SGM Big Bear High School Education Foundation Alumni Newsletter
March 29, 2006
Well this email newsletter is long again. There is a lot going on in Big
Bear!!!! Hope you enjoy it!!!!
BOB PERKINS GYM
It is now official. At the March 15, the Board of Trustees meeting of
the school district voted to name the Middle School Gym the "Bob Perkins
Gym" in honor of Randy Perkins father. I sure you know by now that Randy
gave $100,000 for the Middle School athletic program. We will have the
naming ceremony on September 16, at 7:00 p.m. in the Middle School Gym
following the homecoming game. We are planning an All Years Class Reunion
for the occasion. The entire event will be free. Hope you plan to join
us!!!!! Randy has given $16,666 as part of the gift to the Stephen G.
Mihaylo Educational Foundation for two scholarships in his family's name.
The scholarships will be given at the Foundation Banquet on June 11.
This years SGM/BBHS Education Foundation banquet will give out more than 25
scholarships. The event will be held June 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Northwoods.
If you would like to attend call 909-866-4631 and ask for Shelli Black for
more information. Reservation announcements will be sent out May. It will
be a packed event again this year.
MARCH MIRACLE IN BIG BEAR
Well, Dick Kun, SGM/BBHS Foundation Board Member and CEO of Snow Summit and
Bear Mountain wanted a "March Miracle" and Big Bear got it on the weekend
of Mach 10, 11, and 12 and it just keeps snowing. The valley has received
over three feet of cold fluffy snow which made the ski runs the best of the
year. All ski slopes are open and business is great.
Ryan Hall has done it again!!!
Ryan Hall recently won the United States 1500-meter race and will qualify to
race in Japan this summer in the World Championships. His wife, also a
distance runner, also qualified. What a time these two young athletes are
having as distance runners traveling the world together. Recently Mickey
Hall, Ryan's father, had a great article in the Grizzly. Here is a portion
of the article:
Altitude is everything
By BRIAN CHARLES
Wednesday, March 8, 2006 3:57 PM PST
Mickey Hall faced a big decision this year. Leave Big Bear for a lucrative
job as a distance running coach at University of Nebraska or remain to coach
a group of talented kids he has grown to love. It was a no-brainer,
according to the 11-year veteran of the Valley's cross country and track
program. Coach Hall turned down Nebraska, stayed in Big Bear and he doesn't
"Nebraska wanted me to make 25 recruiting trips a year and I didn't want to
move my family," Hall said.
The coach, who trained his son Ryan Hall to the California record in the
mile, believes he will have more success here in Big Bear. "I train kids at
altitude and Nebraska is pretty flat. I can get kids fast here; I don't know
Hall traveled a long and windy road to find a home in Big Bear and a place
among the track and field community. A road that took him of all places,
Australia. It was in rural Bort, Australia, where Hall developed a unique
way of finding talent.
"I was at an Australian Rules football game and I was calculating the
distance one of the players, Dennis Boyle, was running up and down the
field. I figured it to be about 15 miles," Hall said. "After the game, I
approached the kid and asked him if he had ever run the mile. He said yes
but he hadn't trained for it."
Hall has coached the Big Bear Track and Field Fitness Club, it does not have
official team status, for 11 years and has been one of the most successful
coaches in the area, evident through the team's recent cross country
success. The Bears had to beat out defending CIF Southern Section cross
country champs Orange Lutheran and defending state champs Laguna Beach to
win the 2005 CIF Southern Section championship this past fall. The feat
wasn't easy. Both teams return six of seven runners from their championship
For Mickey Hall the joys of teaching the basics of running to his Big Bear
Track Club far outweigh the potential fame of college track. "I love the
group of kids I have here," Hall said. His commitment to Big Bear should
garner returns this year as the Bears look strong headed by a core of
exceptional runners. When the season ends Hall's decision to stay in Big
Bear may look even wiser.
