PHS Update

May 1st, 2016

It's Teacher Appreciation Week!

Finally, the week we've all been waiting for! It's time to celebrate the amazing work you do all year long. Tuesday is officially Teacher Appreciation Day and we will have treats, coffee, pastries and $1000 gold bars in the staff lounge (while supplies last). Don't forget the PTSA Staff Luncheon set for May 24th , again in the Staff Lounge. And of course, we will also be celebrating classified employee appreciation week from May 16-20. So let's get ready to appreciate each other and celebrate!

Below is the update sent to parents earlier. Have a great week!

Unbelievably, it's May!

Here we are, suddenly, staring at May, with only five weeks left before graduation. Doesn't seem possible but the calendar doesn't lie!

  • AP testing begins this week and runs through the following Friday. Good luck to all those students striving on their AP tests - it is a big commitment to learning and we are proud of all of you.

  • We have been holding community meetings about updates to Ellison Field and the swimming pool. Last Tuesday, a special board meeting heard various input in to the field design. If you would like any specific information, please drop by my office to view preliminary plans. Call 778-4652 to set up an appointment.

  • Last week, I saw many of you at the West Side Band Festival, a true celebration of music in our schools. Thanks to Cliff Eveland, PHS band director, for organizing and bringing in all the elementary and junior high bands! The band and choir are just back from an exciting trip to Chicago and the home of the blues.

  • We hosted a showing of the documentary film "Screenagers" last week in the multi. The film shows the struggle parents can have with their children about phones and screen time. Thank you to everyone who came to watch and who stayed afterwards to talk. One takeaway for me was that many parents describe either an ignorance about what might be on their child's phone and a feeling that their isn't much we can do at this point. I encourage you to have conversations with your children about their phone and how they use it - navigating social media, texting, posting, etc is something we need to guide our children through. ... On a related note, we are excited to be partnering with Common Sense Media next fall in bringing more digital citizenship lessons to PHS. We believe we can all use a healthy dose of common sense. More to come of this as we head into next year.

  • iPad collection is coming soon! (see article below). If you think you would be able to volunteer to help us as we collect iPads, please let me know. A reply email to will get you signed up. See the dates in the article below.

Looking forward to the excitement of May. We will send out another update before prom (May 21 at the Claremont Hotel). Have a great week!

Link Crew is on the Way!

Link Crew is coming to Petaluma High this coming fall! Link Crew is an orientation program designed to connect freshman students with their high school community. The goals of the program at Petaluma High School are twofold: 1) increase school engagement and connectedness campus wide and 2) create academic and social support for our students as they transition into and through high school. The Petaluma High School Link Crew Coordinators (Mr. Dawsari, Ms. McClelland, and Ms. Yannes) are recruiting current sophomores and juniors to train as Link Crew Leaders. These Link Crew Leaders will act as peer mentors for the incoming freshmen and help bridge the gap from junior high to high school. Our Link Crew Leaders (next year’s junior and seniors) will have a chance to develop their leadership skills, act as positive role models, and give back to their school community. With this program, our incoming freshmen class will be welcomed into a community of students and staff who are dedicated to helping them succeed - both academically and socially.

We look forward to building a strong Link Crew program for our students and school community! Stay tuned for dates for the freshman orientation program, and if you have a current 10th or 11th grade student interested in joining, please have them attend a meeting this Thursday, May 5th at lunch in the PHS Gym to learn more!

Lacrosse Teams Head for Playoffs

The PHS Girls Lacrosse team made sure they weren't giving up the paddle last week. In a close game at Ellison Field, the girls outplayed the Casa Grande Gauchos 10-8 and were able to hold the paddle high once again. Well done girls!

Both boys and girls varsity lacrosse teams are headed for the NBL Tournament playoffs this week. The girls are headed up to Cardinal Newman where they take on the #1 seed Tuesday night at 7pm. At Petaluma High, the #2 seeded PHS boys team will take on Cardinal Newman also on Tuesday night at 7pm. Let's get out there and support these teams! Good luck to both teams!



