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Trojan volleyball squad spearheading breast cancer campaign

The volleyball squads from Petaluma and El Molino high schools are inviting spectators and fans to wear pink to their game tonight in an effort to raise funds for breast cancer research. The “Dig Pink” game will be at the Petaluma High School gym at 6 p.m. The Petaluma High School volleyball squad has launched a campaign to raise funds for breast cancer research through The Side-Out Foundation and their Dig Pink campaign.  For more information on how to donate,… Read More »

El Molino celebrating its 50th at Homecoming

El Molino High School is celebrating its golden jubilee this year with a series of community events. The year-long celebration kicks off Friday night with a barbecue at the Homecoming game. Floats representing decades of El Molino’s existence will circle the field at halftime of the Lions game with Petaluma. The Homecoming dance them is “Dancing Through the Decades.” The junior varsity game begins at 5 p.m. and the varsity game is at 7:30 p.m. on the El Molino campus, 7050 Covey… Read More »

El Molino celebrating its golden jubilee

El Molino High School is celebrating its golden jubilee this year with a series of community events. The year-long celebration kicks off Oct. 11 with a barbecue at the Homecoming game. Floats representing decades of El Molino’s existence will circle the field at halftime of the Lions game with Petaluma. The Homecoming dance them is “Dancing Through the Decades.” The junior varsity game begins at 5 p.m. and the varsity game is at 7:30 p.m. on the El Molino campus,… Read More »

Santa Rosa’s concussion testing under way

Sonoma County’s largest school district has started doing baseline concussion testing for its student athletes, Santa Rosa City Schools board president Bill Carle said at Wednesday night’s school board meeting. More than 300 athletes were given the computer-based test last week, he said. The goal remains to test every student athlete, according to Carle. The district’s efforts to create a concussion awareness program had earlier hit a snag when a partnership with Sonoma State University to provide certified athletic trainers… Read More »

Petaluma High’s Connie Williams honored with spot in Library of Congress institute

Connie Williams (on right) and guest speaker, author Reyna Grande Petaluma High School’s librarian Connie Williams spent a portion of her summer in a select team of educators invited to participate in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute in Washington, D.C. The five-day program had teachers working on effective practices using primary sources in the classroom while also exploring digitized historical artifacts and documents available on the Library’s website (www.loc.gov). Teaching with primary resources is… Read More »

Art exhibit for Petaluma high school students

Students from Casa Grande, Petaluma  and St. Vincent de Paul high schools will have their art on display at the Petaluma Arts Center from March 15-30. The High School Masterworks exhibit will show the work of about 100 advance placement art classes from the three schools. Students will select and frame their work, as well as participate in planning, marketing, installing and sell pieces, according to organizers. An opening reception is scheduled for 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on March… Read More »

Petaluma High School to hold open house

Petaluma High School is hosting an information night for prospective students and their families from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday. The showcase will feature information on the school’s pathways programs, electives, Advanced Placement and honors classes, the band, athletics and clubs. Faculty members will make presentations and show displays. The program is designed for local sixth through eighth graders, according to the school. Students and parents can take tours as part of the program. The showcase will be… Read More »

Holley named asst. principal at Petaluma High

Bennett Holley has been named interim assistant principal at Petaluma High School. He is also joining Petaluma City School’s District Leadership Team, according to the distict. Holley took over Aug. 9 and was introduced to the school board on Tuesday. Holley has taught physical education and sports medicine at Petaluma High School for five years, and last year taught two sections of human interaction at Casa Grande High School.

PHS Class of ’71 tonight! When’s yours?

Reunion season is upon us. As I did last year, I’ll try to post and repost calls for classmates as often as practicable throughout the spring or summer. So if you and your Sonoma County classmates are having a reunion this summer, shoot me an email with the details and event website if possible and I’ll add it to the rolling list. Please note that many of these events are multiple day affairs so please check their websites for more… Read More »

Seven recent grads earn scholarships

Seven recent graduates of Sonoma County high schools were among those awarded scholarships from the California Druidic Order last month. The $1,000 awards were given to students who are committed to furthering their education. The 2011 winners are:             Allison Bailey, Novato High School, Novato, CA             Stephanie Black, Middletown Christian High School, Middletown, CA             Tyler Cook, Healdsburg High School, Healdsburg, CA             Erika Eide, San Marin High School, Novato, CA             Colin Gallagher, Petaluma High School, Petaluma, CA… Read More »