Trojan Update

November 5th, 2018

Heading into the Last Grading Period

It's November. Brrr! Probably highs in the mid 70s this week!


This week features the Financial Aid Rally on Monday, PTSA meeting Monday evening, Election Day on Tuesday (PHS is a polling station), Ca$h for College Night on Wednesday, and Site Council Thursday.


The football season came to an end at Encinal Saturday evening. All in all, a solid season for the Trojans, but I'm sure they were hoping to move on in the playoffs. Well done to all the boys, the coaching staff, and the parents for their commitment and effort!


Don't forget to calendar Cinderella Waltz, brought to you by the Troy Performers, coming in November (see poster).


Have a great week!

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Farm Business Management Team 5th in the Nation!

Ms. Arntz and Mr. Dunn are happy to report that our students had a very successful trip to Indianapolis to compete in the National Farm and Agribusiness Management contest. Ben and Matt Forney, Amanda King and Kelsey Martin ('18) earned a Gold Emblem designation and placed fifth overall out of 41 teams (164 individuals) and Kelsey was 11th high individual overall. She also received a John Deere scholarship for placing in the top 20. The team is coached by local CPA Jill Martin. She has coached many teams for us over the years and this is the sixth team she has had compete at the national level.


The contest is made up of an individual test based on an actual farm and their accounting practices. Subject matter on the test includes hedging and futures markets, legal land descriptions, the IRS Farmer's Tax Guide, budgets, financial statements and balance sheets. In addition to the written exam, there is a team activity where the group evaluates the financial records of the farm and answers questions about their financial records and the future prospects of the farm.


Thanks to all of you for your support of our program and our students as they participate in career building activities outside of the classroom!

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Sports Corner

Well, the Trojans had a strong season overall, even though the final two games didn't finish the way they'd hoped. The Encinal Jets were too tough in the air on Saturday and the Trojans just couldn't find a way to stop them.


The Egg Bowl was also a tough loss. Though the Trojans moved the ball up and down the field at will and dominated the time of possession, and though they punched it in in the final minute and tacked on the two point conversion, there was still time for the Gauchos to score and then go ahead with a similar two point conversion. A memorable game that reminds us that a good crosstown rivalry makes both our schools better.


Well done, Coach Krist and all our Trojans. Huge applause for the whole PHS football community, the coaching staff, parents, trainers, and of course, the boys who worked so hard and left it all on the field.



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Girls Golf


On Monday, October 29th, the team competed in the NCS Division 1 championships at Tilden Park in Berkeley. Lilly Catarozoli was low score for th Trojans with a solid 96. Also competing were Channing Matthews, Olivia Zimmerman, Mya Brook, Kalea Howe and Simone Smith.


Great season for the Trojans! VVAL Champs!


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Ca$h for College Night - Coming November 7th

If you have a senior, please put Wednesday, November 7th on your calendar for Cash for College Night in the PHS Library. Please see more information on this below. This is a critical night for seniors!


Also, Ms. Stoll is running college application workshops in the College and Career Center by appointment at lunch and after school on October 29th and November 6th. Students should email her or come by to make an appointment.

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PHS Science at Bay Area Discovery Days

Once again, the Petaluma High School Science department, with much help from students in Marine Science and the museum program, put on an outstanding show at the Bay Area Science Discovery Days event at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Special kudos to Phil Tacata, Victor Brazil, Lee Boyes and Kris Camacho for their 9 hours of volunteer community service!!!


Fun for all with snakes and whale bones plus Arts and crafts. Way to go, PHS Science!

Tomorrow's Leaders Today Ag Day

October 23rd was Ag Day at Tomorrow’s Leaders Today (TLT), and through our partnership with the Sonoma County Farm Bureau, students were introduced to the diversity of local agriculture in Sonoma County.

This week, nearly 75 students started the day meeting leaders from the Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market, Hector’s Honey, Costeaux French Bakery and the Sonoma County Farm Bureau. Then, they loaded a bus and toured several farms and ranches where they learned about sustainable farming practices, multi-generational business operations, crop rotations, career pathways in the industry and the significant impact the agriculture industry has in Sonoma County.

