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Officials release the 2022-2023 bell schedule via email Thursday with first period starting at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch before break?
State-mandated 8:30 a.m. school start time for 2022-2023 leads to new bell schedule with 30-minute break first
Susie Kim April 22, 2022
In an effort to raise awareness about drug abuse – especially since prom occurs this month in April – students in Friday Night Live [FNL] have organized a new contest addressing the question: “What does drug prevention mean to you?” This part of the FNL flyer shows the varying Starbucks gift card values as prizes for the top three entries.
$45 worth of Starbucks gift cards offered as prizes in new drug prevention contest
Jaimie Chun April 8, 2022
The Associated Student Body [ASB] hosted prom at Hanger 21 South in Fullerton on April 9. It filled the site with carnival games and carnival food for juniors, seniors and invited underclassmen.
Prom for seniors, juniors, invited underclassmen returns Saturday, April 9, at Fullerton Airport after 3-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic
Kate Yang April 3, 2022
A screenshot of part of the virtual Crown awards presentation Friday, March 18, from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association [CSPA], which announced The Accolade as earning a Silver Crown -- the journalism programs third such award since the 2005-2006 school year. CSPA officials chose to highlight the cover of the April 30, 2021, issue with judges comments displayed to the right.
Columbia Scholastic Press Association awards The Accolade its third Silver Crown
Irene Sheen April 1, 2022
Member junior Thaddaeus Kiker(right) and co-captain Dahee Kim compete in the Detector Building event during the Feb. 26 online satellite Southern California Joint Regional Science Olympiad tournament. The team places sixth overall and will advance to compete at the state level April 2.
Sunny Hills Science Olympiad team advances to state tournament April 2
Alice Shin March 28, 2022
Voting for Associated Student Body executive cabinet candidates will take place on Friday, March 11, through the 5-Star app. Juniors Rebecca Tualla and Ariana Choi (not pictured) are running unopposed for the positions of secretary and treasurer, respectively, while two candidates each are running for president and vice president.
Friday, March 11, ASB executive cabinet election features all-girl candidates with two running unopposed
Yeihn Lee March 10, 2022
Sophomore Patrisha Hordista’s “Afflication” receives a third-place award in the drawing category, at the annual Fullerton Joint Union High School District [FJUHSD] Education Art Show. Along with the other winners, Hordista’s work will be exhibited at the FJUHSD board room on March 18.
Eight SH students win prize money from 36th annual district art show
Michelle Sheen March 3, 2022
Student support services teacher Kellie Ma (left) and head custodian Daniel Rodriguez hold onto the flowers and balloons they were given in the staff lounge on Jan. 21 to recognize their honor of being voted Teacher of the Year and Classified Employee of the Year award, respectively, for the 2021-2022 school year.
Teacher, classified employee of the year awarded to student support services teacher, head custodian for 2021-2022 school year
Kate Yang February 25, 2022
Junior Remy Kakebeen (left) reacts to students going ahead of her at the Roundhouse Feb. 26. Kakebeen is one of many students who noticed the increased amount of cutting in school break and lunch lines.
Long lunch lines lead to students’ irritation over waiting times
Nevya Patel February 22, 2022
News Whitten departure reaction
SH community anticipate new principal who embodies Whitten’s core characteristics
Irene Sheen February 16, 2022
Following two years of cancellations of International Baccalaureate [IB] exams because of the pandemic, the assessments are to take place in person throughout the month of May during the 2021-2022 school year according to the organized schedule on the IB website.
IB tests to return in person for the first time in two years
Alice Shin February 4, 2022
The Sunny Hills Helios yearbook program has earned its fourth Pacemaker finalist nomination by the National Scholastic Press Association [NSPA]. The latest recognition – posted on the NSPA website Dec. 16 during final exam week last semester – is based on the 2020-2021 annual titled, “Don’t Stop Now. You Haven’t Tried This.” The staff will find out whether it’s a Pacemaker winner during the NSPA’s convention April 7-9 in Los Angeles.
