Trojan Update

March 15th, 2019

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Frank Lynch

Last week, we lost one of the true lions of Petaluma High School. Frank Lynch was principal of Petaluma High from 1987 to 1995 before going on to be superintendent at King City, West County, Lompoc, and Del Norte. He was a member of the Petaluma City Schools Board of Education at the the time of his death. But Frank was much more than a remarkable educator. He was one of a handful of people who could turn tough moments into positives. He had a gift to make the world better and we are all sadder and a little less without him. I intend to bring more of the positive elements Frank taught me into my life and hope we can keep his spirit alive as long as students walk the halls at PHS.

And life teaches us that even when we lose a great one, life marches on. This week was one of continuance at PHS. Field trips for Biology and Drama, FFA's chapter meeting and Scavenger Hunt, the English department trip to Shakespeare and Ashland, Oregon, a Wednesday afternoon with a swim meet, a baseball showdown with Casa Grande, and a track meet with the same. And through it all, some excellent teaching and learning. Frank was always ultimately committed to students and their learning. He was proud of what was happening at PHS and from wherever he is, I'm sure his pride continues. Perhaps he's raising a glass in tribute somewhere. Cheers to you, Frank, for showing us the way. We will try to make the best of the world you've left behind.

Please enjoy a happy and safe Spring Break. We will be back in session Monday, March 25th.

- David Stirrat

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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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This fine FFA squad finds a leprechaun and a pot of gold!

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Important Upcoming Dates

Don't forget the following dates:

March 18-22nd - SPRING BREAK - NO SCHOOL

Monday, March 25th - Legal Studies Field trip to Alcatraz

Monday, March 25th - Athletic Boosters Meeting

Wednesday, March 27th - APES Field Trip

March 28-31st - HOSA State Leadership Conference