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2014-2015 School Year

• 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

• 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

• 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)

• 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

Piner PTSA invites you to join for the 2014-2015 school year. Membership is $5. Members signing up for the 2014-2015 year receive a coupon for Baskin Robbin for a scoop of ice cream. Sweet! The PHS PTSA is a non-profit, 501(C)3 organization. 100% of donations benefit Piner High School students.

• Stay up to date with STEM at Piner. Information is posted for the STEM Certificate. The next STEM café on Thursday,October 9th will be awesome, learning and exploring the Chemistry of Fluorescence…and we get to play with glow sticks in the After café! Food will be provided by 4th Street Deli so it will be even more fun!

• Thanks to a grant from last year we finally got a 3D printer. We printed the wrench today. It took about 20 minutes from warm up to finish. 10 years from now a large percentage of households will have one. Very cool. PHS Student Justin Wedel set it all up and printed the first item. He got to take the wrench home.
3D printer3D wrench

• The Santa Rosa Press Democrat's latest Teen Face article featured Piner Senior, Brandon Zavala. Photo credit = Christopher Chung, Press Democrat
Press Democrat Photo-Brandon Zavala

ASB Skating

Piner Boosters raised $13,000 for Piner Athletics for the 2013-2014 school year. Thank you!

• The latest Early College Magnet Newsletter is now posted. The Early College Magnet Program (ECMP) is in its 9th year with a total of 285 students participating in the program this year, and we just keep growing! We now have 86 freshmen (with more on the waiting list!), 65 sophomores, 65 juniors, and 69 seniors enrolled, with juniors and seniors taking over 300 units at Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) for the fall semester

• Congratulations to Piner's Garden Club! Their exhibit placed 3rd at the recent 2014 Heirloom Seed Festival at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.
Heirloom Festival

• Congratulations to the Piner Varsity Boys XC (Cross Country) team! They won the small school division at the Lagoon Valley Classic Invitational and throughout the team there were a lot of competitive races. Team photos
Lagoon Valley Classic

• Piner Student, Aidan Carpenter, participated in Pepperwood Preserve's Teen Nat Program as a Teen Nat Leader. These photo collages were created by Aidan.

• Piner's PAC wanted to acknowledge Mrs. Michiels' contributions to Piner. Thank you!
Sra Michiels

• Check out this year's Senior Wall courtesy of the Class of 2015. Artists: Kiana, Sydney, Madison, Annabell, Natasha, Ashley, Garrett, TJ, Brandon, Crystal, Laken, Sarah, Allie, Brianna, Clayton, Kristen, Laura, and more!
Senior Wall 2014-2015

• Kurt Kruger and Sharon Stevens represented Piner High School as Outstanding Educators at the annual Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce Breakfast honoring educators on Friday, August 15, 2014. Mr. Kruger was honored as Co-Winner of Outstanding High School Educator of the year! Read more in the Press Democrat article.

• Piner's STEM Program looks back at a productive year.

• Piner High School was featured as a KPIX Cool School featuring our new Science Center and Observatory.

• Piner High School has been accepted into the 21st Century Learning Institute at the Sonoma County Office of Education.

2013-2014 School Year

• Congratulations to Nayeli Becerra, Estefany Abarca, Destiny Martin and Tommy Nguyen. UCLA bound this Fall! Wonderful hearing about all of the successes for our Piner Grads. Go Prospectors!
2014 UCLA Bound

• Congratulations to the Piner Varsity Boys Track Team for winning the SCL Championship! It was the first pennant since 1994. Check out all of the detail on PDPreps.
2014 Piner Cross Country Boys Team

• Congratulations Ms. Barcelon!
Judy Barcelon

• Piner Teachers Ms. Barcelon and Mr. Mantoani attend and "out of this world" STEM conference in New Orleans. "We have returned from our mission with awesome ideas about STEM journals, new ways to incorporate engineering into all of our activities, some hands on activities about enzyme use in biofuels, stickleback evolution, genetics of cancer and nanotechnology. We have better ideas how to guide students in independent research projects, incorporate service learning into our classes and to have access to a Scanning electron microscope at the Beckman Institute in Chicago.

• A sample from the 2014 Piner Art Show. More photos here.
2014 Art Show

• Check out this article about Piner Teacher, Nick Mancillas, and his current art show.

• Ms. Spearman's AP Language Class (65 in all, our largest group yet) wearing this year's t-shirts, designed by the students, before taking the AP test. This year's shirt reads (front to back), "AP Language has 99 problems, but the Test ain't one"
2014 AP Lang Class

• Piner High School's SPARQ Center featured in the May 5th North Bay Business Journal article. "Piner High SPARQs STEM Education"

• Congratulations to Piner's Kasey Riedmuller, Santa Rosa Teachers' Association Student of the Year for Piner High School. The SRTA has an award ceremony every year at different schools. This year it was Piner's turn. Each school (high school, middle, and elementary) picks a student to represent the school. At the ceremony, teachers talk briefly about why the student was chosen.
Kasey Riedmuller

• Piner's Golf Team featured in April 23rd Press Democrat. Photo credit to The Santa Rosa Press Democrat.
Piner Golf

• Piner's World History class exploring the French Revolution in style!.
World History

