Category: Schools

BVUSD Announces New Superintendent of Schools

Big Bear, CA, December 10, 2015 – At a regular board meeting held on December 9, 2015, the Governing Board of Bear Valley Unified School District employed Dr. Mary Suzuki, as Superintendent of Schools for the District. The Board’s action was by unanimous vote. Dr. Suzuki’s selection was the culmination of an extensive nationwide search conducted by the Governing Board and assisted by Leadership Associates. Dr. Suzuki comes to Bear Valley with 24 years of experience as an educator. She has served as a teacher at multiple grade levels, literacy coach, principal, Director of Curriculum and 21st Century Learning, chairperson for the California Technology Assistance Project, and Assistant Superintendent of Learning Support Services. After extensive paper screening, reference checks and interviews, representatives of the Governing Board visited the community of Covina, where Dr. Suzuki has served as Director of 21st Century Learning. They interviewed community members, parents, teachers, students, principals, district administrators, school staff, and board members. The visitation team consistently heard high praise and accolades regarding Dr. Suzuki and felt that she is an excellent match for the Bear Valley community. Dr. Suzuki shared, “I am thrilled and honored to be selected to serve as Superintendent in the Bear Valley Unified School District. I have tremendous respect for the outstanding work being done on behalf of the students in Bear Valley, and I look forward to working closely with...

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Local Terrorist Threats Determined Not Credible

Big Bear, CA, December 6th, 2015 – The Big Bear Sheriff’s Station received information that a 16 year old male juvenile was making threats to cause injury and harm to persons at the local high school. Deputies made contact with the juvenile and determined the threats were not credible and that the subject did not have the means to carry out the reported threats. The male juvenile was determined to meet the criteria for Welfare & Institutions Code 5150 and was transported to a facility for evaluation. The Big Bear Sheriff’s Station appreciates the public’s diligence in reporting this incident. In the wake of the mass shooting in San Bernardino on Wednesday, community members are encouraged to report any and all suspicious...

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School Bus Safety Is No Accident

Big Bear, CA October 19, 2015 –  More than one million children ride school buses in California every day. The California Highway Patrol joins the observation of National School Bus Safety Week, October 19-23, to help recognize that school buses are the safest way for children to get to and from school. It takes a collective effort from the public, transportation professionals, government agencies, law enforcement, parents, and children to continue to protect California’s students.  The fact that California has not had a pupil passenger fatality in 20 years is no accident.  The CHP helps protect student safety through its School Bus Program and its school bus inspection program. The School Bus Program includes an array of tests for bus drivers, a criminal investigation, health qualifications, and interviews with CHP officers. The Department of Education and the Department of Motor Vehicles also set standards for bus drivers.  The CHP is responsible for inspecting more than 24,000 school buses each year. California may have the best pupil passenger safety record in the nation, but there is always a need for help from the driving public. When the flashing red lights and stop arm on a school bus are activated, drivers are required by law to stop until the flashing red lights and stop arm have been deactivated. If they can do so safely, people should also report drivers who illegally...

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Brandy Murphy Crowned Miss Big Bear 2016

Big Bear, CA October 18, 2015 – Last night, October 17 at the Performing Arts Center in Big Bear Lake, Brandy Murphy was crowned Miss Big Bear 2016.   She and seven other contestants including  Ellie Dawson, Dalaney Doyle, Amanda Egerer, Kirsten Ellsworth, Cassidy Hunter, Daniel Kunz, and Ana Perez vied for the crown by participating in the pageant. The pageant received new directors this year, mother and daughter team,   Linda and Lucinda Pyles .  The theme chosen was “Reflections” and included an evening gown portion, a question and answer section, an excellently choreographed opening dance number by past contestant Emily Ploense, and local entertainment by Serena Saunders accompanied by Mike Cross. The Miss Big Bear pageant always grants the winners college scholarship money.  This year, first runner up went to Amanda Egerer, second runner up is Dalaney Doyle, and third runner up went to Ellie Dawson.  Brandy Murphy says “Winning Miss Big Bear is an indescribable feeling. It’s a blessed, touching moment, and I’m happy I was able to share my experience with the beautiful girls who participated this year. I’m planning on putting the scholarship money towards University of San Francisco, where I will be studying Fine Art and Art History.” Be on the lookout in the year to come as Miss Big Bear, Brandy Murphy, and her court make many appearances at upcoming Big Bear Events.  ...

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Community Input Needed for Superintendent Search

Big Bear, CA, September 8, 2015 – The Governing Board of Bear Valley Unified School District will be selecting a new district superintendent. The trustees are soliciting community input about the desired characteristics to be used in recruiting and selecting this person. For instance, what personal and professional qualities for an incoming superintendent will be a match for the Bear Valley Unified School District? Dr. Kent Bechler and Dr. Mike Escalante of Leadership Associates were selected to advise the Board in this important process. They will be in our district on September 16th and 17th . Individual input from members of the community (parents, employees, and others interested in our district) is desired. Individual input may be offered by individual or group appointment, letter, email or direct telephone conversation. Additionally, an online survey will be available on the District’s website. To access the survey go to: surveymonkey.com. Individual appointments may be scheduled at the School District Office on September 17th. To arrange an appointment, please call Shelley Black at (909) 866-4631. Group appointments have been scheduled as well and notices will be sent directly to those organizations. Emailed input may be sent to lhunt@leadershipassociates.org. To speak by phone to either Dr. Bechler or Dr. Escalante, you may call (760)...

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