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2018-2019 School Year

Mr. Vences’ Spanish class showing school spirit for Homecoming week-Pink Out!

Mrs. Pepper and the P.E. department would like to congratulate Mason Siemsen as the P.E. Student of the Month for OCTOBER. Mason has gone through the entire first quarter with perfect attendance, no suit cuts, a positive attitude, and gives 100% effort in all aspects of class! Mason is a great role model for his classmates. Wish we had more like you Mason!

Piner's Garden at sunset

Piner Culinary students in our SRCS Food Truck! They make bomb sliders!

Piner Band and Choir

The Sept/Oct ECMP Newsletter is available

Christian Hernandez Reyes is the Piner High School PE student of the month for September. In my 6th period weight lifting class, Christian is the best small group leader that I have ever had. Christian leads the students he has by getting them to accomplish more than they would be able to do on their own. He encourages and helps fellow classmates to reach beyond their potential. In my 30 years of teaching, Christian stands out as one of the finest students I have ever had. Because of his hard work, his leadership skills, and his willingness to push students to do their best, Christian is the Piner PE student of the month. Congratulations, from Mr Jackson.

Piner's first game under the lights. Read the Press Democrat article

Principal's Welcome for 2018-2019: The Piner High School Vision statement comes from Piner High School’s staff and it captures what the staff wants the school to be going forward into the future. To get there, students must also understand and care about the school’s vision for itself. Students must play their role in helping the school reach its goals. The vision statement starts by saying that Piner High School will be a caring place. The staff at Piner High School wants students to be successful and healthy. We want students to know that our daily efforts are about building an atmosphere of respect and concern for the lives of students and their families. And, in response, we want our students to care about each other and our staff. This leads to a welcoming school community where all individuals at Piner take care of each other. This goal takes shape in some of our support services at Piner, including Social Advocates for Youth counseling, a Family Engagement Facilitator for school to home communication, a Teacher on Special Assignment that supports struggling students, and a Restorative Response Specialist for helping students make amends for poor behavioral choices on campus. Of course, the vision statement then goes on to say that we engage students in learning that is meaningful. Piner High School is an academic institution and one of its main roles is to make sure that students are learning. Just as it takes participation by students to help make a caring community, students cannot learn at the highest level without active involvement in their own learning. This means that students need to take advantage of the multiple academic opportunities that Piner High School offers. These opportunities range from assistance to those who are academically struggling, to exciting programs that cannot be found at any other high school. Some of the academic supports offered for students include:

  • After school tutoring
  • Student Success Team and individual counselor meetings
  • Cyber High credit recovery
  • Freshman Transitions Program

The academic programs at Piner include many different pathways such as:

  • Arts and Communication
  • Business, Computers, and Information Technology
  • Culinary Arts
  • Geospatial Technology
  • Health Science and Biotechnology
  • Early College Magnet Program

Let me highlight two of the programs above. The Early College Magnet Program provides students with the chance to take classes at the Santa Rosa Junior College for free, with transportation and books provided. The Freshman Transitions Program focuses on helping students successfully transfer to a high school environment while focusing on goal-setting and preparing for high school graduation and beyond.

Furthermore, Piner High School continues to develop its emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. The symbol of this focus is the science and technology building on our campus, which we call the SPARQ building. Students will take part in classes that stimulate their thinking in these areas and they have the ability to pursue a STEM Certificate of recognition. The STEM Certificate can lead to an advantage in registration at our local university, Sonoma State University.

As any student can see, Piner High School is a rich place to learn that provides lots of support. Working together, Piner High School will be one of the best high school experiences you can hope to have. We look forward to your upcoming year with us and know that if you get engaged, it will be a great school year.

Sincerely, Tim Zalunardo, Principal

2017-2018 School Year

Piner 2018-2019 ASB at Safari West.

STEM Students
STEM students taking an astronomical imaging and research class up at the Robert Ferguson Observatory given by SPARQ mentor Steve Smith. They are getting ready for their STEM Level 3 Research Projects using the SPARQ Observatory and Telescope. They are standing in front of RFO's new imaging telescope the RC-20. These kids are members of SRG (SPARQ Research Group) in cooperation with the Robert Ferguson Observatory. They will be able to also use the RC-20 for data collection during 2018-2019.

