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Camille- a play at USC based on a novel by French author Alexandre Dumas-fils.

Dramatic Art - USC Camille

Wikipedia - The Lady of the Camellias

Wikipedia - Moulin_Rouge!

Sunday, March 6. $5.00 for the ticket if we get the group rate - we need 15 people for that price.

Payment and permission slip due no later than lunch - Thursday., March 3.


________________________________________________  has my permission to attend

                                                                           Student’s Name

French Club - Camille

                                              Lunch before on campus at USC


At:  USC  - McClintock Theater - Sunday, March 6 at noon                                                                                                                          


It is understood that my son or daughter will travel to and from said location via _____ private car.     Mrs. Kightlinger   will be in charge of the group.


In case of accident, I will not hold the school district or any of their employees responsible. I further understand that all due consideration and care will be taken so as to avoid any accidents throughout the entire time of this activity.


_________________________     ____________________________________________

                                      Date                                                                                                   Signature of Parent or Guardian

Home phone # (         ) -________- _________________

Cell phone #    (         ) -________- _________________


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French Club – CAMILLE

Cost: $5.00 (no refunds) ($10.00 if we don’t buy the minimum 15 tickets)

Payment: due Wed., March 2 (no refunds)

Date:  Sunday, March 6 at noon                                                                                                                          

Departure : BGHS -Agra St. (by the flag pole)

Return time: approx. 6:00 pm

Place: USC – McClintock Theater (corner of McClintock & Jefferson, L.A.)

Dress code: Nicer than everyday school clothes.

Theatre Etiquette: No talking. Cell phones must be off during the play. No whistling or cheering.  No photos during the show.

Purchases: Bring money if you want to buy snacks or souvenirs.

BGHS French Club is going to see the play CAMILLE based on the novel by the French author – Alexandre Dumas – fils (son). (Both the father and son are famous authors.) The movie Moulin Rouge is loosely based on this drama. We will go in teacher cars - Mr. & Mrs. Kightlinger, and we will need more parent drivers. Before the play the students will have a campus tour by Dr. Jorge Diaz – BGHS Spanish teacher and PhD alumnus of USC. Students should bring their own money for food. Back to BGHS approx.. 6:00 pm.





SPRING FUNDRAISER - Rice Krispy Treats Sale - Feb.20-28, 2016

Pick up Rice Krispy Treats and/or turn in money at lunch, before school, during Nutrition.  All money must be turned in no later than Wednesday, March 9.



BGHS French Club enjoyed dinner before the show in Downtown Brea. Most of the members ate delicious Belgian Waffles at Bruxies, but some ate at the Creperie de Paris , bought macarons at the sweet Shop, and spent time shoppping at Cost Plus World Market.

Then we drove over and saw the play BEAUTY AND THE BEAST on Friday, Feb.12, 2016 at the Fullerton Plummer Auditorium.

$25 ticket. The play was fantastic and we especially enjoyed the musical numbers - Be Our Guest! and Human Again! We were impressed by the 18 piece orchestra and the amazing high tech production. We were excited to meet the stars of the show afterwards and have our pictures taken with Lumiere, Gaston, the Beast and the lovely red-headed Belle. - beauty-and-the-beast  - Beauty_and_the_Beast_(musical)



MARDI GRAS PARTY - Tuesday, February 9, 2016 during Lunch in Room 203. $3.00 We enjoyed a fun party with Cajun style food - red beans and rice, dirty rice with red hot Louisiana sausage, Cajun style potato chips - Voodoo, crawdaddy, and gator flavors. Everybody loved the Mardi Gras King Cakes with praline fillings and purple, green, and yellow glitter on the icing. The red velvet cupcakes and brownies were a big hit too. We had fun wearing masks and beads at the party.



In France it's a very popular tradition to make crepes on Feb.2 because of the Catholic holy day - Candlemas - (El dia de la candelaria). This year all the French classes, including many French Club students, celebrated in style by making crepes during Finals Week with the Foods/CHOP students in Chef Helm's classroom in C-Hall. Those students prepared the recipe for us in advance so all we had to do was put on our aprons and hairnets and make those crepes - the French way - by holding a French coin in our left hand and flipping the crepes with our right hand. Tradition says that if you can do it successfully, then you'll have money all year long! Merci beaucoup to Chef Helm and her students for making the delicious batter. Bon appétit!



We had a great time at Cirque du Soleil - KURIOS - Friday, November 13 at the Orange County Fairgrounds and dinner afterwards at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa.

Cirque du

Wikipedia _(Cirque_du_Soleil)

South Coast Plaza

South Coast Plaza List of restaurants.

Be sure to check out the French cafes: Champagne French Bakery Cafe – Garden Terrace   &  Vie de Franc



Homecoming Pizza Sale - Friday, October 9.  Grazie!



