January 11, 2012
Valentine's Day 2012 New Years Resolutions
Give a Mission High School shout out for Want to share your resolutions with the world? Send
Valentine's Day. Send your greetings so we can your resolutions so we can post them on the West
post them on the West Wing. Wing.
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The New West Wing Mission High School
The West Wing is making a comeback, and the
Bear Society is leading its way back. If you would If you know of a Mission High School Alumnus,
like to work on The West Wing, contact us. The Teacher, or Advisor who has passed away please let
need to report the positives of Mission High us know, so we can honor and remember them on
School, and how MHS Administration, Teachers the Bear Society Memorial Listing. Please review the
and staff have given the school a new direction is memorial listing, and let us know the class years of
imperative. Join us in moving forward. some of our fallen Alumni, which have no class year
associated with them.
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Thunder Valley Fundraiser Trip MHS Student Scholarship Fund
Join the Bear Society on this fun fill day traveling Each year the Bear Society provides scholarships to
to the Thunder Valley Casino in Lincoln, California. Graduating Mission High School that is heading off to
Two pickup locations with parking, have been College. Our Scholarships help students purchase
arranged, Food, and Cash refunds from the books for college, and other much needed items to
Thunder Valley Casino. Breakfast will be provided help them on the way to higher education.
and a light snack for the return trip.
Donations and monies generated from our
Date: Saturday, March 10, 2012 fundraising events, or private donations are directed
Pickup times & locations: 9:00 am Mission High to the scholarships. If you would like to donate to
School parking lot & 9:30 am Hayward [Harder & the Annual Bear Society Student Scholarship Fund,
Sotto] please contact:
Cost: $35.00 per guest
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Contact: Alicia Coronado,
email@example.com or (510) 755.4226
Mission High School Tour Did you serve in the USA Military?
A MHS tour is being planned for 2012. All guests Did you serve in the United States Military? Let the
must sign-up in advance. Bear Society know the Branch, years of service,
rank, duties, and a photo of yourself; for our
Date: Saturday, April 14, 2012 "MILITARY PAGE" to recognize the Men and Women
Time: 9:30 am of Mission High School who proudly serve and
Location: Mission High School 3750 18th Street, protected our great nation (posted 09/12/11)
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Parking: Available for early birds. Mission High School Memorabilia
See the new Mission High School Hats,
Sweatshirts, sports director Mr. Scott Kennedy has
in stock. Visit Mr. Kennedy or call him at 
Yosemite National Park Trip Mission High School
Second floor display cases
A Yosemite National Park trip is being planned for
Saturday, July 21, 2012. Visit; Yosemite Valley, The Bear Society has requested permission to
Half Dome, Yosemite Village, Curry Village, Vernal remodel the second floor display cases, with a new
Falls, Yosemite Falls, and many more Natural sites Educational theme for current students, and we
perfect for taking pictures ans sight seeing. Hiking need YOUR help to revive the cases. If you're
and bike riding available, and valley motorize site- interested in recreating and have some art ability,
seeing tours. idea's or just want to help please contact:
If this event is cancel, you will receive a full
refund. We'll need at least 45 guests for this Ray Lerma at Jalerma@comcast.net
event to proceed, to keep the price down.
Date: Saturday, July 21, 2012 [subject to Event follow-up
Pickup locations: Mission High School [Parking
Food Drive Event: Bear Society staff member, Alicia
available] & Hayward Cal [Corner of Mocine &
Coronado reports the Bear Society collected over
300 cans of assorted foods during the food drive. All
Pickup Times: MHS 6:00 am, Hayward 6:45 am
the canned food was delivered to the All Saint
Return time: 7:30 pm [12- 13 hour trip]
Chruch, which prepares 150 boxes of food and toys
Cost Estimation: $40 - $45 per person. Price
for families and elderly people in the All Saints
may increase due to fuel changes from now until
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The Bear Society held 12 events in 2011, to reunite
Mission High School Alumni, and to raise funds for
future events and Scholarships, and plan a variety of
events for 2012.
By Alicia Coronado
Mission High School Sports 2011 Events
Boys Varsity Football Division I, 2011 season Scholarship, Pacing of the Flags, A’s game, Giants
Coach: Joe Albano game, Bike Ride, GGB Walk, Picnic, River Rock, MHS
Mission High School won the San Francisco AAA Tour Class of 59’,MHS Tour Class of 60’,MHS Tour
football Championship over George Washington Class of 61’ and Food Drive.
HS, by a score of 12–7. This is the first AAA
Championship won by MHS since 1957. The Bear Society would also like to give special
thanks to those who gave directly to the Bear
Player Awards Society Scholarship Fund in 2011 to show their sprit.
Player of the Year Receiver of the Year
Davon Harvgraves Algeron Malborough They are:
D-Lineman of the Year O-lineman of the year Jack Pastor Bill Nielo Estela Moreno
Mane Fale Darius Grays George Padilla Sofia Tselentis Gloria Reyes
1st Team All City Honors We thank all of you who attended events and
Antoine Porter Davon Harvgraves supported the Bear Society in 2011. Without you!
