Media Releases

SMHS Wrestling
SMHS Wrestling Team Wins League Title

The Santa Maria High School Varsity Boys Wrestling Team secured their first league championship in six years by defeating Santa Ynez Wednesday night.

Mon Jan 30 11:14 AM

Ilac Family
PVHS Student Visits United Nations Headquarters

Pioneer Valley High School student Kaleolani “Kale” Ilac, who dreams of becoming a diplomat, recently took a trip to the United Nations Headquarters in New York, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Thu Jan 26 04:10 PM

Anthony Morales
PVHS AD Anthony Morales Selected as CIF-CS Athletic Director of the Year

Pioneer Valley High School Athletic Director Anthony Morales has been selected as the recipient of the Central Section Athletic Director of The Year Award.

Tue Dec 20 08:56 AM

PVHS VPA Students
PVHS Students Produce Extended Play Musical Recording

PVHS Songwriting & Production/VPA students have produced the first ever Fall Extended Play (EP) musical recording, showcasing students' artistic expression through words, melody, rhythm, harmony, form, and timbre.

Tue Dec 20 08:52 AM

Enedina Castaneda
SMHS Teachers Performs Poetry at Cultural Center of Tijuana

Santa Maria High School Spanish Teacher Enedina Castañeda recently joined more than 60 artists from the United States and Mexico to perform two poems at the Cultural Center of Tijuana (CECUT), Mexico.

Tue Dec 20 08:49 AM

SMHS Holiday Party
Santa Claus Visits SMHS Holiday Party

Santa Maria High School’s Special Education Department recently celebrated the end of the semester with a holiday party featuring Santa Claus and gifts for more than 20 students in the program.

Tue Dec 20 08:46 AM

Coach Pickett
ERHS Hires Russ Pickett as new Varsity Head Football Coach

Rustin “Russ” Pickett has been selected as the new Ernest Righetti High School Varsity Head Football Coach.

Thu Dec 15 04:00 PM

PVHS Culinary Arts
PVHS Culinary Arts Students Visit Olive Garden Restaurant

Two of PVHS Culinary Arts 2 classes recently took field trips to Santa Maria’s Olive Garden for a first- hand look at how a restaurant handles food production to help them prepare and earn a ServSafe Food Handlers Certificate.

Thu Dec 15 03:58 PM

New Board Members Sworn In
SMJUHSD Board of Education Members Sworn In

Two new and one re-elected SMJUHSD Board of Education members were sworn in during Tuesday night’s meeting at the Support Services Center on Skyway Drive.

Wed Dec 14 11:51 AM

ERHS Choir
ERHS Student Accepted into High School Coastal Honor Choir and California All-State Honor Choir

Righetti High School’s Jadyn Voss is the only singer from Santa Barbara County who has been accepted into the High School Coastal Honor Choir and California All-State Honor Choir.

Mon Dec 12 02:05 PM

SMHS Winter Fair
SMHS Hosts Winter Fair

The gift of holiday cheer warmed the hearts and souls of more than 3,300 Santa Maria High School students during the annual Winter Fair on Friday, Dec. 9.

Mon Dec 12 02:02 PM

ERHS FACT Club Helps Students Understand Risks of Using Tobacco Products

Righetti High School FACT (Fresh Air Club Tobacco-Free) Club members are helping students understand the serious health risks that come with using tobacco products.

Thu Dec 08 04:27 PM

SMHS Tea Party
SMHS Students Enjoy British Tea Party

A British style tea party brought English Literature to life at Santa Maria High School today.

Thu Dec 08 04:22 PM

PVHS Students Attend NHRA Day
PVHS Industrial Technology Students Attend NHRA Youth Education Services Day in Pomona

Pioneer Valley High School’s Industrial Technology students recently attended the bi-annual National Hot Rod Association’s (NHRA) Youth Education Services (YES) Day at the Auto Club Raceway in Pomona.

Mon Nov 28 10:31 AM

ERHS Poultry Team
ERHS FFA Poultry Team Travels to National FFA Convention in Indianapolis

Righetti High School’s State FFA Champion Poultry Evaluation team traveled to participate at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana (October 26th-29th ). During the convention, members of the team competed in the National FFA Poultry Evaluation Career Development Event, where they earned 4th place out of 42 teams in the nation.

Mon Nov 28 10:23 AM

ERHS Gustafson
ERHS Teacher Gustafson Honored with Excellence in Film Education Award

Righetti High School Media Arts Teacher Jacob Gustafson was recently honored with the Excellence in Film Education award during the Central Coast Entertainment Expo at the Clark Center in Arroyo Grande.

