Trojan Update

December 16th, 2015

A Long Day's Semester Coming to a Close

87 days or so ago, we started this semester on a bright August day. Just imagine how much learning has happened since then! The world is a more powerful, learned place as a result. Thanks to all of the students, staff and parent community for the ideas and knowledge that together make up learning. We are proud to be a part of a superb community at Petaluma High.

It is an interesting time in the world in the wake of Paris and San Bernardino, a little like the weeks and months after 9/11 when we wondered if the country and world would right itself. There are pointed speeches and opinions about how we should move forward collectively as a country. Our students struggle with making sense of all this, confused when they come to realize the adults don't really have answers. Our children grow and mature in the cocoon of the family; parents deliberately keep children safe and protected from certain elements, and our children ideally come to rely on us for advice and direction. It is high school when those children shift their perspective and begin to see their own place and direction. That is why we believe it is critical to guide them during these moments of national and international confusion. We must describe to our children the awkward tension between protecting our ideals and freedoms, and our fear for our individual and collective safety. It is tempting as it was after 9/11 to succumb to xenophobic fear and the desire to triple wrap the cocoon of safety. But that retreat will come at a cost to freedom and to our competing desire to embrace all comers and celebrate the diversity of opinion, race, religion and gender.

Our slogan this year at Petaluma High is Every Voice Heard. We believe all voices do matter and that our PHS community has established a commitment to listen and respond. This holiday season, we hope you'll find the time to talk as families about these central issues, discuss fears, and consider making room in your mind for the perspectives of others.

From all of us at Petaluma High School, we wish you a safe and joyful holiday season. We have all earned it!

FFA Potluck Auction Serves it Up!

Last week, the Petaluma FFA celebrated the 64th Annual Potluck Cake Auction. The multi was filled with FFA support as Jay Pruett and his son, Nick (Class of 2014) auctioned off the cakes. Thank you to all of you who continue to support this amazing program!

In related news, Ms. Arntz learned last week that the Petaluma Wildlife Museum has received a $24,000 donation to remodel the reptile room facility. The funds will allow us to install state of the art housing for the animals in our living collection - something we have needed for many, many years! We expect the work to begin in late January of 2016.

If you haven't been inside the Museum, put a visit on your New Year's Bucket List!

Industrial Technology Shop Gets a Face Lift (Thank You, Pete!)

In the last update, I inadvertently omitted an important person who has been critical to making the industrial tech lab hum. I want to especially thank Pete Bordiga for helping out both in the clean up and by volunteering his time in the lab with students! He is in almost everyday working with students, showing them how to safely build, design, weld and clean up. He is one of many examples of the glue that makes teaching and learning happen at PHS. Thank you, Pete!

COMING UP November/December Events


December 16th to 18th - FINALS - 3/6; 4/5, 1/2: End of the Semester.

December 21st to January 4th...Winter Break......Happy Holidays!!!

January 4th - Teacher Work Day - NO SCHOOL

January 5th (Tuesday) - First Day of Second Semester

January 9th - PHS Gym Grand Opening

January 11th - Principal's Tour

January 11th - Elective Passport Day

January 11th - PTSA @6:30pm

January 14th - Club Rush 2

January 14th - Site Council

January 14th - 8th Grade Parent Night

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

January 23rd - Winter Formal dance

February 18th - AP/Honors Evening

Trojans Crack Open Basketball Season With Road Victory over Gauchos, Then Continue Hot Start

Led by a trio of double digit scorers (Perez, Zedek, and Garber) and guided from the top by Ryan Cox, the Petaluma Trojans overcame a slow start and eventually put away the Casa Grande Gauchos. Down 19-9 toward the end of the first quarter, Coach Scott Behrs called for a full court trap. The momentum shifted and by halftime, the score was almost level. After a close and energetic third quarter, the Trojan depth helped them pull away for the final 61-49 win. Well done, Trojan boys! For a recap, see the PD article:

After the strong opening victory at Casa Grande, the Trojan boys have continued to be road warriors. Last Tuesday, they took on San Rafael High, overcoming a slow first quarter to run away with a 51-42 win. They followed this performance with a strong 56-47 victory over Novato High last Thursday. Ryan Cox and Ryan Perez each poured in 19 to lead the way.

BREAKING: Trojans Shock Santa Rosa With Late Comeback

After looking like the better team in the first half, the Trojan boys ran into a hot-shooting Santa Rosa team in the second half. Down by 5, a Ryan Perez's steal and layup and then a Kelly Garber's three pointer tied it up. Then Ryan Cox's thrilling steal of an inbounds pass and lay up capped the scoring, sending the home crowd into a frenzy. Coach Behrs knows there is still room to tighten things up, but is proud of his team's unbeaten start. The Trojans take their 5-0 record to the Brett Callan Tournament at Casa Grande this Thursday through Saturday. They will open up with a tough match up against Cardinal Newman at 3:30 pm Thursday.

Music on the Move!

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!

And last Thursday, Cliff and Kevin (Klemonok) presented the Winter Concert in the Multi - wonderful to hear the 8th graders coming up and the growing greatness of our own bands. On Friday, Cliff and the choir performed beautifully at Elim Church. Proud of our music program!

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Young T-Girls Coming Together

A relatively inexperienced group is beginning to gel under the guidance of Coach Robello. Though they have struggled early on, there are signs of improvement. Last week versus Livermore, the T-Girls led by three going into the final minute before eventually going down 56-53. Next up for this group is a visit to Montgomery on Friday @ 6:30pm.

Holiday Market Smashes Records, Crushes Wall Street, Leads to Singing in the Streets

Thanks to the Entrepreneurship class and Jeff Erbst, another successful and joyous Holiday Market wrapped up on Friday. Many students talk about Holiday Market as one of their favorite days of the year and this year will only add to the sentiment. Lots of great things for sale and awesome spirit in the halls!

Superintendent Callahan Does Some Christmas Shopping at the Holiday Market

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Floral Design Comes Alive!

Heidi Mickelson brought in some floral experts to show students a few tricks of the trade when it comes to designing corsages and other floral creations. Here are a few pictures of their work with the students! Don't forget Heidi's note that holiday centerpieces are available too (see flier below)

CAASPP Testing - Coming in April!

Just a reminder that our juniors will be taking the CAASPP test in April. This test in English and Math is important for our juniors as the EAP (Early Assessment Program) level is used to determine placement in English and Math at college. I will send out more information in January and February about why this test is important for our juniors.

Wrestling Going At It...

A large group of wrestlers has turned out for this winter season. The team heads off to Contra Costa County over the break to participate in the Lou Broznan Tourney at Liberty High School before picking up in the league schedule in early January vs. Sonoma High. Go Trojans and go Coach Schloesser!

Crab Feed - Forewarning!

Every year, the Athletic Booster Crab Feed sells out. I often get pleading emails the week before wondering how to get in. have been forewarned! A copy of the form was emailed earlier, and a copy is below. Get your tickets early!
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Holiday Surprise!

This morning, a couple donated $200 worth of Target cards to Petaluma High students. They simply called in saying they would bring by some gift cards. All we had to do was find some needy students. Via counseling, we matched up the cards in two hours. This couple is one of many examples why the community we live in is so awesome! Thank you Wally McGill and Tom Menrath, for giving us a bigger gift than you know!

Some Light Holiday Reading

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