May 1st, 2018
In this update, check out all the great PHS performances in athletics. As of this writing, it is possible that Petaluma High will nab the pennant in boys lacrosse (done), tennis (done), baseball (very close), softball (tied for first), and golf (tied for first). There have also been strong performances in swimming (see SCL results), badminton, and track and field. Never been a better time to be a Trojan!
Also see the video of Phil Tacata, the Sonoma County Teacher of the Year runner up (but first in our eyes!), and great news from JSA Spring State. Also see pics of PHS at Butter N Eggs, our band in action, FFA news from the state convention, and much more.
Senior Parents: Watch for Prom and Graduation information coming to your InBox this week (copies will be given to your senior students too).
Baseball: Trojans In Control
The Varsity Trojans are in the midst of a tough week of baseball as they eye the league pennant. After a successful three win week last week, the Trojans lost a nailbiter 5-4 against NBL second place Maria Carillo on Monday. The Trojans (13-5-1, 8-1) now hit the road for a huge test against Alameda, currently ranked third in the North Coast Section. After that, they head to Sebastopol for a pivotal league contest at Analy on Friday. As you can see by the standings below, this week will be crucial!
See pics below of Senior Day at the park!
NEW: Student Drop Off Adjustment
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!
Engineering and Design!
Mahoney Community Achievement Awards
Lulabel Seitz, Liza Strong, Danny Marzo, Nicole Walker, Lila Singh, Sallie Hollingshead, Annika Schmid, Sicily Barry, Madeline Gamlen, Ata Shaheen
PHS Boys Golf Wins the League Pennant, SCL Tournament!
The PHS Boys Golf team ran away with the SCL Tournament, besting second place El Molino. The team shot 431 total while the team's stiffest competition, El Molino, shot 448. The win caps a great league season for the Trojans who lost only one league match. They now go on to the NCS Tournament on May 14th at the Metropolitan Golf Course in Oakland. Well done, boys, and Coach Matt Thomas!
Last week's result:
High school boys golf
AT ROOSTER RUN (Par 36)
Petaluma 198, Sonoma Valley 288
Pet: Whitaker Ellis 37; Charlie Winter 38; Cole Powers 40; Enzo Scaccalosi 41; Shannon Stoll 42.
SV: Jack Miller 52; Austin Berger 54; A.J. Riebli 55; Jackson Barbagelata 58; Christopher Grundgeiger 69.
Records: Pet 9-1, SV 0-9
Go Trojan Golf!
Phil Tacata, Runner Up But #1 in Our Eyes! Watch and see why!
Phil Tacata, a biology/marine science teacher at Petaluma High School, was honored as Sonoma County Teacher of the Year Runner-Up for his commitment to making marine science accessible for all students, closing the achievement gap in his classroom, and bringing his subject to life through engaging and personalized instruction, hands-on work, and field trips.
“In my six years as a principal, I have rarely had moments when staff are fighting for the underperforming students. Phil’s dedication to every student, particularly those who don’t normally share the limelight, underlined for me his capacity as a teacher and empathy as a human,” said David Stirrat, principal at Petaluma High School. “His heart and connection to our students is evident everyday and the student response to his teaching is nothing short of miraculous.”
When Mr. Tacata took over a popular marine science class, he made it his mission to make sure all students felt welcome in the class, regardless of whether or not they were the typical "high-achievers" who usually signed up. "Marine Science is a wonderful course and I felt it was my charge to make sure all our PHS kids got a chance to kayak with otters if they so chose," he said. He lowered the prerequisites to get into the class and began actively marketing it to students from all walks of life. At the same time, he maintained the rigor. He explained, "Shaped by my own personal expertise and experience in aquaculture and wildlife management as a former NOAA Marine Biologist, I expose my students to the same topics and give my students the same labs –and expect the same level of mastery– that a 1st and 2nd year college student would experience in college… And I hold my kids to it!"
Sonoma County Superintendent Steve Herrington, in a letter recognizing Tacata, observed, “Phil is an artist. He creates a physical and social environment where students thrive. Phil is a teacher whose commitment to each of his 135 individual students inspires students to strive to do their best work for him and themselves. Phil is a teacher who changes students’ lives.”
Tacata is the recipient of a $2,000 award provided by Community First Credit Union.
