PHS Update

December 17th, 2018

Joy for the Holidays

Here we are in the last school week of 2018! This update will go out to parents probably on Wednesday so if you have anything else to add, please send on to me.


  • Thanks to everyone for coming out to the Holiday Party at Karah Winery. Special thanks to Megan for organizing, picking up the food, and bringing the energy, and to Hillary for helping us secure the venue. The picture below is after quite a few of us had left so these are the hardy souls!
  • Jacob Takajo has arrived! All 6 lbs 3oz of him came as an early holiday gift on Sunday, December 16th. Happy Birthday, Jacob and congratulations Hannah and family!
  • For Finals, students do not need to come in for A+ time prior to the final or during the break in between.
  • Don't forget the Annual PTSA Luncheon this Wednesday, December 19th in the Staff Lounge following finals. See you there!

Have a wonderful holiday break! Thank you for all you do and have done throughout the year. Wishing you spectacular joy to come!

David, Gio and Kelly

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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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Wrestling Results - Dec 15th - Pedersen Takes 1st

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

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:

Monday, December 17th - Cookies and Cram in Library

Wednesday, December 19th - FINALS 3/6

Wednesday, December 19th - PTSA Staff Luncheon

Wednesday, December 19th - Band Winter Concert

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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