PHS Update

January 15th, 2017


I know, right?

Here's what we have this week:

  • AP Meeting at lunch on Tuesday in A1
  • PAC Meeting after school on Tuesday in F6
  • Wednesday is a Department Meeting Day
  • Thursday is Club Rush 2 - NO EXTENDED LUNCH
  • Saturday is Winter Formal

In prep for next week's staff meeting (1/24) , we will be leaving our devices in our classrooms and bringing only our fertile minds to the meeting. See you there!

Wayne reports that he is annoying nurses but otherwise feeling OK after his recent procedure. He will let us know when he is ready to return. Jeff Erbst is filling in as he recovers.

Heard that Richie Lemos is doing much better. Transferred to Kaiser San Rafael. That is great news!

Below is the update going out to parents. Have a fabulous week!

The January Doldrums and What to Do About It!

When we look back at grades for the first six weeks of the Spring semester, we often notice a decline. Students, particularly freshman, have conquered the first semester, have taken their first set of "real" finals, and generally have worked hard. There is a natural tendency to take the foot off the pedal and coast for some period as January begins. Teachers will remind students that these next two months are critical to continuing the success of the first semester or righting the academic ship and getting back on track. As parents, this is a great time to ask specifically about how things are going, armed perhaps with some AERIES data. Ask your student about the preparation for a Socratic Seminar, how the next section in Math is progressing, or how the reading in English is going. Compliment him or her on the delicate balance of participating in a sport or club or band, and how proud you are of them. Help them along with us weather this potential storm and sail on confidently!

Last week, we had a tremendous Freshman Assembly brought to you by our Link Crew team. The team of staff advisors (Ms. McClelland, Ms. Yannes, Ms. Greeson, and Mr. Dawsari) along with some amazing juniors and seniors pumped those freshman up, sending the same message of hope and resilience described above. In particular, current PHS junior, Domenic Chaffer, delivered an impassioned speech describing his initial struggles at PHS and his remarkable turnaround story. Domenic is now earning better than a 3.0 GPA and his courage to share his story was an inspiration for us all. If I don't get his speech in this update, watch for it in an upcoming message.

Other items:

  • During the next week, classes and programs are promoted so that students are aware of elective options. Registration coming soon!
  • Don't forget the Crab Feed coming up on February 3rd. See the information below and how to get involved.
  • PEF Scholarships applications are due JANUARY 24th. Please see Ms. Stoll if you have questions or need help. The site is:
  • CLUB RUSH #2 is set for Tuesday, January 16th at lunch - getting involved with a club is an excellent way to support academic achievement and lots of fun too!
  • The Winter Formal dance is coming up on Saturday. Tickets available in D-1. Don't miss this!
  • See articles on the remarkable Hoby Wedler, PHS graduate and his partnership with Ms. Boyes, as well as updates on athletics and the classroom.
  • Check out the MarS to Monterey trip summary.
  • The new Ellison Field is almost a reality - see update next week!

Have a great week!

Recent Wrestling Results for PHS

Of all the athletic pursuits our students are involved with, it might be wrestling that stands out as the most empathetic. Watching a PHS wrestling meet is a real joy - each member of the team, boy and girl, have a common task: to use technique, strength, and tenacity to outpoint or pin their opponent. Each wrestler knows the tough journey to get to the competition mat and somehow, that translates into a true team effort. See the recent results below for PHS, including a dominating performance over Sonoma last Wednesday. Click on the YouTube link beneath this article for the feed from the Sonoma match up.

If you want to see what it's all about, circle January 25th or January 31st on your calendar, the next two wrestling home match ups versus Piner and Analy respectively in the Multi.

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Wrestling Results @ Petaluma High vs Sonoma High School

FINAL 66-12

106 lbs Nick Trave (Pet) win by tech fall 17-1 over Wyatt Pagh(Son)

113 lbs Cindy Diaz (Pet) win by forfeit

120 lbs Charlie Winter (Pet) win by pin over Dashyl Liss (Son)

126 lbs Mac Shattuck (Pet) win by win by pin Ean Schiffman(Son)

132 lbs Lukas Bettencourt (Pet) win by win by pin over Luis Estava(Son)

138 lbs Connor Pedersen (Pet) win by Maj. Dec. 14-3 over Macklynn Liss (Son)

145 lbs Liam O’Niell (Pet) win by pin over Lawson Lee (Son)

152 lbs Curtis Goughnour (Pet) win by pin over Daniel Gallo (Son)

