Trojan Update

January 10th, 2016

Welcome to 2016!

Hoping everyone had a rejuvenating and joyous holiday season! We are right back at it at Petaluma High School, learning and yearning for more.

There are plenty of amazing things going on, including the Marine Biology trip to Monterey (see below), the opening ceremonies for our new and revitalized gym this Saturday (see short piece below), and new and dynamic uses of technology and learning on campus. Thanks again for entrusting your children to our staff here at PHS!

Grand Ceremony for The New Gym!

Join us this Saturday evening, January 9th, for a ceremony to thank all those who helped with recreating our PHS gym. There are countless people to thank so make it a point to be there to see the Trojans take on Sonoma Valley (frosh at 4:30pm; JV at 6pm; V at 7:30). The ceremony will run between the JV and Varsity game. Come and enjoy the drumline, our amazing cheerleaders, ASB halftime show, and much more. BBQ will be available for your dining needs! Go Trojans!

Banners We Love!

Yes, we all love those championship banners, like the boys soccer team brought home this fall. But our football boys brought home another banner that we are all very proud of too. On top of an excellent season on the field, the boys are Scholastic Champs of the North Coast Section. Considering there are 176 high schools in the NCS, we can be rightfully proud of their work in the classroom as well as their talent on the field. Way to go, Trojans!
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COMING UP January Events


January 9th - PHS Gym Grand Opening

January 11th - Principal's Tour

January 11th-14th- Elective Passport Days

January 11th - PTSA @6:30pm

January 14th - Club Rush 2

January 14th - Site Council

January 14th - 8th Grade Parent Night

January 18th - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL

January 23rd - Winter Formal dance

February 25th - AP/Honors Evening (NOTE- This is a rescheduled date)

Varsity Jazz Ensemble Joins Con Brio at The Mystic!

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!

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New PHS Website

Thanks to Chris Jones and Kerry Lowell, our PHS website went in for an overhaul over the holiday break. We think you'll like the clean new look and fewer clicks to get where you need to go. Please click on the link below to check it out!

Marine Students Take Monterey!

Mr. Tacata's Marine Biology students are having a grand time in Monterey this week. He reports that..."they have toured the American Abalone farm, with tour guide, former teacher and abalone farming innovator "Johnny Abalone," who gave a wonderfully entertaining and passionate presentation on the the ins-and-outs of a working (and lucrative) shellfish business. Then they checked out the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) laboratories and were treated to a very special lecture by marine biologist and invertebrate (comb jelly and cephalopod) specialist, Dr. George Matsumoto. The MBARI campus is an unbelievable site, technologically advanced and funded through the gills by a massive Packard trust (of Hewlett & Packard fame), MBARI is easily one of the most beautiful marine labs in the world. Dr. Matsumoto and his colleague, Shannon Johnson (a former UCLA classmate of mine) gave a GREAT lecture on the latest marine science research happening at MBARI and in the Monterey Bay sub-marine canyon ecosystems. The auditorium space where we watched their lecture was absolutely gorgeous, a "futuristic feeling" lecture hall complete with state-of-the-art projection systems and a priceless panoramic 200-degree view of Monterey Bay! The lecture was a combination of unique high definition pictures and video footage that you can only see at MBARI (because they own it) and was super-entertaining as well as filled with scientific-rigor."

Thursday, they are up early to catch the whales in the bay. Mr. Tacata will post pictures and more to our website on their return. Sounds like an amazing adventure!

CAASPP Testing - Coming in April!

Just a reminder that our juniors will be taking the CAASPP test in April. This test in English and Math is important for our juniors as the EAP (Early Assessment Program) level is used to determine placement in English and Math at college. With the departure of the High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) this year, the CAASPP test for 11th graders in Math and English is essentially the only statewide barometer we have. The test scores are reflections not only of the cumulative learning for all our students over their 12 previous years of education, but specifically the cumulative learning of EACH student. The score each student earns on this test (the EAP) may be used for college placement. It may even be used at some point by post-secondary colleges and programs as one of their measures for entrance.

Please send us any questions you may have about the CAASPP test and its implications.

Wrestling Comes Out Strong

PHS Wrestling has come out of their winter preparation and are already finding great results on the mats. The team had a convincing 67-0 win versus Elsie Allen Wednesday evening, highlighted by strong showings from Eric Machado (by pin) and Cindy Diaz. In early January, the squad competed in the very competitive Pittsburg Invitational. Highlights include:

Queen of the Mat

Citlalle Caldron – 111 lbs – went 2-2 Did a great job and won some key matches.

Alyssa Archer – 116 lbs – went 2-2 Is doing a great job after a late start for the season.