FRENCH CLUB & HISTORY CLUB: The trip to the Getty Villa and Beach at Malibu was Sunday, October 11.

The Getty Villa in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los AngelesCalifornia is an educational center and museum dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient GreeceRome, and Etruria. The collection has 44,000 Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities dating from 6,500 BC to 400 AD.

Read all about the Getty Villa. Official website of the Getty Villa. Play some games! View a film about the history of the Getty Villa.



French Club meets every Wednesday during Nutrition in Room 203. You don't need to be in French Class in order to join French Club. It is one of the most popular clubs on campus. Events this year include: a trip to Getty Villa and Malibu Beach in October, maybe the Nutcracker Ballet, plays by  French authors at nearby colleges, the annual End of the Year Banquet at a French restaurant in Los Angeles, plus several holiday events and Friday French Film Fests here on campus. The first fundraiser (Rice Krispy sale) starts in September. Get your membership application ASAP from Madame Kightlinger in Room 203. Fill out the form, have your parent/guardian sign it, and turn it in with the $3.00 dues. Don't miss out on the fun!

BGHS French Club


2015-2016 Mrs. Kightlinger Room 203

French Club was founded in 1982 to provide cultural learning opportunities for students in the French program. It has changed and grown over the years to become one of the most popular clubs on campus. Students no longer need to be studying French language; the French Club is open to any student interested in French culture and having fun! French Club is like a banquet - you pick and choose which activities you want to attend. You may pay for them out of your own pocket or you may fundraise. The more involved you are, the more you will enjoy French Club. Vive la France!

  1. Fill out the memberships form and have your parent sign it.   Turn it in to Mrs. Kightlinger along with the $3.00 due ASAP.
  2. Attend Meetings Regularly - Wednesday During Nutrition – RM.203
  • FUND-RAISERS (Fall and Spring Sales) You are responsible for any boxed that you check out.  Rice Krispies cost $24.00 per box.   ($12.00 covers the cost of the Krispies, and $12 profit goes into you account.) 
    The Money Money must turned in within three weeks.  If you do not turn in the Money, your parents are responsible for the total amount.   
  • Sept. - Fall Rice Krispies Sale 
  • Feb. - Spring Rice Krispies Sale
  • All Fund-raising Profits go into your individual French Club Account. You may spend that money on tickets for events, purchasing a french club t-shirt or a sweatshirt, etc.  You may check your account during any meeting or Monday during lunch when the officers  meet. 

Tentative Events Calendar Coming Soon! 



FRENCH CLUB Officers 2015-2016:

President - Martin Chavez

Vice President - Leslie Flores

Publicity - Alyssa Hilton & David Bermejo

Historian-Scrapbook - Alexciss Fernandez

Historian-Digital - Grecia Arriaga

Treasurer - Jizael Hernandez

Secretary - Galilea Quinones

Sergeant-at-Arms - Julia Torres

REMINDER: Officers meet every Monday during Lunch in Room 203.



French Pen Pals - Read all about this fantastic project that we do in French Classes!

This is the 20th anniversary of Mrs. Kightlinger's students writing to their French Pen Pals in Béziers France.  (in English)

22 novembre 2009

Penpals in Los Angles, California

\ Pour la 12ème année consécutive sur le lycée professionnel Jean Moulin, une classe de Madame Choquet, professeur d’anglais, correspond avec une classe de Mrs Kightlinger, professeur de français au lycée de Bell Gardens à Los Angeles, en Californie, sur le thèmes des fêtes et traditions franco-américaines.

Il s'agit cette année des élèves de 3DP6 qui ont reçu des lettres d'Halloween en Octobre et ont répondu sur le thème de Thanksgiving. Ils sont impatients de recevoir des réponses à leurs courriers.

Read all about the interesting historic town of Béziers in southern France and see some beautiful photos.





PAST EVENTS 2013-2014

SUN., Oct.27, 2013 - Trip to the GETTY VILLA and MALIBU BEACH with History Club and the newest club on campus - Art Club. We stayed at the Getty Villa approx. two hours. We saw priceless treasures, impressive larger than life size statues of Roman and Greek gods, Egyptian mummy cases, jewelry, vases, and other historic artifacts. We enjoyed lunch at the nearby Malibu Beach.

The Getty Villa in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los AngelesCalifornia is an educational center and museum dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient GreeceRome, and Etruria. The collection has 44,000 Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities dating from 6,500 BC to 400 AD.

FRI., Dec.13, 2013 - NUTCRACKER BALLET and ROCKIN' CREPES: Our first stop was dinner at Rockin' Crepes - a very fun little creperie in Hiuntington Beach with a hard rock decor and menu theme. Crepes are named after rock groups - Metallica, Black Sabbath, Megadeth, etc. We had delicious main dish crepes, dessert crepes, and chocolate fondue - mmmm!! Then we went to Golden West College to see the 7:00pm performance of the traditional Christmas Nutcracker Ballet by the Ballet Repertory Theater.


