Lucy Nisbet

It is with a heavy heart that we communicate to you that our beloved choir teacher, Lucy Nisbet, passed away August 13, 2020 due to complications from cancer. Mrs. Nisbet was a respected and talented teacher who was loved by all. In just a few short years at Ponderosa, she made a powerful and positive impact on hundreds of young people.

PHS counselors are available for students who need help talking about and processing this difficult moment.  Additionally, staff from Sierra Child and Family Services, who staff the PHS Wellness Center, will also be available through the PHS Counseling Office. The Counseling Office can be contacted at 530-677-2281 x 2225.

Many of you have asked about donations to the Nisbet family, flowers, etc. In lieu of flowers or gifts the family has created a scholarship fund in Lucy’s name, and asks that donations be made to that fund. Scholarship awards will be provided to Ponderosa High School and Oak Ridge High School students. We believe that many small donations are just as powerful as a few large ones, so feel free to make a donation of any amount. The link to the scholarship fund can be found here:

Scholarship Application

Graduating class of 2020 (applications open March 31, 2020)

To qualify you must be:

  • a senior, graduating from PHS high school in 2020
  • planning to pursue a career in music in an institute of higher learning (university, junior college, tech school, certification program, etc)

All applications are due by May 6, 2020 and will be reviewed blindly by a boosters committee (applicant names will be removed and each will receive a number). Decisions will be announced at the spring concert.


Concert CD/DVD/BLU-RAY on sale now!

2019-2020 CDs, DVDs and BLU-RAYs on sale now! All orders will be given to students before the last day of school unless you pay for shipping using the PayPal shopping cart.

The three formats to choose from are:

  • CD
  • DVD

Click here to print your order form and send into the school with your student.

To order online, please add the CDs/DVDs/BLU-RAYs to your cart below and proceed to check-out.

If you want your order shipped, you must add a “Shipping Option” to your cart. If no shipping option is present, your order will be tagged for student delivery.





Pre-order your meals

Pre order your Chick-Fil-A Meals for Fall Collage! October 3, 2019

You must preorder your meal to be guaranteed there will be a meal there or you.

Click here to print your order form. Please send in with your student or use the PayPal option below.

Food will arrive at 5:00pm

How many meals would you like?
Students Name:

Sacramento State Music Camp!

The Summer Music Camp is a week-long camp from July 21st to July 27th. It provides high quality and relevant experiences to each musician, offering opportunities for musical and personal growth. Campers can select workshops and courses from a wide variety of topics and participate in large ensemble rehearsals led by our very own Dr. Andrew Kreckmann, Director of Choral Activities, and Dr. Matthew Morse, Director of Bands. Sacramento State Music counselors will lead campers in team building activities that will create fun and lasting memories. The Sacramento State Summer Music Camp is a fantastic opportunity for students to hone their musical craft and make friends from across our region and beyond!

The cost is only $480 for camp tuition, or $680 for campers staying overnight in our new dorm facilities on campus. If your student would like to register by mail, the application is attached to this email. For online registration and more information, please visit

If you have any questions about the camp please contact Gaw Vang Williams, Director of Vocal Jazz
916- 842-0347


Los Pinos – Concert Preorder

Pre orders closed.

Winter Concert: Tuesday December 4th, at 7:00

Doors open at 6:30

Call time for students is 5:00


Bean, rice and cheese burrito


Chicken, rice and cheese burrito


All orders include chips, salsa and bottled water.

Fall Collage – Chick-Fil-A Meals

Pre-purchase your Chick-Fil-A meal for Fall Collage
Thursday October 4, at 7:00pm
(students call time is at 5:00, doors open at 6:30)
Meals will be available at 5:00pm

How many meals would you like?