SGM Big Bear High School Education Foundation
Home : Newsletter
Mini-Grants for Educators
Scholarships For Graduates
Events and Fundraisers
Board & Committees
Ways to Become Involved
Contact The Foundation
After School Programs
SGM Big Bear High School Education Foundation Alumni Newsletter
October 25, 2007


We it had to have it happen sometime and Big Bear Varsity Football lost it's game to Citrus Hills High School 24 to 21. Citrus Hills kicked a field goal with 9 seconds on the clock in the 4th quarter. It was a great game and boys came from behind when the score was 14 to 0 with Citrus Hills leading. The temperature at game time was 45 degrees and it was cold with intermittent rain. Great Big Bear Football weather. Since that time our team has gone undefeated. They are hoping to make another run at a CIF title. The Girls Volleyball is having an undefeated year. The girls golf is hoping for a league championship. The new additions to Big Bear High are finalized except for landscaping and the new facilities are a welcome addition for the school which now has over 950 students. Big Bear Grizzly has a web site for those of you who want to learn more about out teams play and want to keep up the current events.


The Big Bear Fire, know as the Butler Peak Fire II, burned over 14,000 acres. It burned behind Fawnskin and destroyed the beautiful Hanna Flats campground. YMCA Camp Whittle lost several storage buildings. Never in my 44 years in Bear Bear have I seen such fire support from the National, State, County and local governments to save out valley. Helicopters and fire retardant airplanes were buzzing our valley for a week. The fireman deserve a lot of praise. The cost for the fire was over $7,000,000. The fire is out as the cold weather and rains were welcomed by everyone and the rains help knock down the flames. Fire crews continued to put out hot spots for several weeks. Bear Valley has again avoided the big fire that would destroy our beautiful valley. Bring on the rains and snow.


The BIG news from the Steven G. Mihaylo Big Bear High School Education Foundation is the upcoming Capital Campaign which starts this month of October. It has been two years in the planning. The foundation is hoping to raise $250,000 for the Scholarship and Teacher Grants program. Every donated penny will be matched by Steve Mihaylo. Our Foundation Endowment is now over $1,000,000 and we are excited about the prospect of adding to our scholarship fund. Our team captains will be leading the campaign. Neal Waner has volunteered to serve as the Campaign Chairman.
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
These alumni and community friends have volunteered to lead us to the victory of soliciting pledges pf $250,000 in the next three years. We will need to hear from all of our alumni to accomplish our goal. Please feel free to call any of the above captains and volunteer to help call other alumni or to serve s a team member under the captains. The capital campaign will be soliciting pledges for the next 9 months. Hope you decide to participate.


In the fall of each year the SGM/BBHS Education Foundations request applications from teachers in our district to assist student in the schools. This teacher grant program has become very popular with the teachers and students.

This years winners are:
  1. Great Classical Composers for an elementary school. The project would affect 30+ 4th grade students by introducing them to classical music with the purchase of supplies and equipment. Students will be introduced to world history based on the historical perspectives of individual composer's time periods. Students will listen to music and will also be encouraged to draw about what they hear and about how the music makes them feel to help them explore freedom of expression. Requested amount is $1052.18 for equipment and materials.

  2. Meaningful and Motivating Science Lessons project for the middle school. This proposal is a request to fund a science conference (CSTA) and workshops to learn new and innovative ways to implement science lessons in the classroom. It also involves purchasing materials and supplies for students to utilize in the science lab. The cost of the proposal is $1312.00 and would affect 250 students.

  3. TV Broadcasting and Programming Development for Big Bear High School. The project would affect 60 students in the areas of visual and performing arts. The project would help create a partnership with the local cable TV network to enable students to learn applicable skills and knowledge for careers in TV and broadcasting. The requested amount is $2000.00 for an equipment purchase of a digital camcorder.

  4. Classroom Jeopardy for the middle school. The proposal is requesting to fund a program and equipment that would help the students retain history knowledge from previous grades by challenging them in a game-like atmosphere. The project will affect 200+ students. The amount requested is $850.85.

  5. RenzulliLearning at an elementary school. The RenzulliLearning project would continue an internet-based program for 425 students, grades 2-6. The program encourages learning at the student's highest level in order to keep them challenged. The program was introduced at a GATE conference and attending staff members feel that it would be great for all levels of student learners. The amount requested is for $4000 for the site license.

  6. Portable Science Lab Workstations at the high school. The proposal requests the purchase of laptop computers and equipment that would be used in conjunction with science workshop software already purchased. The newer computer equipment would be mobile for easier transport to classrooms. The request is for $3950.00 and would affect approximately 500 students in computer technology and science classes.

  7. Building an Art Club at the middle school. This proposal requests $2000 to help fund art supplies for an after-school art club as well as replenish the art department's old supplies and equipment. This proposal would affect approximately 180 art students.
The total amount of the proposed recommendations is $15,165.00 with seven of twelve proposals being funded that will have an impact on over 1645 plus students this year alone. Thanks to the Grant committee for their difficult task of selecting the winners. The Programs Committee members are: Sharon Con, Deborah Johnson, Sandie Proctor, Debra Sarkisian, and Laura Bulrice. They have done another great job of selecting this years winners in the grant program. This year the Foundation received a total of 12 applications requesting a total of $25,295 from all the applications. We wished we could have funded all the request. Congratulations to the winners!!!!
Previous eNews/Newsletters:
- 04/20/2012
- 03/30/2012
- 10/02/2009
- 09/18/2009
- 08/21/2009
- 08/07/2009
- 11/05/2008
- 09/30/2008
- 07/29/2008
- 07/01/2008
- 06/04/2008
- 05/14/2008
- 04/21/2008
- 04/02/2008
- 03/16/2008
- 02/29/2008
- 02/29/2008
- 02/03/2008
- 01/17/2008
- 12/07/2007
- 11/15/2007
- 10/25/2007
- 08/25/2007
- 08/01/2007
- 06/18/2007
- 05/17/2007
- 04/22/2007
- 03/25/2007
- 02/25/2007
- 02/04/2007
- 01/10/2007
- 12/28/2006
- 11/26/2006
- 09/27/2006
- 09/06/2006
- 08/02/2006
- 07/09/2006
- 06/05/2006
- 05/13/2006
- 03/29/2006
- 02/28/2006
- 01/22/2006
- 12/06/2005
- 11/22/2005
- 10/01/2005
- 09/05/2005
- 08/22/2005
- 08/13/2005
- 07/11/2005
- 06/06/2005
- 05/11/2005
- 03/29/2005
- 03/13/2005
- 02/14/2005
- 01/21/2005
- 12/15/2004
- 11/07/2004
- 09/26/2004
- 08/05/2004
- 07/12/2004
- 06/06/2004
- 05/07/2004
- 03/21/2004
- 03/14/2004
- 01/24/2004
- 12/21/2003
- 11/10/2003
- 10/03/2003
- 09/12/2003
- 08/23/2003
- 07/30/2003
- 06/26/2003

- Summer 2002, Volume 1, Issue 2: PDF Version (4.4 MB)
- Fall 2001: PDF Version (3.9 MB)
| Home | About the Foundation | Newsletter | Sponsors |
SGM/BBHS Educational Foundation
Box 1529
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
©2002-2019 SGM Big Bear High School Education Foundation