• Piner's Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) class recently welcomed Alan Soule, one of the first owner's of a Tesla Roadster, who gave a presentation to the class about electric vehicles. After his presentation, Mr. Soule allowed the class to check out his Tesla Roadster.
MESA Tesla

• Congratulations to Piner's Edrei Lopez. Ed is in the Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) class and took 3rd place in the Level 3 (Algebra 2/Precalculus) mathematics contest at the Northern California MESA Day in Stockton.
Ed Lopez

• Piner students selected by their English teachers to receive a free novel on World Book Night. Mrs. Armstrong selected "The Dog Stars" by Peter Heller and Mrs. Walls selected "Same Difference" by Derek Kirk Kim. World Book Night promotes the love of reading and is celebrated every April 23rd.
World Book Night 2014

• Piner's Math Steeplechase Team at the 26th annual Math Steeplechase. The math steeplechase is a competition where students are placed into multi-school teams to collaborate in nine different problem-solving challenges. Pictured are Nate Kinser, Aidan Carpenter, Zack Alexander, Nicole Greogorio, Meghan Bogges, Tommy Nguyen, Nayeli Becerra, Shahab Jalali, Jonathan Rosenwrith, and Lauren Lau. Nicole was on a 2nd place team and Aiden was on a 3rd place team. Congratulations to all of the participants.
Math Steeplechase

• Piner High School Health Expo: A day to discuss Health on campus and in the community. These pictures are from the Community Health Expo where students learned about Safe Dating, Dental Health, Mental Health, and more. We had Planned Parenthood, Al Anon (and our own student tell her story about the effects of alcohol), Positive Images for self esteem and YWCA introduced students to a program called Coaching Boys into Men.
Health Expo

• Congratulations to Piner Track Athletes Conor Celeri, Sheena Blackwell, and Isiah Roybal.
Track Winners Celeri Blackwell Roybal

• KPIX (Channel 5) Morning News featured Piner High School as the "Cool School" of the day on April 17th! Check out their video featuring Mr. Kruger and Piner Students. Congratulations!
KPIX Cool School

• SPARQ Grand Opening ribbon cutting with Mr. Kruger, Prospector Pete & Penny and Piner Students. Congratulations!
SPARQ Ribbon Cutting

• Noel Hernandez named Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month. Congratulations!
Noel Hernandez 2014

Schools Plus donated $22,000 to Piner High School at the "A Midsummer Night's Dream". The funds are for music, art, and athletics. Thank you Schools Plus!!
Schools Plus Donation 2014

• Piner High School held our 4th Annual Career Day today! Great speakers and presentations representing a cross section of industry sectors.

• Thank you to everyone who volunteered at the April 5th PTSA sponsored School Spring beautification including Piner's Environmental Club, ASB, Staff, Family and Friends!
Piner Spring Beautification 2014

• Scenes from Piner's Spring Play "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Piner Spring Play 2014

• Piner's Baseball Team hosted a Chili Cookoff at their March 28th game against Elsie Allen.
Piner Baseball Chili Cookoff 2014

• Dan Peters, Ph.D. presents nationally on many topics related to parenting gifted children. We are fortunate enough to be able to host him locally this coming Wednesday, March 26, 7:00-8:30pm at the Rincon Valley Middle School library, for a workshop entitled, "Parenting Your Advanced Learner for a Successful Life." RVMS is located at 4650 Badger Road, at Middle Rincon, in Santa Rosa. This presentation is free and open to the public; no registration is needed. Please join us to experience this engaging speaker! See the attached English Flyer or Spanish Flyer for more information. Please arrive early to find parking in the neighborhood, as softball season can fill up the school's parking lot.

• Piner's Asian Club held its annual Culture Night on Friday 3/7. They showcased live entertainment and provided a sampling of Asian foods.
Asian Culture Night 2014

• Check out the latest STEM newsletter.

• Assembly Member Marc Levine and the Sonoma County Office of Education invites you to a Common Core Town Hall Thursday February 27th 6:30pm-8pm at Elsie Allen High School. This is a free community event open to the public. Speakers from the state and local level will be on hand to help members of the community understand the impacts of Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

• Piner Students, Family, and Friends showing their school spirit at the Piner/Analy SCL playoff game.
Piner Fans

• Piner's Environmental Club planted this plum tree a year ago during last year's Earth Week on Arbor Day. Check out the beautiful blossoms this year.
Plum Tree

• Piner Wrestlers heading to NCS.
NCS Wrestlers

• Check out the latest HSB Blog.

• Mrs. Grove and the Boys Basketball Team.
Mrs Grove and the Boys Basketball Team

• Piner Soccer Player, Marco Barragan, signs with UC Davis.
Marco Barragan

• Congratulations to all of the Piner Players who made Press Democrat All-Empire.

• Piner's Boys Varsity Basketball Team hosts Elsie Allen in an SCL Playoff Game on Tuesday February 18th at 7pm. Wear your maroon and gold and watch an exciting game. Ticket prices: $8 General Admission, $5 Seniors (65+) and Students, $3 Students with valid ID. Military ID and valid ASB FREE!!!

• Piner Teacher, Mike Erickson, named California League of High School (CLHS) Educator of the Year for Piner High School. Mr. Erickson was recognized at a California League of High Schools event on January 24th at the Villa Chanticleer in Healdsburg. He was nominated by his peers and was among nine educators who were honored that evening.