Tue Nov 15 08:30 AM

Tony Payne
ERHS Football Coach Tony Payne Steps Down

ERHS Varsity Football Coach Tony Payne, who took over the program in 2018, will be stepping down to dedicate more time to his family and his special education classes.

Tue Nov 15 08:27 AM

Band Day
SMJUHSD Students Participate in Cal Poly SLO Band Day

SMJUHSD band students were among more than 600 performers invited to participate in Cal Poly's Band Day on Saturday, November 12.

Tue Nov 15 08:25 AM

Fiesta Mexicana
SMHS Celebrates 'Fiesta Mexicana'

Experience the beauty and richness of Mexican culture as three local groups present “Fiesta Mexicana” on Friday, November 11th and Saturday, November 12th inside Santa Maria High School’s Ethel Pope Auditorium.

Thu Nov 10 11:38 AM

PVHS FFA Attends National Conference in Indianapolis

During the 95th National FFA Convention, students from Pioneer Valley traveled to Indianapolis, IN to earn the Gold Standard of Achievement in the FFA organization.

Thu Nov 10 11:36 AM

SMHS College Trip
SMHS Students Visit California Colleges

More than 50 Santa Maria High School seniors recently spent three days touring nine universities including USC and the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in downtown Los Angeles during the first annual “College Trip South 2022.”

Thu Nov 10 11:33 AM

SMHS College Fair
SMHS Hosts College Fair

This past Tuesday, Santa Maria High School collaborated with Allan Hancock College to host a district- wide College Night that was open to all local high school students and their families.

Sat Nov 05 08:31 AM

Scholar Athletes
PVHS and ERHS Scholar Athletes

Two PVHS and one ERHS scholar-athletes have been named winners in the Heisman High School Scholarship Competition.

Sat Nov 05 08:27 AM

FFA Delegates
SMHS Students Selected as National FFA Delegates

The Santa Maria High School FFA had two students selected to serve as National FFA Delegates at the 2022 National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana on Oct 26-29.

Fri Nov 04 12:10 PM

PVHS Hires Wrestling Coach
PVHS Hires Wrestling Coach

Pioneer Valley High School has selected Cristian Cardenas as the new varsity head men's wrestling coach.

Fri Nov 04 12:08 PM

ERHS Halloween Dance
ERHS Hosts Halloween Dance and Funfest

More than 140 SMJUHSD students with disabilities participated in a Halloween Dance/Funfest at Righetti High School on Thursday, Oct. 27.

Tue Nov 01 09:57 AM

SMHS Alpine Club
SMHS Alpine Club Visit Montana de Oro State Park

Thirty-five Santa Maria High School Alpine Club members spent time with Mother Nature at Montana De Oro State Park on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Tue Nov 01 09:55 AM

Dia de los Muertos
ERHS Hosts Rally for Día de los Muertos

Students and staff at Righetti High School will be able to celebrate the lives of loved ones and fallen warriors with a rally featuring live music and dancing during Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) on Nov. 2.

Tue Nov 01 09:51 AM

ERHS Reach Higher Academy
ERHS Hosts Celebration for 'Reach Higher Academy'

Righetti seniors, who explored college and career options during the Reach Higher Academy, will have a celebration featuring special incentives on Friday, Oct. 28.

Wed Oct 26 01:38 PM

PVHS FFA Attends Leadership Conference

In mid-October, Pioneer Valley’s FFA Chapter Officers and advisors attended the Chapter Officer Leadership Conference (COLC) in Hollister (CA) where they participated in workshops, team building activities, and improved leadership skills.

Wed Oct 26 01:36 PM

ERHS Kinderpatch
ERHS FFA Hosts Annual Kinderpatch Event

More than 700 elementary school students from throughout the county flocked to the Righetti High School FFA “Kinderpatch” on Friday, October 21st.

Mon Oct 24 10:21 AM

ERHS Cash for College
ERHS Counseling Team Hosts 'Cash for College' Workshop

Last week, the ERHS Counseling Department with assistance from CALSOAP staff, hosted a CASH 4 COLLEGE workshop for seniors who still needed to complete their FAFSA or CA Dream Act application.

Mon Oct 24 10:19 AM

Main Street Classic
Saints and Panthers Football Teams Go Head to Head in 'Main Street Classic'

The long-standing rivalry between the Santa Maria and Pioneer Valley High School football programs will hit the turf this Friday night during the "Main Street Classic."

Mon Oct 24 10:11 AM

PVHS Drama Presents 'Peter and the Starcatcher'
PVHS Drama Department Presents 'Peter and the Starcatcher'

The PVHS Drama Department will present the prequel to the infamous Peter Pan story in their presentation of "Peter and the Starcatcher" on Oct. 27, 28, 29 and Nov. 3, 4, 5 at the Performing Arts Center.

