PHS Update

December 10th, 2018

Two Weeks Before We Are Home for the Holidays!

A long update below! This week, we have PAC on Tuesday, Site Council on Thursday, and a Holiday Party on Friday (elefante blanco!)

Two million kudos to Deb Fitch and everyone involved in Holiday Market. Two million more to all the chaperones for Winter Formal. Live your best days ahead :)

Joy for the Holidays

Every school year seems to zoom by and here we are, almost half way through. We began the year considering the idea of Kindness, reading a speech by George Saunders about the simple act of being kind. Rather than complaining about something that is wrong or judging someone else, consider kindness. In short, the message is try to be kinder.

We hope, of course, that one of the by-products of kindness is Joy. I have included an article below about the Golden State Warriors and their quest to rekindle Joy in the locker room and on the court. The idea that kindness and joy can lead to success and learning is embraced by the Warriors; perhaps we can do the same at PHS! In the holiday spirit, we wish everyone in the PHS community that special joy that comes with family, friends and holiday time.

In this issue:

  • Please consider giving to Holiday Cheer by Dec 10th. See the letter from Benda Martin below.
  • We invite you to an important Parent meeting regarding vaping and marijuana use coming up on Wednesday, 12/12 at the PHS Library, part of a partnership between PCS and the Sonoma County Department of Health Services. Please see the flier below.
  • Congratulations again to Mr. Dawsari, our Teacher of the Year nominee for Sonoma County. We celebrated him in late November in Healdsburg at the California League of High Schools. Mr. Dawsari is one of our amazing staff at PHS!
  • Please take a look at a recent slideshow of PHS in "PHS Facilities Dec 2018" below - with a new Mac lab going into F2 over the Winter Break, the opening of the pool, the updated gym, the new Ellison Field, the PEF-sponsored new weight room, and new computer labs in F1 and F3, the PHS campus is the envy of Sonoma County. Take a look!
  • We are ramping up for the Annual Crab Feed February 2nd, 2019. Please see the invite and flier below.
  • NOTE: This is a long update - your phone or laptop browser may "clip" the message. In order to see the whole thing, scroll to the bottom and click "View Entire Message."

Have a great week!

Holiday Cheer 2018

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Thank you to PHS Community!

  • Thank to the entire PHS Community for your generous support for the Paradise High School community. Our assistant principal, Kelly Kriss, who has worked in the Paradise Unified School District, is bringing $5300 worth of gift cards to the students of Paradise High School this week. On behalf of all of us at Petaluma High, she will bring our best wishes for happy holidays in this difficult time. Thank you to all who contributed!

Staff Holiday Party

Here are the details for the Holiday Party at Karah Vineyards next Friday, 12/14!

  • Time: Arrive anytime after 3:30pm, ends approximately at 5:30pm
  • Food: We will be getting Mexican food catered, if you want to bring a dessert to share, go for it!
  • Drinks: Wine will be available for purchase, the winery also said we can bring in outside beer/non alcoholic beverages so feel free to bring anything additional you want.
  • Gifts: Optional white elephant gift - either find something from your house or spend no more than $5 on a gift. Additionally, if you want to participate in the "Left/Right/Center" game - bring $3 (ones)

Family/spouses/children are welcome! It is going to be in the wine cellar so dress warm!

Lastly, if someone in your department still wants to attend but did not RSVP, encourage them to come! We have about 50 RSVP'd and ordered food for that many, but we want everyone to feel welcome!

Looking forward to seeing you and celebrating with you all!

Marley is a Trojan of the Month!

Marley is like a bundle of sunshine when she enters a room. Marley is PHS's fashionista, creating her own dresses and designs. She has a giant heart as seen by her generousity and kindness to others. She is always thinking of, teachers and peers, and things that she can do to celebrate or to help. She is a trusted and faithful friend. Marley has the ability to embrace her differences and make them her strengths, which makes her the individual that she is. I can't wait to watch Marley grow and mature as she moves through PHS. I know she will do great things with her talents and spread happiness as she embarks on her life during and after PHS. - Elyse Vosburg
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SAT Prep - Juniors!

