PHS Update

April 4th, 2016


Here we go into the month of April! Aside from E15M today and tomorrow, we have PAC on Tuesday, Community Achievement Awards Tuesday night, PLC Wednesday,

Let's welcome back the students and staff from the Ashland trip (they have a bit of an adventure to share :) and the SkillsUSA conference. We will also wish the band/choir students a safe trip to Chicago April 7-10 and the same for the HOSA State Conference

(We will spend some portion of the staff meeting on April 11th looking at trips and ramifications.)

Staff Meeting next week on April 11th and don't forget OPEN HOUSE on April 21st - more to come on this...

    • Every 15 Minutes is scheduled for April 4th and 5th. REMEMBER that students and parents do NOT know this is happening so this is not to be shared with students. Counselors are aware. Matt Thomas is again organizing as you heard at the staff meeting in October. The schedule is below. After tutorial on April 4th, all students will be in their next class as usual. The fire alarm will go off and all students should go to designated fire drill area. Then via announcement, all students will go to crash site (Broadway behind gym).

    April 4th

    07:10 - Students in the program arrive at the command post, where they will stay for the duration of the program.

    08:40 - Student notifications begins every 15 minutes or so…

    10:55 - Student body to be released via fire drill. Students to go to designated point, then to Broadway/Bassett (gym)

    11:10- 12:20 Crash presentation.

    12:20 - Lunch release

    After Lunch to finish the rest of notifications if any….


    10:55 - Release all students to gym for the assembly

    11:05 - Assembly to begin

    12:20 - Assembly to end and student body to be released for lunch

    Notifications will consist of an officer and a Chaplain will come to the class of one of the students from that class, read the obituary and either post the obit or leave it with the teacher to post where it should remain ideally until the end of the school year.

    The crash scene will consist of two crashed vehicles, with four of the participants inside the vehicle. The fire department, police and coroner will respond to deal with the crash scene and the occupants.

    The Assembly the next day will be that of a “mock funeral." There will be two to three speakers, a viewing of the film, and the reading of two to three good bye letters from parents and students. Principal Stirrat will be the M/C for the assembly.

    The Arts at Aqus!

    Jae Tillinghast and Alan Barnes have an art show up at Aqus Cafe featuring student work. The show will be up most of April so drop by and check it out. The show includes AP Art students, Art Two students and a few choice pieces from the photography students. They will also run Fine Arts Day simultaneous with Open House (evening of April 21st and the day of April 22nd). See the fineness of art!

    Student Projects Headed Back to Space! April 8th Launch Date.

    Mark your calendars: Launch is scheduled for 4/8/2016 ...

    Launch viewing party at the PHS multipurpose starting at 2PM PST on April 8th or watch it via google

    The Petaluma City Schools (PCS) is a participant in the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education’s (NCESSE) Student Spaceflight Experiments Program’s (SSEP) Mission 7 to the International Space Station (ISS). In school year 2014-2015 we involved 400 grade 9-12 students in real microgravity experiment design and proposal writing. Of those many students Tara Thomas and Morgan Giraud of Petaluma High had the winning experiment to test the viability of growing algae in microgravity as a possible source of biofuel. In June of 2015 our first launch attempt ended shortly after take-off when the SpaceX rocket carrying their experiment exploded. Now our expanded Mission 7 Team, including students Alana Roberts, Liza Strong, and Lulabel Seitz, is getting a second chance. Once again our Mission 7 experiments will be riding along on a SpaceX rocket with the hopes that this time we make it to the ISS.

    The Dragon capsule will launch on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida on Friday April 8th at approximately 2:45 PST. In addition to our payload, the rocket will be carrying science research, crew supplies and hardware to the orbiting laboratory in support of the Expedition 47 and 48 crews. The flight also includes the Bigelow Aerospace expandable habitat module that will be attached to the space station for testing. In its scheduled return to Earth in May, the Dragon capsule will bring back biological samples from astronauts, including those collected during NASA's one-year mission. This launch is the eighth contracted mission by SpaceX under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract.

