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Students able to pick up a purchased yearbook June 16 through drive-through format on campus

With blue gloves and face mask covering her mouth, math teacher Nicole Knutson (left) gets ready to hand off another yearbook to the next person pulling up to the drive-through distribution lane on the parking lot near the Performing Arts Center Tuesday afternoon. Yearbook adviser Lindsay Safe (center) supervises the operation while math teacher Mariam Tan uses a chromebook to confirm the names given to them. Photo taken by Accolade opinion editor Hope Li.

June 17, 2020

More than two weeks after the end of the 2019-2020 school year, students who ordered a Helios yearbook were able to pick one up Tuesday during a drive-through pickup process in the parking lot outside the Performing Arts Center {PAC]. The 312-page annual, themed "Keep Talking We're Listening," als...

Staff editorial: FJUHSD should reopen classes in fall to all students since studies show minors are less likely to contract coronavirus

Art illustrated by contributing artist Jacqueline Chang.

Hope Li

June 4, 2020

A May 20 online article from the Los Angeles Times describes the first day of the return of school for students at Gyeongbuk Girls’ High School in Daegu, South Korea, the epicenter of the country’s coronavirus crisis. Titled, “‘Kids will be kids’: Furtive hugs, complex logistics on South Kore...

May 29: Being quarantined at home because of coronavirus crisis can’t stop these students from pursuing Victorian-era hobbies

A student models Christian Aguirre's painted denim jacket to advertise his growing business. Reprinted with permission from Christian Aguirre

Hanna Oltman

May 30, 2020

LIVING UNDER THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS This is part of a series of columns from The Accolade staff about their various experiences during the school closure because of the coronavirus pandemic. If you would like to submit some of your experiences, please email us at [email protected] Since Califor...

May 26: Count on me to tell you how many school days have passed since the start of the 2019-2020 school year

Junior Hope Li (center) gets her friends in her sixth period Honors Chemistry class to hold up their fingers to signify the number 133 on the 133rd day of school March 13, in Room 112. Li started collecting images of a tally of each day of the school year as a time capsule project at the start of the 2019-2020 school year. Despite school closure because of the coronavirus pandemic announced that day, she has continued with it through the last day of the spring semester.

Hope Li

May 29, 2020

LIVING UNDER THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS This is part of a series of columns from The Accolade staff about their various experiences during the school closure because of the coronavirus pandemic. If you would like to submit some of your experiences, please email us at [email protected] “Neandertha...

Summer school Monday, June 1, to continue with distance learning; health for incoming freshmen not being offered because of school closure

Students enrolled in summer school starting next Monday, June 1, will need to continue to rely on their electronic devices and internet access at home as Sunny Hills will continue to provide instruction through distance learning. One change is incoming freshmen will not be allowed to enroll in health since students are still not allowed to come to campus for classes or to pick up school-issued chromebooks. Source:

Sydnee Tallant

May 28, 2020

With summer school scheduled to begin Monday, June 1, incoming freshmen will be the only group prohibited from enrolling in health, while distance learning will continue for both sessions, school officials said. “With the [COVID-19] pandemic, we are limiting summer school [course] options this year,”...

Dancin’ to ‘90s music? Glow in the Dark Neon Lights in the gym? Student-suggested May stag dance themes could have been either one had the COVID-19 pandemic not have gotten in the way

In an effort to get more students involved in school events, the ASB created a name the next stag theme contest with the winner getting a free stag dance ticket. The ASB received 73 suggestions but was unable to pick a winner because school was shut down in mid-March with all events -- including the May stag dance -- canceled in response to the coronavirus crisis.

Alexandria Kim

May 26, 2020

“Neon Lights.”  “The ‘90s.” “Blacklight.” These are just a few of the 73 student stag theme submissions that the ASB received before school closure in mid-March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those who turned them in, however, will never know what the last stag dance the...

