Trojan Update

February 9th, 2016

Boosters Crab Feed Packs Herzog!

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PHS Athletic Booster Crab Feed = Another Winner!

Thanks to an extraordinary team of many, many people, the PHS Annual Crab Feed was another night to remember. The event was a sellout yet fit nicely into the new locale at Herzog Hall. The behind the scenes folks are still tallying up the totals but it looked like a good night for PHS Athletics. Thank you to all of you for supporting the event and the student athletes. Though I will inevitably leave people out, I will mention the following: Judy Robison, Antoinette Butts, Phoebe Ellis, Michelle Goddard, and Barb Brooks. I know there were many more of you - thank you all! Thanks also to the student athletes who volunteered, served the crab, and cleaned up our mess!

COMING UP: February Events


February 9th-12th: Kindness Week

February 9th: Kindness Rally - Make a Wish!

February 11th: Site Council

February 12th: Singing Valentines

February 13th: FFA Dinner Dance

February 15th: NO SCHOOL - Washington's Birthday

February 16th: Trojan Connections

February 20th: SkillsUSA Regional Leadership Competition


February 22nd: Athletic Boosters Meeting @7PM in PHS Library

February 25th - AP/Honors Evening

February 27th: Mr. GQ Contest @7:30pm in the Multi

Classic Game at Senior Night

The new PHS gym rocked and rolled Friday night as the crowd watched three well-played and close games versus Analy High School. First, Analy managed to win the freshmen, but PHS JV boys pulled out a tight game to balance things. Then it was on to boys varsity and perhaps the first truly significant game in terms of league titles in more than a decade. Though the Trojans led most of the way and seemed to have the run of play, it eventually came down to a couple of plays at the end. Despite that, there was a shot to win in the final seconds that wouldn't go down. Analy by one.

Still, a packed gym was there to let the seniors know how much we appreciate their efforts this season. Our eight outgoing seniors have taken this squad to new heights and put the PHS mens program back on the map. After closing out the regular season this week, it will be on to the SCL Tourney and hopefully a berth in the NCS playoffs to come.

Go Trojans and Coach Behrs!

An English Teacher and the impressions of her students after reading a certain novel! Guess the novel and have coffee with the principal :)

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LUMACon a Smashing Success!

The Second Annual LUMACon was bigger and better than the first, thanks to the intrepid efforts of PHS and Casa Librarians Connie Williams and Nathan Libecap. They welcomed almost 2500 people into the Lucchesi Center last week to talk with comic creators, to practice paneling, to roam Artists Alley, and to generally immerse in the fabulous world of reading and creation. For another angle on the day's events, see this link to attendee Brian Fies blog:

It is wonderful to have creative and energetic libraries and librarians in our midst!

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Connie Williams and Nathan Libecap Celebrate Success!

AP/Honors Evening February 25th at PHS

Are you interested in taking Honors and AP courses? Please join us for an informative evening to meet with teachers and students to learn about what it takes to succeed in advanced courses.

Our goal is for everyone to take at least one advanced course during their time at Petaluma High School. Is this your year?

Join us on Feb 25 with your parents to explore this opportunity

Share a soup supper at 5:30. Program begins at 6:00.

Check the website for more information.

JUST IN: Lenaea Festival Success!

From drama teacher Jonathan Knox:

Hey David. Great news from the Lenaea Festival Competition! Leah Richter and Ellis Scherer received command performance for their original student written duo scene performance. We also medaled the respondents choice for a song by Violet Deardorff and our one act play received GOLD for the black box theatre. An amazing run this year for Petaluma and our Troy Performers.

Well done, Troy Drama!

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Academic Decathlon On the Rise!

Though we don't have the final results, I want to congratulate our Academic Decathlon team for their excellence at the regional competition this weekend in Fairfield. Preliminary information has us finishing 4th out of 25 teams, many of which have had an AcDec program for many years. For our second year, we are looking strong. Well done everyone, Coach Andrew Aja and all the staff and parents who helped make this happen!

There were many medalists including:

Alex Piehl - GOLD
Alyssa Deely - SILVER

Alex Piehl - BRONZE

Dean Douglas - SILVER

Austin Longerbeam - BRONZE

Alyssa Deely - SILVER

Alex Piehl - BRONZE

Alex Piehl - BRONZE
Alyssa Deely - BRONZE

Amy Ferrick - BRONZE
Austin Longerbeam - GOLD

Team overall (before SuperQuiz)
4th - 38,925 points out of 25 teams

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The Proud AcDec Team after awards!

National Signing Day - Congrats!

Congratulations to three superb student athletes who have committed to post-secondary opportunities:

  • Tyler Guptill has committed to Humboldt State for soccer
  • Kieran Sterling has committed to Willamette for baseball
  • Makenna Bortells to Marist for Rowing

They will be recognized at the school rally this week. Way to go, Trojans!