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Brea Junior High

  • Brea: Landmark in a centennial story told by Author Teresa Hampson

    3 years ago by

    Brea Landmarks List - Brea Boulevard North/Central

      Brea Grammar School before transitioning to Brea Junior High. Courtesy of JoAnn Penn Haws

      In the spirit of the "BJH Bobcats" photos courtesy of BOHS incoming junior, Jennifer Choi.

        Brea Junior High, 400 N. Brea Blvd…The front building dates from 1916, but its original second-story auditorium and decorative exterior trim were removed after the 1933 Long Beach Earthquake. It was substantially modernized in 2006, including relocation of the main entrance from west to north. The auditorium, PE and non-modular classroom wings were added in 1949. It served as Brea Grammar School until 1956, when it was transitioned to a junior high with the opening of Arovista.
  • 2015-2016 PTA Reflections Program creative results!

    4 years ago by

    Helen Newland and Rosemary Kleiser co-chaired the Brea PTA Reflections program. The contest is a national arts competition. Winners were awarded a medal and certificate.

    Some of the award winners of the Reflections PTA contest included (left to right) Devin Hall, photography, Dominique Chen, literature, and Alexander Telly, film.(Courtesy Rosemary Kleiser)

    Some of the award winners of the Reflections PTA contest included (left to right) Devin Hall, photography, Dominique Chen, literature, and Alexander Telly, film.(Courtesy Rosemary Kleiser)

      “The PTA Reflections theme this year is Let Your Imagination Fly,” Helen said. “Wow, did the students from Arovista Elementary, Brea Country Hills Elementary, Brea Junior High, Brea Olinda High School, Laurel Elementary, Mariposa Elementary and William E. Fanning Elementary do just that.”

        Some 171 students entered the judged contest, which includes arts from dance choreography and film production to literature and visual arts.

          “It was a wonderful way students could express their talents and imagination,” Rosemary said. She thanked Brea Woods seniors who were the judges.

            Winners included Lexi Alives, Evelyn Burt, Dominique Chen, Nathan Doh, Devin Hall, Si Woo Kim, Alexander Telly and Nolan Witt.

              Honorable mentions went to Steve Clark, Andrew Gandora, Esmeralda Garcia, Danielle Kim, Novelly Torres and Dominique Zenzola.

                Any news? Give Susan Gaede a jingle at 714-529-8561 or email her at

  • Laurel Elementary School has a brand new Mac Mini lab – thanks to many

    4 years ago by

    A letter from Laurel Elementary School Principal, Mrs. Bojorquez:

      Ladies and gentlemen,

        I would like to introduce you to our BRAND NEW Mac Mini lab. The computers, keyboards, and mice are courtesy of the BOUSD School Board as a thank you for hosting Fanning while their school was rebuilt. The screens are courtesy of our fantastic Leopard PTA from the funds they raised from Jog-a-Thon. Thank you to both!
        Fanning Elementary School's brand new Mac Mini lab!

        When the community gets together amazing things happen: Laurel Elementary School's brand new Mac Mini lab!

          We have 25 Mac Minis and supplemented with an additional 10 of our white iMacs. This year we will work on fundraising to add 10 more Mac minis to complete our lab at 35. But for now, students may need to share or rotate if the new computers are being used.

            A special thank you to Desmond Nguyen, Kari Windes, and a handful of BJH student volunteers who helped get the lab up and running in two days!

              Welcome to the new lab and it's time to explore all the possibilities for 21st Century learning. What might the kids be able to create?

  • BOHS junior, Anabel King, joins BBON staff

    4 years ago by

    BOHS junior Anabel King,  managing editor for the BOHS Wildcats Newspaper 2015-16 school year, joins BBON team.

    BOHS junior Anabel King, managing editor for the BOHS Wildcats Newspaper 2015-16 school year, joins BBON team.

      I am very excited to be contributing to Beautiful Brea Old and New! I hope to gain experience as a student reporter for a news site that centers only on Brea. I was born in southern California in Riverside County. We moved two times: to Fullerton, where I went to elementary school, and then to Brea, where I attended Brea Junior High School and now Brea Olinda High School.

        Writing has always been a huge part of my life. Even as a child I would carry a notebook and pencil with me everywhere I went. I would jot down something I found funny or interesting, or I would write pages of poetry trying to describe something that sparked my mind. But I never really realized how much I loved to write and how much it meant to me until I met my 7th grade English teacher Ms. Gonzalez. She encouraged me to pursue my writing and offered advice on where to go with it. I eventually took a creative writing class the next year which gave me the confidence and curiosity to seek greater subjects to write about.

