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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...

With more than 30 years of administrative experience, new assistant principal says ‘aloha’ to Sunny Hills

New assistant principal John Oldenburg holds a sign as part of a video clip for students at La Vista and La Sierra continuation schools to encourage them after the coronavirus pandemic closed down classrooms in March. Oldenburg previously worked at La Vista and La Sierra in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District before he was transferred to Sunny Hills this school year.

Kristima Aryal

September 16, 2020

This is the second of a series of feature profiles of new, full-time teachers or administrators at Sunny Hills High School for 2020-2021. Having grown up on the island of white sand beaches and palm trees, John Oldenburg says “aloha” to Sunny Hills this school year. The newest member to join the admini...

New math teacher brings the right formula of experiences into her instruction

Using the Google Meet platform during distance learning, new math teacher Dorothy Cheng reviews on Aug. 19 from her classroom parabolic equations (left) with her third period Algebra 2 class.

Audrey Seo

September 5, 2020

This is the first of a series of upcoming, weekly feature profiles of new, full-time teachers and administrators at Sunny Hills High School for 2020-2021. Dorothy Cheng knew she wanted to become a math teacher upon entering middle school. Cheng, one of two new math instructors at Sunny Hills this...

Sophomore forms nationwide community outreach program to deliver soothing music video performances for the elderly during COVID-19 pandemic

With her iPhone placed on the far right end of her piano set for video recording, sophomore Lauren Pak starts her practice session Aug. 19 from her Fullerton home, playing a composition titled, “Promise of the World,” from the Japanese anime, “Howl’s Moving Castle.”  Pak will eventually record the final version as a trio with two other student volunteers as part of the Harmony4Homes community service project that she started in the summer to send video music performances to the elderly in local and national nursing homes.

Minjeong Kim

September 2, 2020

Sophomore Lauren Pak still remembers the day she was inspired by her community service idea of delivering video recordings of teenagers playing soothing music to the elderly at local and national nursing homes. Pak’s first year at Sunny Hills was ending in May, and she knew she would find herself with...

Distance learning ‘bombs’ teachers with new challenges

Distance learning ‘bombs’ teachers with new challenges

Charis Lee

August 29, 2020

In the nearly four years that senior Ian Gonzalez has attended Sunny Hills, he had never witnessed any of his peers in the classroom direct profanity at any of his teachers. But all that changed last semester when Sunny Hills shut down live classroom instruction because of the coronavirus pandemic, a...

Zooming from Brazil: Distance learning takes on new meaning for junior

Junior Edward Cho (right), who will attend Sunny Hills virtually this year from his home in São Paulo, Brazil, stands with his father in 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Hope Li

August 28, 2020

According to Google maps, it’s 6,130 miles from Fullerton to Sao Paulo, Brazil. When the clock strikes 7:01 a.m. here on a weekday — the start of zero period at Sunny Hills — it’s 10:01 a.m. over there. And while most of his peers are still munching on their morning breakfast, junior E...

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...

After 37 years in education, math teacher Larry Allen retires

Larry Allen holds in one hand a calculator and ruler to represent the math classes he has been teaching at Sunny Hills, while his other hand holds a football signed by his 2018 Freshman City Championship players. Image posted with permission from Aurora Allen.

Charis Lee

May 30, 2020

Buena Park, Fullerton, Sonora and Troy -- all high schools in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District that math teacher Larry Allen has taught at before coming to Sunny Hills High School. The only campus Allen hasn't taught at in the district is La Habra and the continuing education schools. Alle...

Distance learning also happening in Asia, while most schools overseas able to hold live graduation ceremonies

Sunny Hills sophomore Natalija Glavy's friend from Japan, junior Yuiri Takeuchi, captures this street scene in Yokohoma April 2 as she heads to school. Takeuchi says students are still going to classes, though officials are considering distance learning because of the coronavirus pandemic. For Japan, the school year starts in April and ends the following year in March. Image posted with permission from Yuiri Takeuchi.

Yonhee Eu

May 28, 2020

Sophomore Ryan Lee’s friend, Bum Soo Kim, lives in Nanjing, China, in the Jiangsu Province -- more than 450 miles west of the Wuhan province, reportedly the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak in mid-January. Lee said he has known Kim since he was in fourth grade, having first met him wh...

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...

20 Questions for Top of the 2020 Class: Jiwon Hur graduates with a full International Baccalaureate diploma and would like to thank her grandparents for motivating her

Senior Jiwon Hur is one of the 12 valedictorians in the Class of 2020. Image posted with permission from Jiwon Hur. 

Rebecca Choi

May 26, 2020

In lieu of our senior print issue, The Accolade has decided to conduct a Q and A with each of the 12 valedictorians for online posting. Question #1: What are your plans after high school? Answer: My plan for right now is to go to UCI as a Psychology B.S. Major. I’m interested in double or even triple maj...

20 Questions for Top of the 2020 Class: Samuel Kho stays organized while graduating at the top of his class

Senior Samuel Kho is one of the 12 valedictorians in the Class of 2020. Image posted with permission from Samuel Kho.

Aaliyah Magana

May 26, 2020

In lieu of our senior print issue, The Accolade has decided to conduct a Q and A with each of the 12 valedictorians for online posting. Question #1: What are your plans after high school? Answer: Johns Hopkins Neuroscience/Physics Research. See if I can get the Woodrow Wilson Grant. Question #2: Which ex...

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