PHS Update

October 8th, 2018

Welcome to October!

And just like that, it's October. This issue includes some great news from the Engineering, Design and Manufacturing pathway, an update on Academic +, and much more. Hope everyone has a great week!

We have a PLN/PLC meeting on Wednesday and Site Council Thursday.

We will be having our District Staff Development Day here on Monday, October 15th. It is an EdCamp-style day with many different options available. Almost all the rooms on campus will be utilized so be prepared for that. Cliff de Graw and Kim Harper will soon send out a schedule of that day with room numbers. See David with questions.

We are looking at some possible adjustments in the library that we will discuss together down the road. Reminder that we have a staff meeting on 10/24 at 2:20pm. Remember that you can always access the upcoming agenda in the PHS Team Drive, shared to you.

Have a great week!

A+ Update After the First Grading Period

We are now into the second grading period - October already! - and have had a chance to collect some data on our students. It is never easy to link one set of results with another since many variables may contribute to a result. Nevertheless, we compared the first grading period from 2017-18 with the first grading period of 2018-19 to see if Academic Plus was having an effect.Two elements stood out:

  • The suspension rate has dropped from 85 days lost to suspension in 17/18 to 29 days lost to suspension in 18/19
  • In terms of grades, the D and F rate has dropped considerably. In 2017/18, there were 450 D's and 349 F's (799 total) or 11% at the end of the first grading period; in 2018-19, there were 416 D's and 298 F's (714 total) or 9%. We should also note that we have almost 80 more students than last year. More students are earning higher grades.

Students are now able to make appointments and see teachers across his or her schedule at A+ time. We will continue to monitor how this period of time is working. At the moment, we are seeing signs that students are using this time effectively. Student feedback has been generally positive.

Sports Corner

The Trojans Varsity football team had a rough outing as the boys took on the Vintage Crushers. The visitors from Vintage were little faster and a little bigger. 50-7 final score. This is a bye week with the next game at Sonoma on October 12th.


Girls Golf is now 9-0! Last week, they had a 31 shot victory over American Canyon. Then, they visited Vintage High this past week with another strong performance, led by a 37 from Lilly Catarozoli. On Wednesday, they faced their toughest competition in the visiting Napa team. Every shot counted in a 265-266 final score in favor of the Trojans!

The regular season wraps up this week with a visit to Justin-Siena and Senior Night as they host Sonoma. Go Trojans!



Petaluma 254, American Canyon 285

Pet: Lilly Catarozoli 45; Channing Matthews 54; Kalea Howe 52; Mya Brooks 51; Olivia Zimmerman 52.

AC: Katie Robinson 42; Kaitlin Dang 54; Paola Alfaro 58 ; Keinah Baron 59; Megan Galeotti 72.

CG: Jordan Baughn 60; Bella Husary 61.

Records: Pet 7-0, AC 4-5

AT VINTNERS Golf Course (Par 34)

Petaluma 231, Vintage 302

Pet: Lilly Catarozoli 37; Channing Matthews 44; Kalea Howe 54; Mya Brooks 46; Olivia Zimmerman 50. V: Sophie Saleh 49; Cierra Yeager 57; Janett Salvidar 63; Brooke Knudsen 67; Kyli Cleveland 66.

Record: Pet 8-0, Vintage 4-5



Petaluma 265, Napa 266

Pet: Lilly Catarozoli 43; Olivia Zimmerman 49; Channing Matthews 51; Mya Brooks 60; Simone Smith 62. Napa: Devan Wickersham 44; Mara Zuidema 48; Emiy Erickson 51; LouLou Herve 61; Rileigh Erickson 62.

Record: Pet 9-0, Napa 7-2


Volleyball had a nice bounce back wins over Napa and American Canyon last week, taking a five set match over Napa and sweeping American Canyon, improving to 4-4 in league.

High school volleyball



Petaluma d. Napa 20-25, 25-22, 25-20, 14-25, 15-8

Pet: Hannah Dillingham 10 kills; Emma Weiand 9 kills; Kaleigh Weiand 9 kills.

Record: Pet5-11, 3-4

JV: Napa won


Girls Tennis:



Petaluma 4, Sonoma Valley 3

Singles: Olivia Weisiger (SV) d. Erika Gilmore 6-4, 7-5; Miranda Grevin (P) d. Audrey Castillo 6-1, 6-2; Emma Palmer (P) d. Lilly Raaka 6-2, 6-2; Amelia Grevin (P) d. Siobhan Hernandez 6-4, 6-1.

Doubles: Reese Dobson-Mary Gallo (SV) d. Christina Lang-Olivia Peachey 6-3, 6-2; Erin Gylft-Kayla Schmick (SV) d. Abby Deen-Sophia Ryan 6-1, 6-3; Maddie Peachey-Ellie Hall (P) d. Eden Scheiblich-Sami Stubbs 7-5, 4-6, 6-4.

Record: SV 0-6

NCAA Night @ Casa Grande

CALENDAR ALERT: We partner with Casa Grande and present one evening each fall where information on NCAA Eligibility and the various rules and procedures around athletic scholarships are reviewed. This evening will take place on October 8th at 7PM at the Casa Grande cafeteria (near the staff parking lot off Casa Grande Road). Please address questions about this evening to Rick Krist (

Trojan Live Updates

Here is some Trojan Live information on sports coverage for this year:

Varsity Football team's loss to American Canyon:

Highlights of Varsity Football team's victory over Justin Siena:

(highlight packages will always be on the channel)

Full game:

(only on the channel Thursday-Sunday during the season)

Varsity Volleyball team's loss to Justin Siena on Thursday:

Note all football games are covered but will be available on our YouTube channel from Thursday to Sunday until the season is complete.

