BIG BEAR HIGH SCHOOL Alumni News
GREAT REUNION of the class of 1983 this past week end, July 26 and 27. I went to the reunion dinner at the Log Cabin on Saturday evening and got to see some of the students. You looked great!!! These reunions in Big Bear are a blast!!!
July 30, 2003
NOT GOOD NEWS regarding Jimmy Bollingmo. He had to go to the local hospital a week ago and was sent home last Tuesday after suffering a stroke. Hospice has been asked to provide assistance for Jim. We expect to hear about his passing any time now. What a great young man and only 50 years old. Jimmy will be sorely missed by all his friends and family. Jim and Sharon were some of the original members of the SGM Big Bear Foundation Board. Sharon has asked that all memorial gifts be sent to the SGM Big Bear Foundation. If you want to send a financial gift, send to SGM BBHS Foundation, Box 1529, Big Bear Lake, California, 92315.
The KYLE HAGMANN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP GOLF TOURNAMENT is going to be September 14, at the at Bear Mountain Golf Course. We lost Kyle several years ago and he was an outstanding student and athlete at Big Bear High School. His parents wanted to do something to remember Kyle and started a memorial scholarship. They decided to link up with the SGMBBHS Foundation and Project G.H.D. This Golf Tournament is a great tournament and lots of fun. Cost is $70 per person which includes green fees, lunch, cart and a mulligan bag. After the tournament we have a fun raffle and auction. There is still room for hole sponsors for $50 a hole which allows your name or business to be placed on a sign on the golf course indicating your support. If you want more information cocerning the tournament or purchase a sponsorship please call (909) 585-7485 and talk to Tony or Elise Hagmann. All the proceeds from the tournament go to the scholarship fund for the Kyle Hagmann Scholarship and the non-profit organization "Project G.H.B." It is a great event and a worthy cause. Also Elsie sent information about Project G.H.B. "The non-profit organization I am heavily involved with and on the board of directors is called Project GHB. As it reads on the flyer, maybe you could refer to it as........Project GHB, a non-profit organization creating awareness about the dangers of the drug GHB. Anyone wanting more information regarding this organization may visit our website at Project GHB On our website under "tragedies" there is a page devoted to Kyle with many links which tells of his tragic death. We also have a link on our website for the golf tournament benefiting the Steven G. Mihaylo Big Bear High School Education Foundation. Give the Hagmann‚s a call, (909) 585-7485.
THE SENIOR CLASS OF 2003 has decided to give the money left over in the class treasury, $5000 to the SGM Foundation for scholarships to future graduates. . The gift will be matched by Steve Mihaylo so another $10,000 goes into the endowment fund. WAY TO GO CLASS OF 2003!
Responses to Last Months Newsletter:
Hi Al, what fun to read your e-letter. RE: teachers who were also BBHS students: My niece, Kim Strategies graduated from BBHS in 1989, got her degree from CSU Fullerton (and her teaching credential) taught in Upland for five years and then traveled for two years before taking a position at BBES this year as a 4/5 combo teacher. Her Mom is my sister, Dottie Strategies Saville. Her Dad is Don Strategies, class of '67.
George Wood wrote:
I graduated from BBHS in 1959. I have never heard of a class reunion for our class, but I would love to hear how my classmates are doing. I live in Lakeside, CA ( East San Diego County-north side of El Cajon). Dick Leroy comes to mind as one of my classmates. Russ Reynolds was my Spanish teacher (Later Principal, onward and upward). George Wendal Wood (George Wendal Sullivan during my time in Big Bear) I had a sister, Barbara Sullivan. I lived at the Big Bear Pines Club (Now the Elks lodge, I believe) I appreciate receiving the newsletter. Thanks. Keep it up.
Kathy Kendall wrote:
RE: BBHS graduates who went into teaching I wanted to go into a medical profession, but my advisor at Pasadena College (now Pt. Loma) said that I would be great as a teacher. I graduated in 1969 from Pasadena College and did my directed teaching at Monrovia High School and taught Art in 1970 at Foothills Jr. High in Arcadia. At the end of that year, due to budget cuts, I was dropped at Foothills, but soon after met my future husband right back home in Big Bear. Since I was not scheduled to teach down there, I came up here and subbed before and after I got married until my first daughter was born. Then, daughters 2, 3 and 4 came along and I was pretty much a stay-at-home mom until, after much prodding from Russ Reynolds, I came back to subbing in 1993. I have been a sub. at Big Bear High since 1994.
