PHS Parent Update

April 30th, 2015

Two Lacrosse Paddles; One Historic Night!

On a cool Wednesday evening last week, Petaluma Varsity Boys and Girls Lacrosse made a little history. In the first CIF lacrosse games played on home territory at Ellison Field, both teams overcame strong challenges from the visitors from Casa Grande to claim the Battle of the Paddle.

First, the boys withstood a strong second half surge by the Gauchos, pulling away at the end for a 13-8 victory. Then in a true nail biter, the girls held on for an 11-10 victory. Both squads are looking strong as they head toward playoffs. Congrats to Kevin and Sarah, our fine coaches!...See further on in this update for upcoming lacrosse news.

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Welcome to Gary Callahan, our new superintendent-to-be!

Starting July 1st, Gary Callahan will take on the responsibility of leading PCS into the future. I had a chance to sit down with him last weekend and talk about Petaluma High, his vision for the district, and his sense of where education is headed. I was impressed by his intelligence, scope of experience, and genuine understanding of the challenges we all face.

He stopped by Petaluma High last Tuesday to introduce himself to staff and visit a few classrooms. He spent about 45 minutes with us before heading off on his journey around all the district schools. I'm confident Superintendent Callahan has a great deal to offer our district in the years to come.

Cinderella Opens Thursday Night!

Don't forget to reserve your seat for the Spring play this year, Cinderella. Please support all the students and staff who have worked so hard to create this production by coming and enjoying the show! (Opening night: April 30th), May 1st, May 2nd; May 7th, 8th, 9th. Doors at 7PM, Show @7:30PM. Don't miss it!

Student Experiment Ready to Soar into Space

From Ms. Judah:

We have exciting updates for our Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP). This program is the one that involved 300 students from multiple science classrooms. You may recall from the fall semester students working through an original experimental design. In December our strongest proposals were presented to a panel of judges and three finalists were selected. From those three, the team of Morgan Giraud and Tara Thomas were chose to represent PHS. These girls have been working hard on refining their experimental design. At this time our scheduled launch for the International Space Station is set for June 19th. This is a later launch than originally planned. As both Tara and Morgan are graduating seniors, we decided it would be best to expand our student team of collaborators in order to ensure the success of this mission. We opened the opportunity to those students who had previously made it to the panel judges and we are pleased to announce the addition of Lulabel Seitz, Shelby Metten, Alana Roberts and Liza Strong as collaborators for Mission 7.

Over the next few weeks, all six girls will work together to build teamwork and get everyone trained up in the experimental design. They will ship off their experiment in May. When the experiment returns from the ISS in the late summer, our younger team members will process the samples and then work collaboratively to write up their findings.

This has been a very exciting and authentic science experience for all involved. We are very proud of all of our students!

Our participation in this program does come with a price tag and while the district has stepped up to support our participation we are still actively seeking major donors to support our efforts. Anyone with experience in significant fundraising we would welcome your expertise and assistance. Please contact the school if you have any leads or would like to be involved in raising the final funds necessary to cover this program.

Thanks as always to you all for your support of our students. We are on the home stretch!

Linda Judah


Linda Judah

Science Teacher

Petaluma High School

201 Fair St Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 778-4652

Our Top 10 Seniors at the Community Achievement Awards

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Scranton and Curren Lead Trojans at Viking Classic

Allison Scranton and Dan Curren dominated their respective field events at the prestigious Viking Classic last weekend at Montgomery High. Scranton tossed the discus an astounding 138 feet (which would have been good for fifth place in the boys event); Curren soared 13' 6" to easily take the pole vault. There were other strong performances by the Trojans in both track and field, as they ready for the final meets of the season.

Lacrosse and Senior Night - This Friday!

Don't miss your chance to celebrate a great season as the lacrosse squads take the field for Senior Night this Friday at Ellison Field. The girls are looking to follow up their impressive win over Casa with a solid performance. The boys are tuning up for the playoffs, after a dominating performance over Cardinal Newman. They are looking to complete an unbeaten league slate with a win over Windsor on Friday. They are currently ranked eighth in the North Coast Section and 35th in the state. For a first year team in CIF, this is heady territory! We hope to see you out at Ellison Field!

Varsity Softball: Reaching New Heights

Heading into the final couple of weeks of the season, the Trojans have a shot at a remarkable 20 win season. So far, they are unbeaten in league and sport a sparkling 17-2 record. Next week, they host Elsie, then hit the road vs. Piner and Alhambra. They close out the regular season at home vs. El Molino.

Trojans Baseball Storms Into Final Week

The Trojan Varsity squad is motoring toward the postseason. Tuesday, they upended the Analy Tigers 4-0 behind the spectacular pitching of Hunter Williams. This followed solid victories over Piner, Dougherty Valley, El Molino and Elsie Allen.

The squad hosts Healdsburg Friday afternoon looking to push their record to 14-7. Next Tuesday, May 5th, the Trojans host the Dragons of Sonoma with a possible league championship on the line. Come on out to the Trojan diamond for the 4PM start.


April 28th - Powder Puff Begins

April 30th - Cinderella Opening Night

May 1st - Powder Puff FINAL

May 2nd - SAT

May 4th - AP Testing begins

May 4th - PTSA Meeting @6PM

May 7th - ELAC Meeting

May 14th - Site Council

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Bleachers going in...!!!

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