Congratulations to Piner's Class of 2018! Read the Press Democrat article and check out the photo gallery by Kent Porter, PD Photographer.

2018 Graduation
Graduation photo gallery by Mindy Breslin

ASB 2018
Piner ASB

Golf Team 2018
Congratulations to Piner's 2018 Varsity Golf Team on their first winning season in 20 years! With 7 student athletes on the roster, the Prospectors’ completed a 6-4 season before coming up short in the SCL Championship tournament. Read the entire YSN365 article.

Go Green Club 2018
Piner's Go Green Club celebrated the end of a year of recycling program at Piner with some fun at Scandia.

Patty Michiels retires after 40 years of service! Hear the wonderful singing from her retirement party with her beloved colleagues and friends singing along, just like being back in her Spanish class. Felicidades Pati!

All students planning on playing football next year for Piner. You must attend a concussion education and screening session on either Saturday June 2nd here at Piner High School or Sunday June 3rd at Maria Carillo High School. 9th and 10th graders need to arrive by 9am, 11th and 12th graders need to arrive by 2pm. You must have a permission slip (English/Spanish) to attend which can be picked up in the main office, in Mr. Aubin's office or printed out online on our website.

AP Language Class 2018
Ms. Spearman's AP Language and Composition class broke records again! This year's class was the largest ever, standing proud at 76 students. All students signed up and took the test on exam day: 76/76 = 100%! The students wore their matching t-shirts and marched into their testing rooms ready to analyze and compose rhetoric. It was a glorious day.

Spring Concert Choral performance. Check out Piner's YouTube Channel for more videos.

Piner's Top 10 2018

Day on the Green 2018

Badminton SCL Champs

SSA Program
Congratulations to Piner's Manny Tah-Pech, Teydid Rojas, and Ana Solano. These three students got to speak in front of a group of 200 people about their experience in the SSA program.

John Williams
Congratulations to Piner's John Williams, recognized by Sonoma State University for the Eliott Fellowship Scholarship. The picture is of John humbly accepting the scholarship and thanking his colleagues for all they do to support him in seeking good teaching, and ultimately, meaningful learning.

Jasmyn McClelland
Jasmyn will also be singing at this Thursday's Solo Concert in the PAC at 7PM.

Project Grad Volunteer Signups. Dear Piner Families, The Piner High School Project Graduation Committee has been hard at work preparing for a safe, sober and fun graduation party for our graduating seniors. We have planned a party full of food, music, carnival games, casino tables, hypnotist, voodoo lounge, prizes and much more that will take place the evening of June 1st. But we cannot do it alone and are asking you for your help. We need your help setting up, cleaning up and working the night of the event. Freshmen, Sophomore and Junior families: this is your chance to pay it forward. One day your student will be graduating and they will get to have this experience. This gives you a chance to see what your student will be able to look forward to. Senior families: if you wish to not work the night of the event, there is lots to do in the week prior and the day after. If you want to work that night, don't worry you won't be cramping your graduate's style…there will be enough things to keep you both busy. Sign up here. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Project Grad Committee. Thank you in advance for your participation and support!

Team Piner 2018

Piner Class of 1978 40 year Reunion!

SVang 2018

SStolte 2018

JVargas 2018

HSuppus 2018

Williams SSU Award 2018

The 2017/2018 Piner High School Athletes of the year are Hana Suppus and Jonathan Vargas. Our 2017/2018 Scholar Athletes of the year are Samantha Stolte and Sonny Vang. It is a great honor to be acknowledged and to receive these great awards. Please congratulate each of them when you see them on campus. Great job! We are all so very proud of your accomplishments and the four of you are great representatives of Piner High School. Congratulations!