The best part of the day was the hand-on experiences, and here are some highlights:

We milked a cow and bonded with one-day old calves at McClelland's Dairy, shucked and ate oysters at Bodega Bay Oyster Company, smelled the delicious aroma of organic meyer lemons at DMS Ranch (and got to take some fruit home). Then, we taught our future leaders how to write a SWOT analysis and budget, and pitch their proposal for a $1M loan with a panel of loan officers at American AgCredit (think shark tank with a twist)!

It was another fun-filled day of hands-on learning! Here’s what some of our students said:

One TLT student learned, “that there is more to the agriculture industry than just farming and cattle; there are many different careers involved." After spending the day together another said, “I learned that Agriculture is extremely important, especially in Sonoma County”.

HOSA Students Raise $ to Fight Pediatric Cancer

HOSA future health professionals bridged the cross town divide at the Egg Bowl with a fundraiser raffle benefitting the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Senior Ebony Berry-Brown led the effort.


HOSA's theme this year is "Define Your Purpose" and these young leaders did just that. They built fellowship and raised over $200 for a cure. Well done, HOSA students!

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Important Upcoming Dates

Don't forget the following dates:


Monday, November 5th - Financial Aid Rally

Monday, November 5th - Principal's Tour @ 1:30pm

Monday, November 5th - PTSA Meeting

Tuesday, November 6th - Election Day (polling station at PHS)

Wednesday, November 7th - Cash 4 College Night/Financial Aid @ 6PM PHS Library

Thursday, November 8th - Site Council Meeting @3:25 in F6

Thursday-Sat November 8-10th; 15-17th - Drama Fall Production

Friday, November 9th - APES Field Trip

Sunday, November 11th - MarS 4th Annual Fundraiser in Multi

Monday, November 12th - VETERANS DAY Observed - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, November 13th - Coffee w/ Principal at Aqus 9-10am

Tuesday, November 13th - PAC Meeting @ 3:25pm in F6

Wednesday, November 14th - PLC Wednesday

Thursday, November 15th - 9th Grade Preview Evening at the PHS Gym @ 6PM

Saturday, November 17th - Band Competition - Fairfield

Saturday, November 17th - JSA Field Trip

Monday-Friday November 19th-23rd - Thanksgiving Break

Monday, November 26th - PHS Athletic Boosters Meeting

Tuesday, November 27th - Coffee w the Principal at Aqus

Wednesday, November 28th - Staff Meeting

Thursday, November 29th - ELAC Meeting

Friday, November 30th - UC Applications close

Veterans Day at PHS

Prior to Veterans Day, PHS students will again engage in a letter writing to active service members of our armed forces. This will be done mainly in classrooms, but there will also be a letter writing station in the library so any student during this day can stop by when its convenient for them and write a letter


Sponsored by: ASB students and Mr. Granados


Assisted by: Blue Star Moms of Marin, Barb Bochner (co-president) (415) 717-7030


Activity: with photo boards, sample letters, writing guidelines, a sample care package that the letters will be a part of, and lots of writing materials - ASB will be signing teachers up for 15 minute slots to do a letter writing session with that class. The activity will happen on Nov. 9, 2018, and the letters will be vetted by ASB no later than Nov. 16. The letters will then be picked up by Blue Star Moms of Marin, and they will deliver them to our brave active duty armed service members across the world.


Teacher sign-up: This will be done with a Google sheet where teachers can sign up for a 15-minute slot at either the beginning, middle, or end of the class period. ASB students will be going to each class that signed up to lead a 15-minute letter writing session. ASB students will then collect and take the completed letters with them and bring them back to a central location (ASB room).


  • The letter writing materials will be provided by Ms. Lowell.

  • ASB students will be overseen by Mr. Aja and Mr. Jackson

PPAD Corner

We are always looking for ways to work with our parents on helping our kids make excellent choices in life. We have met with Petaluma Parents Against Drugs to plan future news letter briefs as well as discuss potential workshops and meetings at PHS and Casa Grande.

Halloween Scenes at PHS!

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