Free SAT Intensive Prep classes continue at the Sonoma County Library – Petaluma Regional Library hosts a five-hour SAT Intensive Prep class on Thurs. Jan. 3, 2019 (part 1) and Sat. Jan. 5, 2019 (part 2) from 3-5:30 pm. Registration begins on Sat. Dec. 8 in person at the Petaluma Library. The bilingual registration form is available at the library's reference desk or can be downloaded at Free study guide provided. Space is limited to 25 juniors. SAT Intensive Prep classes are also available at Windsor, Central Santa Rosa, Cloverdale, Forestville, and Rincon Valley libraries in January and February—see full list at

La biblioteca regional de Petaluma presenta dos Clases de Preparación Intensivo de SAT gratuitas con la consultora local de preparación de exámenes Ellen Jakes Kelm, PhD. Los estudiantes necesitan inscribirse y asistir a las DOS clases: Parte 1: jueves 3 de enero de 3:00 - 5:30 pm, y Parte 2: sábado 5 de enero de 3:00 - 5:30 pm. Registrese en personal comenzando el sabado 8 de diciembre a las 10 AM en cualquier biblioteca. Para estudiantes de 11 grado. Los formularios de inscripción están disponibles ( y en la Biblioteca y requieren la firma del padre y del estudiante. Todos los materiales de estudio están incluidos. Es espacio está limitado a 25 estudiantes del grado once solamente. Otras clases en bibliotecas del Condado de Sonoma en enero y febrero (

Project Graduation - Please Read!

Project Graduation has been a Petaluma institution that provides a safe environment for our graduates on graduation evening. This program was created in reaction to many tragic deaths on graduation night. Since Project Grad came to Petaluma about 30 years ago, there have been no students lost on graduation night.

But it takes a team of committed parents to make this evening happen. Rita Schafer has been leading Project Grad since 2014. Her children graduated in 2015 but she has continued to run the Project Grad ship nevertheless. She has been ably supported by a team that includes Suzie Ransom, Fidaa Shaheen, and many others. Now it is time for a new set of parents to step up! The current team will put on the June 2019 Project Graduation but now is the time to step up and shadow these folks as we look for leadership in 2019-20.

Please come to our next meeting on January 8th at 6PM in the staff lounge at PHS. Come and meet the team and see if this is a good fit for you. We want to be sure our kids continue to be safe on Grad Night!

Important Upcoming Dates

Don't forget the following dates:

Tuesday, December 11th - Principals Coffee at Aqus Cafe 9AM

Tuesday, December 11th - PAC @ 3:15pm in F6

Wednesday, December 12th - Principles of Engineering Field Trip

Wednesday, December 12th - PLN/PLC Wednesday

Wednesday, December 12th - Panaptic (Vaping/Marijuana Use Presentation in Multi (see flier)

Wednesday, December 12th - PHS FFA Cake Auction

Wednesday, December 12th - PIQE Graduation at the District Office

Thursday, December 13th - Site Council in F6 at 3:20pm

Thursday, December 13th (evening) - Carefully Wrap White Elephant Gift

Friday, December 14th - Staff Holiday Party @ Karah Estates Winery 3:30pm

Friday, December 14th - Choir Concert in Multi

Monday, December 17th - Cookies and Cram in Library

Wednesday, December 19th - FINALS 3/6

Wednesday, December 19th - PTSA Staff Luncheon

Wednesday, December 19th - Band Winter Concert

Thursday, December 20th - FINALS 4/5

Friday, December 21st - FINALS 1/2 - END OF SEMESTER

December 22nd-January 7th - WINTER BREAK

Monday, January 7th - Teacher Work Day - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

Tuesday, January 8th - PTSA 7PM

Tuesday, January 8th - Coffee With Principal at Aqus Cafe - 9AM

Wednesday January 9th - Staff PD - WASC Day

Friday, January 11th - Freshman Link Crew Assembly

Friday, January 11th - HOSA Field Trip

Petaluma Wrestling Results (from Dec 1st)