Judy Bartlett wrote:
I graduated from BHS in 1963. I first taught for the Department of Defense in Ulm, Germany. I taught 6th,7th and 8th grade social studies. My next teaching assignment was also in the middle school where I taught 7th and 8th grade History and English and then onto 9th grade high school Geography for the Saddleback School District ( Mission Viejo) For several years I took a break from full time teaching and taught ESL at adult school and college. I returned to teaching full time in 1986 and taught 9th, 10th and 11th grade English at Fresno High School, Fresno, CA. Since 1998, I have been out of the classroom, two years as a literacy coordinator at a school site, and 3 years as a categorical funds project coordinator out of the district office.
Judith Bartlett, Special Projects Manager
Fresno Unified School District
1833 E. Street, Fresno, CA 93706
Joseph (Joe) C. Clark, Class of 1975
Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District, Texas 1986-87 8th Grade English, Austin Middle School, San Juan, Tx. 1987-88 Special Ed., Self-Contained Emotionally Disturbed (ED) Unit, Austin Middle School, San Juan, Tx. 1988-97 7th Grade English, Austin Middle School, San Juan, Tx. 1997-2002 Head Wrestling Coach/10th Grade English Teacher, PSJA Memorial High School, Alamo, Tx. 2002 - Current Head Wrestling Coach/English Dept. Chair, PSJA Memorial High School, 800 S. Alamo Road, Alamo, Tx. 78516
Christopher Anderson wrote:
Hi Al, This is Chris Anderson, class of 78. I have been teaching 18 years for the Lincoln Unified School District in Stockton, CA. I am a music specialist for the District currently running the Fine and Performing Arts Dept. At Don Riggio School. I am also a guest lecturer in Musc Education at the University of the Pacific. On the side, I am the Director of the Valley Concert band, a professional group that performs all over Northern California. I know that teachers make the difference. I often look back at my experiences at BBHS with Forrest Holmes. Those experiences will always guide me. I enjoy receiving your newsletter.
Joann (Pearson) Gallenstein wrote:
In response to your request for graduates of BBHS who went into teaching, I think I must be close to those who have taught longest! I graduated from Big Bear HS in 1950 and subsequently attended UCSB and UCLA for my bachelor's degree. Between becoming the mother of five children, I attended Loyola University and later Cal State Northridge (Masters Degree), Baylor University, Pepperdine University and Cambridge University in England for post graduate work. I started teaching while in the Philippines in 1958 and have taught almost continuously since then. Right now I am tutoring at Asheville Middle School and teaching Literature at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, College for Seniors. I still love it and will probably continue teaching until either my body or brain is too far gone. I urge our young people to give it a try. You won't be financially rich but you will be rich in experiences and isn't that the point of life? Thanks for your interest.
Thank you for the 'Alumni News' ... I graduated in 1973 and unfortunately have not been able to attend a reunion. Although I've lived in Northern California for many years now, Big Bear will always be my 'home town' and I enjoy hearing about the current happenings.
Aloha, (Wade) Montgomery
Sue & Lars Iversen wrote:
Hello, Greetings from Thule Air Base in Northern Greenland and thank you for the newsletter. I graduated from BBHS in 1971 and went on to earn a BA in Elementary Education from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. I have taught school in rural Alaska including 2 years as a K-12 generalist at FalsePass in the Aleutian Islands and as a first grade teacher in Fort Yukon, Alaska. I also worked as a kindergarten teacher in the Faroe Islands. I am not currently teaching, but have continued to take graduate classes through the University of Alaska's Distance Education program with the hope of returning to the classroom in the future.
Thanks again, Susan Iversen (Fotheringham)
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Chris Potter (class of 81) wrote:
Camie and I are in charge of the Salvation Army's work in Placer County, Ca.( Roseville). We have been Salvatin Army Officers since 1995. We pastor a church of around 100-125 members. Our children are 20, Derreck, and 16, Amberly. We celebrate 21 years of marriage this August 22. Our lives are filled with service to the community, program planning, addressing homelessness in our community, leadership training, spiritual development, fundraising( $600,000 yearly), counseling, and preaching and teaching about Jesus. We live at: 8420 Morning Skye Way, Antelope, Ca. 95843. (916) 726-7069. Hobbies: reading, spending time with our children, yard work, crafts(Camie), golf( Kris), walking our 2 border-collies in the evening, enjoying the wonderful life God has blessed us with!
