Trojan Update

December 12th, 2017

In the Homestretch for the Holidays!

Well, we are headed into the last few days of classes before finals next week. Thank you for being a part of the Petaluma High community! We just completed a fun Spirit Week at school - thank you to our ASB crew for putting it all together, and for a spirited rally last week. (Below, Drumline performs at the rally and Ms. Jackson and Ms. McClelland prepare to Sumo race!)

Please read on for updates and items on all things PHS. Don't forget to pick up tickets for the Crab Feed, a great fundraiser and a truly fun time.

Have a great rest of the week!

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PHS CRAB FEED Information...

Hi PHS Community –

The annual PHS Athletic Boosters Crab Feed is just around the corner and tickets are now on sale! The Crab Feed is Saturday, February 3rd at Herzog Hall on the Sonoma Marin Fairgrounds. This is the main fundraiser for the Athletic Boosters and goes directly to supporting all of our Trojan student athletes and teams.

See the flyer below for ticket sales information – tickets are a first come, first serve basis and we will sell out. Don’t wait! Crab Feed tickets make a great holiday gift!

How can you contribute to making the Crab Feed our most successful fundraiser yet?

  • Donate items to the Silent or Live Auctions
  • Every athlete is asked to donation 1 bottle of wine per sport – donations can be brought to the main office or to the Krist home – 700 Elm Drive
  • Purchase tickets & attend the event

For Ticket Sales inquiries – please contact Antoinette Butts –

For Silent or Live Auction donations – please contact Barb Brooks –

For Wine Auction donations – please contact Lori Krist –

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Athletics RoundUp

Winter sports are well underway now and our PHS athletes are proving themselves out there. Boys varsity basketball had a strong showing at the Rose City Tournament last weekend, rolling by Santa Rosa (see article below), battling Cardinal Newman, and almost playing Redwood down to the last bucket before losing by three. Coach Behrs and the boys visit Casa Grande Tuesday night so come on out to support the Trojans!

The varsity girls are off to a 4-3 start and looking strong as they prep for league play. Coach Ratshin has them looking forward to league play, but up next is a tall test at Maria Carillo Tuesday night. The JV are currently 7-2 and looking good.

Girls varsity soccer has a 4-2 record so far, including wins over Rancho Cotate, Cardinal Neman, and San Marin. They entertain Healdsburg on Wednesday before hitting the road at American Canyon on Friday. The varsity boys are a young group who have played a tough preseason schedule. They are showing some real talent. They take on Deer Valley Tuesday night in Antioch.

Go Trojans!

Wrestling: Petaluma High School Results for Green and Gold Tournament 2017 at San Marin High School - December 9, 2017

106 lbs Nick Trave went undefeated and took 1st as a 9th grader.

120 lbs Charlie Winter took 3rd

126 lbs Mac Shattuck took 5th and Dominic Butts took 7th

138 lbs Connor Pedersen took 3rd and Daxton Hogya did not place

145 lbs Liam O’Neill took 3rd place and Jakob Bettencourt took 6th

152 lbs Colton Prieto took 4th

160 lbs Tony Vitali did not place and Curtis Goughnour did not place.

171 lbs Derrick Pomi took 5th place

182 lbs Chris Olvera did not place

195 lbs Fernando Marshall Rodriguez did not place.

The overall Team Results Petaluma High School took 2nd place behind powerhouse Windsor High School. This marks the highest place Petaluma has ever place at the San Marin Tournament.

Junior Varsity had success at Elsie Allen High School

Mario Zarco took 1st place

Joe Yerion took 1st

Lukas Bettencourt took 1st

Joe Grob took 2nd

Collin Ferrero took 3rd

Max Winslow, Nick Tarca, Jack Santos, Justin Plumbtree, and Nathan Groth also were in attendance.

Petaluma Varsity Girls Wrestling

@ San Leandro High School - Dec 9

With 5 wrestlers the Girls took 15th place out of 65 teams

Cindy Diaz took 2nd place

Brooklyn Shattuck took 3rd Place

Citlalle Calderon went 3-1 but did not place

Logan Pomi, Sunshine Sather, and Sarah Markovich also did not place.

** Next week the whole team will be squaring off at Healdsburg TeamTournament at Healdsburg High School. The wrestling will begin at 9 am on Dec. 16th.

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New Athletic League for 2018-19

Petaluma High School has been a member of the Sonoma County League for many years. In 2018-19, Petaluma, Casa Grande, and Sonoma High Schools will join four Napa schools (Vintage, Napa, American Canyon, and Justin-Siena) in the newly formed Vine Valley Athletic League (VVAL) Athletic directors and principals from these schools are busy meeting to work out logistics, league guidelines, and schedules for the next year. There will be much more to come as we move closer to the fall of 2018!

