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Many students — especially those who already had their sports seasons cancelled in the spring — are counting on this sch...
09/03/2020

Many students — especially those who already had their sports seasons cancelled in the spring — are counting on this school year to collect their PE credit requirements. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with no sports seasons this fall, students participating in Lynbrook sports are now challenged with securing the PE credits that they need to graduate.
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Read more about what changes Lynbrook has made to the sports and PE credits system at the link in our bio.

Graphic illustration by Jason Shan and Crystal Qian.

In the past years, there has been a movement across the state and the nation to push high school start times after 8:30 ...
09/02/2020

In the past years, there has been a movement across the state and the nation to push high school start times after 8:30 a.m. in accordance with research into student health. During quarantine, when sports, commutes and extracurricular activities no longer conflict with new scheduling, why not take the opportunity to explore what later start times would mean for Lynbrook?
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Read the full story at the link in our bio.
Graphic illustration by Elena Williams.

Advocating on social media has played a major role in the Black Lives Matter movement, sparking a wave of social media p...
09/01/2020

Advocating on social media has played a major role in the Black Lives Matter movement, sparking a wave of social media posts intended to inform the public on platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, and Tiktok. Despite many of these posts being filled with unreliable information, they are becoming increasingly important in social justice movements as a way to easily disseminate information to younger audiences.
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Read the full story at the link in our bio.

Graphic illustration by Elizabeth Cheng.

With the beginning of the school year in full swing, many changes have occurred, both related and unrelated to the pande...
08/28/2020

With the beginning of the school year in full swing, many changes have occurred, both related and unrelated to the pandemic. School has shifted to online learning, class schedules have been altered and there are new faces on staff. This year, Susan Rocha has assumed the position of assistant principal of activities, while Jeff Rosado has become the new assistant principal of school climate.
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Read the full story at the link in our bio.

Graphic Illustrations by Diana Kohr and Amy Liu.

Community Link (CLink) has come up with a way for clubs to meet during distance learning! You can learn about clubs duri...
08/27/2020

Community Link (CLink) has come up with a way for clubs to meet during distance learning! You can learn about clubs during Club Info Week, which will be held online this year from Sept. 8-11.
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Read more about how clubs and Club Info Week will work this year at the link in our bio.
Graphic illustration by Christy Yu.

As shelter-in-place continues on, bringing drastic changes to every kind of lifestyle, students have been finding new wa...
08/22/2020

As shelter-in-place continues on, bringing drastic changes to every kind of lifestyle, students have been finding new ways to occupy themselves and go about their daily lives.
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Read not about how Lynbrook students are spending their time during lockdown at the link in our bio or on our website lhsepic.com

Graphic illustration by Claire Chiu and Alara Dasdan

When shelter-in-place was announced on March 14, many Lynbrook cross country and  track and field athletes worried for t...
08/21/2020

When shelter-in-place was announced on March 14, many Lynbrook cross country and track and field athletes worried for the future of their athletic careers, especially after summer activities were halted following the alarming rise of COVID-19 cases in Santa Clara County. With fewer opportunities for training together, many athletes turned to Strava, a fitness app that tracks various aspects of a user’s running and cycling activities, in order to stay motivated and connect with other athletes while staying safe.
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Read the full story at the link in our bio or on our website lhsepic.com!
Graphic illustration by Ria Phelan, Allison Hsieh and Sunny Li

For the class of 2024, their entrance into high school will be like never before. Without traditional events that foster...
08/20/2020

For the class of 2024, their entrance into high school will be like never before. Without traditional events that foster widespread school spirit and connections among classes, Lynbrook administrators, Link Crew and ASB are faced with yet another challenge of distance learning: implementing unconventional strategies to bring together this year’s freshmen.
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Read the full story at the link in our bio or on our website lhsepic.com!

Graphic illustration by Emma Constable and Anwen Huang

As protests continue to sweep across America, there are many terms that people should be aware about. Many phrases heard...
08/19/2020

As protests continue to sweep across America, there are many terms that people should be aware about. Many phrases heard commonly during marches may have meanings that are not well known, some of which are explained here. Check out the link in our bio for a slideshow of these terms on our website!

