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•SPARQ Open House Th 11/19 6pm
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•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!
•Congratulations to Nicole Gregorio and Aidan Carpenter. They have been given official Commended Students
status for scoring very high in the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test from last October of 2014. Both scored in the
official high performers category and have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
•STEM Update: Nicole Gregorio was selected from a competitive field of students from around the county for the
Summer High School Internship Program (SHIP) at Sonoma State this past summer. Here is what she has to say about it, "Last summer I was lucky to
be picked as one of SSU's high school interns. I was accepted to a biochemistry project where I was paired with another student and an SSU
professor to conduct research. Our project involved research on a protein called BAFF-R, which is of high interest in targeted therapies for
lymphoma. In lab we used E. coli to produce this protein and analyzed samples for their content of BAFF-R. Not only was I able to learn skills
like pouring and running SDS-PAGE, which is used to separate proteins by size, but I also learned how to troubleshoot failed experiments,
which are frequent in research. Though research can be frustrating because results are often hard to come by, it is a very rewarding experience
which has allowed me to grow as a student and a person. This internship prepared me for a career in science research, which I could not have
received in a high school class alone." Although Nicole has already obtained her STEM certificate level 3 award for her rocket design last year...
she plans to continue her commitment to the certificate by obtaining all levels possible for the STEM prospect award..
•Congratulations to Elias Negrete, Piner High School's Physical Education student of the month!
In his 6th period weight lifting class, he was the only one to pass six of the seven standards. He attends weekly the after school
PE on Wednesdays for extra credit. Elias is an example and model of what it means to work. He regularly works beyond the allotted
class time to complete his workout.
•Piner Teachers Mark Mantoani (left) and Florentino Garcia (right) were recognized by the Santa Rosa City School Board as the Chamber of Commerce Educators of the Year.
•Press Release: Sonoma State promotes STEM education at Piner High.
•College Application Workshop Nov. 19th 2pm-5:30pm in room A12.
•Piner's Tiffany Le played with Lang Lang, a Chinese concert pianist who has performed with leading orchestras in Europe, the United States and his native China, at the Green Music Center on October 4th.
•Piner's Jacob Montoya is the P.E. student of the month for September.
•Check out the Fall Gold Rush Newsletter.
•Get the latest ECMP Newsletter.
•2015 Piner Homecoming Floats. Congratulations to the Latino Club for being this year's Homecoming Float Winner! Thank you to the Classes, the French Club and the Yearbook Club for your participation and helping to make Piner's Homecoming halftime show fabulous!
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