• Piner's Debate Team competed at a match at Lowell High School in San Francisco on Saturday February 1st.
Piner Debate Team

S.T.E.M. Cafe - Thursday, February 6th 7pm in the new Science Center. Students, Teachers, Scientists and Community Members are invited to a night of information and dialogue. The topic is "Concussions: Dangers, Long term effects, Assessments, Treatments, and Prevention. Our guest speaker is Ty Affleck, M.D., Doctor of Sports Medicine and Community Leader in Concussion Awareness. We would like to thank Raley's for providing refreshments.

• Piner's Andy Campbell ties for 4th place in the Annual Martin Luther King Oratorical Contest.

• Sonoma County Poetry Out Loud competition will be held on February 2nd from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave. The contest will feature top scoring students from Analy, Cloverdale, Creekside, El Molino, Elsie Allen, Maria Carrillo, Montgomery, Piner, Rancho Cotate, Roseland University Prep, Santa Rosa and Sonoma Academy high schools. The winner will advance to the state competition. The competition pits students against each other as they perform oral interpretations of poems. Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation program initiated by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Cash for College! FAFSA is Free Application for Financial Student Aid. If you are or have a Senior who is planning to attend college in the 2014-2015 school year...mark you calendars for January 27th at 6:30-8:30pm in the Piner High School Library. There will be free help for all students who are filling out their FAFSA applications. There will also be a chance to fill out the California Dream Application. Don't miss this chance to make your life easier!

Spring Sports Clearance Information posted on the Athletics page. Concussion screening (Baseball/Softball) Jan 25th 9am-11am and Feb 1 9am-11am. Feb 8th 8am-1pm = Spring Sports Clearance Day (ALL SPORTS).

Piner Alumni and Cross Country star, Luis Luna, continues to find success in college, has ultimate goal of competing in the Olympics.

• Members of the Piner Cross Country team volunteered at the annual New Year's Day Resolution Run. Volunteering at the New Year's Day race has become a tradition for the Piner High School cross country team. This year, about 25 current and former Piner runners and coaches in gold and maroon helped with the Empire Runners Club 5k run at Montgomery Village. Photo credit to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.
Resolution Run 2014

• Winter Concert with Piner High School and Comstock Middle School
Winter Concert 2013

• On December 10th 2013 Piner Teacher Kurt Kruger (left) and Principal Sally Bimrose received the Top Real Estate Project Award for the new Piner High School Science & Technology Center from the NB Business Journal.
Kurt Kruger and Sally Bimrose

• Learn more about current STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) activities at Piner.

• Piner ASB's 14th Annual Season of Giving Toy Drive benefiting Monroe Elementary school was a success!
Season of Giving 2013
Season of Giving 2013

North Bay Business Journal of Sonoma, Marin and Napa Counties names Piner's Science & Technology Center the Top Real Estate Project in 2013 in the category of K-12 Education.
Piner Science Center Award from NB Business Journal

• New S.T.E.M. Cafe announced. December 3rd at 6pm in the Science & Technology Center. The speaker is Immunologist Dr. Lin. The topic is Vaccines and the Inner Workings of the Immune System.

• Congratulations to Piner's Efren Reyes for winning the individual Division 4 title and qualifying for the CIF State Cross Country Championships in Fresno! Efren, scorched the Division 4 competition with a 14-second victory, finishing in 15:39. From the Press Democrat article: "Reyes went out front quickly but stayed close to the pack for a mile before turning on the jets. By the time he started Mile 3 on the three-mile course, he had a 50-yard lead on the next guy." The Varsity Boys Team finished 3rd at NCS Championship.

• Piner captures first football playoff win in 10 years! On the road and shut-out/held scoreless in the 1st half, Piner roars back to score 43 in the 2nd half to win by a final score of 43-29.
Video highlights
Piner Varsity Football Playoff 1 2013

• Piner's Geospatial Technology Pathway and HSB participated in the Bay Area Science Festival @ the Sonoma County Fairgrounds on 10/26 that was attended by over 10K people.
Science Festival 2013

• Piner's Technology Assistant, Barbara Ryan, (center, in pink) retires after 16 years at Piner. Congratulations!
Barbara Ryan 2013

• Piner Tennis Coach, Ed Weber, named SCL Tennis Coach of the Year. Congratulations! In the top photo, Mr. Weber is presented with an award from his tennis team.
Ed Weber 2013
Ed Weber 2013

• Piner's Vicky Nguyen is the Santa Rosa City School's High School Student of the Month for November 2013.
Vicky Nguyen Student of the Month 2013

• Piner High School's "Every 15 Minutes" Programn video from this past April 2013 is available for viewing.

• The Fall Play, Neil Simon's "Rumors", runs November 13-16 7pm in the Performing Arts Center. Be advised there is mature language used in the play and so it may not be appropriate for younger children. A hilarious comedy about 4 couples meeting to celebrate an anniversary who are confronted with gunshots, gossip, rumor and innuendo in a delightful comedic farce. Admission is $5 Students and Senior Citizens and $7 Adults.
Rumors Play 2013

• Piner Varsity Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams are 2013 SCL Champions!
Cross Country SCL Champs 2013

• Piner's Vicky Nguyen is the Santa Rosa City School's High School Student of the Month for November 2013.
Vicky Nguyen Student of the Month 2013

• Join Piner High and Comstock Middle School for a Winter Concert on December 11 at 7pm in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is $5.

