Trojan Update

April 9th, 2018

GQ Recap and Important Information on Open House - Please Read Carefully!

A fun evening Saturday night where ASB and some enterprising boys put on a terrific Mr. GQ show. The event raised money for various charities through the Mr. Popularity Contest, and for the the Senior Class as a whole to offset prom costs.

After some great performances, interesting talents and revealing interview segments, including a sax performance (Gabe Jardine), a visit from President Trump (Michael Baribault), a piano performance (Brandon Kwan), and an original rap (Aidan Mansoulos), the eventual Mr. GQ 2018 winner was crowned as Northwestern-bound AJ Shaheen. AJ's electric turn as Jimi Hendrix and creative use of the watermelon seemed to turn the judge's eye. Check out the Trojan Live feed for more video and see a couple of highlights below.

Open House

For the last couple of years, we have been discussing Open House and whether we should alter things. Parent attendance trails off, particularly at the junior and senior level. We invite parents to come to PHS for many different reasons and we want to be sure your time is respected. Please watch your email In Box for updates on Open House for this year.

Walk Audit - Community Meeting:

You are invited to attend a community meeting to go over survey results from a recent Walk Audit of the PHS area. Eco2School is collaborating with the city of Petaluma to look at transportation issues around the campus. Come by the PHS Library at 6pm on Thursday evening, April 12th.

Please read on for other highlights from the past week and what is ahead.

Have a great week!

CAASPP Testing Continues This Week!

This week, we continue our state testing, the CAASPP test with juniors in English. We hope you will encourage your student to do his or her best, not only because the student performance is a reflection of what they have learned during their school journey, but also because the Early Assessment Program (EAP) is wrapped inside the CAASPP. UC and CSU campuses look at student EAP scores to determine where to place the student in English and Math. We will be testing for much of April.

For more specific information, click the link below:

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HOSA State Leadership Conference - Great News!

Some great news from the Health Occupations Services of America (HOSA) State Leadership Conference in Anaheim this weekend! Marguerite Flynn takes the Silver Medal in interview. See her reaction afterwards below!

Way to go, HOSA Team and Ms Judah for all her work getting them there!

Important Counseling Info: Online Courses + SRJC Summer

If your student is either currently enrolled in an online class or considering one for next school year, please keep the following things in mind. Online classes taken outside of PHS are not monitored by counselors or any PHS staff, so it is the responsibility of the parents to monitor work and progress towards completion. For seniors, classes should be finished up by Friday, May 18th (including taking the final) so that there is time to have the work graded and a final transcript sent to the counseling department. Please remember that online classes are not great for everyone's learning styles and sometimes even bright students struggle in an online environment. When classes are taken through PHS directly, we are able to provide more support via the teachers and the counselors, and when it comes to AP classes, the teachers are trained to prepare the students for the AP tests in the spring and the curriculum is supported through college board. Although online appeals to many, it is important to consider your student's individual needs and make sure that the plan is communicated to your student's counselor.

SRJC Summer info:

It now that SRJC plans to offer its regular slate of summer school offerings. Please see below for information on summer and fall registration. There is also a NY Times article from last week that may be of interest beneath this.

If you are interested in taking a SRJC class in summer 2018 or fall 2018? The schedule is available now and concurrent registration forms are due to SRJC BEFORE students can register. Registration starts Thursday, April 26th. Please review the steps to enroll in a SRJC Class:

  1. Look at online schedule:
  2. Create an online SRJC account and get Student ID# (9 digit number)
  3. Complete concurrent enrollment form and get ALL required signatures
  4. Take any placement tests needed for prerequisite (English, Math, Science & Language classes):
  5. Turn form into SRJC Admissions & Records BEFORE you register
  6. Register online during priority registration
  7. Show counselor proof of registration

Big Upset for Trojans over Serra!

A drizzily Thursday afternoon turned into bright sunshine for the varsity Trojans in a big upset win over highly ranked Serra High School of San Mateo. After some tense early innings led to a 1-1 tie by the top of the 4th, things looked bleak. The Padres had the bases loaded with none out. But Blake Buhrer produced a strike out, a ground ball for a force out at home, then induced a pop-up down the right field line that was hauled in by a diving UC Davis-bound Porter Slate. Then in the bottom of the inning, the Trojans put up three runs of their own behind a Lewis home run and some line drives strung together. Though the Padres found three runs of their own to tie it up later on, big Sam Brown caught some lightning and sent a two-run shot over the fence for a 6-4 lead. Danny Marzo ended up with the win and the Trojans had another shining moment from an already glittering season.

Coming up is some serious home cookin' with the next five contests at the home diamond. The first in that series is teh Analy Tigers on Tuesday, followed by the Lions of El Molino on Friday. The Trojans (6-4-1, 1-1) are looking to continue the hot stretch!

Go Trojans!

BREAKING: Trojans Upend Analy 6-1

In late breaking news, the Trojan varsity team rode a strong pitching performance from Nick Andrakin to a 6-1 win over league rival Analy on Tuesday afternoon at Abbey Field. It was the Trojans first win over Analy in some time. The offense had a series of timely hits but there are still people talking about sophomore Sam Brown's blast over the center field fence. Way to go, Trojans! Keep it going!

Softball Soaring!