Korean Culture Night would have commemorated its 10th year anniversary had it not gotten axed because of COVID-19-related school closure

Wearing their performance outfits, some members of the Korean Culture Club practice with their buk drums March 2 after school on campus for Korean Culture Night. The March 21 event, which would have commemorated its 10th year, was canceled a week before because of the spread of the novel coronavirus. The thunderous sounds created by these instruments represent the South Korean nation, and the drummers' performance would have been the first one after intermission. Image posted with permission from Esther Lee.

Lauren Jung

May 25, 2020

It was supposed to be an event to commemorate the 10th year of performances to show what the Korean culture -- past and present -- is all about. Korean 1 and 2 teacher and Korean Culture Club [KCC] adviser Esther Lee had also invited such special guests as Fullerton Joint Union High School District supe...

Here’s what the Spanish Flu from more than a century ago can teach us about how to respond to COVID-19 pandemic

Art illustrated by Accolade staff writer Katherine Kim.

Henry Lee

May 25, 2020

Long lines at grocery stores.  Schools no longer open for classroom instruction. Hospital beds full of dying patients. Doesn’t all of this sound like the aftermath of the novel coronavirus outbreak? But these events have happened before -- more than a century ago. In 1918, a virus sprea...

COVID-19 pandemic shuts down student exchange program; one of the 12 Class of 2020 valedictorian’s $1,850 summer trip to Germany canceled

Then junior Jason Liang (left) stands with his host, Sidney Zumkier, at the Bohemian Rhapsody concert when he traveled to Germany for The Friendship Connection's student exchange program in the summer of 2018. This summer's event got nixed in early March because of the worldwide spread of COVID-19. Accolade File Photo

Lauren Jung

May 24, 2020

Senior Samuel Kho had a month of his summer plans all set since November, which was when he first applied and paid $1,850 to participate in a summer German exchange program.  After graduation on May 28, Kho was scheduled in June to take a flight to Germany and to live in Stuttgart, Baden Württembe...

Coronavirus crisis forces delay in yearbook printing; students who paid for one will have to wait until after June 6 when the school year has ended to pick it up

Though the 2019-2020 yearbook will not be distributed until June, Helios released an image of what the front cover looks like in a 77-second theme-release video posted April 24 on the publication’s YouTube channel and Instagram account. The “Keep Talking We’re Listening”-themed book faced a delay in printing because the publishing company had to shut down from late March to early May in response to the state’s guidelines for non-essential businesses to close to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Minjeong Kim

May 24, 2020

This story was updated May 24 at 12:30 p.m. to show that yearbook distribution was reportedly delayed for the Class of 1963, four years after the school opened in 1959. This story was updated again May 25 at 4:30 p.m. with quotes about what happened in 1963. For the first time since 1963 in the Helios program's history...

With live-graduation ceremony postponed until August, Class of 2020 will have YouTube virtual one instead May 28

All wearing face masks as part of state COVID-19-related guidelines, social science teacher and co-ASB adviser David Fenstermaker (left), dance instructor Leiana Volen and yearbook adviser Lindsay Safe greet seniors as their cars come by the Sunny Hills parking lot as part of the May 8 drive-through event to pick up cap and gowns and Class of 2020 graduation yard signs. Fenstermaker handed out the yard signs. Video screen shot taken by Accolade photo editor Megan Shin.

Rida Zar

May 24, 2020

In hopes of providing the Class of 2020 with a proper send off, school officials will host a virtual graduation ceremony for seniors and their family on YouTube May 28. “As with everything we do, our virtual graduation will be the best it can possibly be,” principal Allen Whitten said. A lin...

May 23: How I’ll spend my Sweet 16 and summer vacation in quarantine

Art illustrated by contributing artist JungHyun Lee.

Alice Shin

May 24, 2020

LIVING UNDER THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS This is part of a series of columns from The Accolade staff about their various experiences during the school closure because of the coronavirus pandemic. If you would like to submit some of your experiences, please email us at [email protected] The United ...

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