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“Families are the compass that guides us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter.”    
~Brad Henry
"Home of the Falcons"

PSAT Exam & Grade-Level Activities: Wed, Oct 13

Note: Information was emailed to families on Thursday, October 7.
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 to participate in grade-level activities.

Student Schedules for October 13

Prior to 8:20 a.m. on Wednesday, October 13, seniors and juniors should check for their room assignment that will be posted in the CommonsSophomores and freshmen should check in the Main Gym.

The PSAT and grade-level activities will then start at 8:20 a.m. and will conclude at 12:05 p.m. followed by Period 2 and lunch, with dismissal as usual at 1:50 p.m. 

Class of 2022: Senior Transcript Review 
Deadline Wednesday, October 13

Seniors picked up transcripts at Falcon Days. Upon review, seniors who have taken a course(s) outside of the Northshore School District and need it posted to their NSD transcript to fulfill graduation requirements and/or for college applications, MUST by Wednesday, October 13:
  1. Submit a completed and signed Request to Add Course to Transcript form electronically to their counselor
  2. Have an official transcript sent electronically directly from the out-of-district school to their counselor
Senior class rank is calculated once on Friday, October 15.  Time is needed to process these requests.  Please adhere to the October 13 deadline.

Greetings from PTSA!
The September back to school craziness has passed and we’re excited for October because October is Pass-the-Hat month. Our once-a-year fundraiser to support teachers and students starts now! The WHS parent community has been so generous in the past, and although we did not get to put our silly hats on and talk to you ‘in-person’ at Curriculum Night this year, we hope you will continue to support this very important fundraiser. All your tax- deductible donations will be used to support and enrich our school community and classrooms this year. We also will be using some of funds to replenish and restock the supplies that have expired in our emergency storage containers. In just the first month of school, PTSA has already received staff grant requests from almost every department at WHS totaling more than $13,000. Please consider a donation to Pass the Hat by using our QR code or visiting our website today!

While you are at the website you can join PTSA! This is a great way to show your support of WHS, connect with other Falcon families and access to our student directory. The PTSA’s voice in advocating for our students in Woodinville and Washington is strengthened by our membership numbers. Join today!

Finally, remember to use when you shop online and pick Woodinville High School PTSA as your charitable organization. Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to us, with no fees or extra cost to you. Be sure to bookmark to support our students every time you shop!

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:
  • 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
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

Message from your WHS Counselors 

October is National Bullying Awareness Month! The week of October 11th is “Stand Up For Others Week”. This is how you can participate:

  • When you see someone being bullied, be brave and STAND UP for them. Bullies have been known to back off when others stand up for victims.
  • If you don’t feel safe, get help from an adult immediately. Be part of the solution -- not the problem.
  • It’s a time to see everyone’s differences and celebrate their similarities: Whether students are LGBTQIA+, African American, Asian, Muslim, AAPI, of Tribal descent, or disabled...make friends.

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 email 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: College Apps & Snacks are happening! Come work on your applications, essays, ask your counselor questions, and have some snacks throughout the school day. Here are the dates: October 15th & 22nd, and November 5th. Parent/teacher permission is required, slips will be located in the Counseling Office.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opened 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 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!

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.
    • Students who are absent or need early dismissals should follow the same procedures for advisory as they do for any other class.
  • 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.


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. 
Please see the September 2 post below for FAQs and you can learn more about required forms on the District site:
Yearbook Information

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 
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 and searching for Woodinville High School. 

Lost Cards

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.
Misprinted Cards
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.

Student Celebrations

Christine Traxler named as a recipient of 2021 Yale Educator Award!

The Yale Office of Undergraduate Admissions has named Christine Traxler as a recipient of the 2021 Yale Educator Award! The Yale Educator Recognition Program recognizes outstanding educators from around the world who support and inspire their students to perform at high levels and to achieve excellence. Of this year’s 305 nominees, who represent 38 states and 17 countries, 50 teachers and 21 counselors were selected to receive the award. Matriculating students are invited to nominate high school educators, and a committee of Yale admissions officers reviews each nomination individually and designates recipients. The winners were sent their awards with congratulatory letters.