Mickey, you are blessing to the youth of Big Bear High School through your teaching and your working with the long distance runners in our community. Keep it up, Mickey!!!!
SCOTT PROCTOR, CLASS OF 2006 WINS HONORS:
Have you heard about another Big Bear High School student who is making
news in the Inland Empire. I am talking about Scott Proctor, son of Sandy
(Sanchez) Proctor. Scott recently received
- Honored by the National Football Foundation, College Football Hall of Fame.
- One of Ten Honorees, San Bernardino County, All Divisions...
- Scholar/Athlete - Accomplishments on the football field and in the classroom.
This article is from the program where Scott was honored recently. Quote,
"Scott Proctor is all about versatility, as is evidence by the positions
he has played over his career at Big Bear High School - Running Back,
Quarterback, Defensive Back, Kick Returner and Kicker. The 5 foot 11 inch,
155 pound multi-position player was recognized in his Junior year as a 2nd
Team All League Quarter Back and was chosen Offensive Player of the year, he
was recognized as a 1st Team All De Anza-League & 1st Team All-County
performer in 2005, and was chosen as the Most Valuable Player of the Big
Bear High School Team, his awards include being selected as the Doc Lieski
Scholar/Athlete of the year and Golden Bear recipient.
Scott is a three sport athlete while carrying an impressive academic
workload as well, Scott carries a 4.0 GPA. He is a lifetime member of the
CSF Honor Roll, and was also inducted into the National Honor Roll. Head
Coach Dave Griffiths says of Scott "He is one of the most respected athletes
in the De Anza League. Other coaches and players ask about him by name. He
is also respected by everyone on campus and by those in the community... But
his athletic abilities are surpassed only by his strength of character he
shows on and off the field........"
Great job Scott and way to go mom and dad Proctor.
All back editions of the email newsletter on the SGM/BBHS website.
Blessings to Zoltan Bircsak our Alumni email Webmaster who has placed all
the back editions of the alumni email newlsetters on the SGM/BBHS web site. If you
have missed some of the past editions you can now find them by going to
http://www.bigbearedufoundation.org and at the bottom of the page touch the
link "Newsletter". Please send this newsletter to your Big Bear friends and
alumni of Big Bear High.
After the February email newsletter I received some great e mails.
|From Art Gilbreth,
"If you happen to have an email or address for those people who were in
school between the dates of 1956 to 1960 I would sure like to have them.
Just sent in my $30.00 for my Brick (for the Middle School Courtyard). Just
put my brick over 1956 -1960 Dicks LeRoy's. My information is below.
From Mary Ann Cleary, class of 1974.
When I graduated from BBHS (class of 1974) you gave me the "I Dare You
Award." Actually, I think you felt sorry for me because all of my brothers
and sisters had amounted to so much, and I hadn't. I guess you decided that
I came from a good gene pool and some day that I would make something of
myself. Well I am not going to appear on Oprah, however I have been
touching the lives of preschoolers (and their families) for the past 25
years and making a difference in our small Northern California town of
Paradise. Thanks for daring me, I didn't think I had it in me, but you knew
Sincerely, Mary Ann Cleary
Then Mary Ann wrote back with this message:
All of your brothers and sisters were great
students. Your parents were wonderful Bear Boosters. I usually selected a
student for the "I Dare You Award" who I knew had great talent and would use
the "I Dare Award" as a challenge to fulfill the students talents. You
have certainly done that. Blessing upon you!!!
If you have the time, you may
like to visit my web site peeweepreschool.com.
Well, I visited Mary Ann's web site and it was wonderful. If you have time
visit her web site. The preschool movement is the next big wave of the
Thank you, Mary Ann
I wrote back to Mary Ann and asked what her role was with the pre-school
program and this is her response.
Mary Ann, Bless you. What a great opportunity for the families in your
community to have a great pre-school for their children. Keep it up!!!!!!
