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• Kimar Sanchez, North Bay Organization Project will be speaking at the Jan 13th, 2015 ELAC meeting at 6:00pm in the Piner Library.

• Check out the latest STEM update. Lots of great things happening like GIS Day, a campus visit by Sonoma State's Computer Engineering Department, MESA's Prosthetic Arm Challenge, and lots more.

• Congratulations to Mr. Dilillo's period 3 Culinary Arts class! Winner of 'Cupcake Wars'. The winning cupcakes were red velvet with chocolate covered strawberries and a pinch of candy cane.
Cupcake Wars 2014

• Congratulations to Kayla Poulsen, P.E. Student of the Month for November! Kayla carries herself with a wonderful attitude that is contagious. Her effort, attendance, and demeanor serve as a guide for what is expected from all our students on campus. As a result of these qualities she is currently earning 138% in PE. Not to be overlooked, Kayla was a contributing member of our Women's varsity Soccer team as a freshman. Congratulations from Mr. Aubin and the entire PE department!
Kayla Poulsen 2014

• The latest Early College Magnet Program (ECMP) Newsletter is posted. Check it out. LOTS of great information is included.

• Congratulations to Piner's Brandon Zavala, Santa Rosa School Board's Student of the Month!

• Congratulations to Piner Mens Varsity Cross Country Team on their 5th consecutive pennant. SCL Champs for 2014!
Cross Country SCL Champs 2014

• Piner Students at the recent Science Discovery Day.
GIS Day 2014

• Like Piner Counseling's Facebook page to get information on scholarships and other information.

• Have a GMail account? Add the ASB Google calendar to your list of calendars. On the left side under Other Calendars type in "pinerprospectorsasb@gmail.com" in the 'Add a friend's calendar' box. You can access the calendar and be updated on events going on at the school including: sports, dances, fundraisers and informational nights.

• Read the lastest "Student Testimonial from Class of 2014 Graduate, Chelsea Wood.

• Lots of art happening at Piner. Check out the latest cool creations from Mr. Pedersen's Commercial Art and Design class on their Piner TShirt Club Facebook page. There are photos of a digital photography assignment using Photoshop.

• Join us for the next STEM Cafe Nov 6 at 7pm in the SPARQ Center. The featured speaker is Michael Van Grouw, Software Architect, Oscilloscope Products Division. The presentation is "How the 86100D Digital Communications Analyzer is Used to Design and Test the Next Generation of High-Speed Internet Devices". Come learn what it is and play with cool electronic gizmos!

• Piner's Office Staff get into the Halloween Spirit.
Halloween at the Piner Office

• North Bay Business Journal article "Piner observatory seen as a tech-education model"

• Piner Golfer, Sierra Sanchez, shown here with Coach Gregus, is only the 3rd Piner Lady Golfer to qualify for NCS. Congratulations!
Sierra Sanchez

• Press Democrat Teen Face - Pim Khunmom.
Pim Khunmom

• Want to know more about Project Graducation? Check out this flyer

• 10,000 Degrees is hosting a series of meetings about college planning on Thursdays starting October 9th for Seniors and Parents/Families of Seniors: College Roadmap to Success (en Espanol)

• Check out the latest Piner High Foundation Newsletter

• Lots of ways for parents to stay involved at school. Piner PTSA (Piner Parent-Teacher-Student Association) supports education and the classroom, Piner Boosters supports athletics, Piner Project Grad, and ELAC supports English Language learning.

• Ms. Michiel's 1st period class shows their school spirit for Homecoming - Pink Out Day.
Pink Out Spirit Day

• Ms. Michiel's 5th period class shows their school spirit for Homecoming - Comfy Cozy Spirit Day.
Comfy Cozy Spirit Day

• State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson stopped in at Piner High School on Friday, part of a statewide tour to recognize schools that emphasize career and technical training on October 3rd. He lauded Piner High School programs. "“I hear great things about the programs here,” Torlakson told a morning gathering of students, local business leaders and officials from Piner, Santa Rosa City Schools and the Sonoma County Office of Education. “You’ve been pioneers.”" Read the full Press Democrat article.

