a tremendious thank you extended to the generous parents and guardians who donated food for the event!
Homecoming Royalty Court 2021-22
Congratulations to our Homecoming Royalty Court 2021-22 announced at the assembly Friday, September 24!
King and Queen: Tommy Christman & Bailey Kennedy
Freshmen Prince and Princess: Cole Sullivan & Jane Norris
Sophomore Prince and Princess: Carter Johnson & Anna Hampton
Junior Prince and Princess: Lleyton Pilukas & Mya Hariri
Jester: Will Ruff
Knight: Henry Nichols
Wizard: Saanvi Shetty
WHS National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Students!
Congratulations to the thirteen Falcon seniors who were named Commended Students in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program! Elise Evans, Hady Fawal, Riley Fitzgerald, Finn Gayton, SooBin Jones, Bailey Kennedy, Tori Kirchmeier, Leah Landmann, Essa LeFevre, Derick Pascual, Prisha Patel, Jonathan Shi, and Stuti Tiwari.
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 2022 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 students who entered the 2022 competition by taking the 2020 PSAT/NMSQT.
Congratulations to these students and their families!
Details are subject to changes in guidance from the Northshore School District, King County Department of Health, and/or the State of Washington.
9/20-10/11: World Language Competency Test Registration
10/06: Virtual Financial Aid Night, 7p (By Registration)
10/06: WHS National Honors Society Meeting (Students Only), Commons, 2-3p
10/11-15: Honor Society School Supply Drive at room 410 before school, during passing periods or options.
10/13: PSAT Exam, all 11th & 10th; 9th by previous registration
10/13: Senior Grade-Level Activities & Class Photo; Freshmen Grade-Level Activities
10/15: Senior Apps & Snacks w/ Counselors, Library Computer Lab, 9a-3:30p
10/15: Permission to Withhold Due
10/19: School COVID Vaccination Clinic, Dose #2 12-1pm
10/20: Health Youth Survey, Grades 10 & 12
10/21: Emergency Drill - Great Washington Shakeout
10/21: Picture Retake Day
10/22: Pink Out for Breast Cancer Awareness
10/22: Senior Apps & Snacks w/ Counselors, Library Computer Lab, 8:30a-3:30p
10/25-29: Jostens Senior Week
10/27: SBAC Math State Test, Grades 9, 11, and 12 (during Block periods)
10/28: SBAC Math State Test, Grades 9, 11, and 12 (during Block periods)
10/28: Fall Music Concert (Details TBD)
10/28: Senior Yearbook Portraits Due
10/29: NSD Required Forms Due (Deadline extended from 10/15)
11/02: World Language Competency Test (Register by 10/11)
11/03: SBAC ELA State Test, Grades 9, 11, and 12 (during Block periods)
11/03-06: Fall Play (Details TBD)
11/04: SBAC ELA State Test, Grades 9, 11, and 12 (during Block Periods)
11/05: End 1st Quarter
11/07: Standard Time - Set Clocks Back 1 Hour
11/10: Not an ERW - 7-Period Schedule #2
11/11: No School - Veterans Day
11/25-26: No School - Thanksgiving Break
11/29: WHS NHS Intent to Join, Hours, and Fee due by 11:55 p.m.
05/14: Senior Prom, Pacific Science Center
06/10: Class of 2022 Commencement Rehearsal, MANDATORY, 9-11am
06/14: Class of 2022 Commencement Ceremony
Virtual Financial Aid Night 2021
Wed, Oct. 6, 7p
Falcon students, parents, and guardians! Do you have questions about paying for college and preparing for postsecondary options? Northshore high school counseling departments invite you to a workshop to learn about different financial aid options and how to access them.
This event will feature Financial Education Services Specialist David Aramaki, along with a representative from the Scholarship Foundation of Northshore and is open to students in grades 9-12. Class of 2022 and 2023 students and parents are encouraged to attend!
Questions? Contact College & Career Counselor My Kiakotos at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOSA Meeting, Mon, Oct 4, 3:30p, Library Lab 204AAttention all Health Career and CERT students! Join us on Monday for the initial meeting to discuss the fall conference and fundraisers. Snacks will be provided.
PSAT Exam Oct 13
The PSAT/NMSQT is scheduled for Wednesday, October 13, 2021 on site during the school day for all juniors and sophomores. Freshmen who registered by the September 10 deadline are also scheduled to test.
Non-PSAT testing freshmen and seniors also attend school on October 13.
AP Exam Registration for May 2022 AP Exams
For the 2021-22 school year, the AP® Program is again offering new resources and processes designed to help students earn college credit and placement. Here’s what you and your student need to know:
- Students will be asked to register for AP Exams in the fall. Keep an eye out for more registration information in mid-October.
- AP Exams will continue to be given in May.
- Students will get personalized feedback through new digital tools that provide daily support for every AP classroom. AP teachers will be able to track student performance throughout the year using monthly personal progress checks.
To get ready for the coming school year, please encourage your student to sign up for a College Board account. All College Board programs are connected through one account, so if your student created one for the PSAT/NMSQT®, SAT®, a previous AP test, or College Board Opportunity Scholarships, they’re all set. Students will need to have their username and password available during the first week of school.
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 News & Changes for 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 email@example.com.
2021-2022 ATHLETICS REGISTRATION
Athletics registration is OPEN for 2021-22 winter and 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 our winter and spring sports.
Required Prior to Participation in Athletics
To be cleared to participate in the first day of conditioning, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bus Passes 2021-2022
Please be advised that bus passes are not approved for the first month and a half of school (near the end of October). Transportation needs time to properly assess available seats.
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 (https://www.northshoreschoolsfoundation.org/request-support/#basicneedsaid).
Apply for Funds
For WHS students, contact Counselor and CARE Team member Sarah Brenner at email@example.com 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.
Permission to Withhold Student Directory Information: Due Date Oct. 15.
Forms will be accepted after the deadline, but the District cannot be responsible for the release of Directory Information if the Permission to Withhold Student Directory Information form is received after the October 15 deadline of the current school year.
Federal law prohibits school districts from releasing information found in student files without parent/guardian permission, except for what is termed Directory Information. The District does not release Directory Information for commercial or fundraising purposes but does release this information when there is a legitimate educational purpose for doing so.
If families completed this form this year on ParentVUE and submitted it to their school already, no additional action is required by the family.
WHS E-News from the Principal
"One Falcon, One Family"
October 1, 2021
Volume 12, Issue 4
Monday – Friday 7:50 A.M. – 3:50 P.M.
425-408-7400 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF WOODINVILLE HIGH SCHOOL!