Hillmen Messenger

New Chromebooks distributed to sophomores again

 Starting bottom left to right: Hayley Summers, Dallan Trentman, Emma Mckay, Chandler Conway, Holden Rountree, and Chris Slade Working in Mrs. Lee’s class

September 25, 2014

By Jonathan Chess Messenger Staff Writer   Chromebooks were introduced to last years sophomore class and they are back again, but with improvements. The Chromebooks introduced to last years sophomores was an attempt by placer to give students the ability to do their work at home and...

“ShakeAlert” system ready to save lives

September 25, 2014

Cody Hitchcock and Noah Gray Messenger Staff Writer   The newly created ShakeAlert device, predicted the 6.0 earthquake in Napa, CA, 10 seconds before it hit. The large earthquake hit Napa, California on August 24th, at around 3:20 in the morning and the University of California’s...

Fire in the Placer Art Hall

Story by Madison LaRue, Editor in Chief

April 25, 2014

Recently a fire struck the art building at Placer High School.  Kaija Perkins-Uno’s classroom caught on fire in the back room during second period.  No one knows what started the fire.  Perkins-Uno explains, “The official report from the fire department has not yet been released to us.  That...

School Stabbing in Pittsburgh

Story by Madison LaRue, Editor in Chief

April 25, 2014

A sixteen year old sophomore went on a stabbing rampage with two knifes at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, a town near Pittsburgh.  The attack occurred before school started in the hallways and classrooms of the first floor.  There were at least 19 students and a security guard that were...

How Does the Drought Affect Us?

Story by Taylor Jacobs

March 13, 2014

Due to the lack amount of rain, we are in a drought.  Not many people know how a drought can affect us.  A drought is a long period of time without rain and a lack of water whether underground or surface water.  Droughts can last for months on end, but they can also be declared in as little as 15...

Typhoon Yolanda

Story by Ali Pierson, Messenger Staff writer

December 20, 2013

In the Philippines, a super typhoon cause horrific tragic, and was the cause of 10,000 deaths. Typhoon Yolanda is strongest storm ever recorded.  A typhoon known as Super Typhoon Yolanda. At least 86,000 people are currently in the Philippines and need to be evacuated. These people have no homes, little...

Placer students respond to national asthma death story

Story by Taylor Wright, Business Manager/ Messenger Staff Writer

October 28, 2013

A twenty year old woman died of an asthma attack and her friends pushed her out of the car and drove off, leaving the body on the side of the road, in Georgia near one of the friend’s motor homes. Twenty year old Taylor Smith was found lying on the side of the road dead. Forensics show that she...

Safety on Campus

Story by Abby Stillwagon, Messenger Staff Writer

October 25, 2013

Why would you need pepper spray at Placer High School? School is supposed to be a safe environment where parents and students should not have to worry about carrying any items of protection. In most states you have to be 18 to carry pepper spray because at that age you’re deemed mature. Pepper spray,...

Some students pushing the limits of “public display of affection”

Story by Maddy Hernanadez, Messenger Staff Writer

October 17, 2013

Some high school students have gotten a little too com- fortable with the idea of sexual intercourse and where they “get cozy”. There have now been a couple rumors and sightings of high school students having sex on campus. So when did the idea of having intercourse be- come so relaxed? There...

Google Chromebooks coming to Placer High

Story by Devlin Burton, Messenger Staff Writer

October 16, 2013

Google Chromebooks will be distributed to the Placer sophomore class of 2016, a decision made after a bill to adapt the states standard curriculum to that of Common Core standards testing was passed. These slick devices of the modern age will give students the ability to share and save assignments to the cloud...

The red line of chemical weapons in Syria.

Story by Devlin Burton, Messenger Staff Writer

October 7, 2013

The U.S. is bustling with talk of military intervention in Syria due to the possibility of chemical weapons being implemented in their war by the Syrian government.   The civil war taking place in Syria has been a calamity which has demanded the attention of many United States civilians...

Freshman scammed into buying rally tickets for first Placer rally

Story by Summer Gartrell, Messenger Staff Writer

October 7, 2013

Although student rallies are free some freshman were tricked into buying tickets from seniors at Placers first rally. The action of selling tickets is not illegal but it is against the school educational code. However, because each violation of the ed code is different and Steve Caminiti the Assist...

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