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2016-2017 School Year

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

2015-2016 School Year


Ryan Le and Musaiel Gebremariam scored a spot as top contenders being recommended to the State Science Fair in Los Angeles in May. Press Democrat article about the Science Fair, featuring an interview with Yesenia Aguilar.
2016 Science Fair


The Piner Robotics team took 5th place out of 15 teams at the 2016 RoboPlay Challenge at U.C. Davis on Saturday. Congrats to Justin Wedel, Jose Onofre, Oscar Meisse, Ricardo Salgado, and Jackson Siebler. Watch the YouTube video.
2016 Robotics


Congratulations to the following Track and Field athletes who competed in the Redwood Area NCS this past Saturday at Piner. Trevor Wofford - 3rd in 300m Hurdles. Kassia Chagnon - 3rd in the 800m. Kassia's time was the second fastest time in Piner's school history. Jonny Vargas - 4th in the 3200m. Daisjah Sheperd, Kassia Chagnon, Cynthia Rosales and Itzel Gonzales - 3rd in the 4 x 400m Relay and set a new school record! Brian Luong, Reanne Ball, Trevor Wofford and Aidan Carpenter - 3rd in the 4 x 400m Relay. Itzel Gonzales - 5th in the Triple Jump. Scott Simpson Jr. - 2nd in the Shot Put. Skyler Ito-Lutz - 5th in Pole Vault. Next up...NCS Meet of Champions this Friday and Saturday UC Berkeley.


Piner & Comstock bands marched in the Luther Burbank Rose Parade for the first time in quite a few years. Check out the YouTube video or photo gallery.
2016 Rose Parade


Congratulations to Francisco Soto, a Junior, who won the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) Sonoma County essay contest. He will receive a cash prize for his efforts.
2016 JACL


Congratulations to the following students for being nominated to the annual Press Democrat awards. Scholar Athlete: Harris Nguyen and Lauren Lau; Athlete: Domenic Lucido.
2016 Scholar Athletes


Congratulations to the Piner Varsity (pictured) and JV boys track teams - both are SCL Champs!
Track SCL 2016


Come to the Piner Sunset Concert and Art Show on Wednesday, May 18th at 6pm and check out the creative talents of our art & music students.


Pictured here at the 2016 Sonoma State STEM symposium are Maritza Perez and STEM coordinator Judy Barcelon. With the help of SSU professor, Dr. Bulent Sokmen, presented results from Piner's 2015 9th Grade Biometric study. Their results found little correlation in our experimental variables comparing anti-oxidant levels against blood pressure and body composition (body fat %) which means this group (that exercises 4.5 hours per week) has relatively good health measurements but what does need further research was the number of students that register over the CDC recommended value of 24. PHS STEM Club will take the next step as we hope to re-test these students as 11th graders to see how their biometrics have changed. In addition, the night was exciting to see the scope of projects that SSU students are doing that we can potentially tap into as we strengthen our connections to their School of Science & Technology. Piner Alumni Julia Freeman and Danny Galvez presented projects on Geological formations and water purification. Quote from Maritza, "It was quite exciting to see the amount of projects that were there and the amount of people that came. I think it was an extremely valuable experience and I hope more STEM students can experience it."
Maritza Barcelon SSU 2016


Congratulations to all Piner scholar athletes who achieved a minimum 3.5GPA while also participating in sports. Congratulations to the Cross Country, Track, Swimming, and Badminton teams for also achieving Scholar Team status by achieving an average 3.0GPA.
CIF Awards 2016


Congratulations Jack McCormick! First swimmer in 10 years to qualify for NCS. Good luck at NCS!
Jack McCormick 2016


Piner Boosters thanks Silveira Buck GMC for their generous donation of $300 supporting Piner Athletics!


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!
Spirit Week Prom 2016


Lauren Lau 2016


•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.
Gamerz Club


•Congratulations to Nicole Gregorio, Santa Rosa City School's High School Student of the Month for April.
Nicole Gregorio


•Softball season is underway.


•Look for Sra. Michiels and other "Educators of the Year" on Sonoma County Transit buses.
Sr. Michiels


•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.
ASB at Disneyland 2016


•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!
Carla Suarez 2016


•Congratulations to Piner's Ian Carpenter, the CIF Subway Spirit of Sport Section Winner.
Ian Carpenter 2016


•Piner's Carla Suarez is the Physical Education Student of the Month for February.
Carla Suarez 2016


•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!
Science Fair 2016


•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.
Debate Team 2016


•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.
Enquiry Fair 2016


•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.
Honor Choir 2016


•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.
MLK 2016


•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. Questions? Email cheercoachtena@yahoo.com
Cheer Tryouts 2016-2017
Cheer Tryouts 2016-2017


•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.
PPE Presentation 2016


•Piner's HSB students visited the UC Davis Vet School for the first time.
UC Davis Vet School Tour 2016


BOTF 2016


SPARQ Tank 2016


•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.
Ana Parra 2016


•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.

