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WHS Annual ASB Food Drive
Mon, Nov 28 thru Fri, Dec 16!

The WHS Annual Food Drive is underway! Last year, WHS students and staff collected and donated an amazing 7,759 non-perishable food items to the Maltby Food Bank. This year, of course, they are looking to beat this record and CAN THE MAN by filling Principal Criscione's office with the items! 

Students can drop off their donations in their 3rd period classrooms from Monday, November 28 to Friday, December 16. 

*Donations need to be non-perishable food in jars and cans 
*No cash donations, Cup O’Noodles, water, or ramen

Students can earn Honor Society hours for their donations (1 hour per 20 items, max 2 hours + 3 hours given to store front collectors) 
Thank you for your support of the Maltby Food Bank and CANNING THE MAN!

Has your student purchased a 2022-23 yearbook? Final sales window open through Friday, Dec 16!

The final sales window to purchase a 2022-23 yearbook is open now through Friday, December 16! Yearbooks are $55 and are sold on a pre-sale basis ONLY online through TouchBase and at the Main/Cashier's Office with cash/check/debit/credit. Pursuant to resale tax rules, yearbooks will not be sold at any other time during the school year.

Please plan accordingly as many students who believe they do not want a yearbook now feel differently as the school year comes to a close and they are unable to purchase one
  • Parents/Guardians can check TouchBase history to see if a yearbook was purchased. 
  • A list by student number indicating if a yearbook was purchased through Tuesday, November 29 has also been posted outside the Cashier's Office.
Please be reminded if during the course of the year more than one yearbook is purchased there will be no refunds.  If you purchase two yearbooks, you will be given two books, not one book and a refund for the other.

Direct yearbook inquires to Adviser Sharon Alder at

Senior Grad Ads are on sale thru Dec 16

Each year parents opt to purchase some space in the yearbook to congratulate their senior. There are full, half, quarter and eighth page ads for sale. Everything is done online, you upload photos, create your ad and pay for your ad through Balfour website.

Complete details can be found on the Yearbook website under the Activities tab.

Class of 2023! Jostens Cap & Gown Discounted Pricing ends Fri, Dec 16!

Class of 2023! Did you miss out on ordering your cap and gown during senior week in October? Jostens extended the discounted price deadline through Friday, December 16.

Visit the WHS Class of 2023 website under Activities for the order link or see the TV screens for a QR Code.

Questions? Email or phone 360-653-9102.

Message from your WHS Counselors

Hi Falcon Families, 

Winter Break is only two weeks away, hang in there! Thanks for sharing the following information with your student(s):
Students, don’t forget you have through the majority of January to get your grades up before the end of first semester on Friday, January 27th.

SENIORS! Please remember that HSBP is a graduation requirement. If you need help with your High School & Beyond Plan, please contact Ms. Tang in the College & Career Center.

The holidays can be difficult for many people. Here are some resources that may be helpful for you:

Mental Health Resources
Covid got you down: Chelsi House, our Mental Health Therapist, is available. Please contact your counselor to get a referral. We encourage you to keep in touch with your emotions and reach out for help. Your loved ones, friends, teachers, and counselors can all support you right now. Your Woodinville High School counseling team is here for you. If you are worried about a friend, please be the one to reach out and get them the help they might need. 

NSD Mental Health Support Page
Here is the link to the school district mental health support page:

Students please don’t forget you can drop-in to the school counseling office any day before/after school, during Options or during your lunch. We are always happy to see you. If you need an appointment and a different time, feel free to schedule a time to meet here.

WHS Counseling Team
Amy Strandy, Kat Lamb, Scott Churchill, Nate Hirsch, Sarah Brenner, My Tang

College and Career News

Ms. Tang, College & Career and Running Start Counselor created the College & Career Center Scoop to inform all students, families, and staff about all things related to college and career. 
Check out the first issue of the 2022-23 school year by clicking here!

Student Celebrations!

Soccer State!
Congratulations to Lady Falcons Soccer who competed and placed 4th at the 4A State Tournament this past weekend! It was an amazing fall season! Thanks are extended to all the Falcon fans for their support!

Model United Nations Wins Special Recognitions!

Congratulations to our Model United Nations delegation under the leadership of Advisor Jim Backstrom for their outstanding performance at last weekend's Pacific Model UN Conference in Seattle.

Special recognition goes to Senior, Arushi Choudhury, our club president.  She did an amazing job as Director of High Commissioner on Refugees Committee.

Congratulations to Senior Leisl Geissler and Freshman, Ian Miller.  Each won recognition for outstanding research papers.

Finally,  Senior Miriam Kazmi won an award for her excellent diplomacy skills on the Arab League Committee.

If you are interested in international relations, diplomacy, and debate, please feel welcome to visit one of our Thursday club meetings after school in room 326.

Key Club: Honeward Pet Adoption Center Service Activity!

