PHS Update

April 30th, 2018

One Day to May!

Hope everyone had a great Butter N Eggs weekend! The parent Trojan Update below will not go out until Tuesday. I'm looking for some updates on FFA and other details before sending it on. Please send me any other news or item you think should be included.

For us, we have department meetings on Wednesday. There will be a PLC Wrap Up on May 16th so do be thinking about a summary of this year's work to present on that day.

Have a great week!

It's May!

In marathon terms, we are just about to enter the stadium for the last couple of laps! The 2017-18 school year still has more memories yet to be made, including all those AP tests coming up next week, the Car Show, the unwrapping of the yearbook, the finish of the athletic season, Senior Sunset, Prom at the Academy of Sciences, and Graduation Day. It's a long and fulfilling journey and this year's group has made us all proud.

In this update, check out all the great PHS performances in athletics. As of this writing, it is possible that Petaluma High will nab the pennant in boys lacrosse (done), tennis (done), baseball (very close), softball (tied for first), and golf (tied for first). There have also been strong performances in swimming (see SCL results), badminton, and track and field. Never been a better time to be a Trojan!

Also see the video of Phil Tacata, the Sonoma County Teacher of the Year runner up (but first in our eyes!), and great news from JSA Spring State. Also see pics of PHS at Butter N Eggs, our band in action,

Baseball: Trojans In Control

The Varsity Trojans are headed into this week eying the league pennant. After a successful three win week last week, the Trojans have a tough match up with Maria Carillo Monday followed by a huge test against Alameda, currently ranked third in the North Coast Section. After that, they head to Sebastopol for a pivotal league contest at Analy. As you can see by the standings below, this week will be crucial!

See pics below of Senior Day at the park!

Go Trojans!

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NEW: Student Drop Off Adjustment

The stadium project is just about complete with the contractors finalizing a few last items. Starting this Tuesday, student drop off that has been occurring by the Museum at the Hinman Gate will revert to behind the stadium in the new parking area off Webster Street. This is a safe place to turn in and drop your child off. He or she can then walk to the side gate off Hinman (where the old restrooms were) and enter the stadium, then walk on the path around the field to the new gate entrance by the parking lot. Please do not drop off your students by the Museum. Our neighbors there have been very patient and hope their corner returns to normal.

Soon there will be new signage to reflect these changes as well as more specific postings of when members of the public can use the facility. Thank you for bearing with us as we transition to the new stadium!

Engineering and Design!

Mahoney Community Achievement Awards

Each year, one of my favorite evenings is to honor the Top 10 students in each class at our three comprehensive high schools. The Mahoney Achievement Awards took place at the Petaluma Community Center and it was another great year! Amazing to hear the journey's of these students and where they're headed next! Congratulations to all!

Lulabel Seitz, Liza Strong, Danny Marzo, Nicole Walker, Lila Singh, Sallie Hollingshead, Annika Schmid, Sicily Barry, Madeline Gamlen, Ata Shaheen

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PHS Boys Golf in a Dominating Mood

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Petaluma 198, Sonoma Valley 288

Pet: Whitaker Ellis 37; Charlie Winter 38; Cole Powers 40; Enzo Scaccalosi 41; Shannon Stoll 42.

SV: Jack Miller 52; Austin Berger 54; A.J. Riebli 55; Jackson Barbagelata 58; Christopher Grundgeiger 69.

Records: Pet 9-1, SV 0-9

Go Trojan Golf!

Phil Tacata, Runner Up But #1 in Our Eyes! Watch and see why!

From the SCOE Website:

Phil Tacata, a biology/marine science teacher at Petaluma High School, was honored as Sonoma County Teacher of the Year Runner-Up for his commitment to making marine science accessible for all students, closing the achievement gap in his classroom, and bringing his subject to life through engaging and personalized instruction, hands-on work, and field trips.

“In my six years as a principal, I have rarely had moments when staff are fighting for the underperforming students. Phil’s dedication to every student, particularly those who don’t normally share the limelight, underlined for me his capacity as a teacher and empathy as a human,” said David Stirrat, principal at Petaluma High School. “His heart and connection to our students is evident everyday and the student response to his teaching is nothing short of miraculous.”

When Mr. Tacata took over a popular marine science class, he made it his mission to make sure all students felt welcome in the class, regardless of whether or not they were the typical "high-achievers" who usually signed up. "Marine Science is a wonderful course and I felt it was my charge to make sure all our PHS kids got a chance to kayak with otters if they so chose," he said. He lowered the prerequisites to get into the class and began actively marketing it to students from all walks of life. At the same time, he maintained the rigor. He explained, "Shaped by my own personal expertise and experience in aquaculture and wildlife management as a former NOAA Marine Biologist, I expose my students to the same topics and give my students the same labs –and expect the same level of mastery– that a 1st and 2nd year college student would experience in college… And I hold my kids to it!"