Mr Greco


•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.
Ms Stevens 2016


•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!
S Stone 2015


•Santa Claus and his elves (Piner ASB) visited Monroe Elementary school.
Season of Giving


•Feliz Navidad from Ms. Michiel's Advanced Spanish class - celebrating Spirit Week.
Ms. Michiel's Class


•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.
Winter Concert 2015


•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.
Cross Country NCS-State 2015


SPARQ Open House 2015


•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!
PESOM 2015-11


•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."
Patty Michiels 2015


Career Center 2015


•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!
XC SCL Champs 2015


•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.
PSAT 2015


Spirit Week 2015


•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..
STEM 2015


•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.
PESOM 2015-10


Spirit Week


Patty Michiels 2015


•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.
Board Meeting 2 2015


•Press Release: Sonoma State promotes STEM education at Piner High.


•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.
Tiffany Le 2015


•Piner's Jacob Montoya is the P.E. student of the month for September.
Jacob Montoya 2015


•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!
Homecoming Parade 2015


•Piner Spirit!
Piner Seniors


•Piner Spirit Week 9/28-10/3
Spirit Week


Hot Air Balloon


•ASB Conference: High school students from all of over Sonoma County participated in a Leadership Conference hosted by our very own Piner High ASB class, led by new advisor, Ms. Hollman. Schools that attended the conference included: Analy, Casa Grande, Cardinal Newman, Elsie Allen, Montgomery, Rancho Cotate, Roseland, Santa Rosa, Technology, Ukiah, and Windsor. This 350+ people event brought students together to show their spirit and demonstrate their leadership skills. The conference featured games, a motivational message about change by Johan Khalilian, spontaneous dancing, and a powerful amount of noise and spirit. Piner's ASB class would like to thank all of the schools that attended for being so dedicated and spirited at the event. Also, we want to give special thanks to Jostens for helping to coordinate the event.


ASB Leadership Conference


•PHS Spirit! Ms. Michiel's 4th Period Class.


PHS Spirit


•Get involved! Check out our parent organizations Piner Boosters, Piner PTSO, and Project Graduation.


•Welcome new Principal, Tim Zalunardo, and new Vice Principal, Andy Van Horn!


•Get to know more about the Piner Boosters Club.


PHS STEM Press Release: Piner High School recently awarded over 70 STEM certificates to students that met the extracurricular criteria for each of 3 levels of the STEM certificate program. Click here for photos of the presentations.

Congratulations to Ms. Michiel's Spanish Class students! Back row: Grant Wingett, Daniel LaTourelle, Robert Santos, Clayton Matulich, Bradley Snetsinger, front row: Nicole Aquino, Jesus Lopez, and Sheena Blackwell (not pictured). This year Ms. Michiels had 8 students that have been with her all 4 years of Spanish. The students are wearing a mini paella pan "medal" that has their name and 4 years with Sra. Michiels in Spanish.
Sr Michiels Spanish Students 2015


2015 Senior Awards

• This year, on the 10th anniversary of "The March to the Test," Piner High School's AP Language students--breaking records again with 70 students total--converged upon the quad wearing their self-designed baseball tees emblazoned with "WRITING THROUGH THE SIX WITH MY WOES!" While some adults might wonder why Ms. Spearman would encourage sadness (woe) on the t-shirt, the connotation of "woe" in this rhetorical flourish is "friend"! The class of 2016 marched off to the testing room, clutching two Ticonderoga pencils, two blue or black ink pens, and an ineffable amount of excitement. Ms. Spearman is very proud of her amazing, hard-working students.
AP Lang Students

• Congratulations to Sheena Blackwell and Tony Martignoli for being selected as the 2014/2015 Piner High School Athletes of the Year and to Daisjah Sheperd and Jacob Hayes for their selection of 2014/2015 Piner High School Scholar Athletes of the Year! Each of these individuals exemplify the meaning of balancing athletics and academics and serve as role models for all of our student athletes here at PHS.

• Piner's Health Science Biotech Pathway was recognized by SSU to receive Jack London Award of Excellence and Innovation for our 3 year program that inspires and challenges Piner students to participate in STEM education as it relates to Medical Science and Biotechnology. Read more about the HSB Program here. The HSB pathway has also been recognized as a Career Technical Educational pathway with its strong ties to the community for student job shadow experiences and preparing the students for a variety of college majors to pursue professional degrees. Sonoma State School of Education presented the award to HSB instructors Mark Mantoani, Judy Barcelon and Principal Sally Bimrose (Dante DePaola, treasured Year II teacher, was obligated to SRJC Football). From Judy Barcelon, "What I love most about being a teacher in the HSB program is that it feeds my need to be an explorer and life long learner. Each year with different students come different ideas, career requests and passions- infused with such topics as Healthcare and Biotechnology that have exponential potential and there is never a dull moment.
Jack London Award