Key Club members, under the leadership of Advisor Jason Laxague, participated in a service activity on November 8 making pet blankets to donate to Homeward Pet Adoption Center in Woodinville. Homeward Pet believes every cat and dog deserves a safe and loving home and is one of the leading non-profit, no-kill animal shelters in Washington State. Homeward Pet is focused on compassionate care and successful adoption. Thank you to Key Club!

Japanese Culture Festival Sucess!

A Japanese Cultural Event, Bunaksai, took place Saturday, November 19. The four NSD comprehensive high school Japanese programs sponsored the event. WHS Japanese National Honor Society under the leadership of Advisor Mizue Sunahara organized the cosplay contest and Japanese class volunteers had a Japanese yoyo station.
They experienced all kinds of Japanese culture, such as tea ceremony, flower arrangement, trying-on Japanese traditional clothes, good luck charm making, games, etc.  They also enjoyed Japanese food which included Yakisoba (stir-fried noodles), Onigiri (ice ball), Japanese curry rice, mochi (rice cake) and more. We all had a lot of fun at Bunkasai. 

Senior Ava Bettermann’s artwork presented for display in Superintendent Tolley’s office 

Congratulations to Senior Ava Bettermann whose artwork was presented for display in Superintendent Tolley’s office alongside Principal Criscione, Art Teacher Matt Fry, her mom, and brother on Thursday, November 17. Ava used Guache and colored pencils to create the semi-realism piece that is mainly based on adaptive daydreaming.  
Congratulations were further extended, as Ava has been accepted into SCAD: The Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, where Ava is interested in three majors: Illustration, Sequential Art, and Video Game Design. Ava, who has been enrolled in WHS art courses each year since 9th grade, is currently taking AP Studio Art 2-D Design Portfolio, after taking AP Studio Art Drawing last year as a junior. Ava expressed thanks to Mr. Fry for his instruction and support here at WHS.
Holiday Bazaar 2022
Sat, Dec 10,11a-4p

Woodinville High School's Senior Class Holiday Bazaar is Saturday, December 10, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the WHS Commons! Please join us!

Portions of the proceeds from this holiday craft fair support reducing ticket prices for the Class of 2023's prom and senior breakfast!


Ongoing: Fee Waiver Consent Form available for families who qualify for Free & Reduced Lunch

11/21-12/16: Senior Yearbook Grad Ads on Sale
11/28-12/16: Yearbook Sales (last chance to purchase a 2022-23 yearbook)

11/28-12/16: ASB Holiday Food Drive
12/02: NHS Dues payment deadline (if application was accepted), 11:59p
12/02-03: Speech & Debate Tourney - Bellevue SD
12/03: Robotics – State Qualifier 2
12/05-09: NHS Toys for Tots Drive
12/5-09: Computer Science Week
12/07: Spanish Club Card Making Service Activity, Commons, 2-3:30p
12/08: Winter Concert #1, 7p
12/09: D & NC Notification
12/09-10: Speech & Debate Tourney - Auburn Riverside HS
12/10: Holiday Bazaar, WHS Commons, 11a-4p
12/12-16: Winterfest Spirit Week
12/15: Winter Concert #2, 7p
12/16: Learning Center Breakfast
12/16: Class of 2023 Jostens Cap and Gown Discount Ends
12/16: Senior Yearbook Grad Ads - last day to purchase
12/16: Last day to purchase 2022-23 Yearbook

12/17: Robotics – State Qualifier 3
12/19-31: Speech & Debate Tourney - Chiawana Chill (Asynch Speech Tournament)
12/19-01/02: Winter Break
1/3: School Resumes
02/10: WHS Sat, March 11 SAT exam registration due on College Board website
05/13: Senior Prom, MoPop
06/09: Class of 2023 Commencement Rehearsal, MANDATORY, 9-11am
06/13: Class of 2023 Commencement Ceremony, Pop Keeney Stadium, 6p

NHS Membership Dues Payment due Fri, Dec 2

For those students accepted into National Honor Society for the 2022-23 school year, the $12 membership fee must be paid by this Friday, December 2 by 11:59 p.m. Payment can be made online through TouchBase or with cash, check, debit or credit at the Cashier's or Main Office.
NHS Toys for Tots Drive, Mon, Dec 5 thru Fri, Dec 9
National Honor Society students! The toy drive for Toys for Tots runs the week of December 5-9! Donations are to be dropped off at Room 410 between 8:00-8:20 a.m. Officers will collect items before school and sign off on hours during that time.*

NHS students can earn a maximum of 2 hours by donating 2 Children's Books for 1 Hour and 2 Large Toys for 2 hours.

*If for some reason you miss that time, hold onto the items and return to Room 410 at Options.
PTSA Staff Appreciation Holiday Lunch
Food Donations Appreciated
Thank you to all that were able to send soup and salad dishes in for the staff! Everyone enjoyed the lunch so much!!!! 

