Trojan Update

February 7th, 2018

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Petaluma High School in the foreground; ski slopes developing on Sonoma Mountain!

Looking Ahead to Valentines Week

Hello Everyone!

A great deal happening at PHS so let's get to it!

** The Crab Feed was a wonderful success. The team is still tallying up the numbers from our most important fundraiser of the year and will let us know at the next Athletic Booster meeting. Take a look at some of the pictures below of the event. Thank you to all the amazing parents and students who make it happen, and to all of you who donated an item or supported PHS by attending and bidding on items.

**Registration for Fall 2019 is wrapping up this week. If your child has NOT yet registered, please get in touch with your counselor or email an administrator ASAP.

**Wrestling earned the second pennant for PHS in the VVAL. See article below on their unbeaten season!

**And Girl's Soccer also earned a pennant, the third VVAL league title of the year so far. They just completed a 3-0 away win at American Canyon! Another unbeaten season! See article below...

** College Night in the Library tonight, Thursday, February 7th at 6pm.

** and...Don't forget AP/Honors Night coming up on Thursday, February 21st at 6pm in the Multi. See article below for more information.

**Check out the Poetry Out Loud article and the alumni spotlights!

**Our WASC accreditation visit is coming up in 2019-20. We are beginning the work of looking closely at our teaching and learning practice. We will be reaching out to our parents and students in the coming weeks and months to help us with this work.

Have a terrific week!

Class Registration for Fall 2019 + Important Upcoming Dates!

Counselors will continue Online Registration this week. Students will be registering for their classes for next year using their AERIES Student Portal accounts. It is important that each student has an active account separate from their parents. It is also important that parents have their own account so that they can review courses that their child selects. Registration dates are below:

  • Junior Registration: Week of 1/14, online registration closes on Sunday, 1/20.
  • 8th Grade Registration: Week of 1/22, online registration closes on Sunday, 1/27.
  • Sophomore Registration: Week of 1/28, online registration closes on Sunday, 2/3.
  • Freshman Registration: Week of 2/4, online registration closes on Sunday, 2/10.

Course Request Forms can be found on the PHS Counseling website. Please take time to review classes for next year with your child prior to registration.

College Night is happening Thursday, February 7th at 6pm. This is open to all 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students and parents and will provide important information on college planning.

AP & Honors Night is happening Thursday, February 21st at 6pm and is important for any student to attend that is planning or considering AP or Honors classes for next year. More details to come later, AP/Honors contracts will be due Friday, March 8th.

Lady Trojans Complete Unbeaten Regular Season: On to the Playoffs!

The Lady Trojans capped off their regular season with a convincing 3-0 win at American Canyon Wednesday night. The Trojans (15-0-3) completed an amazing and unblemished season behind another balanced attack and solid defense. Two days earlier, the Trojans continued their dominant run with a 2-0 victory on the road against Sonoma.

Last Friday, the Trojans were at a wet and cold Ellison Field for Senior Night. After a slow start, the Trojans turned up the heat in the second half, eventually running away from Napa 6-1. It was a great way to celebrate Senior Night. (see some of the pictures below)

Earlier that week, Petaluma went on the road at Casa in a showdown game. In a hard fought battle, they came away with a 2-1 win, essentially sealing up the league pennant. (See the report on this game below.)

Now, the current #1 ranked squad in NCS Division 3 will wait to hear who they'll face in the first round of the NCS. Congratulation on an awesome season, Trojans! Coach Babala and staff are just as proud!

Poetry Out Loud!

This month, students participated in the Poetry Out Loud competition here at Petaluma High. Poetry Out Loud encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. Since 2005, Poetry Out Loud has grown to reach more than 3 million students and 50,000 teachers from 10,000 schools in every state, Washington, DC, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico."

Our PHS Honors English 9 students worked with local poet and Poetry Out Loud coach Sandra Anfang and teacher Krista O'Connor to memorize and perform a poem during in-class competitions. Last week, nine students - Julia Barufkin, Emma Churchill, Sabrina Fiorica, Cadence Larson, Jacqueline Mattox, Mauricio Mejia Pagola, Drake Newell, Zachary Scholnick and Mia Sun - were finalists and presented to an audience. Of this group, Mia Sun won the competition and will represent Petaluma High at the county-level competition on Monday, February 11, 2019 at Santa Rosa's Central Library at 6 pm. If you are able to attend that evening, your support and encouragement would be greatly appreciated.

Top three in the final school-wide competition on 1/30 were:

First place: Hui Wen (Mia) Sun

Runner-up 1: Emma Churchill

Runner-up 2: Drake Newell

Wrestling Defeats Casa - The Unbeaten Head for NCS!

The PHS Wrestling team completed a dream regular season, going undefeated in league and besting cross town rival Casa Grande in a meet last week at Senior Night. The team now looks ahead to NCS! Way to go, Coach Schloesser and his staff, and all the girls and boy wrestlers!

