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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

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2020 Senior Spotlight

Congratulations to our graduating seniors!
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Virtual Chat with the Family Liaisons Tomorrow

Join the South Schools (Mission Vista, Cabrillo Point, & Pacific Coast) Family Liaisons for a virtual homeschooling chat! A great opportunity to ask questions, gain insight, and support for your homeschool journey!

Please complete this RSVP and we will send a reminder of the event to your inbox! There is also an opportunity to submit a question to be addressed during the chat.

Want to talk about curriculum? Homeschooling philosophy? Learning styles? Out of the box ideas? We can't wait to connect with you!

Wednesday, May 27th at 2pm

Zoom Room:

Meeting ID: 976-0064-6288

Our Message To You

Dear Families,

This spring, you've faced unprecedented challenges, and you've risen to them with ingenuity, care, and excellence! Your commitment has kept your children safe, engaged, and connected. Here is a message to our amazing families from your Cabrillo Point Academy Leadership and Teachers

We miss you!

Virtual Art Fair

It gives us great pleasure to introduce our First Annual Inspire Virtual Art Fair! Please click on the link below to access the Art Fair website to see the amazing art made by our very own Inspire students. Enjoy!

Inspire Virtual Art Fair 2019/2020

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Resource for Orange County Families

We wanted to share a list of mental health, financial and food resources surrounding Orange County in case you or someone you know may need them. As a school, we would really like to provide options for families that are struggling in this area. Please let us know if you are in need of more assistance. We are here for you all during these times, and will get through this together.

You may find the list of resources here.

Resource Site For All Parents

We worked together to create a resource site for our families and for parents who are now faced with homeschooling their children. Please share with anyone who you feel could benefit from the site!

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Academic Decathlon

Academic Decathlon Theme for the 2020-2021 School Year is:

The Cold War

Exploring the history of the Cold War, the Space Race and Astronomy, Reading Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut Jr, and exploring the Art and Music of the Cold War Era are just some of the exciting themes discussed in the AG approved elective.

High School students of all abilities are needed to form a team that then compete at a regional level to then have the opportunity to move to the state competition in Sacramento in March.

A student does not need to be an expert in all ten areas, instead, we are looking for students of all academic abilities to create a well-rounded team. The Decathlon is about creating a team, and the coaches and teammates work together throughout the course.

Please pass on the informational Flyer and Interest Survey to all of your families.

2020_21-Academic Decathlon Interest Flyer (for 9th-12th Grade and an AG approved elective)

2020-2021 Academic Decathlon Syllabus

Academic Pentathlon and Academic Decathlon Google Interest Survey

Inspiring Parents Session- Math Fluency

Our magnificent math team engaged viewers with tips to help students learn how to build a strong math foundation by bolstering their essential math skills during our webcast on May 6th. Bonus: lots of math resources to check out and many are free.

Missed it? Sign up for the recording and resources by clicking this link:

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Rosetta Stone Foundations Webinars

Rosetta Stone Foundations Webinars -- The Rosetta Stone Training team is hosting a series of 60-minute webinars every Tuesday at 12:00 pm PST to support educators with their understanding of student programs, the blended learning model, and supporting home use. Please click here to register for their upcoming webinars.

Community Connections

We hope that you have taken advantage of the virtual workshops that the Community Connections team has been offering these past two months. They have been hearing some wonderful feedback and have listened! For the month of May, all the events have been placed on the Cabrillo Point Academy events calendar which are found on the Parent Resource website and the Cabrillo Point Academy website (they are the same calendar). Direct links are found here:

Cabrillo Point Academy website - event calendar

OC Parent Resource website - event page

First, filter for the Orange County only events. Then simply click on a virtual event you may be interested in and a pop-up will appear with a description of the event, supplies needed (if any), a RSVP link, and the teacher contact information (make sure your pop-up blocker is turned off for these websites). Click on the RSVP link to sign your child(ren) up for the workshop up until 2 hours before the start of the workshop. You will receive an email the day before or up until 2 hours before the start of the event with the Zoom link and password. For the safety of our families, we are asking that the camera is turned on, at least at the beginning while we are identifying that the attendees are all students.

