SGM Big Bear High School Education Foundation Alumni Newsletter
March 16, 2008
Local high school student chosen for state recognition.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008 3:24 PM PST.
Big Bear High School's Amber Parle is among an elite chosen few. She was
selected to take part in the Governor's Academic Recognition Program.
Seven high school seniors from San Bernardino County were among the 177
chosen statewide. The students compete for 25 all-state academic team spots.
Bear Valley Unified School District Superintendent's office said the
district is very proud of Amber. "These students represent the academic
firepower of our county," said Herbert Fischer, San Bernardino County
superintendent of schools. "We are extremely pleased that these outstanding
students will be recognized statewide."
The group of 177 students will be honored on March 11 at an awards
dinner with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver, where
the all-state academic choices will be announced. Amber was chosen from
among 39 county nominees. For the countywide selection, high schools
were asked to submit seniors from the top 1 percent of their graduating
classes for consideration by a panel who reviewed the submissions.
Selections were based on scholastic achievement, leadership qualities,
extracurricular activities and service to the community. The number of
statewide nominees were determined by the secretary of education's office
and based on student enrollment by county.
Smith is a class above
Wednesday, February 27, 2008 3:24 PM PST
Leoma Smith of Big Bear High School is one of five San Bernardino County
Classified School Employees of the Year. She was honored in the office and
technical services category. "These employees represent the countless
numbers of classified employees who are vital to creating an environment for
students that promotes achievement and safety," said county superintendent
The employees were nominated by their school districts and selected by a
judging panel for the statewide program, which was initiated by Jack
O'Connell, the state superintendent of public instruction. The county
winners advance to a statewide competition. The San Bernardino County Board
of Education will honor the county recipients in April.
Smith, a counselor's secretary/registrar at Big Bear High School, has
been a secretary in the Bear Valley District for the past nine years. "Mrs.
Smith has an innate ability to connect with people. She has high
expectations for herself and supports and contributes to an environment that
thrives on efficiency," wrote Bear Valley Superintendent Carole Ferraud in
the nomination of Smith. Smith and the other county recipients advance to
the California Classified Employees of the Year competition. State
recipients will be announced in April.
Way to go Leoma!!!!! If you have worked with Leoma you know how
deserving she is of this honor.
Olympian Ryan Hall Tells Crowd at PAC: "It's Always An Honor to Tell People
I Grew Up in Big Bear"
The surprise special guest at Wednesday's Vision 2008 Community Summit was
Ryan Hall, a 2001 Big Bear High School graduate who is headed to the
Olympics in Beijing, following his Olympic Team Trials Marathon record of 2
hours, 9 minutes and 2 seconds in November. Upon taking to the stage at the
Performing Arts Center, on behalf of the Lighthouse Project's Million Miles
for Ryan Hall Campaign, Hall said, "The last time I was on this stage, I was
in 5th grade, doing a coffee grinder in 'The Music Man'." After a moving
video clip of Hall's record-setting marathon trials victory, the crowd was
excited and surprised to see the 25-year-old back home. "It's always an
honor to tell people I grew up in Big Bear," Hall said. As for his running
career, he says his "moment" came in 9th grade, when he was convinced that
God had called him to run. Prior to that, he says, "I was like every other
kid in middle school, when we complained we had to run a mile in P.E." Then,
one Saturday morning, 10 years ago, Ryan says he laced up his basketball
shoes and he and dad Mickey ran around Big Bear Lake. Since that run, Hall
has channeled his vision, focus and passion to continue on with his dream,
which will culminate in his August 24 race in Beijing. "One thing I've
realized," he told the crowd, "as an Olympian, it's not so much being
superhuman - a lot of it is just picking myself up every day." The Lighthouse
Project is hoping their campaign, detailed at MoveAMillionMilesforRyanHall.com, will inspire Valley residents of all ages
to participate in this community spirit initiative, as they work to foster a
child honoring community. Hall says, "I truly believe that nothing is
possible without community. I wouldn't be here without my friends, my
family, and being raised in this environment."
RUN, RYAN, RUN!!! Your alumni are also cheering for you.
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN FOR THE STEVEN G. MIHAYLO EDUCATION FOUNDATION
President Neal Waner gave the following message to the captains of the
capital campaign on March 5, 2008:
Total Pledges are now over $584,000. Total Paid this fiscal year is now
just over $231,000, that number will be over $481,000 when Steve's matching
check has arrived. Folks, that means we've added almost $500,000 to the
endowment in the past year. Wow. What progress!! You all should feel very
good about what we've accomplished thus far.
To all the alumni: If you have not had a chance to participate in our
capital campaign for the Steven G. Mihaylo/Big Bear High School capital
campaign you still have time. Just send in your contribution to SGM/BBHS
Education Foundation, Box 1529, big Bear Lake, California, 92315. Remember
every dollar you donate is matched by Steve.
The captains are:
- Alumni Team 1960's and prior: Dick Leroy - (Call Marie Wanke, 909-585-9898)
- Alumni Team 1970's and 1980's: Cathy Fulton - 909-866-2777
- Alumni Team 1990's and later: Carrie Boucher - 909-866-6099 (Call Carrie's mom, Barbara in Big Bear)
- Community Team #1: Tom Johnson - 951-415-3047
- Community Team #2: Loren Hafen - 951-830-4386
You can also get information from our web site: http://www.bigbearedufoundation.org/.
MIDDLE SCHOOL PAVERS COURTYARD PROJECT!!!
The pavers program for Big Bear Middle School has now been revived after a
two year hold due to the remodeling in progress at the Middle School. For
$30 you can have your name and message inscribed and your brick will placed
in the planter wall in the court yard of the Middle School. We now have
over 100 bricks purchased for the landscape project. Please follow the
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
Our spring sports are in full swing at the High School. The girls and boys
track team, girls softball and boys baseball are all off to a good start.
For more thrilling information on the High School sports refer to
THE CLASS OF 68 REUNION
I received a beautiful announcement of the Big Bear High Class of 1968
Reunion celebrating their 40th class reunion on the high seas. Go to
www.BBHSReunion.com and vote for the destination of your choice or by
sending an email to email@example.com. I am sure they would love to
have other alumni join them on the voyage. You can also call 909-585-7506
and ask for Linda (Gipson) McGinnis and get all of the details.
I wrote to
Lynda and asked for an update. Here is her response:
Yes, the reunion is on... Now it is go to the web site to
sign up & get more info. We are having a great response to it and have, I
think 10 cabins booked by class mates so far. Some are class mates sharing,
some with their spouses. Thank you for your help in announcing it and would
you please let everyone know it is open to ANY BBHS grade and their
Regards, Lynda Gipson (class of 68) McGinnis