• Piner Principal, Sally Bimrose (center), selected SCASA (Sonoma County Association of School Administrators) High School Principal Administrator of the Year. In the photo "Team Piner", there is also Diann Kitamura who was chosen Assistant Superintendent Administrator of the Year.
Team Piner

2014-2015 School Year

Twin Day

• Piner's Golf Team received a $400 grant from the PWGA.
Piner Golf

• Piner's HSB students visited the Nursing Program at USF. Students participated in a nursing simulation. Using mannequin arms students were able to draw blood and insert IV's under the direction of the 3rd year students. The other simulation involved a computerized mannequin displaying symptoms that had to be treated immediately by senior nursing students practicing for clinical rotations. We marveled at the technology available for nursing students, the beauty of the campus and the awesome options for lunch. Field trip funds were secured by a Target Corporate grant awarded to grant writer Ms. Barcelon.

• Congratulations Zane!
Zane Hess

• Eight Piner students participated in the Math Steeplechase at Spring Lake. The students who participated were Aidan Carpenter, Meghan Bogges, Peter Tran, Brandon Martinez, Samantha Stolte, Lauren Lau, Brennan Carpenter, and Jasmine Rattanpal. Aidan Carpenter was on a 3rd place team, Samanta Stolte was on a 2nd place team, and Lauren Lau was on a 1st place team. If you get an opportunity, congratulate them and ask them about the experience. They all did a great job! Lauren Lau and Sean Luong also participated in the TrigStar competition at SRJC. They tied for 5th place and each won $50!
Math Steeple Chase 2015

• Piner's 2015 Prom is at Legends at the Bennett Valley Golf Course on Saturday, May 9th from 8:00-11:30 pm. The theme is "Our Time to Shine," with colors of black, white, and silver. The cost for a ticket with an ASB sticker is $55 and $65 without ASB; there are no couples tickets. Tickets will be sold beginning at lunch on Wednesday, April 15th in the quad. After Wednesday, April 29th, ticket prices will jump to $70, whether or not a student has an ASB sticker. There will be a dessert buffet and a photo booth as well as the standard DJ and prom photographer for prom photo packages. Questions? Email Mrs. Jewell

• Ms. Barcelon has set up a donation site to raise funds for grants to support classroom and training opportunities. Click here to read about the projects and provide support.

• Ms. Michiel's Advanced Spanish Class, for the first time, cooked a cultural feast. From Spain there was paella (rice, veggies & chicken) and a tortilla española (a "tapa" of fried potatoes, onions, & eggs). From the Caribbean, there were tostones (fried plantains) and from Mexico, bionicos (a fruit salad). It was all "muy delicioso".
Ms Michiels Cultural Feast

• Read the Press Democrat article on Piner Alumni, Ken Rossi. One of the 2015 Piner Hall of Fame Inductees.

• Piner's Health Science & Biotechnology program wins the Jack London Award for Educational Innovation! Join us at the awards ceremony May 6th at Sonoma State Cooperage at 5 pm. Instructors Dante DePaola, Judy Barcelon and Mark Mantoani were proud to have students show what they are doing and learning in this 3 year pathway.

• Mr. Mancillas, Mr. Sullivan, Ms. Graves and Mr. Castro took 53 Piner students to San Francisco Art Institute and San Francisco City College to see Diego Rivera's murals that he made back in the 1940's.
SF Art Institute Field Trip 2015

• Congratulations to Anthony Villalobos. March PE Student of the Month. Anthony participated and earned full credit every day of PE for the 3rd quarter except one day which he made up afterschool during our Wednesday workout session. As a result, he earned a perfect 100% grade for the quarter. Anthony has been working hard all year on his mile and has improved dramatically over the course of the year. To compliment his excellent attendance, Anthony also carries himself with a wonderful attitude and his presence in 4th period only adds to the outstanding quality of this class. Congratulations from Mr. Aubin and the PE department!
Anthony Villalobos

• Piner's HOSA team attended the Future Health Professional State Leadership Conference in Sacramento. The girls competed in CPR event, served on Courtesy Corps, and networked with chapter members from across the state. Ms. Barcelon judged competitive events in Biomedical Laboratory Techniques and Public Health. They had a great time touring Old Sac and eating Bento Box sushi rolls! They are geared up to grow our HOSA chapter and invite anyone interested to come to their next meeting Wednesday April 8th at 2:10 pm in Room D1. Pictured is Pim Khunmom, Daisy Li and Judy Barcelon, HOSA advisor.
HOSA 2015

• Congratulations to Piner's Connor McKeever. Sonoma County Women's Soccer League invited every art teacher in the county to develop a new logo for their league. 75 logo's were submitted, 3 were selected and then each of the 400 players got one vote. It was a three way tie with one team left to vote.....and Piner won! Here is the winning logo:
Connor McKeever