If you have any questions, please reach out to the teacher in charge of the workshop or to Gina Garland, the Regional Community Coordinator:

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High School

One More 8th Grade High School Transition Information Session

Last 8th Grade Transition > High School Session

Please join Lara Mulvaney and Tegan Thacker for our last 8th Grade Transition session on:

Thursday, 5/28 @ 1:00 PM Click Here

We have a recorded a session and you are welcome to watch here. We have also linked the presentation slide deck here for you.

Curriculum Choices

Need more curriculum information? Please take a look at our Curriculum Roadshow silde deck!

Summer Programs, 2020

We are offering summer programs through quite a few vendors like ASU Digital Prep., Silicon Valley High School, BYU Independent Study, UC Scout, and more. Please ask you HST for more information!

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High School Counselor Support

Career Technical Education (CTE) Spotlight Information #3:

Did you know we offer Career and Technical Education? Ask your HST for more information.

We have programs in:

  • International Business

  • Agriscience

  • Game Design

  • Biotechnology

  • Entrepreneurship

  • And more!

Concurrent Enrollment

  • Submit forms before June 30th: Please have your student’s form submitted to the High School Counselor prior to June 30th. There will not be anyone available to sign the forms in the month of July.

  • Official Transcripts: If your student is taking courses in spring 2020, please remember that official transcripts need to be requested from the college to be sent, directly to Inspire, as soon as final grades are entered for the term.

If you or someone you know is struggling, you are not alone. There are many supports, services and treatment options that may help. Here is just one option, NAMI - the National Alliance on Mental Illness offers support and Education.

Managing your Mental Health During Covid-19 Infographic

Student Support

As the 2019-2020 school year is quickly drawing to a close, the Intervention team wants to thank you for all of your support!

Many of you are wondering what online opportunities we will have during the summer.

  • Reading Horizons Discovery and Elevate will continue without interruption throughout the summer.

  • On August 1-3, the students will roll over for the 2020-2021 school year.

In an effort to provide the best, most cost-effective intervention, we will not be using Pathblazer next year.

  • Pathblazers for reading and math will end on June 22 for all students.

    • In August, we will provide the HSTs a survey to fill out, to place students in one of our new intervention options.

For students that qualify, we are excited to let you know that for the 2020-2021 school year we are offering for free:

  • Mathseeds TK-3rd grades

  • Mathletics K-10th grade

  • Reading Eggs TK-4th grade

  • EggsPress 2nd – 8th grade

Renaissance Learning is no longer offering English in a Flash for our Multilingual Learners. We are delighted to let you know that we will be able to offer:

  • BrainPop ELL - Free for EL students

For those interested, until June 15th, you can access Brainpop ELL for free off of our Intervention website

Special Education

Your student’s case manager will be contacting you if your child is due for an initial or triennial evaluation. Most of these assessments will not take place while schools are physically closed, as they require direct contact between students and staff. Instead, these assessments will occur once schools physically open. However, some types of speech assessments may be completed virtually. Your child’s case manager will contact you if your child is due for an assessment at this time.

If your child’s IEP includes extended school year (ESY), we will be offering ESY services this summer. Your child’s case manager will contact you in the next few weeks regarding your child’s service(s).

English Learners

English Learners Newsletter

Please read this resource to find a wealth of information about English Learners and the programs we offer to support our students.


Enrichment Ordering System: Amazon Punchout

We hope that you are enjoying using the Amazon punchout system!

Here is a new video to help avoid any issues with the system when entering these orders.

Video highlights:

  • Please only select Prime items, whenever possible. This will help your family avoid extra shipping costs, prevent unnecessary shipping delays, and will make it easier for the school to return items to the vendor, when necessary.

  • Please do NOT create punchout orders through mobile devices. It might look like orders are going through, but they may not. Always use a computer to enter punchout orders.

  • If the punchout system prompts you for a password, you took a wrong turn somewhere! Close the window, go back into your child’s EOS account, and begin creating the order again.

  • Please do not try to check your order history through your child’s Amazon account. This will confuse the account and create ordering issues. If you need to check your order history, please reach out to your HST, who can communicate with the Enrichment Dept.

