Spring 2019 Community Bulletin

WIS Community Bulletin: Spring 2019
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For Students, Parents/Guardians, Alumni & Friends

Message from the Head of School
This year, Woodside experienced a "changing of the guard." Ariel Edwards completed six years as Head of School, and fifteen years overall of dedicated service to the entire school community. Her enthusiasm and hard work were greatly appreciated, and she will be missed.

I want to express my appreciation to our students, parents, guardians, alumni, and friends for your warm welcome to Woodside. I come to you from Laurel School, where I was Director of Innovation and Middle School Teacher for many years. I am enjoying getting to know the Woodside family, especially the opportunity to work with our high school students. I have been impressed by the delightful enthusiasm of our students, the vibrant dedication of our teachers and staff, and the caring attention of our parents and guardians.

I am mindful that it is always challenging to experience a change of Administration, and grateful for your trust and also your questions and comments. This is how we will be able to move forward together on behalf of our students. I encourage you to stay in touch with me at (415) 564-1063 or
jwalsh@wissf.org. I look forward to getting to know you all. -- Joanne Walsh, Head of School
WIS Today
Take a look at our recent Student/Parent Newsletters to see the action from this past year of school.

What's New, Alumni?
We love to hear from our alumni! Keep in touch at alumni@wissf.org.

Seeking Testimonials!
Our small school has been referred to as a "hidden gem," offering a unique combination of rigorous college preparatory curriculum, individualized instruction, and an exceptionally friendly community. We would be grateful for your help to reach out to new families by sending testimonials to admin@wissf.org or posting your kind words to your choice of Facebook, Google, Great Schools, Niche, Private Schools Review, and/or Yelp. Thank you for your support!
College Admissions for the Class of 2019
Our hardworking students have been admitted to the following colleges and universities. A bold asterisk (*) indicates the number of students enrolling/participating; a number sign (#) indicates the number of students admitted but enrolling elsewhere.  This year's graduates were awarded $528,460 in scholarships! Congratulations to all of our graduates!

Cal Poly Pomona #
California State University Los Angeles ###
California College of the Arts *
City College of San Francisco **
Connecticut College *

Fairfield University #
Gap Year **
Long Beach State University #
New York University #
San Francisco State University * ##
Seattle University
University of California Davis ***
University of California Merced #
University of California Riverside ##
University of California Santa Cruz * #
University of Massachusetts Amherst #
University of San Diego #
University of San Francisco *** #
University of Waterloo #
York University #
Stepping Forward with STEM
We are excited to expand our STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) program for next academic year, offering AP calculus, AP physics, computer science, and STEM challenges every semester. As a school that serves both local and international English Learners, all students will benefit from a STEM approach, making gains not only within each academic discipline but also developing and practicing problem solving, collaborative and critical thinking skills.
Spotlight on Community Service
This spring marked the continuation of a cherished Woodside tradition, the
annual All-School Earth Day Field Trip. Once again we returned to Sigmund Stern Grove to volunteer in service to planet earth by planting, pulling up non-native plants, weeding, and spreading mulch. The coordinator from the SF Recreation and Parks Department complimented our students and faculty, and commented that he looks forward to our visit every year, because our students are such a reliable crew.
President's Volunteer Service Award: Gold
Congratulations to Class of 2020 student Avin Ketih who has been awarded the nation's premier voluntarism honor in recognition and appreciation for outstanding efforts to strengthen our nation and communities through volunteer service. Avin has volunteered over 600 hours as a summer camp counselor during high school. Well done!

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