Herman Leon
The Physical Education Department would like to congratulate Herman Leon as the Student of the Month for April. Herman is in Mrs. Pepper's period 1 class and is just amazing. Herman is always the first runner around the track and does extra laps daily. Not only does he do well in the running category, but Herman is just an all-around excellent student and leader in the class! Herman has the highest percentage of all Mrs. Pepper's PE students! Thanks Herman for all your hard work and dedication to fitness and health!

Rocket Launch 2018! Piner High School S4 (Small Satellites for Secondary Students) launch Saturday. Rocketeers are Jalini (jeans) and Genaveve (dressed in all black).

Hana Suppus Signing
Congratulations Hana Suppus! Hana signed a letter of intent to play softball with Humboldt State University next year.

The wait is over! Prom Is here. Tickets for Piner High School's Met Gala Prom are on sale in the Business Office. The cost of the tickets is $70.00 without ASB and $60.00 with ASB. The deadline to purchase Prom tickets will be May 3rd. No tickets will be sold during class time before or after school break or lunch. Even if you don't have a class. Thank you for your cooperation.

Summer School Information: New Course Available, Introduction to Green Construction and Is My Request In? Introduction to Green Construction (28630). The course is an enrichment opportunity; students do not have to have previously taken this course to enroll. You can find all the latest updates on the summer school website: https://sites.google.com/srcs.k12.ca.us/high-school-summer/home.

Hana Suppus
Congratulations to Piner's softball player, Hana Suppus. She is featured in the 2018 USA Today All-USA Preseason High School Softball Team. She is featured on the 7th slide of the show. Hana is the reigning league MVP and will be taking her talents next year to the collegiate level. Hana enters her senior year after 64 appearances at the plate last spring. She hit home runs, held a .764 batting average, and produced 50 RBI last spring. A first baseman who also took charge on the mound, she pitched 81 innings and finished with 68 strikeouts.

250 Sonoma County Students get taste of careers in food, beverage manufacturing. Piner High School student Natalie Avila job-shadowed for a year at a Healdsburg restaurant, so she was intrigued to ask about career opportunities at a Healdsburg bakery that was among the employers looking to inspire for later hire via a regional job fair in Santa Rosa on Thursday. Avila and fellow Piner culinary arts program students Mariana Barajas and Giselle Soto talked with Costeaux French Bakery owner Will Seppi about the breadmaking process and ways to start in that business. Avila had worked last school year in the kitchen with Spoonbar chef Casey Van Voorhis as part of the Piner’s culinary program. Read the entire article in the North Bay Business Journal.

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Kevin Ruiz

Vu Ngo

Alex and Samantha Rotary West

Crab feed thank yous
Thank you to all the crab feed donors!

Danny Pablo

This year's 2018 SCL BOTF (Battle-of-the-Fans) Champion is the PINER PROSPECTORS!!! Our banner was awarded at the league championship game at SRJC and displayed proudly in the gym. Thanks for coming out to the game on Friday and demonstrating your spirit and sportsmanship. This is not the end. Let's carry on our winning streak with consistent spirit and sportsmanship….even when no one is watching. Congratulations to the ASB BOTF Committee (top photo) for their hard work. Bottom photo is Reanne Ball, the ASB Commissioner of Technology who created the BOTF video.

Cameron Chantha
Miss Thiele, and the entire P.E. department would like to congratulate Cameron Chantha for earning the Student of the Month for February. Cameron is extremely hard working, and always makes an extra effort in class. He runs extra laps almost every day in our mile run, and has an A+ in class! Great Job Cam! You're awesome!

Piner Baseball is looking for sponsors. See the attached flyer for details.

2018 Schools Plus Donation
Thank you Schools Plus for supporting sports and art!

Spanish Tutors 2018
Thank you Olivet Elementary for the shoutout. "We love our @PinerHighSchool Spanish language partnership! Students are amazing teachers!"

Team Betty 2018
Congratulations to Ms. Garcia on your new job.

Culinary 2018
Rob Dilillo with PHS Culinary Students - 2018 Piner Crab Feed
Congratulations and Thank You to the many that made the 2017 Piner Crab Feed such a successful and enjoyable evening, including to the wonderful PHS Culinary Arts students and teachers!

