SGM / Big Bear High School
Education Foundation Alumni Newsletter 2009, edition 14
August 21, 2009
MC GRATH FAMILY UPDATE
At the Sanchez funeral several weeks ago, Tim McGrath talked to Dick LeRoy and Russ Reynolds and shared information about the McGrath family. I phoned Tim and asked him to share news about his family with the Alumni Newsletter. Here is his response!!! (Good job Tim!!!!)
Great to hear from you. I saw Dick LeRoy at Tom Sanchez's funeral and there were a number of people from Big Bear that I haven't seen in a long time. Tom lived a great life and his heart just gave out a few weeks ago but his impact on his family and friends will be felt for years to come.
My dad and mom still live in Lytle Creek, which is in San Bernardino County. My dad has slowed down a little but he still gets around to watch all of his grandkids' athletic events and share unsolicited "pearls of wisdom" with all of us.:-)) My mom is doing great and I think that both of my parents have really enjoyed their retirement years. They try to get all of my brothers and I, with all of the families, together as often as we can and this has really kept our family close over all of the years.
Terry lives in Apple Valley with his wife Karen. Both of them are teachers, Terry is a high school special ed teacher and Karen is a kindergarten teacher. They have had great careers and I know still have about 15 years to go. Their oldest son, Luke, is 21 and he is a senior at Concordia University in Orange County majoring in Business. Their other son, Kenny, is about 6'8" and obviously a basketball player. He will be attending a small school in Kansas as a junior on a basketball scholarship. I think that his major is Business as well. Terry and Karen have a daughter, Katie, and she plays basketball as well. She'll be a freshman at Victor Valley Community College and I don't know what her major is yet.
Tommy lives in Palm Springs with his wife, Dawn, and their two sons. Tommy owns a ski shop in Wrightwood and he is doing fine. Their oldest son, Christian, will be a sophomore at a high school in Palm Springs and he is an amazing golfer. He was the number one golfer on his team and one of the leaders in their league. He also made the CIF playoffs as a freshman. Their youngest son, Alec, is going into the sixth grade and he is a great kid, who just like his brother and older cousins loves athletics.
Todd lives in Florida with his wife Ronnie and their three children. Todd has done very well in management at State Farm Insurance. He has moved up the career ladder with the company and has a great future with them. Their oldest son, Dillon, is a junior at a high school in Florida. He is a great student and a wide receiver on the football team. His two daughters, Sasha and Jade, are in junior high school. They both are good students and very athletic.
I'm living in two places. On the weekend I live in Camarillo, which is between Thousand Oaks and Ventura, where we've had a house for almost twenty years. My wife has a great job at a Christian School as the Director of Communications. Both of our children went through the school so we have a lot of friends and close attachments to the school. My daughter, Chelsea, is 20 and she is a junior at Pepperdine. I think that she wants to be an attorney as well. She is a great student and I couldn't be more proud of her. Our son, Tyler, is 18 will be a freshman at UC San Diego. He had an amazing career as a basketball player and, in fact, received a scholarship to play basketball at UC San Diego. I don't think he knows what he wants to major in yet but I know that it won't be Math or anything to do with languages because those were his least favorite subjects in high school.
During the week, I live in San Diego and stay with Brad Wright in San Clemente. Brad has an advertising business and has generously allowed me to stay with him until my wife and I find a small condo in the San Diego area. The reason that I'm in San Diego is that I've taken a new job as the Vice President of Instruction at San Diego Mesa College. I've been a college administrator and instructor for the last 15 years or so and this new job was a natural next step to take. We didn't want to sell our home in a down real estate market nor take a chance of my wife not finding a job with two kids in college so we decided to try this arrangement for the next year and see where we are.
As you can see the McGrath family is doing well. I'm so glad that you sent me a note and I'd love to keep in touch.
Tim (Class of 1974)
Class of 78-79-80 Reunion
BBHS Alumni - we are having a 30 year combo reunion for the classes of 78-79-80 - but actually EVERYONE is welcome.
September 26th is the date we are celebrating as it coordinates with Homecoming that same weekend.....
Big Bear Chateaux (formerly the Big Bear Inn - 1/2 mile from La Montana) is where we will be having it beginning at 7:00 pm. There will be a DJ/dinner/photographer and a bio book that you will receive that evening.
We hired a reunion coordinator to make it easier planning - Go to http://www.GREATREUNIONS.COM and you can register online and do your online bio as well. The price for the evening is $89 but will be going up to $99 as of August 28th....
Almost 2 weeks until the price goes up... the coordinator we have hired has a great reputation for finding 90% of all alumni - we hope this to be a memorable event and hope that you can all make it - please RSVP if you cannot attend and if you cannot, please make sure you do your online bio (that is FREE) for the rest of us to catch up what's been happening to you and your family for the last 30 years.
Hope to see you all in September.
Suzie (Formsma) Kontra (949) 722-3567
Ramona Kies - Class of '79
Rhonda Newman Walker - Class of 80
If you would please send me your physical address or call Great Reunions @ 1-800-655-7971 and give them your updated address you'll receive future mailings.
PS: Attire is informal or whatever you want - bring a guest or a spouse - let's all have a great time!
Just received this email from Karen Sedano regarding the reunion of 78 to 80
Just a little reminder that our combo 78 - 80 reunion is set for September 26. That is the same as the Homecoming.
If you can please make sure it gets into your news letter. Hope that you and Joann can make it. Everyone is welcome
It is at the Big Bear Inn on Moonridge Road. A full dinner will be served. Starts at 7:00 pm.
Anyone wanting more info can go to GreatReunions.com for all the details.
Thanks and hope to see you there.
The Sept. 26, San Jacinto Homecoming game will be a great game. Plan to attend: Frosh-Soph 10:30 am and Varsity at 1:30 pm.
CONSTRUCTION CONTINUES AT THE HIGH SCHOOL AND MIDDLE SCHOOL:
The quad area at the high school and the middle school are in a major remodel and make over. Progress is being made every day. The construction projects at the Middle School are remarkable. A new field of grass (the lower field) was put down in one day with some amazing equipment. The memory bricks that we started selling three years ago have a new home in the new quad area and in the next month we hope to get approval for that project. If you are in Big Bear drop by the High School and Middle School and you will be pleasantly surprised.