January 7th, 2017

Second Semester - Here We Go!

All right, everyone! Engines ready and here we go into the second semester. Hoping everyone had a good holiday break.

Sadly, we had two former PHS teachers pass away over the holiday break. Jim Giovando and Roy Lattimore were giants in their impact on students. They each made remarkable and lasting contributions for students, actions and deeds that changed kids into the adults they became. This is the same work that our current teachers do each day. Please see their obituaries below.

Other items:

  • During the next two weeks, classes and programs are promoted so that students are aware of elective options. We will send out more on registration for the 2018-19 school year this week.
  • Don't forget the Crab Feed coming up on February 3rd. See the information below
  • We are on a C Day Schedule for Monday, January 8th - see schedule below! Zero period as usual.
  • Freshman Assembly coming up on Jan 12th

Have a great first week back!

C Day Schedule (for January 8th, 2018)


0 Period 7:30-8:20

Passing Time 8:20-8:30

1st Period 8:30-9:15

Passing Time 9:15-9:25

2nd Period 9:25-10:10

Break 10:10-10:35

Passing Time 10:35-10:45

3rd Period 10:45-11:30

Passing Time 11:30-11:40

4th Period 11:40-12:25

LUNCH 12:25-1:00

Passing Time 1:00-1:10

5th Period 1:10-1:55

Passing Time 1:55-2:05

6th Period 2:05-3:00

PHS CRAB FEED Information...

Hi PHS Community –

The annual PHS Athletic Boosters Crab Feed is just around the corner and tickets are now on sale! The Crab Feed is Saturday, February 3rd at Herzog Hall on the Sonoma Marin Fairgrounds. This is the main fundraiser for the Athletic Boosters and goes directly to supporting all of our Trojan student athletes and teams.

See the flyer below for ticket sales information – tickets are a first come, first serve basis and we will sell out. Don’t wait! Crab Feed tickets make a great holiday gift!

How can you contribute to making the Crab Feed our most successful fundraiser yet?

  • Donate items to the Silent or Live Auctions
  • Every athlete is asked to donation 1 bottle of wine per sport – donations can be brought to the main office or to the Krist home – 700 Elm Drive
  • Purchase tickets & attend the event

For Ticket Sales inquiries – please contact Antoinette Butts –

For Silent or Live Auction donations – please contact Barb Brooks –

For Wine Auction donations – please contact Lori Krist –

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Thank you, Glendora!

After more than 21 years of service to Petaluma High School and to all the students who have come through, Glendora Norwood retired as of December. Glendora was a fixture at PHS, always showing her care for students. No car was safe between 2:45 and 3pm and among many things, we will miss Glendora's search for miscreant car owners and the gentle upbraiding they received. We will miss her greatly and wish her the best in her retirement. Thank you, Glendora!

Wrestling: Petaluma High School Results vs El Molino

1-3-17 Wednesday

Wrestling Results @ El Molino High School vs Petaluma High

Petaluma- 75 El Molino- 0

106 lbs Nick Trave (Pet) win by pin over Erik Dimas (Elmo)

113 lbs Cindy Diaz (Pet) win by FF (Elmo)

120 lbs Charlie Winter (Pet) win by FF (Elmo)

126 lbs Mac Shattuck (Pet) win by pin over Asher Weatherbee (Elmo)

132 lbs Dominic Butts (Pet) win by dec. 9-4 over Wyatt Ayers (Elmo)

138 lbs Connor Pedersen (Pet) win by pin over Angel Aguilar (Elmo)

145 lbs Liam O’Niell (Pet) win by pin over Nate Wheeler (Elmo)

152 lbs Curtis Goughnour (Pet) win by FF (Elmo)

160 lbs Tony Vitali (Pet) win by FF (Elmo)

170 lbs Derrick Pomi (Pet) win by pin over Coleman (Elmo)

182 lbs Chris Olvera (Pet) win by FF (Elmo)

195 lbs Fernando Marshall (Pet) win by FF (Elmo)

220 lbs Dan Decarli (Pet) win by pin over ? (Elmo)

HWT Double FF

Well done, Trojan wrestlers!

COMING SOON: Introducing ST Connect!

Friday, Jan. 12th, 8:30am

201 Fair Street

Petaluma, CA

Watch your mail for information on ST Connect, a new program for the "middle" student.

Mr. Napoli talks with Link Crew members prepping for the January 12th freshmen assembly. The Link Crew program is our link to keep our freshmen on track.

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PHS-Casa Collaboration Continues...Anglers to MarS

In the best spirit of cooperation and collaboration on behalf of PCS students, the Marine Science (MarS) program at Petaluma HIgh and the United Anglers (UACG) at Casa Grande have been working closely together this year. Please read on for more from Mr. Tacata and Mr. Hubacker:

Last month, we wrapped up "Phase 1" of our program. Between September and early-November, Dan and I met bi-weekly --either in person or on the phone-- to plan the following:

  • Dan gave a 4-hour Salmonid Biology course to 21 MarS students at the Fishery
  • Dan's Advanced EnCR class came to PHS to give both MarS sections two 90-minute lessons on net-trapping and capture techniques
  • Tacata ran two after-school salmonid ID review sessions to prep the 21 MarS participants for the NMFS Salmonid ID exam (taken at the fishery) - all 21 students passed!
  • And Dan ran a final "net containment and skirmish line" training for the MarS kids at the Fishery right before the weekend of our UA and MarS fundraising dinners/silent auctions

In addition to transporting students to and from the Fishery, all MarS students had sufficient gear (waders, boots, head lamps, etc - we purchased gear for students who needed financial assistance) and set up a "Remind" phone tree to make sure they could get location and time updates for upcoming trapping events (I get info from Hubacker and relay it to MarS kids, usually the evening before or morning of a trapping event... kids are always "on call").