Pee Wee is my baby. I own it. I started it 25 years ago to stay home
with my son. I started in my home and after 7 years I began renting rooms
from a church. I rented there for 16 years and then two years ago this
month we moved into our brand new facility. We are licensed for 83 children
now. I pretty much just teach Pre-K and handle the money. I have a
director that handles all the boring things like scheduling and employee
relations. Mary Ann
O.K. alumni --- this goes back to
the 50's in Big Bear. Remember Fawn Lodge in Fawnskin owned by the Wilson
family. Anybody know the Wilson boys where abouts? Please write to me at
It was so nice talking to you and your wife. I would really appreciate
your help in locating Gary Glen Wilson and will wait to hear from you. I
attended B.B.H.S. for one year in 1953 and have lost touch with everyone . I
need to come out and visit, I probably would not recognize anything !
Many Thanks for any help, Sandy Mclean Kress.
|From: Judith Bartlett
Wow!!!!! I am always so impressed with what alumni do for BB. I know the
power that teaching and working with education can have. I tell the stories
of Steve, Randy and the custodian who gave back to the community over and
over again as an example of what impact we can have on the lives of others.
It is so important to continue to shine a flashlight of consciousness on the
possibilities ahead for our students, and to never give up on them. Who
knows when the light will become a stronger beacon and direct them to
unknown places. The single most important factor is building strong
personal relationships with our students and their parents. I credit Mr.
Arrenguren for helping me see the light when I was in the 8th grade, and
then for people like Mr. Stalcup, Mr., Reynolds, Mr. Waner, and Mr. Graham
for giving me the motivation and know-how to succeed. I remember at the
time, I didn't always see the value of what they were doing (seeing Mr.
Reynolds small sports car parked in front of my home when he was the HS
principal) but know how those seeds that were planted and nurtured soon
grew. Great job BB teachers, administrators and staff. You pass on a
living legacy that you can be proud of.
|Received a wonderful, e-mail from Mark Hartwell. Mikes mother and dad are
Irma and Whitey Hartwell. Irma has been doing my taxes for the past 30
years and Whitey was the butcher at Emingers Market until the Emingers sold
the market. Irma will retire from her tax business this year.
Enjoy Mikes email:
I have enjoyed reading the monthly newsletter so much. I moved to Oregon in
1974 and came to know the Lord in 1978. I was married in the same year. I
occasionally see some old alums, as they live around here (Susie Bowen,
Jackie McGregor and John McGregor). I taught elementary school for 28 years
in a small school in Ruch (pronounced Roosh), and retired in 2003. I still
substitute in the same school about 2 or 3 days a week. I am very involved
in our church. I will be heading to Mexico twice this summer to building
houses for families that live in shacks. I spent a week in Alabama and
Mississippi after Katrina helping clean up the mess there. I would like to
be added to the alumni address list. My mailing address is:
PO Box 567 (Street address 1914 Archer Dr.)
Medford, Oregon 97501
Keep up the good work with the newsletter. I get to Big Bear about twice a
year as my parents still live there. God Bless
Mike Hartwell email@example.com
Mike, It was so good to hear from you. I learned about your involvement in
the school and the church from your mom when she does our taxes. May I use
your email in your next edition of the newsletter in late March? Former
students love to read about their friends who graduated from Big Bear High.
Please tell Susie, Jackie and John hello for me. Ask them if they want to
be on the email listing or in the directory. I hope you can plan to come to
this years All Years Class Reunion on September 16. We will be naming the
Middle School gym the Bob Perkins Gym in honor of Randy Perkins father. So
glad that you enjoy the newsletter. Al
|Received an e mail from Cindy (Ellwsorth) McCoy class of 1965. Cindy was in the youth group at the First Baptist church in the 60's.
Hi, Mr. Waner--or I suppose it's Dr. Waner, huh?
