Tag: Big Bear Middle School

BBMS Students Raise Money to Help Fellow Students in Flint, MI

Big Bear, Ca, June 2, 2016 – Big Bear Middle School students are aiming high in the name of fundraising for themselves and students of Armstrong Middle School in Flint, Michigan, who may have been affected by the Flint River crisis. Drinking water in the Michigan town has been heavily contaminated by lead due to the toxic and corrosive nature of the river. This year, Big Bear Middle School Fundraising efforts have been to raise money for an Elkay EZ H2O water bottle filling station for the campus and a matching unit for Armstrong Middle School. The Flint station will help to cut down on...

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Film Screening Focused on Preventing Prescription Drug Abuse

Big Bear, CA, April 15, 2016 – On April 20, 2016, Big Bear Prevention of Rim Family Services and the Breakthrough Task Force will host a community night in the Big Bear Middle School cafeteria where the film “Behind the Orange Curtain” will be screened. This film focuses on prescription drug use among youth in Southern California. Following the film, a brief presentation will be made giving community members information on how they can take action to prevent prescription drug abuse in our Valley. “Behind the Orange Curtain” delves into the staggering problem of teenage drug abuse in Orange County, one of the most affluent counties...

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BVUSD Seeks Input on Possible Homeschool/Alternative Education Program

Big Bear, CA, February 18, 2016 – The Bear Valley Unified School District recognizes a need and desire throughout our community for a homeschooling/alternative education program. The District has the resources, teachers, and community support to create an outstanding program to serve our students and families. New Superintendent, Dr. Mary Suzuki stated, “Many families are interested in homeschooling and/or an alternative educational option for their children and Bear Valley Unified School District is excited to step up to this challenge. A program such as this will better serve our families and community.” The School District is interested in your ideas on how a homeschool program may benefit...

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BBMS Students Work to Bring Sustainability to The Community

Big Bear, CA, December 11, 2015 – Students at Big Bear Middle School are bringing sustainability to the community with their teacher Tracy Tokunaga. One of the projects they are working on this year is Project Localize where they are learning what makes a food system sustainable, and sharing sustainable solutions with the community through artwork that they will be creating this spring. Tokunaga says the students have accomplished quite a bit so far with the Big Bear Farm2Mountain Produce Club. The students run a farmer’s market out of the classroom every week on Tuesday. They work with the Big Bear Valley Community Gardens Project and with JF Organic Farm, which is less than 75 miles from Big Bear. The Community Gardens Project donates produce to sell at the farmer’s market and customers of the Produce Club are able to order organic produce online through their website. Every Tuesday, the students unload the produce, check orders, assemble boxes, and run the cash register. The money they make from this program supplies the school salad bar with organic produce every week. The Community Gardens Project will work with Big Bear Middle School students in the spring to plant their own garden plot. The food they harvest will then supplement their Tuesday farmer’s market. Students also ‘juice’ every Friday, making organic fruit smoothies on their newly engineered blender...

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Big Bear Middle School Receives the 2015 California Gold Ribbon Award

Big Bear Lake, CA, May 5, 2015 – Big Bear Middle School is being recognized as a 2015 California Gold Ribbon Schools recipient.  A letter from Tom Torlakson, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, states that the award is a direct reflection of the dedication, hard work, and vision of the Big Bear Middle School’s educational community.  The California Gold Ribbon Schools award was created as a program to replace the California Distinguished Schools Program for middle and high schools in 2015 and focuses on California schools that have made tremendous gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State.  School principal, Dena Arbaugh, tells Kbear that teachers at the Middle School have transitioned into Common Core while focusing on 21st Century learning skills and concepts that teach to the student’s future as opposed to our past.  The “STEM for All” model program gives every BBMS student access to STEM and is helping to close the achievement gap.  STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.  The 2015 California Gold Ribbon Schools Recognition award and ceremony will be held on May 22nd in San...

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