For the second time in three years, Helios named Pacemaker finalist for 2020-2021 yearbook
Susie Kim February 4, 2022
Sunny Hills High School interim principal Cathy Gach works in her office on Jan. 21 in Room 4. Gach, who replaces Allen Whitten upon his promotion to the district office last month, was hired January 2014 for the same position after former SH principal Judy Fancher left mid-school year. The retired administrator officially started her first day on Jan. 5 after the Fullerton Joint Union High School District school board approved the hire during an emergency meeting.
Here for the Interim: Cathy Gach sees spring semester principal role as ‘cheerleader’ for school
Nevya Patel February 3, 2022
Bayanihan club members junior Chearriez Alvarez (left) and senior Jonah Alagao prepare for their cultural performance after school last semester in the quad.
Korean and Filipino cultural shows to return to the Performing Arts Center later this spring unless COVID-19 positive cases spike
David Kim January 24, 2022
Math teacher Kari Morita collects senior Sharon Choi’s spare change for the Minute of Hope fundraiser held by the Associated Student Body on Wednesday.
Second-period fundraiser for Pathways of Hope collects more than $1,600
Pricilla Escobedo January 24, 2022
The Columbia Scholastic Press Association posted this announcement in its Twitter feed Dec. 14, recognizing The Accolade as a Crown finalist. In the post, it features the newspapers April 30 issue cover titled, Stop Asian Hate.
The Accolade nominated for Columbia Scholastic Press Association national journalism award for a third time
Divya Bharadwaj January 18, 2022
Two Sunny Hills students pass out information about the school’s Engineering Pathways to Innovation and Change during the January 2018 Open House in the gym. With a surge over winter break in Omicron variant cases in Orange County, district officials have decided to cancel the Thursday, Jan. 6, Open House – the first in-person one since January 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic hit in March of that same year.
Surge in Omicron COVID-19 variant cases prompt district officials to impose new health and safety protocols, canceling this month’s Open House, sports team dinners and banquets
Jaimie Chun January 6, 2022
This is a screenshot from the Fullerton College website, which shows all classes available for students in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District to enroll in the Dual Enrollment Program. Sunny Hills students interested in the program can sign up for Counseling 104, which is available next semester.
SH seniors planning to attend Fullerton College can register in the dual enrollment program to start their college career in high school
Divya Bharadwaj December 15, 2021
Principal Allen Whitten takes the podium to welcome visitors to this year’s Back to School Night on Aug. 31. Starting next semester, Whitten will take on a newly created position in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District as the director of Student Services.
After seven years guiding Sunny Hills, principal Allen Whitten gets promotion to new position in the district as director of Student Support Services
Jaimie Chun December 8, 2021
ASB student decorates the Christmas tree in the quad as a part of the 2016 holiday decorations. The annual quad decorations will return this year on Dec. 13.
Holiday quad decorations to return Dec. 13
Kayla Martinez December 7, 2021
Junior Saahil Kakaria tutors junior Dennise Cruz in chemistry on Thursday in Room 66 for the new Level Up Tutoring program.
Level‌ ‌Up‌ ‌Tutoring‌ ‌offers‌ ‌students‌ ‌free‌ ‌aid‌ ‌in‌ ‌all‌ ‌school‌ ‌subjects‌
Seowon Han December 2, 2021
For the first time in two years, seniors will be able to have their annual Grad Nite at Disneyland and California Adventure on June 1. Tickets went on sale Nov. 29 and will be available until March 1.
PTSA to hold Grad Nite at Disneyland for the first time since 2019
Chloe Chun November 30, 2021
Dance Production senior David Burn (left) practices his routine Monday, Nov. 15, after school in Room 130 with math teacher Cristian Bueno and junior Amber Reuter to prepare for the 10th anniversary of Dancing With the Staff. Tickets for the Dec. 9-10 event will go on sale Dec. 2.
PAC to hold Dancing With the Staff for the first time since renovation
Aiden Park November 29, 2021
Some Class of 1968 members return to their alma mater to check out the modernized look of the campus, including the giant “S” and “H” in the center of the quad stage. The group of five alumni plan to host a fundraiser starting on Dec. 1 with the hopes of donating benches for students around the campus.
