PHS Staff Update

November 16, 2015

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Boys Soccer Wins It All: First Section Title in School History

Petaluma Boys Soccer and Coach Greg Lamansky have gone where no PHS boys soccer team has been before. In a thrilling seesaw battle in the Division III title match against Fortuna, Kevin Rojas's Golden Goal near the end of the second overtime, clinched it for the Trojans.

Alex Sosa had put PHS ahead in the eighteenth minute, but Fortuna equalized midway through the second half. Ethan Waters' perfectly placed free kick with eight minutes left looked like the game winner, but Fortuna managed to put one over with only three minutes left, forcing the overtime and Kevin's heroics. The title is just rewards for Coach Greg Lamansky, who has coached the Trojans for 11 years along with his work as teacher at PJHS.

To get to the title game, the Trojans had to get past the Hounds last Wednesday. The Trojans dominated the early play, yet they fell behind midway through the half by a well taken Healdsburg goal. But the Trojans were rewarded for their effort, drawing even just before the half. Coach Lamansky's halftime talk paid dividends early in the second half with a scintillating goal. From then on, the Trojans held off an increasingly desperate Healdsburg attack, eventually hanging on for the 2-1 victory.

The previous week, on a cold Friday night at Ellison Field, the #1 seeded Trojans battled Arcata through a full game and full overtime. Despite many great chances, the ball just wouldn't go in the net. In the end, it all came down to penalty kicks. Tyler Guptill, Kevin Rojas, Luis Flores, Ethan Waters, and Dino Santia all connected in a 5-3 final. And of course, there was Javier's save!

Taken together, an excellent season for PHS boys soccer! Congratulations boys!

Lots to be Thankful for...

As we enter the week before Thanksgiving, we all have lots to be thankful for. It has been a time for babies recently! Sara, Paul, and Wayne all have new reasons for joy, and Tracy is anticipating the same in the spring. Let's do our best this week, and look forward to a restful and needed Thanksgiving week break.

Go Trojans!

Bite of Reality in B Wing - No morning announcements

Bite of Reality is a program for seniors that encourages them to experience real world issues. Wayne and Kevin are running this and have requested no announcements Monday morning so they can get the program in. Please read the announcements to your classes Monday. Thanks!

Trojans Swat Away Hornets

There was no let down for the Trojans Friday night at Ellison Field in the first round of the NCS playoffs. Following the emotional loss to Analy in the SCL Championship game (see recap below), Coach Krist and his staff had the boys ready to roll. After an early touchdown drive, they never trailed, despite turning the ball over a couple of times. The defense played very well, restricting Novato offensive gains. The outcome was never in doubt, even though the final score (38-20) doesn't suggest a blow out.

The quarterfinal match up is set after Rancho Cotate's victory over Terra Linda. Let's get ready to roar our support this coming Saturday at 7PM at Rancho Cotate.

Kim Honored at CLHS Dinner

We had a chance to honor Kim Arntz's excellent work at the California League of High School's Educator of the year reception last Tuesday evening. There were many superb teachers from around the county honored as well. In reading all the wonderful things these teachers have accomplished, we are secure in the knowledge that Kim's accomplishments in FFA, Ag, and at the Museum place her the head of this group. We are proud of you, Kim!

(Last week's SCL Game:) Trojans Lose a Heartbreaker, Make Us All Proud!

There are good high school football games, great high school football games, and then there's Petaluma-Analy for the SCL Championship last Friday night. The Trojans brought their 'A' game, easily playing their best game of the year in prime time. After falling behind 14-3, the Trojan fans could have been forgiven for wondering if we could keep it close. They could do more than that; by halftime at Rancho Cotate's stadium, the Trojans led 22-21, marking the first time Analy had trailed all season.