• Congratulations David Chaparro, PE Student of the Month.
David Chaparro

• Piner's Music Teacher, Mike Milbrath, bringing music back to Comstock Middle School. "Recognizing the need for band programs at Comstock and Piner, Schools Plus has decided to hold a special drive at its annual October fundraising event with the goal of raising $100,000 for instruments, uniforms and other supplies at both schools." Photo credit: Crista Jeremiason, The Press Democrat.
Mr. Milbrath

• Mr. Castro's Advanced Spanish Class showing the fruits of their hard work in the Piner Garden. Thank you!
Adv Spanish Class

Piner's STEM program teams up with Sonoma State University to promote science education. "Piner announced a new partnership with Sonoma State University that will recognize ...students who commit to an intensive science education program by guaranteeing them early consideration for admission to SSU’s science and engineering department. They’ll also earn a certificate at graduation that reflects their specialty in an area of learning known as STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering and math.". Photo credit = Christopher Chung, Press Democrat.
Press Democrat Photo-STEM-SSU

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  • 2013-2014 Welcome letter (English/Spanish) from Superintendent Shiels.
  • Santa Rosa City School invitation for student input on the District Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan will guide changes at the classroom level for the next few years. Please participate. Your voice needs to be heard!
  • Every 15 Minutes: Every Fifteen Minutes is a community-based program involving a partnership of health, safety, and emergency services from throughout Sonoma County. A simulated car crash is staged on the high school campus and through student-centered experiences that transpire over the course of two days, the entire student body participates in a lesson concerning the devastation and heartache that can be caused as a result of teen choices to drink and drive. In Spring 2013 this program was presented on the Piner High School campus in a moving and highly impactful way. The video is of the "car accident" that was staged for the students of Piner High School in order to engage them in a teachable moment focused on the negative impacts of drinking and driving. Link to video.
  • Science Foundation Invitation: Piner High School's Science Department welcomes you to Piner High School. We strive to challenge your student academically and present unique opportunities to engage them in thoughtful exploration of the scientific process. With our Science and Technology Center nearing completion, we find ourselves in a position to explore the formation of a Non-profit Foundation to assist in the management and funding of programs and processes that will occur within the facility (i.e. field trips, evening events, STEM Cafes, community outreach, etc). We invite you to an informational stakeholders meeting to share your vision and expertise as well as possibly serve as a Foundation member. Please contact Judy Barcelon.
  • Clearing Absences: To clear an absence, call the School Office at (707) 528-5349 . You can leave a message.
  • SCOE: Piner High School has been accepted into the 21st Century Learning Institute at the Sonoma County Office of Education. If accepted it will be the third time in a row Piner was accepted. Check out our application website if you have a chance: http://mdoucette0.wix.com/phs-thinkbydesign#/. This Summer Institute is a professional development opportunity that will assist us in refining our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) focus here on campus.
  • Common Core Standards for High School: The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort to establish a single set of clear educational standards for English-language arts and mathematics that states can share and voluntarily adopt. Parent Guide - English Language Arts and Parent Guide - Math.
  • FAFSA (Free Application for Financial Student Aid) - All graduating Seniors are encouraged to apply. It is free. You will need your last paystub and last year's W2 (if you haven't filed taxes yet). EVERY senior is encouranged to apply whether you think you qualify for financial aid or not. If you don't apply you'll never know will you?! Applications are due March 2nd, no exceptions, so come and fill yours out. More information on scholarships can be found in these two brochures: Scholarship Sonoma County and SRJC Financial Aid Brochure
  • Maker Program Piner High School is very proud to be the first full MAKER class in the Santa Rosa City School District. Here at Piner we are incorporating many different aspects of MAKE into our curriculum. Our class projects will range from classroom build out, deconstruction, CO2 car building , robotics, textiles, rockets, airplanes,bridges and projects created by students. We are all excited to be apart of the MAKER movement that promotes working with your hands, problem solving, team work , attention to detail, patience, pride, focus, and creativity. Please spread the word about MAKER with family and friends. Check out the Piner Maker Blog
  • Help Address the Digital Divide Families with children who are eligible to receive free or reduced-price school lunches may now qualify for affordable Internet from Comcast for just $9.95 a month, plus tax with no price increases. Internet Essentials helps families get fast Internet at home, so they and their children can have the opportunity to succeed. For more information go to Internet Essentials
  • Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Immuninization Required. All students entering into grades 9, 10, 11, or 12 will need proof of a Tdap shot before starting school. Tdap must be given ON or AFTER the 7th birthday. Flyer (in English). Flyer (in Spanish).
  • Vote! Piner High School would like to create opportunities for students to be civically engaged. For more information you can contact the Secretary of State's Voter Education and Outreach Services Team at (916)651-3070 or MyVote@sos.ca.gov. You can register to vote here. For more voter registration information please visit www.sos.ca.gov/nvrc.fedform/

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