SIN OF CORTEZ FUNDRAISER SEPTEMBER 22, 2022 7am to 2pm Dine-in, Take-out, Drive-thru
Foundation President, Bernard Vigallon, retired after 44 years in Education. Thirty-four years of that time was spent in Chico Unified School District where he was a Counselor, Assistant Principal and Principal (BJHS), Principal (Fairview) and the Director of Alternative Education. As Director of Alt Ed, he was responsible for the daily operation of Fair View High School, AFC, CAL, Oakdale and the District's GED Program. Both of his daughters graduated from BJHS. Stacey is a Wildlife Biologist and currently completing her Ph D. and Amy is a Fire Fighter/Fire Medic.
Matt Johnson, a 1975 graduate and former student-body President of Bidwell Junior High School joined the Foundation in 2019. Matt is President and CEO of SPC Display Group based in Corona, California. After 27 years in Southern California, Matt and wife, Cassie, returned to the Northstate. They have two daughters attending college.
Mike Christensen is a CSU, Long Beach graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics. He taught at Bidwell and Pleasant Valley from 1977 through 2012 and was recognized as a "Distinguished Secondary Teacher of the Year" (2009) by the Chico Public Education Hall of Fame. Mike and his wife, Susan, are both retired and enjoy jogging, biking and hiking in Bidwell Park. He also enjoys golfing, fishing and hunting.
Carol Watson is a California native and grew up in Alhambra. A former flight attendant, Bank of America employee and full-time Mom, Carol has been with the board since 2005. She and John Watson have been married since 1963 and have four children, all graduates of Bidwell and Pleasant Valley. They have six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
Martha Newton has been a Targeted Case Manager for 18 years, 12 of which she worked at Bidwell Junior High School. She assists students and their families in finding community resources that may be available to them. She also interprets and advocates for parents. Until her retirement in 2020, Martha worked directly with teachers submitting grant requests for Board consideration. She also was on the frontline in getting food and fuel cards to the Bidwell families affected by the Camp Fire in 2018. Martha remains a valued Board member and has helped train Monica Murguia in her former position.
Shane was born and raised in Chico and is a 1986 graduate of Bidwell Junior High School. Shane lives in Chico with his wife, Paige, and they have two daughters, Taylor and Bailey. Taylor is currently an 8th grader at Bidwell, and Bailey is a proud Pioneer alumna, graduating in 2013. Shane enjoys sports
and hiking in upper park.
John Watson taught at Bidwell for 31 years and was half of the Schulz and Watson teaching team. He is a Stanford graduate and received his Wings in 1961 when he was in the U.S. Navy. John also worked for many years at Aero Union as an Airtanker Captain, fighting fires across the U.S. He and his son, Fritz, have built their own airplane and a 1932 Ford Roadster. Although John is retired, he still loves to hear from his former students.
Ramona Flynn is a graduate of Stanford University and has a Master's Degree in History. Ramona was President of the Foundation from 2018 through 2020 and also does work with Meals on Wheels, League of Women Voters and Friends of the Library. Ramona is one of the BJHS Foundation charter members, has two children and two grandchildren.
A 1975 graduate of Bidwell Junior High School, Mary Cath has been involved with the Board since 2005. She is a graphic designer/typesetter and lends her talent to the Board preparing newsletters, brochures and the website. Mary Cath has two daughters, enjoys arts and crafts and is an avid rock hound.
Mark your calendars to treat your taste buds to a delightful breakfast or lunch from Chico's Sin of Cortez restaurant located at 2290 Esplanade (530-879-9200). The BJHS Foundation is teaming up with Sin of Cortez for a fundraising event on Thursday, September 22, 2022 from 7 AM to 2 PM. BJHS Foundation will receive a donation based on all breakfast and lunch sales including dine-in, take-out and drive-through! We would appreciate your support in this fundraising effort.