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The show will not go on; fall musical axed because of COVID-19 health and safety

Theater teacher Amanda Gieser (left) glances at one of her performers being lifted up by cast members of 2018's
Yeihn Lee November 17, 2020

“We'll all be out there carrying the banner man to man. We're always out there soakin' ev'ry soaker that we can. Here's the headline: Newsies on a mission!” Those words from the musical “Newsies”...

Making quarantine sweet: Two juniors create a tasty new business

Sweet Treats DB owners junior Daniela Rosales (left) and junior Brianna Ruiz (right) make one of their specialty confectionaries, candy coated strawberries which go for $1 each.
Anthony Keem November 13, 2020

Juniors Daniela Rosales and Brianna Ruiz are doing something sweet during the coronavirus pandemic. The pair have created their own online confectionary business, Sweet Treats DB.  Since July, the...

Blended bursts safe bubble

Charis Lee November 2, 2020

A blend of distance and in-person learning isn’t the best recipe for a successful school year. Although school communities are adopting three phases to return to campus, distance learning is the best...

Distance learning is the new norm; Cohort C would secure my health and that of my family

An artist's rendition of the writer avoiding possible risks by remaining in cohort c.
Alice Lee November 1, 2020

As I scrolled through Instagram stories this summer, all I saw on my feed were polls from students in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District asking whether their viewers chose Cohort A/B or Cohort...

COVID-19 forces about 60% to stay home next week

Nearly eight months after the start of the coronavirus pandemic and the shuttering of classrooms, the Fullerton Joint Union High School District will reopen on Nov. 2.
Yeihn Lee October 31, 2020

When Sunny Hills moved to a distance learning form of education in March, Fullerton only had six positive coronavirus cases, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency [OCHCA].  When the 2020-2021...

Digital dilemma: Students torn between seeing friends in person and remaining at home

Junior Guillermo Soto attends class while eating a burger. Like many other Sunny Hills students, Soto elected to stay at home when the hybrid schedule begins on Nov. 2.
Anthony Keem October 31, 2020

While Sunny Hills High School officials have taken every precaution possible to create a safe and healthy environment for the campus’ reopening Nov. 2, junior Guillermo Soto still isn’t convinced. In...

No on Prop. 18: 17-year-olds lack essential voting experience

Grace Johnson October 31, 2020

2020 — the year with perhaps the most important presidential election ever. But that will not be the only important measure on the ballot — California Proposition 18 [Prop 18] awaits voters. Prop...

Nov. 2 reopening of school: Two thermal cameras at $15,000 each among equipment to ensure COVID-19 health and safety for students, staff

Currently being housed in Room 20, the two thermal cameras will be moved under the overhang at the entrance to the main hallway to Sunny Hills Nov. 2, when students and staff will be allowed to return to campus for live classroom instruction as part of the hybrid learning model. The Fullerton Joint Union High School District paid $15,000 for each camera, which will be used to help school officials to easily check the temperatures of students as they arrive on campus.
Kate Yang October 20, 2020

This is the first of a series of stories dealing with the scheduled Nov. 2 reopening of Sunny Hills High School and what COVID-19-related safety and health measures the Fullerton Joint Union High School...

Unmasking a fashion trend: COVID-19 coverings lead to Lancers’ collection for trendy, stylish wardrobe for going out

Senior Meagan Kimbrell takes out her collection of 30 masks that she has bought either from Amazon or Target since the COVID-19 pandemic in mid-March. Though Kimbrell does not plan to return to campus Nov. 2 for hybrid learning, she still values mask fashion and will continue to promote her new finds on social media.
Dominique Chang October 19, 2020

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in mid-March, senior Meagan Kimbrell purchased her first mask: a $7, gray fabric with white polka dots from the Target at Town Center near Sunny Hills High School.  Not...

The driving force behind my AAA behind-the-wheel lessons: safety

Before her Sept. 15 AAA driving lesson, senior Hope Li (left) dons a face mask as her instructor, Daniel Pedraza, takes her temperature in front of the AAA student driver car. Li has been taking lessons since July, following coronavirus precautions like wearing gloves in the car and sitting on a plastic seat cover.
Hope Li October 14, 2020

Careful not to breathe on the gloved hand pointing the gun at my forehead, I search for a point behind his head — anything but an awkward eye-to-eye stare. I stand still as my pleated cloth mask presses...

On Nov. 2, I’ll be on campus not to connect with friends or teachers, but with the Wi-Fi

Senior Annie Bang in class struggling with distance learning because of Wi-Fi connectivity issues and a distracting home environment as described by an artist.
Annie Bang October 13, 2020

When Fullerton Joint Union High School District board members voted to reopen schools on Oct. 6, distance learning will shift into what educators call "hybrid learning." That means for Sunny Hills, it...

FJUHSD should create a virtual academy to respect teachers’ and students’ COVID-19 health, safety concerns

An artist's rendering of a hypothetical FJUHSD virtual academy including teachers and students from all over the district.
Rebecca Choi October 10, 2020

As Sunny Hills High School prepares to begin hybrid learning on Nov. 2, students must reconsider whether they will return to the hybrid model (cohorts A and B) or stay at home for continued distance learning...

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