Peter Efstathiu

Lawsuit decision could mean fewer funds for school’s music

An American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit decision that says students shouldn’t have to pay to participate in school activities could mean fewer opportunities for the Placer High ...

Assistant principal offers authenticity in actions

Gary Pantaleoni credits his father for getting him into education. “I have a real love for the outdoors, and I was a fishery biology major and a water polo player,” Pantaleoni ...

High school district facing millions in cuts

The Placer Union High School District is facing a potential $4.5 million in cuts over the next three years. Like the Auburn Union School District, the high school district’s pot ...

Locals react to Placerville shooting

News that a school principal was shot and killed in Placerville by a janitor Wednesday morning spread quickly throughout the Auburn area. Louisiana Schnell School Principal Sam LaC ...

Program encourages caring at Placer High

Placer High School students are working on breaking down walls of intolerance this week. Seniors Addie Pass and Mackenzie McGown helped bring the Breaking Down the Walls program to ...

Drug, alcohol test kits available at local schools

Several agencies in Placer County are hoping to prevent teen alcohol and drug use in the local community, and parents and students have mixed opinions. With a grant through the P ...

Cyberbullying thrives through today’s technology

Bullying has taken on a new form since the explosion in popularity of texting, smart phones and social networking websites like Facebook, Myspace and Formspring. Auburn students r ...

Cell phones ring to life at Placer High

The bell rings and a score of high-schoolers flow from their classes, texting or chatting on the phone to a friend. Cell phone technology is a huge part of high school life. Althou ...

Hillmen bursting with Homecoming pride

Get ready to cheer for your Placer High Hillmen. The classes geared up for Homecoming Thursday with a royal court Nomination Rally and Iron Chef Challenge lunchtime activity. Rep ...

Teens work to bring the teachings of tolerance

A senior project could give Placer High School students a lesson in not passing judgment. Seniors Addie Pass and Mackenzie McGown are hoping to bring the program Breaking Down the ...

Fired up for school

Hundreds of students milling about looking for their classrooms, waving to old friends and meeting new ones – it’s time for the first day of school. The Placer Union High Sch ...

Results show Auburn’s ‘STARs’

Results are in for the yearly tests that make your children cringe. Monday, State Superintendent Jack O’Connell released the 2010 California Department of Education Standardized ...

Another View: Hillmen Pride richly deserved

Placer High Principal Peter Efstathiu gave the following speech during the Class of 2010 graduation: Parents, families, students and Placer staff, welcome to the 111th graduation ...

Retiring teacher thanks students

A Placer High School teacher wants to leave his students with a message of thanks. David Mark Underwood is retiring after 38 years at Placer High School where he taught history and ...

Teen arrested for bringing gun on campus

Auburn Police arrested a teen for bringing guns onto Placer High School Thursday. At about 11:50 a.m., Placer High school students reportedly spotted two long guns inside the cab ...
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