The girls varsity softball squad is soaring to new heights. After an outstanding performance in the Napa Classic last weekend (see article below) where the Trojans finished third, the Trojans took on cross-town rival Casa Grande. The Trojans jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but the Gauchos clawed back with a big sixth inning. But Kaleigh Weiand was waiting in the wings with a two-out home run in the bottom of the 8th, prompting a huge celebration from the Trojan dugout. The Trojans (8-3) (3-0) next visit the tough Analy Tigers on Tuesday in Sebastopol before a long trip to Ukiah next Saturday. We'll be watching!

Varsity Tennis Cruises by Casa, now 4-1

PHS Varsity Tennis swept the season series versus Casa Grande with a convincing 6-1 win last Tuesday. Behind the strong singles play of Nathan Wong, who battled back from a set down to defeat Casa #1, and Connor Gors, a straight set winner, the Trojans always looked in control of the match. Strong matches were also turned in by Colton Moss in singles, and the pairings of Alex Dodd and Hayden Dennis, Khalil Tams and Logan Reuter, and Griffin Epstein and Aidan Cannon. Even the one match that went the other way was a bright spot as Zach Leno, down a set a 4-1 in the second rallied to win a second set tie breaker, before finally succumbing in a third set tiebreak. Great playing by all the Trojans!

The coming week is a big one. The Trojans have four consecutive matches starting with a visit from Analy on Monday. By week's end, the squad will have a good idea where they stand in league. Go Trojans!

Tennis Adds Two League Wins to the Docket

The Trojans showed off their depth at the Sarah Wadsworth Courts Tuesday afternoon. After dropping three of the four singles matches to Sonoma, things looked bleak for the home Trojans. But then the #2 doubles team of Khalil Tams and Aidan Cannon got past a Sonoma squad. Five minutes later, teh team of Alex Dodd and Colton Moss wrapped up a 6-2, 6-2 win, leaving the contest in the hands of Logan Reuter and Griffin Epstein. They had battled to a first set win, but things were looking shaky in the second set. A string service game by Reuter and a couple of great passing shot by Epstein, including a sparkling forehand to clinch it eventually won the match and gave the Trojans a 4-3 overall win.

The Trojans were following up a 5-2 vicotry over Analy on Monday, pushing their record to 4-0 in league (6-1 overall).

Next up: a home and away versus El Molino Wednesday and Thursday. Go Trojans!


Petaluma 4, Sonoma 3

Singles: Carlos Rubio (S) d. Nathan Wong (P) 6-3, 6-3; Trevor Griggs-Demmin (S) d. Connor Gors (P) 6-1, 6-4; Erik Serbicki (S) d. Zach Leno (P) 6-3, 6-1; Hayden Dennis (P) d. Sam Weisiger (S) 6-2, 6-2.

Doubles: Alex Dodd-Colton Moss (P) d. Silvan Kopp-Nace Mumsen (S) 6-2, 6-2; Khalil Tams-Aidan Cannon (P) d Dominik Garcia-Jackson Zyskowski (S) 6-4, 6-3; Logan Reuter-Griffin Epstein d. Julian Hewitt-Reed Hewitt 6-4, 6-4

Record: Pet 6-1 (4-0)


In their third SCL dual meet, both the Boys and Girls teams continued their winning ways, defeating the El Molino Lions in a rainy swim meet. Final score for the Girls was a convincing 120-46; while the Boys produced a solid 93-64 victory.

Trojan swimmers with two wins included Shae Whaley in the Girls 50 Free and 100 Backstroke; Ana Larson in the Girls 100 Butterfly and 100 Breaststroke; and Cooper Woods in the Boy’s 100 Butterfly and 500 Freestyle. For the Girls, Emma Deen, Abagail Kreutz, Aurora Beaumond, and Sunshine Sather all had first place finishes, as did Matthew Neufeld and Gavin Newell for the Boys. Petaluma’s depth was on display as 28 different Trojan swimmers scored individual or relay points.

The Boys remain undefeated in SCL competition at 3-0 and the Girls improved to 2-1. Next Thursday 4/12, the Trojan swimmers head for Healdsburg to face the ‘Hounds. The meet will begin at 4:00 P.M. at the Healdsburg Swim Center.

Important Upcoming Dates

Don't forget the following dates:

  • April 9th - Legal Studies Field Trip to Alcatraz

  • April 11th - PLN/PLC Staff Development

  • April 11th - PEF Scholarship Night

  • April 12th - End of Grading Period

  • April 12th - Site Council

  • April 12th - Walk Audit Community Meeting in Library @6PM

  • April 12-15th - PHS Band and Choir Trip to New Orleans

  • April 14th - PHS Wildlife Museum Pasta Feed

  • April 18th - PLC Day - Staff Development

  • April 19th - Physical Science portfolios - 3:30-6:30p;

  • April 19th - Art Expo 5-7pm in E Building

  • April 19th - Principles of Engineering 5-7pm in F9

  • April 19-22 - Skills USA Field Trip + Marine Science Field Trip

  • April 23-25 - State FFA Convention

  • April 25th - Staff Meeting

  • April 26th - Community Achievement Awards


Rather than copy and paste from our website as I've done in the past, let's use our website as the main form of reminder as to what is coming up. Click the link below and check out what's coming up from the calendar. (The link is now correct!)