PHS Update

February 25th, 2018

Oscar Update

A busy week coming up! Take a look at the various happenings on and off campus...

  • We have a staff meeting on Wednesday at 2:20pm in the Library.
  • Ron Everett will be in for Gio for the next few weeks.
  • A meal train email is out there if you would like to help out the Napolis
  • Have a great week! Watch out for the rain...

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PHS Success at Junior States of America (JSA) Winter Conference

Petaluma High JSA had a successful Winter State convention at the capitol in Sacramento this weekend. Thirty PHS students (above on the Capitol steps) attended this student-run legislative session, making our chapter one of the largest in attendance. PHS students participated in many ways, including JSA leadership, clerking, debating bills, adding amendments, and even asking the keynote speaker excellent questions (Lea Fabian-Davis and Paul Leoni). We’re also so proud of our PHS leadership team for getting us to our conventions: Simone Tranfaglia, Greer Moss, Justine Gardner, Logan Goldstein, Paul Leoni, and Griffin Epstein. Thank you to all the parents who chaperoned and shuttled students to and from Sacramento.

Here are a few of the highlights:

- Logan Goldstein won a best speaker gavel

- Simone Tranfaglia and Sergio Hernandez’s bill “Abolish FOSTA and SESTA and Enact Better Initiatives to Stop Sex Trafficking“ was one of the bills that were passed both days in both the Senate and the House

-Sergio Hernandez declared his candidacy for GCR Senator

- Offering to be pied in the face if successful, Griffin Epstein inspired fundraising of $232 dollars towards student scholarships to future JSA conventions (and was thus pied in the face with whipped cream)

Congratulations to everyone and thank you to Ms. Lounibos for leading the way!

Lady Trojans Season Ends on Penalty Kicks

In the end, it came down to penalty kicks, perhaps the toughest way to end a season. After the Trojans had battled to a 2-2 tie after regulation time and the extra period, it was left to the athletes of PHS and Campolindo to match up in penalty kicks. Unfortunately, the Campo girls got more in the net than the Trojans.

In the finals played Saturday night, #1 seeded Miramonte got by 2-1.

A terrific season for the Trojans where they did not lose a game in regulation. Well done, players, families, and Coach Babala.

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PHS Music Spectacular at Hotel Petaluma

Petaluma High musicians were out in force at the Hotel Petaluma last Friday night. Using their voices, trombones, trumpets, guitars and even kazoos, the students entertained the crowd at a dinner and silent auction, all in support of the PHS Music Program. Well done everyone!

Shattuck and Pedersen Compete at State!

From Coach Schloesser:

This weekend was a wonderful experience in Bakersfield to end a fabulous season for Petaluma Wrestling. For the first time, in a long time, Petaluma sent a boy and a girl to the California State meet.

Connor Pedersen started out the tournament correctly and beat the #15 ranked wrestler in the state. He ended up losing to the #1 ranked wrestler and another top 10 wrestler. He was very impressive throughout the tournament.

Brooklyn Shattuck returned to the state meet as a Sophomore and she performed very well. She went 1-2 on the weekend, but is determined to place top 8 next year for the Lady Trojan wrestlers.

More than 500 students and parents toured the PHS campus last Thursday evening, learning about AP and Honors course options. Thanks to all our teachers for your presentations!

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Important Upcoming Dates

Don't forget the following dates:

Monday, February 25th - Athletic Booster Meeting

Wednesday, February 27th - Staff Meeting

Saturday, March 2nd - MR GQ in the Multi

Monday, March 4th - Principals Tour @ 1:30pm

Monday, March 4th - PTSA

Tuesday, March 5th - Biology Field Trip

Tuesday, March 5th - Coffee w the Principal @ Aqus Cafe 9AM

Wednesday, March 6th - Department Meeting

Thursday, March 7th - Biology Field Trip

Tuesday, March 12th - Biology Field Trip

Friday, March 15th - Biology Field Trip

Friday, March 15th - PHS Drama Club Field Trip

March 13th-15th - Ashland Shakespeare Trip

March 18-22nd - SPRING BREAK - NO SCHOOL

Monday, March 25th - Legal Studies Field trip to Alcatraz

Monday, March 25th - Athletic Boosters Meeting

Wednesday, March 27th - APES Field Trip

March 28-31st - HOSA State Leadership Conference

Leoni joins Lechon as Winners of Petaluma Host Lions Club Speech Contest

Jessica Lechon Galdos and Paul Leoni will represent Petaluma High School as winners of the Petaluma Host Lions Speech Contest. Both students delivered excellent speeches to the panel. They will now proceed to the zone level in March. Congratulations, Jessica and Paul!
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Teen Life Hacks at the Petaluma Public Library

We're excited to offer several events in our Teen Life Hacks series this semester that are designed to meet the practical needs of teens in 7th-12th grades, including teens feeling stressed about jobs, money, and life in general. Thank you for publicizing these Petaluma Library events with students and families, and encouraging students to attend!

"Stress Relief Toolkit for Teens" is Saturday, Feb. 23 at 12-1:30 pm. Psychologist Rachael Newman will help teens recognize and manage stress in healthy and creative ways. Sign up at This workshop has earned positive reviews from students who attended previous sessions. A bilingual color handout is attached.

"You're Hired! Getting and Keeping a Job for Teens" is Saturday, March 30, 12-1:30 pm. Details and sign up at

"What Teens Need to Know about Money" is Saturday, April 13, 12-1:30 pm. Details and sign up at

Thank you again for your support.


Diana Spaulding
Teen & Adult Services Librarian
Petaluma Regional Library (Sonoma County Library)
New email:
707-763-9801 x0713

The Cheer Team Shines during Disneyland Competition!

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PHS Students = Good Samaritans!

ABC 7 News was there to cover the story, and that story was the concerned, helpful response of two Petaluma High students. Justin Plumbtree and Casen Straub were in the right place at the right time to help a Petaluma City Schools bus out of a flooded jam. See the article below...
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