April 9th, 2018
Kaden Gets Well-Deserved Top Billing!
- Please review the item below on Open House. After much discussion with different folks, we propose canceling Open House. However, I have included three specific locations where presentations of some kind will occur. Please review those and the times that are listed (Susan, Lee, Jae, Jonathan, Jennifer, Lance) and email me directly with changes. If you plan to present and are not listed, let me know. This has NOT YET been sent to parents but will go out Monday evening.
- We would like to meet as briefly as possible on Wednesday (PLN/PLC) in the Library to review feedback on bell schedule and make final decision. 2:20pm in the Biblioteca!
- Some of you have heard the sad news about Joey Cagle who attended PHS through 2012. Please see the obituary below. Services are set for Friday, April 13th with a celebration of life to follow at the Mystic Theater from 1-5pm.
- Calendar meeting for interested parties Tuesday at lunch in the Principal's Conference Room.
- Thank you to Kevin and Andrew for their hard work on a fun night at Mr GQ. Well done, ASB!
GQ Recap and Important Open House Information - Please Read Carefully!
A fun evening Saturday night where ASB and some enterprising boys put on a terrific Mr. GQ show. The event raised money for various charities through the Mr. Popularity Contest, and for the the Senior Class as a whole to offset prom costs.
After some great performances, interesting talents and revealing interview segments, including a sax performance (Gabe Jardine), a visit from President Trump (Michael Baribault), a piano performance (Brandon Kwan), and an original rap (Aidan Mansoulos), the eventual Mr. GQ 2018 winner was crowned as Northwestern-bound AJ Shaheen. AJ's electric turn as Jimi Hendrix and creative use of the watermelon seemed to turn the judge's eye. Check out the Trojan Live feed for more video and see a couple of highlights below.
For the last couple of years, we have been discussing Open House and whether we should alter things. Parent attendance trails off, particularly at the junior and senior level. In speaking with some parents and staff members, there were many who suggested a targeted approach. We invite parents to come to PHS for many different reasons and we want to be sure your time is respected. So...we have decided to cancel the general Open House set for April 19th. However, there will still be the following targeted opportunities to attend that evening:
- Physical Science portfolio viewing in F15 and F16 between 3:30-6:30pm
- Art Expo in the E-Wing - Ms. Tillinghast, Knox and Kuehne - 5-7pm
- Principles of Engineering presentation in F9 - 5-7pm
We are also planning an open house of a different sort in May to show the public the new Ellison Field and update the progress on the swimming pool and PHS Weight Training Center. Details on this coming soon!
Walk Audit - Community Meeting:
You are invited to attend a community meeting to go over survey results from a recent Walk Audit of the PHS area. Eco2School is collaborating with the city of Petaluma to look at transportation issues around the campus. Come by the PHS Library at 6pm!
Please read on for other highlights from the past week and what is ahead.
Have a great week!
CAASPP Testing Continues This Week!
For more specific information, click the link below:
HOSA State Leadership Conference - Great News!
Way to go, HOSA Team and Ms Judah for all her work getting them there!
Important Counseling Info: Online Courses + SRJC Summer
If your student is either currently enrolled in an online class or considering one for next school year, please keep the following things in mind. Online classes taken outside of PHS are not monitored by counselors or any PHS staff, so it is the responsibility of the parents to monitor work and progress towards completion. For seniors, classes should be finished up by Friday, May 18th (including taking the final) so that there is time to have the work graded and a final transcript sent to the counseling department. Please remember that online classes are not great for everyone's learning styles and sometimes even bright students struggle in an online environment. When classes are taken through PHS directly, we are able to provide more support via the teachers and the counselors, and when it comes to AP classes, the teachers are trained to prepare the students for the AP tests in the spring and the curriculum is supported through college board. Although online appeals to many, it is important to consider your student's individual needs and make sure that the plan is communicated to your student's counselor.
