PHS Update

March 27th, 2017

Back we go...

It's time to shake off the rain and head back to a sunny week with spring really in the air. Hope everyone had a great break. I know a few of you have had some medical issues to overcome so here's hoping better, brighter days are ahead.

I have included some of the news from Spring Break below but will gather more tomorrow. A parent update will go out tomorrow night so if you had students involved in something over the break, please send me a summary of your trip. Thank you to all of you who shepherded students over Spring Break and gave up some well deserved RnR to be with the kids. A possibly incomplete list includes Ms. Judah, Mr. Dunn, Ms. Arntz, Ms. Parlato, Ms. Smith, Ms. Greeson, and Ms. Maya. Thank you!

I included some PHS in the news articles, including a great story on Wayne Street Jr. and the Street legacy, an article on the 2012 Little Leaguers all grown up, and a piece on teacher effectiveness that Connie shared. Also take a peek at the NorthBay CUE Spring Fling April 1st.

This week, we are getting ready for CAASPP testing and getting these students on the right foot to start the final push for end of year. Have a great week!

Sianna DeCarli and Juliana Bertolucci named to All-Empire Volleyball

Petaluma Youth Commission Sponsoring Job Fair at PHS

The Petaluma Youth Commission is partnering with us to put on a job/career fair coming up on Friday, April 14th at lunch. This will offer students a chance to meet with potential employers, practice interviewing, and possibly get hired for summer work or beyond. More details will be sent on after Spring Break.

Check out two PHS Grads in the North Bay Business Journal's 40 under 40... Andrew Fishman ('05) and Stephem McNeil (07')

Trojans Take Rabinovitz Title

For the second year in a row, the Trojan Varsity baseball team took home the Rabinovitz Tournament played over Spring Break. The Trojans dominated play, winning all three games, rapping 37 total hits and giving up just one run. The eight team field was a strong one, accenting the great performance by the boys. Teams included Analy, Montgomery, Northgate, Petaluma, Piner, Sonoma Academy, Ukiah and Windsor.

A great way to head toward league play. Go Trojans!

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FFA Has a Busy Spring Break!

We had a busy but productive break!

It started off with a great day at Merced College! Congrats to Kelsey Martin and Courtney King for placing in the top 5 of their contests, Farm Records and Livestock! Also congrats to those teams who placed 2nd and 4th respectively. Ag. Mechanics continues to learn each contest!

Then we travelled to Scotia for our spring regional meeting where we had four students compete in the regional speaking finals with Amanda King taking 5th place in the Impromptu contest.

Eight students earned their State FFA degrees, and three students were recognized as regional proficiency winners. Clayton Arntz will be representing us as a state finalist in Dairy Production Placement.

This past Saturday, we traveled to Modesto Junior College and took home first place in Dairy Cattle Judging and Farm Business Management, with Kelsey Martin taking the high individual in Farm Business!!! Our Livestock team placed 5th and Ag. Mechanics placed 15th out of 35 teams with a fourth place in electrical wiring skills.

We wrapped up break today with Market Steer weigh in for the Sonoma County Fair as well as working the California Artisan Cheese Festival.
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Ashland Shakespeare Festival Trip 2017

Ms. Smith, Mrs. Maya, and Ms. Greeson took 19 PHS students to Ashland, Oregon from Wednesday, March 15th to Friday, March 17th to experience the world of Shakespeare and theatre at the Ashland Shakespeare Festival. Our bus ride was smooth and timely getting us to Ashland around 2:00 pm. After settling in at the hotel, the group took a quick walking tour of the downtown area and then explored until it was time to change for dinner and our first play, Shakespeare in Love. The actors and set were fantastic to say the least, and this play kept the audience captivated and laughing through its entirety. This was clearly the favorite of the plays we had the pleasure of watching.