Casa Grande @ Petaluma High

Wrestling Meet - 1-30-19

JV – Petaluma 37 Casa Grande 27

108 Dylan Bianchi (Pet) won by FF

115 Sam Virkus (CG) won by dec over Dylan Baltazar (Pet) OT 7-5

122 Ashur King(Pet) won by fall over Jake Balek(CG) 1:57

128 Jack Benedetti (Pet) won by FF

134 Riddick James (Pet) won by dec Joe Ellis (CG) OT 5-3

140 Sam Skinner (CG won by fall over Peter Vitali (Pet) 1:34

147 Nathan Turner ((Pet) won by fall over Lorenzo Zuniga (CG) 3:22

154 Jacob Bettencourt (Pet) won by maj dec. Kyle Garrity (CG) 12-1

160 Jacob Isola (CG) won fall over Parker Loden (Pet) 3:37

172 Steven Isaacs (CG) won by fall over Ryan Castiliga (Pet) 2:44

184 Josh Byous (Pet) won by FF

197 Double FF

220 (CG) won by FF

HWT Double FF

Varsity Girls – Petaluma 36 Casa Grande 15

103 Amelia Grevin won by FF

116 Cici Neuibower-Bas (Pet) won by FF

128 Kim Larsen (PET) won by FF

131 Shalynn Baker (Pet) won by FF

138 Adriana Barajas (Pet) won by FF

143 Aurora Viera (CG) won by dec over Logan Pomi (Pet) 8-1

160 Carla Maldanado (Pet) won by fall over Skylar Finely(CG) 5:41

189 Rubalcaba Oberman(CG) won by FF

235 Lily McCoy (CG) won by FF

Varsity Boys – Petaluma 45 Casa Grande 20

108 Nick Trave (Pet) won by pin over Liam Walsh (CG)

115 Charlie Winter (Pet) won by dec over Collin Hilliard (CG) 3-0

122 Ryan Naugle (CG) won by fall over Collin Ferrero (Pet) 3:34

128 Dominic Butts( Pet) won by fall. Over Victor Medina (CG) 4:23

134 Mac Shattuck(Pet) won maj. dec. over Joe McGwuire (CG) 10-1

140 Liam O’Niell (Pet) won by pin over Trevor Chavez (CG) 3:22

147 Daxton Hogya (Pet) won by dec over- Ethan Falkenberg- (CG) 9-2

154 Connor Pedersen (Pet) won by pin over Kuper (CG) 2:23

160 Tony Vitali (Pet) won by dec over Babel (CG) 9-2

172 Colton Prieto (Pet) won by dec over Tannor McKinney (CG) 7-4

184 Derrick Pomi (Pet) won by pin over Caleb Wood (CG) disqualified

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Important Upcoming Dates

Don't forget the following dates:

Thursday, February 7th - COLLEGE NIGHT in the Library (6PM)

February 12-15th - MarS to Monterey (Part 2)

Wednesday, February 13th - WASC Wednesday (Staff) in Library

Wednesday, February 13th - Biology and Community Health Field Trip

Tuesday, February 19th - Chemistry and Community Health Field Trip

Tuesday, February 19th - Coffee with the Principal @ Aqus Cafe 9AM

Wednesday, February 20th - Legal Studies Field Trip

Wednesday, February 20th - PLC

Thursday, February 21st - Site Council @ 3:20pm in F6

Thursday, February 21st - END OF FOURTH GRADING PERIOD

Thursday, February 21st - AP/HONORS Evening (6PM) Multi

Friday, February 22nd - APES Field Trip

Saturday, February 23rd - MR GQ

Monday, February 25th - Athletic Booster Meeting

Wednesday, February 27th - Staff Meeting

Dramatists Bring Home the Medals at Lenaea Drama Festival

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Kameron Grant and Ben Van der Meer performed a student written piece (by Ben Van Der Meer) about waiting in line outside, during the winter, in Wisconsin for a midnight premier. The respondents had a great time work-shopping with the two students which landed them the respondents award. Students who show a strong willingness and adaptive approach to the workshop session receive this accolade.

In the One act competition, Our school won the bronze award for our performance of This Phone Will Explode at the Beep, a comedy about the challenges of using land line phones and answering machines. Directed by Greer Moss with Isabel Carles, Vivian Schafbuch, Nicole Efsatathiu, Mia Sun, Alyssa isetta, Ben Van Der Meer, Sawyer Thomas, Gavin Newell and crewed by Simone Tranfaglia, Stephanos Sideris, Kiara Montijano, and Graham Cannon, this play was well timed with strong performances by all and entertained as well. Ben won the best actor award for his character portrayal in this one act.

