Trojan Update

November 6th, 2017

Homecoming in the Books; Streetcar Revving Up

This weekend, we rounded out our Homecoming activities, welcomed the SkillsUSA Regional Leadership conference, and raised funds for Marine Science (MarS) students at the 3rd Annual MarS Fundraising Dinner. Please take a look below at some of the happenings around PHS.

We want to draw special attention to a survey we need your help on. As we build our Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) as a district, we need your voice. Please check out the article in this update on LCAP and click, complete the survey, and add your voice.

Don't forget a special invitation to our production of A Streetcar Named Desire playing the next two weeks. Opening night is this Thursday - doors at 6:30pm, showtime at 7pm. Come see the Troy Performers' interpretation.

On a somber note, flags will be at half staff in memory of those who lost their lives in Sutherland Springs, Texas yesterday.

Volleyball Bows Out, But Leaves it All on the Floor

The Trojans volleyball team bowed out of the NCS playoffs versus a tough squad from Acalanes High last Tuesday night. The match was tight throughout and a point here or there could have made a difference. Please see the article below describing the match. A great season for the Trojans!
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Trojan Football Hitting the Road in NCS First Round

In the very competitive Division 3 North Coast Section, the Trojans have earned a 12th seed and a road trip to #5 Acalanes High School coming up on Friday, November 10th. In any other year, the Trojans 8-1 record would have meant a certain home game, but with three unbeaten teams and twelve teams over .500, the competition is stiff. By comparison, Division 2 has just 5 teams above .500 and the two top teams both sport 6-4 records.

The Trojans know they have their work cut out for them. Last week, Acalanes got by an excellent Miramonte team and the previous week handled Campolindo, the #1 seed in Division 2. But this group has a lot of heart and Coach Krist and his staff will have them ready to go.

Let's go Trojans!

Athletics Update

Athletics Look Ahead:
  • Cross Country Update coming soon (SCL Championships - November 4th; NCS Championships November 18th at Hayward High School)
  • Varsity Football - NCS First Round @ Acalanes High School - Friday, November 10th @ 7PM
  • F/JV/V Boys Basketball @ Windsor HIgh - November 15th
  • F/JV/V Boys Baskteball Hosts Alameda High School - November 18th

3rd Annual MarS Fundraising Dinner a Super Success

The MarS students and Mr Tacata did it again, putting on a well attended fundraising dinner and silent auction at the Multi Sunday evening. The sold out dinner raised thousands for students to attend the Monterey trips set for January and February. Many students were honored for the their work on the river and at the ocean, as well as during the recent fires. Way to go, MarS students!

SRJC Jump Start, UCLA Visit, and College App Help

Last week, we had a very successful day for our SRJC Jumpstart program. We had a total of 86 seniors complete their open CCC application, SRJC application, and Doyle scholarship. The next step for these students will be to take their English placement test next Wednesday, November 8th (B Day) - there will be 2 sessions, one from 9am-11am and one from 11:30am-1:30pm. Students signed up in advance today and will be sent passes to either their 4th or 5th period class to attend. Thanks to all for supporting our seniors as they continue onto their next steps in their post-secondary education!

If you are interested in SRJC, please see your counselor ASAP.

Seniors: There will be a representative from UCLA in the College and Career Center on Tuesday, November 7th at 8:00 a.m. (yes before school). If you have 0 period, Ms. Stoll will be in her office at 7:30 if you need a pass. In addition, the counseling staff and Ms. Stoll will be holding college application workshops on Tuesday, 11/7 before school, during tutorial, lunch and after school. This is crunch time, so take advantage of this great one-on-one help.

Below, students complete SRJC apps in F3.

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LCAP Surveys - Please Help!

The LCAP Survey is an important piece of the local indicators that are required for the new dashboard-school accountability system.

The survey will be open until Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. We would like to have as many parents/guardians as possible participate in the survey. The survey is available in both English and Spanish. The survey is also on the PCS website. There are hard copies in the office if you prefer or just click on the links below.

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Thank You, PEF!

A huge thank you to the Petaluma Educational Foundation and their ongoing support of PHS. We learned last week that two grant applications were successful! The first is to continue to update the PHS Strength and Conditioning facility with new equipment; the second is to update our Photography program with new digital cameras to go along with the new Mac lab that is now installed. Congratulations to Jeff Stanley and Lance Kuehne and all the students who will benefit. Thanks PEF!

Author Tillie Walden Visiting on November 14th

On November 14th, at 9AM, PHS will be hosting another author! Teachers may sign up classes to see the book talk.

Tillie Walden is an award winning graphic novelist, with a new book called Spinning. It's about coming of age, coming out, and coming to terms with change.

Here's what the reviewers are saying:

“Intimate and compelling. A quiet powerhouse of a memoir.” ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“An elegant, contemplative, and somber graphic memoir . . . A haunting and resonant coming-of-age story.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Quiet and lyrical . . . and deeply satisfying. A stirring, gorgeously illustrated story of finding the strength to follow one’s own path.” ―Booklist, starred review

Students Attend "Fulfilling the Dream" Conference

On Friday, November 3, fifty-five students from our Native Speakers and ELD classes attended the 'Fulfilling the Dream' conference at Santa Rosa Junior College, focused on supporting all students in furthering their education after high school. The students listened to key note speakers and attended workshops on financial aid, cultural and historical enrichment, and civil and immigrant rights. They toured the campus and engaged in community-building activities throughout the day. We were one of the largest high school contingents there, and were proud to see so many of our students representing Petaluma High School in such a fine way.

Thank you to our EL Team - Kelly Kovanis, Krista O'Connor, Susan Contini, and Aritza Casas-Dominguez, Giselle Ambriz-Gonzales and Alba Aragaon.

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Important Upcoming Dates

Don't forget the following dates:

  • PTSA - Monday evening, November 6th at 6PM

  • Wednesday, November 8th @9am & @11:30am (F3): SRJC English Placement Test (students will sign up in advance)

  • Thursday, November 9th - SITE COUNCIL in F6 at 3:20 PM

  • Friday, November 10th - VETERANS DAY HOLIDAY - NO SCHOOL

  • Tuesday, November 14th - PHS Showcase 9th Grade Preview Night

  • Wednesday, November 15th - PHS Science Boosters @3:30pm

  • Wednesday, December 6th @8:45am & @12:15pm (F3): Math Placement Test (students will sign up in advance)

  • Friday, December 15th: High School Concurrent Enrollment Form Deadline to counselors

PHS Science Boosters Meets on November 15th

As you may recall, we postponed our fall Science Boosters meeting due to the fires. Our new Fall meeting date will be Wednesday 11/15 starting at 3:30PM in F13. To facilitate participation we will live stream this meeting with chat option. Please complete the attached google form to help us make this meeting as accessible as possible.

Thank you for your continued support.

Linda Judah

Girls Tennis on Senior Afternoon!

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Homecoming Wrap Up

Our ASB class and Mr. Jackson and Aja put on a terrific Homecoming weekend. After the fires postponed some of the events, they went ahead with the Homecoming Queen presentation last week at Senior Night (congrats again, Grace!), then sponsored a float building day last Friday. The classes put together some amazing floats, brought in a food truck, and put on a first-class float contest after school. They all looker great! Then, the floats were taken into the gym as decorations for the Homecoming Dance Saturday night. Almost 800 guests danced the night away. Please take a look at the pictures and video from another great Homecoming. Our PHS kids have done a great job taking care of fire victims and volunteering as well as keeping school spirit rolling!

Thank you to all our ASB students, Mr. Jackson, Mr. Aja, and all the staff and parents who volunteered to chaperone!

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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!)