And, finally, between 11/17 and 12/17, PHS MarS students joined UACG students out on the Petaluma River Watershed for over a dozen salmon trap-tag-and-release events... It was an amazing experience for both UACG and MarS students as our students worked together to protect and conserve our native wildlife. I can tell you right now: this experience changed the lives of several of our students and it was worth all the work, the money, and the time Dan and I put into it. We couldn't be happier :)

This February, Dan and I will be rolling out "Phase II" of our collaboration: a couple of UACG students will join us on our February Monterey Expedition and, with help from our head counselors, we will start cross-enrolling our qualified (current) juniors into our EnCR and MarS programs for the 2018-19 school year. Later in March, Dan's Advanced EnCR class will be joining us at PHS for a 6 lesson joint Ichthyology unit and shark dissection... Tacata will be on stage for this one and I'm looking forward to it :)

We're excited to continue providing our kids with expanded opportunities for growth and learning and we will keep you all up-to-date with our struggles and successes... It's going to be an exciting New Year for our students and our programs and we're looking forward to continuing this wonderful collaboration.

Please check out the latest video capturing the work.

UGCA/PHS MarS Collaboration 2017


-Phil and Dan

Athletics Update

There has been a tremendous number of athletic contests over break. From the sounds of things, all teams are looking good heading into league play. Friday night, the Trojan Boys rolled to victories over El Molino basketball and our wrestlers have been having a good showing. In the next update, we will send more specific updates. Please come on out and support the student athletes when we are at home. (see our athletics page for schedules:

Human Trafficking Film and Panel - january 8th

From Jennifer Pritchard regarding human trafficking:

Happy New Year. As many of you know, I have spent the last 6 months collaborating with the Petaluma Police Department and the Sonoma County Human Trafficking Task Force to bring HT education to Petaluma. The event listed below is for everyone!! We need business owners, educators, health professionals, parents and especially teenagers to come learn about the real facts on human trafficking in our area. If you can spot it, you can report it!!!

Come join us on January 10th at the Mystic Theater ( 6:30pm -8:30pm) for a FREE movie and panel of experts for Q&A. First come first serve - minors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

I know the topic feels yucky and we cannot imagine it happening here, however, did you know that we have hidden “HT locations” in Petaluma? Did you know that the media myths about “What human trafficked people look like” keep you thinking about stereotypes and missing the HT in our city? If we collectively understand what to look for we can reduce this crime. I have 400 free seats to fill at the theater.

Any exposure or support you can give this event on your media sites is WELCOMED!! :)

Event panelist include:

Maya Babow Anti trafficking advocate and survivor -Local woman.

Sonoma County District Attorney -Brain Stable

Verity Health

Polly Klaas

Mentor Me Petaluma

Crossing the Jordan

Petaluma Police Department

Sonoma Advocates for Youth

Please see the preview of the film below.

High School Video Award for Friends of the River

This is a great opportunity for interested students to have their work before a public audience. All winning videos will be featured on the Friends' website and shared through our social media outlets. The 1st place video will be shown at our annual Student Showcase and will air before summer movies at the Petaluma Movie Theater.

We hope that you will encourage your students to participate or even consider folding the award into your curriculum for Spring semester.

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Important Upcoming Dates

Don't forget the following dates:

  • Monday, January 8th - First Day of Second Semester - C Day (all periods including Zero)

  • Monday, January 8th - Athletic Boosters 7PM

  • January 9-12 MarS to Monterey Trip #1

  • January 12th - Link Crew Assembly

  • January 15th - MLK Jr Day - NO SCHOOL

  • January 16th - PAC Meeting 3:15pm

  • January 18th - Club Rush #2

  • January 18th - Site Council

  • January 19th - HOSA Field Trip

  • January 20th - Winter Formal

  • January 24th - PEF Scholarship Application Deadline

Coming Soon...

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The Princess Project - Prom Dresses

My name is Alisa, and I’m a long-time volunteer with The Princess Project: a nonprofit organization that provides free prom dresses and accessories to teens who would otherwise be unable to attend their event. Founded in 2002, we serve more than 5,000 teens each prom season at five locations across California—including our newest location in Sonoma County!

Teens often tell us that they learned about The Princess Project through a teacher, guidance counselor, or club moderator. And that’s why I’m writing to you today: we need your help getting the word out to your students!

Dress giveaways

Getting a dress is simple. Teens make an appointment online to attend a dress giveaway in late March. Dress giveaways will be held at our pop-up shop in the Petaluma Village Premium Outlets (space 800, next to Oshkosh B’gosh). Online sign-ups will begin in late February and teens can access the sign-up form at our website.

When teens arrive for their appointment, fairy godmothers will help them pick out dresses to try on and make their selection.Our dresses come in all colors, sizes, and shapes—short and long, frilly and sleek, bedazzled and simple. And we’re not kidding about “all sizes”: we stock XS to 5X and every size in between.

Requirements for participation

All teens need for admission to a dress giveaway is a valid high school ID and a signed participation waiver (which will be provided during the online sign-up process). They can also bring one guest to help them shop.

Promotion suggestions

Educators have shared information on The Princess Project in daily announcements and school newspaper articles and ads. They’ve also hung flyers in common areas and distributed them during homeroom and club meetings. If you would like copies of our flyers, please contact us and we will email or mail them to you.


If you have questions about The Princess Project or the dress giveaways, please visit our web site for more information or send us an email.

Thank you in advance for helping us serve Sonoma County teens!

Alisa Sharp

Co-Founder, The Princess Project Sonoma County


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!)