With the start of the NBA playoffs today, read one staffer's predictions for this year's playoff performances, including...
08/18/2020

With the start of the NBA playoffs today, read one staffer's predictions for this year's playoff performances, including who will win the conference and league championships.

Hey Lynbrook! the Epic is back! Check out our website lhsepic.com to view stories about the community and follow us on I...
08/18/2020

Hey Lynbrook! the Epic is back! Check out our website lhsepic.com to view stories about the community and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @lhs.epic for exclusive updates and content. We’re excited to continue sharing our work with you all this year!

All stories from the Epic's Issue 7 have been added to lhsepic.com! Check them out today!
05/30/2020

All stories from the Epic's Issue 7 have been added to lhsepic.com! Check them out today!

More stories from the Epic's Issue 7 have been added to lhsepic.com! Make sure to check them out today!
05/28/2020

More stories from the Epic's Issue 7 have been added to lhsepic.com! Make sure to check them out today!

Check out new stories for Issue 7 of the Epic at lhsepic.com!
05/26/2020

Check out new stories for Issue 7 of the Epic at lhsepic.com!

"Breast-cancer survivor, future best-selling novelist and high-school English teacher. Jane Gilmore, long-term substitut...
04/10/2020
Jane Gilmore: Teacher by day, author by night

"Breast-cancer survivor, future best-selling novelist and high-school English teacher. Jane Gilmore, long-term substitute for English teacher Erin Levin, has had an eventful life, but the one thing that has remained constant is her passion for stories."

Today marks Gilmore's last day as a substitute teacher for Levin. Read the rest of the story at https://lhsepic.com/7653/features/jane-gilmore-teacher-by-day-author-by-night/

Breast-cancer survivor, future best-selling novelist and high-school English teacher. Jane Gilmore, long-term substitute for English teacher Erin Levin, has had an eventful life, but the one thing that has remained constant is her passion for stories.  A Santa Barbara native, Gilmore was an avid re...

As of April 1, all FUHSD campuses are closed for the school year. Check for more coronavirus-related updates on our soci...
04/02/2020

As of April 1, all FUHSD campuses are closed for the school year. Check for more coronavirus-related updates on our social media and website lhsepic.com.

Here are five virtual activities you can participate in while social distancing. Check our website https://lhsepic.com/ ...
03/31/2020

Here are five virtual activities you can participate in while social distancing. Check our website https://lhsepic.com/ and our social media for coronavirus-related updates and more!

Books have always been an escape from reality. With the extra alone time, reread a childhood classic or discover a new f...
03/31/2020

Books have always been an escape from reality. With the extra alone time, reread a childhood classic or discover a new favorite. Local libraries have a wealth of online resources, from comics and books to movies and music. San Jose Public Library (SJPL) and Santa Clara County Library (SCCL) allow nonpatrons to apply for a temporary library card on their websites to access the entire online library.

Read these libraries' updates in response to the evolving COVID-19 situation:
SJPL: https://www.sjpl.org/blog/keeping-you-informed
SCCL: https://sccld.org/informed/

According to Johns Hopkins University, the United States officially has the highest number of COVID-19 cases worldwide, ...
03/27/2020

According to Johns Hopkins University, the United States officially has the highest number of COVID-19 cases worldwide, passing China and Italy. California has the third most cases of any state, with 542 cases in Santa Clara County alone.

Graphic illustrations by Ron Aich and Shamita Gurusu

The deadline to apply to the Epic is coming soon! If you are interested in joining the Epic staff next school year, plea...
03/26/2020

The deadline to apply to the Epic is coming soon! If you are interested in joining the Epic staff next school year, please apply by filling out tinyurl.com/epicapp2021 and sending it to [email protected] and [email protected] by April 1! If you have any questions, feel free to email us or message us on our online platforms.

