PHS Update

May 14th, 2018

All right, folks. Here we go into the final three weeks. Should be action-packed all the way! This week, we have our final PAC meeting of the year on Tuesday, a PLC wrap up Wednesday in the Library (dept chairs: please complete the form below - this is also shared to you via regular email)

Thursday is our Community Open House. The evening is scheduled from 5-7pm at Ellison Field. We will have seating for all staff on the track and then present to parents and the community who will be seated on the new amphitheater seating by the snack shack. There will be some speeches and dedications, then a ribbon cutting, followed by tours of the new elements that have been added. I will introduce staff by department. I am hoping many of you will join us on the tours as well as be on the field to chat with parents and district staff. You are welcome to bring children/family members. We are inviting some of our PHS Hall of Famers so it should be a good time.

Don't forget the Band Spring Concert starts at 7PM in the Multi so why not check out some amazing music before heading home!


  • Don't forget Friday, May 18th is a Minimum Day - the Car Show and Yearbook Distribution will take place. I will send out a reminder Minimum Day schedule on Monday.

  • Don't forget Link Crew Day (May 22nd) - see Megan's email on this from last week.

  • Gio, Debi and I will update you on iPad collection, Prom etc as those elements get closer.

  • Graduation is at 10:00 on Saturday, June 2. We always have a good turnout of staff, who wear academic robes and process with the students. It really means a lot to the families and students when our staff is present. Please check Debi’s Google Doc to sign up for helping with Senior Activities and plan to join us — it will be a lovely morning.

It's going to be a fun and busy week! Let's get to it!

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PHS Community Open House May 17th @ 5pm...and much more

Don't forget to join us on Thursday, May 17th at Ellison Field for our PHS Community Open House. PHS staff will be present along with our school board and various other dignitaries to celebrate the transformation of the PHS facility. The new turf field, resurfaced track, long and high jump pits, snack bar, etc are getting rave reviews. Starting at 5pm, we will introduce some of the features of the facility, dedicate the field itself, cut the ribbon, and offer guided tours. We will also be going into campus to check out the pool construction, the new PHS Weight Training Center and the updated gym. Exciting changes! Staff will join us on tours and will also be around to celebrate as a school community. Hope to see you all there at Ellison Field. We will have food and snacks available for purchase from our PCS Food Services department. Our ASB students, who do such an amazing job each year organizing events and keeping our spirits up, will be on hand to help with tours and show us all around.

AP testing is in the second and final week. Please see the graphic below for specific information. If your student has a morning AP test, report to the library at 7:45am; for afternoon, report at 11:45am. Good luck to all!

Please note that Friday, May 18th is the Car Show and Yearbook Distribution Day. We are on a Minimum Day schedule that day with classes ending at 12:50 pm.

At the bottom of this update, please see the video documenting the transition of the weight room to a true 21st century weight training facility. Thank you, PEF!

Senior Parents: Graduation information is below. Your senior has received a hard copy or you can also refer to the PHS website.

Have a great week!

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Petaluma Wins McKamey Cup in its Final Year!

With the regular seasons now complete, Petaluma High has been named the winner of the McKamey Cup in its final SCL season. This annual award recognizes the SCL school that wins the most points over all athletic events. Commissioner Dave Ashworth announced on Friday that PHS was the winner of the pennant for 2017--18 year. This is another recognition of the tremendous athletic performances by PHS athletes, including league crowns in baseball, softball, tennis, golf, and girls track. Below are the scores for the year:

Petaluma—112.5, Analy—102, Sonoma---89, Piner—80, Healdsburg—79, El Molino—67, Elsie Allen—28.5.

Congratulations on a great year!

Larson Improves PB By Two Seconds at NCS!

Sophomore swimmer Ana Larson, the Trojans’ lone qualifier for the North Coast Section Swimming and Diving Championships, held this past Friday and Saturday in Livermore comported herself well in the Girls 100 Breaststroke. She finished 17th, after entering the field of forty seeded 29th. After a major breakthrough at the SCL Championships to qualify for the North Coast meet, Larson did it again at NCS, dropping over two seconds, posting a 1:05.73. Her new personal best time made Larson the first alternate on Saturday, as she missed making the finals by 4/100s of a second. Go PHS Swimming and Ana! Nice job, Coach Hoffman and Greeson and all the parents who make PHS swimming tick! Next spring, we'll be back in the home pool!

To earn the covetous Calculus Cap of Knowledge, students must play at length in the magical abstract land of Newton. To earn such a cap is a true honor!

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Petaluma Nips University in NCS First Round; Falls to Miramonte

The Trojan varsity lacrosse team capped its golden season with one more golden goal, this time courtesy of Justin Turner. In a tight, well-executed game at Ellison Field, the Trojans found themselves in a nail-biter. Leading 9-7, the visitors from University Prep clawed back into the game, tying the game in the final minute. But in sudden death overtime, it was Turner who put the game away (see video below).

The Trojans then traveled to Orinda for a second round game versus the Matadors of Miramonte. The offense was clicking but the goal tender for Miramonte consistently turned away many Trojan shots. The final 12-6 advantage to Miramonte reflected a strong game by the Trojans. Though losing before the championship game is always difficult, PHS lacrosse from players to coaches to parents came away from the game and the season with some great memories. Well done, Coach Louchis and staff, and huge thanks to all the parents who make the PHS lacrosse program run. A special thanks to Tom Dooley for all his pre- and post- game work. Go Trojans!

SCL Baseball Champs Look to the Postseason

In the midst of an excellent campaign, the Trojans visited the Gaucho diamond this weekend, hoping to sweep the season series with their cross town rival. Earlier this season, the Trojans defeated the Gauchos at the prestigious Boras tournament in Sacramento. But Saturday afternoon, Casa struck for six quick runs in the bottom of the first and the Trojans found themselves playing catch up all day. Eventually, it added up to a 20-7 loss and a season split.

Now the Trojans look ahead to the SCL tournament and an NCS seed to be determined next Sunday.

Go Trojans!

Badminton Finishing Strong, NCS Qualifiers in Doubles!

PHS Badminton has had a strong season, finishing with an 8-4 (third place in league). Mikey Ayala and Anton Horvath were selected as the #1 Boys' Doubles team, beating out all other #1 Boys' Doubles teams in the SCL.

At the NCS tournament, Mikie Ayala and Anton Horvath made it to the third round before being eliminated while the "Cole" team of Stremlau and Yant, and the girls doubles team of Diana Trueblood and Penny Reynolds made it to first round competition. These six players are the largest contingent of PHS badminton players to make NCS in the last five years! Well done, PHS Badminton and Coach McKenna and Coach Jones, as well as all the parents who have supported the team this season.

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Important Upcoming Dates

Don't forget the following dates:

  • May 14th-15th - Westside Relays

  • May 16th - PLC Wrap Up

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

  • May 17th - Band Spring Concert @ 7PM in the PHS Multi

  • 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 at Elim Lutheran Church

  • May 21st - PHS Athletic Boosters Meeting

  • May 22nd - Link Crew Day 9:30am-11:30am

  • May 23rd - Staff Meeting

  • May 23rd - Senior Recognition Night @ 6:30PM @ Lucchesi

  • May 24th - Music Awards

  • May 27th - Prom at the Academy of Sciences

  • May 28th - MEMORIAL DAY

  • May 30th - FINALS 1, 2

  • May 30th - Staff PTSA Luncheon 1pm

  • May 31st - FINALS 4, 5

  • June 1st - FINALS 3, 6

  • June 2nd - Graduation @ Ellison Field 10AM


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!)