PHS Staff Update

December 8, 2014

We Are Almost There!

A couple of big weeks, and then it will be time for the holidays! We have Trojan Connections this morning to get more elective information out to students, then a full week. Below is a copy of the finals agreement - please take a look. Have a great week!

Finals Agreement and Schedule

Finals information

Teachers are expected to schedule an appropriate end of semester assessment for the scheduled finals period. The finals schedule for December, 2014 begins on Wednesday, December 17. (0 period finals are given on the Monday and Tuesday of Finals week.)

A copy of your final assessment should be submitted to your department chair on the Friday before final exams begin.

The Schedule

Please do not release students from class before the end of the testing period.

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


Trojans use every opportunity to prepare for and exhibit academic excellence

During Finals, Trojans respect others by maintaining a quiet testing environment

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 The Hour of Code is Coming below.

For a copy of our Hour of Code plan and resources (also see email), click on the banner below

STEM @Petaluma High

We hope you had a chance to see the article in this week's Argus highlighting our growing STEM program. 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