          When I entered high school, I was asked to join the student newspaper by the advisor Alex Koers. He mentored me throughout my freshman year, teaching me how to improve my writing grammatically and stylistically. The next year I became the Opinion Editor of the school newspaper, writing the staff editorials and running my own op-ed column, and I also expanded my role further by introducing a Health section to the paper. This year I will be the Managing Editor for the newspaper, overseeing all the articles and making sure they are perfect before publication.

            I am also very involved with my community. I have volunteered over 300 community service hours to the city of Brea alone, and I plan to continue helping my community because it is something I really enjoy doing. Some of the activities I do are: running the children's Summer Reading Booth at the Brea Library, serving breakfast and lunch to the less fortunate at St. Angela Merici's, creating and performing science experiments with fifth and sixth graders as part of a STEM-inspired program, and introducing American culture to Chinese Exchange Students as a Junior Ambassador.

              I also take my academics very seriously. I am an honor student with a 4.33 GPA, a member of the National Honors Society and the Rho Khappa Society, a member of the Teen Advisory Board, the Vice President of a science club, the President of a history club, and a member of the California Scholarship Foundation. I also run for my school's cross country and track and field team.

                Overall, I am thrilled to be a part of the BBON team, and I can't wait to see what life has in store next.


                    Anabel King

  • Susan Gaede aka Newsy Suzie, an identical twin, talks to Brea Jr. High’s multiples

    5 years ago by

    Would you believe the Brea Junior High has 14 sets of twins and a set of triplets?

      I am an identical twin (Sue and Lou), so it was fun interviewing these students. Ironically, I interviewed 12 sets of twins in 1979 at the Brea Junior High.
      1979 Brea Junior High twins photo taken by Susan Gaede. (Courtesy of Judy Wedemeyer)

      1979 Brea Junior High twins photo taken by Susan Gaede. (Courtesy of Judy Wedemeyer)

      Brea Junior High School has 14 sets of twins and one set of triplets enrolled. Most of them in an interview said they enjoyed being a multiple.

      Brea Junior High School has 14 sets of twins and one set of triplets enrolled. Most of them in an interview said they enjoyed being a multiple.

      I met the current students in the school office and I kept hearing the twins comment to each other “I didn’t know you were a twin.” The students are: Gagleen and Loveen Bajwa, Dakota and Dillion Ford, Faith, Grace and Hope Geraldiez, Justin and Zachary Glomboske, Catherine and Christina Grattan, Alessandra and Gianna Horvath, Annika and Leah Johnson, Jessica and Jonathan Kim, Joshua and Katelyn Kim, Garrett and Thomas Long, Karen and Sophia Madamba, Eleanor and Sally Min, Emily and Meghan Patrick, Cassidy and Caylle Phillips, and Dylan and Evan Vo.

        Asked if their handwriting was alike, all twins and triplets answered “No.” Did they like doing things together? About half of the group did. Most of them enjoyed being a twin, but eight sets said they did not.

          None of them ever switched classes. Several were on crutches, but none of them ever felt each other’s pain. Half of the group could read each other minds, and liked same thing. Most of them said they did not like to dress alike. Only one set of twins out of the group were dressed alike.

            Any news? Give Susan Gaede a jingle at (714) 529-8561 or e-mail her at

              Since I've known Sue Gaede her fascination about twins (being an identical twin) is evident. Her stories about she and her identical twin never get old. As children (Sue and Lou) were a tad mischievous and certainty assertive, and yes I agree with Sue, two of them in one city would have been too much. Forty-five years reporting Orange County news and still going strong! Carolyn Campbell

                Susan Gaede:

                  Left to right: Sue Gaede and her children: Lisa on her lap, Jon, and Laura, Lou Webb and daughter Patty only-child.

                  Left to right: Sue Gaede and her children: Lisa on her lap, Jon, and Laura, Lou Webb and only-child Patty.

                    My mom strived to make my twin and I individuals. She even had sweaters that said Sue and Lou made.

                      We had a lot of fun being a doubleton. I dominated because my mom said I was 5 minutes older. After my mom’s death we found our birth certificates and Lou was 5 minutes older. Lou was pretty unhappy about the discovery that would have changed our lives.

                        I took advantage of being a twin. I hated my senior photo so I used hers in the yearbook. Everybody said we really looked alike in the yearbook, but they knew the difference.

                          We both had columns in local papers and I still do. Hers was in the Saratoga paper. She didn’t have a column as long as I did because she liked to write about celebrities and the paper wanted her to write about local weddings, etc.

                            Speaking of celebrities, Lou attended the Oscars for many years. We sneaked into the governor's ball and had a ball. We have both always been interested in famous people. I have a famous people wall and she has a photo and interviewed zillions of famous people.

                              We both taught fourth grade at different schools that were hundreds of miles apart. I don’t think one town could handle both of us.

                                In college we had to take a routine required test with no credit to graduate in reading. I passed with flying colors, but Lou didn’t. She talked me into taking it. I did and failed it. That’s another twin story because we got caught....