Online Subscription Package

  • The OSP Portal will only be accepting subscription requests (including OSP A LA CARTE) through May 31st. For those who would still like to request OSP subscriptions, they will need to submit their requests in the OSP Portal no later than May 31st.

  • We are still finalizing the Online Subscription Package for the 2020-2021 school year; thanks for your patience!

Educational Tools

I Can Statements

Cabrillo Point Academy's "I Can" statements are available online to help you plan your school year!

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Nitro Type

"Nitro Type is a free, real-time competitive typing game, pitting racers against each other in an all-out, nitro-fueled drag race.

With over 1 million races a day, Nitro Type integrates educational content with high-intensity gaming to keep students engaged and begging for more!"

Sign up at

Price: FREE

Book It! Program is Open for Enrollment

BOOK IT! motivates children to read by rewarding their reading accomplishments with praise, recognition and pizza. The program is simple, flexible, fun and free to use in your classroom! BOOK IT! was created in 1984 and currently reaches more than 14 million students and 37,000 K-6 grade schools annually.

Enroll today!

Virtual Tours of National Parks

Got a bit of downtime? Take a trip to a national park from wherever you are! Many national park sites across the country offer digital tours and experiences that you can access anytime, anywhere. From digitally diving under the sea to watching the cherry blossom trees bloom, there are countless ways to #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque online.


Get up close and personal with parks through virtual tours. Learn more about the history of these legendary places and how essential their protection and preservation is in ensuring these sites are enjoyed for generations to come.

Visit to take your virtual tour of several amazing and historical national parks!

Homeschooling Advice

5 strewing ideas to sneak in summer learning

"Springtime is finally here in Ohio, and I’m so grateful. Winter seems to have lasted approximately 472 days.

Okay. Not really.

It just feels like forever since we’ve been able to consistently get outside and enjoy the warm sun beating down on us. We are so ready for a bit of summer fun.

But since my kids go a little stir crazy if their minds are not engaged in new things regularly, I still like to keep them learning all year round.

We follow a very eclectic, self-directed approach to homeschool, so I’m always on alert for things my kids are talking about more than normal or for topics that might pique their interest so I can strew things for them to discover and check out.

Strewing is the secret sauce to my homeschool success.

It’s a term coined by the unschooling movement to mean, quite simply, that you put things out where kids can find them, hoping to spark their interests in new things.

There is a very important thing to keep in mind when strewing though:

Have no expectations.

The most crucial key to successful strewing is that you — the homeschool parent — do not get tied to the things you strew out. When we’re trusting our kids to figure out what they might be interested in, we need to trust them, too, to know what they’re not interested in.

And we need to respect that.

It’s easy to get caught up in the idea of giving your kiddo all the things at once and, in a sense, creating a mini-unit study to find out on the bookshelf or school table.

With strewing, though, less is more."

Read the rest of the article here.

Community and Connection

Join Our Orange County Facebook Community

We would love to see more families in our Facebook group! Follow this link to join the conversations, stay up-to-date with our virtual events, and to get more virtual resources.

Please note: There are three questions that need to be answered in order to join. The group is for currently enrolled families only.

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Instagram Page

If you are on instagram, we'd love to hear from you! Join our page, learn about our upcoming events and field trips, and tag us in your homeschooling photos!

Orange County Parent Resource Site

Have you visited Inspire's Orange County Parent Resource Site yet? If not, head on over to meet our regional team, stay current on school events, and find general school information. This website is a great resource and one you'll want to bookmark!

Your Orange County Team

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Cabrillo Point Academy Family Liaisons

Ladan Rashidi - OC Family Liaison

I have three children who are 3, 7 and 9 years old, and I was previously a high school math teacher. Five years ago, our family chose the path of homeschooling and we have enjoyed it ever since! I am passionate about helping families navigate their way on their exciting homeschooling journey, and connecting individuals to build a community!

Shaemanique King - OC Family Liaison

I am a mom of four children, ranging in ages from 2 to 9 years old, and have homeschooled for the past five years. I consider my homeschooling style to be “eclectic” as I draw from many sources and philosophies. I enjoy planning and hosting activities and events and look forward to interacting with and supporting homeschooling families!


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