April 11th, 2016
Busy and Exciting Times at PHS!
As always, it's a pleasure to have the opportunity to watch your kids grow, learn and perform. Please checkout the specifics below. Hope to see you at an event soon.
Every 15 Minutes Program Comes to PHS
Twenty PHS students have been working on the program, filming the simulation in preparation. Then last Monday, at the "crash site" at Broadway and Bassett, the student body watched as the participants were extricated from the vehicles and taken via police car, ambulance, or helicopter to local services. Notifications take place throughout the school day every 15 minutes, simulating the data point that a life is lost to impaired driving every 15 minutes.
The second part of the two-day assembly occurred Tuesday with a mock funeral. Students gathered inside the gym as parents of the participating students and loved ones of those involved in the mock crash came forward to read letters to one another. Jon Sloat of the CHP and Chief Patrick Williams of the PPD joined Mr. Stirrat in speaking with the students about life and death choices and avoiding risk. A huge thanks to the staff at PHS for their support and the work of retired PPD officer Matt Thomas and the many area public service agencies that contributed time and support for this important program.
Documentary Film "Screenagers" Coming to PHS 4/25/16
Coming in two weeks to Petaluma High is an opportunity to view a new documentary film about kids and screen time. “Screenagers” is a personal look at how families are coping with kids and screen time. The film was directed by Delaney Ruston, a Seattle filmmaker and physician who uses her own experience with her children as the central storyline. In the film, Ruston’s 12-year-old daughter, Tessa, is on the brink of getting her first smart phone. Ruston’s son Chase, 14, is hooked on video games. But “Screenagers” doesn’t just present the problem without attempting to impart some solutions. There are inspiring kids and educators in the film who recognize when to say when. The distraction is real, but the film offers tips for parents to set guidelines for their kids.
Join us for the film and some popcorn at 7PM on Monday, April 25th in the PHS Multi Use Room. After the 67 minute film, stay to discuss screen time, iPads and how we can work together on these issues.
PHS Yearbook Honored in Jostens "Look Book"
Congratulations to all the yearbook staff and to Chris Jones for his excellence in advising, layout, and graphics!
Algae in Space! PHS students cheer successful launch...
The micro-gravity algae made it into space this time! After the explosion of the previous attempt last year, PHS students crowded into the multi use room to watch SpaceX return to flight nine months after one was lost in a launch failure. This time, all went well and the students' experiment is now just arriving at the Space Station (Sunday morning delivery). As a bonus, the Falcon 9 booster stuck its first landing of a on a ship at sea.
Below is a KTVU news story on the student work, and a link to the launch itself.
Way to go, PHS science, Ms. Judah, and all the students, past and present who contributed to this success.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: PHS OPEN HOUSE APRIL 21ST
Open House April 21st
The Art Department will feature student work in an exhibition of work in the Multi Use Room (with Fine Arts Day to follow on Friday so that all our students can see the art!)
We hope to have some clubs representing their work out in the quad. They may be offering light desserts for sale. We hope to see you on April 21st!
April 11..............Staff Meeting
April 12..........Project Grad Mtg
April 14..........Delegate Mtg; End of Grading Period; Site Council Mtg
April 13 + 14th ......CAASPP - Math Computer Adaptive Test
April 15 + 18th......CAASPP Math Performance Task
April 15 + 18th.....CAASPP 10th Grade Science
April 16 - 19..........State FFA Competition
April 18..........Trojan Connections; Athletic Boosters Mtg
April 19 + 20th.....CAASPP English Computer Adaptive Test
April 21 + 22nd.....CAASPP English Performance Task
April 21st.......PETALUMA HIGH SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE
April 22 - 23, 28 - 30..........The Little Mermaid Drama Production
April 22..........Fine Arts Day
April 25.........SCREENAGERS Documentary Film in MultiUse Room @ 7PM
April 26 + 28th.......Make up Testing
April 27..........Westside Band Competition
April 28-29..........PowderPuff Competition
The Arts at Aqus!
Jae Tillinghast and Alan Barnes have an art show up at Aqus Cafe featuring student work. The show will be up most of April so drop by and check it out. The show includes AP Art students, Art Two students and a few choice pieces from the photography students. They will also run Fine Arts Day simultaneous with Open House (evening of April 21st and the day of April 22nd). See the fineness of art!
Kiss a Senior Goodbye!
Looking for a way to say goodbye to this years seniors? Well you're in luck! The junior class this year is organizing a fundraiser called "Kiss and Hug a Senior Goodbye!" You can choose to send either 5 Hershey's Hugs or 5 Hershey's Kisses in a package with a personalized tag. Each one is $1 and will be delivered to the seniors of your choice while they're in class. If you're interested, please fill out the following form and bring your payment into the office. If you're sending more than one, please fill out one form per senior. Thank you!
-Sarah Jane Catarozoli (Junior Class President)
Don't miss Troy Performers and the production of The Little Mermaid - details below!
PHS Wildlife Museum Pasta Dinner
The Math PLC last Wednesday: This is how we do it!
Some of the Ladies of Math, Showing their PHS Pride!
PHS Students Shine at Community Achievement Awards
The 57th Annual Herold Mahoney Achievement Awards was a proud night for many parents celebrating the Top 10 achievements of their children. It was also a night of validation for the student work at PHS as the audience listened to the remarkable list of accomplishments these students have already achieved. The event included members of the PCS school board, the superintendent, business and community leaders, and hundreds of others recognizing PHS, Casa and St Vincent's student Top Tens. PHS sophomores and juniors were recognized first, before each Top Ten senior was announced. This year, our seniors are: Leland Shimuzu, Mireya Arango, Ryan Statz, Ryan Cardiff, Edden Yashar, Austin Longerbeam, Kelly D'Ambrogia, Madison Crum, Alyssa Deely, and Emma Kuykendall. In the fall, they are headed for the best universities in the country - Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, Berkeley, Cal Poly, USC and many others. More to come on all our students and where they are headed in future updates.
Summer School @ Petaluma HIgh
Summer school will be held at PHS this summer. We will be using rooms in the C-wing and several science rooms. Summer School begins on June 20 and runs until July 22. Debi Richardson (PHS) and Nikki Samuel (Casa) will be principals this year. For more information on summer school, please contact your counselor.
SkillsUSA Brings Home the Medals!
Chris Jones has been busy winning accolades in Yearbook but his work with SkillsUSA is clicking on all cylinders too. A team competed at the state championships last week in Southern California. Nathan Irwin won a gold medal in technical drafting, Rosanely Alvarez a gold in Introduction to Drafting, Nathan Wong a silver in technical drafting and the team of Tessa Irwin, Diana Trueblood, Sarah Graham and Matthew Kalemba a bronze in broadcast news production.
Now Nathan Irwin heads for the national competition in Louisville. Well done everyone!