On Thursday, we had an early breakfast and then hopped on the bus to travel the few miles to Southern Oregon University for a campus tour. We wanted the students to see what a college campus is like and what it offers. Our tour guides, both in knee braces, cheerfully led us around the campus of just over 6,000 students. We learned some secrets about SOU and even toured the campus housing. After the tour the group was able to browse the bookstore. Even if none of the students choose to attend or apply to SOU, we wanted them to see what college life is like and a chance to learn that not all colleges offer the same things. Our hope was that the students will now have something to think about if they tour other college campuses in the future. (We are attaching a group picture from our tour for you)

After the tour we headed back to downtown for a Prologue that gave us a background of our matinee, Julius Caesar. We learned what we will be seeing on stage as well as character motivation behind the action. This portayal of Julius Ceaser was set in modern times and was staged on a minimalistic yet impactful set. Intense and bloody, this play was classic Shakespeare at its finest. After the play, we sat down in the lobby, and waited for the actor who played Brutus' loyal servant to come speak to the group about the play and his own acting career.

The last play of the trip was Mojada, a modern telling of Medea set in east LA. The set for this play was detailed and intricate. What started out as a laughter-filled comedy soon turned dark with the realities of family secrets and bad decisions. This play was the most shocking for the audience, and by the end of the play most of us were left speechless and covered in chills.

Before heading home on Friday, we were taken behind the scenes by one of the production managers to experience rehearsal rooms and got the inside scoop on how OSF runs their busy schedule so smoothly. The tour was a fantastic way for us all to further deepen our love of theatre and the magic of the stories.

This trip was an excellent experience for all who came and many students have already asked what we're seeing next year. For those interested, we will be seeing Sense and Sensibility, Othello, and Destiny of Desire. We can't wait for next year and look forward to sharing the experience with students again. Thank you to all if those who joined us this year and to all the parents who supported their student's desire to join the fun.

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Bite of Reality for Seniors April 6th

As part of our economics curriculum, teachers Wayne Street, Kim Arntz, and Andrew Aja will again partner with Redwood Credit Union for a personal finance lesson called Bite of Reality. This is a great opportunity for seniors to gain familiarity with budgeting before graduating from PHS. Students experience the basics costs of necessities like transportation, housing, clothes, etc , a small dose of what "reality" is like.

Thank you to our community partner, Redwood Credit Union. The program will run on Thursday April 6th in the library from 8:45 to 10:30.

CAASPP and CAST Testing Coming Soon!

Just a reminder that CAASPP Testing for 11th graders and science (CAST) testing for 10th graders will be coming up in mid April. Remember that the 11th grade CAASPP test is essentially the EAP (Early Assessment Program). Strong results on this test are used to exempt students from certain college courses, allowing them to move more swiftly into their major concentration. Please email Mr. Stirrat or Ms. Richardson directly with any questions about this testing. Further specific details will be provided after Spring Break. (We know we all need a break first!)

HOSA STATE leadership conference

Linda took a merry group of students to Sacramento during Spring Break. These teams competed alongside more than 100 programs across the state and performed admirably. Linda will probably add more details, but I do want to point out how great it is that we have teachers who spend their break helping students compete and show what they know. Thank you, Linda!

Two great workshops facilitated by Petaluma City School librarians - check them out!

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A full slate of athletics is coming up. Please check the PHS website (linked in this newsletter) or click the link below...

Results and features on other spring sports including track, lacrosse, baseball, badminton, softball and swimming coming next issue!

You can always follow us on Twitter @PetalumaHS for the latest sports and news updates or visit and click on Athletics.

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March 27.....Classes Resume
March 29.....PLC Meeting


April 3.....Principal Tour, 1pm
April 4.....Community Achievement Awards, 7pm
April 4.....PAC, 3pm
April 5.....Staff Meeting, 2:30pm
April 6.....Band and Choir to Disneyland,
April 6.....Tech Committee Meeting, 3:15pm
April 11.....Board Meeting, 6pm
April 12.....PEF Scholarship Night, 7pm
April 13.....End of Grading Period,
April 13.....School Site Council, 3:30pm
April 17.....ASB Elections

Aqus Parent Coffee, every second Tuesday

Tuesday, March 28th, 9:30-10:30am

189 H Street

Petaluma, CA

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

AP Exam Registration Due March 17th

A friendly reminder to parents that registration for AP exams is due by 3pm on March 17th to Ms. Jacobsen. If you have misplaced your form, please go to Counseling for a copy. You can also go to the site, scroll down for the AP registration form, print and bring in.