• Piner's Latino Club participated in Dia De Los Muertos celebration at Old Courthouse Square.
Dia De Los Muertos 2013

• Have a safe and fun Halloween! PHS Jack-o-lantern courtesy of Piner Parent, Kristy.
PHS Pumpkin

• Piner High School invites you to check out 21st Century Learning

• Garden to Plate Dinner was held on Saturday, Oct. 26th. It was a celebration of the harvest and included a delicious dinner cooked by our award winning Piner Culinary students and speakers John Ash, Mei Ibach and Jennifer Una.

• ASB held its first ever "Walk for Change" on Saturday, October 26. This family-friendly event included fun games, face painting, a cake walk, and more. Proceeds were donated to the American Cancer Society.

• Fall Beautification Day sponsored by PTSA. Thank you to our Piner PTSA Student Rep, Environmental Club, Culinary, and everyone else who came to help out.
Fall Beautification Day

• Piner ASB at the Making Connections Conference on 9/23 with Mike Smith.
ASB Conference

• Prospector Pete and Penny at the Piner vs Analy Varsity Football game.
Prospector Pete and Penny

• Check out our latest Student Testimonial on what makes Piner High School a great place to go to school.

Piner Boosters donated $12,000 to Piner Athletics for the 2012-2013 school year. We want to thank all of the parents and families for their support!

• Piner High School has a new Vision Statement: "Piner High School will be a dynamic educational community filled with compassionate individuals prepared to engage the 21st century. We will promote inquiry, collaboration, creativity, perseverance, and rigor in order to foster civic involvement and personal success."

• Press Democrat's Extra Credit Blog "Piner High Senior: Gov. shutdown is scary".

• Piner Senior, Paloma Romero, featured in Press Democrat's Teen Life. Photo copyright the Press Democrat.
Paloma Romero

• Piner's Science Department presented the first STEM Cafe. Attendees heard a lecture by Julie Mangada, a Buck Institute research scientist, learned about stem cells, enjoyed refreshments, and participated in an activity about stem cells after the lecture.
Piner STEM Cafe 2013

• Fall 2013 Spirit Week - Fashion Disasters
Spirit Week Fall 2013

• Check out the bounty being grown in the Piner Garden
PHS Garden Collage Fall 2013

Piner High School posts 2nd largest API score gain in Sonoma County. "Nearly three out of four schools in Sonoma County saw their state academic score drop this year. Piner bucked the trend, posting a 36-point gain in its API score. Only the single-grade Sixth Grade Academy in Petaluma made a larger gain." (quote and photo credit Press Democrat). In the photo, Mary Nguyen (left) and Karla Lopez work on a lab project.
Health and Biotech Class

2013 Press Democrat Football Preview.

2013-2014 Welcome letter from Superintendent Shiels.

• Piner Educators Dante DePaola (4th from left) and Sarah Walls (4th from the right) named Educators of the Year from Piner High School. Each school chooses two teachers that exemplify great teaching. Honorees attended the Chamber of Commerce's 28th Annual "Excellence in Education Awards" award breakfast at the Flamingo Hotel.
De Paola and Walls

• Piner Class of 2013 Graduate, Yessica Moran, featured in the Press Democrat's July 28th Teen Life.
Yessica Moran

Piner's Kevin To is the SCL Tennis Player of the Year and Piner Teacher, Kurt Kruger, is Co-Coach of the Year.

• Piner Teacher, Dante DePaolo, teaching at Maker Camp Comstock Middle School.

• Check out Piner's Health Science & Biotechnology (HSB) blog

• Piner Biotech students are working at SSU for a two week internship. They are designing the lab protocols for our genetics unit for Year 1 HSB. This involves finding genetic markers to test for GMO's in common foods. The Piner HS/SSU Summer Internship Crew (left to right) is Sera Matasau, Victoria Trier, Anissa Garcia, Chris Campbell, Ryan Williamson, Christian Barnard, Raya Zopolos, Tommy Nguyen. Piner/SSU Summer Internship Crew

• Class of 2013 Piner Graduate, Yessica Moran, is the 2013 Career Technical Education Student of the Year by the Sonoma County Office of Education. Yessica will be acknowledged at the June 27th SCOE meeting.

2012-2013 School Year

Class of 2013 Class of 2013 Gallery

Piner Summer Sign

• Piner's Connor Celeri goes to the State Track Meet on Friday May 31st
Connor Celeri 2013

• Piner High School's Maker Program profiled on "Makerspace"

• Piner High School Senior Awards Night. Congratulations to all of our students!
Senior Awards 2013

• Piner Spring Outdoor Concert and Art Show
Piner Spring Outdoor Concert and Art Show 2013
Piner Spring Outdoor Concert and Art Show 2013

Piner Science Students tour local company, Medtronic for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Awareness Day.

• Piner Senior, Allison Lopez (bottom right), named 2013 All-Empire Large-School Girls Scholar Athlete. Winners received a $500 college scholarship to recognize their achievements. Photo courtesy of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.
Scholar Athlete 2013

• Listen out for radio ads about two of Piner's awesome programs, Early College Magnet Program & Geospatial. They are scheduled to air from 5/13-5/26 on KSXY Y100.9FM and KXTS EXITOS (Spanish language).