Mon Oct 24 10:09 AM

Great Shakeout
SMJUHSD Participates in 'The Great Shakeout'

The SMJUHSD “Shake!” is happening at Pioneer Valley, Righetti, Santa Maria and Delta high schools where everybody is participating in the statewide drill to practice what to do during earthquakes, and to improve preparedness. The newest campus, the Mark Richardson Career Technical Education Center and Ag Farm, is also participating.

Mon Oct 17 12:38 PM

PVHS Cash for College
PVHS Hosts 'Cash for College' Event

More than 200 PVHS students received guidance last week regarding completion of their FAFSA or California Dream Act applications during a few Cash for College nights. The next events are scheduled for Dec. 6th and 8th inside the Panther library.

Wed Oct 12 09:38 AM

ERHS Senior Parent Night
ERHS School Counselors Hold Senior Parent Night

ERHS School Counselors and other educational partners held "Senior Parent Night" on Oct. 5.

Wed Oct 12 09:36 AM

ERHS State Champion Poultry Team
ERHS FFA Recognized as 2022 State Champion Poultry Team

Righetti High School’s FFA program is home to the 2022 State Champion Poultry Team. In May 2022, Savannah Taylor, Jada Sanchez, Adrena Longoria, and Jenny Perez were named State FFA Poultry Evaluation CDE champions.

Mon Oct 10 10:30 AM

PVHS FCCLA Team Attends Fall Region 7 Meeting

Pioneer Valley High School FCCLA (Family, Career, Community Leaders of America) members attended the Fall Region 7 FCCLA Meeting at Adolfo Camarillo High School this past Saturday.

Mon Oct 10 10:28 AM

PVHS Higher Ed Week
PVHS Hosts 'Higher Education Week'

Pioneer Valley High School students sampled their post high school educational opportunities during a Higher Education Week celebration this past Monday.

Thu Oct 06 01:04 PM

Counselor Chats
ERHS Counselors Host 'Counselor Chats'

The ERHS Counseling Department recently launched a new program entitled, "Counselor Chats", for families who are not able to meet during the school day.

Thu Oct 06 01:02 PM

ERHS Seniors with 4.0 GPA
ERHS Celebrates Seniors with a 4.0 GPA

Righetti High School held a "Top 50 Lunch Meeting/Celebration" for seniors with a 4.0 GPA or higher to highlight their academic achievement.

Tue Oct 04 12:31 PM

Voter Ed Week
SMJUHSD Participates in Voter Education Week

The message "get out to vote" became the lesson of the day for Santa Maria Joint Union High School District students during Voter Education Weeks (Sept. 19-30).

Tue Oct 04 12:29 PM

ERHS ASB Collaborates with SMBSD Students

Righetti High School's ASB Officers recently joined more than two dozen SMBSD future student leaders to teach them valuable icebreaker and team building games that focused on leadership skills, reliability, and dependability.

Tue Oct 04 12:25 PM

PVHS Dance
PVHS Hosts Freshmen Back to School Dance

Pioneer Valley High School’s Student Council hosted the “Freshmen Welcome Back Dance” with a Hollywood theme on September 7th.

Mon Sep 12 08:10 AM

Family Resource Center
SMJUHSD Family Resource Center Brings Families Together

More than 50 families have taken advantage of a Santa Maria Joint Union High School District Family Resource Center invitation to create family books with renowned artist Simón Silva during the last few weeks.

Fri Sep 09 12:18 PM

PVHS Cheer Clinic
PVHS Cheerleaders Host Youth Cheer Clinic and Performance

The Pioneer Valley High School Cheerleaders will be holding a Youth Cheer Clinic & Performance for grades K-8 from 8:30 a.m. to noon on September 11th.

Fri Sep 02 12:02 PM

RHS vs PVHS Football
RHS vs PVHS Football Annual Battle for the Helmet

The Gridiron will decide the unofficial ownership of the “RHS and PVHS” football helmet for rivals Righetti and Pioneer Valley High Schools this Friday night.

Wed Aug 31 08:28 AM

Back to School Night
SMJUHSD Hosts Back to School Night

A few thousand parents and students attended “Back-to-School Night” at Pioneer Valley, Righetti and Santa Maria High School on Thursday, August 25.

Fri Aug 26 03:30 PM

SMHS Writer
SMHS Graduate Wins Writing Competition

Santa Maria High School 2022 Graduate Juan Daniel Pacheco-Sierra has been selected 10th in the USA for his essay about “Enhancing The Stock Market Experience” during the InvestWrite writing competition.

Fri Aug 26 03:27 PM