Trojan Update

February 19th, 2018

Flying Through February

Hello Everyone!

Another great week at PHS! In this update...

** Reminder that this Thursday is AP/Honors Evening (see below)

**Wrestling had a remarkable NCS Championship meet (see article below)

**Girl's Soccer is continuing forward into the NCS semis (see below)

**FBLA and SkillsUSA successes...

**A MarS update on Monterey

**and a couple of Good Eggs help during the flood (see below)

Proud to be a Trojan!

Have a terrific week!

AP/Honors Night - February 21st at 6PM in the Multi + AP Exam Update

As our second semester keeps rolling along, here is our final reminder about AP/Honors Evening coming up this Thursday at 6PM in the Multi.

This night is dedicated to inform students and parents about the AP and Honors courses offered at PHS. It is important for all of our students to go to these meetings as they will learn about expectations, summer assignments and much more from the instructor. Most importantly, parent and student both get information on work flow and what it will take to succeed.

Below you will find the schedule in English and Spanish. Also, you will find the AP/Honors agreement. This document is due March 8th for all students who plan to take an AP or Honors course during the 2019-2020 school year to the counseling office.

For those students currently in AP classes, AP testing is scheduled for the weeks of May 7 - May 18th. At this point, your student should have brought home a two sided letter. (See Tes Payment Letter below). This letter notifies the student and parents of the 2018-2019 AP testing window, the cost for each test and a selection of tests your student can take. Students were instructed to review this document and use it when selecting their exams.

The date for submitting AP registration forms is March 8th. We encourage all students who are planning to do the AP test to get their payments in ASAP to avoid any late fee's or missed opportunities. Please see a counselor for further information or for scholarship information.

Attached you will find the letter that was given to students in December. If needed, you can print this document or your student can get a new copy in the Student Assistance Center.

Lady Trojans Sweep by El Cerrito in NCS Quarterfinals; Campolindo Next

The Trojans began their quest for the NCS Section Title with a convincing win over the 7th ranked El Cerrito Gauchos. Playing at a chilly Ellison Field on Saturday evening, the Trojans started slowly, trading possessions with the Gauchos through the opening 20 minutes. However, an error by the El Cerrito keeper on a long shot from birthday girl Lauren Hazel put the Trojans on the board. Hazel would go on to score a second goal on the night, leading the Trojans to the eventual 3-0 final.

The Trojans (16-0-3) continued their unblemished season behind another balanced attack and solid defense. Previously, the Trojans had met El Cerrito early in the season. In that contest, the two teams battled back and forth with the Trojans winning 3-2. But on Saturday, Petaluma never looked threatened.

This Wednesday, the competition gets tougher as defending NCS Section Champion Campolindo visits Ellison Field. The Trojans will need our support so pencil in Wednesday, February 20th at 7PM. Remember that the NCS runs these games so an admission fee is collected by the section. Hopefully, they can keep this run going. Go Trojans! (see the video of the game below - thank you, Griffin!)

FBLA Team Competes at Leadership Conference; Boys Qualify for State

The Bay Section Leadership Conference of Future Business Leaders of America was held at Westmoor High School in Daly City on Saturday, February 9. Twenty-nine high schools participated, with 1,061 students competing in various events. Simone Smith took 10th place in Public Speaking and the team of Martin Burstein, Gianluca Dimauro and Ben Wilson took fourth place in Sports and Entertainment Management. The boy's team qualified to compete at the state level which will be held in Sacramento April 25-28.

Shattuck and Pedersen Headed to State; Trojans Perform Well at NCS

The PHS Wrestling team competed in the NCS championships this weekend, performing at a very high level. First, the girls team traveled to Albany. The seven member team finished 16th out of 70 schools that competed, including a state berth for Brook Shattuck at the 101 lb. class. Logan Pomi just missed out on a trip to state with a 5th place finish.

The boys were at Logan High School and went beyond expectation. PHS finished 10th out of 95 schools, and were the highest scoring Division 3 team. Highlights included three wrestlers making it to the semi-final round (Nick Trave, Colton Prieto, and Connor Pedersen) and Charlie Winter wrestling back all the way to a sixth place finish. After his semi final defeat, Pedersen wrestled all the way through the bracket to a third place finish and spot at the state championships in Bakersfield! Just missing out on medals were Derrick Pomi and Liam O'Niell. Well done, PHS. Way to go, Coach Schloesser and his staff, and all the girls and boy wrestlers!