Sonoma County Superintendent Steve Herrington, in a letter recognizing Tacata, observed, “Phil is an artist. He creates a physical and social environment where students thrive. Phil is a teacher whose commitment to each of his 135 individual students inspires students to strive to do their best work for him and themselves. Phil is a teacher who changes students’ lives.”

Tacata is the recipient of a $2,000 award provided by Community First Credit Union.

Phil Tacata, Teacher of the Year Runner Up 2018

JSA Has Rewarding Spring Conference

The JSA Spring State was a remarkable success for Petaluma High. Twenty five students made the journey to Burlingame to debate. moderate and campaign at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Our current region's mayor, Griffin Epstein was recognized for his work with a gavel. He was then elected Lieutenant Governor! Paul Leoni who won a best speaker gavel, was elected to take over as mayor. In addition, Greer Moss was elected as a senator.

A very successful weekend for our JSA group! Thank you to Jennifer and Matt Lounibos for chaperoning and organizing.

The Paddle Moves to the West Side; NBL Title Secured! NBL Tourney This Week

In an exciting and well-attended crosstown battle, the Petaluma Trojans put together a solid four quarters of effort last week, upending the Casa Grande Gauchos 15-9. The win meant a sweep of the season series with Casa, but more importantly clinched the league title for the Trojans. Great games by the Lynch twins, Ian and Isaac, who both found the back of the net, Isaiah Blomgren who dominated the faceoff circle, Dominic Butts and Dante Ratto for their excellent passing and movement, Austin Frank for the coolest goal of the season, and Zach Scherer for some fine net-tending. It should also be noted that Nick Dooley on defense essentially shut down the Casa offense, forcing Casa to make the extra pass time and time again and snagging turnovers. A great night out at Ellison Field!

The Trojans (11-3, 8-0) now are the #1 seed in the NBL tournament, set to take on Cardinal Newman at Ellison Field Tuesday evening.

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Girls LAX Dominates SA, Set to Take on Casa in NBL Tourney

Our girls lacrosse squad finished off the regular season with a dominating performance over Sonoma Academy. The Trojans (9-5, 5-5) are now set to take on Casa Grande in the NBL tournament this week. Go Trojans!

Softball - Trojans Tied at the Top

The Lady Trojans are tied at the top of the SCL standings in what has become a three team race. This week will decide things with the Trojans on the road on Tuesday at El Molino before a showdown versus Analy on Thursday at the home diamond. It's anybody's pennant to win but we're thinking it'll be our Trojans! Come out and support Thursday afternoon!
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FFA at the State Convention

Trojans Share Pennant With Sonoma

The Trojan boys tennis squad have wrapped up a very successful season. Behind the superior singles play of Nathan Wong, Connor Gors, Zach Leno and Hayden Dennis, and the doubles play of Alex Dodd, Griffin Epstein, Colton Moss, Logan Reuter, Khalili Tams, Aidan Cannon, Chris Tams, Nick Volk, and Jake Symons, the Trojans dropped only one league match all season. Congratulations to all the boys!

In the SCL tournament last Thursday and Friday, Nathan Wong battled his way to the final, outlasting an outstanding Analy player in three sets. Not surprisingly, Nathan didn't have much left in the tank, having to get back on court just 30 minutes later for the final. Excellent season for Nathan! In doubles, the team of Alex Dodd and Hayden Dennis also reached the final before dropping a tough three setter.

Great season for the Trojans!

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SCL Tournament


Round 1

Singles: Tommy Howley (A) d. Jahmye Daly (EM) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2;Trevor Griggs-Demmin (SV) d. Will Hambley (H) 6-0, 6-2; Connor Gors (Pet) d. Vikram Johnson H. 6-1, 6-1;Nathan Wong (Pet) d John Dow H. 6-0, 6-2; Eric Serbicki (SV) d. Forest Templin (EM) 6-3, 6-1; Zack Leno (Pet) d. Ben Landucci (A) 6-2, 6-2; Andrea DePaola (A) d. William DeGroot (EM) 6-1, 6-0.

Round 2

Singles: Carlos Rubio (SV) d. Tommy Howley 6-0, 6-0 (A); Trevor Griggs-Demmin (SV) d. Connor Gors (Pet) 6-0, 7-5; Andrea DePaola (A) d. Zack Leno (Pet) 7-6 (0), 6-2.

Round 1

Doubles: Spencer Honne-Patrick Palmer (EM) d. Reed Hewitt-Dominick Garcia (SV) 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3; Louis Valenzuela-Aidan Briggs (A) d Evan Linegar-Judah Naujokas (H) 7-5, 6-4; Henry Darnell-Nace Momsen (SV) d. Quaid Capurro-Ryan Palmer (EM) 7-5, 6-1; Nick Kraemer-Matt Davison (A) d. Luca Lumetta-Avery Billman (H) 6-1, 7-5; Logan Reuter-Griffin Epstein (Pet) d. Avery Cavallo-Adolpho Membrilla (EM) 6-2, 6-4; Colton Moss-Khalil Tams (Pet) d. Cason Roberts-Quinn Adair (A) 3-6, 7-5, 7-5; Sam Weisiger-Andrew McKale (SV) d. Mariano Sanchez-Tony Ibarra (H) 6-1, 6-0.