• Ms. Spearman's AP Lang Class of 2013 carries on the tradition. Dancing to "A Little Party Never Hurt Nobody" (sic), Ms. Spearman's AP Language and Composition class, 46 strong, took the College Board Advanced Placement test today (May 10, 2013). It is a Piner High School tradition for the class to design a t-shirt to wear on the big test day. This year's theme was inspired by the Hollywood release of 'The Great Gatsby', which Ms. Spearman's students went to see. Wearing shirts emblazoned with "Party Like Gatsby," "AP Language," and "PHS '14" the students marched into the quad and danced to music from the new soundtrack before entering the testing room. This tradition of shirts, marching, and dancing has inspired many students who might not consider taking a college-level course to test the waters and see if they can swim. In 2004 the AP Language roster was in the 30s. The class now regularly supports two sections topping off at 50. In 2004, 13 students passed the exam. 27 passed last year's exam! Currently, 81 students have signed up to take the course in 2013-2014. Perhaps a little AP never hurt nobody!
AP Language Class 2013

• Piner Senior-Faculty Basketball Game 2013
Senior-Faculty BBall Game 2013

• Piner PHAST Club (Piner High Astronomy, Science, and Technology), Space Science, and GIS student overnight field trip to the Robert Ferguson Observatory at Sugarloaf. Students spent time observing the moon.
GIS Sugarloaf 2013

Parent Meeting regarding summer plans for students with Guess Speaker Efren Carrillo on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 from 6 PM to 8 PM at Cook Middle School at 2480 Sebastopol Rd. in Santa Rosa.

• Piner's Matt Mulligan (bottom left) selected as one of the Community Youth Service Award winners. Click on the link for the complete list of nominees including Piner students: Holley Maasen, Bryan Lococo, Yessica Moran, Malika Lewis, Allison Lopez, and Ian Carpenter. Community Youth Service Awards copyright Press Democrat

• Check out the latest Piner Makers class blog.

• Piner Assistant Principal, Tim Zalunardo, participates in Restorative Justice video which was presented to the Santa Rosa City School Board.

• Piner's Environmental Club plants a plum tree in our organic garden in honor of Earth Day.
Piner Environmental Club

• Piner students received a free novel in celebration of World Book Night April 23, 2013.
Piner Students-World Book Night

• Glass and Steel. Art and Science. Piner's new Science Center takes shape.
Science Building Update

• Hands-on learning at Maker Faire for kids. Griffin Vorhaus, 5, right, prepares to shoot off the rocket he made with the help of Piner High School's Cristian Avalos, 17, second from right, while Rick Vorhaus and Gabriel Grover, 9, left, watch during the Sonoma County Maker Kids Mini Maker Faire on Saturday at the Sonoma Country Day School.
Maker Faire 2013

• Piner PTSA sponsored a Spring Beautification. Thank you to our Environmental and Key Clubs for helping out.
PTSA Spring Beautification

• Piner High School Administration Building Dedication for former Vice-Principal, Bob Zeni.
Bob Zeni

Schools Plus of Santa Rosa presents Piner High School with a check for $20,000 for art and sports.
2013 Schools Plus Donation

• Piner Students participated in the Every 15 Minutes Drinking and Driving Awareness Program
2013 Every 15 Minutes

• Piner Art Teacher and Artist, Nick Mancillas, featured in Sunday's Press Democrat. Mr. Mancillas' current show, “Cardboard Currency,” is on display at the Capital One 360 Cafe Gallery in San Francisco through April 22.

• Piner "Mathletes" participate in annual Math Steeplechase. In the event teams compete with schools all over Sonoma County using math to solve puzzles. Piner's Will Tran received 1st place and Tommy Nguyen 2nd place for the Jr/Sr division. Nicole Gregorio got 2nd place for the Fresh/Soph division.

• Piner's Ryder Schalich featured on the Press Democrat Teen Face article
Ryder Schalich

• Piner's 2013 Talent Show. Photos here.
2013 Talent Show

• Piner HOSA students attended the State Conference. Yessica Moran (second from right) received a $500 Kaiser scholarship. Students attended seminars, participated in courtesy corps and Ms. Barcelon judged 2 events. One of our Forensic teams made it to the second round (Kristine Soy and Holley Maasen).
2013 HOSA at State

• Piner High School students on the Migrant Ed Debate Team: Eric Chavez, Omar Lopez and Dalia Alvarado won 1st place at the regional competition and will be going on to compete at the State competition. Karla Cuin won 2nd place for prepared speech and 1st place for surprise speech. Edith Meza took third place for prepared and surprised speech.
Piner Migrant Ed Debate Team

• Congratulations to Piner Sophomores Guadalupe Escutia-Jacobo, Mariela Martinez, Danile Rojas, and Monserrat Salas for being awarded a scholarship from the prestigious Summer Search project, a national leadership development program! They will receive 2 life-changing summers traveling, plus year-round mentoring and college and financial aid advising.