2009 Piner Alumni, Tomas Tesfasilasie, paused his medical school education to start a medical supply nonprofit. Read the Press Democrat article. To learn more about his nonprofit go to Supply the Change.

Check out the Piner High School Kpop Dance Club's performance at the 2017 Rally.

January's PE Student of the month is Lorena Roberto. Lorena is a joy to have in P.E. and always does her best in whatever our class is doing. She is a leader that others can follow and an example as well of a positive attitude. Because of her excellent contributions to our Freshman PE classes, Lorena has been selected as the Student of the Month.

Deven Kirtley
Congratulations to Piner Junior, Deven Kirtley. Deven has been chosen to play in the Under Armour All-American Baseball Spring Training in Meza, AZ. According to Deven, he is the only baseball player from Sonoma County to be selected and he is 1 of 10 from Northern California. He will be playing with the top players from the country in front of the best college programs and every major league team.

Winter Solstice Concert
2017 Winter Solstice Concert - Piner High School's Choir and Band along with Comstock Middle School's Choir and Band.

December's PE Student of the month is Heriberto Mares. Heriberto has demonstrated over the course of the 1st Semester the qualities and traits of the ideal PE student. His attendance and consistency dressing for class has been superb. In addition, he has a great attitude daily in class and always provides his best effort regardless of the activity. For these reasons Heriberto has been selected as the December PE student of the month. Congratulations from Mr. Aubin and the entire PE department.

Attention fall sport athletes. The request for PE credits forms are due by Friday 12/15 in the main office. If you have yet to receive your PE credit form, please see Mr. Aubin before school, at break, at lunch, or after school in the gym to pick up your application.

2017 Nick Mancillas
Piner Teacher, Nick Mancillas, recently exhibited at the Santa Rosa Winterblast celebration.

Boys Varsity Cross Country Team
Jonny Vargas SCL Champion
On Saturday the Cross Country team competed at the SCL Finals at Spring Lake. Austin Luong was the JV Boys Champion. Jonny Vargas is the Sonoma County League Champion. JV and Varsity Girls placed 2nd. JV Boys placed 1st, Varsity Boys placed 1st and won the SCL Championship. The Varsity Boys now have won the League Championship 7 out of the last 8 years. Congratulations to Jonny Vargas, Nathan Hayes, Emmanuel Delgado, Kevin Garcia, Rene Villeda, Jeremiah Cano and Ben Somma!

Senior Personality Portraits due 12/22. Please email them to Piner Yearbook

**PSAT Schedule and Information Update**

Welcome Back

Free December SAT Registration for Wildfire-Impacted Students. The College Board is offering a free December SAT registration to California students affected by the wildfires in FEMA-designated counties. We know this is a challenging time and hope this measure helps students who are struggling. Please scroll down for the list of FEMA counties. Students should register for the December SAT and then call Customer Service at 866-756-7346 by November 21 to receive a refund. The paper registration deadline is November 14. In any severe hardship case, CSS Profile will provide assistance to families affected by the California wildfires in need upon request with Customer Service (844-202-0524). We hope this eases some worry so students’ college-going plans are minimally disrupted. Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the wildfires. SAT Registration link

University of California and California State University systems both announced Monday October 30 they will extend their Fall 2018 application deadlines — normally Nov. 30 — by more than two weeks to Dec. 15. Each system will also grant students application fee waivers that will allow them to apply to up to four campuses in each system for free. Several other schools in the area, including Stanford and Santa Clara University, said Monday they will also extend their application deadlines for students affected by the fires and other recent natural disasters. Both freshman and transfer applicants to schools in each system will need to send an email requesting an extension. Information from the University of California. Information from the California State University

Weren't able to get to the first STEM Cafe this year? Check out what you missed on the blog. We found out about Lost Sharks! Our guest presenter, Vicky Vásquez, from the Pacific Shark Research Center shared her adventures in exploring and discovering uncommon sharks of the deep, one that she even got to name...the Ninja Lanternshark that glows in the dark.

2017-2018 Booster Cards. By purchasing a Booster Card cardholders receive $2 off admission to all home games and discounts at most away games and support Piner Sports programs. Return the form to the School Office or at the Merchandise table at a home game.

