Highlights from the first semester of the 2017-18 school year!

 

  • Our Student Government class kicked off the school year with a wonderful Senior Sunrise on Nevers Field followed by an incredible Welcome Back Rally for students in the South Gym
  • Many of our sports teams helped at the Santa Rosa Marathon.  Our school athletes did so well that next year we have been asked to return to take over all of the marathon volunteer stations!
  • A very successful Friends of ArtQuest “Back to AQ” Picnic on the Desoto Hall lawn.
  • Our school hosted a mini college fair in the quad at lunch in September for all students to visit
  • The Santa Rosa High Foundation hosted their annual Foundation Golf Tournament at Oakmont, raising thousands of dollars for our school
  • Student Government hosted the “Making Connections” program with over 400 other student government and leadership students from every high school in the county in attendance
  • Our Agriculture students helped pick our Chardonnay Grapes at the school farm for another successful harvest
  • Our College and Career Center hosted a College Information Night in September for all of our students.  Private College, U.C., Cal. State and Junior College representatives gave a wonderful presentation on admissions, financial aide, college life, etc.
  • Agriculture students hosted the California FFA State Leadership Team
  • Teachers from our English Department took part in the Bay Area Writing Project
  • The Sonoma County Library Bookmobile visited our campus twice during lunch to give away free books to our students
  • The College and Career Center created our first ever Visual and Performing Arts College Information Night!
  • ArtQuest held their 24thAnnual Fall Showcase
  • Our Football team in an upset win, beat our rival Montgomery on their home field 40-7!
  • The First Annual Santa Rosa High Foundation Alumni Auto Show was held on the front lawn
  • The Ag Boosters annual Harvest Moon Fundraiser was held at Shone Farms, raising thousands for our Agriculture students and program
  • Our Counseling Department for coming up with comprehensive plans for our staff and students to return after the fires, including support for all of our teachers, staff, students and families
  • The Santa Rosa High Foundation for raising over $45 thousand dollars to date in fire relief funds for our students, staff and families
  • Our school community was an incredible support network during the fires.  Friends, alumni and caring people throughout the nation sent help through gift cards, cash, supplies and materials to help all of our students and families in need.
  • The first round of support for students happened in late October, just as we were set to re-open our school.  We were able to give each student that lost their homes a $100 gift certificate. Panther Athletic Fund Committee was able to give each athlete that lost their home a $200 gift card! Those that were affected by the fires were given new backpacks and school supplies, and every family in need was able to get clothing, blankets, food, and toiletries. We will continue to check in on and support our students in need throughout the year. Here are a list of the groups that have reached out to help our students and staff members in need:
  • Santa Rosa Teachers Association
  • SRHS Foundation
  • Panther Athletic Club
  • SRHS Student, Teacher, Parent Organization
  • FFA Chapters from throughout the State of California
  • Friends of ArtQuest
  • Dutch Bros
  • Steele and Hops
  • National Guard
  • Veterans Groups: 22 Too Many, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10789
  • Sonoma County Office of Education
  • Crossing the Jordan
  • Coddingtown Mall

 

  • We were able to just complete a second round of support for our students in December, with students again receiving gift cards, presents for the holidays, food and clothing!
  • Our school has been known as a safe place for many years.  During the fires, many people sought out our school as a safe place to stay with their families.
  • The district had cleaning crews on campus for several days.  It was cleaned and scrubbed to make sure the classrooms were clean and ready for students to return.
  • After three weeks of being closed due to the terrible firestorms that ravaged our community, it was wonderful to have students back at school on October 30th. We started our first day back with a whole school breakfast and reconnection time on Nevers Field. All 2000 students were able to check in with their friends, teachers and counselors. There were a lot of hugs and tears, smiles and caring. Our fabulous Student, Teacher, Parent Organization (STP) put on breakfast for all of our students that morning, providing warm food to everyone! The event was much needed and a huge success. 
  • To our amazing STP, who have kept our Panther Pantry in room 144 available to all students and their families for any needs, including backpacks and school supplies, food, toiletries, clothing, etc. throughout this semester
  • To our Varsity Volleyball team, going undefeated for the season and bringing home an NBL Championship for our school!
  • To our Cheerleaders, coaches and Cheer Boosters for putting on an amazing Home Coming Dance after having to cancel, revise, and reschedule the original plans.
  • Our Instrumental Music program, donating all of the proceeds from their Fall Concert to the Redwood Credit Union Fire Relief Fund.
  • To our Fine Arts Department, who donated all proceeds of their Winter Craft Faire to our school’s Fire Relief Fund.
  • Congratulations to both our Women’s Tennis team and Men’s Cross Country team for being awarded the CIF State of California Scholastic award and banner for academic excellence
  • To the FFA Ag. Program for collecting, donating, wrapping over 130 presents through the Hearts and Stars program for our students
  • To Student Government holding our Giving Thanks Blood Drive the day before Thanksgiving break and to our students rallied that filled every single spot on the donation schedule!
  • Again, thank you to everyone that has helped support our great school during this difficult time. It is because of our parent, student and community support that makes our school so great.  Panthers are truly #SONOMASTRONG!!