Trojan Update

November 28th, 2018

We're Back!

Hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving Week! There are four weeks left of the first semester and then it's Holiday Time again. Many happenings going on in this next month or so. Take a look at the calendar below in case there are relevant dates for you and your student. Here are a few quick updates:

  • Thank to the entire PHS Community for your generous support for the Paradise High School community. Please see the article below.
  • Please see article below on Safe Routes to School meeting on Wednesday, 12/5
  • There is also a Parent meeting regarding vaping, marijuana use coming up on Wednesday, 12/12, part of a partnership between PCS and the Sonoma County Department of Health Services. Please see the flier below.
  • Congratulations again to Mr. Dawsari, our Teacher of the Year nominee for Sonoma County. We will celebrate him Wednesday evening in Healdsburg at the California League of High Schools. Mr. Dawsari is one of an amazing staff at PHS!
  • Note all the other great news below, including pictures of the new pool (with water!)

Have a great week!

Holiday Cheer 2018

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Safe Routes to School Community Meeting

The Center for Climate Protection will be hosting a community meeting at Petaluma High School next Wednesday December 5 at 6:00PM in the Petaluma High School Library. The focus is on safe routes to school for students. Please see below for further detail.

In leading up to this Community Meeting, the project team has gathered background and existing conditions information on walking, biking, and using public transit to and from campus (please see the attached document). In addition, a walking audit was held in Spring 2018 with school officials, students, and community members around the access points to the school grounds to identify critical pedestrian, bike, and public transit infrastructure safety issues. Based on that research and input, the following was completed in draft form:

  • Suggested Routes to School maps (walking, biking, and public transit access points)
  • List of critical walking and biking safety issues which need to be addressed
  • List of associated recommendations for improvements to address these crucial issues

These three elements will be reviewed at the meeting. We are looking for input from the public and city officials to see if there are any additional comments or to tell us if we have missed anything. This invaluable input will help to finalize the map and plans for future improvements in the Petaluma High community.

In joy and gratitude,


Kevin Anderson

ECO2School Program Coordinator

Thank you to PHS Community!

  • Thank to the entire PHS Community for your generous support for the Paradise High School community. The GoFundMe campaign has so far raised $5500 for the students there. We are working with the counseling department at Paradise on distributing these funds to needy students. Thank you, PHS Community! Our assistant principal, Kelly Kriss, who has worked in the Paradise Unified School District, will be presenting our contributions so that they can be passed on to the students.

Museum Management Does San Diego

The Museum Management class escaped the smoky air last week, enjoying an airlift to San Diego. There were trips to the Safari Park and the San Diego Zoo. Among other activities, the students met with Dr. Patrick Morris, Head of Veterinary Medicine at the SD Zoo Herpetology Department and went on a special 2 &1/2 hour open-top jeep "Caravan Tour" of the Safari Park.

More from Mr. Tacata to come.

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Leoni Recognized by American Chemical Society

Paul Leoni submitted a piece of illustrated chemistry poetry to the American Chemical Society. His submission was selected as the high school winner for the California Section! Below is the letter of congratulations:

Dear Paul,

On behalf of the California Section, I want to congratulate you on your winning entry in the 2018 National Chemistry Week Illustrated Poem Contest (grade 9 - 12 category). We submitted your entry to the national ACS contest. Although it did not win at the national level, we are delighted to recognize your work with a gift certificate from Educational Innovations. A gift for Lee Boyes (your chemistry teacher) will arrive shortly as well.

Keep up the good work, and enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Best regards,

Alex Madonik
National Chemistry Week Coordinator
California Section, ACS

Junior States of America (JSA) Shines at State Conference

Siembieda Nominated for Service Academies

Congratulations to Petaluma High Senior, Nick Siembieda, for being nominated by Congressman Mike Thompson (5th District) to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Merchant Marin Academy, and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. (see letter from Congressman Thomson below).

Nick is a terrific student who has worked hard throughout high school. He is a senior at Petaluma High School who is 1st Team All League in Football, carries a 4.0 GPA, and is a 9-Time North Coast Section Scholar Athlete. He is 6'3, 250 lbs, a National Honor Society member and scored a 25 on the ACT. He plays OL (Offensive Line) and DE (Defensive End). And he is a terrific young man!

