April 1, 2019
We should also pat Kevin Jackson on the back for applying and being chosen by the NEH (see article below).
This week, we have a department Wednesday. Don't forget the Neon Dance Saturday night and the Wildlife Museum pasta feed the same night.
Have a great week! (The update below will go out to parents at 11am tomorrow. If you have something to add, please email by 10am. Thanks!)
In this update, check out highlights on HOSA, our athletics roundup, and our staff PLC workshops. Also note a huge honor for Kevin Jackson from the NEH, a feature on Jessi Redfield, and news from FFA. Two dances coming up - the Neon Dance (4/6) and the BSA Dance (4/13). CAASPP testing will begin next week.
Try to stay dry this week. Spring can't be far away! Have a great week.
PHS has 14 State FFA Degree Recipients!
Health Career Volunteer?
Keeping Our Professional Learning Communities Humming
In the last month, we have been reinvesting in this model, sending three teams to PLC workshops in San Francisco. Two teams - the Math at Work PLC with Tim Kanneld and the Overcoming the Achievement Gap workshop with Dr. Anthony Muhammed have already occurred, with one more team set to go to a Leadership themed workshop in April. This recommitment to this work is an important part of staff development at PHS, reminding us why we do what we do and how to always work toward incremental improvement. We will highlight these trainings as we continue our WASC reflection (see below).
Brainstorming at the workshop
Math PLC at Work - McHugh, Rolle, Baldwin, Granger, Franklin and Stirrat
Ms. Warin, Ms. Ruzick, AP Kriss, Dr. Muhammed, Ms. O'Connor, Ms. Cree, and Ms. Kovanis
Important Upcoming Dates
Don't forget the following dates:
April 1st - Biology Field Trip
April 1st - PTSA Meeting
April 2nd - Project Grad meeting at 7PM
April 3rd - Department Meeting
April 4th - FFA Chapter Meeting
April 6th - PHS Wildlife Museum Pasta Feed/Silent Auction
April 6th - NEON Dance
April 8th - Principals Tour
April 8th-April 26th - CAASPP Testing
April 10th - WASC Wednesday
April 10th - PEF Scholarship Evening
April 11th - END OF 5TH GRADING PERIOD
April 11th - Site Council at 3:20pm in F6
April 11-15th - Band/Choir Trip to Disneyland
April 11th - Community Achievement Awards at PHS Gym
April 12th - SRJC We The Future Conference
April 13th - BSA Dinner Dance
April 16th - Coffee With the Principal @ 9AM at Aqus Cafe
April 16th - Ag Field Trip
April 17th - PLC Wednesday
April 22nd - Spanish 3 Field Trip
April 22nd - Scholarship Recognition Night
April 22nd - Athletic Boosters
April 23rd - Bodega Bay Field Trip - MarS
April 24th - WestSide Band Festival
April 24th - Staff Meeting
April 25-28th - SkillsUSA State Convention
April 27-30th - FFA State Convention
April 29th - MarS Parent Orientation
April 30th - Coffee With the Principal @ 9AM at Aqus Cafe
May 6th-17th - AP Testing
May 26th - Senior Prom at Bentley Reserve
May 31st - Last Day of School
June 1st - Graduation 10AM
Teen Life Hacks at the Petaluma Public Library
We're excited to offer several events in our Teen Life Hacks series this semester that are designed to meet the practical needs of teens in 7th-12th grades, including teens feeling stressed about jobs, money, and life in general. Thank you for publicizing these Petaluma Library events with students and families, and encouraging students to attend!
"Stress Relief Toolkit for Teens" is Saturday, Feb. 23 at 12-1:30 pm. Psychologist Rachael Newman will help teens recognize and manage stress in healthy and creative ways. Sign up at https://sonomacounty.libcal.com/event/4987599. This workshop has earned positive reviews from students who attended previous sessions. A bilingual color handout is attached.
"You're Hired! Getting and Keeping a Job for Teens" is Saturday, March 30, 12-1:30 pm. Details and sign up at https://sonomacounty.libcal.com/event/4987655.
"What Teens Need to Know about Money" is Saturday, April 13, 12-1:30 pm. Details and sign up at https://sonomacounty.libcal.com/event/4987615.
Thank you again for your support.
Teen & Adult Services Librarian
Petaluma Regional Library (Sonoma County Library)
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HOSA Team Attend State Convention
Teacher Spotlight: Jessi Redfield
Jessi is a former Cal Golden Bear where she studied English literature. She brings that powerful learning to her students every day. But she is much more than that to her "A2 Crew." She is someone who listens and empathizes with students as they make their way through the high school journey. We are lucky to have Ms. Redfield with us at PHS!
Kevin Jackson Selected for National Endowment of Humanities
Kevin Jackson, Petaluma High School Social Science and ASB advisor, has been selected as an NEH Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of 32 summer seminars and institutes supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Endowment is a federal agency that, each summer, supports these enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities, and cultural institutions so teachers can study with experts in humanities disciplines.
Kevin will participate in an institute entitled
"The First Amendment and 21st Century America: A Summer Institute for K-12 Teachers." The 1-week program will be held at the The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pa and directed by Bruce Allen Murphy, PhD, the Fred Morgan Kirby Professor of Civil Rights at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania.
The 30 teachers selected to participate in the program each receive a stipend of
$1200.00 to cover their travel, study, and living expenses.
Topics for the 20 seminars and institutes offered for teachers this summer include:
Manufacturing and Engineering Students Visit Keysite
Led by Ms. Lowell, Ms. Fitch and Mr. Napoli, PHS staff continue the self-reflection work as part of our WASC accreditation process.
Principal Stirrat to Present at ASU-GSV
Baseball dropped their first two games to very good competition, including an extra innings loss to section #1 ranked Marin Catholic. Since then, the Trojans have got hot, running off six straight, including impressive wins at Redwood, Tam, and Vacaville, and a home win versus rival Casa Grande. They too will have to battle weather to get in games versus American Canyon on Wednesday and also-hot Sonoma Valley on Friday.
High school badminton
Petaluma 12, Napa 3
Boys singles:Cole Yang (P) d. Miguel Leon 21-10, 21-12, Girls Singles: Chelsea Pascual (N) d. Aylin Ayala Gallardo 21-6, 21-6 , Boys doubles: Mikie Ayala-Anton Horvath (P) d. Joe Lee-Miguel Leon 21-11, 21-7, Girls doubles: Chelsea Pascual- Elina C.(N) d. Penny Reynolds-Abbey Deen 21-7, 21-15, Mixed doubles: Matt Corda-Abby Deen (P) d. Bella Pineda-Cody Jones 21-12,21-15.
Record: Petaluma 1-0
Girls LAX dropped a game versus rival Casa last week and Justin this weekend. They sit at 2-5 (1-4) in the young season. The boys are 3-3 (2-0) with a nice win over University and two early league wins.
Reports on tennis, track, and swimming next time.