FFA Cake Auction Coming Soon!

If you haven't been to the FFA Cake Auction, you haven't lived! Put the auction on your calendar and come to enjoy some great food and the best desserts in the history of the world. Remember that the Dairy Judging Team is headed for Scotland and needs to raise significant dollars to get to the Other Side. Come and support and enjoy the evening!

Wednesday, December 13th from 5:30-8pm in the Multi.

Ellison Field is really starting to take shape. This video from last week shows the turf going in. Since then, the progress has been remarkable. Dennis Lucchesi and his team, along with David Ashe from PCS have been amazing.

Mr. Tacata Takes Home County EoY - Will Represent PHS at State

Big up congrats to Phil Tacata for being selected as the California League of High Schools Sonoma County Educator of the Year! It is a huge honor to be the Petaluma High teacher of the year, but to go on and be recognized in Sonoma County really makes us proud. Below in his own words...

"Just wanted to say thank you to all the folks who came out to the Teacher of the Year Ceremony in Healdsburg the other night... Many of my friends and family travelled far to get out there (Denver, Portland, Merced, the City) and my crazy super-colleagues bounced out of a staff meeting early and sat in traffic for an hour+ to make it. At the end of the night, I was honored with the title, "Region 1 - Sonoma County Teacher of the Year for 2018." Pretty cool :) But not as cool as being blessed to have these people in my life.

I am a teacher in the greatest school in the greatest community in the heart of the North Bay. I don't take it for granted. And I am a very lucky man."

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Holiday Cheer Gift Card Drive!

Thank you to all the PHS parents and community members who donated to the Holiday Cheer Drive. Please see below for a message from Brenda Martin and Corrie Williams, PHS parents who led the drive:

"I am proud to say that just with what was dropped off to the school we have almost $2,250 worth of gift cards to bless these 50 students this holiday season. I have all the notes of encouragement written and in an unsealed envelope so the card can be signed by whomever and then gift cards placed inside of them. Corrie Williams and I have enjoyed taking on this little project, of course it could not have been possible without all the support from Petaluma High, Petaluma and from even afar. Thank you for being open to this idea."

Merry Christmas!

Brenda Martin

And Corrie WIlliams

Trojan Live will be live streaming Boys and girls basketball home games, starting on Nov 25th

Saturday, Nov. 25th, 5pm

201 Fair Street

Petaluma, CA

Our first live stream is November 25!

SAT Intensive Prep Class - Registration opens Dec 9th

"Free SAT Intensive Prep class on Th. Jan. 4 (part 1) and Sat. Jan. 6 (part 2) from 10:30 am - 1 pm at the Petaluma Regional Library. Registration opens Sat. Dec. 9 with preference given to Juniors. Registration form requires both parent/guardian and student signature, and is available at the library's reference desk or can be downloaded at Free study guide provided. Space is limited to 25 students. Other workshops available at Rohnert Park and Central Santa Rosa libraries on 1/3 and 1/5."

CSU Extends Deadline for Some Campuses

In the event that you are a parent or student applying to a CSU campus and you missed the November 30th deadline, please note the following:

Some CSU campuses remain open to applications after the November 30th priority application deadline. This includes several impacted campuses. The campuses that remain open are:

Impacted Campuses – Deadline Extended to December 15th

  • Humboldt
  • East Bay
  • Monterey Bay
  • Sonoma (will stay open until December 18th)

Non-impacted Campuses – Deadline may extend beyond December 15th

  • Bakersfield
  • Channel Islands
  • Dominguez Hills
  • Maritime
  • San Francisco
  • Stanislaus

Important Upcoming Dates

Don't forget the following dates:

  • Wednesday, December 13th - Professional Development - PLN/PLC

  • Wednesday, December 13th - FFA Cake Auction in Multi 5:30pm-8pm

  • Thursday, December 14th - Site Council @3:20pm in F6

  • Tuesday, December 19th - FINALS 3rd/6th

  • Tuesday, December 19th - PTSA Staff Luncheon @ 1pm

  • Wednesday, December 20th - FINALS 4th/5th

  • Wednesday, December 20th - Winter Band Concert in Multi

  • Thursday, December 21st - FINALS 1st/2nd

  • Thursday, December 21st - End of grading period/End of First Semester

  • Friday, December 22nd - Teacher Workday (NO SCHOOL)


  • Monday, January 8th - First Day of Second Semester - C Day (all periods including Zero)


Rather than copy and paste from our website as I've done in the past, let's use our website as the main form of reminder as to what is coming up. Click the link below and check out what's coming up from the calendar. (The link is now correct!)