The Accolade

With more than 30 years of administrative experience, new assistant principal says ‘aloha’ to Sunny Hills

New assistant principal John Oldenburg holds a sign as part of a video clip for students at La Vista and La Sierra continuation schools to encourage them after the coronavirus pandemic closed down classrooms in March. Oldenburg previously worked at La Vista and La Sierra in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District before he was transferred to Sunny Hills this school year.

Kristima Aryal

September 16, 2020

This is the second of a series of feature profiles of new, full-time teachers or administrators at Sunny Hills High School for 2020-2021. Having grown up on the island of white sand beaches and palm trees, John Oldenburg says “aloha” to Sunny Hills this school year. The newest member to join the admini...

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 ...

Staff editorial: We’re split over the merits of distance learning ‘bell’ schedule

Staff editorial: We’re split over the merits of distance learning ‘bell’ schedule

The Accolade Editorial Board

September 12, 2020

The Accolade’s editorial board count: Eight approve and seven disapprove of the Fullerton Joint Union High School District’s [FJUHSD] new class schedule for the 2020-2021 distance learning period. On Aug. 26, math teacher Kari Morita was late to class — but she didn’t know it at first. I...

Meeting out the differences: Google’s much simplified features top Zoom

Hannah Kim

September 5, 2020

Last semester, as our school suddenly transitioned into online learning in mid-March, only two of my seven teachers frequently used Zoom as their main form of video meetings with students. Of the others, three of them recorded their lessons and two utilized Google Meet to teach. This surprised me ...

Zoom’s ranked No. 1 among certain users for a reason

Rebecca Choi

September 5, 2020

Ranked No. 1 in the business category and 4.5 out of five stars from over a million ratings in the App Store, Zoom is the newest, tech-savviest educational platform for our stay-at-home, COVID-19 times. In response to the global pandemic that caused the closure of all Fullerton Joint Union High Sch...

Staff editorial: Better safe than sorry

Staff editorial: Better safe than sorry

The Accolade Editorial Board

July 29, 2020

The Accolade’s editorial board count: 14 approve and one disapproves of California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s July 17 decision to close schools within the state’s coronavirus county watch list, including Sunny Hills High School. Before Newsom’s mandate, seven had planned to attend school both in-person and online in the A/B Cohort and e...

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 coronavirus crisis. Titled, “‘Kids will be kids’: Furtive hugs, complex logistics on South Kore...

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 would like to submit some of your experiences, please email us at [email protected] “Neandertha...

Despite canceled spring concert because of the COVID-19 pandemic, dance teacher gives the show’s theme, ‘Beyond,’ new meaning by posting video segments on Instagram, YouTube

Members of Dance Production check out photos taken for the spring dance concert program during a Feb. 20 rehearsal in Room 130, the dance room. Though the April 9-11 event was canceled because of COVID-19-related school closure, dance instructor Leiana Volen has posted seven videos on the Dance Department's Instagram and YouTube channels of various video footage of her students rehearsing their routines to showcase their hard work in preparation for the performance. Image posted with permission from Leiana Volen.

Emmaline De Leon

May 5, 2020

When dance teacher Leiana Volen first came up with the “Beyond” theme for the April 9-11 spring dance concert at the Performing Arts Center [PAC], she never thought she would have to take it that literally. Because concerns over the spread of COVID-19 forced the Fullerton Joint Union High Scho...

Annual District Art Show canceled because of COVID-19 outbreak; winners receive certificates, checks by mail

Junior Grace Park holds up her two award-winning paintings --

Hannah Yi, Tyler Pak, and Aaliyah Magana

April 30, 2020

The 34th annual Fullerton Joint Union High School District [FJUHSD] Education Art Show at the district’s Education Center was originally scheduled to begin March 30 -- the first return date that the district’s superintendent had set for students to be allowed back in the classroom because of the...

Fullerton Joint Union High School District trustees approve new grading policy; teachers will follow A-C or no credit for less than 55 percent for students’ spring semester marks because of campus closures

The Fullerton Joint Union High School District board of trustees met on April 24 via Zoom call and voted to adopt a resolution to temporarily modify the traditional grading system. Image taken by Accolade news editor Tyler Pak

Tyler Pak

April 24, 2020

While trustees statewide are weighing their options for spring semester grading policy in response to school closures because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it took only 25 minutes for the Fullerton Joint Union High School District [FJUHSD] board members to unanimously adopt a modified letter grade scale Thurs...

Trustees to meet today, April 23, in special session to discuss Fullerton Joint Union High School District’s end-of-the-semester grading policy because of COVID-19-related school closures

A screenshot of the online notice that can be accessed from the Fullerton Joint Union High School District’s website.

Rida Fatima

April 23, 2020

You can read about the decision that the Fullerton Joint Union High School District made here. Trustees for the Fullerton Joint Union High School District [FJUHSD] will hold a special board meeting today, April 23, to review any recommendations and hear any public comments regarding spring semester grade reports with a likely decision to follow...

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