JSA Has Rewarding Spring Conference
The JSA Spring State was a remarkable success for Petaluma High. Twenty five students made the journey to Burlingame to debate. moderate and campaign at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Our current region's mayor, Griffin Epstein was recognized for his work with a gavel. He was then elected Lieutenant Governor! Paul Leoni won a best speaker gavel and was elected to take over as mayor. In addition, Greer Moss was elected as a senator.
A very successful weekend for our JSA group! Thank you to Jennifer and Matt Lounibos for chaperoning and organizing.
The Paddle Moves to the West Side; NBL Title Secured! NBL Tourney This Week
The Trojans (11-3, 8-0) now are the #1 seed in the NBL tournament, set to take on Cardinal Newman at Ellison Field Tuesday evening.
Trojan Tribune Nabs Honors at PD Awards
The Trojan Tribune is becoming a stronger and stronger publication. The TT staff are at work on their final issue of the year. Ms. Redfield reports that the students are feeling inspired and ready to finish up the year strong with their last issue. Well done, Trojan Tribune staff and Ms. Redfield!
Softball - Trojans Tied at the Top
FFA at the State Convention
The Petaluma FFA just returned from a very inspiring and fruitful trip to Anaheim California for the 90th Annual California State FFA Convention. Along with our two delegates, Derrick Pomi and Danielle Horick, 22 members traveled to take in industry tours, leadership workshops, hear inspirational speakers, elect new California State FFA Officers, recognize the hard work and excellence of our over 80,000 members and of course, pay a visit to Mickey Mouse at the California Adventure Theme park for an FFA only event!
The highlight of the trip however was watching as our to state finalists in their proficiency areas were named State Champions! Class of 2017 member Courtney King was recognized for having the best swine entrepreneurship project in the state with her herd of registered Yorkshire, Berkshire and crossbred hogs. Derrick Pomi was also honored with his project consisting of his herd of Registered Holstein, Guernsey and Jersey Dairy Cattle. Both Courtney and Derrick will now have their applications submitted to the National FFA for consideration in becoming National Finalists at our National FFA Convention in the Fall.
All of our students had an excellent time and are pumped up to bringing new ideas to our chapter!
Trojans Share Pennant With Sonoma
The Trojan boys tennis squad have wrapped up a very successful season. Behind the superior singles play of Nathan Wong, Connor Gors, Zach Leno and Hayden Dennis, and the doubles play of Alex Dodd, Griffin Epstein, Colton Moss, Logan Reuter, Khalili Tams, Aidan Cannon, Chris Tams, Nick Volk, and Jake Symons, the Trojans dropped only one league match all season. Congratulations to all the boys!
In the SCL tournament last Thursday and Friday, Nathan Wong battled his way to the final, outlasting an outstanding Analy player in three sets. Not surprisingly, Nathan didn't have much left in the tank, having to get back on court just 30 minutes later for the final. Excellent season for Nathan! In doubles, the team of Alex Dodd and Hayden Dennis also reached the final before dropping a tough three setter.
Great season for the Trojans!
High school boys tennis
Singles: Tommy Howley (A) d. Jahmye Daly (EM) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2;Trevor Griggs-Demmin (SV) d. Will Hambley (H) 6-0, 6-2; Connor Gors (Pet) d. Vikram Johnson H. 6-1, 6-1;Nathan Wong (Pet) d John Dow H. 6-0, 6-2; Eric Serbicki (SV) d. Forest Templin (EM) 6-3, 6-1; Zack Leno (Pet) d. Ben Landucci (A) 6-2, 6-2; Andrea DePaola (A) d. William DeGroot (EM) 6-1, 6-0.
Singles: Carlos Rubio (SV) d. Tommy Howley 6-0, 6-0 (A); Trevor Griggs-Demmin (SV) d. Connor Gors (Pet) 6-0, 7-5; Andrea DePaola (A) d. Zack Leno (Pet) 7-6 (0), 6-2.
Doubles: Spencer Honne-Patrick Palmer (EM) d. Reed Hewitt-Dominick Garcia (SV) 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3; Louis Valenzuela-Aidan Briggs (A) d Evan Linegar-Judah Naujokas (H) 7-5, 6-4; Henry Darnell-Nace Momsen (SV) d. Quaid Capurro-Ryan Palmer (EM) 7-5, 6-1; Nick Kraemer-Matt Davison (A) d. Luca Lumetta-Avery Billman (H) 6-1, 7-5; Logan Reuter-Griffin Epstein (Pet) d. Avery Cavallo-Adolpho Membrilla (EM) 6-2, 6-4; Colton Moss-Khalil Tams (Pet) d. Cason Roberts-Quinn Adair (A) 3-6, 7-5, 7-5; Sam Weisiger-Andrew McKale (SV) d. Mariano Sanchez-Tony Ibarra (H) 6-1, 6-0.