• Congratulations to the Co-Ed 4X200 team of Itzel Gonzalez, Daisjah Sheperd,Trevor Wofford and Miguel Garcia for their school record performance (1:43.32) at last night's Twilight Relays in San Rafael. Their efforts broke the old school record of 1:45.01 set in 2011 by Kyra Johnson, Ivy Campbell, Isreal Sanchez and Leonard Carter. Also Congratulations to the Boys Sprint Medley team of Antonio Salath, Brian Luong, Miguel Garcia and Trevor Wofford for their school record performance (1:40.13). Their efforts broke the old school record of 1:42.13 set in 2005 by Phanat Amphai, Unknown, Ross Teeter and current Piner Football Coach Terrance Bell. The Twilight meet record in the Co-Ed 4X800 set by Piner in 2012 was broken last night by Bishop O'Dowd and Campolindo. Piner finished fourth for the 3rd fastest time in school history, the team of Sheena Blackwell, Daisjah Sheperd, Brian Luong and Aidan Carpenter. And finally congratulations to the Girls Spring Medley team of Olivia Potter, Daisy Garncia, Daisjah Sheperd and Itzel Gonzales for running the 3rd fastest time in school history. Great job Prospectors!

• Check out the latest Early College Magnet Program Newsletter.

• Read about a recent tour by Piner STEM certificate students of Sonoma State University's STEM departments.

• Congratulations to Maria Guzman. PE Student of the Month for February. Maria's positive attitude and enthusiasm for exercise is contagious. Maria has 100% attendance, 100% daily dress, 100% on tests, 100% on daily participation in her mile runs and activities. Maria is an excellent role model for all students in PE and is one of the "fittest" freshman girls on campus. "Maria's motivation and early morning smiles keep me going!" Congratulations from Mrs. Pepper and the PE department
Maria Guzman

• Spirit Week: Safari Day
Spirit Day - Safari Day

• Asian Culture Night.
2015 Asian Culture Night


• The Piner High Debate Team competed in the 7th Annual Windsor Invitational. Our two teams debated such diverse topics such as water conservation, government stimulus and fighting ISIS. Pictured here are Taylor Papola, Yesenia Aguilar, Ross Thorsen, and Cameron Jordon.
Piner Debate Team 2015

2015 STEM Cafe schedule

• Like Piner Counseling's Facebook page to get information on scholarships and other information.

• Have a GMail account? Add the ASB Google calendar to your list of calendars. On the left side under Other Calendars type in "pinerprospectorsasb@gmail.com" in the 'Add a friend's calendar' box. You can access the calendar and be updated on events going on at the school including: sports, dances, fundraisers and informational nights.

• Congratulations to Ross Thoreson, winner of Lions Speaker Contest for Santa Rosa Host club! Ross moves on to compete at the Regional level in Cotati on March 14th. His speech was on water conservation, how can we reduce, recycle and reclaim. Bryce Polkinghorn was his assistant speech writer and Mr. Sramaglia was his Debate Team coach. Ross won over 3 excellent speakers from the Analy Debate Team, mainly for his poise, passion and well researched facts. He is pictured here with Lions Student Speaker Chairman, James Oswald.
2015 Lions Club Speech Winner Ross ThoresonLions Club Logo

• Congratulations to the Boys Varsity Basketball team on their win over Elsie Allen in the SCL Tournament.
SCL Champs 2015
SCL Champs 2015

• Some work from talented students in our Maker Program.
Maker Program Projects 2015

• Congratulations to Sophie Flores. Winner of Piner's 2015 Poetry Out Loud Competition!
2015PoetryOutLoudWinner Sophie Flores

• ECM sophomores and parents: Mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 11. That's the date of the SRJC Parents Informational Night held at the JC. Details are forthcoming ... save the date!!

• Piner Students, Schools Plus Board Members, and Principal Sally Bimrose accept a $22,000 donation from Schools Plus. Thank you!!
Schools Plus Donation 2015

• Piner High School is participating in the 2015 Redwood Empire Battle of the Fans. Watch the BOTF trailer here. The trailer was created by Piner student Lucas McCormick with the help of Piner ASB, Mrs. Jewell, Mr. Thompson, Lindsey Snetsinger, and of course the amazing Piner High fans!

2015 STEM Cafe schedule

• Piner Teacher, Steve Carpenter, named California League of High School (CLHS) Educator of the Year for Region 1 Piner High School. Mr. Carpenter was recognized at a California League of High Schools event on January 22nd at the Villa Chanticleer in Healdsburg. He was nominated by his peers and was among nine educators who were honored. Mr. Carpenter will now represent our region at the state level at the CLHS Annual Conference February 27-March 1, in Sacramento. Steve is noted for his contributions to STEM education at Piner with his work with First Light crosss age teaching and introducing coding and robotics into the ninth grade curriculum. In addition he was selected to teach the Sonoma State class for future STEM teachers on campus and continues to lead by example the craft of modeling as well as providing students opportunities to engage in hands on learning be it with k'nex bridges or working with electronic gizmos using Raspberry pi computer boards. In the photo are District Superintendent, Socorro Shiels (left), Steve Carpenter (center), and Piner Principal, Sally Bimrose (right).
Steve Carpenter

• Piner students and teachers (Ms. Spearman, Ms. Armstrong, & Ms. Michiels) got together to honor Martin Luther King Jr by seeing the movie "SELMA" on January 19.

