PHS Update

September 24th, 2018

The End of September

Below is the Trojan Update for this week, still unsent. If you have an item to add, please send to me by noon on Monday.

This week, we have a stacked staff meeting agenda. Take a look and please let's start on time :)

Dan has the NIMS accreditation team coming on Friday to recertify the site. NIMS was formed in 1995 to develop and maintain a globally competitive American workforce. Today, NIMS is the industry standard for training and skill validation within precision manufacturing. NIMS has a stakeholder base of over 6,000 metalworking companies in partnership with five major industry trade associations: The Association for Manufacturing Technology, the National Tooling & Machining Association, the Precision Machine Products Association, the Precision Metalforming Association, and the Technology and Manufacturing Association. Dan will be in touch with us if he needs anything particular on Friday.

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, 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!

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 have access to see other teachers beyond 2nd and 5th period starting this Thursday, September 27th. 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!

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

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