I wrote to her and asked her if I could use her email in the next email
alumni newsletter. She responded
I just got a forward from Art Poland, and there you were. I
suppose Art has told you that I finally finished college (I have a BA
and MA in English and almost another MA in education), and I have been
an English teacher in a large urban high school in Las Vegas for the
past eight years. I love teaching! I specialize in at-risk students
who have the ability to make it in honors classes, but have never been
recommended for them by their teachers or counselors. I fish them out
of the freshman transcripts and start them in four core honors classes
plus a tutorial as sophomores. It's a lot like AVID, but I didn't know
about that program when I invented this one. I am also the National
Honor Society Adviser, as well as the lead teacher in our school staff
development program (I also stand on my head and whistle "Dixie" and
the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" when asked!) I love my students, and
I have come to believe that I learn more from them than they do from
me--but I'm trying to keep that from them as long as possible. I hope
that this note finds you well and perhaps enjoying your retirement--or
are you still working? I also wanted to let you know that your example
as a teacher has stayed with me and is one of the best things I
remember from my senior year. A student from our school's TEACH magnet
program interviewed me the other day and asked me what my number-one
tip on classroom management was. I said, "Use humor"! (And that's no
Take care, and let me know how you are,
My Uncle Joe sends me his "Flathead Lake Scuttlebutt" from
Montana, and nothing could be cornier than that! Please also feel free to
use my e-mail.
Be seeing you,
|Don Gifford, coach, teacher, and counselor in the 1970's came by our condo
in Redlands the other day with an article about Phil Lawrence. Remember
Phil Lawrence who married Nanette Tissue (Class of 81) Phil is now the
senior Vice President of the 24 chain Superior Warehouse Grocers. Value
driven customers are the main clientele of the stores. Shoppers load their
groceries into yellow plastic bags that say "U Bag U Save." The company
purchases vacated markets in the Southern California area and remodels the
stores. The last time I met up with the Lawrences was at a class reunion of
the class of 1981. Nanette is an advanced math teacher at a private high
Way to go Phillip and Nanette
CLASS OF 1956 REUNION
INCLUDES CLASSES OF 1950 TO 1960
Received this note from Marie Wanke:
The Big Bear High School Class of 1956 will be hosting its 50th Class
Reunion on June 9, 10, and 11, 2006, in Big Bear Lake. The reunion is open
to all classes and in particular we are interested in having the classes of
Festivities will begin Friday June 9 with a Social in the evening, on
Saturday, June 10, events will include breakfast, lunch, a Boat Tour on the
Lake, and a dinner/program in the evening. Sunday activities will consist of
breakfast, lunch and the Steven G. Mihaylo, Big Bear High School Education
Foundation Annual Scholarship Banquet held in the evening.
More information will be forth coming soon. Please mark your calendars and
plan to attend this great celebration.
Correspondence should be directed to: Gary and Marie Wanke, P.O. Box 693,
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315, 909-585-5898, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gary and Marie
CLASS OF 1986 REUNION
Received a note from Todd Burton who is on the planning committee for the
alumni reunion event for the class of 1986. He wrote,
"Be sure to visit
their web site. He started a web site when they got the final date for
2006 homecoming. http://1986.myevent.com Spread the word.Good job Todd!!!!
CLASS OF 1971 REUNION
I got a call from Dicken Everson, yes, the son of teacher Richard Everson
from 1963 to the 1980's) and Dicken and some of the class of 1971 are
planning to coordinate their class reunion with the dedication of the Middle
School Gym on September 16, 2006.
|Here is the email from Dicken.
Dr. Waner, It was great to hear your voice the other day. The Reunion
Committee for the Class of '71 was having a meeting to discuss our plans for
a 35th reunion this weekend, and we had stumbled upon your number as the
contact point for alumni. We didn't know who would answer the phone, but we
thought we should try and find out. What good luck, it was your number!
Please add my e-mail address to your newsletter!
