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Education Foundation Alumni Newsletter 2009, edition 14
September 18, 2009


Can you believe it??? We lost the Varsity Football game to Grace Brethren (Simi Valley) on Friday, September 4 in the last 13 seconds by a score of 32 to 30. We lost the game to Aquinas on Saturday, September 12, in overtime 20 to 16. We play Beaumont High School this Friday at Beaumont and they have a big team. On Saturday, September 26, will be the homecoming game with San Jacinto at 1:30 pm. A key injury to Chris Putman, our outstanding kicker who is out for the year, has our Bears gasping for air. Come and support our Bears along with the many alumni who will be in attendance because of homecoming activities. Several reunions will be held on September 26th so come and enjoy Big Bear. Frosh/ Soph football teams have won both games this year. Girls Volleyball lost to Aquinas in our first home game. In the Gladstone Volleyball tournament we placed 7th out of 14 teams. In Girls Tennis we lost against Apple Valley and in Girls Golf we are 3 and 0. Hope you alumni in Big Bear come and support the teams. Schedules can be picked up at the office of the school.


I received a copy of the CLUB RUNNING magazine and on the cover was Ryan Hall. Ryan was chosen as the "Open Male Athlete of the Year" for the Magazine. In April Ryan ran the fastest-ever marathon by a runner born in the U.S. The magazine said, "He's the country's premier marathoner and biggest star. " "Hall was a standout in the junior Running Club in his home town of Big Bear, California." We followed Ryan last year as he placed10th in the Marathon in the Beijing Olympics. WAY to Go RYAN!!!!


Here are the details from Karen Sedano:

Where: Saturday, September 26, 2009 Big Bear Chateau on Moonridge Road. Rooms are available at the Chateau.

When: Starts at 7:00pm with Dinner at 8:00pm with dancing to follow until 11:00pm.

How: Tickets available at

For additional information: Contact or (760) 953-7038, Rhonda Neuman-Walker at, or Bree O'Hare - Issac at

Rhonda and Karen Sedano are also on, if that is easier for anyone.

Thanks for all your help! We look forward to seeing you all there!

Reunion of the class of 1989

"Hello classmates of '89- from Margie (Sievers) Perkins, class of 1989:

I am looking so forward to our reunion and catching up with all of you. so here are finalized plans for the reunion at the Robinhood Resort on September 26th, 2009, 6-11:00pm. Rooms at the Robinhood Resort are available. If you reserve a two night stay it is 15% off for each night, or if you reserve a one night stay it is 10% off. You must call to get the discount (discount does not apply if you reserve a room over the internet). The phone number is (909)866-4643. A Tri-tip/Chicken dinner, with lots of sides, will be provided and the cost is $40 per person or $75 per couple. A bar will open for drinks and dinner is served with Ice Tea, coke or water.

Please start sending money, either cash or check, made out to Marjorie Perkins as soon as you can. The deadline for money to reserve your dinner is September 12th, 2009.

This is a perfect place for our reunion since it is close to town, the lake, they have their own tavern above Nottingham's restaurant (maybe a good get together place for Friday night), and close to the Homecoming football game at 1pm on Saturday. The reunion and dinner will be in the hotel's garden patio (with heaters if need be). The dress is casual and it is Big Bear so plan on bringing something warm to wear for the evenings get cold.

Please send me your mailing addresses (if you have not already) so I can send a more formal invite. Also try and find our other classmates who are not on Facebook and have them get in touch with me or give them information about the reunion.

Any questions email me at or contact me through Facebook or call my cell number (909)382-1424. Please mail money to:
PO Box 2933
Big Bear City, CA 92314.

Looking forward to seeing you all!


Valley mourns loss of popular teacher

By ARRISSIA OWEN TURNER, Reporter, Grizzly
Published: Wednesday, September 9, 2009 7:57 AM PDT

Mike Kompaniez was more than a teacher. For some students, he was their best friend, their confidant and the driving force behind their diplomas. He was also a family man. He and his wife, Niki, have twin daughters, Kari and Elysse, who are both Big Bear High School graduates, competitive skiers and are now attending college. Kompaniez was a beloved teacher at Chautauqua High School for 29 years and a huge part of the Snow Summit Race Team. He passed away during the early hours of Sept. 7. He was in his early 50s.

