Trojan Update

December 20th 2018

Joy for the Holidays

Here we are in the last school week of 2018! On behalf of of all of us at Petaluma High School, we wish you the best for the holiday season!

Spread that joy!

Please see articles below on recent events. Happy Holidays!

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Paradise Found!

On Tuesday, Assistant Principal Kelly Kriss headed up to the Paradise area to distribute funds and items raised by the Petaluma High School community. As you may know, Kelly has a home in the area and worked in the Paradise School District.

She had a chance to visit the temporary campuses, meet former students and staff, and distribute $5300 in gift cards and numerous coats, boots and other clothing items to those in need. She says students were very grateful for the support and that it was a terrific experience to be able to witness these students and the Paradise community as they move forward.

Thanks again to everyone for contributing to better holidays for these folks!

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Petaluma FFA Turns Horseshoes Into Joy!

From Mr. Dunn: "Super proud of the hard work of our welding students who made over 200 holiday decorations from scrap and used horseshoes which we sold last week raising over $3400.00. The students had a blast going on a shopping spree and buying 9 shopping carts full of toys that thanks to the Ag Leadership Class at CSU Chico will be distributed to fire victims this Tuesday. Tractor Supply of Petaluma was once again gracious enough to host us and granted us additional discount on the toys so our dollars went even further!!
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Entrepreneurship Class Visit Chick-fil-A

Ms. Lowell and the PHS Entrepreneurship class journeyed up to Chick-fil-A in Rohnert Park last week to learn what it takes to run a business like Chick-fil-A.

Jas Bains is the owner-operator, and former student and ASB President, Branden Garner, was instrumental in making the visit happen. Branden and Destiny (Banasihan), came to the site to guest speak on December 3rd to share their personal stories of college and career growth. Then on December 13th, we had a tour of the restaurant in Rohnert Park. For our final exam, Jas, Branden and Destiny will be coming back to talk business ownership, help us brainstorm getting our student store Troys back up and operational, and finally, conduct Mock Interviews. We appreciate the support of our community, former students, and business owners!

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Spring Musical - Are you ready to try this?

This Spring, Troy Performers are proud to present "Once Upon A Pea," a wonderfully fun and funny musical based on The Broadway Musical "Once Upon A Mattress" but rewritten with wonderful new characters and songs. This is a completely new and unique musical that we are so excited to put on! It is set in medieval times so there are princesses and Knights with fabulous costumes and sets. We are still accepting actors for all kind of parts - ensemble and a couple of main parts. Rehearsals start in January and we can absolutely be flexible as not all actors will need to be at all rehearsals. The show will open on April 26th and run for two weekends. Please contact Fidaa Shaheen at with any questions.

Wrestling Results - Dec 15th - Pedersen Takes 1st; Dec 19th vs. Vintage

Petaluma High School Wrestling Results

December 15, 2018

Bill Martel – Northgate High School

Petaluma sent 7 wrestlers – Placed 7th out of 32 teams

132 lbs – Dominic Butts – 4th place

138 lbs – Mac Shattuck – 6th place

145 lbs – Liam O’Neill – 7th place

152 lbs – Connor Pedersen – 1st Place

160 lbs - Colton Prieto – 2nd place

120 lbs – Collin Ferrero (Did not place)

170 lbs – Tony Vitali (Did not place)

At 152 lbs Connor Pedersen beat Tucker Lanoue (Vintage, Ranked in State) in the semi finals. Then he came back and beat Casey Cox (San Ramon Valley) who is a returning state qualifier and ranked 29# in the state. Connor won the match 8-2. At 160 lbs Colton Prieto also did very well. His only 2 losses on the year have come from the same wrestler from Heritage High School, Cody Prius (Ranked 32 in state).

The rest of the team headed to Healdsburg Varsity Dual tournament.

The team had 2 wins and 3 losses with a very young group. There were missing weight classes due to the team being split up and other reasons.

