Trojan Update

September 24th, 2018

The First Grading Period, the First VVAL Football Win, and the First Days of Fall

We parents know that as we get older, Time moves faster. There is an equation out there somewhere that might confirm this, but we also have as evidence the fact that the first grading period has already ended and we are more than 1/6 of the way through the school year. How about that!

In this update, check out the success of the Trojans varsity football squad on the road at Justin-Siena, as well as video of Phil Tacata receiving his recognition (and $2000) for runner up Sonoma County Teacher of the Year, an update on A+, a feature on PHS graduate Shelby Pope, HOSA Goes to Washington DC, and much more. Remember that Monday, October 15th is a Staff Development Day with no school for students.

Though it is now officially autumn, it looks like a warm week.

Have a great week!

HOSA Goes to Washington DC

From September 14-18, 2018, HOSA officers Barbara Garza and Misty Challe attended the Washington Leadership Academy (WLA) in our nation’s capital. On Saturday, WLA provided the student leaders with an inspiring opening keynote, and opportunities to network with other student leaders from around the country. On Sunday, student leaders got a full day of leadership training and are excited to bring back all that they have learned to share with our school community. Saturday evening, we were treated to a twilight tour on the mall where we honored our service members and remembered our history at the various memorials. Monday was dedicated to industry tours. Our group was very lucky in getting to visit the Uniformed Services University of Health Science. There we heard from first & second year med students (two of whom are HOSA alumni) on the benefits of a career in medicine with the armed services. We also got to see the Museum of Medical Science and the high-tech simulation center at USUHS. While Hurricane Florence rained us out of a trip to Arlington Cemetery, we did get a chance to visit the Air & Space Museum. Tuesday morning we had the great privilege of visiting Capitol Hill. There our student leaders met with staffers for Congressional Representatives and Senators to advocate for CTE programs generally and for HOSA specifically. We also visited the House and Senate from the galleries and watch history in the making. This Academy was a life-changing experience with demonstrable professional growth for our student leaders. We look forward to sharing our experience and to returning next year with even more future health professional. - Linda Judah.

Sports Corner

The Trojans Varsity football team had a rough outing as the boys opened up VVAL play last week. They played American Canyon close until a rough stretch near the end of the first half put the game out of reach. Still, there were many good takeaways from the game, including a solid effort by the defense. This week, the Trojans bounced back, running their way to their first VVAL win over Justin Siena (see accompanying article and HudL highlights). Also see our own sporting expert, Griffin Epstein's coverage and highlights in the Trojan Live article below. This Friday, a tall task as Vintage High School comes to Ellison Field.

Girls Golf is off to a fast start, running their record to 4-0 after a dominating outing versus Justin-Siena. Lilly Catarozoli led the way with a 48, with solid scores also turned in by Channing Matthews and Olivia Zimmerman. This week, the unbeatens are on the road at Napa and host American Canyon on Thursday.


Petaluma 268, Justin-Siena 337

Pet: Lilly Catarozoli 48; Channing Matthews 53;Olivia Zimmerman 53; Mya Brooks 55; Kalea Howe 59.

Samantha Tuite 51; Sumaia Khoury 62; Alex Mazzucco 69; Serena Chen 77; Noelle Wright 78.

Records: Pet 4-0, Justin-Siena 1-4

Girls Volleyball played an amazing match versus Vintage two Thursdays ago. A five set back-and-forth contest that eventually went to the Vintage team. Hannah Dillingham led the way with 23 kills. The league looks like it will be this way all season with many competitive matches to come. They also dropped a 5 set heartbreaker to Casa last Tuesday and a tight match to Justin Siena last Thursday. This group is getting stronger with each outing and by playoff time, there won't be a tougher team to face in Division 3 than the Trojans! They have an important road match versus Sonoma on Tuesday...



Vintage d. Petaluma 23-25, 25-22, 22-25, 25-20, 15-13

Pet: Hannah Dillingham 23 kills; Emma Weiand 9 kills; Lilah Bacon 7 kills; Emma Weiand 8 aces; Lily Paschoal 4 Aces; Alexis Nagy 2 aces

Record: Pet 4-8, 2-1

Thursday, September 20th


Justin Siena d. Petaluma 26-24, 25-20, 28-26

Pet: Hannah Dillingham 13 kills; Emma Weiand 3 kills; Lily Paschoal 3 kills; Kaleigh Weiand 2 Kills, 4 Aces. Record: JS 11-1, 6-0; Pet 4-10, 2-3

JV: Petaluma won

Go Trojans!

