PHS Update

October 22nd, 2018

Moving Onwards!

Halloween is just around the corner and beyond that the end of the second grading period. Life goes fast. A famous philosopher once said: If you don't stop and look around once in awhile, you might miss it! So let's keep our eyes open for great things...

Let's also keep our folks who are struggling in mind this week. Diana Smith's husband is going in for open heart surgery on Thursday so let's keep Diana and family in mind. She will be out as she helps him recuperate. Jim is having a rough go so hug him gently when you see him. And Wayne is recovering from a procedure too. Hang in there, everyone.

We have a staff meeting on Wednesday and Spirit Week all week (see calendar for dress options). A neighboring school will be here on Saturday for a game. Go get 'em!

And we have a California League of High Schools Teacher of the Year nominee. After a staff vote where all nominees received plenty of votes, we put slips representing each vote in a hat for the three top vote getters, Elyse Vosburg, Shereen Jackson, and Jamil Dawsari. And Mr. Dawsari was chosen from the hat by a classified member. Congratulations to all the nominees! Jamil will be toasted at the CLHS ceremony in Healdsburg in late November. Details will follow via email.

Lots of great news to applaud, including success on the gridiron, plaudits for Mr. Tacata, an award for former PHS teacher Mark Reischling, and a feature on Three Young Trojans.

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

Have a great week!

Sports Corner

The Trojans Varsity football team is on a roll as they head to the showdown Egg Bowl game with Casa Grande next Saturday at Ellison Field. Last week, they dominated the Sonoma Valley Dragons 30-12. And on Friday night at Senior Night, the Trojans rolled over the Napa Grizzlies, scoring four touchdowns in the first half to put the game away. (see recap in this update).

As Coach Krist said, the Trojans will need a complete game to turn back the Gauchos. We are all looking forward to a competitive and fun afternoon on Saturday.


Girls Golf has finished the season 12-0, an unbeaten record in their first year in the VVAL! The pennant in now here at PHS. The girls are proud that they are the first PHS team to hoist a VVAL pennant.

On Monday, October 29th, they will travel to compete in the NCS Division 1 championships. Best of luck to this group!


Girls Varsity Volleyball has been competing hard, though the won-loss record may not show that effort. The Trojans have been on the short end of many five set matches. As they grow in experience, this relatively young team will likely find their way to the win more often.


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Trojan Live Updates

Here is some Trojan Live information on sports coverage for this year:

Trojans v. Napa (Part 1) - includes Senior Night:

Trojans v. Napa (Part 2) -

Trojan Live will be broadcasting the Egg Bowl live on their YouTube channel, starting at 3pm.
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PPAD Corner - Vaping

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.

One element that requires immediate attention is the increase in vaping devices. We are working with the PCS district and principals at all schools grades 7-12 to educate students and staff, and to alert students to consequences. We will be working on this topic with staff at our staff meeting on October 24th. You should also expect district communication on this coming soon.

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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Important Upcoming Dates

Don't forget the following dates:

Mon-Friday Oct 22-26 - SPIRIT WEEK (Tuesday - Sports; Wed - Autumn; Thurs - College; Friday - ALL-OUT Purple!

Wednesday, October 24th - Staff Meeting

Wed-Sat October 24-27th - National FFA Convention

Saturday, October 27th - Egg Bowl

Monday, October 29th - Chem and Community Health Field Trip

Tuesday, October 30th - Coffee w/the Principal @ Aqus Cafe 9AM

Wednesday, October 31st - HALLOWEEN celebration

Thursday, November 1st - UC Applications open

Friday, November 2nd - END of 2nd Grading Period

Friday, November 2nd - Biology Field Trip

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

Monday, November 12th - VETERANS DAY - NO SCHOOL

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

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

FFA Nationals

Ms. Arntz and Mr. Dunn will be supporting our students as they compete at Nationals in Indianapolis this week. Matt Forney, Ben Forney, Amanda King, and Kelsey Martin are attending the National Farm Business Management Convention. They’re very prepared and studious. If you have those students, please congratulate them!