• The March/April Piner Early College Magnet Program newsletter is now available

• Piner High School students help open younger eyes to science during Piner Science Day

• Piner Senior, Brennen Urutia, organizes a work day in the Piner Garden.
Piner Garden Work Day

• Piner gets a new wind turbine.
Piner Wind Turbine

• Piner's Marylyn Duong profiled in the Press Democrat's Teen Face section.
Marylyn Duong

Piner's new Observatory dome arrives! The 4,000-square-foot facility will house the observatory, a planetarium and computer lab. It will be headquarters for the school’s award-winning Geospatial Technology Pathway but will be open to science, math and other classes that need high-tech presentation space. Principal Sally Bimrose said construction should be completed in June and classes will be held in the building next fall.
Piner Observatory Dome Arrival

• Piner High School celebrates Asian culture.
Asian Night 2013

• John Bribiescas, and Schools Plus representatives present the 2013 Schools Plus allocation of $160,000 to SRCS Board Member, Donna Jeye and SRCS High School Principals at the start of the William Barclay Memorial Choral Scholarship Concert on Friday, February 22, 2013 at the Green Music Center. Piner Principal, Sally Bimrose, is 5th from the left.
Schools Plus 2013 Donation

• Piner High School Choral students perform at SSU Weill Hall.
Choral Students perform at SSU Weill Hall

• Video showing how Piner's wood oven was created.

• Lexi Palm selected for CA Girls State. Girls State is a program to develop leadership skills in young women. One girl is chosen from each school to participate in a summer retreat.
Lexi Palm

• Aidan Carpenter wins the Piner Poetry Out Loud competition and moves on to the City wide competition.
Poetry Out Loud 2013

• Piner High School's Debate Club participates in its first Tournament in San Francisco.
Debate Club
Debate Club

• The latest Piner Maker Program blog is up. Check out how the students designed and made their own gliders.

Grace High School student, Amelia Ketzer-Dean, is Santa Rosa City School's Student of the Month for January 2013
Amelia Ketzer-Dean

• Piner Juniors, Lexi Palm, Marylyn Duong, and Destiny Martin, accepted to be a part of the Sonoma County Commission on Human Rights' Junior Commission

• Piner Junior, Marylyn Duong, to attend the February 2013 Young Women's Political Leadership Program in Los Angeles put on by Running Start, a group dedicated to helping young women become involved in politics. She received an all expenses paid trip via a scholarship from Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

• Piner Counselor, Barry Sullivan, honored as Piner's CLHS Educator of the Year
Barry Sullivan

• Farewell to Piner Secretary Kayelean Killen. Kayelean is moving on to the District Office.
Kayelean Killen

• Piner's new Science Center starts to take shape.
Science Center

• Piner Classrooms get into the holiday spirit.
Holiday Decorations

Piner Teacher & Staff Flash Mob

• Piner's "Team Organic Garden" build a new garden fence. Piner's Culinary students provided an awesome lunch with burritos, salsa, pie and lemonade.
Garden Fence Building Project

• Mr. Castro's Spanish Speakers Class celebrate "Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) at Old Courthouse Square on November 1st
Day of the Dead

• Piner's Front Office gets into the Halloween spirit

• Piner Cross Country Boys Team showing a little patriotism
Cross Country Raises Flag

• Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey holds Q&A with Piner Seniors

(photo credit the Press Democrat)

• Star Rico named Homecoming Queen
Star Rico

• Piner PTSA's Fall Beautification Day Piner PTSA Beautification Day

• The dawn of a new day at Piner High School! The glistening Observatory Pad of Piner's Science and Technology Center underneath the Moon and Venus. Dawn over Piner Science Center

• Piner's Ian Carpenter is Santa Rosa City School's Student of the Month for October 2012
Ian Carpenter

• Piner Maker Program is the first of its kind in Santa Rosa City Schools. Scroll down to the Notices section for a description of this innovative program. In this photo below the students are building their own classroom work benches. Piner Maker Class

• Piner Culinary Instructor, Debbie Grove, wins First Place and Best of Show, Best Medium Awards at the 2012 Sonoma County Harvest Fair for her watercolor painting of a cow and calf grazing.
Debbie Grove

• Piner Drama students participate in Neighborhood Listening Project

• Piner's Culinary Students sell cookies at the 2012 Sonoma County Harvest Fair
Piner Culinary Students at 2012 Harvest Fair

• Piner's GTP Students at the Piner marquee announcing the sponsorship of Trimble Navigation Ltd for Piner's new Science and Technology Center.
Piner GTP Students

• PHS Counseling Department recommended article: Connecting With Your Child's School Counselor for a Successful School Year

• Piner's Luis Luna named Track and Field Athlete of the Year.

• Piner's Kyra Johnson named Track and Field Athlete of the Year.

• Piner Teachers Karen Coster and Andrea Correia honored at the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce's 27th Annual Education & Business Partnership Breakfast. Both teachers have been nominated as "Educators of the Year" from Piner High School. Correia-Coster

• Welcome Letter from incoming Santa Rosa City School's Superintendent Socorro Shiels

• Construction on Piner's Science and Technology Center begins! Piner Science Center

2011-2012 School Year

Congrats Class of 2012
2012 Graduation

• Piner Science Department brings out the telescopes to watch Venus travel in front of the Sun. Here is an image taken by Mr. Kruger. Venus is the largest black circle. The other smaller spots are sun spots.
Venus and Sun

Piner's Luis Luna places fifth at State Track Meet.

• Seen around the parking lot on Graduation morning.
2012 Graduation

Piner's Culinary students share a Pork and Bok Choy Stuffed Pot Stickers recipe made for the "Stark Reality Battle of the High School Chefs" during the Luther Burbank Rose Parade Festival.

