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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...

ASB elections update: Beining wins secretary, Cheng captures treasurer positions

Junior Albert Chung (left) and senior Kenji Williams stand behind junior Carrie Cheng during their filming of Cheng's ASB campaign video. Cheng, who got the most votes for ASB treasurer March 13, was cosplaying as Timmy Turner, the protagonist of

Elijah Jhee

March 15, 2020

Running unopposed, juniors Daniel Magpayo and Albert Chung secured their positions as ASB president and vice president, respectively, while juniors Jenna Beining and Carrie Cheng earned the most votes against their opponents to capture the secretary and treasurer spots, respectively, the ASB officials...

The Accolade tops Best of Show at OCJEA write-offs

The Accolade's web editor senior Alex Park (left, front row), editor-in-chief senior Michelle Buckley and managing editor senior Hannah Yi hold up Orange County Journalism Education Association Best of Show plaques that have been awarded to the newspaper for  the past four years as part of an annual writeoff contest. Image used with permission from Arya Patel.

Andrew Park

March 15, 2020

A four-peat. That’s what The Accolade staff celebrated upon finding out it won the Best of Show award during the Feb. 22 Orange County Journalism Education Association write-off contest awards ceremony at Fullerton College. The Accolade’s Sept. 27 “Media Under Fire” issue scored the highes...

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 ...

New resource officer aims to ensure safety for students, staff

New resource officer aims to ensure safety for students, staff

Aaliyah Magana

February 28, 2020

Rob Watson could have been fighting fires instead of stopping criminals. “At first I wanted to be a firefighter, and then seeing what my uncle did for the LAPD [Los Angeles Police Department] made me want to do the same,” Watson said. He eventually joined the Fullerton Police force two years ago...

2018-2019 Helios yearbook earns national recognition as a Pacemaker award finalist

The 20018-2019 yearbook cover titled,

Hannah Kim

February 27, 2020

After an 11-year lull, the Helios staff has been named a National Scholastic Press Association [NSPA] Pacemaker finalist for the 2018-2019 yearbook titled, “What Are You Looking For? It’s All Here.” “I was super, super excited, and I think the staff is ecstatic,” Helios adviser Lindsay S...

Calling all poetry lovers — here’s your chance to win some bling bling

The 28th annual Why Mom Deserves a Diamond contest stems from Diamond Mike Watson's idea. This image of Watson is used on the contest website as well as on the news release about this year's competition.

Hanna Oltman

January 15, 2020

For a chance to win a nearly $600 diamond, elementary to high school students have until Friday, Jan. 17, to enter the 28th annual “Why Mom Deserves a Diamond” contest by writing a poem of 22 words or less to show their appreciation for their own moms. Those interested in competing for a diamond...

School officials asking for help in identifying three who vandalized 11 student lockers in November

Students' belongings lay scattered on the floor near the set of lockers attached to the 30s building in the aftermath of a Nov. 16 early morning vandalism at Sunny Hills. Image posted with permission from Jennifer Kim.

Andrew Park

December 23, 2019

School officials are still looking for the three unidentified male suspects caught on security cameras showing them vandalizing items inside of 11 students’ lockers last month. “We are asking other schools if they recognize the guys,” principal Allen Whitten said. “We can get a glimpse of...

Damaged smoke detector in boys P.E. locker room prompts alarm to go off, 25-minute evacuation Dec. 5

One of the smoke detectors in the boys P.E. locker room that got damaged looks similar to this one. The malfunction caused the fire alarm to go off Dec. 5 near the end of Period 1. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake

Isaac Choi

December 12, 2019

A damaged sensor to a smoke detector in the boys P.E. locker room prompted Sunny Hills’ fire alarm to go off last week, prompting the evacuation of all classrooms from near the end of Period 1 to part of Period 2. “We had a great response,” principal Allen Whitten said. “The staff and stud...

School officials look to student body for help with making gym’s alma mater painting more appealing

Sunny Hills' alma mater is painted in yellow with a black background -- both school colors. School officials are asking students to contribute their ideas for how to make it more appealing. Photo taken by Accolade photo editor Megan Shin

Katherine Kim

December 11, 2019

With Sunny Hills' alma mater back up on one of the walls of the newly remodeled gym, school officials are asking if students are interested in making it look more appealing. “Now that it's up there, we really like it, but we want to make it stand out a little more,” principal Allen Whitten said....

Sunny Hills football team tosses ice cream to students at break Dec. 6 to celebrate CIF title

Sunny Hills football team tosses ice cream to students at break Dec. 6 to celebrate CIF title

Hope Li

December 9, 2019

This story was updated Dec. 12 with a quote from one of the football players. To the sound of Queen’s Freddie Mercury singing “We Are the Champions,” school officials celebrated the football team’s CIF-Southern Section Division 8 football title with an ice cream toss by players in the quad duri...

The Accolade wins sixth place in Best of Show at national journalism convention in Washington, D.C.

Accolade staff writer junior Hope Li (left) holds the Best of Show certificate from the National Scholastic Press Association while adviser Tommy Li holds up six fingers signifying the placement. The Nov. 23 awards ceremony was held in Washington, D.C., and The Accolade's first issue of the school year earned recognition for placing in the Top 10 nationally.

Hope Li

November 30, 2019

The Accolade school newspaper was one of two Southern California tabloids recognized Nov. 24 for placing in the Top 10 in the Best of Show contest at a national journalism convention in Washington, D.C. Sunny Hills' newspaper adviser Tommy Li submitted the first issue of the 2019-2020 school year tit...

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