PHS Update

January 15th, 2018

Your Late Weekly Update!

All right, here it is finally! PAC tomorrow; Department meetings Wednesday, Site Council Thursday, and 8th Grade Visits tomorrow and Thursday. Whew! Let's go!

Thanks to Kerry and Gio and Deb for kicking off our WASC collaboration last week. Much more fun to come! Thanks to Kelly for leading the 8th grade Tours this week. And please be gentle with our counseling staff who are in the center of their Rush Hour as they register our students and visit our feeder campuses to enroll 8th graders.

PAC agenda:

Have a great week and enjoy the three day weekend to come!

Kevin and Shereen reading a text - Calvin: What is WASC? Troy: It's that cool thing what got bubbles.

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Happy New Year!

Hello Everyone!

Well, we are back at it and into the second week of the second semester. Lots going on in this update. Hoping everyone gets off to a strong start this semester!

**The PHS community suffered two losses last week. Lynda Smith, our musical accompanist for many years at PHS, and David Richardson, former photography teacher, passed away. Please see below for further details and keep the families in your prayers.

**Registration for Fall 2019 is now underway. Please see the article below on registration. Remember: you can view the course catalog at this link:

**Varsity basketball had a tough week, dropping games to the visiting Gauchos in both girls and boys basketball. Looking for a bounce back as the league season unfolds...

**Wrestling continued its shiny season, still unbeaten as they look toward a huge meet on January 30th at home (Senior Night). Make plans to check out that meet in the PHS Gym.

**Girls soccer remains unbeaten after pulling out a 1-1 tie vs. Casa. They are currently at

7-0-2, pending this evening's match versus Napa.

**Don't forget the Crab Feed coming up on February 2nd. Please see the flyer below.

**Our WASC accreditation visit is coming up in 2019-20. We are beginning the work of looking closely at our teaching and learning practice. We will be reaching out to our parents and students in the coming weeks and months to help us with this work.

Have a terrific week!

Class Registration for Fall 2019 + Important Upcoming Dates!

Counselors will be starting Online Registration next week. Students will be registering for their classes for next year using their AERIES Student Portal accounts. It is important that each student has an active account separate from their parents. It is also important that parents have their own account so that they can review courses that their child selects. Registration dates are below:

  • Junior Registration: Week of 1/14, online registration closes on Sunday, 1/20.
  • 8th Grade Registration: Week of 1/22, online registration closes on Sunday, 1/27.
  • Sophomore Registration: Week of 1/28, online registration closes on Sunday, 2/3.
  • Freshman Registration: Week of 2/4, online registration closes on Sunday, 2/10.

Course Request Forms can be found on the PHS Counseling website. Please take time to review classes for next year with your child prior to registration.

College Night is happening Thursday, February 7th at 6pm. This is open to all 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students and parents and will provide important information on college planning.

AP & Honors Night is happening Thursday, February 21st at 6pm and is important for any student to attend that is planning or considering AP or Honors classes for next year. More details to come later, AP/Honors contracts will be due Friday, March 8th.

Wrestling Results - Tim Brown Memorial + American Canyon meet

Jan. 11-12 Varsity Boys at Tim Brown Memorial Tournament - Sacramento

The team took 10th place out of 82 teams

108 lbs Nick Trave took 7th

147 lbs Connor Pedersen took 4th

162 lbs Colton Prieto took 3rd

154 lbs Derrick Pomi was one match from placing.

154 lbs Tony Vitali was able to qualify for day two also.

