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IB cancels all April and May exams because of coronavirus-related school closures worldwide

Seniors worry about being eligible to receive their International Baccalaureate diploma following the program's decision to cancel all exams this school year. Image taken by Accolade news editor Tyler Pak

Tyler Pak

April 24, 2020

Unlike the College Board that has gone on to offer a much abbreviated Advanced Placement exam for its various subjects next month, the International Baccalaureate [IB] program has issued a statement canceling all tests between April 30 and May 22, prompting many seniors to feel anxious about receiving...

Fullerton Joint Union High School District trustees approve new grading policy; teachers will follow A-C or no credit for less than 55 percent for students’ spring semester marks because of campus closures

The Fullerton Joint Union High School District board of trustees met on April 24 via Zoom call and voted to adopt a resolution to temporarily modify the traditional grading system. Image taken by Accolade news editor Tyler Pak

Tyler Pak

April 24, 2020

While trustees statewide are weighing their options for spring semester grading policy in response to school closures because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it took only 25 minutes for the Fullerton Joint Union High School District [FJUHSD] board members to unanimously adopt a modified letter grade scale Thurs...

Coronavirus pandemic will not deter College Board from offering a 45-minute, free response online version for all AP exams

The College Board's March 20 tweet reveals that Advanced Placement testing will still be offered amid the coronavirus crisis -- the earliest in May -- with each subject exam comprising a 45-minute, free-response section instead of a multiple choice that students can take from home. Hand completing a multiple choice exam by Alberto G. 2UqYwRv license under CC BY 2.0

Tyler Pak

March 22, 2020

This story was updated March 24 at 3:17 p.m. with a teacher reaction quote to the College Board's decision about testing students from home. The College Board announced via Twitter on March 20 that it’s developing ways to test students signed up for Advanced Placement [AP] tests from their homes...

Sunny Hills to remain closed through May 1; classroom return date scheduled for May 4

The Helios staff meets with adviser Lindsay Safe (top left corner) March 19 via the Zoom online app to discuss what they need to do to finish the 2019-2020 yearbook since school will remain closed until May 4. Zoom is among some of the distance learning tools that Sunny Hills teachers are using to conduct classes online. Image used with permission from Anika Madan.

Tyler Pak

March 19, 2020

In an effort to slow the coronavirus pandemic, Sunny Hills will remain closed through May 1; until then, students will continue their education through distance learning, Fullerton Joint Union High School District [FJUHSD] superintendent Scott Scambray announced March 19. “This is a fluid situation...

District sends eleventh-hour notice changing online learning start date from Monday, March 16, to Wednesday, March 18

This Aeries communication email was sent to parents and students at 7:40 p.m. March 15, followed by another one sent at 8:50 p.m. containing a much shorter message and informing readers to go to the Fullerton Joint Union High School District website to access the superintendent's letter in a PDF file. Students remain uncertain, though, as to how their teachers will take Aeries attendance when distance learning begins Wednesday, March 18.

Tyler Pak

March 16, 2020

After a Friday, March 13, email from Fullerton Joint Union High School District [FJUHSD] superintendent Scott Scambray that Sunny Hills will be closed to students and that they would have to be educated online starting Monday, March 16, district officials changed their minds in a Sunday, March 15, evening...

Coronavirus threat forces Sunny Hills — and all Orange County public schools — to close next week; students on free and reduced lunch can pick up packed, to-go meals from campus

The Fullerton Joint Union High School District announced its notice of closure from March 16-20 for all of its campuses -- including Sunny Hills -- in an Aeries communication email on Friday, March 13, at 1:37 p.m., 11 minutes after fifth period ended. The school was on a special ASB elections bell schedule that featured a 14-minute extended Period 2 for teachers to show two videos to students.

Tyler Pak

March 14, 2020

Accolade staff writers Hannah Kim, Hope Li and Aaliyah Magana, sports editor Andrew Ngo, business manager Umbert Caseres, photo editor Megan Shin and editor-in-chief Michelle Buckley contributed to this story. For more coronavirus coverage and other online stories, keep checking back to The Accolade’s online ...

Team of veteran wrestlers aims for Freeway League title

Junior Luke Yang (right) performs a 3-point near fall on sophomore Zion Mejia during practices on Nov. 14 in rm 153. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake

Tyler Pak

November 15, 2019

Coaches: David Wilde (head coach), Josue Chew (assistant coach) and Ryan O’Sullivan (assistant coach)0 Top Returning Players: Ethan Nguyen (11), Andrew Park (12), David Park (12), Tim Park and Luke Yang (11) Top Newcomers: Kai Bautista (9), Paul Garcia (9) and Gabe Serrato (9) . Outlook: The Sunny Hill...

Sunny Hills on lockdown for 23 minutes morning of Oct. 24 after police alert administrators of armed men in the area

Freshman English teacher Jennifer Kim's students hide under their desks in Room 188 after hearing about the lockdown announcement during second period Oct. 24. Image posted with permission from Jennifer Kim

Tyler Pak

October 24, 2019

This story was updated Oct. 25 with additional quotes from administrators; it was updated Oct. 31 with another student quote. For the first time in this era of violence on school campuses, Sunny Hills administrators declared a lockdown at approximately 9:45 a.m. Oct. 24 after receiving an alert from th...

College and Career Center opens to students, parents

College and Career Center’s guidance and counseling technician Evelyn Casillas (center) helps a student and parent gain information on the college application process. (Photo by Accolade photo editor Megan Shin)

Tyler Pak

September 11, 2019

After a 10-year absence, the College and Career Center has reopened in Room 2 so students and their parents can seek advice on post-high school options as well as find out how to obtain work permits for any part-time jobs.  “We want to help kids open doors for themselves post high school,” princ...

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