PTSA is providing a Turkey Dinner Bar holiday lunch Friday, December 9. Turkey will be provided by the PTSA.  We would appreciate food donations as outlined in the link below. Drop off will be at the school by 10am on December 9 and dishes can be picked up after 2pm.
We will need a lot of volunteers to help provide the food for the teachers and staff.
Please sign up HERE.
Thank you! You are appreciated! 
Happy Holidays! 
Hello new and returning WHS PTSA members!

Woodinville High School PTSA is now on Instagram! Give us a follow @WoodinvillePTSA to stay current on how our PTSA is helping support our WHS community. 

WHS PTSA supports academic needs, is an active voice on decisions that impact your child’s health, safety and quality of education, and builds a stronger, more inclusive school community.  Join WHS PTSA for your child because increasing our membership, even by one, makes it possible to provide important educational resources, speak up on important issues and create a stronger school community.  

We invite you to join because we can do more together than apart!
WHS Music Boosters News & Fundraiser
It was great seeing so many people at our meeting last Monday! We had thoughtful discussions and ideas being shared! We will continue to meet monthly, so we hope you will be able to join us in the future. Our next meeting is Monday, December 12th, from 6-7 p.m. in the WHS Library. 

Thanks to everyone who supported our Panera Music Booster Fundraiser! With your support, we are able to help provide additional opportunities that benefit our students. Our next fundraiser is Wednesday, December 14th, with Panda Express. This time it’s a national fundraiser, not just local. You will need to order online and pick up or have food delivered, rather than dine in. The upside, tell your friends and family, even in other states, to order from Panda Express that day. Additional information is provided HERE. Thanks for considering! 

~Your Music Booster Committee
WHS Culinary Science Club
Seeking Donations to Fund Club Projects

The WHS ASB Culinary Science Club is seeking donations to fund their projects. Culinary Science Club members would very much appreciate the help of your generous donation to reach their goal!

Donate at TouchBase Lite:

A username/password are not needed.

Questions about the steps to donate on TouchBase Lite? Visit the WHS ASB Culinary Science Club website.

Thank you for supporting the WHS Culinary Science Club!
If you should have any questions, reach out to Culinary Science Club President Amalie Landry at

WHS Journalism Club
Seeking Donations to Fund website hosting and future field trips!

The WHS ASB Journalism Club is seeking donations to fund website hosting and future field trips. Journlaism members would very much appreciate the help of your generous donation to reach their goal!

Donate at TouchBase Lite:

A username/password are not needed.

Questions about the steps to donate on TouchBase Lite? Visit the WHS ASB Journalism website.

Thank you for supporting the WHS Journalism Club!
Lunchtime Open Campus Privilege for Seniors Only  

As outlined in the WHS Student Handbook under Open/Closed Campus (page 16), the open campus privilege at lunchtime is available only to SENIORS. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors must remain on campus during the school day. All students leaving campus at other times must check out through the Attendance Office (or the nurses) and must carry on their person a yellow Early Dismissal pass from the Attendance Office to present when asked.

If a senior has a parking pass and transports freshmen, sophomores, and/or juniors, the senior will be assigned Saturday School and lose parking privileges for two weeks for the first offense, and for the remainder of the year for the second offense. The parking permit fee will not be refunded. 

Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who leave campus during lunch without prior permission are subject to progressive discipline as outlined under Unexcused Absences (Truancies) on page 21 of the Student Handbook.

As shared at the beginning of the year, the expectation of all students is that they will read, become familiar, and comply with the WHS Student Handbook and the NSD Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook, both of which can be found on the WHS website under Resources.

If you should have any questions, please contact Campus Supervisor Alan Dillman ( or Campus Supervisor Ellen Esteves (

Winter Parking Hangers

Those who applied and were approved for a Winter seasonal parking hanger were notified by e-mail.
Those approved can pay for the hanger in person at the Cashier's/Main Office during non-class time or online through Touchbase. Once payment has been made, the hanger can be picked up with the receipt from Campus Supervisor Alan Dillman in office 730. 

Reminder all fees and fines must be paid or cleared in order to purchase the hanger. 

Reduced or Waived Fees 2022-23

Available by logging into ParentVue and completing the steps in the Student Information Updates module

***Step-by-step instructions on how to submit the consent form in ParentVUE can be found in .pdf HERE.  An electronic step-by-step guide is also available on the district website.***

Please note: Part of the process when completing the consent form is families will first verify their information (address, phone, emergency contacts, etc.). The Consent form will appear after the race and preferred language questions. Parents/Guardians need to go through each page and verify information before reaching the consent form. The ParentVUE app on cell phones looks nearly identical to the computer version of ParentVUE for completing the online consent form.

