PHS Update

April 1, 2019

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Talon Lee Offenbach was born 3/30/2019! 7lbs 12oz. Everyone is happy and healthy!

Yay, Offenbachs!

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!)


Already? Here we are, just 60 calendar days from the end of 2018-19 school year. Of all the months at school, April feels perhaps the busiest. Taking a look at the calendar below will give you an idea of what's to come.

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.

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PHS has 14 State FFA Degree Recipients!

The State Future Farmers of America Degree program is the highest degree awarded to students in the California FFA Association. In order to receive this degree, students must complete an application and checklist, which states they have earned or invested a minimum of $1,000 and spent at least 500 hours on their SAE projects. They must also complete 25 hours of community service and participate in FFA activities above the chapter level. This prestigious degree is awarded to only 3 percent of all California FFA members. This year, Petaluma High School’s FFA program has 14 students receiving their State Degrees. Congratulations to Audrey Arntz, Hayley DeMartin, Emma Diaz, Andy Ghirardelli, Alejandro Gutierrez, Danielle Horick, Mia Lage, Kody Petrucci, Olivia Poncia, Amanda Rocha, Melissa Rocha, Rachel Spaletta, Luke Stafford, John Vosseler and Joe Yerion on a job well done.

Health Career Volunteer?

Mrs. Judah is looking for some parent volunteers with a background in healthcare to serve as judges for our BCH Health Careers projects. I will need judges on Wednesday May 29 from 10:50-12:45 and Friday May 31 from 8:30-10:25. If you can help out please let Mrs. Judah know ASAP. Its easy duty and lots of fun!

Keeping Our Professional Learning Communities Humming

A few years ago, we invested time in becoming a PLC school. The Professional Learning Community model encourages staff to connect and collaborate on curriculum design and delivery, and critically, to develop common formative assessments to ensure that the learning is equivalently strong in all classes.

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).

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 - 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 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

"What Teens Need to Know about Money" is Saturday, April 13, 12-1:30 pm. Details and sign up at

Thank you again for your support.

Diana Spaulding
Teen & Adult Services Librarian
Petaluma Regional Library (Sonoma County Library)
New email:
707-763-9801 x0713

HOSA Team Attend State Convention

Ms. Judah took a team of students to the California State Health Occupations of America annual convention last week. The students enjoyed their time at the Sacramento Convention Center and learning more about careers in health!

Teacher Spotlight: Jessi Redfield

Jessi Redfield has made a home at Petaluma High. In her few short years at the school, she has become an important member of the PHS staff. She is primarily an English teacher, but two years ago, she also took on the production of the Trojan Tribune newspaper. Her students have thrived under her direction and the community looks forward to each edition of the paper.

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!

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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:

Congratulations, Kevin!

Manufacturing and Engineering Students Visit Keysite

Mr. Sunia organized a visit this week for students in the manufacturing and engineering pathway. Joined by counselors Megan McClelland and Jenna Parisi, the group toured the Keysite facility, learning about the growth of the industry in Sonoma County and the opportunities ahead.

Led by Ms. Lowell, Ms. Fitch and Mr. Napoli, PHS staff continue the self-reflection work as part of our WASC accreditation process.

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Principal Stirrat to Present at ASU-GSV

After three and a half years of study and collaboration, Mr. Stirrat is nearing the completion of a dissertation through UC Davis. The main focus of the dissertation is students of poverty and their transition into post-secondary school. He will have the opportunity to share his ideas and findings with educators and technology leaders at the Arizona State University-Global Silicon Valley conference in San Diego next week. Thanks for all the support from staff and others during this journey.
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Athletics RoundUp

PHS Softball is off to a fast start in the early going of the season. including wins over Tam, Redwood, Analy and Montgomery. They did have a setback versus American Canyon this weekend, but expect to bounce back this coming week. The weather looks like it will be challenging but hopefully the girls will have a chance to add to their 6-1 record.

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.