PHS Parent Update

December 8, 2014

It's Finals Time! Prepping for a Strong Finish

Well, here we are almost at the end of the first semester! This week, we have regular classes, then the same on Monday and Tuesday, the 15th and 16th. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are finals days (see schedule below). Please assist your hard-working student by encouraging early preparation and plenty of rest. You might also help your child design a finals study schedule by using the schedule below to determine when the prime studying will happen. Don't forget Cookies and Cram on the Monday the 15th, a chance to study in the library after school with teachers and other students.

Note there is no Zero period on Wed, Thur, and Fri.

December 15, Monday

After School - Cookies and Cram (Library and F Wing)

December 17, Wednesday

Finals - Periods 3 and 6

No Zero Period

8:00 - 8:25 - Tutorial (All teachers in their rooms)

8:30 - 10:25 - Exam Period 3

10:25 - 10:45 - Break

10:50 - 12:45 - Exam Period 6

12:45 - 1:05 Lunch Available

December 18, Thursday

Finals - Periods 4 and 5

No Zero Period

8:00 - 8:25 - Tutorial (All teachers in their rooms)

8:30 - 10:25 - Exam Period 4

10:25 -10:45 - Break

10:50 -12:45 - Exam Period 5

12:45 - 1:05 Lunch Available

December 19, Friday

Finals - Periods 1 and 2

No Zero Period

8:00 - 8:25 - Tutorial (All teachers in their rooms)

8:30 - 10:25 - Exam Period 1

10:25 -10:45 - Break

10:50 -12:45 - Exam Period 2

12:45 - 1:05 Lunch Available

Parratt Runs Well at State

Congratulations to Madison Parratt who cemented her place as one of the top female runners on the North Coast. In finishing 43rd at the CIF State Cross Country meet, she shaved almost a minute off her previous best time. Madison has steadily improved her times and really peaked at the right time. Way to go, Madison!

Hour of Code

In our efforts to continue our programming and STEM options, we are participating in the annual Hour of Code as part of National Computer Science Education Week. During this week, we will offer coding opportunities in the library to complement the work occurring in the classroom. Coding opportunities may be taking place during SSR as well as in the library during tutorial. Students might try out Get Creative! or Scratch from MIT Media Labs. The main idea is to get students thinking about programming and coding.

By 2020, we will need about 1 million MORE people that can write code than we have trained. This translates into opportunities for good jobs! For more information on Hour of Code, see the link below...

STEM @Petaluma High

We hope you had a chance to see the article in this week's Argus highlighting our growing STEM program. We continue to look for ways to enhance the student experience and provide course work that is relevant for our students. Please take a look at the article linked below....

Basketball Kicks Off! Rooting with Spirit and Class!

Intrepid sports insider Douglas Cox reports that the boys season began with a strong win at home versus St. Vincents. All three teams won, including Varsity by a score of 62-45. "The student section was spirited, energetic and respectful throughout the entire game," Cox said. The boys then dropped a close one at Santa Rosa Tuesday night.

The girls also started well with a strong performance versus Rancho Cotate High. Behind Allison Scranton's 19 points and Joelle Krist's double double (17 pts/10 boards), the Trojans came out on top 67-52. They hosted St. Vincent's last Monday.

This weekend, the girls competed at the Anne Scott Tourney in San Anselmo while the boys were on the road at a tournament in Ukiah.

I also hope you had a chance to see Kerry Benefield's article in the Press Democrat. Petaluma High has joined all the schools in the SCL and NBL in competing in Battle of the Fans, a program that encourages more turnout at school athletic events and that emphasizes positive cheering. (the Benefield article is linked below).

We want to encourage this positive message. A committee will come to competing schools and judge fan bases, eventually as Benefield says, "rewarding the school with the most spirited student section during the course of the boys’ and girls’ basketball seasons. And by spirited, organizers mean civilized — fun and raucous, but civilized."

We are hoping for a terrific season for all our on-the-court teams. Go Trojans!


  • 12/8: - Trojan Connections - Elective Passport: Students have a chance to see various elective programs during tutorial as they think about registering for classes in January.
  • 12/10: - FFA Potluck
  • 12/11: - Site Council
  • 12/12: - Holiday Market; Choral Concert
  • 12/15: - Cookies 'N Cram - Study session after school in the Library to prep for finals
  • 12/17: FINALS: Period 3/6
  • 12/18: FINALS: Period 4/5
  • 12/19: FINALS: Period 1/2

Have a wonderful Holiday Season!

From all of us at Petaluma High, we wish you a safe and joyous holiday season. Thank you for being a part of our school.

PHS Staff