In collaboration with Sonoma County Department of Health, Piner was excited to bring Matt Bellace to our school. Matt Bellace, Ph.D., a motivational speaker and stand-up comedian since 1995, has a Ph.D. in clinical neuropsychology. His "How to Get High Naturally" program encourages over a hundred thousand students a year worldwide to pursue natural highs and make healthy choices. Check out a short video of one part of the presentation on the Piner High School YouTube channel.

Author Ms Spearman
Piner High School will host English teacher – and now published author - Simone Spearman at the first public reading from her newly published fantasy novel for young readers, The Dragons of Durga. On Tuesday, October 3 from 3:15-4:00pm in the Richard Latimer Library, Spearman will read briefly from her novel, share her thoughts on the novel’s creation, and encourage students to pursue the joys of reading and writing.

Homecoming spirit week 2017
Ms. Michiel's 4th period class showing their Homecoming spirit.

2017 Rialto Field Trip
Dr. Marchbanks and Mr. Castro took 84 students on a field trip to the Rialto Theater to see the movie "Dolores Huerta". Besides seeing the movie, a lawyer that worked with Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, David Averbuck, Esq. UFW lawyer 1967-1970, spoke with the students.

Get the Sept/Oct edition of the Early College Magnet Program (ECMP) Newsletter.

2017 Educator of the Year Castro and Cecil
Great way to start off the school year: with a tribute to some of our amazing educators! 2017 Excellence in Education teacher nominees/winners were honored this morning by Santa Rosa Metro Chamber. 2017 Piner High School Educators of the Year are Jose Castro and Maureen Cecil.

Senior Wall Crew 2017
Senior Wall Crew 2017

Piner Staff 2017
Piner Staff 2017

2016-2017 School Year

Class of 2017 banner
Class of 2017 banner 2
Graduation event photos.
Photos of graduates receiving diplomas provided by Campus Candids. Email Campus Candids for details.

PINER SENIORS--It's time to get your reservations in for the Grad Party hosted by Piner's Project Graduation! Use the forms from your senior packet or print them from the Project Graduation website and get them filled out (including payment) and turned in to the Business Office. Reserve early to get entered to win a CASH PRIZE! You must turn in all completed paperwork & your full payment to get entered. Reserve by May 5th for 4 entries, by May 12th for 3 entries, by May 19th for 2 entries, and by May 26th for 1 entry.

2017 Final exam schedule

2017 Summer School Information and Calendar.

2017 Kimberly Ponce

2017 STEM showcase

2017 Badminton champs
Piner's First Time NCS Badminton Champions are: Lauren and Emily Lau, 3rd place for Women's Doubles. Ryan Le and Kayla Poulsen, 3rd Place for Mixed Doubles.

2017 2017 PHS Badminton All League Champs

The Physical Education Department would like to congratulate all the freshman students who passed all 5 of the State Fitness Tests!
We are also proud to announce the exceptional performances in the Mile Run and Push Up tests. These are Piner High's "Top 3's":
Mile Run Boys =1) Jeremiah Cano 5:14 , 2) Kevin Ainlay 5:40, 3) Sergio Villagomez 5:45
Mile Run Girls = 1) Veronica Rodriguez 6:15 2) Michelle Valencia 6:53 3) Lindy Quach 7:14
Push Up Boys = 1) Manuel Tah 46, 2) Minh Nfguyen 36, 3)Nathan Clayborn 33
Push Up Girls = 1) Yameliet Reyes 29, 2) Michelle Valencia 21, 3) Emily Nunez 21

2017 Spanish Student Teachers
Ms. Michiels' Advanced Spanish class thanks Mr. Nikol for mentoring the Elementary School Spanish Program for 28 years.