  • Set of triplets, and a dozen twins attending Brea Junior High

    5 years ago by

    Grace, Faith, and Hope Geraldez 12 year old identical triplets will be attending Brea Jr. High when it opens September 2. (courtesy Geraldez photography)


        Students at the Brea Junior High at the first day of school may think they are seeing triple or maybe double. There will be 12 sets of twins at the school and one set of identical triplets.

          I chatted with the triplets Faith, Hope, and Charity Geraldez. The girls giggled a lot. They are best friends, but don't mind if they are separated in class. Singing is something they really enjoy doing together. The trio may fight a lot, but don't let an outsider say anything against any one of them. They are very protective of each other.

            Asked if their handwriting was similar and they said "No." Grades are similar, however. The trio have the same taste in clothes, but don't usually dress alike.

              Melinda Geraldez (their mother) said, "When the girls were younger they had a secret language of their own and nobody knew what they were saying accept themselves," she added, "The trio did everything late, they didn't walk until they were 17 months old, when just one got up and walked, the other ones got up and joined her." She also said the girls always had someone to play with and entertained themselves.

                Any news? Give Susan Gaede a jingle at (714)529-8561 or e-mail her at

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    13th Annual Brea History Day for Third Grade

    6 years ago by

    Brea’s 3rd Graders Relive the Past!

      Last week was the 13th annual “Brea History Day” for Brea’s 3rd graders. It’s a day of learning about Brea’s heritage, experiencing it up close and personal. The day begins when the classes board a bus for a tour of significant sites around town that has a story. The students see Brea’s oldest school, the Brea Jr. High School, which was built as a grammar school in 1917. They visit the Portola Monument in Brea Canyon that depicts the site where the Spanish explorer Gaspar de Portola and his men camped in 1769 while scouting the area for possible mission sites. They see the site of the 1926 Stewart tank farm fire that burned for days with flames reaching hundreds of feet in the air, the building which was used as a locker room for the famous Walter Johnson / Babe Ruth exhibition baseball game in 1924 and the original “Brea Welcomes You” sign that once spanned Brea Blvd. They hear stories of buried gold in Tonner Canyon and Brea’s first Mayor’s house which is rumored to be haunted. The tour takes about one hour to complete before they disembark at one of three sites, the Olinda Oil Museum, the Brea Civic Center or the Brea Museum and Heritage Center. Once there they are met by volunteer docents that guide them through the sites taking them back in time to Brea’s early years.

        Because there are six elementary schools the event now takes two days to complete. Three schools on one day and three on the other. Thanks to a generous donation by Chevron Land and Development’s La Floresta Community the buses are completely paid for. All the students need to bring is a sack lunch and their enthusiasm, which is not in short supply. Volunteer docents come from the community and the High School. They interact with the groups taking on the role as a pilot, farmer, oil worker and school teacher. From all accounts the kids seem to really enjoy the day while learning about their community. I have been told it’s their favorite field trip of the year.

          I would like to thank all the volunteers that help make this event possible and the teachers that do such a good job preparing the students beforehand. If you have not been to the Brea Museum and Heritage Center or the Olinda Oil Museum I would encourage you to visit as soon as possible. I think you’ll find them very interesting and hopefully come away knowing as much as a 3rd grader.

            History Day founder, former Mayor Don Schweitzer

              Photos courtesy of Isaac Avila

  • Award-winning Brea Junior High Bands slated to perform Wednesday

    7 years ago by

    The award winning Brea Junior High bands will perform on Wednesday, May 22 at 7:00 in the Brea Junior High Auditorium. The concert will also feature a performance by the Brea Junior High Color Guard. Tickets are $5 each (kids 5 and under are free). The bands will perform a selection of pop and rock music as well as many movie themes that you will recognize. Come join us for an exciting night of entertainment! By Jeanne Steffanni BJH Band Booster Publicity Chair

  • Brea Junior High Bands concert is tomorrow night

    7 years ago by

    Brea Junior High School Bands wow the crowd at Christmas in Brea Downtown 2012.

        By Jeanne Steffanni

          A night of entertainment awaits you. On Wednesday, March 13 at 7:00 pm in the Brea Junior High auditorium, the Brea Junior High Bands will perform along with a special guest appearance from Brea Olinda’s High School Jazz Band.

            Tickets are $5 and will be sold at the door. We can’t wait to perform for you.

  • Brea band students joins forces at football game

    7 years ago by

    BREA Junior High Band Mom, Jeanne Steffanni:

    The Brea Junior High bands will perform alongside the Brea Olinda High School marching band at the BOHS final regular season football game on Thursday, November 1 at 7 pm against El Dorado. We hope you can cheer on the bands along with a victory for the BOHS football team.

    Send your announcements to us and we will gladly get the word out on BBON!

    GO Wildcats!