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•Piner's Ana Parra is the Physical Education Student of the Month for January.
Ana, though nursing an injury, continued to do her best in class. Always going beyond what is expected and willing
to help others. Ana not only is a great PE student, she is an outstanding runner for the cross country team this past season.
Ana truly is a picture of one who gives her all and therefore she has been chosen as Piner's PE student of the month.
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•Upcoming college workshops: Please plan on attending the 2 college workshops on Monday, Jan. 25th, 6:00 pm in the Piner Library:
Cash for College Night: “Everything You Wanted to Know About Financial Aid,” including assistance on filling out FAFSA forms and Thursday, March 10th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
in the Piner College & Career Center: “How to Choose a College”.
•"I am writing to let you know that one of Piner High School's long time teachers,
George Greco, just recently retired, has passed away. George Greco was a wonderful, kind, and patient human being
who modeled for all of those who knew him that we can pursue lives of great meaning, even while facing personal health
challenges. He was a consummate professional and a supporter of everything Piner. He loved basketball and found meaning
in working to help young people grow and learn. Despite being confined to a wheel chair each day, George reliably showed
up to work with our students and impacted them positively. As Mike Erickson noted during George's retirement celebration
at Piner High School, he never complained or dwelled on the negative predicament of his situation. We can all learn from
his humility and the way he dealt with adversity. Our Piner family will dearly miss him and my condolences go out to all
of those on our staff who knew and cared for George Greco, and to all of his family and friends."
Tim Zalunardo, Principal
Read more about George Greco in the Press Democrat.
A memorial service will be held at Piner High School Gymnasium, 1700 Fulton Road, Santa Rosa 95403 on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 12:00 p.m., with a reception following.
•The PHS Boys' Varsity Basketball team celebrated Piner's own Sharon Stevens' 70th birthday last week
with a heart-pounding win over El Molino. Not only did the guys present Sharon with a signed basketball before the game, but each member
of the starting line-up went to Sharon before stepping on the court to shake her hand and wish her a happy birthday. Congrats to the team...for the win on and off the court.
•Spring Sports Notice: Concussion Screenings: January 30th and February 6th at 10:00am in the Performing Arts Center.
Must have signed permission slip to attend. Spring sports registration deadline is Friday, March 4th. Any student interested in playing a Spring
sport must have an athletic packet turned in to the Athletic Directors by 4pm on this date.
•2016 Project Grad Information: Packets were mailed home. Please take a look 2016 Project Grad Info/Contract (Espanol).
Project Grad is able to offer a limited number of scholarships for this year's Grad Night party. In requesting a scholarship, please request only the amount you actually need. We want to be able to supply scholarships to as many seniors as possible with our limited funds. Please note that a request does not guarantee funds. Scholarships are available in the amounts of $15, $20 or $25.
Get the scholarship here.
The files are pdf and are not fillable online. Seniors/families please print the files, complete them, and turn them in with payment to the business office.
•Piner's Shamya Stone is the P.E. student of the month for December. Shamya just quietly goes about
taking care of business every day in class. She has a wonderful attitude and work ethic. She has been working hard on improving her
conditioning the entire quarter and she has a unique ability to make our entire 1st period class more enjoyable. Her attendance and
effort have been a constant the entire semester and she sets the bar for what the ideal PE student can and should strive to be.
Congratulations from Mr. Aubin and the entire PE department!
•Santa Claus and his elves (Piner ASB) visited Monroe Elementary school.
•Feliz Navidad from Ms. Michiel's Advanced Spanish class - celebrating Spirit Week.
•Piner High School and Comstock Middle School performed their Winter Concert on Wednesday December 9th.
The annual "12 Days of Christmas" audience participation song was a rousing success. Watch a YouTube video.
•Congratulations to former Piner Coach Jim Underhill for receiving the North Coast Section Distinguished Service Award. Read more in the Press Democrat article.
•Congratulations to the Piner Cross Country Varsity Boys team and Cynthia Rosales who participated in the 2015 Cross Country NCS
and State Championships. At NCS Piner Varsity Boys placed 3rd and Cynthia Rosales placed 5th in Division 3 (bottom two photos). Our Varsity Boys were Eduardo Calderon,
Aidan Carpenter, Jacob Hayes, Nathan Hayes, Brian Luong, Harris Nguyen and Jonny Vargas. At the State Meet, 5 of 7 Varsity Boys and Cynthia Rosales each had personal
records in their races.
•The Physical Education Department would like to recognize and congratulate Jonathon Cazares as the November P.E. student of the month!
Jonathon is in Mrs. Pepper's 1st period P.E. class and never misses a day! Jonathon is always dressed and ready to exceed any expectation. He consistently goes above
and beyond, and has the attitude to match. Thank you Jonathon for being so positive, energetic, responsible and a great role model for our class!
•Congratulations to Patty Michiels! From Judy Barcelon, "Patty Michiels was honored as the Piner High
Teacher of the Year nominee for the California League of High Schools. Patty has dedicated 31 years of her life to
sharing her passion for Spanish culture and language to our students be it Spanish for Spanish speakers or AP Spanish.
She excels at any level. Principal Tim Zaldunardo introduced Patty acknowledging her dedication to the profession
and how she serves as a cornerstone to the Piner High family. He captured perfectly her zest for classroom engagement,
that when one opens the door to her classroom you can see her radiance that illuminate the minds of her students as well
as hear their exuberance in the delightful singing that emanates. Ms. Michaels boldy gave her acceptance speech in Spanish at first.
Demonstrating her passion for the subject and as her face lit up with such exuberance I found myself as enchanted as her students must
feel. Besides all that fanfare, Patty is an icon and role model to the teachers at Piner. She has created such opportunities as cross
cultural teaching with her students and elementary schools for over 15 years. She has kept up on technology, curriculum integration and
being willing to try and learn new strategies. A life long learner, teacher advocate and perpetual Prospector, Patty well deserves this
recognition and shall continue to reign at Piner High."
•Winter Sports Deadline: The last day to sign up for a Winter Sport is December 17th.
You must turn in a completed Athletic Packet by 4pm on this date in order to participate in basketball or wrestling this season.
See any of the Athletic Directors for details.
•PHS STEM Press Release: STEM Cell-a-bration features Scientist from the Buck Institute.
•Congratulations to the Piner Cross Country Teams for their great showings at the SCL Championship this past Saturday at Spring Lake.
The Varsity Boys won their 6th consecutive pennant. Congratulations Jonny Vargas, Aidan Carpenter, Brian Luong, Nathan Hayes, Eduardo Calderon, Harris Nguyen and Jacob Hayes!
Cynthia Rosales was 1st in the Varsity Girls race and is now one of only 4 Piner XC Girls who hold the title of Girls SCL Champion! Congratulations to Kassia Chagnon who
placed 4th and ran the 3rd fasted time for a Piner girl on the Spring Lake Course. JV Boys also had a great season. Piner JV Boys are undefeated in league and won the
JV Boys race at SCL Finals. Seana Smith placed 5th in the JV Girls race, great job Seana. GREAT job to everyone on the Piner XC team!
...more Piner Highlights and Student Testimonials