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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Flying cross-country during COVID-19 pandemic unmasks many of my fears

Buckled and ready for her first cross-country flight during the coronavirus pandemic, senior Karen Lee sits in her seat on Delta Air Lines as she waits for the pilot to take off from Los Angeles International Airport. The Accolade’s online graphics editor was excused from school for part of Aug. 14 and the whole day of Aug. 17 so she could travel with her parents and older brother, Daniel, to Georgia’s Emory University in Atlanta, where Lee’s brother will be attending his first year of college. Like several other businesses nationwide, airline passengers are required to wear a face mask before they board their flight.
Karen Lee September 10, 2020

As the flight attendant handed me a snack bag with a pack of Biscoffs, Cheez-Its, a water bottle and a Purell hand sanitizer packet, I reached to take off my mask to eat the snacks. But I paused, thinking...

COVID-19 health guidelines force Link Crew to welcome freshmen via Zoom instead of live orientation on campus

Then-junior Daniel Magpayo (center) gives instructions to Krystopher Bagunu (left) and Leoni Nguyen, then juniors, in the gym during the Aug. 6, 2019, Link Crew freshman orientation. For the 2020-2021 school year freshman orientation, Link Crew had to resort to meeting with freshmen through the Zoom meeting platform because of COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.
Michelle Sheen September 9, 2020

After three years of holding freshman orientation on campus before the start of the school year, Link Crew had to resort to a virtual one that attracted 450 students to meet COVID-19 health and safety...

Despite distance learning, student clubs can hold virtual meetings, attract new members after virtual club rush

The Alzheimer’s Awareness Club members promote their group during the 2019-2020 Club Rush at break. Because the new school year has started with distance learning instead of live instruction on campus, the ASB had to resort to a Google Slides presentation of clubs, which was posted on the school’s website Sept. 4.
Nevya Patel September 9, 2020

Though not allowed to hold live, in-person meetings during distance learning, clubs have been given permission by school district officials to virtually gather on platforms such as Zoom or Google Meet...

Anti-vaxxers need to change their views once COVID-19 immunization shot gets approved for distribution

Anti-vaxxers need to change their views once COVID-19 immunization shot gets approved for distribution
Annie Bang August 26, 2020

Ever since the coronavirus pandemic plagued the forefront of every news headline and dictated a culture of “new normal,” the intense battle against time has begun to invent a vaccine to eventually...

Gov. Newsom issues mandate for campuses in 33 counties — including Sunny Hills — to start 2020-2021 school year with distance learning because of high number of positive COVID-19 cases

Sunny Hills High School’s quad and classroom buildings will remain empty Aug. 11 when school starts as part of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s mandate that campuses in counties on the state’s coronavirus watch list stay closed for safety reasons. The July 17 decision comes nearly a week before a July 23 special meeting of the Fullerton Joint Union High School District trustees to discuss reopening plans for Sunny Hills and the other seven schools in the district.
Alice Shin July 19, 2020

Nearly a week before the Fullerton Joint Union High School District [FJUHSD] trustees were scheduled to hold a special meeting to vote on a plan to reopen schools, including Sunny Hills, California Gov....

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