    Through participation in SSEP Petaluma High School has built partnerships with regional STEM business to both support our students now and to provide STEM businesses with a local workforce that is work-ready, possessing relevant skills. Petaluma City Schools (PCS) has made a significant investment in providing our students with 21st century skills and STEM education. PCS and Petaluma High invites the broader community to support our participation in this exciting program. On Friday, April 8th, Petaluma High will host a launch viewing party at the Petaluma High campus for students and our community sponsor.

    Individuals and businesses who are interested in sponsoring this effort should visit Petaluma High’s GoFundMe ( crowdfunding campaign “Petaluma High SSEP” or contact Principal David Stirrat ( or lead teacher Linda Judah ( for more information or to make a donation.

    "The Student Space Flight Experiments Program ( is undertaken by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE; in partnership with Nanoracks, LLC. This on-orbit educational research opportunity is enabled through NanoRacks, LLC, which is working in partnership with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory. "
    PHS SSEP News Update




    April 4..........Principals Tour 9am; PTSA Mtg
    April 5..........Floral Field Trip to the City

    April 5.........PAC Meeting @3:25

    April 5.........Community Achievement Awards
    April 7..........Bite of Reality; Music Boosters Mtg 7pm
    April 7 - 10..........Band/Choir Trip to Chicago
    April 7 - 10.........HOSA State Conference

    April 11..............Staff Meeting
    April 12..........Project Grad Mtg
    April 14..........Delegate Mtg; End of Grading Period; Site Council Mtg

    April 13 + 14th ......CAASPP - Math Computer Adaptive Test

    April 15 + 18th......CAASPP Math Performance Task

    April 15 + 18th.....CAASPP 10th Grade Science

    April 16 - 19..........State FFA Competition

    April 18..........Trojan Connections; Athletic Boosters Mtg

    April 19 + 20th.....CAASPP English Computer Adaptive Test

    April 21 + 22nd.....CAASPP English Performance Task


    April 22 - 23, 28 - 30..........The Little Mermaid Drama Production

    April 22..........Fine Arts Day

    April 26 + 28th.......Make up Testing
    April 27..........Westside Band Competition
    April 28-29..........PowderPuff Competition

    Kiss a Senior Goodbye!

    Looking for a way to say goodbye to this years seniors? Well you're in luck! The junior class this year is organizing a fundraiser called "Kiss and Hug a Senior Goodbye!" You can choose to send either 5 Hershey's Hugs or 5 Hershey's Kisses in a package with a personalized tag. Each one is $1 and will be delivered to the seniors of your choice while they're in class. If you're interested, please fill out the following form and bring your payment into the office. If you're sending more than one, please fill out one form per senior. Thank you!

    -Sarah Jane Catarozoli (Junior Class President)

    PHS Wildlife Museum Pasta Dinner

    A wonderful evening at PHS Saturday night! The museum was open and hundreds of parents, students, and community member wandered through to admire to new reptile exhibit and recently mounted displays. Then many ambled over to the multi for a pasta dinner and auction. Thanks to all the students who planned the evening, to Jordan James and Kim Arntz and the Petaluma Museum Board. Great job!
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    The Math PLC last Wednesday: This is how we do it!

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    iPad Collection Update

    The iPad collection team is continuing to refine the plan. We will publish final details as soon as all the logistics are worked out, but we will be collecting seniors' iPads prior to Prom and Car Show, then 9-11th thereafter. We will be messaging parents this week so they are prepared too.

    Summer School @ Petaluma HIgh

    Summer school will be held at PHS this summer. We will be using rooms in the C-wing and several science rooms. Summer School begins on June 20 and runs until July 22. Debi Richardson (PHS) and Nikki Samuel (Casa) will be principals this year. For more information on summer school, please contact your counselor.

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