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Teresa Hallbauer (left) appears in a Sept. 30, 1983, article about new teacher hires in The Accolade. The math instructor now goes by the name, Teri Klein, who appears in a 2020 yearbook photo. Klein retired after nearly 37 years in education, most of those spent at Sunny Hills High School.

Math teacher retires after more than three decades in the profession

Hannah Kim May 19, 2021

She’s the last to retire of the Sunny Hills teachers who were hired with her in September 1983 – icons like science teacher Jeff Nelson, who coordinated the International Baccalaureate program before...

With superintendent Scott Scambray’s upcoming retirement, district board members must decide whether to continue the pattern of electing a white male to the position.

Time to hire first woman to lead Fullerton Joint Union High School District

The Accolade Editorial Board April 29, 2021

This story was updated May 8 to correct an error regarding past superintendents in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District. The Accolade editorial board vote count: 8 consider diversity or gender...

With the Fullerton Joint Union High School District board of trustees' latest directive, Sunny Hills students will be allowed to walk through the front entrance for live classroom instruction four days a week starting April 19.   Those learning from home can still continue to do so.

FJUHSD students to be allowed to come to campus four days a week beginning April 19; some still prefer to stay home over COVID-19 health and safety concerns

Kate Yang April 12, 2021

In a split vote, trustees for the Fullerton Joint Union High School District [FJUHSD] have approved allowing students to receive live, in-class instruction four days a week instead of only two beginning...

Assistant principal Hilda Arredondo (right) gives a wrist band to a student on the first day of hybrid learning last November as part of the school's health and safety protocols. The same procedure will be followed Tuesday as the campus will be opened for the first time in 2021 after trustees for the Fullerton Joint Union High School District had unanimously agreed to do so during their Feb. 2 emergency meeting.

Student, teacher opinions over Tuesday’s 2021 reopening of Sunny Hills campus for live classroom instruction remain mixed

Kate Yang February 14, 2021

This story was updated on Feb. 16 with statistics about the number of students on campus for hybrid learning vs. staying home to learn remotely as well as a quote from a student who originally did not...

When hybrid learning resumes for the first time this year on Feb. 16, students will once again be required to enter the Sunny Hills campus through the area between the 20s wing and the administration building so they can have their temperatures scanned. This is what happened when hybrid learning started Nov. 2 as assistant principal John Oldenburg (right) directed one of the students to the next station to get her wristband for the day.

Trustees agree to reopen FJUHSD schools for first time this year on Feb. 16 during a nearly three-hour emergency meeting Tuesday full of verbal jabs from parents, teachers as well as board members

Kate Yang February 4, 2021

In a contentious three-hour meeting featuring verbal swipes from both sides of the reopening schools issue, trustees for the Fullerton Joint Union High School District [FJUHSD] reached unanimous agreement...

Senior Benicio Tristan uses his chromebook on the tables next to the cafeteria while following COVID-19 health guidelines on Nov. 5 during break, which comes after third period in the new hybrid learning schedule.

Students, staff adapt to new hybrid learning schedule with shorter class periods, longer gap before break for those with a zero period

Michelle Sheen November 17, 2020

All Fullerton Joint Union High School District [FJUHSD] campuses have now implemented the new hybrid learning schedule, which was used starting Nov. 2 to accommodate in-person and distance learning. “Overall,...

Livestock like this pig remained on the Sunny Hills farm as of April 10 after live classroom instruction ended nearly a month before because of the coronavirus pandemic. Ag students were coming to the farm one at a time to take care of their animals to prep them for the Orange County Fair, which was eventually canceled because of COVID-19 health and safety concerns. After that, Fullerton Joint Union High School District officials decided to have all the animals removed.

Fullerton Joint Union High School District officials agree to allow livestock back on Sunny Hills farm

Krishna Thaker September 25, 2020

First, the Fullerton Joint Union High School District [FJUHSD] over the summer banned all livestock from any of its farms for agriculture students because the coronavirus pandemic had forced the closure...

Pre-Calculus Honors teacher Amanda Morris uses an online game Sept. 11 in her Period 3 class that pairs classmates randomly to reinforce concepts learned in class. Several teachers like Morris are finding new ways to make their virtual classes more engaging for students since the second round of distance learning started for the 2020-2021 school year.

Remote learning 2.0: Online games, polls, new tech tools used to provide a more enhanced version of instruction for students

Divya Bharadwaj September 19, 2020

After a month of distance learning using the Zoom virtual meeting platform, Pre-Calculus Honors teacher Amanda Morris decided it was time to change things up. “I chose this game because it gives you...

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...

Then-freshman Brianna Figueroa (center) tries to dribble the ball away from two Long Beach Poly High School defenders during the Feb. 16, 2019, California Interscholastic Federation semifinal playoff game at Wilson High School in Long Beach. The junior forward will be among the players returning from that title-winning squad for the 2020-2021 season, which will also include open tryouts for new additions to the team.

Girls soccer tryouts Sept. 3 draw interested players — including nearly a handful of freshmen

Accolade Staff September 6, 2020

This is the first of a series of reports the Sports section will cover regarding team tryouts in the 2020-2021 school year. Accolade staff writer Henry Lee contributed to this report. With girls soccer...

Using the Google Meet platform during distance learning, new math teacher Dorothy Cheng reviews on Aug. 19 from her classroom parabolic equations (left) with her third period Algebra 2 class.

New math teacher brings the right formula of experiences into her instruction

Audrey Seo September 5, 2020

This is the first of a series of upcoming, weekly feature profiles of new, full-time teachers and administrators at Sunny Hills High School for 2020-2021. Dorothy Cheng knew she wanted to become a math...

Class of 2020's Johnathyn Yip and Elena Singh, wear their Sunny Hills cap and gowns at a senior graduation photoshoot at the Brea Dam on June 28. The Class of 2020 not only lost its senior traditions like prom, Grad Nite and paper toss, but last school year's seniors also never had a chance to walk down the aisle to pick up their diplomas during a commencement ceremony usually held at Fullerton Union High School's football stadium. An Aug. 5 makeup graduation at Buena Park High School's football stadium was canceled July 28 because of the continued increase in COVID-19 cases in Orange County.

Summer spike in COVID-19 cases in Orange County leads to cancellation of in-person graduation ceremony at Buena Park’s football stadium

Sydnee Tallant August 27, 2020

Elise Ibara (Class of 2020) was looking forward to seeing as many of her former senior classmates again earlier this month. With traditional senior events like prom in April and Grad Nite and the commencement...

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