PHS Update

April 16th, 2018

April Showers...

All right folks! Please review the paragraph below on Open House. In speaking with people at the district and a few parents, there is some concern about losing this tradition so abruptly. So...I am asking for a favor! I have spoken with a few of you and presented at Site Council the idea of a PHS Community Open House on Thursday, May 17th. We would gather on the field around 5pm and officially open the new stadium (ribbon cutting, etc.) Then parents and staff could tour around the school, head toward the gym, check out the new PHS Weight Training Center, stare at the hole that will soon be a new pool, check out new computer labs in F1, F3 and A6 (hopefully), maybe see some art/film in the E Building, maybe stop by the Museum and then return to the field. Food, fun, hugs, celebration!

We would also promote this to the lower grades so that potential future Trojans can come and see the facility.

I have NOT yet sent the Trojan Update to parents, since I want to check in with science (Lee, Susan, Jen) about Thursday. But I will send something Monday afternoon. Please email me with feedback.

CAASPP testing continues with Math this week. Keep encouraging our students as they face some testing fatigue. Thank you, Debi, for keeping the CAASPP ball rolling and all the details and headaches that entails.

PAC Meeting on Tuesday - agenda coming Monday (please email me with any items you may have...)

We have hired a new counseling secretary, Deborah Gravelle-Watts, who should be starting on Monday. Please pop by and say hello if you can.

Have a great week

Open House Update and Much More!

Open House

After a series of conversations with some parents, students, and staff members at Petaluma High and the district, we have decided to postpone the Open House scheduled for this Thursday, April 19th in favor of a broader PHS Community Open House on Thursday, May 17th at 5pm. More details will follow but we hope to be able to show you some of the remarkable new updates at Petaluma High and how the campus in shaping up. We're excited to show off some of our new acquisitions in the academic environment (new computer labs in F1, F3, and A6, for example), new equipment in our Engineering labs, and the renaissance of PHS Athletics with the new turf field and amenities, new PHS Weight Training Center, the new pool (under construction but available for viewing progress) to go along with our updated gym. Please put May 17th on your calendars!

All that being said, April 19th will still see three specific events at PHS: (1) freshmen students in Ms. Boyes and Ms. Smith's Physical Science classes are invited to present their portfolios to their parents, either on this evening or during this week; (2) the Principles of Engineering class will present their amazing creations n robotics and engineering in F9, and (3) the Petaluma Trojans Bys Lacrosse team will host the Casa Grande Gauchos who they beat earlier this season 18-17 in the Battle for the Paddle at Ellison Field.

Please see the pdf below, a letter from Renee Semik, principal at PJHS, regarding some suspicious activity. We are monitoring as Petaluma Police investigate.

Please read on for other highlights from the past week and what is ahead.

Have a great week!

CAASPP Testing Continues This Week!

This week, we continue our state testing, the CAASPP test with juniors in Math. We know that around this time, students can easily lose focus, but we hope you will encourage your student to do his or her best, not only because the student performance is a reflection of what they have learned during their school journey, but also because the Early Assessment Program (EAP) is wrapped inside the CAASPP. UC and CSU campuses look at student EAP scores to determine where to place the student in English and Math.

For more specific information, click the link below:

Trojans Rip Lions, Even Things Up in SCL

The Trojans hosted the hot El Molino Lions, who were looking to put pressure on the Trojans as the league season hits high gear. Previously, El Molino had knocked off the Piner Prospectors, a team the Trojans dropped a game to last week. Now the Trojans were looking to draw level in league. As usual, the Trojans had some reliable hitting: Danny Marzo had a three hit afternoon, driving in two, while Nick Andrakin and Kempton Brandis left the yard, all in an 8-3 Trojan win.

The homestand continues with the Trojans (8-4-1, 3-1) hosting Elsie Allen Tuesday before an important return bout with Piner on Friday.

Go Trojans!

NEW: Student Drop Off Adjustment

The stadium project is just about complete with the contractors finalizing a few last items. Starting this Tuesday, student drop off that has been occurring by the Museum at the Hinman Gate will revert to behind the stadium in the new parking area off Webster Street. This is a safe place to turn in and drop your child off. He or she can then walk to the side gate off Hinman (where the old restrooms were) and enter the stadium, then walk on the path around the field to the new gate entrance by the parking lot. Please do not drop off your students by the Museum. Our neighbors there have been very patient and hope there corner returns to normal.

Soon there will be new signage to reflect these changes as well as more specific postings of when members of the public can use the facility. Thank you for bearing with us as we transition to the new stadium!

We the Future Conference Attended by PHS Students

About 30 PHS students spent last Friday at the SRJC We the Future conference in Petaluma. This day-long conference aims to raise consciousness and inspire action. We the Future offers an opportunity to build solidarity among activists of color, working-class folks, interfaith allies, feminists, members of the LGBTQI community, immigrants and the undocumented, labor organizers, and environmentalists whose diverse work is united by a desire to build a more just, humane world. The students were accompanied by Kelly Kovanis, World Languages department chair as well as Gisell Ambriz Gonzalez, our bilingual coordinator. The students had an opportunity to learn about current social and political shifts in California and how they can get involved.
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Petaluma Trojan swimmers had another successful day at the pool, more specifically, the Healdsburg Swim Center, where they swept the Hounds in an SCL dual meet. The Girls were 99-70 winners, while the Boys won 103-60. The Girls improved to 3-1 and the Boys remain undefeated at 4-0.