2017 Baking Championship

2017 Hunter Mooney
Congratulations Hunter Mooney, PE's Student of the Month for April.

2017 Library Dedication
On April 19th Piner High School dedicated the Library to the school's first English Department Chair and long time educator, Dick Latimer. Mr. Latimer, who died in 2014, was a cherished teacher, mentor, colleague and friend throughout his many years at Piner High School. He moved to Piner when it opened to serve as its first English Department Chairman, hiring and mentoring many of Piner's early teaching staff. His teaching mastery, wit, calm demeanor, and mentorship continue to be deeply valued and admired by Piner students and colleagues. Former Teachers, Principals, students, current teachers, and Mr. Latimer's family were on hand for the dedication. Piner's Culinary students catered dessert.

2017 Senior Packet. Get all of the information you need for upcoming Senior events like Prom, Senior Day on the Green, Senior trip, and Graduation.

2017 Yearbook Ad
Yearbooks are on sale! This years book includes over 80 videos which can be activated using the free app. Aurasma. Yearbooks can be purchased in the Business Office for $100.

2017 Prom Tux Ad
Thank you to the Mens Warehouse for supporting Piner by providing the tuxes for our "Mr. Prospector" event.

2017 Piner Prom
The 2017 Piner Prom, "Never Grow Up", is Saturday May 6 8pm-11pm at the Santa Rosa Golf & Country Club. Doors close at 9pm. Tickets on sale now!

2017 Blood Drive
April 12
Bone Marrow Drive 10am-1pm. Did you know 70% of patients who need a bone marrow transplant do not match their siblings or relatives? Many will not find a match. Tissue types are inherited so people are most likely to match someone who shares their ethnic ancestry. There's no reason to wait. JOIN the Be The Match Registry ONLINE today! SHARE the online registration link with your friends and family around the country. The more we share the more potential donors, together, we will add, and the more lives we will save. You never know, someone you know might be a perfect match for a patient in need. Do you know a Life-Saving Hero? If you are a MATCH, you are a CURE. Join Online and Share: http://Join.BeTheMatch.org/ and use PinerHigh as the code. Piner HSB students will be working with ASB during the Blood drive to support the Be the Match Bone Marrow drive.
Download the Permission Slip.

Check out the April/May Early College Magnet Program newsletter.

Spain trip
Piner students, Wendy Tran, Lindsey Snetsinger and Joussie Camacho, with a view of Toledo, Spain behind them.

Campus cleanup 2017
Campus cleanup 2017
Some of our wonderful volunteers for the recent campus cleanup and a before/after of the area behind the Senior Wall.

Read about Piner's 2017 Inquiry Fair. Over 60 students showed off their projects at the 2017 Inquiry Fair, Friday March 10th in the Piner High Library. Projects ranged from exploring how microwaves work to creating the best protocol for creating geodes and crystals. Students are encouraged to use the Inquiry fair as their start to hone their research skills in preparation for our STEM certificate capstone Level 3 projects- and this year there were many projects that have this potential.

Piner Spirit Wear Order Form

Free tutoring at PHS - extra support in all subjects. Where: Library. When = Monday through Thursday from 3-4 PM. Monday = Mr. Papaik, Tuesday = Ms. Langhals, Wednesday = Ms. Graves (she is bilingual; no tutoring the 2nd Wednesday of each month due to a staff meeting), and Thursday = Mr. Boulais

2016-2017 STEM Cafe Schedule

Library Dedication
Piner High School and the friends of former PHS English Teacher Dick Latimer are delighted to invite current and former students, administrators, colleagues, friends of Dick Latimer, and the public to the dedication of the Piner High School Library in his honor on Wed. April 19th at 4PM. Dick Latimer, who died in 2014, was a cherished teacher, mentor, colleague and friend throughout his many years at Piner High School. He moved to Piner when it opened to serve as its first English Department Chairman, hiring and mentoring many of Piner's early teaching staff. His teaching mastery, wit, calm demeanor, and mentorship continue to be deeply valued and admired by Piner students and colleagues. Please join the entire Piner Family in honoring Dick Latimer on April 19 at 4PM at the Piner High School Library and to remember and celebrate one of Piner's Greatest Prospectors!

Please join us Tuesday March 14th. After a brief PTSA meeting, we will be having a speaker from Sonoma County Department of Health Services. See the attached flyer (Espanol) for details.

