In this Edition of Connections...

In this edition of Connections, we witness the many ways Woodland students are taking initiative--whether that be in their own learning and its various forms, in their after school activities, or in creating change in the world. Read on to explore more...

Head of School Blog

The Time is Now

When I was growing up, you went to grammar school, then high school, then college—each a step leading to a future where you would do something to become successful and eventually make a difference…maybe by the time you were 30 (or 40?).


But here at Woodland, we have challenged our students to make a difference now, regardless of their ages—we see in them the power to be change agents and positive problem solvers already. Whether it is on campus or out in the greater world, they are doing this in small and big ways--and people are noticing. Actions are being taken, wheels are set in motion, and our kids are making a difference now. Whether it is through our Future Problem Solvers, our Capstone students, our Third Graders, there are so many examples of our students making tangible differences for positive change happening right now.


Thankfully, our wonderfully bright and creative students aren't waiting to make a difference--they are taking action now to make our world a better place. In the next few weeks we hope you will consider joining them as some of these projects culminate, and you can share in their successes as we wrap up this year at Woodland.

Teaching & Learning Blog

Extended Care, Extended Learning


There are multiple modalities that arrive at teaching and learning, but one facet remains universally intriguing to a child—play. 

All School News



Several Students Awarded in Poetry Contest
Join us in congratulating the many Woodland students recently awarded in the Portola Valley Poetry Contest. Students will have the opportunity to recite their poems tonight at the Portola Valley library. Read the full story >>


Fourth Grade Meets Attorney General of California

Fourth graders recently met with Xavier Becerra, Attorney General of California (huge thanks to the Soto Family for making this possible). He told them "the sky is the limit" and shared his story of being a child of Mexican immigrants who graduated from Stanford and went own to have a successful career in politics. Read the full story >>



Woodland Fifth Grader Advances to International Competition

After taking 2nd place in the California State competition for his entry "The Enterprise Incident," Nikhil Chand will go on to compete in the Future Problem Solvers International Competition in the Scenario Writing Component.

Read the full story >>


Woodland Teams Secure Two Third-Place Wins at FPS State Competition

Two Future Problem Solvers teams of Woodland students competed in the California State Competition last month and each secured third place wins. 

Read the full story >>


Successful Science Colloquium
Congratulations to all the seventh graders and their teachers for another successful science colloquium. Students worked tirelessly on their research and presentations. Find out who the 2017 winners are >> and View all projects on Vidigami >>




Third Graders Share Message with the World
Together, with their teachers, Woodland School students signed a pledge to be "upstanders," not bystanders. When a local school experienced a bomb threat, they chose to stand up and speak out against this and other types of bullying. Will you join them?

Watch the video in the NAIS Inspiration Lab >>




Inspirational ECC Video
Our youngest learners answer the question "what do you want to be?" in the latest ECC video. 

Watch the video >>




Upcoming Community Event: Fun Run & Pancake Breakfast

Join your fellow Wildcats to celebrate sports at Woodland with a fun run and pancake breakfast. You can choose a 3k, 5k, or 1 lap option. Dogs on leashes are welcome. All participants receive a Woodland race bib, finisher medal and a hearty breakfast sponsored by Chefables. Let's make this a great new tradition at Woodland!


Current and future families, alumni families, faculty/staff, and friends are all welcome to join!

More information and tickets at


Wear Your School Spirit


Head on out to the Fun Run in your Woodland Spirit Wear! Proceeds support the Athletics Booster Club. It's an all-around win! We have pieces for the entire family.


*Please note that Spirit Wear does not replace any uniform pieces.



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