Algeron Malborough Mane Fale Reuniting and providing student Scholarships would
Brandon Ngyuen Darius Grays be impossible.
Boys Varsity Basketball Division III, Career Fairs
Mission High School
Coach: Arnold Zelaya
Overall team record: 10-7. Dear Mission High School Alumni, I would be happy
Non-league play: 7-7 to have Alumni from Mission High participate in
League play: 3 –0 these Fairs and hope you can help to recruit Career
Next Opponent: Jordan HS,01/11/12, 5:30 pm Speakers on these dates.
Please click the List for type of speakers needed:
Girls Varsity Basketball Division III,
Date: February 14th,and 16th.
Coach: Timothy Halloran Time: 8:00 am
Overall team record: 4-10 Location: Mission High School
Non-league play: 3-9 Contact: Evelyn Bealby 650-743-4105 after 3:30
League Play: 1-1 please.
Next Opponent: Jordan HS, 01/11/12, 5:30 pm
You can also view Mission High Sports as the
teams compel each week, by accessing the Bear
Society website and clicking on the sport of your
Disaster Preparedness Safety
In case of an emergency do you have a Safety Kit BEWARE OF PAPER ON THE BACK WINDOW OF
with the necessary items for a Disaster in your YOUR VEHICLE--NEW WAY TO DO CAR JACKING
Home and Car? Heads up everyone! Please, keep this circulating...
You walk across the parking lot, unlock your car and
Please visit the website site below and build a get inside. You start the engine and shift into
Safety Preparedness Kit or update your current reverse.
http://72hours.org When you look into the rearview mirror to back out
By Judith Lerma of your parking space, you notice a piece of paper
stuck to the middle of the rear window. So, you shift
into Park, unlock your doors, and jump out of your
car to remove that paper (or whatever it is) that is
obstructing your view. When you reach the back of
your car that is when the carjackers appear out of
nowhere, jump into your car and take off. They
practically mow you down as they speed off in your
car. And guess what, ladies? I bet your purse is still
in the car.
So now the carjacker has your car, your home
address, your money, and your keys. Your home
and your whole identity are now compromised!
BEWARE OF THIS NEW SCHEME THAT IS NOW
BEING USED. If you see a piece of paper stuck to
your back window, just drive away. Remove the
paper later. And be thankful that you read this e-
mail. I hope you will forward this to friends and
family, especially to women. A purse contains all
kinds of personal information and identification
documents, and you certainly do NOT want it to fall
into the wrong hands.
By Marie Minana
Where are they now
By: Eleanor Leyva
Jose Leyva, class of 1967-68, retired from PG&E where he was a Garage Sub foreman for over 25 years.
He ran the garage at the Colma facility and prides himself on training many mechanics during his working
years, and I retired in 2007.
Since then, we have sold our house in South San Francisco where we lived for 35 years. We sold most of
their belongings then put what they wanted to keep in storage. Our next is the beginning of a great life
Are house/pet sitting! We found someone who is going on vacation and needs someone to stay in his or
her house and watch his or her pets. We didn’t limit them selves to any specific location. We have
traveled to the Pacific Northwest and stayed in a house on 5 acres for 6-8 weeks on two occasions.
Traveled to Australia in 2010 and stayed there almost 3 months in 2 different houses and also extended
their stay with a short trip to the Gold Coast. Stayed in San Diego in an oceanfront home and on top of
the San Bernardino Mountains in a place called Lake Arrowhead. There are many other very nice places
we have been to.
Why do this you might ask? Well, for one, it gave us the opportunity to travel and experience new places
at very little expense. We provide this service for no charge and in return, the homeowner provides
housing and basic necessities such as toilet paper, laundry soap, water and utilities. Many of the
homeowners provide full TV satellite hookups and internet/wireless service.
The Leyvas say they will probably continue enjoying this life style for at least 3-5 years more.
The Day the Earth Stood Still
By: Bonnie Liqouri
Do you remember the movie, The Day the Earth Stood Still? Aliens arrive on earth; changing life as it
was known forever. That was in 1951. On July 25, 2008, our world stood still; changing our lives
forever. That was the day I was diagnosed with breast cancer. In many ways, it seems like it was just
yesterday, but I’m so blessed to be able to say I have now been cancer free for three years.
The journey from that day forward held many challenges, times of heart ache and pain, personal growth,
renewed bonds and new found friends. With the loving support of Ed, my family and a very special little
“Lucy” by my side, I forged on. From day one, our lives took on a whole new focus. We were on a road
At the age of 19, I had discovered my very first cyst. Since that time, I’d been diligent about
mammograms and ultrasounds. For several years, that meant test every three months. Then it
expanded to 6-month follow-ups and finally to annual check-ups. I never missed an appointment.
Doctors always said, cysts were nothing to worry about, they don’t progress to cancer. Today, research is
underway at M. D. Anderson in Houston to determine if women with chronic cysts are more susceptible to
breast cancer. Maybe one day soon, they’ll have an answer and a cure. In my case, close watch and
check-ups did not for tell the news we were to receive. Just 18 months before my diagnosis, I had two
cysts removed. Less than 10 months before diagnosis, I had a clean mammogram and an ultrasound.