Paying it forward – Class of 1968 organizes email fundraiser among alma mater with proceeds going back to Sunny Hills for campus needs
Susie Kim November 17, 2021
Saturday school begins for the first time since March 2020 during the first week of October in Room 83 for students with unexcused absences or excessive tardies.
Officials re-institute Saturday school — emphasis on value of attending classes
Susie Kim November 4, 2021
A screenshot of the National Scholastic Press Associations list of high school newspaper Pacemaker finalists with the first one representing California journalism programs being Sunny Hills The Accolade.
The Accolade newspaper PDF issues from 2020-2021 tapped national Pacemaker finalist – only journalism program in Orange County given such an honor
Jaimie Chun October 30, 2021
Themed Drift, the last stag the Associated Student Body [ASB] worked on was in March 2020 — a week before the pandemic hit. The ASB hopes to reboot it next month.
Stag dances postponed to possibly November
Minjeong Kim October 29, 2021
Students will have the opportunity to win awards and money by submitting their artwork to the PTSA annual reflections contest based on the theme “I Will Change the World By…”
PTSA to host annual Reflections contest Oct. 22 for eligibility to earn awards and scholarships
Henry Lee October 19, 2021
Associated Student Body [ASB] community affairs commissioner senior Madeline Liu greets the less than 1,000 crowd in the gym during the Friday, Oct. 15, homecoming assembly. Liu was dressed as Mrs. Potts in keeping with the Oct. 16 homecoming dance theme related to Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” This was also the first time Sunny Hills ASB organized a triple assembly schedule to meet state COVID-19 guidelines restricting school indoor events to no more than 1,000 in the audience.
More than 1,000 tickets sold for Saturday, Oct. 16, Homecoming ‘Beauty and the Beast’-themed outdoor dance; shatters previous 2016 record of sales for a social
Kristima Aryal October 15, 2021
The COVID-19 dashboard provides data on confirmed positive student and staff cases within the Fullerton Joint Union High School District. As of Oct. 7, two students and one staff member from Sunny Hills tested positive compared to La Habra High School, which has the most positive COVID-19 cases among the campuses in the district.
Fullerton Joint Union High School District re-introduces COVID-19 dashboard that reports positive coronavirus cases among students, staff
Susie Kim October 11, 2021
Of the 1,048 students who decided to take AP tests in the 2020-2021 school year, 233 opted to take them in person on the SH campus. The past year’s tests yielded results that were, overall, lower than those of previous years, and students and teachers agreed that online learning was a main factor for the dip in scores.
Overall AP scores drop in 2021 school year with online learning being the biggest factor for the dip
Michelle Sheen October 7, 2021
A screenshot of the Sept. 14 trustees meeting in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District board room. The district’s renewal of its nearly $75,000 contract with Zoom was among the items approved as part of the consent calendar during the meeting.
FJUHSD school board approves one-year Zoom contract renewal for nearly $75,000
Grace Min October 7, 2021
Senior Elijah Ramirez demonstrates CPR chest compressions on a pillow on Sept. 30  in his dining room as a replacement for a dummy or a stuffed animal. Ramirez had to video record himself practicing hands-on CPR and submit a video for review/approval by assistant principal Hilda Arredondo to fulfill a state-mandated graduation requirement.
State-mandated CPR certification for graduation assigned during summer school health; 93 seniors still need to complete video assignment
Rachel Yun October 7, 2021
This spray-painted message appears to be a reaction to the Friday, Oct. 1, statewide mandate from California Gov. Gavin Newsom that requires students 12 and older in public and private schools to be fully vaccinated by as soon as January 2022. Students and motorists who use the path that leads to the back of Target at Fullerton Town Center discovered the graffiti on a wall between Friday, Oct. 1, and Monday, Oct. 4 – about a mile away from one of the entrances to Sunny Hills. By after school Wednesday, Oct. 6, the message was wiped away.