Then I received an update from Dicken a week later:
Our committee was thrilled to hear that Randy Perkins has made such a
generous donation to the school district. When we learned that he was
preparing a Homecoming Reunion to celebrate the rehabilitation of the old gym, we
decided we should change our plans to coordinate with the efforts Randy has
already undertaken. We will throw our efforts behind him to help celebrate an
all-alumni reunion the weekend of September 16.
Please let me know how we may help.
As we have been locating people, we have been assembling an alumni data base
for the years nearest our class. Are you assembling a master data base? If
so, we will be glad to forward everything we have to you. Please also pass
my contact information to Randy.
My Yahoo e-mail is my "home" e-mail address: email@example.com
You can also contact me at my work: firstname.lastname@example.org
Many Thanks and Best Wishes,
Then this e mail came in:
I've been going through "Classmates" and sending out
updated notices. It's a little tedious, but it works,
and people are starting to respond. We're also
working on invitations that we can mail out via
regular post to those who aren't internet junkies.
We have a few pictures posted now on our yahoo groups
webpage now, and we're adding more soon.
We're all very excited about this reunion! For the
class of 1971, we were just planning to celebrate our
35th for the milestone that it is, but with Randy's
gift to the school district, we have a particularly
joyous celebration on hand!
Best Wishes, Dicken
Dr. Waner --- It's Crystal (Sandling) Bennett. I was with Dicken Saturday
when he placed a call to you. So was Lorraine (Beach) Perry. She is Dr.
Beach's daughter. Remember us? We sure remember you!
Well I would really like to take credit for this event but it was Randy
Perkins idea. Thanks Randy
Please, please, please add me to the mailing list for the newsletter. Joy
Tapscott forwarded it to all of us and it's awesome! We are soooo on board
with the Homecoming event. We will be there with bells on!
Thanks for bringing us all together!
Then I received another email from Dicken concerning the 1971 reunion plans:
Yes, you're certainly welcome to use my email to you
for the next newsletter. We'll forward everything we
have in our database to you shortly.
The Class of '71 will be planning some social
gatherings for Friday, September 15 (a pre-game mixer)
and Sunday, September 17 (a picnic). Do you know if
other classes are planning such things? If not, we'll
send out invitations to other classes who might
remember us ('68-'74).
We have a BBHS alumni page set up on Yahoo Groups: BBHS1968-74AlumniList@YahooGroups.com
We're in the process of posting photographs from
previous reunions; it should be ready soon.
Thanks so much! Best Wishes, Dicken
It has been a very long time since I have seen or spoken to you.
I am interested in being added to the list for your newsletter.
Received this email from Virsan (Williams) Parker class of 1971:
My name is Virsan (Williams) Parker. I 'm not sure if you remember me. I
graduated Class of 1971. I am part of a steering group attempting to
contact and put together a reunion for our class and classes 68-74.
Myself and Jenny Morris organized and put on the 10 & 20 year reunions for
our class. We both missed the 30 year, too much going on in our personal
lives at that time. So we are excited to do something for a 35th reunion.
I understand you are putting together something for this September. I am
interested in being on any list that will keep me informed. My email
address is email@example.com.
Please add me and keep in touch. I look forward to seeing again.
GIFT FROM THE CLASS REUNION OF 1985 FOR THE FOUNDATION.
Received this note from Annette Davis Nueske from the class of 1985 who had
a wonderful reunion last year. The class of 1985 will be the third class
reunion to give Moines left over from the reunion to the SGM/BBHS
Foundation. Of course these Moines will be matched by Steve G. Mihaylo from
the class of 1961 who matches all of the Moines received for the foundation.
We left our ordering open to try and capture as many donations as
possible. Lisa Ludwig and I finalized the donations yesterday. We are
proud to tell you that the BBHS Class of 1985 will be making a donation in
the amount of $1,575. Lisa will be contacting you to present the check.
Thank you again for helping promote our reunion. It was a great success and
we are so happy to be able to help the foundation with our contribution.