Petaluma High School's FFA chapter is ranked 14th among the 334 FFA chapters in California! Way to go, Petaluma FFA. Good luck in INdy!

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

Three Trojans: Where Are They Now

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Last week, after a long day at school, Mr. Napoli and I dropped by Ray's to have a beer after work. There at the bar were three fine young men, PHS alumni who are doing well in the Great Big World. We chatted for awhile, watched the Dodgers and Brewers, and listened while they told us what they were up to. For homework, I asked them to write me a quick email that I could share. All three did very well, turning their work in before they left. We gave them an A+. Here is what they wrote:


My name is Carter Olson. I am writing this email to give you an update on my life now that I am almost 10 years out of high school. After high school, I went to Chico State, then Santa Rosa JC, then Mesa State, then graduated from Notre Dame de Namur with a Bachelor in Business Administration. I am currently working for Sonoma Coast Spirits making vodka. My favorite teachers were Mr. and Mrs. Jackson.


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Carter's journey through college is a more common one where students use different institutions to gather credits for their BA. Well done, Carter!

My name is Ernesto Ortiz Cisneros, and I am writing this email to give you an update on my life now that I am almost 10 years out of high school. After high school, I went to SRJC and got an AA in Radiation Technology. I am currently employed at Marin General Hospital as a Radiologic Technologist. My most influential teacher in high school was Mr. Cochrane (the history teacher), along with Mrs. Jackson. They were both encouraging and supportive.


Ernesto Ortiz

I checked back and looked at Ernesto's records from way back then. He was an English Language Learner who had some struggles in high school but persevered to graduation. He is a polite, well-spoken 27 year old, and a proud Trojan graduate!

My name is Grant Olson, and I'm writing this email to give you an update of my life 6 years out of high school. After high school, I attended the University of California at Santa Cruz as a bioengineering major. In my second year, I switched my major to Medical Biotechnology. Unfortunately, I tore my ACL playing lacrosse my third year. I went back and picked up a minor in Bio-informatics. I have two semesters of credits to complete, then plan to go to grad school for bioinformatics. My most impactful teacher was Ms. Granger. She’s always been so inspiring and friendly. She made math really easy for me. It made me see I could do a lot more than I realized.


Grant Olson

Three fine young men making their way in the world. Thank you to the PHS staff who taught them the skills and manners to be such excellent ambassadors for Petaluma High School. One day, your sons and daughters will hopefully be like these three.

PCS is Hiring!

Petaluma City Schools is now hiring! Please join us at the McDowell Family Resource Center (421 S. McDowell Blvd. Petaluma, CA 94954) on Wednesday, October 24th between 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM. We are currently hiring for careers in transportation, maintenance, grounds, custodial, food services, as well as for instructional assistants in the classroom. Hiring managers will be in attendance, job applications will be available, and there will even be a raffle! Petaluma City Schools employees receive a competitive salary, health and welfare benefits, and a State retirement. Come make a difference in our local schools! For more information, call Human Resources at (707) 778-4820.

¡Las escuelas de la ciudad de Petaluma estan contratando! Favor de juntarse con nosotros al centro de recursos para familias de McDowell (421 S. McDowell Blvd. Petaluma, CA 94954) miercoles, el 24 Octubre entre las 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM. Carreras disponibles ahora en servicios de transporte, mantenimiento, terrenos, custodios y alimentos así como para los asistentes de instrucción en las clases. Los gerentes de contratación estarán presentes, las solicitudes de empleo estarán disponibles, e incluso habrá una rifa! Los empleados de las escuelas de Petaluma reciben un salario competitivo, benefcios de salud y bienestar, y una jubilación posterior al empleo. ¡Venga a hacer una diferencia en nuestras escuelas locales! Para obtener más información, llame a Recursos Humanos al (707) 778-4820.

Our Varsity Cheer Squad Performing at Sonoma Valley

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