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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.
Accolade Staff 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...

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.
The Accolade Editorial Board 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...

Coming of Age Netflix Film ‘The Half of It’ tackles adolescent themes like sexuality and casual racism in today’s society

In the new coming of age movie
Rachel Yun May 30, 2020

Finding one’s identity is hard growing up, especially in high school. However, Netflix’s new coming of age film “The Half of It,” directed by Alice Wu, gives teens the complex representation...

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...

Combining cheer, song to create new Pep Squad at Sunny Hills is such a great idea that I even auditioned for the team

Sophomore Sydnee Tallant records the new Pep Squad routine on video May 6 as part of her audition application to join a combined cheer and song team at Sunny Hills.
Sydnee Tallant May 30, 2020

The theater lights shine brightly and the music cues. Backstage, the dancers stretch anxiously before their routine. The audience roars with excitement to greet these performers. I have always...

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...

Cavetown’s new hit album Sleepyhead is bound to be a hit for all indie pop lovers

Standing in front of a red wall, singer-songwriter Robin Skinner, more commonly known as Cavetown, poses for the camera after his new album's debut.
Dominique Chang May 29, 2020

Robin Skinner,  also known as Cavetown, an English singer-songwriter, came out with a new hit album called Sleepyhead on March 27, discussing common struggles him and many others experience catching the...

Many find modified, online AP exam easier to take, though a few plan to take makeup tests in June after experiencing technical issues with submitting their responses

Elijah Jhee May 29, 2020

The online modified Advancement Placement [AP] exams were much easier for many Sunny Hills students who took them throughout most of this month, but some experienced technical difficulties and have opted...

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...

Here’s how Investopedia — not Wikipedia — has taught me to become financially literate about stock market, day trading

A screen shot of the Investopedia web page and its option to set up an investment simulator, which is a first step to learning about investing in the stock market.
Daniel Kong May 28, 2020

In my sophomore year, I got approval from the Associated Student Body [ASB] to create my own club, Distributive Education Clubs of America [DECA]. Although I was already a member of the Future Business...

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...

COFA’s 10th anniversary mural project on one wall of newly remodeled PAC postponed until 2020-2021 school year

Several of the potential designs for COFA's 10th anniversary mural. Photos used with permission from Arianne Sisk. Photos compiled by Accolade sports editor Andrew Ngo.
Hanna Jung May 28, 2020

2020 marks 10 years since the formation of the Conservatory of Fine Arts [COFA] program at Sunny Hills, and to commemorate such a feat, COFA students have partnered with the Art Club to start a mural project...

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