BIG BEAR HIGH SCHOOL Alumni News
January 24, 2004
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!
I heard a rumor that Sharon Rock was going to retire in February. I
called her and asked her to send me an e mail telling me what was
Al, here is what you asked for! Well, I finally did it. After thirty years with Bear Valley Unified
School District, twenty-five of those at Big Bear High School, I am
finally going to retire! My last day of work will be Friday, February
27th. I am excited and nervous at the same time. Twenty-five years of
being somewhere at 7:00 a.m. is going to be a hard habit to break. But,
even more exciting (and a little scary) we are moving. Our daughters
are both married, teaching and each have two children, and living out
of California. Michelle is in Burlington, Iowa and Kerri is in Yakima,
Washington. It has been very hard leaving our grandchildren after each
visit, (to all you BBHS alumni that I have ever given advice to, here is my
best; don't go far from home, if you can help it, especially when your
parents become grandparents; stay close enough so they can visit
often) so when Kerri begged her Mom and Dad to move closer to her, we started
thinking about it, and finally decided to give it a try. We have our
house up for sale and Pete will be closing down the plumbing and heating
business, as soon as he can finish up a few jobs he is still working
on. Our hope is to be living in Yakima by this summer.
We have bought a lot and will be building a house. This is a big step
for two people who have lived their entire life in Southern California,
and Big Bear was our biggest move. I know I have been saying for years
that each year might be my last, but June would roll around and I wanted
to stay another year. Well, I am finally graduating!
(Editor's note: Sharon Rock has been a dedicated employee in our
school district. She has served as secretary to the High School since
1976, except for a few years as the Administrative Assistant at North
Shore. When she returned to the High School in 1999 she became the
Administrative Assistant at the High School. She has worked for seven
different principals of the High School: Waner, Shipley, Peavy,
Hamilton, Nussbaum, Sievers, and Bruton. What a great service
to our students and our community in the past 30 years. She will be
Received an interesting e mail from Patrick and Mallory Hattaway.
Remember Patrick was in the class of 1975 and enjoyed being in the
outdoors. He graduated from Big Bear High and completed a History
degree at CSC (now CSUSB) San Bernardino. Patrick has been a District
Ranger in Grand Teton National Park since May and has spent more than
20-years with the government including assignments as a Deputy U. S.
Marshal, Yosemite NP as a Park Ranger, and 8 years as a District Ranger
at the Grand Canyon. In addition to his undergraduate degree, he
attended two federal law enforcement academies and has maintained
certifications in fire fighting, emergency medical technician, search &
rescue, and boat operations. Mallory (Smith), his wife is also an
employee with Grand Teton National Park overseeing commercial
businesses. He reports that February temperatures can be -30 degrees in
the Tetons. Patrickés email is PHattaway@aol.com; or if you visit
Grand Teton, he can be reached at the North District Office in Colter
(Received an update form Patrick)
P.S. - So far it hasn't been too bad, only -21 degrees two weeks ago
but there's 270+ inches of snow at Jackson Hole resort (76" of pack).
Great skiing and a great mountain! Rode the gondola up with Tommy Moe
on Saturday, some really amazing skiers around here that are Way out of
my league after 8-years in AZ.
(Editors note: Eat your heart out all of you skiers in Big Bear).
AND THIS LEADS ME TO AN INTERESTING SURVEY. We asked last year about
Big Bear Alumni who were teachers and received great responses from
around the nation. For this new 2004 year, I am asking you alumni to
send me an e mail and tell me what occupation you are in, like Patrick
Hattaway, Ranger at Grand Teton National Park. Many alumni start
coming to mind, Chris Poland, Earthquake CEO of one of the largest
earthquake firms in the United States; Richard Kun, CEO of Snow Summit
and Bear Mountain; Dr. Pete Bos, Emergency Physician at a clinic in
Hemet to name a few. Be sure to tell me when you graduated from Big
Bear High. Donét be shy. Send responses to firstname.lastname@example.org or
respond to this Stephen G. Mihayo BBHS Foundation e mail. We would love
to share about your life with our alumni.
From: Kathy Kinch, Class of 94 comes this e mail:
So, Here it is the final date for our 10 year reunion. SEPTEMBER 18,
2004. We will be hosting it on Big Bear's Homecoming weekend. We are
in the process of securing the Restaurant at the Robinhood Inn, where we
will also be able to get great rates to stay for those of us who do not
have family up there any more. We have the possibility of maxing out at
about 120 people, So I need to start in a true head count of all you who
are interested and those that we have yet to find. If you know anyone
who is not on the contact list in some form, please send their
information or send them mine to get in touch. We are hoping to do
alot of the mailing and such over e-mail if at all possible, which will
keep all of the rates down for everyone. So our itinerary for the
weekend of Sept 17-19th is as follows:
- - Friday night (17th) cocktail hour at either La Montana, Chad's or someplace downtown.
- - Saturday (18th) we are all encouraged to attend the HS Homecoming Game, possibly do a float of our own, and that night have an adults only (with the exception of breastfeeding baby's being welcome also, I do not need any wise cracks) dinner hosted at the Robinhood Inn.
- - Sunday (19th) informal family picnic at a park.
Please let me know if you are interested and send
mailing addresses just in case we need them.
Be Well, Kathy, Johanna and Jenny
(and on the same day I received this additional message)
So I was just informed that the name of the restaurant for Saturday
night is Nottingham at the Robinhood Inn, it is going to be
fabulous!!!! I am trying to put a slide show together, I have alot of
great photos all the way back to us being in Kindergarten, and would
love help on photos from all of you!! I do not want to leave anybody
out and I need either you to scan the photos and send them to me (make
sure you shrink the image size) or mail them to me and I will scan them
and mail them right back!!! We are looking to make this reunion alot
of fun and would love any ideas that you may have on things to do or
door prizes and such. Thanks for your time and we would love to hear
back from you.
Be Well, Kathy Kinch
(Editors note: Good job, Kathy. Hope she hears from you.)
Sad Note: Tommy Sanchez, son of Tom and Jean Sanchez, died January 18,
2004. Tommy attended the schools in Big Bear while his dad was a
highly respected teacher, principal of the High School and Assistant
Superintendent of Business. Jean was an outstanding teacher at Big Bear
Middle School. All of the Sanchez children, Tommy, Diane, Craig and
Sandy attended Big Bear schools. Tommy was 51 years old and had been
ill with cancer for over a year. Our prayers go out to the Sanchez
Pray for Snow in Big Bear!!!! Al