Healdsburg Duals

138 lbs Lukas Bettencourt went 5-0

160 lbs Mario Zarco went 4-0

113 lbs Dylan Baltazar went 4-1

170 lbs Derrick Pomi went 4-1

Vintage HS @ Petaluma HS

Dec. 19, 2018


JV Final Score 54-12

106 Double Forfiet

113 Dylan Baltazar (Pet) wins by FF

120 Collin Ferrero (Pet) wins by FF

126 Zack Engle (Pet) wins by FF

132 Riddick James (Pet) wins by FF

138 Nathan Turner (Pet) won by pin over Tyler Guzman (Vin)

145 Lukas Bettencourt (Pet) won by pin Parker Hurst (Vin)

152 Jacob Bettencourt (Pet) won by pin over Niko Smith (Vin)

160 David Pacheco (Pet) won by pin over Arnie Mjede (Vin)

170 Ryan Castiliga (Pet) won by FF

182 Sebastian Garcia (Vin) won by pin over Josh Byous (Pet)

195 Owen Chappellete (Vin) won by FF

220 Double Forfiet

285 Double Forfiet

Girl’s Varisty Final Score 30-30 Petaluma won by Criteria

101 Double FF

106 Amelia Grevin (Pet) won by pin over Emily Rodriguez (Vin)

111 Brook Shattuck (Pet) won by pin over Natale Scott (Vin)

116 Double FF

121 Double FF

126 Kim Larsen (Pet) won by pin over Delane Warner (Vin)

131 Logan Pomi (Pet) won by pin over Samantha Ramerez (Vin)

137 Shalynn Baker (Pet) won by FF

143 Double FF

150 Savanah Mahalez (Vin) won by pin over Adriana Barajas (Pet)

160 R. Castillo (Vin) won by pin over Carla Maldonado (Pet)

170 Double FF

189 Jessica Mendena (Vin) won by FF

235 Ruth Staley (Vin) won by FF

Boy’s Varsity Final Score 62-18

106 Dylan Bianchi (Pet)won by FF

113 Nick Trave (Pet) won by FF

120 Charlie Winter (Pet) won by FF

126 Carlos Calito-Garcia (Pet) won by FF

132 Dominic Butts (Pet)won by FF

138 Mac Shattuck (Pet)won by pin over Dominic Dandini (Vin)

145 Liam O’Neill (Pet) won by pin over Kody Dikeman (Vin)

152 Connor Pedersen (Pet) won by dec. Tucker Lanoue (Vin) 7-3

160 Colton Prieto (Pet) won by Tech Fall. Over Dylan Smith (Vin) 16-1

170 Antonio Maledo (Vin) won by pin over Tony Vitali (Pet)

182 Derrick Pomi (Pet) won by fall over Saul Valle (Vin)

195 Jack Santos (Pet) won by fall over Alex Ortiz(Vin)

220 Dominic Smith (Vin) won by fall over Max Anchiranio (Pet)

285 Conrad Fiske (Vin) won by fall over Derek Honey (Pet)

SAT Prep - Juniors!

Free SAT Intensive Prep classes continue at the Sonoma County Library – Petaluma Regional Library hosts a five-hour SAT Intensive Prep class on Thurs. Jan. 3, 2019 (part 1) and Sat. Jan. 5, 2019 (part 2) from 3-5:30 pm. Registration begins on Sat. Dec. 8 in person at the Petaluma Library. The bilingual registration form is available at the library's reference desk or can be downloaded at Free study guide provided. Space is limited to 25 juniors. SAT Intensive Prep classes are also available at Windsor, Central Santa Rosa, Cloverdale, Forestville, and Rincon Valley libraries in January and February—see full list at

La biblioteca regional de Petaluma presenta dos Clases de Preparación Intensivo de SAT gratuitas con la consultora local de preparación de exámenes Ellen Jakes Kelm, PhD. Los estudiantes necesitan inscribirse y asistir a las DOS clases: Parte 1: jueves 3 de enero de 3:00 - 5:30 pm, y Parte 2: sábado 5 de enero de 3:00 - 5:30 pm. Registrese en personal comenzando el sabado 8 de diciembre a las 10 AM en cualquier biblioteca. Para estudiantes de 11 grado. Los formularios de inscripción están disponibles ( y en la Biblioteca y requieren la firma del padre y del estudiante. Todos los materiales de estudio están incluidos. Es espacio está limitado a 25 estudiantes del grado once solamente. Otras clases en bibliotecas del Condado de Sonoma en enero y febrero (

Project Graduation - Please Read!

Project Graduation has been a Petaluma institution that provides a safe environment for our graduates on graduation evening. This program was created in reaction to many tragic deaths on graduation night. Since Project Grad came to Petaluma about 30 years ago, there have been no students lost on graduation night.

But it takes a team of committed parents to make this evening happen. Rita Schafer has been leading Project Grad since 2014. Her children graduated in 2015 but she has continued to run the Project Grad ship nevertheless. She has been ably supported by a team that includes Suzie Ransom, Fidaa Shaheen, and many others. Now it is time for a new set of parents to step up! The current team will put on the June 2019 Project Graduation but now is the time to step up and shadow these folks as we look for leadership in 2019-20.

Please come to our next meeting on January 8th at 6PM in the staff lounge at PHS. Come and meet the team and see if this is a good fit for you. We want to be sure our kids continue to be safe on Grad Night!

Important Upcoming Dates

Don't forget the following dates:

Thursday, December 20th - FINALS 4/5

Friday, December 21st - FINALS 1/2 - END OF SEMESTER

December 22nd-January 7th - WINTER BREAK

Monday, January 7th - Teacher Work Day - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

Tuesday, January 8th - PTSA 7PM

Tuesday, January 8th - Coffee With Principal at Aqus Cafe - 9AM

Wednesday January 9th - Staff PD - WASC Day

Friday, January 11th - Freshman Link Crew Assembly

Friday, January 11th - HOSA Field Trip

Athletic Corner

High School Girls Basketball

(Friday, 12/14) AT PLEASANT HILL

Petaluma 6 11 16 14 – 47

College Park 4 14 7 9 – 34

Petaluma: Sheriene Arikat 10 (6 rb, 4 st); Bella Weinberg 10 (5 rb); Rose Nevin (11 rb).

College Park: Andi Romana 13.

Record: Petaluma 5-4; College Park 1-6

(Saturday, 12/15) AT PETALUMA

Novato 8 5 10 7 – 30

Petaluma 22 12 12 15 – 61

Novato: Sophia Benevidez 11 (3 3s).

Petaluma: Rose Nevin 12 (11 rebounds); Sheriene Arikat 9 (13 rebounds).

Records: Novato 0-9; Petaluma 6-4

High school boys basketball

(Friday 12/14) Nonleague


Santa Rosa 15 12 23 20 — 70

Petaluma 10 12 9 19 — 52

SR: Andre Gaudreau 22; Grant Goodwin 19; Isidro Garcia 11.

P: Esteban Bermudez 18.

SR record: 7-2

Super Saturday - Help at SRJC - Financial Aid

January 12Super Saturday

High school students are welcome to come to Plover Hall to get help with their applications for admission, financial aid applications, and more. Parents and guardians are welcome!

For your information, due to scheduling conflicts Senior Day which was previously scheduled for Saturday, April 27th will not be held. Instead, Student Outreach will be offering extended services during Super Saturday at the Santa Rosa Campus in January and August; other opportunities for students to get help will be announced as they become available.

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