PHS Update

October 29th, 2018

Moving Onwards!

Halloween is this week so get those costumes ready! And at weeks end, so ends the 2nd Grading period. Wow!


Tough loss to the Gauchos on Saturday (see Sports Corner) in a game that will be remembered for a long time. Now the Trojans hit the road for a match up with Encinal in the NCS playoffs. Go Trojans! Good luck to Girls golf on Monday too.


Don't forget to calendar Cinderella Waltz, brought to you by the Troy Performers, coming in November (see poster).


This week, the Wildlife Museum will be OPEN AND FREE TO THE PUBLIC ON HALLOWEEN (10/31) from 4pm-8pm. Our Museum Management students will be on hand --in costume-- handing out candy, handling snakes and critters for guests, and showing folks around the Museum. If you have young kids or know folks that do, please come by on the 31st for free Trick-or-Treating and a fun, safe night at the Museum :) We would love to have you and your family join us! Treats, -Phil Tacata


Have a great week!

Sports Corner

Yes, that was a tough loss. Though the Trojans moved the ball up and down the field at will and dominated the time of possession, and though they punched it in in the final minute and tacked on the two point conversion, there was still time for the Gauchos to score and then go ahead with a similar two point conversion. A memorable game that reminds us that a good crosstown rivalry makes both our schools better. Well done, Coach Krist and all our Trojans.


Now they look forward to a road game at Encinal on November 3rd at 7PM in the NCS playoffs. Go Trojans!


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Girls Golf has finished the season 12-0, an unbeaten record in their first year in the VVAL! The pennant in now here at PHS. The girls are proud that they are the first PHS team to hoist a VVAL pennant.


On Monday, October 29th, they will travel to compete in the NCS Division 1 championships. Best of luck to this group!


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Ca$h for College Night - Coming November 7th

If you have a senior, please put Wednesday, November 7th on your calendar for Cash for College Night in the PHS Library. Please see more information on this below. This is a critical night for seniors!


Also, Ms. Stoll is running college application workshops in the College and Career Center by appointment at lunch and after school on October 29th and November 6th. Students should email her or come by to make an appointment.

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PHS Science at Bay Area Discovery Days

Once again, the Petaluma High School Science department, with much help from students in Marine Science and the museum program, put on an outstanding show at the Bay Area Science Discovery Days event at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Special kudos to Phil Tacata, Victor Brazil, Lee Boyes and Kris Camacho for their 9 hours of volunteer community service!!!


Fun for all with snakes and whale bones plus Arts and crafts. Way to go, PHS Science!

Tomorrow's Leaders Today Ag Day

October 23rd was Ag Day at Tomorrow’s Leaders Today (TLT), and through our partnership with the Sonoma County Farm Bureau, students were introduced to the diversity of local agriculture in Sonoma County.

This week, nearly 75 students started the day meeting leaders from the Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market, Hector’s Honey, Costeaux French Bakery and the Sonoma County Farm Bureau. Then, they loaded a bus and toured several farms and ranches where they learned about sustainable farming practices, multi-generational business operations, crop rotations, career pathways in the industry and the significant impact the agriculture industry has in Sonoma County.

The best part of the day was the hand-on experiences, and here are some highlights:

We milked a cow and bonded with one-day old calves at McClelland's Dairy, shucked and ate oysters at Bodega Bay Oyster Company, smelled the delicious aroma of organic meyer lemons at DMS Ranch (and got to take some fruit home). Then, we taught our future leaders how to write a SWOT analysis and budget, and pitch their proposal for a $1M loan with a panel of loan officers at American AgCredit (think shark tank with a twist)!

It was another fun-filled day of hands-on learning! Here’s what some of our students said:

One TLT student learned, “that there is more to the agriculture industry than just farming and cattle; there are many different careers involved." After spending the day together another said, “I learned that Agriculture is extremely important, especially in Sonoma County”.

HOSA Students Raise $ to Fight Pediatric Cancer

HOSA future health professionals bridged the cross town divide at the Egg Bowl with a fundraiser raffle benefitting the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Senior Ebony Berry-Brown led the effort.


HOSA's theme this year is "Define Your Purpose" and these young leaders did just that. They built fellowship and raised over $200 for a cure. Well done, HOSA students!

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Important Upcoming Dates

Don't forget the following dates:


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

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

Wednesday, October 31st - HALLOWEEN celebration

Thursday, November 1st - UC Applications open

Friday, November 2nd - END of 2nd Grading Period

Friday, November 2nd - Biology Field Trip

Monday, November 5th - Financial Aid Rally

Monday, November 5th - Principal's Tour @ 1:30pm

Monday, November 5th - PTSA Meeting

Tuesday, November 6th - Election Day (polling station at PHS)

Wednesday, November 7th - Cash 4 College Night/Financial Aid @ 6PM PHS Library

Thursday, November 8th - Site Council Meeting @3:25 in F6

Thursday-Sat November 8-10th; 15-17th - Drama Fall Production

Friday, November 9th - APES Field Trip

Monday, November 12th - VETERANS DAY - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, November 13th - Coffee w/ Principal at Aqus 9-10am

Thursday, November 15th - 9th Grade Preview Evening at the PHS Gym @ 6PM

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Veterans Day at PHS

Prior to Veterans Day, PHS students will again engage in a letter writing to active service members of our armed forces. This will be done mainly in classrooms, but there will also be a letter writing station in the library so any student during this day can stop by when its convenient for them and write a letter


Sponsored by: ASB students and Mr. Granados


Assisted by: Blue Star Moms of Marin, Barb Bochner (co-president) (415) 717-7030


Activity: with photo boards, sample letters, writing guidelines, a sample care package that the letters will be a part of, and lots of writing materials - ASB will be signing teachers up for 15 minute slots to do a letter writing session with that class. The activity will happen on Nov. 9, 2018, and the letters will be vetted by ASB no later than Nov. 16. The letters will then be picked up by Blue Star Moms of Marin, and they will deliver them to our brave active duty armed service members across the world.


Teacher sign-up: This will be done with a Google sheet where teachers can sign up for a 15-minute slot at either the beginning, middle, or end of the class period. ASB students will be going to each class that signed up to lead a 15-minute letter writing session. ASB students will then collect and take the completed letters with them and bring them back to a central location (ASB room).


  • The letter writing materials will be provided by Ms. Lowell.

  • ASB students will be overseen by Mr. Aja and Mr. Jackson

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.
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