“Embrace your differences and be kind to one another.” ~Major Josh Bieler
WHS Robotics State Qualifier: Ranked 14th in the WORLD!
The weekend of November 13, WHS Robotics had their first state qualifier tournament! The Junior/Senior team went undefeated and currently sits 14th in the world rankings and 3rd in the world in total scoring during the driver-controlled period! Our Freshman/Sophomore team did excellent, as well, placing 4th overall in their first tournament! The next event will be held on December 11 and the final state qualifier will be held on January 14. Congratulations to Advisor Tim Swartz and the Robotics Team! GO Falcons!
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
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
Important Forefront Suicide Prevention Training for Parents/Gurdains:
Webiner, 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: https://nsd.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lfVlIxUSRv2-010PbNRyCQ
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: http://forefrontintheschools.org
Contact Counselor Nate Hirsch at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have questions.
College and Career Center News
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 by clicking the link above.
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 https://forms.gle/QjjMsnETFZn6j9NC6 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 email@example.com
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:
- Log in using the above link. Ads are purchased online through Balfour only.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. :-(
- If you have any questions don’t hesitate to email me.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or have your student stop by room 238 and Ms. Alder will be happy to help you.
WHS Womens Swim/Dive State Prelims results!
Good luck was wished to our fall Falcon Swim/Dive student-athletes, Head Coach George Sayah, Assistant Coach Jenn Cruze, and Dive Coach Deb Shelton who headed to the State prelims on Friday, November 12! The team then participated in the State Tournament on Saturday, November 13 at the King County Aquatics Center!
At the prelims, Maren was seeded 7th in 200IM and 3rd in the 500 free after going a best time of 5:09! Taylor, Megan, Taryn, and Maren seeded 13th in the 200 Free Relay. Maren, Taylor, Taryn, and Megan went a best time of 3:46 and were seeded 10th in the 400 Free Relay!*
The team then came home taking 17th, scoring 43 points! This is a huge accomplishment and something to be so proud of. Across theboardthe team had fast swims and most importantly the team represented Woodinville in an amazing way!
Maren placed 7th in the 200IM and 4th in the 500 Free. Taylor, Megan, Maddie, and Taryn placed 16th in the 200 free relay. Maren, Taylor, Megan, and Taryn placed 10th in the 400 free relay with another new best time!*
Congratulations to Lady Falcons Swim/Dive!!
WHS Womens Swim/Dive 4A All-KingCo!
Sportsmanship: Woodinville & NCHS
First Team: Maren Rusk, 11th
Honorable Mention: Taylor Fitch, 12th
Lady Falcons Slowpitch Softball: 2021-22 4A All KingCo League Team!
Head Coach Kim Benedict named KingCo Coach of the Year!
Coach of the Year:
Sidney Suzuki, 11th (P); Zoe Wu, 11th (C);Nina Brandt, 11th (1B); Caoimhe Dobey 11th, (OF)
Olivia Leamer, 9th (SS); Jordan Melton, 11th (UTIL)
Lady Falcons Soccer: 2021-22 4A All KingCo League Team!
Head Coach M’ily Morton named KingCo Coach of the Year!
Coach of the Year:
Ally Laccinole, 9th, (D) & Kennedy Bates, 12th, (MF)
Hannah Grimes, 12th, (GK); Olivia Connell, 11th, (DEF); Kameron Wimsatt, 10th, (DEF); and Layla Mai, 11th, (MF)
Falcon Cross Country: 2021 4AKingco All-Conference Teams!
Falcon Football: 2021-22 4A KingCo Crown All-League Honors!