In addition, Nick has been selected to play in the 5th Annual Tri-County All Star Game to be played on Saturday January 12th at noon at Casa Grande High School in Petaluma.

Congrats Nick!

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SAT Prep - Juniors!

Free SAT Intensive Prep classes continue at the Sonoma County Library – Petaluma Regional Library hosts a five-hour SAT Intensive Prep class on Thurs. Jan. 3, 2019 (part 1) and Sat. Jan. 5, 2019 (part 2) from 3-5:30 pm. Registration begins on Sat. Dec. 8 in person at the Petaluma Library. The bilingual registration form is available at the library's reference desk or can be downloaded at Free study guide provided. Space is limited to 25 juniors. SAT Intensive Prep classes are also available at Windsor, Central Santa Rosa, Cloverdale, Forestville, and Rincon Valley libraries in January and February—see full list at

La biblioteca regional de Petaluma presenta dos Clases de Preparación Intensivo de SAT gratuitas con la consultora local de preparación de exámenes Ellen Jakes Kelm, PhD. Los estudiantes necesitan inscribirse y asistir a las DOS clases: Parte 1: jueves 3 de enero de 3:00 - 5:30 pm, y Parte 2: sábado 5 de enero de 3:00 - 5:30 pm. Registrese en personal comenzando el sabado 8 de diciembre a las 10 AM en cualquier biblioteca. Para estudiantes de 11 grado. Los formularios de inscripción están disponibles ( y en la Biblioteca y requieren la firma del padre y del estudiante. Todos los materiales de estudio están incluidos. Es espacio está limitado a 25 estudiantes del grado once solamente. Otras clases en bibliotecas del Condado de Sonoma en enero y febrero (

Important Upcoming Dates

Don't forget the following dates:

Wednesday, November 28th - Staff Meeting in Library at 2:20pm

Thursday, November 29th - ELAC Meeting

Friday, November 30th - UC Applications close

Monday, December 3rd - Principals Tour 1:30pm

Monday, December 3rd - PTSA Meeting Library @ 7PM

Monday, Dec 3rd- Fri, Dec 14th - HOLIDAY CHEER

Tuesday, December 4th - FFA Field Trip

Tuesday, December 4th - Project Grad meeting

Wednesday, December 5th - Legal Studies trip to Sonoma County Courts

Wednesday, December 5th - Department Meetings

Wednesday, December 5th - Center for Climate Protection meeting 5PM in Library

Thursday, December 6th - Holiday Market

Friday, December 7th - HOSA Field Trip

Saturday, December 8th - Winter Formal

Tuesday, December 11th - Principals Coffee at Aqus Cafe 9AM

Wednesday, December 12th - Principles of Engineering Field Trip

Wednesday, December 12th - PLN/PLC Wednesday

Wednesday, December 12th - Panaptic Presentation in Multi (see flier)

Wednesday, December 12th - PHS FFA Cake Auction

Thursday, December 13th - Site Council in F6 at 3:20pm

Thursday, December 13th (evening) - Carefully Wrap White Elephant Gift

Friday, December 14th - Staff Holiday Party @ Karah Estates Winery 3:30pm

Friday, December 14th - Choir Concert in Multi

Monday, December 17th - Cookies and Cram in Library

Wednesday, December 19th - FINALS 3/6

Wednesday, December 19th - PTSA Staff Luncheon

Wednesday, December 19th - Band Winter Concert

Thursday, December 20th - FINALS 4/5

Friday, December 21st - FINALS 1/2 - END OF SEMESTER

December 22nd-January 7th - WINTER BREAK

Monday, January 7th - Teacher Work Day - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

Tuesday, January 8th - PTSA 7PM

Tuesday, January 8th - Coffee With Principal at Aqus Cafe - 9AM

Wednesday January 9th - Staff PD - WASC Day

Friday, January 11th - Freshman Link Crew Assembly

Friday, January 11th - HOSA Field Trip