• Check out the latest Piner High Foundation Newsletter

• Want to know more about Project Graducation? Check out this flyer

• Students and families of Piner High School are invited by Piner PTSA to a financial seminar presented by the Redwood Credit Union. Tuesday 2/10 6:30pm in the Piner Library.

• HOSA students (Pim K; Daisy Li, Brian Duong, Andrea Robles, Patricia Abarca, Alejandra Robles, and Sinoug Phong) were busy over the holidays volunteering at two scheduled service opps at the Redwood Empire Food Bank. They became quite skilled at repacking Pizzas and had a great time as well.
HOSA volunteers at the Food Pantry 2014

• Check out the latest STEM update. Lots of great things happening like GIS Day, a campus visit by Sonoma State's Computer Engineering Department, MESA's Prosthetic Arm Challenge, and lots more.

• Congratulations to Mr. Dilillo's period 3 Culinary Arts class! Winner of 'Cupcake Wars'. The winning cupcakes were red velvet with chocolate covered strawberries and a pinch of candy cane.
Cupcake Wars 2014

• Congratulations to Kayla Poulsen, P.E. Student of the Month for November! Kayla carries herself with a wonderful attitude that is contagious. Her effort, attendance, and demeanor serve as a guide for what is expected from all our students on campus. As a result of these qualities she is currently earning 138% in PE. Not to be overlooked, Kayla was a contributing member of our Women's varsity Soccer team as a freshman. Congratulations from Mr. Aubin and the entire PE department!
Kayla Poulsen 2014

• The latest Early College Magnet Program (ECMP) Newsletter is posted. Check it out. LOTS of great information is included.

• Congratulations to Piner's Brandon Zavala, Santa Rosa School Board's Student of the Month!

• Congratulations to Piner Mens Varsity Cross Country Team on their 5th consecutive pennant. SCL Champs for 2014!
Cross Country SCL Champs 2014

• Piner Students at the recent Science Discovery Day.
GIS Day 2014

• Read the lastest "Student Testimonial from Class of 2014 Graduate, Chelsea Wood.

• Lots of art happening at Piner. Check out the latest cool creations from Mr. Pedersen's Commercial Art and Design class on their Piner TShirt Club Facebook page. There are photos of a digital photography assignment using Photoshop.

• Join us for the next STEM Cafe Nov 6 at 7pm in the SPARQ Center. The featured speaker is Michael Van Grouw, Software Architect, Oscilloscope Products Division. The presentation is "How the 86100D Digital Communications Analyzer is Used to Design and Test the Next Generation of High-Speed Internet Devices". Come learn what it is and play with cool electronic gizmos!

• Piner's Office Staff get into the Halloween Spirit.
Halloween at the Piner Office

• North Bay Business Journal article "Piner observatory seen as a tech-education model"

• Piner Golfer, Sierra Sanchez, shown here with Coach Gregus, is only the 3rd Piner Lady Golfer to qualify for NCS. Congratulations!
Sierra Sanchez

• Press Democrat Teen Face - Pim Khunmom.
Pim Khunmom

• 10,000 Degrees is hosting a series of meetings about college planning on Thursdays starting October 9th for Seniors and Parents/Families of Seniors: College Roadmap to Success (en Espanol)

• Lots of ways for parents to stay involved at school. Piner PTSA (Piner Parent-Teacher-Student Association) supports education and the classroom, Piner Boosters supports athletics, Piner Project Grad, and ELAC supports English Language learning.

• Ms. Michiel's 1st period class shows their school spirit for Homecoming - Pink Out Day.
Pink Out Spirit Day

• Ms. Michiel's 5th period class shows their school spirit for Homecoming - Comfy Cozy Spirit Day.
Comfy Cozy Spirit Day

• State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson stopped in at Piner High School on Friday, part of a statewide tour to recognize schools that emphasize career and technical training on October 3rd. He lauded Piner High School programs. "“I hear great things about the programs here,” Torlakson told a morning gathering of students, local business leaders and officials from Piner, Santa Rosa City Schools and the Sonoma County Office of Education. “You’ve been pioneers.”" Read the full Press Democrat article.

