Central Scoop

The Adventure of Learning in Central California

Welcome Back to School!

August 26, 2019

We are so glad you've chosen to partner with Inspire as you home school your children! We consider it an honor to walk beside you on this journey. Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!

This newsletter will be sent out twice a month and we hope it will be a useful source of information for you.

Back to School Events

We LOVED seeing you at the Back to School Events in Merced, Kingsburg, Hollister and Monterey last week!

More Back to School Fun coming soon in Oakhurst and Fresno!

Tuesday, August 27th - Oakhurst - 6:00 PM 49074 Civic Cir, Oakhurst, CA

Thursday, September 12 - Fresno - 6 pm 4710 N. Maple, Fresno, CA

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Community Connections

Let The Adventure Begin:

We are excited to announce that the NEW Community Connections is launching the first week of September in Central! Community Connections Team is amazing events and activities that will create community and enhance the Adventure in Learning.

Community Connection Opportunities Will Include:

*Thematic Adventure Days (STEM days, Aviation Fun, Pumpkin Day, Red Ribbon, Valentines and Much More)

*Teacher-Led Field Trips

*Middle School and High School Event and Field Trips

*Special Events (Picture Days, Science Fairs, Community Service Projects and Much More)

Let's Connect!

Parents will join the fun for all events and field trips and will be able to use this time to connect with other homeschooling families.

Website: We have developed the CC Parent Website to share CC information with you.

Come Join the Community!

All events will be listed in The Central Scoop and on the Field Trips & Events site.

Field Trips & Events

If you have any questions about the Community Connections events, please email us.

Community Coordinators:

Fresno Tuesday: Shelly Elrod- michellee@inspireschools.org

Fresno Thursday: Jennifer Falco- jenniferf@inspireschools.org

Clovis Tuesday: Kristen Karr - kristenk@inspireschools.org

Clovis Wednesday: Jenny Plumb- jennyp@inspireschools.org

Kingsburg: Lisa Shinn - lisas@inspireschools.org

Merced: Katie Milikan- kmillikan@inspireschools.org

Monterey: Kristen Rhodes -krhodes@inspireschools.org

Oakhurst/Coarsegold: megank@inspireschools.org

Regional Community Coordinator – Central California

Michelene Fitzgerald – michelene@inspireschools.org

See You Soon……Where Community, Learning, and Adventure Come Together!

Note: CC Events are not drop-off nor are the CC staff responsible for supervising students at these events.

Parents are responsible for providing supervision of their children for every Community Connection activity, event, and field trip.

The Lending Library

Welcome back Inspire Families! The Lending Library is excited to see all of the returning and new families!

The library is open Monday-Friday from 9 am to 3 pm.

Lending Library Summer Reading Program: Thank you to all who have filled out their Bingo Cards. We will be closing the entries to win 1 of 3, $20 Amazon Gift Cards the first week of September. You still have time to earn prizes!

My name is Jillian Johnson. This is my second year with Inspire in the Lending Library. I am married to my high school sweetheart for 18 years. We have 4 daughters, Makayla 16, Kylie 14, Izzy 10 and Hayden 8. Some of the favorite things I enjoy are leading my Girl Scout troop, making bling shirts, and crafting. I am excited to be here serving our Inspire families.

Hello, my name is Debbie Kimzey and I am in my third month at the Lending Library. I have been married for 23 years and have three wonderful children. I love horses, farming, kids and photography! I’m so happy to be a part of this wonderful school!

High School

ICS High School Website

Please visit our website to learn more about high school! You can meet our counselors, find out about important upcoming dates regarding college, SATs, and financial aid applications, order a transcript, and so much more!

High School Success Coordinator

Hello, my name is Denise Voth and I am your High School Success Coordinator. I have worked at Inspire for the last 3 years and I really love what I do. I especially love High School students. I am here to help you answer any questions you may have about your Individualized Graduation Plan (IGP), High School Curriculum choices, Concurrent Enrollment in Community College, Academic Decathlon, and anything else related to high school. Mark your calendar! We are going to the Fresno Area College Night on September 11th. Click here for more information. Feel free to contact me for any of your high school-related questions. denisev@inspireschools.org 559-422-7674

High School Counselor

Carmen Marroquin is the High School Counselor for all of the High School Students in Yosemite Valley and Monarch River Charter Schools.

She meets in person and virtually with Inspire parents and students as needed. You can contact her directly should you want to set up an appointment.

Email: cmarroquin@inspireschools.org

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Academic Decathalon

Why encourage Academic Decathlon for your High School students?

- It is an AG approved elective.

- It is a distinguished competition and looks great on your transcript for


- Leadership Skills: Not only do you get to study an interesting topic,

but you learn how to write and perform a speech, write a resume, and

practice the interview process.

- Fun, in-person meetings with your classmates (in the Fresno area) and one on one teacher support.

It's not too late to sign up. You can sign up in the COS under Choice Plus Academy. Please reach out to your local Academic Decathlon coach, Denise Voth, at denisev@inspireschools.org with any questions.

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Click here for the Inspire Cheer Club Newsletter. Cheer Club is starting soon!
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Inspiring Parents

Click this link to join Inspiring Parents_Live @ 5 each Monday in August: http://bit.ly/InspiringLink

Need recordings from past Inspiring Parents ranging from advice about homeschooling, curriculum, Online Subscription Package, co-ops, homeschooling middle - high school, and more? Sign up here to receive recordings and resources: http://bit.ly/SignUpInspiringParents

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Homeschool Communities & Development

For Inspire Families:

Elections for the Statewide Executive Board and the 10 Regional Community Councils are coming up next week for CHPA, Inspire’s NEW Parent Teacher Organization. All Inspire staff and families may join. You do need to be a member in order to vote in the upcoming election. Join by filling out this form. To learn more about CHPA, please see this flyer:


Homeschooling Education Classes

Do you want to learn more about homeschooling? Wondering about curriculum choices or learning styles? How about connecting with others who are interested in homeschooling too?

Join the Heart of Homeschooling Classes. Fill out this interest survey today and we will send you more information about it. Classes run Sept-May, once a month. Meet in small or large groups or attend in the comfort of your own home.

*Possible college credit available for completion.


Helpful Websites for Inspire Families in Central California

Inspire Charter Schools- Central

The official FB page of Inspire Central - Like us!

Central Valley Parent Resource Site

A website with information to help our families. Find a vendor list, teacher bios, and links to important information.

Inspire High School

Find information about SAT/ACT, HS graduation requirements, curriculum, counselors

Online Subscription Package

Lists and describes the OSP package, Opt In/Out directions, announcements

Inspiration Station

Enrichment Orders, Field Trips and Events, and the Lending Library