PHS Parent Update

August 31st, 2015

Welcome Again to 2015-16!

We would like to welcome you all again to the 2015-16 year! You can expect an email like this one every two to three weeks updating you on all things Petaluma High. We know your time is valuable and that you are often inundated with emails; we hope you'll spend just a little time with these messages so that you and your children are on the same page regarding school.

As sometimes happens at the beginning of the year, we have had to make a few adjustments to the schedule. Because of an influx of new sophomores, we needed to create a new section of World History, one of the required sophomore courses. We realize that no one desires any shift in schedule, but we hope you can appreciate that better learning takes place when class sizes are not at 36!

The silver lining when slightly more students enroll is that we have the funding to open a Math 1 intervention section. This section will support those students who are needing targeted instruction in a specific area of need. The increased enrollment also validates the work our staff is doing with students and the ongoing programs at PHS.

Please read on about Relay For Life, Back to School Night (Thursday evening), and other items. Next time, we will highlight some of the special programs we run at Petaluma High, and take a look at out terrific athletic program as the fall sports season ramps up.

See you Back to School Night.

David Stirrat, Debi Richardson, Tracy Pinckney and the Staff at Petaluma High

Relay for Life @PetalumaHS Raises $145,000!

Thanks to a dynamic planning team from all over Petaluma, including the district's own Holly Camozzi and Donna Lopes, the annual day of giving and remembrance saw more than 50 teams of dedicated walkers join together for 24 hours of fun and remembrance. After all the dust settled, the event raised more than $145,000 for the American Caner Society!

Back to School Night - Thursday, September 3rd

Our Back to School Night is Thursday, September 3, 2015. The link below takes you to a form with more information. We will gather in the main quad starting at 5:30 pm for conversation, dinner if you desire, and tabling for various groups (see schedule below). Looking forward to seeing you all there!

5:30 p.m:

  • Dinner on the Quad (Food Truck!)
  • Booster Groups
  • PTSA
  • Project Grad
  • Counseling
  • Bilingual Student Ambassadors

6:30 p.m.

General Program – in the Gym

  • Principal Introduction & Welcome
  • Department Introduction
  • Choir

6:45-8:30 p.m.

  • Visit your student’s classrooms
  • Meet teachers and learn about each class

Note: Teachers will not have time to discuss individual students this evening. If you have concerns, please email the teacher or counselor to set up an appointment.

Donations of Kleenex, hand sanitizer, pens/pencils, disinfecting wipes, highlighters, post-its, and reams of copy paper will be gratefully accepted. You may bring it directly to a teacher, or leave it on the donation table in the quad.

COMING UP September Events


9/1: Back to School Rally

9/3: Back to School Night 6PM

9/4: Club Rush - Extended Lunch

9/5: Back to School Dance

9/6: Early Bird Yearbook pricing ends

9/7: Labor Day - NO SCHOOL

9/8: Project GRAD meeting

9/10: Site Council Meeting

9/14: PTSA Meeting

9/17: ELAC Meeting - PHS Library @6:30pm

9/18: Last day of Senior Portraits - Nunes Photography (765-6853)

9/21: Picture Make Up Day

9/21: Athletic Booster Meeting @7:00pm in PHS Library

9/24: Blood Drive

9/24: End of First Grading Period

10/1: CSU Apps open

10/2: PHS Athletic Booster Golf Tournament

10/3: SAT

10/3: Campus Clean Up

Counseling Notes

Please remember that our counseling staff are ready and willing to see you about your child's needs. The best way to do this is to schedule appointments via email with your child's counselor or by calling 778-4779.

To access the counseling office, please come to the Main Office to sign in and get a Visitor Pass before heading up to the Counseling Department. This is to ensure safety for all and to be sure that we are monitoring who comes in to campus during the school day. The door to the counseling department on Fair Street will be an Exit Only door from now on.

Thanks for supporting our safe campus initiative!

Engineering and SkillsUSA Success!

Over the summer, and for the 8th consecutive year, the engineering and architecture CAD students have taken top honors at the Sonoma-Marin and Sonoma County fairs. Each year, the awards have included Best of Class and Best of Division in 4 separate categories and the top prize of Best in Show. We are proud of the student accomplishments and the outstanding work they accomplish every year.

By far, the highlight of the summer for our engineering department was the National SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, KY. For the first time in the history of PHS, a team of three students crossed the big stage in front of 15,000 students and advisers to be recognized as 3rd in the nation. Tara Thomas, Tanner Durham and Joni DeLaTorre took the bronze medal in Automated Manufacturing technology. What an amazing experience! In addition, Chris Temple finished 8th in the nation for his outstanding work in the CNC Technician competition. This was the first time for each of these students competing at the national level and their experiences here at PHS led them to this wonderful moment. For each, it was a highlight to finish off their senior year. - Chris Jones

Emergency Prep Week! 9/8-9/11

Last week's 3.9 earthquake in Healdsburg reminds us that we have to get going with safety and emergency prep. During the week of 9/8-9/11 (the week of Labor Day), staff will go over procedures and protocols for emergencies and drills. We will run some scenarios during this week to practice what to do to keep students and staff safe.

Back to School Dance

Saturday, Sep. 5th, 7:30-10pm

PHS Gym - Tickets at Annex all week

New Gym Taking Shape

Our gym is almost complete! The interior work on the bleachers and floor is finished, and though the work on Martinez Hall and the entrance area is still in progress, P.E. and volleyball have now resumed use of the gym. Thank you to Joe DeCarlo for shepherding the project through the completion phase. And special thanks to Super Friend of the School, our neighbor, Bob Spurgeon, for donating his time and labor to paint the interior of the gym. Barber Sign also worked on repainting the Trojan on the near wall. And thanks to Kathryn Teeter, our Athletic Director (and full-time PE teacher) for carefully following the progress of the work and catching a potential error in time for all to be well.

Looking forward the Back to School Dance in the new gym!