160 lbs Tony Vitali (Pet) win by pin over Hank Schoenignh (Son)

170 lbs Derrick Pomi (Pet) win by dec. 4-3 over Mario Coronado (Son)

182 lbs Chris Olvera (Pet) win by forfeit

195 lbs Daen Dunham (Son) won by pin over Fernando Marshall (Pet)

220 lbs Tyler Winslow (Son) won by FF

HWT lbs Dan Decarli (Pet) win by ff

JV Matches:

120 Joe Grob (Pet) won by pin over James Bounds (Son)

132 Logan Pomi (Pet) won by pin Owen Brown (Son)

138 Daxton Hogya (Pet) won by dec. 8-2 over Aelxzander Castillo

145 Max Winlsow (Pet) won by pin over David Boussard (Son)

152 Joe Yerion (Pet) won by pin over Grayson Gilbert (Son)

160 Mario Zarco (Pet) won by pin over Chris Duran (Son)

170 Josef Marinic (Son) won by pin over Jack Santos (Pet)


Petaluma High Varsity Boys Jan. 12-13 Boys Tim Brown - Sacramento Results

Day 1 Jan 12th

Nick Trave, Mac Shattuck, Curtis Goughnour, Tony Vitali, and Derrick Pomi did well but failed to make it to day

Day 2 (Jan 13th)

Connor Pedersen went 6-2 and took 7th

Charlie Winter went 3-2 and was one match away from placing. (Jan 13th)

Varsity Boys and Girls wrestled at

American Canyon High School

Overall the team took 3rd place

Girls' Divison

Cindy Diaz 1st

Brooklyn Shattuck 1st

Logan Pomi 2nd

Sarah Markovich 2nd

Citlalle Calderon 2nd

Sunshine Sather 4th

Boys' Divison

Curtis Goughnour 1st

Nick Trave 1st

Mac Shattuck 1st

Chris Olvera 2nd

Liam O'Niell 2nd

Daxton Hogya 3rd

Joe yerion 3rd

Tony Vitali 3rd

Lukas Bettencourt 3rd

Joe Grob 3rd

Asher King 4th

Nathan Groth 4th

Dante Ratto 5th

Jakob Bettencourt 5th

Mario Zarco 5th

Well done, Trojan wrestlers!

PHS CRAB FEED Information...

PHS Athletic Boosters Crab Feed is just around the corner!

Saturday, February 3rd at the Herzog Hall on the Sonoma Marin Fairgrounds.

If you’re looking for a way to help out PHS sports teams you can –

  • Attend the Crab Feed! Purchase your tickets or reserved table for the Crab Feed and enjoy a delicious meal of pasta, salad, French bread and endless crab! There’s a no-host bar including Lagunitas beer and local Sonoma County wines, and a live dessert auction or enjoy ice cream from Three Twins! This event always sells out, don’t wait until the last minute!
  • Donate a bottle of wine to the silent auction – we’re asking EVERY PHS athlete to donate 1 bottle of wine per sport to the auction. Bottles can be dropped off in the PHS office or directly to the Krist’s front porch - 700 Elm Drive.
  • Donate items to the silent or live auction – do you work for or own a company that can contribute to our auction? Do you have season sports tickets or a time share or a service that you’d like to donate towards helping our Trojan athletes? Please contact Phoebe Ellis –
  • Volunteer! We need parents to help set up the event on Friday, February 2nd – 9am to 4pm at the Herzog Hall on the Sonoma Marin Fairgrounds. Stop by for an hour or stay for 3 to 4 hours and help us prepare for this fun event – any time you can contribute is appreciated.
  • Athletes - Volunteer to Serve at the Crab Feed! – PHS students will earn community service hours for volunteering at the Crab Feed– 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm on Saturday Feb 3rd – please text Barb Brooks to sign up – 707-481-5921.

For Ticket Sales inquiries – please contact Antoinette Butts –

For Silent or Live Auction donations – please contact Barb Brooks –

For Wine Auction donations – please contact Lori Krist –

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Link Crew members pulled off a great freshmen assembly last Friday. The Link Crew program is our link to keep our freshmen on track.

COMING SOON: Introducing ST Connect!

Friday, Jan. 12th, 8:30am

201 Fair Street

Petaluma, CA

Watch your mail for information on ST Connect, a new program for the "middle" student.