The COVID-19 concerns have led to massive alterations to learning and school schedules of many students across the U.S. ...
03/25/2020

The COVID-19 concerns have led to massive alterations to learning and school schedules of many students across the U.S. Consequently, College Board has provided new information about the administration of the Advanced Placement (AP) exams this year.

For many, empty playgrounds are a rarity. For Californians, empty highways at 6 p.m. on a weekday are unthinkable. In th...
03/24/2020

For many, empty playgrounds are a rarity. For Californians, empty highways at 6 p.m. on a weekday are unthinkable. In the weeks since Santa Clara County, followed by five other counties and California state, implemented shelter-in-place policies to combat the spread of novel coronavirus, these two scenarios have become a reality.

People could be seen around Kevin Moran and Azule Parks walking or biking, as is permitted under the new regulations. However, the playgrounds remained distinctly empty, partially due to the fact that that COVID-19 can survive on surfaces, and thus, playground equipment poses a contamination risk. In a recent study, the virus was found to remain on plastic and steel for three days. Other Bay Area parks have even taped or sectioned off their playgrounds in efforts to limit virus transmission.

While the bridge connecting the two parks passes over a highway is usually bustling with cars — especially at rush hour, when Highway 85 sees cars lined up bumper-to-bumper — now, only a few cars speed down the freeway. As coronavirus-containment efforts build, with nonessential workers encouraged to work from home, Santa Clara County schools closed and the shelter-in-place order implemented, empty highways may remain a common sight in the coming weeks.

Photos taken at Kevin Moran and Azule Parks by Nicole Ong.

Despite having their events canceled through April 10, ASB created their first virtual challenge. Students posted pictur...
03/20/2020

Despite having their events canceled through April 10, ASB created their first virtual challenge. Students posted pictures of themselves staying home on their Instagram stories with the hashtag #stayathome, and ASB reposted them on its Instagram.

“The premise of the challenge was not letting the quarantine hold us back,” said ASB Officer Akhil Aggarwal. “Even though face-to-face contact nowadays is scarce, we figured doing social media challenges like this would give students a chance to stay engaged and feel part of a community that’s dealing with this obstacle together. Moving forward, we are planning to host several new virtual events in lieu of our routine schedule that will continue to give students something to look forward to.”

Student submissions used with permission of Matthew Banh, Christian Galletta and Trevor Knotts.
Graphic illustration by Mei Corricello.

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Although the shelter-in-place order has put a damper on social gatherings, you can still celebr...
03/17/2020

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Although the shelter-in-place order has put a damper on social gatherings, you can still celebrate at home by wearing green or trying your hand at cooking an Irish meal, such as Shepherd's Pie. Remember to stay at least 6 feet away from leprechauns!
Graphic illustration by Katie Chen

Follow our coronavirus updates through Facebook, Instagram (@lhs.epic) and our website https://lhsepic.com/.

The first game of March Madness was supposed to be held today on March 17. Unfortunately for basketball fans, the NCAA a...
03/17/2020

The first game of March Madness was supposed to be held today on March 17. Unfortunately for basketball fans, the NCAA announced on March 12 that the Division I men’s and women’s 2020 tournaments would be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Graphic by Enzo Cabaltica

Follow our coronavirus updates on Facebook, Instagram (@lhs.epic) and our website https://lhsepic.com/

Here's how students and staff were protecting themselves against the coronavirus on the last day before school closure, ...
03/16/2020

Here's how students and staff were protecting themselves against the coronavirus on the last day before school closure, Friday March 13.
Photos by Kaylin Li

Further coronavirus updates can be found at https://lhsepic.com/tag/coronavirus/

During tennis practice, doubles teams play against each other in order to strengthen their teamwork and improve their st...
03/14/2020

During tennis practice, doubles teams play against each other in order to strengthen their teamwork and improve their strategies.
Photos by Elliu Huang

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lynbrook and FUHSD have continued cancelling and postponing school-sponsored, ASB ...
03/13/2020

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lynbrook and FUHSD have continued cancelling and postponing school-sponsored, ASB and club events in an attempt to prevent the spread of the disease within the school community. Below is a non-comprehensive list of cancelled events, updated as of March 13 at 9:45 a.m.