2017 Japanese Visitors

Read about Piner High School's recent visit to SSU's School of Science and Technology.

STEAM Challenge 2017

Brendan Snyder

Interested in Girls Tennis in the Fall, Wrestling in the winter, or Badminton in the Spring? Call for athletes.

Rotary Club Award
Congratulations to Alysa Gallegos for receiving the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Leadership and Achievement Award for Piner High School. Alysa was nominated by Tim Zalunardo, Piner High School Principal.

Lauren Martinez
Piner's Lauren Martinez is the Physical Education Student of the Month for February.

Sophia Flores 2017

Spanish Tutors 2017
Day One of the 28th year of the Elementary Spanish Program. In that awful rainstorm, 38 Advanced Spanish students went off to teach at Schaefer and Olivet Elementary Schools. Left: Paul Nikol, former Olivet teacher and Piner Soccer & Golf coach, holds the umbrella for Brenda Reyes and Shania Hamid. Middle: Sophia Flores and Kristin Hoang returned completely soaked after their umbrella broke. Right: Dressed all in Piner wear to promote our school, (from left to right) Brian Duong, Ben Somma, Huy Ly, and Ernesto Carrera all taught Kindergarteners.

Piner NorCal Choir 2017
Piner NorCal Honor Choir Members. Front Row: Devin Smithers, Quinn Mervin, Kevin Ruiz, Shayna Reed. Back Row: Kristina Allen, Lily Thrailkill, Meilina Maulupe, Jimaima Veresabaga.

Congratulations to Shea Dorrell, Maritza Camacho, Addison Gaspar, and Aryanna Rodriquez: this year's winners in the Poetry Out Loud contest last week. Special thanks to all who read some terrific poems and to those who helped make it all a great success!

Crab Feed Thank Yous
The Piner High School Hall of Fame, Boosters Club, and Foundation would like to thank everyone who donated to the January 21, 2017 Crab Feed. We appreciate their generosity!

Brian Elias
Piner Freshman, Brian Elias, at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Speech Contest. He won second place in his division and did Piner very proud!

Piner's Teydid Rojas is the Physical Education Student of the Month for January. Teydid is a leader and great encourager. She supports all students as well as she actively participates in the freshmen curriculum and activities. Teydid is certainly an example of what a student of the month represents as seen in her amazing character qualities and her willingness to actively engage with her best effort in 9th grade P.E. It is a great privilege to have Teydid as a student.

Piner Yearbook
Piner Yearbook.

Christian Banard
Piner Alumni Class of 2016, Christian Banard, was lead trumpet at Wreaths Across America honoring those laid at Arlington cemetery.

Kate Tena Lozada
Piner's Kate Tena Lozada is the Physical Education Student of the Month for December. "It is my pleasure to inform the students & staff members of Piner High School that Kate Tena Lozada has been selected PE student of the month for December. Kate has commited herself the entire semester to maintaining a consistent effort & dedication to the course. In addition, Kate brings with her a wonderfully positive attitude each and every day. Congratulations, from Mr. Aubin & the entire PE Department."

Piner Soccer
Piner Soccer 2016-2017. Last Saturday 12/17 our soccer teams did great! Our JV soccer team tied with Ukiah 1-1 and our Varsity team won 4-0.

Congratulations to the following Girls Soccer players. First Team All League: Yesenia Aguilar and Lindsey Snetsinger. Second Team All League: Jackie Reyes and Hannah Tavares. Honorable Mention: Leslie Garnica.

In 2016 Piner Boosters raised and donated $15,000 to Piner High School Athletics. Thank you to all of the families for their support!

Piner Toy drive
18th year of the PHS Monroe toy drive! Just another reason PHS is the best around.

Ms Ramos

Brandon Schmidt
Piner's Brandon Schmidt is the Physical Education Student of the Month for November.

Congratulations to Piner Cross Country runners Jonny Vargas and Cynthia Rosales who competed at the State meet in Fresno!

CLHS 2016 Judy Barcelon
Congratulations to Judy Barcelon. 2016 CLHS Educator of the Year for Piner High School!

