PHS Parent Update

November 17, 2014

Program Showcase this Wednesday

As part of our ongoing promotion of Petaluma High School, we will present our Program Showcase this Wednesday starting at 6PM in the PHS Gym. Much of the audience for the showcase are parents and students who are figuring out where they will attend high school. We have a great deal to show off and programs that we are extremely proud of. If you are looking for more information on our school, you might make plans to attend. After a short presentation in the gym, we will run breakout sessions on Athletics, Engineering, STEM and Industrial Tech, Honors/AP and a-g, and Agriculture/FFA. We will also run mini-tours of the Wildlife Museum, science labs, and our arts building, and give you a chance to wander the campus.

We hope to see you there!

Farewell Mr. King - A PHS Giant

More than 500 people crowded into the Elks Lodge on Saturday to pay tribute to a Petaluma High legend. Bill King passed away earlier this month, finally succumbing to cancer. As many in the assembled group mentioned, Mr. King was responsible for training thousands of students in the complexity of agriculture in our county. His Ag Mechanics teams dominated at the state level, winning 14 state championships.

Starting in 1965 at PHS, Mr. King shaped the program, a legacy that his former students, Kim Arntz and Jake Dunn, carry on today. It is one of the traditions of PHS that we are very proud of. On behalf of the PHS community, thank you, Mr. King.

Super Seven on National Signing Day

November 12th was National Signing Day for fall athletes and a very proud one for some Petaluma families and for Petaluma High. Allison Scranton (Utah State), Kara Jones (UC Davis), Brianna Gerhardt (Lehigh University), Riley Scott (USC), Joelle Krist (Arizona), Maddie Mehciz (Western Oregon), and Samantha Lamos (UC Berkeley) all committed to their chosen post-secondary institution. Smiling faces and proud parents ringed the students as they took the next step in their education journey.

These students are truly scholar athletes with an average GPA of 3.92. Congratulations to all!

Emergency Drill Week

Last week, students and staff participated in an Emergency Drill week. Headed up by Assistant Principal Tracy Bass, everyone at the school reviewed procedures and practiced fire drills, earthquake and evacuation, and lockdown situations. Though there were some disruptions to the teaching in the classroom, we want to be sure our students and staff know what to do when any of the above arise. Ultimately, we are safer and better prepared for those emergencies we hope never come. We know we have much more to do here still, and will continue to refine plans, and go deeper with drill procedures and systems.


MONDAY - Trojan Connections on health and wellness. See Kerry's email and reminder.

- Athletics Boosters Mtg at 7PM

- ROWDY RUFF Volleyball begins (9th vs 11th) (at lunch)

TUESDAY - ROWDY RUFF Volleyball (10th vs 12th) (at lunch)

- Staff Meeting @3:20 in the Library

WEDNESDAY - No PD - prep for Program Showcase



- Perkins Meeting @Career Center


NEXT WEEK: Turkey, Cornucopias, Family, Feasts, Celebrations.

Seasons Ending...

For the first time in anyone's memory, all of our fall sports squads qualified for North Coast Section berths. This is an indication of the excellent all around athletic program at PHS. Thank you to all the coaches, assistant coaches, parents and volunteers that create these opportunities for our kids. And let's not forget that these student athletes do very well in the classroom. Together, our student athletes average better than 3.0 GPAS, many much higher.

Varsity Football traveled to Martinez and competed well into the second half in the NCS Playoffs. A QB keeper by Brendan White and a 64 yard scamper by Luke Wheless kept the Trojans right there, but a couple of stout defensive stands by Alhambra on 4th down and a talented receiver broke the game open. We are very proud of Coach Krist and the boys for the effort. It was inspiring to listen to Coach Krist post game address the boys for their effort and commitment...

Girls Volleyball took a strong Acalanes team to four sets in the East Bay before exiting the NCS quarters. The set scores were tight throughout, including 27-25 in the fourth. One of those matches that could have gone either way. Coach Brown and the girls had a nice run. Well done!

Girls soccer never stopped competing against a Montgomery Viking team stacked with D1 prospects. After falling behind midway through the first half, Gabby Lemos equalized. Eventually, the Vikings went ahead in the second half, but right up till the end, the Trojans were peppering the Viking goal. Coach Daly should be very proud!

Boys and Girls Cross Country head to the NCS Meet in Hayward this Saturday. Some may go on to qualify for the state meet in Fresno November 29th. Good luck runners!