Jan. 12th At American Canyon High School Tournament

Varsity Girls Overall took 1st place

101 lbs Amelia Grevin took 3rd

116 lbs Sisi Nieuwboer-Bas took 2nd

106 lbs Brookly Shattuck took 1st

138 lbs Adriana Borajas took 4th

138 lbs Shalynn Baker took 1st

Varsity Boys Overall took 1st place

108 lbs Dylan Balthazar took 5th

106 lbs Dylan Bianchi took 6th

113 lbs Collin Ferrero took 2nd place

122 lbs Ashur King took 3rd place

128 lbs Carlos Calito Garcia took 3rd

128 lbs Butch Aguiar took 4th

122 lbs Charlie Winter took 2nd

134 lbs Mac Shattuck took 2nd

134 lbs Dominic Butts took 3rd

134 lbs Riddick James took 6th

138 lbs Lukas Bettencourt took 1st

145 lbs Liam O'Neill took 2nd

145 lbs Nathan Turner took 3rd

154 lbs Jacob Bettencourt took 2nd

154 lbs Parker Loden took 7th

162 lbs Ryan Castilgia took 3rd

174 lbs Josh Byous took 5th

182 lbs Jack Santos took 1st

195 lbs Max Anchiraico took 5th

Results Petaluma High @ American Canyon

Wrestling Meet 1-2-19

JV – Petaluma 24 American Canyon 18

108 Double FF

115 Zak Raymond (AC) won by FF

122 Ramon Gamboa (AC) won by dec. over Zack Engler (Pet) 7-6

128 Jack Benedetti (Pet) won by FF

134 Juan Madrigal (AC) won by dec. over Riddick James (Pet) 9-3

140 Double FF

147 Lukas Bettencourt (Pet) won by pin (1:22) over Mathew Ruiz (AC)

154 Jacob Bettencourt (Pet) won by FF

160 Nick Tarca (Pet) won by pin (3:42) over Andrew Espinita (AC)

172 Mario Zarco (Pet) won by Maj Dec. 13-0 over Devin Racel (AC)

184 Double FF

197 Double FF

220 Tobyn Bunch (AC) won by FF

HWT Double FF

Varsity Girls – Petaluma 40 American Canyon 24

101 Amelia Grevin (Pet)won by FF

106 Brook Shattuck (Pet) won by FF

113 Amaya Maulimo (AC) won by FF

118 Yvonne Cruz (AC) won by FF

123 Shayla Hoang (AC) won by FF

128 Kim Larsen (PET) won by Maj Dec. over Alyssa Sapida (AC) 15-4

133 Logan Pomi (PET) won by pin 3:47 over Yanesa Rosas (AC)

139 Shalynn Baker (PET) won by FF

145 Adriana Barajas (Pet) won by FF

150 Double FF

160 Carla Maldonado (PET) won by FF

170 Double FF

189 Alexis Schueller (AC) won by FF

HWT Double FF

Varsity Boys – Petaluma 57 American Canyon 27

108 Dylan Baltazar (Pet) won by pin (:55) over Mekha Sta Rosa (AC)

115 Nick Trave (Pet) won by Maj. Dec over Elijah Bermilla (AC) 10-2

122 Rafael Ely (AC) won by pin (1:22) over Collin Ferrero (Pet)

128 Butch Aguiar (Pet) won by FF

134 Dominic Butts (Pet) won by pin (3:59) over Chris Gomez (AC)

140 Aaron Villa Carlos (AC) won by dec. over Mac Shattuck (Pet) 8-6

147 Liam O’Neill (Pet) won by pin (1:23) over Thomas Manibusan (AC)

154 Connor Pedersen (Pet) won by pin (:37) over Josh Salazar (AC)

160 Colton Prieto (Pet) won by pin (1:59) over Antonio Blanco (AC)

172 Alec Hoover (AC) won by pin (1:58) over Tony Vitali (Pet)

184 Derrick Pomi (Pet) won by pin (:59) over Marbon Centero (AC)

197 Jack Santos (Pet) won by FF

220 Glenn Gardine (AC) won by FF

HWT Jesus Sanchez (AC) won by pin (1:42) over Derek Honey (Pet)

Thank you,

Paul Schloesser

Petaluma High School Resource Specialist

PHS Head - Wrestling Coach

Two Pieces of Sad News - Lynda Smith (PHS Musical Accompanist) and David Richardson (Photography)

From Cliff Eveland:

I received the very sad news that Lynda Smith passed away last night (Sunday). Lynda had either a massive stroke or an aneurysm on Thursday night and had been unconscious and in a coma until she passed last night.

Lynda has been the choral accompanist at PHS the last 4 years, and was also the accompanist when I was the choir teacher for 9 years back in the late 90s and early 2000s. Lynda has given many PHS students private voice lessons over the years, and coached all of the soloists at our choral concerts. Lynda has also been either the accompanist or music director of almost all the musicals produced at PHS in the last 25 years. Lynda worked on these musicals for little or no pay. She did it because she loved working with the students.

Lynda was an extremely talented pianist, singer, musician, and was more co-director of the choir than just accompanist. Lynda is someone who cannot be replaced. She was also a good friend of mine, so this is going to be difficult.

