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Lynbrook ACT program adapts to remote learning

Anusha Kothari

June 1, 2020

Baking dog biscuits at the district office, emptying recycling bins on campus and counting money for practice are just a few of the activities that Lynbrook Academic Community Transition (ACT) students could have been found doing before the coronavirus pandemic. Due to the shelter-in-place order, the...

Impact of coronavirus on standardized testing

Impact of coronavirus on standardized testing

Priyanka Anand and Sunny Li

May 29, 2020

With the cancellation of standardized testing in spring 2020 because of COVID-19, the College Board and ACT rescheduled their standardized tests for later dates in the summer and fall with plans for administering digital versions should schools stay closed. In response to the disruptions in testing t...

Zoom intruders raise security concerns

Zoom-bombing is now a significant disruption to online learning.

Claire Chiu

May 27, 2020

With the coronavirus pandemic causing disruptions to daily life across the U.S., schools have moved toward online learning. Zoom, a video conference website, quickly became an essential resource for holding online lectures and discussions. However, many "Zoom-bombings," which occur when people join Zo...

Transitioning to credit/no credit for second semester

Transcripts will now look drastically different, following the district's decision to move to a credit/no credit grading system for the second semester.

Elena Williams

May 27, 2020

When quarantine prompted radical changes to the format of school classrooms, FUHSD dropped its traditional letter grades in favor of a credit/no credit grading system. The decision, announced on April 11, immediately generated controversy with strong opinions from the community both in favor and aga...

Senior graduation goes virtual

School closure has wiped many traditional senior activities off the calendar, including an in-person graduation.

Kaylin Li and Stella Huang

May 25, 2020

Normally, seniors would spend the last week of school learning how to walk on beat in line with the others, practicing for their procession across the football field. They would prepare themselves for hours of bearing the heat of the sun and cheering loudly for their classmates as their names are called. Whil...

FUHSD forms task force to address COVID-19 challenges

FUHSD forms task force to address COVID-19 challenges

Audrey Wong and Youqi Huang

May 25, 2020

For the past couple of months, the PTSA, teachers union, teacher department heads and student representatives have been working to address issues resulting from COVID-19 as part of a task force created by FUHSD. The task force's main purpose is to give a voice to the community’s perspective on di...

Removing the politics behind periods: California bill removes sales tax for menstrual products and diapers

Removing the politics behind periods: California bill removes sales tax for menstrual products and diapers

Katie Chen and Contributions by Sunny Li

April 17, 2020

California Senate Bill 92 (SB 92) went into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, temporarily removing the sales tax on menstrual products and diapers. Passed in June 2019, the law made California one of 13 states to exempt hygiene products, such as pads and tampons, from a sales tax.  However, SB 92 expires on Dec. ...

The Academy recruits players for the senior game

Seniors gather in the quad for the gambit, a chance to either gain points in this year's senior game or have their points halved.

Stella Huang

April 16, 2020

The month of March kicked off with the senior class of 2020 racing across campus in blankets and sunglasses, competing for the chance to win two senior prom tickets. Every few days, the students received an email from “The Academy” and set out to complete the task assigned. While the students pa...

Commuting via Via Cupertino

Commuting via Via Cupertino

Kaylin Li

April 10, 2020

Via Cupertino is an inexpensive alternative to private transportation and ride-shares. Introduced in October 2019 as an 18-month long pilot program, the program is a partnership between private transit company Via and the City of Cupertino in order to reduce traffic in the city. Via Cupertino was ...

Course selection guide

Course selection guide

Sharlene Chen and Sunny Li

April 7, 2020

With course selection confirmation coming up on April 8, it is important to make informed decisions as they will affect the next school year. Read through students’ thoughts and more information on each course below.

Spring sports season affected by COVID-19

Sunny Li

April 3, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the 2020 spring season has effectively been shut down. The sports teams affected include badminton, baseball, golf, softball, swimming, track and field and boys volleyball. Students first learned that their spring sports season would be in jeopardy on March 9, when it wa...

CollegeBoard modifies AP exam procedures

Collegeboard made changes to the AP exam to accommodate for COVID-19

Kaylin Li and Audrey Wong

April 3, 2020

Due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, CollegeBoard is modifying the procedures for the Advanced Placement (AP) exams, including allowing students to take the exam online at home, as well as offering full refunds of those who wish to cancel their exams. The Centers for Disease and Control has advi...

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