Michelle Larsen – HWT went 3-0 and took First place. Michelle won a close match in the finals. She won with her good conditioning and constant pressure she put on her opponent in the finals.

Varsity Boys

132 lbs- Jack Reynolds – went 3-2 and tied for 5th place. Jack is doing great and keeps improving each week.

138 lbs – Colton Prieto – 2-2, Only losses for the weekend came to the 1 ranked wrestler in NCS from Freedom H.S. and #4 ranked NCS wrestlers from Novato H.S. Colton did a great job and is out performing his Freshman status.

JV Boys – Pittsburg H.S.

113 lbs Connor Pederson went 4-0 – took 1st place

Well done, team, and Coach Schloesser!

Ag Mechanics Harnessing Technology

A recent visit to Jake Dunn's class saw intense work in the classroom on the financial side of production. Using iPads, students worked through pricing and budgets as they look closely at production and material costs. Then the students hit the lab for some hands on work. The students are working on a wide variety of projects. All very impressive!

Crab Feed - Forewarning!

Every year, the Athletic Booster Crab Feed sells out. I often get pleading emails the week before wondering how to get in. have been forewarned! A copy of the form was emailed earlier, and a copy is below. Get your tickets early!
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Coming up: Course Selection for 2016-17

Students will be registering for their 2016-2017 courses in their English classes throughout January & February. Course forms and information can be found on the PHS website. All registration will be done online via the student's AERIES portal account. Here are some important dates:

  • January 11th-14th: Elective Passport Days - Students will be given a list of elective courses available and be able to walk around that week and visit with teachers on courses they are interested in. Trojan Connections on Thursday, January 14th will be a time to discuss what students discovered.
  • January 14th: 8th Grade Parent Night - intended for incoming freshman parents. (Counselors will be visiting PJHS earlier in the week and other feeder school shortly thereafter)
  • January 19-22: Juniors will be registering for their courses. Parent info sessions will be held in the library on Thursday, 1/21 & Friday, 1/22 from 8a-9a.
  • January 25-29: Sophomores will be registering for their courses. Parent info sessions will be held in the library on Thursday, 1/28 & Friday, 1/29 from 8a-9a.
  • February 1-5: Freshman will be registering for their courses. Parent info sessions will be held in the library on Thursday, 2/4 & Friday, 2/5 from 8a-9a.
  • Honors/AP Classes: On February 25th, we will hold an AP/Honors Evening for students and parents to learn more specific information on the AP/Honors classes that students are interested in. We will send more information on this closer to the date but please SAVE THE DATE at this time.

Testing Petaluma Air Quality: Linking With Local Technology

During the break, while many of us were out holiday shopping, an enterprising group of students from Ms. Boyes' class harnessed cutting edge technology to monitor the quality of the air in Petaluma. Linking iPhone apps with AirBeam technology developed by Sonoma Technology, students first chose locales all over Petaluma to gather air quality data. Then they brought their devices and data back to Sonoma Technology on McDowell Blvd to upload the data stream. The color coded results demonstrate that, generally, we are lucky to live in a relatively high air quality atmosphere, but that there are areas to be avoided. Students also engaged the folks at Sonoma Technology with questions about other cities (Shanghai, for example) and prospects for using this technology to monitor and curb particulate matter in the air.

Thanks to Ms. Boyes for putting it all together and the great people at Sonoma Technology for partnering with PHS!

Trojan Boys Take Down El Molino to Open League Play

With an all round dominating performance, Coach Scott Behrs was able to go deep into his bench as the Petaluma Trojan Boys ran by the El Molino Lions 68-44 to open league play. Behind 25 points from Ryan Perez and an active performance by Joey Potts (20 points), the Trojans overcame a sluggish first quarter and ran away with the game in the second half.

Below, Cheerleaders join the student section in joyfully celebrating the win!

T-Girls On the Improve

Our Trojan Girls Varsity team is making great strides as they enter league play. This week, they had a strong performance on the road over Vintage High (55-42; Baldwin 16 pts; Krist 13 pts), then followed up with a league-opening domination of El Molino on Wednesday night. Ahead is a home match up with Analy next Monday and a challenging trip over the hill to Sonoma Valley to take on the Dragons. Go Trojans!

LATE BREAKING: Trojans Roar Back to Take Down Vintage

Down by 14 in the second half, the Trojans pressed and hustled their way back into the game behind some excellent team play, some ferocious play by Joey Potts, and a critical three pointer in the closing minute by Ryan Perez. Together, it added up to a 66-63 win over Vintage (Napa). The Trojans will tote a 7-5 record into this weekend's tilt versus Sonoma in the new gym.

Mr. Brazil prepares to split atoms in Chemistry!

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