In this Edition of Connections  

Woodland School brings you the latest edition of Connections, our monthly newsletter. This month, Head of School Marja Brandon discusses how gender bias impacts how both girls and boys see themselves as learners. Middle School Dean Scott Thompson discusses leadership lessons in middle school. Finally, catch the latest in school news!

Head of School Blog


Talking Barbie came out in 1992. And what were her epic first words?

Head of School Marja discusses how gender bias impacts how both boys and girls see themselves as learners.

Teaching & Learning Blog


Leadership Lessons

This past trimester a group of middle school students explored the concept of leadership in their first trimester elective.

All School News



Fourth Grade Explores & Shares Culture
What is culture? These fourth grade students explored this question and a bit about each of their own cultures.


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Seventh Graders Unlock Their Genetic Code
With biotech entrepreneur, Dr. Hugh Rienhoff, by their side, seventh grade students extracted their DNA in this exciting lab exploring genetics.





A Visit to TheatreWorks Inspires Woodland's DI Team

Woodland's Destination Imagination Team learned first-hand about special effects from TheatreWorks.



Woodland Alumnus Becomes an Eagle Scout
Woodland School graduate and Serra High School senior, Nicholas Burnett recently became an Eagle Scout. A strong scholar, Burnett hopes to major in environmental sciences next year in college. 

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First Graders Embark on Service Learning Project
In service to others. That's what these first-graders thought of as they partnered with St. Anthony's Dining Hall.




Wonder Unfolds in the Early Childhood Center
Woodland's Reggio-inspired Early Childhood Center is designed to tap into each child's innate curiosity and to harness the myriad ways children express themselves and their creativity.


Watch the magic unfold in this video of the  ECC in January >>



What Does Utopia Look Like?

As part of a Humanities project, sixth grade students examine this question.






Sixth Graders Design Working Models of the Water Cycle

Sixth Grade students went through the process of designing and building working models of the water cycle.





Upcoming Parent Workshops


Common Ground Speaker: Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD

Wired to Create: Lessons in Unlocking Ingenuity 

Tuesday, January 24 | 7 p.m.*
Woodside Elementary School
3195 Woodside Road, Woodside


Wednesday, January 25 | 9 a.m.

Yavneh Day School

14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos


*Parent Social following the evening event (Jan 24): The Firehouse Bistro 2991 Woodside Road, Woodside. RSVP to Aida Soto


Next Schools Program - Finding the Right Fit
Presented by Marja Brandon and Lou Douglas

Friday, January 27 | 8:30 a.m.

Room 16



Wear Your School Spirit


When you shop Woodland School's Spirit Shop, you're not only supporting Woodland as an ambassador, but you're also supporting our Athletics Booster Club. It's a an all-around win!


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


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