Doubles: Dodd-Hayden (Pet) d. Hewitt-Garcia (SV) 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3; Darnell-Momsen (SV) d. Valenzuela-Briggs (A) 4-6, 6-4, 6-0; Kraemer-Davison (A) d. Reuter-Epstein (Pet) 6-2, 6-4; Weisiger-McKale (SV) d. Moss-Tams (Pet) 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4).
Singles Semi Finals:
Carlos Rubio (SV) d. Trevor Griggs-Demmin (SV) 6-0, 6-2; Nathan Wong (Pet) d. Andrea DePaola (A) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4;
Single Finals: Carlos Rubio (SV) d. Nathan Wong (Pet) 6-1, 6-2;
Doubles Semi Finals:
Alex Dodd-Hayden Dennis (Pet) d. Henry Darnell-Nase Momsen (SV) 6-0, 6-0; Sam Weisiger-Andrew McKale (SV) d. Matt Davison-Nick Kraemer (A) 6-1, 6-2
Doubles Finals: Sam Weisiger-Andrew McKale (SV) d. Alex Dodd-Hayden Dennis (Pet) 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
Petaluma Swimming SCL Championships Results Summary
After two days of swimming, the Petaluma High School Trojan swimmers walked away from the 2018 SCL Championships with some hardware and posted some excellent times. Both Boys and Girls placed third in the meet. For the Boys, that results in a tie for second in the league with Healdsburg. The Girls maintained the third place standing with which they entered the meet.
Top three finishers for the Girls are as follows: Ana Larson took 1st in both the 200 I.M and the 100 Breaststroke; Aurora Beaumond was 1st in the 500 Free and 2nd in the 200 Free; Shae Whaley, 2nd in the 50 Free and 3rd in the 100 Butterfly; and Abigail Kreutz was 2nd in the 200 I.M. While winning both of her events, Ana Larson posted NCS consideration times in each, as did the Girls 200 Medley relay team of Beaumond, Larson, Whaley, and Rico. Final seedings will be made on May 6.
Cooper Wood was a double medalist for the Boys with a 1st in the 200 I.M. and a 2nd in the 500 Freestyle. Michael Duffy took 3rd in the 100 Butterfly. Swimmers not medaling, but making “A” finals (top 8) include Colton Prieto in the 50 Free and 100 Backstroke; Gavin Newell and Brendan McMahon in the 200 Free; Ty Chisum in the 500 Free; Derek Honey in the 200 I.M., Emma Deen in the 50 Free and 100 Free; Carmen Rico in the 200 Free; and Abigail Kreutz in the 100 Butterfly.
“B” heat finalists who contributed scoring points include Kelsey Vella (2 events), Sunshine Sather (2 events), Victoria Canela (2 events), Yessenia Resendiz-Torres, Carmen Rico, Emily Box, Alex Starling, Dylan Harris, Ty Chisum, and Robert Box.
Sonoma Valley maintained their lock on the SCL title for both Boys and Girls. The Trojans will renew their rivalry with the Dragons next year, when both schools move to the Vine Valley League.
The Senior Girls Take the 2018 Powderpuff Trophy!
Important Upcoming Dates
Don't forget the following dates:
May 2nd - Wednesday department meetings
May 3rd - Principals Tour - 1pm
May 3rd - ELAC Meeting
May 4th-5th - FFA Finals Field Day
May 7th - PTSA Meeting 6PM
May 7th-18th - AP Testing
May 10th - Final Site Council meeting of 17-18
May 16th - PLC Wrap Up
May 17th - PHS Community Open House @ Ellison Field @5pm
May 18th - MINIMUM DAY - Car Show/Yearbook Distribution (classes out at 12:50pm)
May 18th - AP Physics and Photography Field Trips
May 18th - PHS Choir Concert @ 7PM
May 21st - PHS Athletic Boosters Meeting
May 23rd - Staff Meeting
May 23rd - Senior Recognition Night @ 6PM
May 24th - Music Awards
May 27th - Prom at the Academy of Sciences
May 28th - MEMORIAL DAY
May 30th - FINALS
May 31st - FINALS
June 1st - FINALS
June 2nd - Graduation @ Ellison Field 10AM
Coach Selvitella Gets Ready For Senior Day!
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!)