Kompaniez lived in Lake William and was known to his neighbors as a man who was full of life and who loved his family, his dog, teaching and skiing. "He was so involved with his girls," said neighbor Sue Nunes. "He and his wife, Niki, did a fantastic job raising them," Diane Begley, also a neighbor of the Kompaniezes, remembers him fondly as a wonderful man with a great sense of humor, she said. Kompaniez cared about his students beyond their grades. "He was a mentor and friend to thousands of students and parents," said Chautauqua High School Principal Steve Schour. "He made a positive difference in many kids' lives. He had an amazing and unique way of relating to kids."

There was a candlelight vigil on Wednesday, Sept. 9, in the Chautauqua High School parking lot. Dr. Steve Schour, principal, led the memorial and did an outstanding job. There will also be a celebration of Mike's life on Saturday, October 10, 1:00 to 4:00 at Bear Bottom Lodge at Snow Summit. All attendees are asked to wear Hawaiian shirts and bright clothing. It has been requested by the family that n
  • one wear black clothing. This is to be a celebration!!!

  • Princeton Review:

    Here is the letter that went out to students and parents regarding the Princeton Review at Big Bear High School:
    September 2009

    Dear Big Bear High School Students and Parents:

    As announced last school year, we are pleased to partner with the Steven G. Mihaylo Education Foundation to bring The Princeton Review on campus to provide test preparation resources as part of our college counseling program for BBHS students.

    The Princeton Review will offer their SAT Essentials course to Big Bear High School (BBHS) students this fall in preparation for the December 5, 2009 SAT. This SAT preparation course will be administered at BBHS by The Princeton Review exclusively for our students. The course fee for BBHS students is $300.

    The SAT course will include:
    • SAT Manual, The Princeton Review's premier SAT preparation manual and workbook, which includes both verbal, writing and math materials along with our Vocabulary Hit Parade
    • Three full-length SAT exams to be administered under simulated conditions
    • Individualized score reports that identify students' strengths and weaknesses and provide customized score improvement advice
    • Online Student Center access for additional tutorials, drills, and score reporting
    • Six, three-hour class meetings.
    The SAT course is scheduled on Sundays and Mondays this November:
    • Sunday, Nov 1, 2009 Test 2:00PM - 6:00PM
    • Monday, Nov 2, 2009 Class 6:00PM - 9:00PM
    • Sunday, Nov 8, 2009 Class 2:00PM - 5:00PM
    • Monday, Nov 9, 2009 Class 6:00PM - 9:00PM
    • Sunday, Nov 15, 2009 Test 2:00PM - 6:00PM
    • Monday, Nov 6, 2009 Class 6:00PM - 9:00PM
    • Sunday, Nov 22, 2009 Class 2:00PM - 5:00PM
    • Monday, Nov 23, 2009 Test 5:00PM - 9:00PM
    • Monday, Nov 30, 2009 Class 6:00PM - 9:00PM
    • Saturday, Dec 5, 2009 EXAM Register Online
    If you would like to sign up to take this special Princeton Review course at BBHS, you must complete the Enrollment Form enclosed and return the form with payment to The Princeton Review office by MONDAY, October 19th. Enrollment requests received after October 19th will be accepted on a space-available basis only. Make checks payable to: The Princeton Review. Once you have enrolled and paid the course fee, you will receive a confirmation of your enrollment.

    Please feel free to contact the BBHS college counselors if you have specific questions about a student and their test preparation plans. For specific questions about these Princeton Review courses, please contact The Princeton Review by phone at 951-788-5992, or email at


    Lisa Schour
    Keisha Hellon
    College Counselor Director of Marketing & Outreach
    Big Bear High School The Princeton Review - Riverside


    More than $30,000 has been requested from teachers throughout the district for grants to support their instructional programs. The SGM/BBHS Foundation has only $8,800 this year to award grants. What makes the decision so difficult for the committee is the quality of the requests. They are excellent. If you have $22,000 lying around, the grant program could use your lose change. With the endowment increasing every day, the Foundation Board hopes to give more money in the future to the Teacher Grant program.


    In cooperation with the City of Big Bear Lake, Big Bear High School is once again taking to the air over Channel 97. Programs are being developed which will be shown in the future. There is a class at the High School, taught by Darrell Gardner, developing these programs. The Foundation Board has been working on this project for three years and hopefully the programming will begin in full operation in the Fall.


    The Fall music program is once again being offered by the SGM/BBHS Foundation at all school sites. Students can sign up for the programs by picking up a registration at the District Office or their individual school site.

    Call Shelley Black at the District Office, 909-866-4631, for more information.
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