Best of luck with your all class reunion in September! I'm not sure I will
be able to make it, but will certainly try.
Annette Davis Nueske
BIG BEAR HIGH SCHOOL WEBSITE
Patty Barr, teacher at the high school, serves as the webmaster for the
High School web site. It is a great way to keep up to date at the high
school and learn more about the school activities. . The web site is
http://www.bigbear.k12.ca.us/bbhs/. You will enjoy reading about your old high school. Good job Patty!!!!
The Steven G. Mihaylo/Big Bear High Education Foundation is beginning a BIG
BEAR HIGH SCHOOL Alumni Directory. We would really appreciate your sending
us your current physical address and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org
and we will include you in our directory.
REUNION ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 AT 7:00 P.M.
Randy Perkins is going to sponsor an "All Years Class Reunion" to
dedicate the naming of the middle gym in honor of his father "BOB PERKINS."
The naming ceremony and reunion event will be on Saturday, September 16,
2006, at 7:00 p.m. in the middle school gym. Randy has set aside money to
assist us with the all class reunion. Several alumni have written to me
that they would be willing to help with the reunion. We will have
committee by e mail and then meet on Saturday morning of September 16 to do
what ever decorations we need for the homecoming event. We are going to
have a disk jockey play and it will be a great gathering of all alumni from
all years . I still need several alumni from different years who can help
me get out the message about this special event. Yes, you read it right,
we are going to have an ALL YEARS CLASS REUNION FOLLOWING THE HOMECOMING
GAME IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL GYM, September 16 at 7:00 p.m. Please let me know
by email if you can help or call me at 909-798-8761 in Redlands. It is
going to be a wonderful celebration in September.
SOFTBALL ALUMNI GAME JUNE 3.
|From Mike Clifton:
Hi Al, I was just going over some softball stuff and realized the
Alumni Softball Game will be on JUNE 3, Saturday and not... June 4. We will
be telling you more about the game in the future alumni e-mails.
COURTYARD PROJECT!!! STILL COLLECTING MONEY.
The Student Council under the leadership of Jake Murie, Middle School Student Body President, has taken on the project of remodeling the "Courtyard" with the assistance of the district construction committee. The Student Council hopes to raise as much money as possible by selling engraved bricks for the "court of honor." The bricks are engraved about 1/8 of an inch deep and really look good. In the next six months the students hope to sell engraved bricks so the project can move forward. If you attended the Middle School or the High School you can add your message to a brick for $30 each and they will be placed in the court of honor during construction. The example below shows the guidelines for the message for the brick paver. Several student groups at the Middle School have already volunteered to assist with the landscaping and laying of the brick pavers next summer. I hope you will plan to purchase a brick and support the project. Just print the form below and send your donation to the Middle School. Hope many of you alumni participate in this student led project.
SEND THE FORM TO THE MIDDLE SCHOOL AS DIRECTED BELOW:
|Number of pavers requested: ______________
||Check amount: _____________________
(Please fill out a separate form for each paver.)
Please print clearly the message you want on the paver. You may request up to 12 letters per line for three lines. (Please see example below)
|First Line: _________________________________________________________
|Second Line: ______________________________________________________
|Third Line: (OPTIONAL)________________________________________________________
(Please do not exceed 12 letters per line.)
MAKE CHECKS AND SEND TO:
BBMS Student Council
P.O. BOX 1607
Big Bear Lake, California, 92315
1952 to 1956
Dates to remember:
- June 3, Alumni Softball game, at the High School.
- June 11, SGM/BBHS Foundation annual scholarship dinner at 6:00 p.m. at Northwoods.
- Sept. 16, 1:30 Homecoming Game on Minder Field, 7:00 p.m. in the Middle School Gym. This will be the All Years Class Reunion.
Email address change for Al Waner
Change in email address. Like many of you I have changed to DSL and now have a new e mail address email@example.com. I would appreciate it if you would make the change on my email address. AL WANER