Petaluma Wrestling on Saturday December 1st and 8th

Varsity Girls Wrestling

@ Vallejo High School (Picture of the Girls Attached)

1st place 106 lbs Ameila Grevin (9th)

1st Place 111 lbs Brooklyn Shattuck (10th)

2nd Place 116 lbs Sisi Nieuboer-Bas (9th)

2nd Pace 131 lbs Kimberly Larsen (9th)

1st Place 134 lbs Logan Pomi (10th)

2nd Place 137 lbs Shalynn Baker (9th)

3rd Place 137 lbs Adriana Barjas

1st Place 160 lbs Carla Maldonado Chairez (9)

Injury Default – Madelyn Allmer

Junior Varsity Boys Wrestling

@ Vallejo High School

1st Place (Undefeated 5-0)

- 138 lbs Lukas Bettencourt

- 145 lbs Nathan Turner

- 152 lbs David Pacheco

- 160 lbs Mario Zarco

2nd Place

- 152 lbs Nick Tarca

- 170 lbs Ryan Castiglia

3rd Place

- 113 lbs Dylan Baltazar

- 126 lbs Carlos Calito-Garcia

- 138 lbs Riddick James

- 138 lbs Peter Vitali

- 160 lbs Parker Loden

- HWT Derek Honey

4th and 5th place

- 106 lbs Dylan Bianchi

- 120 lbs Zach Engler

- 132 lbs Butch Aguiar Reece

- 182 lbs Josh Byous

- 195 lbs Max Anchiraico Jamie

Injury Default – 120 lbs Collin Ferrero

Boys Wrestling at San Marin High School

Dec. 8, 2018

The team took 6th place overall at the Tournament

113 lbs Nick Trave took 3rd place

120 lbs Charles Winter took 4th place

132 lbs Dominic Butts 5th

145 lbs Liam O’Neill 2nd

145 lbs Connor Pedersen 3rd

160 lbs Colton Prieto 2nd

170 lbs Tony Vitali 4th

170 lbs Derrick Pomi 6th

Aslo wrestling was:

2-2 Mac Shattuck 2-2

1-2 Lukas Bettencourt, Daxton Hogya, Mario Zarco, Jonathan Machado

David Pacheco

Jack Santos

Dylan Bianchi

Collin Ferrero

Nathan Turner

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Super Saturday - Help at SRJC - Financial Aid

January 12Super Saturday

High school students are welcome to come to Plover Hall to get help with their applications for admission, financial aid applications, and more. Parents and guardians are welcome!

For your information, due to scheduling conflicts Senior Day which was previously scheduled for Saturday, April 27th will not be held. Instead, Student Outreach will be offering extended services during Super Saturday at the Santa Rosa Campus in January and August; other opportunities for students to get help will be announced as they become available.

Sonoma County's Educator of the Year Candidates 2018. We are proud of Mr. Dawsari!

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Trojan Live Links

Trojan Live sports coverage over the last two weeks:

Varsity Boys Basketball Season Opener vs. San Marin:

Varsity Girls Basketball Season Opener vs. Rancho Cotate:

Varsity Girls Soccer Season Opening Win vs. De Anza:

Varsity Boys Soccer vs. Roseland University Prep

Trojan Live will have continued coverage of all five Winter Sports teams throughout the season with live home games and road coverage on our Youtube channel! That includes the Boys Basketball teams game vs. Santa Rosa this Friday, the Girls Basketball team vs. Novato Saturday, and the Wrestling team's match vs. Vintage on 12/19!

Business Math and Entrepreneurship Class Produces Fabulous Holiday Market!