NCAA Night @ Casa Grande

CALENDAR ALERT: We partner with Casa Grande and present one evening each fall where information on NCAA Eligibility and the various rules and procedures around athletic scholarships are reviewed. This evening will take place on October 8th at 7PM at the Casa Grande cafeteria (near the staff parking lot off Casa Grande Road). Please address questions about this evening to Rick Krist (

Trojan Live Updates

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

Varsity Football team's loss to American Canyon:

Highlights of Varsity Football team's victory over Justin Siena:

(highlight packages will always be on the channel)

Full game:

(only on the channel Thursday-Sunday during the season)

Varsity Volleyball team's loss to Justin Siena on Thursday:

We will be live streaming the Football team's big game against Vintage Friday.

Note all football games are covered but will be available on our YouTube channel from Thursday to Sunday until the season is complete.

Also Trojan Live will be live streaming all home varsity football games this year from Ellison Field. This includes the Egg Bowl on October 27th! They will also be live streaming select home varsity volleyball games including 10/11 vs. Casa Grande and 10/18 vs. Sonoma Valley along with any postseason games.

Trojan Live will continue live streaming for basketball, wrestling, baseball and softball later this year!

PPAD Corner

We are always looking for ways to work with our parents on helping our kids make excellent choices in life. Last week, we 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. In the next Trojan Update, keep an eye out for information from PPAD and ways to work together to keep our students safe.

A+ Update

We are six weeks into A+ time and so far, most reviews are positive. We will be looking closely at grades and discipline data year-over-year to see if we can determine any differences. Anecdotally, we have seen an enormous shift.

As promised, students will soon have access to see other teachers beyond 2nd and 5th period We have developed an online appointment system that allows students to make appointments with teachers with 24 hour notice. (thank you, Mr. Franklin and Mr. Napoli for all your work on this!). Department chairs have seen the system and we will roll it out to all staff at Wednesday's staff meeting. We will also use Trojan Live to inform students how it all works. More to come on this!

Marine Science Fundraises for Monterey @ Lagunitas

Important Upcoming Dates

Don't forget the following dates:

Monday, September 24th - Marine Mammal Field Trip #1

Wednesday, September 26th - Staff Meeting

Wednesday, September 26th - Marine Mammal Fieldtrip #2

Wednesday, September 26th - FFA Greenhand Leadership Conference

Thursday, September 27th - SRJC Information Night for Seniors in the PHS Library

Monday, October 1st - CSU Applications Open; FAFSA Available

Monday, October 1st - Principal's Tour

Tuesday, October 2nd - Coffee w/ the Principal @ Aqus Cafe 9AM

Tuesday, October 2nd - PTSA Meeting

Tuesday, October 2nd - Project Grad Meeting

Thursday, October 4th - Seniors - College Application Night

Friday, October 5th - APES Field Trip

Monday, October 8th - Athletic Booster Meeting

Wednesday, October 10th - FFA Chapter Meeting

Thursday, October 11th - Site Council

Saturday, October 13th - SkillsUSA Regionals

Saturday, October 13th - PSAT Test

Monday, October 15th - Staff Development Day - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

Tuesday, October 16th - Coffee w/the Principal @ Aqus Cafe 9AM

Science Dept. Partners with Henry Curtis Ford for Fundraiser

Pairing with Desiree Rossetti (parent of Senior Ari Rosetti) from Henry Curtis Ford in Petaluma, the PHS Science Department raised money for science supplies this past Saturday. Each test drive earned the department money and by the end of the afternoon, $1300 had been raised! Funds will be distributed amongst the eight science department members to pay for various scientific consumable and non consumable supplies so that PHS students can continue to have hands on experiences in all of their science classes! This program was such a success the department is hoping to participate again next school year. A big shout out and Thank you to Desiree Rossetti and Henry Curtis Ford in Petaluma!!

For more information visit:

News from the College and Career Center


The College and Career Center will be hosting the following college representatives this week:

Wednesday, 9/26 at lunch: UC Santa Barbara

Thursday, 9/27 at 10:15: UC Berkeley

Thursday, 9/27 at lunch: Boise State

Please stop by and talk to the admissions representative and get an inside look as to what it takes to apply to their colleges.


The College and Career Center will be holding college applications workshops the week of October 8th. This is a great opportunity to make sure your applications are all okay before you submit them. Mrs. Stoll, the PHS counselors and an outside professional will be available to help you. Please see Mrs. Stoll to sign-up for one of the workshops. Space is limited.

Mrs. Stoll

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