SRJC Summer info:
It now that SRJC plans to offer its regular slate of summer school offerings. Please see below for information on summer and fall registration. There is also a NY Times article from last week that may be of interest beneath this.
If you are interested in taking a SRJC class in summer 2018 or fall 2018? The schedule is available now and concurrent registration forms are due to SRJC BEFORE students can register. Registration starts Thursday, April 26th. Please review the steps to enroll in a SRJC Class:
- Look at online schedule: https://classes.santarosa.edu/
- Create an online SRJC account and get Student ID# (9 digit number)
- Complete concurrent enrollment form and get ALL required signatures
- Take any placement tests needed for prerequisite (English, Math, Science & Language classes): https://assessment.santarosa.edu/
- Turn form into SRJC Admissions & Records BEFORE you register
- Register online during priority registration
- Show counselor proof of registration
Big Upset for Trojans over Serra!
A drizzily Thursday afternoon turned into bright sunshine for the varsity Trojans in a big upset win over highly ranked Serra High School of San Mateo. After some tense early innings led to a 1-1 tie by the top of the 4th, things looked bleak. The Padres had the bases loaded with none out. But Blake Buhrer produced a strike out, a ground ball for a force out at home, then induced a pop-up down the right field line that was hauled in by a diving UC Davis-bound Porter Slate. Then in the bottom of the inning, the Trojans put up three runs of their own behind a Lewis home run and some line drives strung together. Though the Padres found three runs of their own to tie it up later on, big Sam Brown caught some lightning and sent a two-run shot over the fence for a 6-4 lead. Danny Marzo ended up with the win and the Trojans had another shining moment from an already glittering season.
Coming up is some serious home cookin' with the next five contests at the home diamond. The first in that series is teh Analy Tigers on Tuesday, followed by the Lions of El Molino on Friday. The Trojans (6-4-1, 1-1) are looking to continue the hot stretch!
Varsity Tennis Cruises by Casa, now 4-1
The coming week is a big one. The Trojans have four consecutive matches starting with a visit from Analy on Monday. By week's end, the squad will have a good idea where they stand in league. Go Trojans!
In their third SCL dual meet, both the Boys and Girls teams continued their winning ways, defeating the El Molino Lions in a rainy swim meet. Final score for the Girls was a convincing 120-46; while the Boys produced a solid 93-64 victory.
Trojan swimmers with two wins included Shae Whaley in the Girls 50 Free and 100 Backstroke; Ana Larson in the Girls 100 Butterfly and 100 Breaststroke; and Cooper Woods in the Boy’s 100 Butterfly and 500 Freestyle. For the Girls, Emma Deen, Abagail Kreutz, Aurora Beaumond, and Sunshine Sather all had first place finishes, as did Matthew Neufeld and Gavin Newell for the Boys. Petaluma’s depth was on display as 28 different Trojan swimmers scored individual or relay points.
The Boys remain undefeated in SCL competition at 3-0 and the Girls improved to 2-1. Next Thursday 4/12, the Trojan swimmers head for Healdsburg to face the ‘Hounds. The meet will begin at 4:00 P.M. at the Healdsburg Swim Center.
Important Upcoming Dates
Don't forget the following dates:
April 9th - Legal Studies Field Trip to Alcatraz
April 11th - PLN/PLC Staff Development
April 11th - PEF Scholarship Night
April 12th - End of Grading Period
April 12th - Site Council
April 12th - Walk Audit Community Meeting in Library @6PM
April 12-15th - PHS Band and Choir Trip to New Orleans
April 14th - PHS Wildlife Museum Pasta Feed
April 18th - PLC Day - Staff Development
April 19th - Physical Science portfolios - 3:30-6:30p;
April 19th - Art Expo 5-7pm in E Building
April 19th - Principles of Engineering 5-7pm in F9
April 19-22 - Skills USA Field Trip + Marine Science Field Trip
April 23-25 - State FFA Convention
April 25th - Staff Meeting
April 26th - Community Achievement Awards
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!)