For the Girls, double winners included Ana Larson in the 100 Breaststroke and 200 I.M, and Shae Whaley in 100 Butterfly and 50 Freestyle. For the Boys, Michael Duffy won the 50 Freestyle and the 100 Backstroke, while Cooper Woods took the 100 Butterfly and 100 Breaststroke events.

Winning single events were Aurora Beaumond, Carmen Rico, Alex Starling, Gavin Newell, and Luca Binsfield-Debus. The Trojans missed sweeping all six relays by a combined 17/100 of a second. They did win both the Boys and Girls 200 Medley and 400 Freestyle Relays. 28 different Trojan swimmers contributed individual or relay points. That depth will be needed when Petaluma faces off against the reigning SCL Champion Sonoma Dragons this week, in Sonoma. The meet begins at 4:00 at the Sonoma Aquatics Club on Thursday 4/19.

The Sonoma Meet will be the final tune-up as the Trojans aim for the SCL Championship Meet, which will be April 27-28, at SRJC’s Quinn Swim Center. Thank you, Ms. Greeson, for keeping us up to date on swimming!

PHS Boys Golf in a Dominating Mood

Thus far this season, the Trojan golf team has been on a tear, winning big over league competition. Standouts include Cole Powers and Whittaker Ellis, but this team has a strong starting five with Shannon Stoll, Enzo Scaccalosi, and Charlie Winter all vying for medalist honors.

This week, the Trojans continue their league slate with an away match at Healdsburg. See the article below!

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Remembering Tom Griffin

On Saturday, there was a gathering at the Casa Grande gym to remember Tom Griffin, a long-time educator at Casa Grande who passed away suddenly last week. In the picture above, two Casa students play a beautiful tribute to Mr. Griffin, one of many student and staff remembrances. My personal memory of Tom from my days at Casa was a sense of constant motion. Tom virtually sprinted around campus, making stops along the way in the service of students. He accomplished amazing "behind the scenes" work for students, talking to counselors and other teachers about what they could do together to get this kid or that kid over whatever hurdle appeared to be in the way.

His legacy is that we can individually and collectively change student lives for the better. He believed that when he questioned the ways things were done, he was making a difference for students. And he was right! We would do well if we retained just a bit of Mr. Griffin's brilliance and remarkable spirit. I will miss you, Tom! You were an amazing light.

Important Counseling Info: Online Courses + SRJC Summer

If your student is either currently enrolled in an online class or considering one for next school year, please keep the following things in mind. Online classes taken outside of PHS are not monitored by counselors or any PHS staff, so it is the responsibility of the parents to monitor work and progress towards completion. For seniors, classes should be finished up by Friday, May 18th (including taking the final) so that there is time to have the work graded and a final transcript sent to the counseling department. Please remember that online classes are not great for everyone's learning styles and sometimes even bright students struggle in an online environment. When classes are taken through PHS directly, we are able to provide more support via the teachers and the counselors, and when it comes to AP classes, the teachers are trained to prepare the students for the AP tests in the spring and the curriculum is supported through college board. Although online appeals to many, it is important to consider your student's individual needs and make sure that the plan is communicated to your student's counselor.

SRJC Summer info:

It now that SRJC plans to offer its regular slate of summer school offerings. Please see below for information on summer and fall registration. There is also a NY Times article from last week that may be of interest beneath this.

If you are interested in taking a SRJC class in summer 2018 or fall 2018? The schedule is available now and concurrent registration forms are due to SRJC BEFORE students can register. Registration starts Thursday, April 26th. Please review the steps to enroll in a SRJC Class:

  1. Look at online schedule:
  2. Create an online SRJC account and get Student ID# (9 digit number)
  3. Complete concurrent enrollment form and get ALL required signatures
  4. Take any placement tests needed for prerequisite (English, Math, Science & Language classes):
  5. Turn form into SRJC Admissions & Records BEFORE you register
  6. Register online during priority registration
  7. Show counselor proof of registration

Important Upcoming Dates

Don't forget the following dates:

  • April 16th - PHS Band and Choir return from New Orleans
  • April 17th - PAC Meeting - in F6
  • April 18th - PLC Day - Staff Development

  • April 19th - Physical Science portfolios - 3:30-6:30p;

  • April 19th - Principles of Engineering 5-7pm in F9

  • April 19-22 - Skills USA Field Trip + Marine Science Field Trip

  • April 23-25 - State FFA Convention

  • April 25th - Staff Meeting

  • April 26th - Community Achievement Awards

  • April 27th - PowderPuff Game - 6PM Ellison Field

  • May 2nd - Wednesday department meetings

  • May 3rd - Principals Tour - 1pm

  • May 4th-5th - FFA Finals Field Day

  • May 7th - PTSA Meeting 6PM

  • May 7th-18th - AP Testing


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!)