Students attended some amazing workshops this year and had a profound experience watching the other school's one acts.Ben Van Der Meer and Kameron Grant —respondents award for duo scene

Ben Van Der Mer — outstanding actor for one act.

One act Bronze award.

Our AcDec Stars!

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PHS Team Shines at Academic Decathlon 2019 NorthBay Regional

Petaluma High raised their level this year as our academic sharpshooters competed at the North Bay Regional AcDec competition in Fairfield last Saturday. Thirteen schools competed, answering questions around the theme of the 1960s. The day was long, but the team did very well. They earned individual medals in nine of the ten test subjects. In the team SuperQuiz, PHS placed 3rd, besting Casa for the first time. Overall, our school finished 4th. We are awaiting scores to see if we performed well enough to earn an at large spot for the state championship.

Team members: Anna Demma, Madison Fisher, Sam Gearhard, Libby Greenlief, Harmony Jensen, Jessica Lechon, Harrison Saunders, Ava Schafbuch, Sean Schumikowski, Ethan Shahbazian, Stephanos Sideris, and Isaac Ulmer. Congratulations to our Super Coach, Mr. Aja, and to Ms. Jackson for her terrific support with Literature.

2019 AcDec Awards

Isaac Ulmer - Silver

Ethan Shahbazian - Bronze

Stephanos Sideris - Bronze
Ethan Shahbazian - Bronze

Libby Greenlief - Bronze
Sam Gearhard - Silver

Stephanos Sideris - Bronze
Anna Demma - Bronze

Harmony Jensen - Silver
Ethan Shahbazian - Bronze

Stephanos Sideris - Silver
Madison Fisher - Bronze
Anna Demma - Silver

Isaac Ulmer - Bronze

Social Science
Sam Gearhard - Silver

Individual overall
Isaac Ulmer - Bronze senior

Superquiz (Team) - Bronze

Team overall - 4th

Sam Gearhard and Ethan Shahbazian (below)

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Basketball Update

Both girls and boys varsity closed out the regular season against Sonoma Valley Monday night. The boys enjoyed Senior Night activities last Friday versus Napa (see pictures below). Though down big early on, the Trojan boys showed a lot of heart closing to within four in the final minute before eventually giving way to the Grizzlies. The young Trojans finished their season at Sonoma. They competed all the way, coming back from a 10 point deficit with a huge three pointer by Robbie Isetta to tie things up late. Then George Tynes appeared to hit the game winner with 8 seconds to go. Unfortunately, Sonoma managed to tie it up at the buzzer, then went on to 49-48 win in overtime. The Trojans (6-19) could easily be in double digits in wins but for four buzzer beater and overtime losses. Congratulations to all these Trojans on a hard fought season!

The girls, coming off their huge win versus Casa in Ed Iacoppi Gym (see story below), closed out their regular season campaign versus Sonoma at home on Senior Night Monday (see pictures below). The T-Girls quickly established themselves as the better team, eventually winning 56-22. The defense was particularly strong, holing the Dragons to just 7 second half points. The T-Girls were led by Sheriene Arikat's 15 points and 10 boards. Kassidy Bacon also had a strong night with 9 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 steals. Our three seniors - Kassidy, Lilly Catarozoli, and Kaileigh Pate - all had strong games to finish the season. The Trojans have an outside chance of making the NCS field but we will have to wait and see. Congratulations to Coach Ratshin and all the PHS T-Girl families!

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AP/Honors Night - February 21st at 6PM in the Multi + AP Exam Update

As our second semester keeps rolling along, we are happy to send out some early reminders for our AP families and those who may be interested in learning more about AP and Honors courses at PHS.

February 21st is our AP/Honors Night. This night is dedicated to inform students and parents about the AP and Honors courses offered at PHS. It is important for all of our students to go to these meetings as they will learn about expectations, summer assignments and much more from the instructor.

Attached you will find the schedule in English and Spanish. Also, you will find the AP/Honors agreement. This document is due March 8th for all students who plan to take an AP or Honors course during the 2019-2020 school year.

AP testing is scheduled for the weeks of May 7 - May 18th. At this point, your student should have brought home a two sided letter. (See Attached Item) This letter notifies the student and parents of the 2018-2019 AP testing window, the cost for each test and a selection of tests your student can take. Students were instructed to review this document and use it when selecting their exams.

The date for submitting AP registration forms is March 8th. We encourage all students who are planning to do the AP test to get their payments in ASAP to avoid any late fee's or missed opportunities. Please see a counselor for further information or for scholarship information.

Attached you will find the letter that was given to students in December. If needed, you can print this document or your student can get a new copy in the Student Assistance Center.

Crab Feed Highlights!

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Alumni Highlight: Greg Thomas '15

Greg Thomas, PHS '15, was recently recognized for his exemplary work ethic as he balances his work load in the classroom with kicking duties for the Cal Bears. Way to go, Greg!
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