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Fullerton Joint Union High School District officials agree to allow livestock back on Sunny Hills farm

Livestock like this pig remained on the Sunny Hills farm as of April 10 after live classroom instruction ended nearly a month before because of the coronavirus pandemic. Ag students were coming to the farm one at a time to take care of their animals to prep them for the Orange County Fair, which was eventually canceled because of COVID-19 health and safety concerns. After that, Fullerton Joint Union High School District officials decided to have all the animals removed.

Krishna Thaker

September 25, 2020

First, the Fullerton Joint Union High School District [FJUHSD] over the summer banned all livestock from any of its farms for agriculture students because the coronavirus pandemic had forced the closure of all live, classroom instruction. Then at the start of the 2020-2021 school year, Sunny Hills agri...

Four FFA students take second place in state virtual fruit tree judging contest

The four Future Farmers of America team members were in Fresno March 12 to look at some of the fruit trees in person and get some practice before their March 13 competition in Yuba City, which was canceled because of the novel coronavirus pandemic. That eventually led to the creation of a virtual event over the summer.

Gianne Veluz

September 21, 2020

Coming off a first-place finish for Sunny Hills’ Future Farmers of America [FFA] program last year in a state fruit tree judging contest, a new team of four students fell three points shy of repeating as champions, agriculture department officials said. “With a second-place win this year, it all...

Remote learning 2.0: Online games, polls, new tech tools used to provide a more enhanced version of instruction for students

Pre-Calculus Honors teacher Amanda Morris uses an online game Sept. 11 in her Period 3 class that pairs classmates randomly to reinforce concepts learned in class. Several teachers like Morris are finding new ways to make their virtual classes more engaging for students since the second round of distance learning started for the 2020-2021 school year.

Divya Bharadwaj

September 19, 2020

After a month of distance learning using the Zoom virtual meeting platform, Pre-Calculus Honors teacher Amanda Morris decided it was time to change things up. “I chose this game because it gives you an opportunity to talk about and describe functions, which is important for the lesson we are start...

Girls soccer tryouts Sept. 3 draw interested players — including nearly a handful of freshmen

Then-freshman Brianna Figueroa (center) tries to dribble the ball away from two Long Beach Poly High School defenders during the Feb. 16, 2019, California Interscholastic Federation semifinal playoff game at Wilson High School in Long Beach. The junior forward will be among the players returning from that title-winning squad for the 2020-2021 season, which will also include open tryouts for new additions to the team.

Accolade Staff

September 6, 2020

This is the first of a series of reports the Sports section will cover regarding team tryouts in the 2020-2021 school year. Accolade staff writer Henry Lee contributed to this report. With girls soccer starting its first practice session last week, head coach Jeff Gordon also held his first tryou...

Homecoming postponed until February, stag dances canceled

Homecoming princess Rachel Kim (left), escorted by Kenji Williams (both Class of 2020), celebrate their walk around the gym during the 2019 ASB-organized assembly. Because football got postponed to the spring semester of 2021, the ASB has decided to move its traditional fall homecoming events to the week of Feb. 9.

Anthony Keem

September 2, 2020

This story was updated at 1:45 p.m. Sept. 2 with an additional student quote. Despite canceled stag dances and assemblies this semester because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Associated Student Body [ASB] will push ahead with virtual events and a goal toward holding homecoming next spring in al...

Anti-vaxxers need to change their views once COVID-19 immunization shot gets approved for distribution

Anti-vaxxers need to change their views once COVID-19 immunization shot gets approved for distribution

Annie Bang

August 26, 2020

Ever since the coronavirus pandemic plagued the forefront of every news headline and dictated a culture of “new normal,” the intense battle against time has begun to invent a vaccine to eventually bring about immunity from COVID-19. With the talks of such a development as early as November to early...

COVID-19 forces school officials to change the Aug. 25 Back to School Night into Zoom experience for parents

Traditionally held on campus, Back to School Night for students' parents will be held through Zoom meetings with teachers Tuesday, Aug. 25, at 5:45 p.m. for zero period and 6 p.m. for first period. Sunny Hills officials had to resort to an all-virtual program in keeping with COVID-19 health guidelines, and so like the current situation with students, they will be unable to see some of the newly designed aspects of the school such as the front doors in the main office wing.

Rida Zar

August 24, 2020

For the first time, Sunny Hills will hold a virtual Back-to-School-Night Tuesday, Aug. 25, for students’ parents in keeping with COVID-19 social distancing and health guidelines, school officials said. “We take pride in the positive and energetic school culture we have here at Sunny Hills High School,” ...

ASB to release 20-minute Welcome Back video Monday, Aug. 24, for students, staff to watch at end of Period 4

The Associated Student Body [ASB] co-adviser Mike Paris, top row, far left, leads a Zoom meeting during fifth period on the first Wednesday of the 2020-2021 school year to review the ASB agenda with his 60 students. After sponsoring a virtual school spirit week from Aug. 17-21, the ASB has put together a Welcome Back video to be released Monday, Aug. 24, at the end of fourth period.

Anthony Keem

August 22, 2020

This story was updated at 11:45 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, with additional quotes from students and information about how the ASB will promote the video. The Associated Student Body [ASB] plans to release a 20-minute Welcome Back video Monday, Aug. 24, featuring a montage of recorded messages from...

Win, lose or draw: How my summer art instructor kept me engaged during distance learning

This is the optical color wheel rising senior Elijah Jhee submitted for one of his assignments in his summer Drawing and Painting class. For the first time in Sunny Hills history, summer school sessions were held online.

Elijah Jhee

August 10, 2020

The most important item for my summer school art class at Sunny Hills wasn’t a paintbrush or a charcoal pencil. It was my school-issued chromebook. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, all summer school classes in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District — including my eight-week Drawing...

COVID-19 slashes another educational tradition: the first day of school

When the 2020-2021 school year starts Aug. 11 at Sunny Hills, students will not be able to greet each other in person like in past first days of school. Sunny Hills, along with all public and private high schools, will for the first time in state history be closed as distance learning 2.0 begins. California Gov. Gavin Newsom earlier this summer had mandated that schools in counties with high COVID-19 cases remain closed.

Aaliyah Magana

August 10, 2020

This was not how rising senior Jason Thomson imagined his first day of the 2020-2021 school year would go when it starts Aug. 11. “I mean, I imagine coming to school and seeing all my friends like in past years and just feeling a kind of ‘this is it’ feeling. like this is where we’re at, thi...

Editorial: 45-minute, free-response Advanced Placement tests definitely worth taking

Art illustrated by Accolade graphics editor Erin Lee.

Krishna Thaker

May 12, 2020

In light of the coronavirus outbreak, schools have adapted to alternative methods of education by switching to online learning, which has been hard for many Sunny Hills students.  Concerns over cheating and formatting have led many national academic tests, such as the SAT and ACT, to be canceled ...

Corrections of the 3.22.19 Issue

April 4, 2019

The Accolade regrets the following error from the March 22 issue: In a feature article titled, "Students weigh in on plans for one-week spring break," sophomore Kathryn Aurelio's first name was misspelled, and her family drives their own car to the beach not just during spring break, but throughout...

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