PHS Staff Update

December 14th, 2015

A Long Day's Semester Coming to a Close

87 days or so ago, we started this semester on a bright August day. Just imagine how much learning has happened since then! The world is a more powerful, learned place because of the work you do. Thanks to all of you for the ideas and knowledge you impart to students every day, and for being a part of a superb community at Petaluma High.

Enjoy a safe and joyful holiday season. We have all earned it!

(And a reminder that Monday is Laura Keaton Day. Don't forget to stop by her desk and say hello! We'll try to have coffee on and leftovers from the party in the faculty lounge)

(At the bottom of this update is a copy of the Crab Feed flier. Each February, the Athletic Boosters put on the Crab Feed. It is a wonderful, fun evening to support student athletics.)

David, Debi, and Tracy

Trojans of the Month (reprint from Trojan Parent Update)

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!

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. Good to see so many PHS grads making their way in the world!

And special thanks to Pete Bordiga for helping out both in the clean up and by volunteering his time in the lab with students!

Wyatt Orsini KVAL

Frank Osias SPT

Colton Stoppel RS TECHNICAL

Will Flores PRICE PUMP


Ryan Kondratieff DEWEYL TOOL









See below for after pictures or click the link for more...

COMING UP November/December Events


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 4th - Teacher Work Day

January 5th - PAC Meeting

January 6th - PLC Share Out

January 11th - Staff Meeting

January 13th - Tech Wednesday

January 14th - Site Council

January 14th - 8th Grade Parent Night

January 23rd - Winter Formal dance

Hour of Code during Trojan Connections (reprint from Trojan Parent Update)

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, Then Continue Hot Start

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:

After the strong opening victory at Casa Grande, the Trojan boys have continued to be road warriors. Last Tuesday, they took on San Rafael High, overcoming a slow first quarter to run away with a 51-42 win. They followed this performance with a strong 56-47 victory over Novato High last Thursday. Ryan Cox and Ryan Perez each poured in 19 to lead the way.

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!

And last Thursday, Cliff and Kevin (Klemonok) presented the Winter Concert in the Multi - wonderful to hear the 8th graders coming up and the growing greatness of our own bands. On Friday, Cliff and the choir performed beautifully at Elim Church. Proud of our music program!

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Moreno, Lowell, Fitch Hatch Party, Fun Had By All!

Thank you to everyone for planning, hosting, attending and just plain enjoying ourselves at Debi's house last Friday. It has been a long and productive semester, and it was good to reflect and relax together for a few hours. There is a great deal to be proud of as you all know! Particular thanks to Jennifer, Kerry and Deb for getting everything bought, made, and set up, and Debi for offering her home. Happy Holidays!

Holiday Market Smashes Records, Crushes Wall Street, Leads to Singing in the Streets

Thanks to the Entrepreneurship class and Jeff Erbst, another successful and joyous Holiday Market wrapped up on Friday. Many students talk about Holiday Market as one of their favorite days of the year and this year will only add to the sentiment. Lots of great things for sale and awesome spirit in the halls!

Superintendent Callahan Does Some Christmas Shopping at the Holiday Market

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Floral Design Comes Alive!

Heidi Mickelson brought in some floral experts to show students a few tricks of the trade when it comes to designing corsages and other floral creations. Here are a few pictures of their work with the students! Don't forget Heidi's note that holiday centerpieces are available too (see flier below)
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Some Light Holiday Reading

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