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• Congratulations to Mr. Zalunardo. He is Piner's new Vice Principal. Congratulations to Mr. Mizera on his new position at District Office as Director of Special Education.
Vice Principal Zalunardo

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Class of 2014

• Piner's STEM Program looks back at a productive 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

• The Spring Newsletter is available online.

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

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

• Check out the latest Early College Magnet Program Newsletter.

• 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

• Prom clearance forms are available outside of the business office. All clearance forms are due April 25th. That gives you 4 WEEKS to get cleared. Please do not wait until the last minute to turn in your forms. The 25th IS THE LAST DAY to turn them in. Prom tickets go on sale April 14th. Do you want to set up a payment plan for your prom tickets? If you do, see Mrs. Albini in the business office.

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

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

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