God Bless! In Christ,
Kris K. Potter
Captain Corps Officer Roseville, Ca.
100 Lincoln Street
Roseville, Ca, 95678.
Bill Anderson Wrote:
Thanks for sending the newsletter. It is hard to realize all of the changes that have taken place in the 50 years that I have been away from Big Bear. Max Rafferty was the principal that hired me. I think the "new" school had just been open for a year. The shop and my room were not part of the new building. I still had one of the cabins from the motor court on the corner between the side street and the parking area in front of the school. I can still remember that there were some winter days when the oil stove did not get the room warm enough to type. At least I did not think I could teach typing if you had to have gloves on to keep your fingers warm. Mr. Burton determined if we had school on snowy days. If he thought he could get the bus around the lake we had school. If the snow was too deep or the plows could not keep the road open we did not have school. For basketball games we had two officials in town. One worked at the bank and the other at the Post Office. They worked all home games. Football was played on the golf course. Anyone could stop and park on the road and come over and watch the game. It was always a standing room only crowd. (There were no seats unless you brought your own.) Big Bear never lost in the snow in the three years I taught there. I have many fond memories of Big Bear and I am glad that the high school has prospered. Thanks again for the news letter.
WRAY FINKS wrote:
I am sending this message in regards to a link on the latest alumni web e-mailing. It asks for people who graduated from Big Bear High School and are currently teaching. I Graduated in 1988 and am teaching sophomore level English at Colton High School. I hope the information is helpful.
Best Wishes, Wray Finks
David Steinback wrote:
Greetings, My Name is David T. Steinback, Class of 72. I have been employed by Victor Valley College since 1995. I am a instructor assistant III and adjunct faculty in the Automotive Dept. I am currently on leave from adjunct list at R.C.C. while I attend CSUSB, and I am on the Sub list at San Bernardino Valley. Both are in the Automotive Dept. During my free time I attend CSUSB working on my B.V.E. degree, (bachelor of vocational education degree since 1995 I have had my primarily teacher credential. My e-mail is
email@example.com looking forward to hearing from my fellow alumni.
David T. Steinback
Hi there, In response to the June newsletter, I am sending this info to you: Johanna (LaRocque) Hofmeister, graduating class of 1994 - In response to the June newsletter, I am sending this info to you: Taught 2 years in Roseville, Northern CA, as an English Language Development Specialist K-6. This past year, taught Kindergarten at BBES. Currently signed up to teach a K-1 combination class at BBES for 2003-04 school year. Teaching amidst those who educated me, and walking the same halls I roamed as a child (in different shoes this time around) has created a priceless mixture of inspiration and nostalgia that follows me to work each day.
(Editor's note: I have observed Johanna at work during a K performance at the Elementary School this spring and she is a great teacher and we are fortunate to have her back home with us teaching our children. Welcome back home Johanna. AW).
Hello Al, I am writing this email for my father-in-law Gerald Brown, who graduated from Big Bear High School in 1950. Derise Dunlap gave me your email address, saying that you have a newsletter that you send out with news of Big Bear Alumni. Gerald would like to get on your mailing list for this. His address is:
908 Memphis St.
Orange, TX 77630
Thanks in advance,
FROM LYNN AND JILL CRAVEN HENDRICKS:
Hello again. Lynn E. Henricks, Class of 61 (Started in third grade and went all the rest of the way.)Taught elementary and middle school in Fountain Valley and Irvine, California. Finished his career in education at Calif. State University, Long Beach as Director of Distance Learning. He also served as Director of Extension and South Coast Center for Professional Development while at CSULB. Jill Craven Henricks, Class of 63 (Started in Kindergarten and went all the way through.) Taught elementary and middle school in Huntington Beach; Then served as an administrator in Ocean View SD, Huntington Beach Union High School District, Long Beach Unified S.D. and finished her 32 years in public education as Director of Technology and Information Services for Anaheim City School District. Having a great time in retirement!