May 2-May 6th - Teacher Appreciation Week

May 2..........Principals Tour 9am; PTSA Mtg

May 3..........PAC @3:20 in F6

May 3..........College Fair at Sonoma State
May 5..........ELAC Mtg; Music Boosters Mtg
May 7..........FFA State Finals; SAT

May 9.........STAFF Meeting
May 10..........Project Grad Mtg
May 12..........Delegate Mtg; Spring Choral Concert
May 13..........Last day to purchase your yearbook
May 16 - 20..........Senior Week
May 16..........Trojan Connections; Athletic Boosters Mtg
May 17..........Senior Rally
May 19..........Spring Band Concert
May 20..........Early dismissal; Car show; Yearbook distribution
May 21..........Prom at the Claremont

May 26..........Music Awards
May 28..........Campus Cleanup
May 30..........Memorial Day - no school
May 31..........Cookies and Cram

June 1..........Finals 1/2
June 2..........Finals 4/5
June 3..........Finals 3/6
June 4..........Graduation at Ellison Field, 10am

June 7..........ACT Test

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)

PHS Boys Tennis Shines at SCL Champs

Led by first-year coach Chris Horne, the boys tennis team had an outstanding SCL tournament. Zach Leno played some fine matches, eventually falling in a very tight semi-final match-up. Nathan Wong went one better, charging to the final; there, he played a great match where a point here or there could have made the difference. He eventually fell to Trevor Cook of Healdsburg.

In doubles play, the team of Alex Dodd and Hayden Dennis also made their way to the semis before being ousted. The great news is the youth on this team. The future of PHS boys tennis is bright! Congrats!

Semi-finals (Boys Singles)

Singles: Trevor Cook (H) d. Zach Leno (Pet) 6-7, 7-6, 6-1; Nathan Wong (Pet) d. Matt Mckale (SV) 6-3, 6-0;


Cook d. Wong 6-3, 4-6, 7-5

Boys Doubles - Semi-finals

Doubles: Ben Regoli-Miles Pimentel (SV) d. Hayden Dennis-Alex Dodd (Pet) 6-1, 6-3; Jack Fricker-Sam Macdonell (EM) d. Erik Serbicki-Elias Sosa (SV) 6-3, 6-2.

Spring sports (continued)


In a showdown of SCL rivals, the Trojans took down Analy 4-3 on Friday afternoon. Previously unbeaten in league play, Analy's offense was kept in check by three strong innings from Luke Wheless. Danny Marzo came in to relieve, shutting Analy down the rest of the way. Lucas Dentoni came on in the final inning to save the victory. Offensively, Kempton Brandis led the way, going 3-3 2 RBI.

The win pulls the Trojans into a first place tie. On Saturday, the Trojans battled all the way back from a six run deficit, only to give up the winning run on the bottom of the seventh to a highly ranked Arroyo squad. The Trojans are 13-7 (7-1) and looking solid as we head to the final weeks.


The Lady Trojans also had a showdown game with Analy last week and, like the boys, they came out on the winning side. Behind a strong pitching performance form Emily O'Keefe, the Trojans are now tied for the league lead at 8-1. Odds are they will see Analy again!

The Lady Trojans are 11-9 (8-1) after dropping a weekend game to powerhouse Alhambra.

We'll be watching the regular season wrap up...


Last Thursday, the swim team faced Sonoma Valley for their final dual meet of the season. Both the Boys and Girls carry a 1-3 record into the meet. The Boys defeated El Molino last week 81-56 and the Girls defeated Piner earlier in the season 75-58.

PHS swimmers competed at the SCL Championship Meet last Thursday and Friday. The boys took third and the girls fifth. A strong season with a large and energetic freshmen class bodes well for the future of PHS swiming.

Boys Golf:

Varsity boy's golf beat Sonoma Valley High School last week 228 to 266 improving their record to 5-4.

​Girls Lacrosse:

"Battle of the Paddle" Champions. The girls defeated Casa 10-8​ last week! (see Lacrosse Update)


Track is in action. They came out on top in their first tri-meet against Healdsburg and Piner. More updates to come as the season progresses under Coach Johnson's direction.

​Badminton: ​

Varsity Badminton defeated Roseland Collegiate Prep last week, 14-1. We have one home match left to conclude the season.

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.

iPad Collection Coming Soon

As we approach the end of the year, one upcoming task is the collection of student iPads.

Senior iPads will be collected on 5/18 and 5/19 during Gov/Econ classes. Underclassmen will turn in their iPads with their English classes from 5/23 - 5/26.

Loss or damage to iPads and accessories will be invoiced using the following guidelines, unless the student has contributed to the iPad Coverage Plan.

  • iPad Chargers - Complete $44.00
  • Brick - $22.00

  • Wire - $22.00

  • Case - $25.00
  • iPad - Lost, Stolen, Intentional Damage - $500.00
  • iPad - Cracked screen, not shattered - $50.00

Seniors will need to turn in an Apple manufactured charger and cord with their iPads. If underclassmen have replaced chargers with after-market products, they will be collected with the iPad and returned to the student for use during the next school year.

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Assistant Principal Ms. Pinckney Brings Home Chase!

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