May 27th, 2019
School is (Almost) Out for Summer!
Happy Memorial Day, everyone. I hope you had a chance to be with family and recognize the service of our men and women who have served the country.
We had a wonderful Prom on Sunday evening with the Class of 2019 enjoying each other's company one more time before graduation. (see pics below)
Tuesday, we anticipate a shortage of seniors, but will see them all for finals on Wed, Thur and Fri. (see Finals Schedule below in "Important Dates"). For seniors, the Ice Cream Social will start at 1pm on Friday in the Quad. There, students will also pick up graduation cards, then head into the Multi at 2pm for graduation practice. The following morning (Saturday), graduating seniors should meet in the Multi at 9AM in caps and gowns. Should be a beautiful day to graduate!
As you may know by now, Kelly Kriss, one of our assistant principals, is heading over to Petaluma Junior High School this fall to assume the principal duties. We are very excited for her and also for PHS; having someone who knows the full program at PHS running the ship at the junior high will make for much improved articulation and transition for students.
I am also excited about the hiring of Justin Mori as principal next year at PHS. I have known Justin through our work as principals and in the VVAL. He is experienced and understands the principal's role. He is a former Trojan (class of '94) and I know he will carry on the terrific work of our staff at PHS. I will be working with Justin after graduation to be sure he has all the information he needs to open the 2019-20 school year.
During the summer, most if not all of the campus will be painted (something that is sorely needed!) We have also been working with the district on the design of some additional classrooms on campus to accommodate some possible growth, as well as a proposed "field house" for wrestling adjacent to the gym. Petaluma High will always be adjusting and iterating as she caters to the next set of fabulous students.
As always, Go Trojans! It's been an honor to be your principal. See you all at Graduation 2019!
A Fabulous Prom 2019!
Eilleen Marshall - Classified Member of the Quarter!
Eileen is one of many amazing classified members who truly are the backbone of what we do at Petaluma High. Congratulations to Eileen, and thank you and happy summer to all our classified members!
PHS Swimming Finishes Strong!
from Eric Hoffman:
Petaluma High School Girls Swimming’s representation at the North Coast Section Swimming and Diving Championships grew from a single swimmer in 2018 to two individual swimmers and a relay team in 2019.
Junior Ana Larson returned in the 100 Breaststroke and was joined in the event by freshman Katie Honey. Larson posted a 1:07.53 to finish 19th in the field of 40. Honey swam a 1:08.79 to finish 32nd.
The two breaststrokers were joined on Petaluma’s 200 Medley Relay team by sophomore Abby Kreutz and freshman Sasha Andrews. They finished 39th at 1:56.84. That time bettered the school record that stood at the start of the 2019 season by almost five seconds but was two seconds slower than the new school record established by the same four swimmers at the VVAL Championship Meet the week before of 1:54.80.
Every year, the North Coast Section Swimming and Diving Championships is one of the fastest high school swim meets in the country. Just qualifying is an accomplishment, but the Trojan Lady swimmers are not satisfied with just making the field. They are confident that they will return in 2020, in greater number, and make a run at the top 16 in their respective events, with a chance to swim in the finals.
Mr. Brazil has been working hard with the DMI Club. Many of the club members have worked very hard and sacrificed many Thursdays and Mondays after school. Shannon Lessard, an SSU student completed her senior research project with our DMI Club, and our students represented PHS at SSU's Senior Project Night last month.
Together, they built a hands-on sandbox exhibit combined with 3D visualization applications, originally created by researchers at UC Davis. The sand is augmented in real-time with an elevation color map, topographic contour lines, and simulated water. The project combines 3D visualization applications with a hands-on sandbox exhibit to teach earth science concepts. The augmented reality (AR) sandbox allows users to create topography models by shaping real sand, which is then augmented in real time by an elevation color map, topographic contour lines, and simulated water. The system teaches geographic, geologic, and hydrologic concepts such as how to read a topography map, the meaning of contour lines, watersheds, catchment areas, levees, etc.
Below from left to right are Claire Hale, John Ramirez, Samantha (Sammy), Max Jaime Anchiraico, Jannely Garcia Miranda, and Carlos Calito. Thank you, Mr. Brazil, for your amazing energy and commitment!
Dennis Denied by a 1/4 Inch
At the NCS Meet of Champions last week, Petaluma’s Sydney Dennis missed qualifying for state by less than an inch, finishing fourth in the triple jump with an effort of 37 feet, 3 3/4 inches behind third-place Jayne Blackard of Carondelet who went 37 feet, 4 inches. Sydney's jump was a Redwood Empire record. She was also 11th in the long jump with a best of 16 feet, 5 1/2 inches. A remarkable athlete who also ran in the 300M Hurdles. We are so proud of you, Sydney!
Important Upcoming Dates
Don't forget the following dates:
May 29th - Staff Lunch (thank you, PTSA!)
May 29th - FINALS 1/2
May 30th - FINALS 4/5
May 31st - FINALS 3/6
May 31st - Ice Cream Social for Seniors @ 1pm
May 31st -Graduation Practice in the Multi @2pm
May 31st - Last Day of School
June 1st - Graduation 10AM (Seniors at the Muti by 9AM)
Site Council 2019-20
Parents, would you like to be more involved with Petaluma High? Our school's Site Council has a few parent openings for the 2019/2020 school year. The Site Council monitors and adjusts the school's SPSA or Single Plan for Student Achievement, which directs how funding and other resources are used at our school to support all students in their learning. The SPSA is closely tied to our WASC action plan, which is how our school earns its accreditation. Meetings are held once a month, usually on the second Thursday of the month at 3:25 PM. However, this fall we will be in the middle of the WASC accreditation process, and that may have you be a bit more involved/committed than just our monthly meetings.
If interested, please contact our Site Council Coordinator, Mr. McHugh, at firstname.lastname@example.org .