Trojan Update

June 1st, 2016

It's The End of the Year As We Know It...

The older we get, the faster time travels. For the parents of our seniors, it has been a warp speed ride. For our senior themselves, this is a week of celebration as they finish off final exams and prepare for their impending graduation. But for many, there are also those bittersweet moments of reflection upon the moments of high school that have flown by so fast. Maybe this is their first glimpse of Time's gallop soon to come. We are so proud of all our seniors.

This year has been an amazing year of accomplishment for so many students. Whether working on the Switch Electric Vehicle program (see article below), sending microgravity experiments into space aboard a Nasa rocket (, winning critical football games (as well as falling in bizarre ways), capturing SCL Championships and succeeding in NCS, taking more Advanced Placement tests than ever before, winning drama and band festivals, or taking home state and national recognition in FFA, our students have made great strides. It has been an amazing year!

There are many more things I could highlight here, but ultimately, we hope we are helping each student on the journey to adulthood. Thank you to all of the parents who volunteer as team moms and dads, work on PTSA, Athletic Boosters, volunteer in classrooms, and drive on field trips and to athletic events. We could not do this without you! Thank you for being a Trojan!

P.S. Go Warriors! Let's go win a championship

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Prom O Rama at the Claremont

An excellent prom at the Claremont on Saturday night! Thank you to Kevin and Andrew for all the organization, and to all the chaperones for keeping the kids on best behavior. They are good kids and everything went very well at the venue!

The ASB Senior Class did an amazing job fundraising and pulling off a wonderful prom. Well done, everyone!

COMING UP: Our Last Week!


June 1...........Finals 1/2
June 2...........Finals 4/5
June 3...........Finals 3/6

June 3...........Ice Cream Social @1PM; Grad Practice @2pm in the Multi
June 4...........Graduation at Ellison Field, 10am

June 11.........ACT Test

iPad Collection Complete!

iPads have now been collected. Thank you to the iPad collection team which included our district TOSAs (Ashley Williams and Josh Hunt), our site team (Ms. Richardson, Ms. O'Connor, Ms. Smith, Ms. Williams, Ms. Whisler, Ms. McNamee, Ms. Standard, Ms. Jones, and parent volunteers), and some intrepid students.

If a student has NOT yet returned the iPad or a related accessory (brick, cord, MiFi), please bring into the front office and see Zoe Jones to avoid any invoicing.

We will be updating the iPads for distribution in the fall. Thanks, everyone!

FFA Spring Week!

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Switch Electric Vehicle - Great Job, Mr. Golsan!

The Switch Electric Vehicle Project has been taking shape this semester in the Auto Shop. Greg Golsan's auto engineering students gradually built an electric car in a partnership with Sonoma Clean Power. The pictures below show the evolution. Before leaving for the summer, students will reverse engineer the vehicle, returning the car to its components for next year's students. Well done, all!

For more information on the program, see the CTE Fund press release or search Switch EV online.

PHS Switch Car in the Butter and Eggs Parade

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Boys and Girls State!

Congratulations to Hanlin Manchester and Camille Leoni, our representatives to Boys and Girls State this year. Student participants are exposed to the rights and privileges, and the duties and the responsibilities of a franchised citizen. The training is objective and practical with city, county and state governments operated by the students elected to the various offices. Activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, chorus and recreational programs.

For more, see:

NCS Track and Field Results - O'Neill Wins Triple Jump + MOC Qualifiers

Here are the Petaluma results from the NCS Redwood Empire Championships from Saturday, May 21 at Piner:


800—2, Aimee Holland (Santa Rosa) 2:17.47; 3, Kassia Chagnon (Piner) 2:20.20; 4, Talia Leano (Maria Carrillo) 2:20.72; 5 Amy Stanfield (Sonoma Valley) 2:22.19; 6, Camille Flynn (Petaluma) 2:22.38.

3200—2, Delaney White (Santa Rosa) 11:03.57; 4, Sydnie Rivas (Maria Carrillo) 11:28.45; 5, Madison Parratt (Petaluma )11:29.15.

Shot Put—2. Deborah Fry (Santa Rosa) 35-10; 6, Clare Pierce (Petaluma) 33-33⁄4.


Triple Jump—1, Brendon O’Neill (Petaluma) 41-5; 2, Mazi Macondray (Santa Rosa) 40-05.50.

Discus—1, Delano Bell (Santa Rosa) 155-2; 4, Justen Santa (Petaluma) 146-0; 6, Nic Iverson (Ukiah) 140-8.

Congratulations to Madison Parratt, Camille Flynn, Will Dunbar, Brendan O'Neill, Travis Planck, Clare Pierce, and Justen Santa for qualifying for and competing in the Meet of Champions this past weekend!

Graduation Prep

Most of our seniors will have completed their finals before Friday, though a few who are in mixed classes may have a 3rd or 6th period final. Afterwards, all seniors are invited to the Ice Cream Social in the Multi and Quad before heading over to the gym for grad practice at 2pm. We will go over the ceremony there and practice the procession out to the field. This practice is mandatory and should be over by 3pm or so. See the specifics below:

Friday, June 3

1:00 Ice Cream Social - quad

pick up grad cards

2:00 Mandatory grad practice in the Multi

Saturday, June 4

9:00 All seniors and helpers in the Multi

9:45 Teachers and students begin to process

10:00 Ceremony Begins

Graduation Flowers!

Purchase your Graduation Flowers and Leis here from Kahuna Flowers and pick up at Graduation on June 4th!

Project Grad Update from Rita Schaefer

Project Graduation "Safe and Sober Grad Night" would like to thank parents and seniors for choosing a safe option to celebrate the night of their graduation from high school. Please know that this night is possible through the sole support of members and businesses around you in the community that believe strongly in this program. We receive no money from State, Federal, or local Education programs. And 25 years of no fatality on graduation night is the greatest reward for all the work.

Paperwork was mailed home in early April with information about the event. There are two forms (or both sides of the yellow sheet mailed home) that must be completed by both the student and the parent. The admission is $50 and should be attached and returned, in a sealed envelope. At this date, please drop off in the main office instead of mailing. Information will also be presented to the government and econ classes.

A few items of note: everyone should check in at the Project Grad table in the quad the last week of school to make sure all paperwork is in order. On Saturday night, please only bring phone and I.D. (or photocopy). No purses, backpacks, etc. will be allowed. Please get a ride, there is limited parking and you can't park in the shopping center. Most important is that you will be tired when you leave! Arrive between 7:30 and 9:00- late arrivals must have a parent/guardian sign them in. Anyone leaving before the event end at 3:30 or 4:00 will need to be signed out by parent/guardian as well.

We want all seniors to attend, even those who may not be 'walking' that morning. If you have any questions, burdens, concerns, please contact me at Thank you again for your support, I'd like to encourage you to continue your support of this program by 'liking' our facebook page, Petaluma High School Project Graduation, for news and updates.

With my deepest thanks,

Rita Schaefer


PHS Project Grad

Link Crew Kicks Off!

In the fall, Link Crew is coming to PHS! Our Link Crew team is made up of Ms. McClelland, Ms. Yannes, and Mr. Dawsari. They attended an excellent training in April and lead Link Crew training last week. Link Crew is designed to "link" upper class men with our incoming freshmen to ensure a smooth transition to high school.

More to come in the fall!

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