Enrollment up slightly at M-A, Woodside high schools


When Sequoia Union High School District students returned to school last month, they were met with new teachers, classes and facilities, including the just-opened TIDE Academy in Menlo Park.

Below are updates on the district's three high schools – TIDE, Woodside and Menlo-Atherton – in The Almanac's coverage area.

Menlo-Atherton High School

Enrollment: Menlo-Atherton High School has 2,457 students this year, 32 more than last year.

New staff: The 233-person staff, led by Principal Simone Rick-Kennel, has several new members, including Amanda Alvarez and Jackson Shaad, social studies teachers; Emily Catron, Jennifer Che, Kristin Duriseti, Roger Migdow and Jonathan Simon, mathematics teachers; Erica Cerles, guidance counselor; Candice Cruz, Joseph Paz, David Rosenberg and Rachael Wan, English teachers; Lauren Lesyna, Shemsa Morkoch, Matthew Shen, Erica Woll and Laal Rezayani, biology teachers; Teshionda Nickerson, mental health coordinator; Riu Dong, Mandarin teacher; Marie-Andree Roy-Sajja, world language teacher; Maria Gutierrez, Spanish teacher; and Emily Rigotti and Nick Muys, administrative vice principals.

New classes: Latin American studies, which is taught in both English and Spanish; and speech, debate and critical thinking II.

TIDE Academy

TIDE's name is an acronym for technology, innovation, design and engineering; the school focuses on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) subjects to prepare students for careers in those areas. The name also derives from the school's proximity to the San Francisco Bay.

Allison Silvestri was appointed principal of the new school in June.

Construction at the school is expected to be completed at the end of September or in early October, according to Arntz Builders, the district's contractor for the project.

Enrollment: TIDE Academy has a freshman class of about 106 students. The school will eventually grow to about 450 students once grades nine through 12 are in place.

Classes offered: STEAM-oriented courses include engineering and design principles, computer science and product design.

Woodside High School

Enrollment: The school has enrolled 1,936 students this year, 28 more than last year.

New staff: New members of the 203-person staff, led by Principal Diane Burbank, include Brian Ngo, English teacher; Carl Haislett and Ramon Pulido, mathematics teachers; Paul Durdle, science teacher; Andrew Ho and Joe Medina, social science teachers; Lillie Allgaier, Luis Chavez, Jonathan Gonzalez, Yeni Jimenez, Pravin Kaipa, Amanda Odette and Anneke Vera, special education teachers; and Jonda Farris and Ilse Tapia, world languages teachers.

New classes: Multimedia design and multimedia design II.


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2 people like this
Posted by Linda
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Sep 13, 2019 at 3:52 pm

This article incorrectly states that there are 3 schools in the Sequoia Union High School District. Actually, the district includes Menlo-Atherton, Woodside, Sequoia, Carlmont, TIDE, Redwood High School and East Palo Alto Academy. Web Link

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Posted by Angela Swartz, Almanac Staff Writer
a resident of another community
on Sep 13, 2019 at 3:57 pm

Angela Swartz, Almanac Staff Writer is a registered user.

Hi Linda, these are just the three high schools in The Almanac's coverage area (Woodside, Portola Valley, Menlo Park and Atherton).

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