Analy came out with a solid drive to start the second half, behind the arm of their talented junior QB. Soon they again led by double digits, but the Trojan running game refused to go quietly. Behind Dentoni, Wheless, and White, all of whom rushed for more than 100 yards, Petaluma stormed back to tie it up at 36-36. They then stopped Analy on third down (see video below), thrilling the Trojan faithful. The Trojans almost salted it away as they drove 13 plays to the Analy 46. There, they were stopped on fourth down. With 58 seconds left, the defense held stoutly, until the final Hail Mary play pulled it out for Analy.

What made the night particularly special to me wasn't just the remarkable play of the boys, particularly Brendan White who had a career game on the ground, a TD pass, played rock solid defense and picked off a pass. It was at the end of the game, just after Analy had scored. As they celebrated, I watched Coach Krist sprint across the field. He was looking for Eamon McMahon, who had hounded WR Ross Simmons all night. He wanted to be sure he got to Eamon first to let him know what a champion he was. For a good while, as the celebration went on around them, Rick hugged and Eamon; a few yards away, Coach John Crudo was dong the same thing with Brendan, making sure the heartbreak of loss didn't diminish the amazing game he'd had. I wish I'd had a camera to catch the moment, true Trojan Pride!

And now.....! Here we go for the playoffs. The Trojans' excellent performance Friday has earned a home game versus the Hornets of Novato. Let's make it a date to be at Ellison Field this Friday at 7pm.

Trojans stop Tigers on 3rd down - SCL 2015
Petaluma High School at the Veterans Day Parade

Marine Science Fundraising Dinner and Silent Auction - Sunday, Nov 8th

A marvelous evening at the Multi where more than 200 folks enjoyed a fine dinner and silent auction at the first annual Marine Science fundraising dinner. All proceeds go to support students in various field work. This includes trips to Hog Island Oyster Farm and the annual (and amazing) expedition to Monterey Bay in January. Great to see so many students and families out supporting such a wonderful program. Thank you, Mr. Tacata, for motivating your students to put on the dinner!

COMING UP November/December Events


November 16 - Bite of Reality (Seniors)

November 16-20 - Rowdy Ruff Volleyball

November 23-27 - Thanksgiving Break

December 1st - Holiday Rally

December 1st - K12 Curriculum/Staff Development Meeting

December 1st - PAC - 3:15 pm - F6

December 3rd - Site Tech Committee - 3:20 pm - A4

December 5th - SAT

December 7th - Principal's tour

December 7th - Trojan Connections

December 7th - Staff Meeting

December 9th - WEDNESDAY PLC Meeting - All meet together

December 9th - Financial Aid Night @ 7:00 St Vincents High School.

December 9th - FFA Potluck & Cake Auction @ 6:30 pm

December 10th - Staff Appreciation Lunch

December 10th - Site Council

December 10th - Winter Band Concert @ 7 pm in the Multi

December 11th - Holiday Market, Choral Concert @ 7:00 Elim Lutheran Church

December 12th - ACT

December 14th - Let's get ready for finals. Cookies 'n' Cram in the Library.

December 16th to 18th - FINALS - End of the Semester.

December 21st to January 4th...Winter Break......Happy Holidays!!!

Engineering and Design Pathway On The Move!

As part of our collaboration with the Career Technical Education Fund, which provides direct financial support for our engineering program, we invite you to come and see the Engineering and Design Pathway in action. Instructors Chris Jones and Jennifer Eaton and our students will demonstrate some of the elements of the program. If you're interested in checking this out, please RSVP to Subject Line: Engineer

TUE, 11/17, 11:45AM: Intro to Engineering Design, Petaluma High School, 201 Fair St, Petaluma

TUE, 11/17, 2:15PM: Principles of Engineering, Petaluma High School, 201 Fair St, Petaluma

Volleyball Bows Out of NCS Playoffs

Despite bowing out of the NCS playoffs at Miramonte High School last week, our volleyball girls really had an excellent season. The girls peaked at the right time, upsetting Analy in the SCL semis and coming within a couple of points of doing the same against a strong Sonoma Valley team. The returning players are already looking ahead to 2016. Go Trojans!