DEC.18, 2013 BOUM DE NOEL - Our annual Holiday party - after school in Room 203 - was a very fun event . We enjoyed ham and cheese croissant sandwiches, French cheeses and crackesr, French pastries, French, Belgian, and Swiss chocolates, European cookies, sparkling apple cider, Perrier mineral, water sodas. Prizes for our top fundraisers, French Christmas carols - fun for all.


FEB. 23, 2014 - French Club has been attending the amazing Cirque du Soleil productions ever since this French Canadian circus first came to Los Angeles in the 1984. The newest production - TOTEM - was fantastique!! We also enjoyed visiting the Santa Monica Pier and dinner after the show on the Third Street Promenade.


MARCH 21, 2013 - We went to the Young Theater at CSU Fullerton to see the play THE SCHOOL FOR LIES (Le Misanthrope) by Moliere (the French Shakespeare). First we had dinner on Birch Street Promenade in Downtown Brea – a pedestrian zone. We ate at Crepes de Paris, and the Belgian Waffle café – Bruxie’s. Délicieux! Second- We spent approx. 30 minutes walking around the CSU Fullerton campus and watched sororities and fraternities singing karaoke on an outdoor stage. Third: We enjoyed the performance of THE SCHOOL FOR LIES - a comedy by Moliere writtten in rhyming couplets and updated to include some very modern language. C'était tres amusant!


May 16, 2014 - French Club Banquet at Les Freres TAIX in Los Angeles on Friday May 16 was a big success. Everyone loved the escargot and some students loved the pate. The creme brulee dessert was fantastique!

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May 30 2014 - The French Club trip to La Mirada Civic Theater to see the performance of LES MISERABLES was fantastic.This musical is based on the novel of the same name by French poet and novelist Victor Hugo. Set in early 19th-century France, it is the story of Jean Valjean, a French peasant, and his quest for redemption after serving nineteen years in jail for having stolen a loaf of bread for his starving sister's child.

We also enjoyed our croissant sandwiches at Cream and Sugar Café (C&S Café) in La Mirada.


PAST EVENTS 2012-2013

Senior Farewell - June 12 - Let them eat cake! Cupcakes at Nutrition and yearbook signing. Congratulations Class of 2013. We miss you already. Once a French Club member, always a member. Please come back to visit.

Saturday, June 1 - 30th ANNIVERSARY FRENCH CLUB BANQUET - Our biggest, best banquet ever - celebrating 30 years of French Club. Over 100 guests attended -approx. 30 current members, approx. 20 Staff members, and approx. 50 former members and EF Tours Travelers. This End of the Year Banquet honored this year’s members and members from the past 30 years.. The 3 foot tall 3-D Eiffel Tower cake was amazing! The food at TAIX Restaurant was as delicious as always - especially the escargots!

Les Frères TAIX French Restaurant

1911 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

Saturday, June 1, 2013 6:00pm – 10:00 pm

Menu : Escargot in the shell et Paté

Soupe (potato leek) et Salade vinaigrette,

Bœuf bourguignonne or Chicken Tarragon or Veg. pasta

Dessert - Grand Gateau a la Tour Eiffel

Dress Code - Ooh! La!La!

April - Renaissance Faire at the San Dimas Park

March 3 - Medieval Times - we cheered for the Red Knight and ate with our hands - Medieval style!

Friday, January 18, 2013 - We drove to the UA Twin Theaters in the Cerritos Mall and saw the musical Les Misérables starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, and Amanda Seifried. It was fantastique! We loved it, especially French 5/6 & AP students who had read the abridged version in French in class. We also stopped at a patisserie and creperie for dinner  -  Bon appétit!

Wed., Dec.18 - Our Boum de Noel Holiday Party was fantastique! Over 40 members attended after school in Room 203.  We enjoyed ham and cheese croissant sandwiches, French cheeses, French pastries, European cookies, and chocolate truffles.

Friday, Nov.30 - Our second Friday French Film Fest - Joyeux Noel (Merry Christmas) This movie is based on a true story on the battlefield between France and Germany during WWI when the soldiers declared a Christmas Eve truce. We had a good turnout and several members of History Club joined us.

Friday, Nov. 2 - our first Friday French Film Fest - Phantom of the Opera - the musical. We had a small turnout but we thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful musical version of Gaston Leroux's novel wrtten in French in 1909.


PAST EVENTS -  2011-2012

BANQUET  Our Banquet Friday, June 1 at  TAIX French restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles was fantast They served escargots in the shell, delicious country paté, soup, clam chowder, Main dish- chicken or pot roast, and Creme Brulee or Mousse for dessert. There were Prizes for top Cinco de Mayo fair was great!  We sold 35 La Pizza Loca pizzas!

