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Prom Spirit Week! Monday: Tacky Tourist, Tuesday: character day (dress like your favorite
fictional character from any movie, tv show, or book), Wednesday: Flag day (dress in the colors of your favorite flag),
Thursday: Cinco de Mayo, Friday: Maroon Madness, and Saturday: PROM!
•The P.E. Department would like to congratulate the following freshman students who have been
rightfully chosen as the students of the month for May. These freshman students performed above and beyond for the State Physical
Fitness Test. Some even breaking previous records in the mile run and push up tests. In the mile run test, the following students
performed exceptionally fast: *Nathan Hayes and Dylan Ingham 5:10 mile, Ryan Ball 5:32, *Cynthia Rosales 5:45, Fatima Olivares 6:14, and Evelin Cardenas 6:39.
In the push up test, these students performed the most: *Nathan Hayes 54 push ups, Devin Rodriguez 53, Dylan Ingham 42, *Lorena Luna 42,
Regina Camello 37, and Fatima Olivares 31.
•This year, Piner High School Will be hosting the SCL Championship. Single matches will be held on 5/5 4pm, and Doubles on 5/6 4pm in both Gyms.
The #1 position for the SCL Women's Divisional Champion and MVP for this year's season belongs to - Lauren Lau with an Outstanding Score of 10 - 0!
The following Badminton players have earned the right to attended the SCL Championship, they are:
MIXED DOUBLES: Lauren Lau and Sean Loung, Amanda Hernandez and Guillermo Oropeza, Allie Foster and Owen Polkinghen.
WOMEN'S DOUBLES: Jessica Cortez and Kayla Poulsen, Vivana Reyes and Jennifer Le, Alejandra Robles and Andrea Robles, Daisy Li and Tiffany Le.
MEN'S DOUBLES: Derrick Korstick and Sunny Vang, Ryan Le and Huy Ly, Richard Hoang and Danny Diaz
•Piner High School Gamerz Club is celebrating its seventh year of good fun. This year it's been Advanced Dungeons and Dragons every Thursday.
•Congratulations to Nicole Gregorio, Santa Rosa City School's High School Student of the Month for April.
•Softball season is underway.
•Look for Sra. Michiels and other "Educators of the Year" on Sonoma County Transit buses.
•Piner ASB recently participated in the Disneyland Educational Series. The trip was a huge success and many students
who had never been to Disneyland received the experience of a lifetime. On our trip, students discovered the Disney way of working and the management
skills. Students practiced overcoming obstacles by working as a team and thinking creatively to develop solutions. These exercises were designed to
reinforce courage, curiosity, confidence, and constancy which aim to give students the confidence to set goals and accomplish their dreams.
•Piner's Mirella Romero is the Physical Education Student of the Month for March.
Mirella has never missed a class of PE and has not lost a single point this year. In addition, she consistently runs laps for extra credit and routinely
attends our afterschool workout sessions. As incredible as this is, what make us most proud to have Mirella as a student is her infectiously positive
attitude. It is common to find Mirella complete her runs then immediately rejoin her colleagues to help pace and motivate them to the finish line. Ask
any of her classmates and they will tell you the same; she is absolutely one of a kind!
•Congratulations to Piner's Ian Carpenter, the CIF Subway Spirit of Sport Section Winner.
•Piner's Carla Suarez is the Physical Education Student of the Month for February.
•Come to Piner's Thursday evening Parent Education series beginning in March, as 10,000 Degrees and Piner's Counseling Department present a series of three workshops, designed to get your student's college plans on track! The workshop topics are:
Thursday, March 10, "How to Choose A College" by 10,000 Degrees. Thursday, April 7, "Senior Checklist" by Piner Counseling. Thursday, April 28, "Transition to College" by 10,000 Degrees.
This series would be especially important to juniors and their parents, but all students and parents are welcome to attend. All events will take place a 6 pm in Piner's College and Career Center.
•Congratulations to the Piner science students who paticipated in the 2016 Sonoma County Science Fair. See a Press Democrat video of Piner Junior, Yesenia Aguilar, presenting her project on gel electrophoresis.
20 STEM students were showcased at the 2016 SYNOPYS Sonoma County Science Fair, Friday March 4th at the Rohnert Park Community Center.
Students had projects ranging from Upcycling to Goldfish Preference studies. Our top winners, Ryan Le and Musiael Gebremariam and their project: "Do students with higher math grades have increased ability for number sequence recall ?" were 1 of the 6 chosen (out of 126 projects) to go to the State Science Fair in May-fully funded by SYNOPYS!
•Piner's 2016 Debate Team competed at the Windsor Invitational on Saturday February 20th. From left to right: Evan Mack, Shea Dorrell, Akiva Waxman, and Ross "the Boss" Thorsen.
•The organizers of this year's Piner Crab Feed, Piner High School's Athletic Hall of Fame, Booster Club, and Foundation, wish to thank
everyone who helped with this year's event especially Jim Lanz, Piner Culinary students and Instructors, and Piner ASB and Ms. Hollman. We had many wonderful donors of
food and auction items. Click here for the complete list.
•Piner's STEM program held it's first Enquiry Event on Friday, February 19th. Below are questions the students did research on.
•On February 4-6, 2016 Katerina Flores, Shayna Reed, Sunny Luamanu, and Kevin Ruiz participated in the NORCAL Honor Choir
held at Humboldt State University in Arcata California. This event is held annually and draws students from across the state in both Choral and Instrumental music to perform collectively in an Honor Ensemble of 130-150 performers.
•Shea Dorrell (left) and Carla Suarez (right) won the Martin Luther King Jr. Speech Contest at Piner
and went on to represent Piner at last month's County contest.
•Check out Press Democrat's Kerry Benefield's video of Piner's Varsity boys basketball team. Good luck in the playoffs!
•2016-2017 Piner Cheer Tryouts - Mandatory Parent Informational Meeting March 3, 2016, 6:30pm in the MPR.
!Tryouts! March 7-11 (M-F) 5:30pm-7:30pm in the MPR. Official tryout date is March 11th, however you must attend every day prior, no exceptions.
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•Musetta Perezarce, RN and Nurse Educator, taught a skills lab to our HSB 3 students.
Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to prepare them for their upcoming job shadow experiences in the medical community.
Students learned about universal precautions, handwashing and handrubbing standard techniques and how to don and doff their gowns, gloves and face masks.
•Piner's HSB students visited the UC Davis Vet School for the first time.
•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.
•Get the latest Early College Magnet Program newsletter.
•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.
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