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To mute or unmute our Zoom video screens; let’s try the latter

As Sunny Hills High School continues to use Zoom and other video conferencing platforms during the coronavirus pandemic, staff writer Nevya Patel writes, some students opt to boldly turn on their cameras while others still remain reluctant to reveal their faces.
Nevya Patel November 12, 2020

Since the coronavirus pandemic forced the closure of live classroom instruction in mid-March and teachers resorted to distance learning and Zoom or Google Meet sessions, I usually muted my video screen...

Students upgrading their wardrobes despite distance learning Zoom sessions instead of live classroom instruction

 Sophomore Gabriel Villanueva sports a favorite outfit consisting of a button-up shirt, black skinny jeans, a pair of Doc Martens and accessories like rings and a chain belt. Though he hasn’t had the chance to wear this outfit to school because of the coronavirus pandemic, he has worn similar ones to Sunny Hills pre-COVID-19.
Michelle Sheen October 27, 2020

Since mid-March when the COVID-19 shutdown started and live classroom instruction shifted to online learning, the only times sophomore Gabriel Villanueva has ever left his Fullerton home are when he went...

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...

ASB produces Google Slides promoting 66 clubs for prospective members to review in lieu of traditional Club Rush at break

ASB co-activities commissioners senior Kathryn Aurelio (left) and juniors Jasmine Lee and Ellen Kim promote a virtual version of Club Rush in the ASB’s Aug. 24 Back to School video. The three worked on producing a Google Slides presentation promoting the student groups instead of the traditional event during break. The presentation's link was posted on the Sunny Hills website Friday, Sept. 4, and will remain there until Sept. 11.
Hope Li September 7, 2020

This story was updated at 8:33 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 7, to correct junior Jasmine Lee's leadership role in Key Club. A crowd of students flooding the quad during break. Chanting, shouting and the...

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,...

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...

Distance learning ‘bombs’ teachers with new challenges

Distance learning ‘bombs’ teachers with new challenges
Charis Lee August 29, 2020

In the nearly four years that senior Ian Gonzalez has attended Sunny Hills, he had never witnessed any of his peers in the classroom direct profanity at any of his teachers. But all that changed last...

Win, lose or draw: How my summer art instructor kept me engaged during distance learning

This is the optical color wheel rising senior Elijah Jhee submitted for one of his assignments in his summer Drawing and Painting class. For the first time in Sunny Hills history, summer school sessions were held online.
Elijah Jhee August 10, 2020

The most important item for my summer school art class at Sunny Hills wasn’t a paintbrush or a charcoal pencil. It was my school-issued chromebook. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, all summer...

Coaches, players use Zoom sessions, self-guided exercise schedules to keep team members fit during state-mandated stay-at-home order

Girls basketball players participate in a Zoom training session on April 20.
Kate Yang May 22, 2020

They are shut in, but they are not shut out — from staying fit as Sunny Hills student-athletes. Though the spring sports season has been canceled because of COVID-19-related school closures statewide,...

The show must go on — virtually for 10-year anniversary of Conservatory of Fine Arts laureate ceremony for Class of 2020

One of the virtual backgrounds used during the May 18 laureate ceremony and held on Zoom honoring the Conservatory of Fine Arts' Class of 2020. Image posted with permission from Brian Wall.
Nevya Patel May 18, 2020

To celebrate the Conservatory of Fine Arts’ [COFA] 10th year in existence at the Monday, May 18, laureate ceremony honoring the Class of 2020, director Brian Wall had planned for a painted mural on the...

May 14: Reflecting on how my last spring dance concert went virtual

Senior dance co-captain Lauren Kim (far right) and some of her fellow Dance Production [DP] members put on a costume and create a pose Feb. 20 in the dance room. Kim didn’t expect that she would never be able to perform with her senior DP team at the April 9-11 spring dance concert, which was among the campus events canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Image used with permission from Leiana Volen.
Lauren Kim May 13, 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...

Principal holds Zoom session April 24 to announce to 12 seniors they are Class of 2020’s valedictorians

Through an April 24 Zoom meeting that included the five campus counselors, principal Allen Whitten (third from left, top row) announces his plans for the May 28 virtual graduation ceremony and how the 12 Class of 2020 valedictorians will be honored. In the past, Whitten usually summoned seniors to his office to confirm their top of the class status, but because of COVID-19-related stay-at-home orders, he opted to make the announcement online. Photo by Accolade photo editor Megan Shin.
Megan Shin April 30, 2020

Since he’s been principal at Sunny Hills, Allen Whitten would summon seniors to his office to confirm their valedictorian status and congratulate them on their accomplishment. But that couldn’t...

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