Also Trojan Live will be live streaming all home varsity football games this year from Ellison Field. This includes the Egg Bowl on October 27th! They will also be live streaming select home varsity volleyball games including 10/11 vs. Casa Grande and 10/18 vs. Sonoma Valley along with any postseason games.

Trojan Live will continue live streaming for basketball, wrestling, baseball and softball later this year!

NIMS Accreditation

Great news! Our Engineering, Design, and Manufacturing program has received a positive accreditation from NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills). Petaluma High School is one of a handful on high school programs across the nation to receive such an accreditation. The driving force behind this has been Dan Sunia and his continuing work ensuring that PHS has a cutting edge training area and equipment. Below is the letter from NIMS:

Good Afternoon Dan,

I hope this email finds you well! I am happy to share that I was able to review the feedback from the recent NIMS evaluation at your facility and everything looks good. So, as of today, renewal of your program's accreditation is official for the next five years! Congratulations!!! This is a major achievement and national benchmark for your program and it definitely calls for a celebration.

Your accreditation is valid from October 05, 2018, until October 05, 2023. The attached document has next steps for the five-year accreditation period and during this time you may use the NIMS logo, which is also attached.

In the coming weeks, an announcement letter will be mailed to college Principal David Stirrat with copies to contacts from education, industry, and government. A plaque will be mailed directly to you and a custom banner will be sent as well. The banner will ship directly from the printer.

A press release will be posted on the NIMS website and a copy emailed to national manufacturing and education media and local/state news outlets. This email will also go out to the many CA contacts subscribed to the NIMS email list.

That is all for now. Congratulations again!!!

Best Regards,

Kristie Marri

Accreditation Manager

Fairfax, VA.

PPAD Corner

We are always looking for ways to work with our parents on helping our kids make excellent choices in life. We have met with Petaluma Parents Against Drugs to plan future news letter briefs as well as discuss potential workshops and meetings at PHS and Casa Grande. In the next Trojan Update, keep an eye out for information from PPAD and ways to work together to keep our students safe.

Our SROs (school resource officers) have been a great addition to the campuses here and at Casa Grande. In the next issue, they will be providing an update on what they've seen so far. One element that is a concern is vaping among teenagers. The next Trojan Update will include a section on this topic and how parents can intervene.

College Night a Great Success

More than a hundred parents attended last week's College Application Evening at the PHS Library. There, they listened as representatives from the CSU and UC systems described the various tricks and tips to the process. Megan McClelland and Christine Ruzick from the PHS counseling staff organized the evening and provided tips on filling out the FAFSA. For the senior parents, the FAFSA should be completed NOW! Remember that the CSU applications are open now and that UC applications open November 1st.

Please checkout the presentation slides from that evening, posted on the PHS counseling website:

Important Upcoming Dates

Don't forget the following dates:

Wednesday, October 10th - FFA Chapter Meeting

Thursday, October 11th - Site Council

Saturday, October 13th - SkillsUSA Regionals

Saturday, October 13th - PSAT Test

Monday, October 15th - Staff Development Day - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

Monday, October 15th - Athletic Booster Meeting

Tuesday, October 16th - Coffee w/the Principal @ Aqus Cafe 9AM

Wednesday, October 17th - District LCAP meeting @ 6pm at the PCS District Office

Thursday, October 18th - JV and Varsity Band Field Trip

Saturday, October 20th - Marching Band/Color Guard at Santa Cruz camp

Monday, October 22nd - Wildlife Field Trip

Mon-Friday Oct 22-26 - SPIRIT WEEK

Wednesday, October 22nd - Staff Meeting

Wed-Sat October 24-27 - National FFA Convention

Saturday, October 27 - Egg Bowl

Monday, October 29th - Chem and Community Health Field Trip

Tuesday, October 30th - Coffee w/the Principal @ Aqus Cafe 9AM

Wednesday, October 31st - HALLOWEEN celebration

PHS Engineering Students Tour Petaluma Area Manufacturing Facilities

A group of about 40 Petaluma High students from the Introduction to Engineering and Design, Principles of Engineering, and Advanced Metals classes toured four Petaluma-area manufacturing facilities last week. In partnership with Dan Sunia, our students observed the manufacturing and design process at LabCon (Jim Happ), GCX (Rich Dodele), Parmatech (Suzanne Stites), and Mike Maendl (ProtoFab). If you haven't been out and seen what's happening in the Petaluma manufacturing sector, you would be amazed at the high tech processes going on in our backyard. This was a real eye-opener for our students who realized that excellent jobs are right here in Petaluma for those who have the training.

Thanks to all the above mentioned folks for opening up your facilities for our students.

(The pdfs below offer more pictures and detail but may need to be downloaded for viewing.)

Parent Institute for Quality Education

Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) is partnering with Petaluma High School to bring a parent education program to our school. The purpose of the program is to inform and educate parents about elements that will assist their children in the post-secondary world, whether college or other pursuits. Watch for more information on this coming soon. The flyer below includes relevant information about the program. Please also see this link:

Science Dept. Partners with Henry Curtis Ford for Fundraiser

Pairing with Desiree Rossetti (parent of Senior Ari Rosetti) from Henry Curtis Ford in Petaluma, the PHS Science Department raised money for science supplies this past Saturday. Each test drive earned the department money and by the end of the afternoon, $1300 had been raised! Funds will be distributed amongst the eight science department members to pay for various scientific consumable and non consumable supplies so that PHS students can continue to have hands on experiences in all of their science classes! This program was such a success the department is hoping to participate again next school year. A big shout out and Thank you to Desiree Rossetti and Henry Curtis Ford in Petaluma!!

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