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2017-2018 School Year

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.

Click on the photo below to see more photos and check the Piner High School Facebook page for more shared photos.

Class of 2016

ASB Summer Newsletter

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