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Coronavirus threat-related school closure to May 4 leads to end of regular spring sports season; fate of CIF playoffs to be determined April 3

Senior Andrew Park (center) pushes the ball past Crean Lutheran defenders during a 3-1 loss to the Saints. The Feb. 20 game was the first ever Sunny Hills boys volleyball game. Now, the inaugural Freeway League boys volleyball season will have to be postponed to next year. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Brianna Zafra

Andrew Ngo

March 20, 2020

Upon Fullerton Joint Union High School District [FJUHSD] superintendent Scott Scambray’s decision to extend school closure until May 4, athletics officials confirmed Friday that the regular spring sports season is over. Athletics director Jon Caffrey confirmed the news after Scambray’s announcemen...

NBA cancellation during quarantine period leaves me devastated

Accolade copy editor Rebecca Choi awaits being able to watch basketball again. Lebron James Layup by Erik Drost is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Rebecca Choi

March 19, 2020

“Emergency announcement from Fullerton Joint Union High School District: Starting Monday, March 16, schools will be closed. We will begin Distance Online Learning March 16 through March 20, 2020.” When the district first sent this text message to my phone during school last Friday, I — as well...

March 18: Son of a glitch; how my first day of distance learning went

Accolade staff writer junior Hope Li joins the Google Meet that her fourth period Advanced Placement U.S. History teacher, David Wilde, set up. Like Li, many Sunny Hills students experienced WiFi and online app connection issues on the first day of distance learning. Photo taken by Accolade adviser Tommy Li.

Hope Li

March 19, 2020

LIVING UNDER THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS This is the second 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] ...

Sunny Hills to remain closed through May 1; classroom return date scheduled for May 4

The Helios staff meets with adviser Lindsay Safe (top left corner) March 19 via the Zoom online app to discuss what they need to do to finish the 2019-2020 yearbook since school will remain closed until May 4. Zoom is among some of the distance learning tools that Sunny Hills teachers are using to conduct classes online. Image used with permission from Anika Madan.

Tyler Pak

March 19, 2020

In an effort to slow the coronavirus pandemic, Sunny Hills will remain closed through May 1; until then, students will continue their education through distance learning, Fullerton Joint Union High School District [FJUHSD] superintendent Scott Scambray announced March 19. “This is a fluid situation...

March 19: COVID-19 ‘Reasons Why’ working part-time during national crisis scares me and cuts off a big part of my income

On its Instagram page @giantramensushi, the restaurant announced March 19 that it will only take to-go and delivery orders and will close the building to prevent dine-in customers from coming inside in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Such a response will also impact part-time student workers there since many of them depend on tips from customers as part of their income.

Alex Park

March 19, 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] “Here are...

No sports games to watch? Well, there’s still Lancer eSports

While the Lancer eSports team can continue CIF league play from each player's home, players are uncertain about their chances of retaining its championship title at the North America Scholastic Esports Federation as that tournament has suspended all league play until further notice because of the coronavirus threat. Image used with permission from Myra Deister.

Annie Bang

March 19, 2020

While the Fullerton Joint Union High School District has canceled or postponed spring sports until May 4, one “sports” activity has yet to be foiled by the coronavirus crisis. As of Thursday, March 19, the Sunny Hills eSports team will continue with its designated competitions for the PlayVS season,...

Go green with McDonald’s latest St. Patrick’s Day creation: Oreo Shamrock McFlurry

McDonald’s new Oreo Shamrock McFlurry can be ordered in two sizes: regular ($3.11) and snack-size ($2.56). The new version of the McFlurry is being offered in conjuction with the Shamrock Shake as part of March’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration.  Photo taken by Accolade staff writer Kristima Aryal

Kristima Aryal

March 19, 2020

Although St. Patrick’s Day has passed, and Americans are living under the coronvirus threat, it doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy the latest offering from McDonald’s. To celebrate the 50th birthday of the Shamrock Shake, a seasonal minty vanilla ice cream milkshake, the golden arches chain offers...

March 16: What it’s like to be allowed to return to campus to pick up my school lunch

Because the campus has been closed down this week until March 30 after spring break, Sunny Hills students who are on a free or reduced, federal government lunch plan can pick up their to-go, bagged lunches outside the Performing Arts Center between 10 a.m. and noon. Look for the black and gold Lancers color tent. Photo taken by Accolade staff writer Aaliyah Magana

Aaliyah Magana

March 17, 2020

LIVING UNDER THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS This is the first 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] ...

Coronavirus Timeline

Art posted with permission from JungHyun Lee.

Hannah Kim

March 17, 2020

12/31-3/3 https://www.nytimes.com/article/coronavirus-timeline.html 1/20 first case of coronavirus in the U.S. (New England Journal of Medicine) Accolade staff reporter Hannah Kim compiled this timeline. Accolade staff writer Hope Li, feature editor Lira Jeong and sports editors Annie Bang and Andre...

Conoravirus threat cancels exchange program trip to South Korea for two juniors

A March 3 email from Nicolas Junior High teacher Leah Yamamoto telling the participants that the trip to South Korea been canceled.

Andrew Ngo

March 16, 2020

It could have been a trip to remember. Then, the coronavirus outbreak picked up speed in March, prompting the World Health Organization to declare COVID-19 a pandemic. A March 3 email from Nicholas Junior High teacher Leah Yamamoto, a coordinator for the Fullerton Sister City Association’s [FSCA...

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...

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