If you qualify for free or reduced price meals, also apply for reduced or waived extra-curricular school fees pursuant to House Bill 1660 (that you may be eligible for) by completing that section of the Student Information Updates in ParentVue* on or after August 15 (see House Bill 1660 details below). 

Completing the fee waiver form in ParentVUE* will allow your student's free and reduced status to be shared with those administering extra-curricular activities at our school or within the district, thus being able to waive or reduce certain fees. 

Consent must be given each school year and does not carry forward from last school year. Instructions on how to submit the consent form in ParentVUE can be found on the district website.

Once the Consent is submitted through the Student Information Updates portal in ParentVUE, it takes a minimum of 24 hours for the waived fees to show up in TouchBase.

Visit the District website to learn how to apply for free or reduced price meals.

Betsy Black, Account Specialist
Phone: 425-408-7657
Fax: 425-408-7645

ParentVUE: *If you need your username/password, email

Questions about student meals? 

Learn more about student breakfast and lunch options on the district food services webpage.

High School Accreditation

Woodinville High School is participating in the Washington State Accreditation process this school year. 
  • This is a voluntary process that takes place every 6 years, where we demonstrate that here at WHS we provide our students with a high quality and rigorous education.
  • Accreditation is an inquiry-based process, tightly aligned to our Strategic Action Plan, and the work we do at WHS. 
  • Accreditation is not only an internal review of how we are doing in meeting our goals, but also an external review process where we share our work and improvement plan with both a site evaluation review team and a state level review panel. 
We are excited about the process and showing off what a great school we have!

From the WHS Health Room

COVID Updates: 

The Washington State Department of Health has provided new guidance for schools this fall. Please review the Symptom and Exposure Flowchart for Schools and learn about the Northshore School District's COVID information on our Health Room website so you are prepared for the school year.  You'll find details about what to do if your child has:
  • Symptoms,
  • If your child is exposed to COVID,
  • What kind of test your child should have,
  • What to do if your child tests positive, and
  • How you will be notified of COVID cases at school.

Other Illnesses: 

To avoid the spread of illness other than COVID, follow these guidelines when deciding whether your child is healthy enough for school.  In addition to the COVID guidelines, if your child has any of the symptoms below, please keep him/her at home until the symptoms subside: 
  • APPEARANCE/BEHAVIOR: unusually tired, difficult to wake, pale, skin rash, lack of appetite; these are often signs of underlying illness.
  • FEVER: temperature of 100 degrees or higher in the past 24 hours
  • VOMITING/DIARRHEA: within the past 24 hours.
  • RASH: Any rash of unknown cause should be considered contagious. Please have your child examined by a health care provider to determine the cause and communicability of the rash before sending him/her to school. The school may require a note from the health care provider stating that the rash is not contagious.
  • Other: For other specific diseases or health difficulties it is always a good idea to contact the school nurse. We are happy to share information and resources anytime! 

Students must be fever-free without fever reducing medication and other symptoms improving before returning to school. 

Medications at School:

If your student will be taking any medication at school, please contact the school nurse.  The Northshore School District recommends that medication be taken at home whenever possible.  We recognize, however, that in some cases it is essential that medication be administered during the school day. Learn about the procedures for the handling of ALL medications in the schools, as well as find the authorization form, on our Health Room website.

Please do not put any kind of medicine, including Tylenol, vitamins, and cough drops in your child's lunch box, backpack or pockets.  Unidentified medicine can never be given at school.  

Please feel free to contact us at any time to discuss health concerns about your student.  

Christie Callahan RN, BSN 
Jennifer Gardner RN, BSN 
(425) 408-7406

COVID-19 Update

The Department of Health (DOH) requires schools to  inform families and students of  COVID-19 cases and potential outbreaks.
  • The accuracy of our data depends on self-reporting.
  • Thank you for continuing to let the Nurse Callahan and Nurse Gardner know if your child tests positive for COVID-19.
  • To view information, including school and district trends, visit the District’s COVID-19 data dashboard. The dashboard is updated weekly on Monday evenings
If your child is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 please keep them home and test for COVID-19.
Families can order free COVID-19 tests from the state
Together, we can keep our schools healthy and safe.

Transportation 2022-23

Please click this LINK for bus information 2022-23. 
Please click HERE for Daily Bus Passes and Activity Bus Passes routes and information! 
WHS E-News from the Principal
"One Falcon, One Family"

December 2, 2022
Volume 12, Issue 11
Office Hours
Monday – Friday 7:50 A.M. – 3:50 P.M. 

Our Office Team is here to help you:
Carolyn Moriarty, Office Manager, Ext. 7401
Kim Benedict, Main Office Secretary, Ext. 7403
Denise Schwans, ASB/Assessments/Graduation Coordination, Ext. 7515
Jenn Diaz, Student Info Specialist/Registrar, Ext. 7512
Shaina Bloomquist, 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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