• Piner's Science Department hosted a solar eclipse viewing party on May 20th.
Thank you Mr. Kruger and Mr. Carpenter for arranging the public viewing party. The crowd was big and enthusiastic. It was great to see so many people interested in science. People also discovered science on their own. We found that you could make a "pinhole camera" with your hand and see the eclipse. The light through the trees also created a lot of mini-eclipses. Solar Eclipse

• Piner's Early College Magnet Students at the End-of-Year BBQ
ECMP Students
ECMP Students

• Piner's 2012 AP Language Class - This year 43 Piner High School students took the rigorous AP Language and Composition test on May 16th. Marching to the testing site with "This Is How We Do It" blasting from a stereo, Ms. Spearman's class wore student-designed T-shirts commemorating the big day (a Piner AP Language tradition going on seven years now). This year's shirt marked the "Year of the Dragon," the Class of 2013's "Beast Mode," and also a dedication to the passing of Ms. Spearman's father, who always told young adults to "Follow Your Bliss." This truly was a special day.
2012 AP Language Class

• 10 years of hard work and dedication by many people, especially Piner Faculty Kurt Kruger and Kristi Erickson, came to fruition on Wednesday May 9th when the City of Santa Rosa School Board approved the bid for Piner's Science and Technology Center. Construction to begin Summer 2012! Read an article in the North Bay Business Journal.
Piner Observatory
Piner Thanks

Piner's Spring Beautification Day
Piner Spring Beautification

Piner's Golf Coach, Rich Gregus, named 2012 Boys' Golf Honor Coach
Mr. Gregus

World Book Night 2012
Ms. Armstrong
Ms. Armstrong

Piner's T-Shirt Club demonstrates how to silk screen a t-shirt. Art Club

• Santa Rosa City School Board approves the naming of Piner's Administration Building for former Piner Vice Principal, Bob Zeni (third from left).
Bob Zeni

• Rain or Shine...Piner Prospector Swim Team (below) competes strongly against Montgomery High at Finley Aquatic Center March 27, 2012
Piner Swim Team 2012

• Congratulations to Piner's Monica Acosta who placed in the Top 10 in Prepared Speaking at the 2012 California State Leadership Conferences
Monica Acosta

• Piner sets meet records at Gold Rush Relays
Kyra Johnson

• Piner's Mr. Erickson and the Piner Christian Club host "Piner's Got Talent!" Click on the picture below to see more photos.
The Curtain

Spirit Week - February
Battle of the Sexes Day
Pajama Day
Ms. Michiels Spanish Class

• Piner Soccer Coach Barry Commerford named 2012 Girls Coach of the Year (North Section) of the California Youth Soccer Association.

• Piner Junior Monica Acosta took first place in the Windsor Lions Student Speaker Contest.
Monica Acosta

• Next time you are at Raley's on Fulton, check out the window art by Piner Ceramics Club.
Raley's window painting

• 2012 Poetry Out Loud Winner for Piner High School, AJ Smither
2012 Piner Poetry Out Loud Winner AJ Smither

• Piner's Luis Luna featured in the 2/5 Press Democrat's Teen Life section

• Piner's Isabel Lopez-Ochoa named Santa Rosa City School District's MEAP Honor Student of the Year
Isabel Lopez-Ochoa

• Piner's HOSA Program holds First Annual Student Health Fair. Read more about it here or in the Press Democrat's Extra Credit blog.
HOSA Health Fair

• Piner's GIS Program presented with Golden Bell award at January 25th School Board Meeting

• Congratulations Luis Luna and Kyra Johnson, NBL All-Empire Cross Country Runners of the Year!

• Congratulations to the Piner Athletes making First Team for their sports: Cross Country: Luis Luna, Jaime Silva, Efren Reyes, Jason Saler, Kyra Johnson, Dezirae Johnson; Football: Kyle Patterson, Tight End Many other athletes received Second Team recognition and honorable mentions. Please go to Press Democrat Preps (PDPreps) online for more information.

• Piner places 4th in the Sonoma County Classic. Click here for photos. (Photos courtesy of Freshman parent Mr. Snetsinger)

• The Piner Art Show was a big success, especially open mic. Mi Thong did a solo clarinet piece. Mr. Mizera somehow simultaneously channelled the essence of 1970's William Shatner and Katie Perry in a performance art/poetry piece that had the audience enthralled, confused, and cracking up all at the same time. Mr. Dillilo and Elijah Alexander shared some poetry and music was performed by PJ McGinnis and Thersa Gellesch.

Latino Club members and Art students visit SFMOMA and San Francisco Art Institute

• Congratulations to Luis Luna for finishing 30th at the 2011 Cross Country National Championship!

• Congratulations to Luis Luna for qualifying for the Cross Country National Championship!

• Congratulations Piner Cross Country Boys Team for placing 3rd at State! Congratulations to Luis Luna for placing 5th at State!

• Mr. Dilillo's Culinary Art's students start the holiday season off right by learning to cook and carve turkeys. All the meat was donated to help feed local homeless people.

• Thanks to our own Mr. Lopez, Piner High School was selected to receive a SAGE Mitsubishi Fellowship Grant.