PIRATES Dinner Adventure Show in Buena Park was Friday, May 4 - it was a lot of fun-Aaaaaargh!! Interesting facts about French Pirates: Read about 34 French pirates. Be sure to click on Jean Laffitte- the most famous, fiendish pirate of them all! Fun kids Pirate website- music, graphics, games, etc.

 We had a great time at our Friday French Film Fest- March 23 after school. Everybody enjoyed the movie: The Adventures of TinTin. Did you know that TinTin was created by a Belgian comic book artist? Read about the movie and the actors:

Friday French Film Fest - March 2- Moulin Rouge.  We really enjoyed watching the movie on the big screen in Monsieur Kightlinger's room in spite of some technical difficulties. This film has great music and dancing!

Mardi Gras Party was a lot of fun on Wed., Feb.22. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

CAN CAN - We had a great time at the musical theater production of Can Can at the Huntington Beach Playhouse  on Friday, Jan.20th! We especially enjoyed dinner before at a fun creperie in Huntington Beach- Rockin Crepes.

Cirque du Soleil- IRIS -  Friday, Dec.16.  We had a fantastic time at this amazing show!

BOUM DE NOEL  on Wed., Dec.7 was a great success.

Getty Museum and Farmer's Market in October was a great trip. 

PAST EVENTS 2014-2015

Saturday, October 11, 2014   Phantom of the Opera - Vox Lumière & dinner before the show


Los Angeles Theatre Center 514 S. Spring Street Los Angeles, CA 90013


We had a fabulous time at Phantom of the Opera on Saturday, Oct.11. First we split into three groups for dinner: Cole's French Dipped Sandwiches, Nickel & Diner, and the Taco Truck!

We really enjoyed this silent movie - very different from the Andrew Lloyd Weber version that French Club has seen in film and on stage many times. The rock band was awesome and the dancers were amazing - a combination of ballet, hip-hop, steampunk, and grunge - so innovative. We took photos with some of the performers afterwards - Christine Daaé, The Phantom himself, and one of the dancers.

The Phantom of the Opera (French: Le Fantôme de l'Opéra) is a novel by French writer Gaston Leroux and was first published 1910. The novel is partly inspired by historical events at the Paris Opera during the nineteenth century

Check it out at VOX LUMIERE Electrifying Entertainment


Friday French Film Fest - Friday, Nov.14 from 3:00pm - 5:00pm. JUST VISITING - a very funny American remake of the French comedy Les Visiteurs. A knight and his servant from the Middle Ages wind up transported to modern times. $1.00 for members - includes soda, snacks, and movie candy.Don't miss out.

Maverick Theater in Fullerton to see the play CYRANO de BEGERAC by Edmond Rostand - Friday, March 06, 2015.

The students had approx. one and a half hours to visit Birch Street Promenade in Downtown Brea – a pedestrian zone - on their own. Dinner at  the French café – Crepes de Paris, and the Belgian Waffle café – Bruxie’s.

Cyrano De Bergerac Written by Edmond Rostand Adapted & Directed by Nathan Makaryk

Despite his swashbuckling heroism and rapier wit, Cyrano thinks himself unworthy – because of his enormous nose – to be loved by the beauteous Roxane. Instead, he uses his gift for language to woo her for his comrade-in-arms, Christian. But when tragedy strikes, will Cyrano take his secret to the grave?
One of the 19th-century theatre’s most heartbreakingly romantic tales, packed with exhilarating swordplay, grand passion and dazzling repartee. Read all about the play on Wikipedia. Some of you know this website - SCHMOOP. It has a lot of detail but it's written in a fun, interesting style to appeal to teenagers. Check it out. Check out this small theater in Fullerton where we will be seeing the play. They have lots of great plays this season.

The Belgian waffle place: Bruxie's. Check out their delicious menu.

Also there's a cute and delicious French creperie:

Sunday, March 22, 2015 Getty Arts Center and Farmer's Market in LA Check out all the places to eat at this historic farmers market in downtown Los Angeles. Shopping in an upscale outdoor mall with a historic trolley Beautiful gardens and exquisite works of art

FRENCH CLUB Officers 2014-2015:

President - Sandra Martinez

Vice President - Sandra Patlan and Beatrice Sosa

Publicity -Daniel Posadas

Historian-Scrapbook - 2013-14 Leslie Flores and Andrea Moya

Historian-Scrapbook 2014-15- Adriana Martinez

Historian-Digital - Daniela Aguilar

Treasurer - Martin Chavez

Secretary - Amber Martinez

Sergeant-at-Arms - Jizael Hernandez

Officers - David Bermejo, Paola Maravilla, Alejandro Negrete