Most in Sunny Hills community approve of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s statewide
Susie Kim October 7, 2021
English teacher Tom Wiegman holds up the COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card he received after being vaccinated with the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine in March 2021 and the second dose in April 2021. The Fullerton Joint Union High School District [FJUHSD] sent out an email Sept. 2 to all staff mandating vaccination verification to fulfill a state requirement that the governor signed into law Aug. 11. Anyone working in the FJUHSD who chooses not to be vaccinated must take a COVID-19 test on a weekly basis beginning Oct. 18.
FJUHSD mandates vaccines for entire staff, offers secondary option to test weekly for unvaccinated
Kate Yang October 1, 2021
Only one dispenser was stolen in the boys restroom in the 40s wing Sept. 13 as
part of TikToks “devious licks” challenge. School officials estimate the cost to replace it at $350.
‘Devious licks’ TikTok trend ‘licks’ school with several vandalism cases
Hannah Lee September 27, 2021
Students attending the 2017 homecoming dance take in the Aladdin-themed stage in the quad. While the Associated Student Bodys homecoming assembly Oct. 15 will be held indoors at the gym over three separate periods, the upcoming Oct. 16 homecoming dance will have to be an outdoor event because of COVID-19 health and safety protocols that require no more than 1,000 people in a building for an event.
Upcoming homecoming assembly to be split into three, dance scheduled outdoors
Hannah Lee September 24, 2021
Junior Lindsey Kang ties a red and blue balloon together during the junior class secretary’s fifth period Associated Student Body [ASB] class on Thursday, Sept. 9. The ASB plans to decorate the quad with such patriotic colors Friday, Sept. 10, before break, when the ceremony to remember the lives lost during 9/11 will take place.
Quad ceremony at break Friday, Sept. 10, to remember 9/11 victims of East Coast terrorist attacks nearly 20 years ago
Grace Min September 10, 2021
The state has started sending special recall election ballot information to registered voters like this one. The name and address have been removed for confidentiality.
Do you qualify to vote in the Sept. 14 special election to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom?
Jaimie Chun September 3, 2021
A worker drives a tractor Aug. 9 to repave the Sunny Hills High School parking lot next to the Performing Arts Center as the last step in finalizing the $2.5 million solar panel carport installation.
Completed $2.5 million solar panel carports installation offers student drivers 220 parking spaces, more than half of which provide shade
Michelle Sheen September 2, 2021
The Accolade adviser Tommy Li submitted the Oct. 30 “Photo Finish” (left) and Dec. 14 “Wonder Women 2021” PDF print issues to the Southern California Journalism Awards contest sponsored by the Los Angeles Press Club and was named a finalist for Best High School paper for a fifth year straight.
The Accolade’s online site named finalist for first time in LA Press Club’s SoCal Journalism Awards contest
Susie Kim August 31, 2021
Chemistry teacher Walter Haberaecker introduces his class curriculum for families attending a 2019 Back to School Night. This years event has a hybrid option.
SH staff and families set off the new school year with a hybrid Back to School Night alternative option
Irene Sheen August 30, 2021
The government of California passes Assembly Bills 104 and 130, giving students a second chance for a better year of high school through retention, pass or no pass grade requests and local graduation requirements exemption.
Students receive opportunity for pass or no pass grade change
Yeihn Lee August 30, 2021
In the breezeway next to the 100s building, sophomore Ashley Kim (left) joins her fellow Associated Student Body [ASB] members in painting a letter on a poster to be used the next day, Friday, Aug. 20, in the Welcome Back assembly. The in-person gathering will be the first to take place in the gym since the coronavirus pandemic closed down schools in March 2020.
Students get first chance to attend a live assembly in the gym today, Aug. 20, after a year of virtual ones because of the coronavirus pandemic
Alex Lee August 20, 2021
Senior Ashley Hoang (left) hands over her spirit wear form to senior Elaine Chu during Lancer Day on Aug. 10. The Aug. 10-released school health and safety guidelines now allow anyone on campus to be mask-free when outdoors.
New 2021-2022 campus health and safety protocols ease anxiety for several students, staff returning for live classroom instruction
Susie Kim August 19, 2021
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