• Santa Rosa City School Superintendent Sharon Liddell announces Piner High School's GIS Program wins prestigous CSBA Golden Bell Award

• Piner Senior, Leonard Carter, is the Santa Rosa City School's High School
Student of the Month for November 2011
Student of the Month, Leonard Carter

• Piner Boys, led by Luis Luna, shatter records and win NBL Cross Country Championship. Piner Senior, Kyra Johnson, took first place. Varsity Girls tied for second place. JV Boys took second place.

• Teachers Jose Castro and Lorie Wilcox voted "Best All Around Staff" by PHS students

• "Don't Stop Believin'" - Piner Varsity Football gets first win

Piner Boys Cross Country Team wins Ukiah Invitational

Fall School Beautification

• Piner Educator Judy Barcelon honored by SCOE as Career Tech Teacher of the Year for work done in the Health and Science Pathway.

• Piner's Luis Luna posts fastest 5K in Empire history and wins Stanford Cross Country Invitational Division III race.

• Piner Graduate Mindy Yu, profiled in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

• Congratulations Piner students! Piner had the highest API score increase (33 points) from 2010-2011 of all SRCS high schools and is above 700 for the first time.

• Piner Boys, led by Luis Luna, dominate Cross Country Meet

• Piner's Principal, Sally Bimrose, provides Guest Opinion in the Press Democrat

• Piner Educators Sandi Lacey (L) and Patty Michiels (R) honored by Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Lacey was awarded the High School Educator of the Year for Santa Rosa

• Karen Coster named Early College Magnet Program Coordinator

• Piner's Luis Luna selected for Nike Elite Running Camp

Varsity gets the first win of the season!

Prospector Pete's Security Team
(aka Principal Sally Bimrose and Vice Principal Steve Mizera)

Spirit Week Day 5 - Mourn the Panther
Homecoming Rally - Sophomores

Spirit Week Day 4 - Santa Rosa Nerd Day

Spirit Week Day 3 - Piner Pride Day

Spirit Week Day 2 - Twin Day

Spirit Week Day 1 - Breast Cancer Awareness


2010-2011 School Year

2011 Graduation photos

• Meet Piner's Tiffany Tran - Sonoma County's Outstanding CTE Student of the Year in Medicine

• Piner's Early College Magnet Program featured in the SRJC Oak Leaf

• Piner Teacher Simone Spearman featured in Sonoma Family Life magazine

• Piner's Early College Magnet Program wins SSU Jack London Award for Educational Innovation

• Piner Second Year Culinary Art students win the 2011 "Chefs of Tomorrow" competition at the Vintner's Inn

• Piner Students win Sonoma County History Day competitions and head to State Meet

Simone Spearman named California League of High Schools (CLHS) Educator of the Year!

Piner tops in SRCS, and 5th in Sonoma County, for sending students to California 2 & 4 year colleges

Piner Art Students win awards in The National Arts Program, Santa Rosa exhibit

• Meet Piner's Tiffany Tran - Sonoma County's Outstanding CTE Student of the Year in Medicine

• Congratulations Luis Luna for placing 6th at State in the 3200 meters! He shattered the Empire's all-time record!

• Congratulations Kyra Johnson for placing 7th at State in the 300 meter hurdles! Second best in Empire history!

• Piner's Luis Luna and Kyra Johnson headed to State Track Meet

• Piner's Luis Luna NSC Champion

• 2011 Rose Parade
2011 Rose Parade
Piner's float placed 5th out of all of the non-profit floats!

• Piner Cross Country Coach Luis Rosales named Coach of the Year

• Piner's Jason Saler and Angel Tran named Scholar Atheletes of the Year for Piner

• Piner's Luis Luna and Kyra Johnson named NBL Atheletes of the Year for Piner

• Piner's Early College Magnet Program featured in the SRJC Oak Leaf

• Piner Juniors Kyra Johnson and Luis Luna lead Prospectors at NBL Finals

• Piner Teacher Simone Spearman featured in Sonoma Family Life magazine

Piner's Emily Wood honored for SRCS Green Team input

• Piner's Early College Magnet Program presented with the SSU Jack London Award for Educational Innovation

Press Democrat Letter to the Editor from former Piner Parent higlights Piner and the Early College Magnet Program

• Piner Juniors Luis Luna and Kyra Johnson take track gold
at 22nd Annual Viking Track Classic at Montgomery High

Piner Beautification Day

• Piner's Luis Luna breaks two records at Woody Wilson Relays at UC Davis

Piner Seniors learn how to save a life

• Piner's Early College Magnet Program wins SSU Jack London Award for Educational Innovation

• Piner Sophomore Ketnapha Poungnachith awarded Honorable Mention in art show "Growing Up Asian in America" (sponsored by the San Francisco Asian Art Museum)

• Piner Second Year Culinary Art students win the 2011 "Chefs of Tomorrow" competition at the Vintner's Inn

• Piner to hold 6th Annual Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner to celebrate Prospector Legends

• Piner Students win Sonoma County History Day competitions and head to State Meet

• Luis Luna named 2010 All Empire Cross Country Runner of the Year

Simone Spearman named California League of High Schools (CLHS) Educator of the Year!

Piner tops in SRCS, and 5th in Sonoma County, for sending students to California 2 & 4 year colleges

Piner Art Students win awards in The National Arts Program, Santa Rosa exhibit

• POUSD to honor Piner's Advanced Spanish Students for Elementary Spanish Program