Here is a link to an old PD article:



Mr. Knox added: "I am stunned by the news. I was with Linda on Thursday as we prepared the music scores for our upcoming show. I am terribly saddened to hear this as I will miss her awesome positive spirit."


From Krista O'Connor:

Mr. David Richardson, my neighbor of about 35 years, and former Petaluma High teacher, passed away on Friday night. His wife, Colleen, is also a former local elementary educator and principal. Dave taught at PHS for 29 years, retiring in 1992. He taught photography, yearbook, and sometimes Spanish. I think he was around during the earlier part of the Frank Wright, Bob Jones, Steve Stedman, Steve Ellison era. He owned and operated Richardson's Relics, the antique store out on Bodega Avenue for the last several years.

This is an article from June 2016 linked below about his wife Colleen's Doll Mercantile that operates in the same building.

Project Graduation - Please Read!

Project Graduation has been a Petaluma institution that provides a safe environment for our graduates on graduation evening. This program was created in reaction to many tragic deaths on graduation night. Since Project Grad came to Petaluma about 30 years ago, there have been no students lost on graduation night.

But it takes a team of committed parents to make this evening happen. Rita Schafer has been leading Project Grad since 2014. Her children graduated in 2015 but she has continued to run the Project Grad ship nevertheless. She has been ably supported by a team that includes Suzie Ransom, Fidaa Shaheen, and many others. Now it is time for a new set of parents to step up! The current team will put on the June 2019 Project Graduation but now is the time to step up and shadow these folks as we look for leadership in 2019-20.

Please come to our next meeting on January 8th at 6PM in the staff lounge at PHS. Come and meet the team and see if this is a good fit for you. We want to be sure our kids continue to be safe on Grad Night!

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Important Upcoming Dates

Don't forget the following dates:

Tues, January 15th-Friday, January 18th - MaRS to Monterery Field Trip

Tuesday, January 15th - PAC @3:15 in F6

Tuesday, January 15th and Thursday, January 17th - 8th Grade Visits in the AM

Wednesday, January 16th - Wednesday Department Meetings

Wednesday, January 16th - FFA Chapter Meeting

Thursday, January 17th - Site Council Meeting @ 3:20pm in F6

Monday, January 21st - NO SCHOOL - MLK Day

Tuesday, January 22nd - Coffee with the Principal (@ Aqus Cafe 9AM)

Wednesday, January 23rd - Staff Meeting @2:20pm

Thursday, January 24th - ELAC Meeting at 6PM

Friday, January 25th - CLUB RUSH #2

Monday, January 28th - Spring Sports Begins

Wednesday, January 30th - Schoolwide PLC: EL Roadmap Planning in the Library

Friday/Saturday February 1st/2nd - Lanea Music Festival Trip

Saturday, February 2nd - Crab Feed (see flyer)

Wednesday, February 6th - Schoolwide PLC: Illuminate

Thursday, February 7th - COLLEGE NIGHT in the Library (6PM)

Wednesday, February 13th - WASC Wednesday

Thursday, February 21st - AP/HONORS Evening (6PM) Multi

Athletic Corner

January 4th, 2019

High school boys basketball



Petaluma 16 19 20 17 – 72

Vintage 13 6 20 13 – 52

Petaluma: Kenny Alexander 17; Ivan Cortez 15; Eric Perez 9.

Vintage: Rendon 19; Murray 15.

High school girls soccer



Petaluma 2 1 – 3

Vintage 0 0 – 0

Petaluma goals: Kendra Barry; Hannah Hermann; Frances Goughnour. Assists: Melissa Rocha 2; Sarah Mughannam.

AT PETALUMA (1/11/19)

Petaluma 0 1 – 1

Casa Grande 1 0 – 1

Petaluma goal: Sarah Romstad.

Casa Grande goal: Megan Hanley. Assist: Heather Mahoney.

Winter and Pologeorgis Recognized at VFW Awards

PHS students Charlie Winter and Theo Pologeorgis were recognized for outstanding service last Saturday night at the The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Awards Dinner. Charlie was honored for his work in recording the oral histories of local veterans and submitting them to the Library of Congress, as well as his ongoing community service with the local VFW. Theo won first prize for his Voice of Democracy essay! On hand was Glenn Ross, commander of the Petaluma VFW Post 1929, David Rabbitt, Board of Supervisor president, and Jennifer Lounibos, proud teacher. Congratulations to both boys!
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