PHS Staff Update

January 4th, 2016

Ramping Up for 2016!

Happy New Year!

During the break, I had a chance to do some skiing up at Bear Valley. As we parked back at the cabin and got out of the car, we looked up at a deep and bright starred Christmas sky. It was the kind of quiet, stunning moment that reminds us how lucky we are. We hope you all have such moments to reflect on during those times when the work at school gets overwhelming.

See you Monday at Teacher WorkDay. Here we go!

(Just got word that Jean Standard's father has passed away. Please keep Jean and family in your thoughts. She will be out until next week)

David, Debi, and Tracy

Rick Krist - Coach of the Year!

Congratulations to Rick Krist on being named Coach of the Year. Petaluma football enjoyed its best season in many years under Rick's guidance. Check out the article below and interview with Steve Ellison.

New Website - thank you, Kerry and Chris!

During the break, Kerry and Chris updated our school website, giving it a new look. Like anything new, it will take some time for users to become accustomed to where things are, though the new site retains a similar feel. They will be in communication about these changes shortly.

Grading Update...AERIES

Fall Semester Grading Window

The grading window for Fall semester grades is as follows:

Opened @ 12:00am on Wed., Dec. 16, 2015

Closed @ 11:59pm on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016

During this time teachers are to enter grades in teacher portal and verify that they are correct.

Teachers may access Aeries from home to enter grades at . Teacher usernames and passwords as the same as on teacher workstations at school.

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Replaces NCLB

One thing we count on in the school business is reform. In the case of the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the accountability question has been sent back to the states for the first time since the Reagan era. That's why the LCAP (Local Control and Accountability Plan) is so important since it should provide the roadmap for assessing how we do as a school. Below are two varying viewpoints on ESSA to check out. We will spend some further time on this down the road...

The Every Students Succeeds Act will leave children behind -- Washington Post

Why new education law is good for children -- NY Times

COMING UP January Events


January 4th - Teacher Work Day

January 5th - PAC Meeting

January 6th - Wednesday PLC Share Out

January 9th - Gym Grand Opening Celebration

January 11th - Staff Meeting

January 12th - Trojan Connections - Elective Passport

January 13th - Wednesday - Dept Meeting/PLN

January 14th - Site Council

January 14th - Club Rush2

January 14th - 8th Grade Parent Night

January 16th - Varsity Jazz Ensemble at the Mystic w/ Con Brio

January 18th - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL

January 20th - Tech Wednesday

January 23rd - Winter Formal dance

February 6th - Crab Feed

February 18th - AP/Honors Evening

Con Brio - January 16th

Don't miss the Varsity Jazz Ensemble @ The Mystic Theatre, performing a benefit concert for the PHS Music Dept. on January 16th at the Mystic Theatre with headliner "Con Brio." Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here:

See the poster below!

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