• Congratulations David Chaparro, PE Student of the Month.
David Chaparro

• Piner's Music Teacher, Mike Milbrath, bringing music back to Comstock Middle School. "Recognizing the need for band programs at Comstock and Piner, Schools Plus has decided to hold a special drive at its annual October fundraising event with the goal of raising $100,000 for instruments, uniforms and other supplies at both schools." Photo credit: Crista Jeremiason, The Press Democrat.
Mr. Milbrath

• Mr. Castro's Advanced Spanish Class showing the fruits of their hard work in the Piner Garden. Thank you!
Adv Spanish Class

Piner's STEM program teams up with Sonoma State University to promote science education. "Piner announced a new partnership with Sonoma State University that will recognize ...students who commit to an intensive science education program by guaranteeing them early consideration for admission to SSU’s science and engineering department. They’ll also earn a certificate at graduation that reflects their specialty in an area of learning known as STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering and math.". Photo credit = Christopher Chung, Press Democrat.
Press Democrat Photo-STEM-SSU

Piner PTSA invites you to join for the 2014-2015 school year. Membership is $5. Members signing up for the 2014-2015 year receive a coupon for Baskin Robbin for a scoop of ice cream. Sweet! The PHS PTSA is a non-profit, 501(C)3 organization. 100% of donations benefit Piner High School students.

• Stay up to date with STEM at Piner. Information is posted for the STEM Certificate. The next STEM café on Thursday,October 9th will be awesome, learning and exploring the Chemistry of Fluorescence…and we get to play with glow sticks in the After café! Food will be provided by 4th Street Deli so it will be even more fun!

• Thanks to a grant from last year we finally got a 3D printer. We printed the wrench today. It took about 20 minutes from warm up to finish. 10 years from now a large percentage of households will have one. Very cool. PHS Student Justin Wedel set it all up and printed the first item. He got to take the wrench home.
3D printer3D wrench

• The Santa Rosa Press Democrat's latest Teen Face article featured Piner Senior, Brandon Zavala. Photo credit = Christopher Chung, Press Democrat
Press Democrat Photo-Brandon Zavala

ASB Skating

Piner Boosters raised $13,000 for Piner Athletics for the 2013-2014 school year. Thank you!

• The latest Early College Magnet Newsletter is now posted. The Early College Magnet Program (ECMP) is in its 9th year with a total of 285 students participating in the program this year, and we just keep growing! We now have 86 freshmen (with more on the waiting list!), 65 sophomores, 65 juniors, and 69 seniors enrolled, with juniors and seniors taking over 300 units at Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) for the fall semester

• Congratulations to Piner's Garden Club! Their exhibit placed 3rd at the recent 2014 Heirloom Seed Festival at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.
Heirloom Festival

• Congratulations to the Piner Varsity Boys XC (Cross Country) team! They won the small school division at the Lagoon Valley Classic Invitational and throughout the team there were a lot of competitive races. Team photos
Lagoon Valley Classic

• Piner Student, Aidan Carpenter, participated in Pepperwood Preserve's Teen Nat Program as a Teen Nat Leader. These photo collages were created by Aidan.

• Piner's PAC wanted to acknowledge Mrs. Michiels' contributions to Piner. Thank you!
Sra Michiels

• Check out this year's Senior Wall courtesy of the Class of 2015. Artists: Kiana, Sydney, Madison, Annabell, Natasha, Ashley, Garrett, TJ, Brandon, Crystal, Laken, Sarah, Allie, Brianna, Clayton, Kristen, Laura, and more!
Senior Wall 2014-2015

• Kurt Kruger and Sharon Stevens represented Piner High School as Outstanding Educators at the annual Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce Breakfast honoring educators on Friday, August 15, 2014. Mr. Kruger was honored as Co-Winner of Outstanding High School Educator of the year! Read more in the Press Democrat article.

• Piner's STEM Program looks back at a productive year.

• Piner High School was featured as a KPIX Cool School featuring our new Science Center and Observatory.

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

2013-2014 School 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

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

• 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

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

• Piner's Environmental Club planted this plum tree a year ago during last year's Earth Week on Arbor Day. Check out the beautiful blossoms this year.
Plum Tree

• Piner Wrestlers heading to NCS.
NCS Wrestlers

• Check out the latest HSB Blog.

• Mrs. Grove and the Boys Basketball Team.
Mrs Grove and the Boys Basketball Team

• Piner Soccer Player, Marco Barragan, signs with UC Davis.
Marco Barragan

• Congratulations to all of the Piner Players who made Press Democrat All-Empire.

• Piner's Boys Varsity Basketball Team hosts Elsie Allen in an SCL Playoff Game on Tuesday February 18th at 7pm. Wear your maroon and gold and watch an exciting game. Ticket prices: $8 General Admission, $5 Seniors (65+) and Students, $3 Students with valid ID. Military ID and valid ASB FREE!!!

• Piner Teacher, Mike Erickson, named California League of High School (CLHS) Educator of the Year for Piner High School. Mr. Erickson was recognized at a California League of High Schools event on January 24th at the Villa Chanticleer in Healdsburg. He was nominated by his peers and was among nine educators who were honored that evening.