We are very fortunate to live in a small town; the medical community is all intertwined, all the physicians
know each other.
The care I received was and still is exceptional. Within two weeks I was hospitalized for a lumpectomy.
Unfortunately, the results were not good. The cancer had spread to the lymph nodes. After surgery,
additional tests were done which uncovered further metastatic cancer. The type of breast cancer was
very aggressive; it was Her2 positive. However, amongst the entire negative was the existence of a
miracle drug called Herceptin. After many years of research, it was introduced to the market specifically
to treat Her2 positive breast cancer, about 10 years before my diagnosis. Prior to its introduction, for
patients with Her2 positive breast cancer, the outlook had been bleak and now there was hope.
After consultation, the decision was made to immediately proceed with aggressive chemotherapy and
Herceptin treatment; the goal was to eliminate the current presence of cancer and eliminate any further
growth. In September the treatment started.
Going in, the unknowns were very scary. The stories of sickness, hair loss, and other side effects were all
I’d ever heard about chemo. My doctor and the medical team at the cancer center were phenominal.
They were supportive, understanding and caring. I was not alone; I had support systems all around me.
When you are in a treatment program, you have regularly scheduled appointments. Mine were weekly for
Herceptin and every three weeks for chemo. During these sessions I met other patients. One was a
neighbor. Isn’t it funny, we lived within a block of each other and it took breast cancer treatment to bring
us together? She was a much younger woman and fortunately, her cancer was less invasive. Joining her
for support each week was another neighbor. A much older woman; she’d come and sit quietly,
occasionally bring lunch and share a joke. Since then she has become a good friend. Another woman I
met was undergoing maintenance treatment for recurrence of the disease. Sadly, she just lost her battle
in December of 2011.
After my second treatment, the promised hair loss started. In tears, I called my very caring hairdresser.
She made room for me that afternoon. I had watched Robin Roberts, Good Morning America, face this
challenge. She said, “Don’t wait, and get it shaved. Take control.” So that’s what I did. I walked in with
a head full of dark hair and walked out bald! I was all set, wigs in the closet awaiting their debut.
The funning thing is I didn’t wear them. I had a supply of baseball caps which became my head dressing
of choice; one black, one brown and one white.
The chemotherapy ended in early December 2008. Prior to the holiday I had my second PET / CT scan;
the news was good. There was no longer any sign of cancer; the treatments had been successful. With
this fabulous news we celebrated Christmas and New Year and gave thanks for the excellent results.
After 6 weeks of “vacation” from treatment, I underwent surgery. My choice was to take aggressive
action. I wanted to take every precaution. Surgery was a challenge, but I came through strong. We had
planned a trip to Las Vegas in early February and I was bound and determined to go. After a wonderful
escape, in late February, I started six weeks of radiation. Radiation has the least physical side effects,
but for me it was the hardest. Every morning, I went to the center for treatment. It didn’t take much
time, but after 7 months of treatment and multiple surgeries, I was at the end of my rope. The
physiological impact of daily trips to the treatment center hit me hard. I counted down each day; one
less to go. At the end was the promise of regaining some normalcy in our lives.
Once radiation was completed, I relaxed. Herceptin treatment continued, but it was such a relief to be
back on a three-week cycle. Not making those daily trips to the center was such a relief.
Prior to my initial diagnosis that fateful day in July 2008, we had planned a six-week trip to the east
coast. That had been put on hold and now we could move forward with plans to make that long awaited
trip. In September 2009, we set out for Marblehead, Ma. My loving Ed, little Lucy and me. We drove
over 7,000 miles on that trip and enjoyed each and every moment. While in Marblehead, I met a woman
who was diagnosed with stage 4, Her2 positive breast cancer. She had received the news one year
exactly to the day after I did. When you go through something like this, your heart is open to everyone
you meet who is facing the same challenges. We participated in a walk for breast cancer, spent an
afternoon looking out over the ocean and discussing life. Today, she continues her battle, but is doing
well. I miss her, but keep in touch via email.
Last July 2011, a dear friend’s young daughter was diagnosed. She has two little girls and a very loving
husband. Her journey was very rough but today she is doing well. We too have become very close and I
cherish each moment we spend together.
Breast cancer, is life changing. Everyone’s experience is different. For me, it wasn’t something that could
just be removed and then life would return to normal. It is a shadow, always lurking in the background.
I remain on Herceptin, receiving treatments every three weeks and have PET
/ CT scans every four months. Our lives revolve around my treatments and test results. We try very
hard to put it aside; I say we live in four-month increments. But, as trying as the continued treatments
may be, I’m very thankful for the doctor whose dedication made this miracle drug available for women all
over the world.
The journey has and continues to have challenges. I’m fortunate to have a great job which keeps me
busy, a wonderful loving family and of course, my little Lucy. Even with all I’ve gone through, I still have
to stop and remind myself to make the most out of each day; enjoy the wind in my face, the times we sit
together quietly watching golf or a program, hearing from friends, and spending time with my daughter
and grandchildren. Life is precious.
Thank you to everyone who has been there to support me, you’ve made the journey easier.
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