Math 3 Harnesses iPads

Math 3 students are hard at work testing predictions and confirming observations. Groups of students measure the distance of a bouncing ball, capture their data on the iPad, then graph the results, comparing their predictions to the results. The resulting parabolas are a great example of real-world learning, understanding the function of a visual representation of data. Thank you, Ms. Baldwin, Ms. ranger, Ms. Deedler, and Mr. Gueretta!

Athletics Update

Quick Athletics Wrap Up:

Soccer: After a 1-0 double overtime triumph over Sonoma Valley last Friday, the Lady Trojans now stand at 8-3 (3-1). They visit Elsie Allen on Wednesday. The Varsity boys had a tough preseason but are showing strong signs in league play. After dropping a match to Piner, they bounced back with wins over Analy and El Molino. The Trojans (2-7, 2-1) visit Sonoma Valley Tuesday.

Basketball: The boys varsity stands at 9-8 (3-1) after a strong win over Sonoma Valley. They visit Analy Tuesday night before hosting Healdsburg in a pivotal Thursday evening tip. The Varsity Girls are unbeaten in league after a hard fought 60-52 win over Analy. (See the YouTube feed of this game by clicking on the link below this article.) The Trojans (12-5, 4-0) visit Sonoma Valley on Wednesday evening. ...breaking news...And earlier this afternoon in an MLK Jr. matinee, the Trojans took down visiting Northgate 52-37. Now 13-5.

For all upcoming contests, visit

For updates on freshmen and JV teams, visit,ca)/sports.htm

MarS to Monterey Trip - Amazing!

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High School Video Award for Friends of the River

This is a great opportunity for interested students to have their work before a public audience. All winning videos will be featured on the Friends' website and shared through our social media outlets. The 1st place video will be shown at our annual Student Showcase and will air before summer movies at the Petaluma Movie Theater.

We hope that you will encourage your students to participate or even consider folding the award into your curriculum for Spring semester.

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Important Upcoming Dates

Don't forget the following dates:

  • January 16th - Staff AP Lunch meeting in A1 @ 12:30pm
  • January 16th - PAC Meeting 3:15pm

  • January 18th - Club Rush #2

  • January 18th - Site Council

  • January 19th - HOSA Field Trip

  • January 20th - Winter Formal

  • January 24th - PEF Scholarship Application Deadline

  • January 24th - Staff Meeting

  • January 31st - MarS Field Trip - Hog Island

  • February 2nd - Drama Club Field Trip

  • February 3rd - CRAB FEED!

  • February 5th - APES Field Trip

  • February 5th - PTSA Meeting

  • February 7th - APES Field Trip

  • February 8th - Site Council

  • February 8th - 9-11th Grade COLLEGE NIGHT

  • February 9th - Biology Field Trip

  • February 10th - AG Booster Dinner Dance

Coming Soon...

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The Princess Project - Prom Dresses

My name is Alisa, and I’m a long-time volunteer with The Princess Project: a nonprofit organization that provides free prom dresses and accessories to teens who would otherwise be unable to attend their event. Founded in 2002, we serve more than 5,000 teens each prom season at five locations across California—including our newest location in Sonoma County!

Teens often tell us that they learned about The Princess Project through a teacher, guidance counselor, or club moderator. And that’s why I’m writing to you today: we need your help getting the word out to your students!

Dress giveaways

Getting a dress is simple. Teens make an appointment online to attend a dress giveaway in late March. Dress giveaways will be held at our pop-up shop in the Petaluma Village Premium Outlets (space 800, next to Oshkosh B’gosh). Online sign-ups will begin in late February and teens can access the sign-up form at our website.

When teens arrive for their appointment, fairy godmothers will help them pick out dresses to try on and make their selection.Our dresses come in all colors, sizes, and shapes—short and long, frilly and sleek, bedazzled and simple. And we’re not kidding about “all sizes”: we stock XS to 5X and every size in between.

Requirements for participation

All teens need for admission to a dress giveaway is a valid high school ID and a signed participation waiver (which will be provided during the online sign-up process). They can also bring one guest to help them shop.

Promotion suggestions

Educators have shared information on The Princess Project in daily announcements and school newspaper articles and ads. They’ve also hung flyers in common areas and distributed them during homeroom and club meetings. If you would like copies of our flyers, please contact us and we will email or mail them to you.


If you have questions about The Princess Project or the dress giveaways, please visit our web site for more information or send us an email.

Thank you in advance for helping us serve Sonoma County teens!

Alisa Sharp

Co-Founder, The Princess Project Sonoma County


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!)