• Piner's Debate Team competed at a match at Lowell High School in San Francisco on Saturday February 1st.
Piner Debate Team

S.T.E.M. Cafe - Thursday, February 6th 7pm in the new Science Center. Students, Teachers, Scientists and Community Members are invited to a night of information and dialogue. The topic is "Concussions: Dangers, Long term effects, Assessments, Treatments, and Prevention. Our guest speaker is Ty Affleck, M.D., Doctor of Sports Medicine and Community Leader in Concussion Awareness. We would like to thank Raley's for providing refreshments.

• Piner's Andy Campbell ties for 4th place in the Annual Martin Luther King Oratorical Contest.

• Sonoma County Poetry Out Loud competition will be held on February 2nd from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave. The contest will feature top scoring students from Analy, Cloverdale, Creekside, El Molino, Elsie Allen, Maria Carrillo, Montgomery, Piner, Rancho Cotate, Roseland University Prep, Santa Rosa and Sonoma Academy high schools. The winner will advance to the state competition. The competition pits students against each other as they perform oral interpretations of poems. Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation program initiated by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Cash for College! FAFSA is Free Application for Financial Student Aid. If you are or have a Senior who is planning to attend college in the 2014-2015 school year...mark you calendars for January 27th at 6:30-8:30pm in the Piner High School Library. There will be free help for all students who are filling out their FAFSA applications. There will also be a chance to fill out the California Dream Application. Don't miss this chance to make your life easier!

Spring Sports Clearance Information posted on the Athletics page. Concussion screening (Baseball/Softball) Jan 25th 9am-11am and Feb 1 9am-11am. Feb 8th 8am-1pm = Spring Sports Clearance Day (ALL SPORTS).

Piner Alumni and Cross Country star, Luis Luna, continues to find success in college, has ultimate goal of competing in the Olympics.

• Members of the Piner Cross Country team volunteered at the annual New Year's Day Resolution Run. Volunteering at the New Year's Day race has become a tradition for the Piner High School cross country team. This year, about 25 current and former Piner runners and coaches in gold and maroon helped with the Empire Runners Club 5k run at Montgomery Village. Photo credit to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.
Resolution Run 2014

• Winter Concert with Piner High School and Comstock Middle School
Winter Concert 2013

• On December 10th 2013 Piner Teacher Kurt Kruger (left) and Principal Sally Bimrose received the Top Real Estate Project Award for the new Piner High School Science & Technology Center from the NB Business Journal.
Kurt Kruger and Sally Bimrose

• Learn more about current STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) activities at Piner.

• Piner ASB's 14th Annual Season of Giving Toy Drive benefiting Monroe Elementary school was a success!
Season of Giving 2013
Season of Giving 2013

North Bay Business Journal of Sonoma, Marin and Napa Counties names Piner's Science & Technology Center the Top Real Estate Project in 2013 in the category of K-12 Education.
Piner Science Center Award from NB Business Journal

• New S.T.E.M. Cafe announced. December 3rd at 6pm in the Science & Technology Center. The speaker is Immunologist Dr. Lin. The topic is Vaccines and the Inner Workings of the Immune System.

• Congratulations to Piner's Efren Reyes for winning the individual Division 4 title and qualifying for the CIF State Cross Country Championships in Fresno! Efren, scorched the Division 4 competition with a 14-second victory, finishing in 15:39. From the Press Democrat article: "Reyes went out front quickly but stayed close to the pack for a mile before turning on the jets. By the time he started Mile 3 on the three-mile course, he had a 50-yard lead on the next guy." The Varsity Boys Team finished 3rd at NCS Championship.

• Piner captures first football playoff win in 10 years! On the road and shut-out/held scoreless in the 1st half, Piner roars back to score 43 in the 2nd half to win by a final score of 43-29.
Video highlights
Piner Varsity Football Playoff 1 2013

• Piner's Geospatial Technology Pathway and HSB participated in the Bay Area Science Festival @ the Sonoma County Fairgrounds on 10/26 that was attended by over 10K people.
Science Festival 2013

• Piner's Technology Assistant, Barbara Ryan, (center, in pink) retires after 16 years at Piner. Congratulations!
Barbara Ryan 2013

• Piner Tennis Coach, Ed Weber, named SCL Tennis Coach of the Year. Congratulations! In the top photo, Mr. Weber is presented with an award from his tennis team.
Ed Weber 2013
Ed Weber 2013

• Piner's Vicky Nguyen is the Santa Rosa City School's High School Student of the Month for November 2013.
Vicky Nguyen Student of the Month 2013

• Piner High School's "Every 15 Minutes" Programn video from this past April 2013 is available for viewing.