Round 2

Doubles: Dodd-Hayden (Pet) d. Hewitt-Garcia (SV) 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3; Darnell-Momsen (SV) d. Valenzuela-Briggs (A) 4-6, 6-4, 6-0; Kraemer-Davison (A) d. Reuter-Epstein (Pet) 6-2, 6-4; Weisiger-McKale (SV) d. Moss-Tams (Pet) 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4).

Singles Semi Finals:

Carlos Rubio (SV) d. Trevor Griggs-Demmin (SV) 6-0, 6-2; Nathan Wong (Pet) d. Andrea DePaola (A) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4;

Single Finals: Carlos Rubio (SV) d. Nathan Wong (Pet) 6-1, 6-2;

Doubles Semi Finals:

Alex Dodd-Hayden Dennis (Pet) d. Henry Darnell-Nase Momsen (SV) 6-0, 6-0; Sam Weisiger-Andrew McKale (SV) d. Matt Davison-Nick Kraemer (A) 6-1, 6-2

Doubles Finals: Sam Weisiger-Andrew McKale (SV) d. Alex Dodd-Hayden Dennis (Pet) 6-4, 2-6, 6-2

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Petaluma Swimming SCL Championships Results Summary

After two days of swimming, the Petaluma High School Trojan swimmers walked away from the 2018 SCL Championships with some hardware and posted some excellent times. Both Boys and Girls placed third in the meet. For the Boys, that results in a tie for second in the league with Healdsburg. The Girls maintained the third place standing with which they entered the meet.

Top three finishers for the Girls are as follows: Ana Larson took 1st in both the 200 I.M and the 100 Breaststroke; Aurora Beaumond was 1st in the 500 Free and 2nd in the 200 Free; Shae Whaley, 2nd in the 50 Free and 3rd in the 100 Butterfly; and Abigail Kreutz was 2nd in the 200 I.M. While winning both of her events, Ana Larson posted NCS consideration times in each, as did the Girls 200 Medley relay team of Beaumond, Larson, Whaley, and Rico. Final seedings will be made on May 6.

Cooper Wood was a double medalist for the Boys with a 1st in the 200 I.M. and a 2nd in the 500 Freestyle. Michael Duffy took 3rd in the 100 Butterfly. Swimmers not medaling, but making “A” finals (top 8) include Colton Prieto in the 50 Free and 100 Backstroke; Gavin Newell and Brendan McMahon in the 200 Free; Ty Chisum in the 500 Free; Derek Honey in the 200 I.M., Emma Deen in the 50 Free and 100 Free; Carmen Rico in the 200 Free; and Abigail Kreutz in the 100 Butterfly.

“B” heat finalists who contributed scoring points include Kelsey Vella (2 events), Sunshine Sather (2 events), Victoria Canela (2 events), Yessenia Resendiz-Torres, Carmen Rico, Emily Box, Alex Starling, Dylan Harris, Ty Chisum, and Robert Box.

Sonoma Valley maintained their lock on the SCL title for both Boys and Girls. The Trojans will renew their rivalry with the Dragons next year, when both schools move to the Vine Valley League.

Important Upcoming Dates

Don't forget the following dates:

  • May 2nd - Wednesday department meetings

  • May 3rd - Principals Tour - 1pm

  • May 4th-5th - FFA Finals Field Day

  • May 7th - PTSA Meeting 6PM

  • May 7th-18th - AP Testing

  • May 10th - Final Site Council meeting of 17-18

  • May 16th - PLC Wrap Up

  • May 17th - PHS Community Open House @ Ellison Field @5pm

  • May 18th - MINIMUM DAY - Car Show/Yearbook Distribution (classes out at 12:50pm)

  • May 18th - AP Physics and Photography Field Trips

  • May 18th - PHS Choir Concert @ 7PM

  • May 21st - PHS Athletic Boosters Meeting

  • May 23rd - Staff Meeting

  • May 23rd - Senior Recognition Night @ 6PM

  • May 24th - Music Awards

  • May 27th - Prom at the Academy of Sciences

  • May 28th - MEMORIAL DAY

  • May 30th - FINALS

  • May 31st - FINALS

  • June 1st - FINALS

  • June 2nd - Graduation @ Ellison Field 10AM

Coach Selvitella Gets Ready For Senior Day!

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Rather than copy and paste from our website as I've done in the past, let's use our website as the main form of reminder as to what is coming up. Click the link below and check out what's coming up from the calendar. (The link is now correct!)