Petaluma Wrestling @ James Logan High School

Feb. 15-16

Boys NCS Championships

Overall the team took 10th place out of 95 teams

Qualifying for State:

152 lbs Connor Pedersen took 3rd

Also Placing:

106 lbs Nick Trave took 4th

160 lbs Colton Prieto took 4th

113 lbs Charlie Winter took 6th

Missing a medal by one match was:

145 lbs Derrick Pomi

138 lbs Liam O’Niell

Also wrestling was:

126 lbs Dominic Butts went 3-2

132 lbs Mac Shattuck went 3-2

170 lbs Tony Vitali 3-2

120 lbs Collin Ferrero 0-2

195 lbs Jack Santos 0-2

Petaluma Wrestling @ Albany High School

Feb. 15-16

Girls NCS Championships

Overall the team took 16th place out of 70 teams

Qualifying for State:

101 lbs Brook Shattuck took 4th

Also Placing:

131 lbs Logan Pomi took 5th

Also wrestling was:

106 lbs Amelia Grevin went 2-2

121 lbs Kim Larsen went 3-2

126 lbs Shalynn Baker went 0-2

137 lbs Adriana Borajas went 3-2

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Skills USA Region 1 Leadership Conference Shines at PHS

Sixteen schools and more than 250 students and advisors crowded into the PHS Multi last weekend, ready to compete and learn. With the help of Region 1 Coordinator, Chris Jones, Ms. Fitch and many others, these students had an opportunity to showcase their learning. See the pics below! Well done, everybody!
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Important Upcoming Dates

Don't forget the following dates:

Tuesday, February 19th - PAC Meeting @ 3:15pm in F6

Tuesday, February 19th - Chemistry and Community Health Field Trip

Tuesday, February 19th - Coffee with the Principal @ Aqus Cafe 9AM

Wednesday, February 20th - Legal Studies Field Trip

Wednesday, February 20th - PLC

Thursday, February 21st - Site Council @ 3:20pm in F6

Thursday, February 21st - END OF FOURTH GRADING PERIOD

Thursday, February 21st - AP/HONORS Evening (6PM) Multi

Friday, February 22nd - APES Field Trip

Friday, February 22nd - PHS Music Fundraiser @Goldman Ballroom, Hotel Petaluma 6:30pm

Monday, February 25th - Athletic Booster Meeting

Wednesday, February 27th - Staff Meeting

Saturday, March 2nd - MR GQ in the Multi

Monday, March 4th - Principals Tour @ 1:30pm

Monday, March 4th - PTSA

Tuesday, March 5th - Biology Field Trip

Tuesday, March 5th - Coffee w the Principal @ Aqus Cafe 9AM

Wednesday, March 6th - Department Meeting

Thursday, March 7th - Biology Field Trip

Lechon Wins Petaluma Host Lions Club Speech Contest

Jessica Lechon Galdos was the winner of the Petaluma Host Lions Club level speech contest. She was presented a check of $100 and a certificate. She will now proceed to the zone level in March. Paul Leoni will be participating 2/19 for the 7-11 Lions Club contest. Good luck, Paul!
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MarS Monterey Trip #2 in the Books

I had the opportunity to observe some great teaching this week as Mr Tacata led 46 Marine Science students on an indelible trip to Monterey. Part of that great teaching came from Mr. Tacata himself, but another came from the possibilities inherent in the experience. On the surface, the purpose was to learn about abalone farming (at American Abalone Farms), reveal the legacy of David Packard at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) and at the Aquarium, discover the wonder of elephant seal migration, the revival of the otter population, and the majesty of a grey whale breaking the surface.

But like the ocean we visited, there was much more happening under the surface. They learned to be kind, to cheer on each other at the Thursday night talent show; they learned of the Earth's fragility, the intricate linked patterns that tie the world's people and animals together; they learned not only to find a passion, whether in the marine world or not, but to channel that passion into something greater. Most importantly, they learned that there is no greater power than to be inspired by another. I have no doubt that these students will carry the trip with them into the future and be the spirits of change we need. Thank you, Phil, Bob, and all the chaperones who went on the ride together. Rachel Carson says it best...

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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

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PHS Students = Good Samaritans!

ABC 7 News was there to cover the story, and that story was the concerned, helpful response of two Petaluma High students. Justin Plumbtree and Casen Straub were in the right place at the right time to help a Petaluma City Schools bus out of a flooded jam. See the article below...