Yale is a top research university with a unique emphasis on undergraduate liberal arts education. All 6,200 undergraduate students enroll in Yale College, which offers more than 80majors and hundreds of opportunities to conduct groundbreaking research. Undergraduates at Yale come from all 50 states and more than 80nforeing countries. More than 17% of Yale students will be the first in their families to complete a four-year degree, and 51% are US Citizens of Permanent Residents who identify as students of color. Yale offers admission to students without regard to their ability to pay and meets 100% of every student’s financial need with an award that does not include loans. Currently 64% of Yale undergraduates receive financial assistance, and Yale budget smore than $180nmillion annually for need-based financial aid. The 1,789 members of the Yale Class of 2025 who began their first semester in August 2021 graduated from more than 1,200 different high schools, 63% of which are public high schools.

The Yale Admissions Office attributes the exceptional quality of the Yale student body to educators like these recipients of the 2021 Yale Educator Award, who shape their students long before they attend Yale. The Admissions Office is proud to thank Christine Traxler and all educators fort their ongoing efforts in motivating and supporting their students!


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
9/20-10/11: World Language Competency Test Registration
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: Cheer Parent Booster Pink T-Shirt Charitable Sales, Commons, Lunches
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
NSD Required Forms Due  (Deadline extended from 10/15)

10/29-30: Fall Play (Details TBD)
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
11/11: No School - Veterans Day
11/24: Not an ERW - 7-Period Schedule #2
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

School Supplies Drive!

October 11-15
WHS NHS students can find further information in Schoology about the School Supplies Drive, with more service opportunities to soon be listed under the Volunteeer Opportunites section!
Visit the WHS NHS website for further information and Schoology code.

School supplies drop off is at Mr. Tanksley's Room 410 before school, during passing periods, and at Options.
The new community service requirement is 25 hours, with a minimum of 10 hours acquired in-school.
Five hours and Intent to Join Form due by 11:55 p.m. on November 29, 2021. Membership fee of $12 is due online through TouchBase by 11:55 p.m. November 29. (If paying in person at the Main or Cashier's office payment is due by 3:30 p.m. November 29.)
Final hours (25 + required in-school) is due by 11:55 p.m. March 25, 2022.
GO Falcons!

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.

Ready to support a great cause? Pink Out! Pink T-Shirt Sales! Commons, Both Lunches 

One day only! The WHS Cheer Booster parents will be selling pink t-shirts for only $5 during both lunches in the Commons on Friday, October 15.

All proceeds will be donated to the 
UW Wendy Feuer Fund to help support breast and ovarian cancer research. 

The traditional 
Pink Out football game versus Inglemoor High School takes place Friday, October 22 at Pop Keeney, 7 p.m., as well!
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 Woodinville Turkey Trot has lots of options this year! Participants can sign up to run a virtual or in person 5k and/or take on the 3k Calorie Challenge - 30 miles in 30 days to burn 3,000 Calories or ONE Thanksgiving dinner! Register now at and support the Woodinville Wrestling Booster Club and Cross Country Falcon Athletic Boosters. 
Wrestling is a winter sport that is open to boys and girls. If your Falcon is considering wrestling this year, email Kristine Korven at to get on the Booster Club mailing list for the latest information about the upcoming season.
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


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 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 PCR Covid-19 result (rapid antigen results are no longer accepted per Department of Health) 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
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
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.
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.

Permission to Withhold Student Directory Information: Due Date Oct. 15.

This is a reminder that the deadline to submit the Permission to Withhold Student Directory Information form is Friday Oct. 15, 2021. If you wish to submit this form do so on our website or by downloading the PDF, signing it and returning it to your school’s main office. On the form, you will find choices to determine how your student’s information is shared. Again, if you wish to complete this form you must do so no later than 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. You can learn more about what our district releases by visiting our webpage. 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 you completed this form this school year on ParentVUE and submitted it to your school already, no additional action is required. Your form will remain on file for this school year. 

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

October 8, 2021
Volume 12, Issue 5
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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