Trojan Update

December 8th, 2015

Support Our Engineering Program and Farm-to-Table at Whole Foods! - (TODAY!) December 9th

Please join me today in a fundraising opportunity for career technical education in Sonoma County. On Wednesday, December 9th, Whole Foods Markets in Petaluma and Sebastopol will donate 5% of net sales to the Career Technical Education (CTE) Foundation. The CTE Fund supports Petaluma High with funding for our engineering pathway. Funds earned on that day will go to support the Foundation's Farm to Table programs, a course of study that delivers project-based learning in food production, processing, marketing, distribution, and consumption. These courses expose students to potential career pathways, from farming and viticulture to menu development and commercial kitchen management, and give them a better understanding of post-secondary study required to fulfill industry needs. Further, students learn how a local sustainable food system links to and supports the community and local economy at large.

The CTE Foundation, through combined public/private support, has seeded the development of 6 Farm to Table programs countywide, exposing hundreds of students to the value of this work, its economic impact on our region, and the career opportunities available to them. But most of these programs are “start-up” operations, meaning that while schools and students have demonstrated interest and commitment to the programs, the infrastructure has not yet been fully developed to support technical learning. Enthusiastic instructors are often the source of crucial equipment, from kitchenware and cutlery to gardening supplies and gloves. CTE Foundation intends to use funds earned during the Whole Foods 5% Day promotion to create Supply Grants in support of CTE programs in local schools.

We know that this time of year is especially busy, and we greatly appreciate any time you are able to apply to this request. As you know, CTE Foundation's work is made possible by financial gifts received from the community - individuals and business partners alike - so it's critically important that we make the most of donation opportunities, such as this 5% Day promotion.

Industrial Technology Shop Gets a Face Lift

Thank you to everyone who came in on a Saturday to clean up the Industrial Technology metal shop. We have many users of this state-of-the-art facility and it is critical that things are clean and in good working order to ensure a safe learning work space. Thanks to Dick Hermann, Jimmy Parker, Michael Caruana, Colten Stoppel, and Charlie Newsome, and all the apprentices who helped out. God to see so many PHS grads making their way in the world!

Wyatt Orsini KVAL

Frank Osias SPT

Colton Stoppel RS TECHNICAL

Will Flores PRICE PUMP


Ryan Kondratieff DEWEYL TOOL









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Trojans of the Month

This semester, Assistant Principal Tracy Pinckney initiated a new recognition program at Petaluma High. Sensing that there were many students who go unrecognized for superb effort and achievement, she instituted the Trojan of the Month program. Teachers are asked to nominate students who sometimes might slip under the radar. So far, more than 20 students have been recognized.

Last week, these students, their parents, and the nominating teachers attended the first Trojan of the Month luncheon. It was a fabulous way to bring this community together and underlined once again what terrific students we have at Petaluma High. Thanks, Ms. Pinckney, for the idea and follow through. And thank you to the PTSA for putting on the luncheon!

COMING UP November/December Events


December 9th - Financial Aid Night @ 7:00 St Vincent's High School.

December 9th - FFA Potluck & Cake Auction @ 6:30 pm

December 10th - Staff Appreciation Lunch

December 10th - Site Council

December 10th - Winter Band Concert @ 7 pm in the Multi

December 11th - Holiday Market, Choral Concert @ 7:00 Elim Lutheran Church

December 12th - ACT

December 14th - Let's get ready for finals. Cookies 'n' Cram in the Library.

December 16th to 18th - FINALS - 3/6; 4/5, 1/2: End of the Semester.

December 21st to January 4th...Winter Break......Happy Holidays!!!

January 14th - 8th Grade Parent Night

January 23rd - Winter Formal dance

Hour of Code during Trojan Connections

Thanks to Doug Cox, our remarkable math instructor, AP Statistics lead and AP Computer Science instructor, we were able to run a powerful Trojan Connections encouraging all students to participate in Hour of Code. Mr. Cox created a plan where students used their iPads to create computer code using the Hour of Code website. This week (December 7-13) is Computer Science Education Week, and we are taking the time to focus on coding during this time. As you know, it is becoming more and more important to understand some form of coding no matter what career path a student may end up on. Coding and app production are now integrated in virtually everything we do - having these skills and fore-knowledge will serve students well down the road.

If you're interested in seeing what the students did, check out the Hour of Code website at : . Thank you, Mr. Cox!

Trojans Crack Open Basketball Season With Road Victory over Gauchos

Led by a trio of double digit scorers (Perez, Zedek, and Garber) and guided from the top by Ryan Cox, the Petaluma Trojans overcame a slow start and eventually put away the Casa Grande Gauchos. Down 19-9 toward the end of the first quarter, Coach Scott Behrs called for a full court trap. The momentum shifted and by halftime, the score was almost level. After a close and energetic third quarter, the Trojan depth helped them pull away for the final 61-49 win.

Well done, Trojan boys! For a recap, see the PD article:

Picture via Press Democrat

Financial Aid Night @ St. Vincent's High School (TONIGHT) Dec 9th

If you are looking for further information about Financial Aid for college, please consider attending the Financial Aid Night at St. Vincent's High School on Wednesday, December 9th (7PM in Tillman Hall). Items covered include scholarship and FAFSA information.

Music on the Move!

Our student musicians are on the move! Recently, they travelled to Fairfield to compete. The kids loved the trip, and though the Marching Band didn't make the podium, the Varsity Jazz Ensemble placed 2nd. Speaking of which...don't miss the Varsity Jazz Ensemble @ The Mystic Theatre, performing a benefit concert for the PHS Music Dept. on January 16th at the Mystic Theatre with headliner "Con Brio." Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here:

See the poster below!

Ahead, the Instrumental Winter Concert is this Thursday, December 10th in the Multi at 7:00 PM, followed on Friday by the Choral Winter Concert at Elim Lutheran Church at 7:00 PM.
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Cross Country Recap

Our Cross Country teams have a lot to be proud of! Our girls team, led by Madison Parratt finished 8th of 17th teams at the NCS meet. And the boys team finished 7th of 20 teams. The Dunbar twins (Jack and Will) led the Petaluma boys across the line. Both teams had a chance to celebrate their success at Awards night last Sunday at Liberty School. Congratulations to all the athletes and to Coach Yungert!