PTSA Job Shadow
Class of 2021 Junior Prom (refunds available through ASB office)
Powerpuff
Silsilay
International Career Development Conference (ICDC)
California Music Educators Association (CMEA) Festival, Spring Instrumental Music Concert
PTSA Principal’s Coffee
Music for Community Benefit Concert
Speech and Debate tournaments: Westmont, Bellarmine, Santa Clara University, California State Championship (cancelled by organizers)
Model United Nations conferences: SBMUN, UNHCR

All athletic games and competitions have been postponed until further notice. All rallies, dances, assemblies and school-sponsored travel has been cancelled through April 10. This date is likely to be extended should the risk persist.

In accordance with the recommendation of the Santa Clara Country Public Health Department, FUHSD has not closed any schools at this time. However, it recommends that those considered at-risk due to immune conditions or other factors consult a medical professional about whether to stay home from school, and that students who feel sick should refrain from coming to class.

Graphic Illustration by Elena Williams.

John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, is well known for introducing apple trees to various regions of the US. ...
03/12/2020

John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, is well known for introducing apple trees to various regions of the US. While most people believe that he randomly spread apple seeds wherever he went, Johnny Appleseed actually planted these apple trees in carefully designed nurseries. To celebrate Johnny Appleseed day, take some time to bite into a delicious apple and remember his achievements.
Graphic by Diana Kohr

Make sure to check our website daily for more 18under18 stories!Read the stories here: https://lhsepic.com/tag/18under18...
03/11/2020
Senior Abdullah Ashiq connects with and shows compassion for others

Make sure to check our website daily for more 18under18 stories!
Read the stories here: https://lhsepic.com/tag/18under18/

After some thinking, senior Abdullah Ashiq decided his group of loud, outgoing friends might likely describe him as the “group therapist.” That makes sense. Most of the aspects of Ashiq’s life are a reflection of his efforts to show compassion and a deep understanding, especially for others an...

The cooking classroom had a special visitor today: R. Kent Torrey, who is a friend of cooking teacher Megan Miller and a...
03/11/2020

The cooking classroom had a special visitor today: R. Kent Torrey, who is a friend of cooking teacher Megan Miller and also the owner of a cheese shop. Throughout the day, Torrey gave presentations about cheese and offered cheese samples to students and staff alike.
Photos by Bennie Chang and Claire Chiu

Introducing the 18under18 series, which features 18 Lynbrook students that have unique talents and extracurricular activ...
03/10/2020

Introducing the 18under18 series, which features 18 Lynbrook students that have unique talents and extracurricular activities. In the following photos, they mention what they'd like to do in the future. Stay tuned for the rest of the stories that will be posted this week on our website!

Read the stories here: https://lhsepic.com/tag/18under18/

Most of us struggle with getting enough sleep, so celebrate today by sleeping, dozing, snoozing and more sleeping. Natio...
03/10/2020

Most of us struggle with getting enough sleep, so celebrate today by sleeping, dozing, snoozing and more sleeping. National Napping Day was designed by Anthony, a professor at Boston University, and his wife Camile Anthony in 1999 with the intent of informing others of how important napping and resting are to our health. This holiday is usually celebrated the Monday after Daylight Savings to allow sleepers to adjust to the new hours. Use this holiday to get more sleep, as we all need it! Happy napping!

Graphics by Audrey Wong

To celebrate National Oreo Day and the cookie’s 108th birthday, check out these fun facts about Oreo cookies! Graphic il...
03/07/2020

To celebrate National Oreo Day and the cookie’s 108th birthday, check out these fun facts about Oreo cookies!
Graphic illustration by Anusha Kothari

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To celebrate issue 3 of the Epic coming out tomorrow, here is a "the Epic Staffers' Holiday Traditions and Memories"! Enjoy!