Season of Giving-Toy Drive
The Season of Giving is here! Beginning next week please show some love to our community by donating a toy of a $5-$10 value to the Monroe Toy Drive. Collection boxes will be set up in each 4th period classroom. We need toys for children ages 4-8, as well as board games and art supplies for fourth, fifth, and sixth grade classes. The fourth period class that donates the most toys will earn a pizza party hosted by ASB! Toys collected until Friday, December 8.

2016 SCL Finals
On Saturday the Cross Country team competed at SCL Finals at Spring Lake. The Varsity Boys, Varsity Girls and JV Girls ended their season in 2nd place after some very close races. The JV Boy ended their season undefeated with a first place win!

This week 350 Piner students started a campus wide thematic study revolving around the book "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot. Integrated loosely across 4 disciplines- English, Social Science, Biology and Health Science & Biotechnology- students came together for the launch presentation where teachers introduced the topics and activities they will cover as well as their reasoning for choosing the book. This story of Henrietta Lacks and her cells, taken without consent, the revolutionary impact on medical research and the insight into cultural, racial and scientific issues of the time make this book a good fit for our team of teachers! (Ms. Benson, Ms. Barcelon, Mr. Converse, Ms.Coster, Ms. Langhals, Ms. Lecus, Mr. Mantoani, Dr. Marchbanks, Mr. Slaten Ms. Stevens and Ms. Walls !) Students will engage in extracting their own DNA and discuss historical and social implications for "who owns your cells?". They will research a disease and its impact on world history as well as investigate scientific studies from the past such as the Tuskegee syphilis study, that breached moral boundaries and lead to informed consent and required scientific ethics for all clinical trials. Cell division and cancer will be studied in Biology with a group event titled Cancer Awareness Day slated for November 18th.

2016 STEM Tour
Piner STEM students tour Medtronic.

Homecoming 1

Homecoming 2

Michiels Spirit Day
Homecoming Spirit Day, Plaid Day - Ms. Michiel's 4th Period class.

Ecuation Showcase
Piner Staff sharing the great things Piner has to offer at the recent District Education Showcase.

SPARQ Planetarium & STEM Cafe Schedules. Download the SPARQ Planetarium show schedule to see details for each showing. Open to the Public.

Pedro Sosa
Piner's Pedro Sosa is the Physical Education Student of the Month for October. In the elective class of weight lifting, Pedro is the first to start working out and the last. He has set an example for the younger students of what it means to work out. He has set a standard for all in the class to follow with his work ethic. Because of this, Pedro is the PE student of the month. Congratulation to Pedro Sosa from the PE Department.

Read the Sep/Oct ECMP Newsletter.

Health Science and Biotechnology is raising funds for a field trip to the Buck Institute. If you are interested in donating click here to go to Donors Choose fundraising website.

Congratulations to Karen Coster (far right) and Debbie Grove (third from right), Chamber of Commerce Educators of the Year for Piner High School.
Educators of the Year 2016

Olympic Champion, Maya DiRado, visited Piner to talk with students Thursday about her Rio experience. Catch some of her speech on the Press Democrat's YouTube channel.
Maya DiRado

Piner STEM Press Release. Read about how Judy Barcelon (Biology/Health Tech), Karen Coster (English), and Heather Benson (World History) spent part of their summer at St. Joseph Cancer Center center learning the details of clinical research such as inclusion criteria, patient intake (EKG, vitals), preparing investigational medicines and sometimes (with consent) being allowed to interact directly with patients.

What is a fartlek? Ask a Piner Cross Country runner. Read the Press Democrat article.. Pictured are Piner cross country runners Jonny Vargas, left, Cynthia Rosales, Nathan Hayes, Ben Somma, Kevin Garcia, Ryan Ball and Austin Luong head out on their run at Howarth Park in Santa Rosa, on Thursday, June 23, 2016. (Christopher Chung/The Press Democrat)

Class of 2016


Class of 2016


Press Democrat photo gallery.

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Class of 2016

ASB Summer Newsletter

4 years of Spanish, the Paella Pan Medal.
2016Paella Medal