Oliver Bragg, 12th, MVP Defense
Carson Giles, 12th, Guard, Offense
Henry Nichols, 12th, Running Back, Offense
Bo Graham, 12th, Tight End, Offense
Max Finney, 12th, Wide Receiver, Offense
Oliver Bragg, 12th, Defensive Line, Defense
Adam Duffy, 12th, Defensive Line, Defense
Gavin Thorsen, 12th, Inside Linebacker, Defense
Nick Owens, 12th, Outside Linebacker, Defense
Waseem Khan, 12th, Center, Offense
Lleyton Pilukas, 11th, Guard, Offense
Tyler Gerde, 12th, Tackle, Offense
Ivori Keo, 11th, Defensive Line, Defense
Isaac Fuiten, 12th, Corner, Defense
Cash Sanders, 11th, Safety, Defense
Finley Bragg, 10th, Kicker, Special Teams
Carson Ackerman, 11th, Wide Receiver
Theo Grothen, 12th, Quarterback
Lucas Dahl, 12th, Wide Receiver
Ryan Bowles, 10th, Inside Linebacker
Congratulations to the above players, team, and Head Coach Wayne Maxwell; JV Head Coach Tommy Guinan; C-Team Head Coach Bob Kaskes; Assistant Coaches DJ Baddeley, Harry Beresford, Tommy Guinan, John Hamilton, Ronald Jones, Bob Kaskes, Matt Laccinole, Mike Monan, Mike Pluschke, Gavin Sanders, Cory Smith, Andrew Taylor, and Aaron Tennis; and Volunteer Coaches Steve Armstrong, Anthony Calozza, and Tom Lenart on the 2021-22 season!
WHS Speech & Debate Team: Lewis and Clark debate tournament!
On November 12 and 13, the WHS Speech and Debate team competed in the Lewis and Clark debate tournament, "Welcome to the Jungle".
- Allan Xuan competed in Open Lincoln-Douglas debate and won a few rounds. Allan also was a novice impromptu speaking finalist.
- Mariam Kazmi competed in Open Lincoln Douglas debate and broke to quarterfinals. Mariam also took second place in open impromptu speaking.
- Jiya Joshi broke to quarterfinals in Novice Lincoln-Douglas, and she took third place in novice impromptu speaking.
- Joel Wong, Myla Munson, and Jackson Kelly made it to semi-finals for Open Public Forum debate.
All students who competed this past weekend are congratulated on a job well done!
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
11/24: Not an ERW - 7-Period Schedule #2
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
12/16: 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
Wednesdy, November 24: 7-Period Schedule (Not an ERW!)
Thursday/Friday, November 25-26: Thanksgiving Break (No School)
WHS PTSA: Volunteer for the Main Office Copy Brigade!
Besides becoming a Board or Committee Member and helping build our PTSA with your skills and ideas, (click here for a list of open roles), we also could use your help during Staff Appreciation events and other events as they come available (please follow WHS E-News from the Principal for any new requests!). Currently, the office is also looking to fill spots for the Copy Brigade. Please email Ellen Esteves, our main office secretary, at email@example.com to get on the list.
Please note: All NSD volunteers complete a mandatory volunteer training, background check, and submit proof of vaccination prior to volunteering. More information is available on the district website.
Thank you Falcon Families!
National Honor Society
Elevate your academics, leadership, and community engagement by joining National Honor Society!
Application due November 29, 2021
-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 https://woodinville.nsd.org/activities/woodinville-high-school-national-honor-society for more information!
The wrestling season started on Monday, but it's not too late to sign up. The district just added four girls-only competitions to accommodate the growing number of female wrestlers. There is a virtual meeting for parents with Coach Wicklund this Saturday at 11. Email SWicklund@nsd.org to get the link. Register on Final Forms to join the team.
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.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Athletics registration is OPEN for 2021-22 winter and spring sports. Winter sports include men's and women's basketball, gymnastics, men's swim/dive, and coed wrestling. Practices began on Monday, November 15. Registration will remain open for men's swim/dive and coed wrestling until November 28.
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 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.
WHS E-News from the Principal
"One Falcon, One Family"
November 19, 2021
Volume 11, Issue 11
Monday – Friday 7:50 A.M. – 3:50 P.M.
425-408-7400 / email@example.com
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!