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Expect to see Safety Hills when hybrid learning starts Nov. 2

The Winston the Lancer statue sits above the touch-free sanitizing unit placed in the main office in Room 3. Custodians have placed one touch-free sanitizing unit identical to this one in every single classroom for students to utilize as they enter or leave.

Kate Yang

October 27, 2020

This is the second 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 District [FJUHSD] has approved for teachers and students when the hybrid learning model replaces the c...

Sunny Hills counselor spins her way to nearly $23,000 in cash and prizes on TV’s ‘Wheel of Fortune’ game show

Guidance counselor Tracey Falletta’s Oct. 8 appearance on the TV game show, “The Wheel of Fortune,” nets her $22,900, which includes a trip to the Caribbean island of Saint Martin. Because of COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, no one was allowed to be in the audience during the show’s Aug. 7 taping in Culver City.

Divya Bharadwaj

October 25, 2020

Sunny Hills counselor Tracey Falletta will never forget the words “puffy” and “fluffy.” With $22,900 in cash and prizes and a $13,850 lead heading in the Final Spin round of TV’s “Wheel of Fortune” game show, Falletta was unable to give the answer to the category titled, “Rhyme Time....

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 knowing how long quarantine would last, Kimbrell decided to buy some more face coverings, leaving ...

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 against my nose and mouth with every anxious inhale. Beep. “You’re good,” says Danie...

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 will offer two options to its students: Cohort A/B of hybrid learning and Cohort C of complete online ed...

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 (Cohort C). Much has changed from the COVID-19 situation two months ago to now, and as I liste...

After canceling exams last year, IB eases requirements for full diploma candidates

Then-junior Ella Eseigbe (center) cuts paper during a classroom simulation of a tent-making company in her IB Economics Higher Level 1 class last November. The class’ corresponding exam is just one of the many assessments that IB is modifying for the 2020-21 school year.

Tyler Pak

October 3, 2020

To mitigate the educational challenges brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, the International Baccalaureate [IB] program has modified its curriculum and exams, which many SH students believe will ease their ability to pass their exams in May 2021.  “I feel [the changes] are mostly adequate,...

The good, the bad and the ugly of my remote learning 2.0 experience

Senior Aaliyah Magana puts her binder away in her cubic box in a six-by-six foot bookcase, a part of her at-home learning system for the new school year, after the online school day has ended.

Aaliyah Magana

September 21, 2020

I never expected to start the fall semester of my senior year at Sunny Hills like this -- with distance learning 2.0. As the previous school year ended there were rumors from various close friends that the virus would end during the summer months because of the high temperatures and we would be bac...

Basketball, football programs temporarily shut down because of possible COVID-19 exposure

Linebacker senior Noah Brown runs around a cone during a June 23 football practice on the Sunny Hills baseball field. Practices would be suspended two weeks later on July 6 before resuming on Aug. 17 but have since been shut down again because of possible COVID-19 exposure.

Andrew Ngo

September 19, 2020

This story was updated at 8:40 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, with an additional quote from principal Allen Whitten and information about how many athletes have been exposed to COVID-19.  In what’s been a wild and tumultuous year for high school athletics, the coronavirus pandemic has pitched yet another...

STILL TI(C)KING: Sunny Hills TikTok users, creators relieved that social media app will not be going away

With 100 million monthly users in America, TikTok has grown popular among Gen Z millennials but was under hot water when President Donald Trump announced that he wanted to ban the app in the U.S. because of security concerns.

Nevya Patel

September 18, 2020

Saved by the O. Oracle, that is. With a Sept. 20 deadline looming for an American company to buy TikTok, which is owned by ByteDance in China, or else President Donald Trump would ban its use in the United States for security reasons, Oracle announced earlier this week it has struck a deal to bec...

How I helped my mom overcome her coronavirus infection and gained a new appreciation for first-responders

Alma Garcia (left) celebrates her daughter senior Gianne Veluz’s election to chapter office at the FFA banquet on May 9, 2019. Veluz helped Garcia recover from the coronavirus in early July.

Gianne Veluz

September 17, 2020

It all started with a text message from my mom while I was spending the night at my sister’s apartment in Tarzana: “Gigi, I have bad news. I got a text from work about my [COVID-19] results, and I came out positive.” My mom found out that she tested positive from one of her weekly COVID-19 tests pro...

FJUHSD pushes back date for returning to on-campus learning to no earlier than Oct. 5

The sun sets on the Sunny Hills campus on May 28, the last day of school in the 2019-2020 school year. Because of Fullerton Joint Union High School District’s Sep. 3 announcement, students whose parents signed them up for Cohors A or B will not arrive back on campus until Oct. 5 at the earliest.

Alice Shin

September 13, 2020

With Orange County coronavirus cases no longer spiking as they were in the summer, state officials have allowed schools to re-open for live, in-class instruction as early as Sept. 22, though Fullerton Joint Union High School District [FJUHSD] campuses -- including Sunny Hills -- will do so no earlier ...

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