• The Fall Play, Neil Simon's "Rumors", runs November 13-16 7pm in the Performing Arts Center. Be advised there is mature language used in the play and so it may not be appropriate for younger children. A hilarious comedy about 4 couples meeting to celebrate an anniversary who are confronted with gunshots, gossip, rumor and innuendo in a delightful comedic farce. Admission is $5 Students and Senior Citizens and $7 Adults.
Rumors Play 2013

• Piner Varsity Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams are 2013 SCL Champions!
Cross Country SCL Champs 2013

• Piner's Vicky Nguyen is the Santa Rosa City School's High School Student of the Month for November 2013.
Vicky Nguyen Student of the Month 2013

• Join Piner High and Comstock Middle School for a Winter Concert on December 11 at 7pm in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is $5.

• Piner's Latino Club participated in Dia De Los Muertos celebration at Old Courthouse Square.
Dia De Los Muertos 2013

• Have a safe and fun Halloween! PHS Jack-o-lantern courtesy of Piner Parent, Kristy.
PHS Pumpkin

• Piner High School invites you to check out 21st Century Learning

• Garden to Plate Dinner was held on Saturday, Oct. 26th. It was a celebration of the harvest and included a delicious dinner cooked by our award winning Piner Culinary students and speakers John Ash, Mei Ibach and Jennifer Una.

• ASB held its first ever "Walk for Change" on Saturday, October 26. This family-friendly event included fun games, face painting, a cake walk, and more. Proceeds were donated to the American Cancer Society.

• Fall Beautification Day sponsored by PTSA. Thank you to our Piner PTSA Student Rep, Environmental Club, Culinary, and everyone else who came to help out.
Fall Beautification Day

• Piner ASB at the Making Connections Conference on 9/23 with Mike Smith.
ASB Conference

• Prospector Pete and Penny at the Piner vs Analy Varsity Football game.
Prospector Pete and Penny

• Check out our latest Student Testimonial on what makes Piner High School a great place to go to school.

Piner Boosters donated $12,000 to Piner Athletics for the 2012-2013 school year. We want to thank all of the parents and families for their support!

• Piner High School has a new Vision Statement: "Piner High School will be a dynamic educational community filled with compassionate individuals prepared to engage the 21st century. We will promote inquiry, collaboration, creativity, perseverance, and rigor in order to foster civic involvement and personal success."

• Press Democrat's Extra Credit Blog "Piner High Senior: Gov. shutdown is scary".

• Piner Senior, Paloma Romero, featured in Press Democrat's Teen Life. Photo copyright the Press Democrat.
Paloma Romero

• Piner's Science Department presented the first STEM Cafe. Attendees heard a lecture by Julie Mangada, a Buck Institute research scientist, learned about stem cells, enjoyed refreshments, and participated in an activity about stem cells after the lecture.
Piner STEM Cafe 2013

• Fall 2013 Spirit Week - Fashion Disasters
Spirit Week Fall 2013

• Check out the bounty being grown in the Piner Garden
PHS Garden Collage Fall 2013

Piner High School posts 2nd largest API score gain in Sonoma County. "Nearly three out of four schools in Sonoma County saw their state academic score drop this year. Piner bucked the trend, posting a 36-point gain in its API score. Only the single-grade Sixth Grade Academy in Petaluma made a larger gain." (quote and photo credit Press Democrat). In the photo, Mary Nguyen (left) and Karla Lopez work on a lab project.
Health and Biotech Class

2013 Press Democrat Football Preview.

2013-2014 Welcome letter from Superintendent Shiels.

• Piner Educators Dante DePaola (4th from left) and Sarah Walls (4th from the right) named Educators of the Year from Piner High School. Each school chooses two teachers that exemplify great teaching. Honorees attended the Chamber of Commerce's 28th Annual "Excellence in Education Awards" award breakfast at the Flamingo Hotel.
De Paola and Walls

• Piner Class of 2013 Graduate, Yessica Moran, featured in the Press Democrat's July 28th Teen Life.
Yessica Moran

Piner's Kevin To is the SCL Tennis Player of the Year and Piner Teacher, Kurt Kruger, is Co-Coach of the Year.

• Piner Teacher, Dante DePaolo, teaching at Maker Camp Comstock Middle School.

• Check out Piner's Health Science & Biotechnology (HSB) blog

• Piner Biotech students are working at SSU for a two week internship. They are designing the lab protocols for our genetics unit for Year 1 HSB. This involves finding genetic markers to test for GMO's in common foods. The Piner HS/SSU Summer Internship Crew (left to right) is Sera Matasau, Victoria Trier, Anissa Garcia, Chris Campbell, Ryan Williamson, Christian Barnard, Raya Zopolos, Tommy Nguyen. Piner/SSU Summer Internship Crew

• Class of 2013 Piner Graduate, Yessica Moran, is the 2013 Career Technical Education Student of the Year by the Sonoma County Office of Education. Yessica will be acknowledged at the June 27th SCOE meeting.