One of the best traditions at PHS is the Annual Holiday Market. On Thursday, December 6th, clubs and student groups sold food, holiday crafts, and other items in the ABC Wing of the school. Deb Fitch, who started the whole thing years ago, was everywhere, guiding students and ensuring everything worked correctly. Ms. Fitch reports:

"Many of the folks were raising money for made $400 and another $200 (those were a few of the ones I heard about) and I look forward to talking with my Business Math students about lessons learned:)

Thank you, Ms. Fitch, for helping the kids keep a great learning tradition going!

Outstanding performances by these amazing students last week at the Sonoma Section FFA opening Closing ceremonies contest!!!

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The EL Roadmap

One of the gradual shifts that will take place in the next decade is the move toward truly bi-literate high school students. The California English Learner Roadmap was passed by the State Board of Education in July 2017. Schools like Petaluma High are assisted with guidance to welcome, understand, and educate the diverse population of students who are English learners attending California public schools.

But the roadmap is much more than that. The vision is for English learners to fully and meaningfully access and participate in a twenty-first century education from early childhood through grade twelve that results in their attaining high levels of English proficiency, mastery of grade level standards, and opportunities to develop proficiency in multiple languages. It also means that California schools affirm, welcome, and respond to a diverse range of English learner (EL) strengths, needs, and identities. California schools prepare all graduates with the linguistic, academic, and social skills and competencies they require for college, career, and civic participation in a global, diverse, and multilingual world, thus ensuring a thriving future for California.

The work at Petaluma High has already begun. Here, Kelly Kovanis and Krista O'Connor share the Roadmap with PHS staff as we plan our work. We will share more as we continue this critical work.

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JSA Update

Over the weekend, Petaluma High Juniors States of America (JSA) attended a regional one-day conference in Benicia. Seven students attended and all enjoyed debating and discussion topics ranging from affirmative action to religious symbols on Starbucks cups.

Spirit Week at PHS! - some tired counselors on Pajama Day, and the some Pretty Ugly Sweaters!

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Athletics Roundup

Lots happening on the hardwood! The Varsity Girls sit at 4-4, defeating De Anza and Carillo, splitting with Piner, and dropping a contest to Analy. Sheriene Arikat and Cassidy Bacon have led the Trojans so far. The Trojans have four more non-league games before opening league play January 3rd hosting Vintage.

The Varsity Boys had a nice win over Windsor in the first round of the Rose City tournament this weekend. Though they dropped the next two versus Newman and Santa Rosa, the young squad (2-7) is showing signs of coming together as they look forward to league play soon. The varsity have a few more tune-ups before hosting Justin-Siena December 21st to open league play.

The Boys Varsity Soccer team sits at 1-1-2 after dropping a contest versus Roseland Prep, defeating El Molino, and drawing Analy and Healdsburg. This week, they host San Marin and Las Lomas before league play begins January 3rd at Vintage.

The Girls Varsity has roared out to a 3-0 start, giving up just one goal but scoring14. This week, they hit the road versus Terra Linda and El Cerrito before opening up the league campaign at Justin-Siena December 21st.

Below are various recent results:

High school girls basketball

Saturday, 12/1/18


Gold Rush Shootout Classic

3rd Place

Petaluma 18 12 4 15 – 49

Piner 4 3 19 7 – 33

Petaluma: Sheriene Arikat 11 (7 rebounds); Kassidy Bacon 10.

Piner: McKenna Chantha 13.

Record: Petaluma 2-2; Piner 2-4

Tuesday, 12/4/18



De Anza 11 7 10 6 – 34

Petaluma 12 15 14 18 – 59

De Anza: Zaire Brown 16.

Petaluma: Sheriene Arikat 23 (12 rb, 6 st); Kaileigh Pate 12.

Records: De Anza 2-3; Petaluma 3-2

High school boys basketball 12/4/18



Petaluma 3 10 17 13 – 43

Montgomery 8 12 14 19 – 53

Petaluma: Alexander 13, Bermundez 11

Montgomery: Rouleau 20, McKinney 12

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The Trojan Mascot sprints across the gym during last week's Winter Formal Rally!

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Winter Formal last Saturday night! It was a blast!

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