Inspire Family Newsletter

News and updates for families of Inspire students

December 11, 2020

Dear Inspire Families:


Last week, an Inspire student posted a message to his public Instagram account using Nazi propaganda modified to communicate his perspective on current pandemic measures. Though the student did not intend to produce a hateful message, the post was inherently anti-Semitic; it depicts hateful Jewish stereotypes, and draws on the trauma of the Holocaust to produce a personal political viewpoint.


The message generated a great deal of response, including comments on the post itself, reposts on individual accounts, and emails and calls to Inspire administrators, teachers, and staff. The responses included a range of perspectives; generally, they affirmed that though the message wasn’t intended to cause harm, it caused harm.


Inspire’s vision states that “we strive to motivate and empower our students to reach their intellectual, creative, personal, civic, and social potentials in a smaller, supportive environment in which all students feel safe, appreciated, and respected.” Our school culture emphasizes kindness and inclusivity, and we repudiate language that can intentionally or unintentionally hurt or harm others, or that discriminates against groups or individuals.


This incident confirms for me the need to continue the work we began this year to build skills in civil discourse for both students and staff. Our students are navigating social media platforms where the messages they send are inherently public and permanent, and they need support with understanding how to manage their engagement in online conversations. Inspire is a learning institution, and we are learning together how to disagree, how to engage others with differing viewpoints, and how to be both informed and kind online.


This week in Advisory, many of our classes are viewing and discussing a student-led presentation on anti-Semitism. In the next months, students will also have the opportunity to participate in guided discussions designed to support their engagement in respectful and productive conversations both on- and off-line. We have hired an Equity Coordinator to help Inspire staff keep focused on equitable communication as we engage our students and the larger community. Additionally, we have invited both students and staff to collaborate in drafting a Student Free Speech and Expression policy to help guide us in maintaining appropriate classroom guidelines for student expression, while protecting their rights to freedom of speech.


We are grateful for our Inspire community, and for partnerships with parents and students that are helping us find solutions to difficult problems. We appreciate your willingness to engage in hard conversations. As this year has taught us, we can do hard things.


Please don’t hesitate to reach out with your questions, concerns, and good ideas.


With gratitude and hope,


Becky Brown

Principal/Superintendent

Inspire School of Arts & Sciences

bbrown@inspirechico.org

(530) 230-7758

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On Monday, November 16, Butte County rolled back to Tier 1 (Purple), the most restrictive category on California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy. While this does not affect Inspire's current plan for remaining in distance learning--with the exception of a few in-person activities and instruction for small groups--we do want our families to be aware of the COVID-19 situation in our county, and to have the resources necessary to make informed decisions.


Resources:

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Enrollment is OPEN! Inspire siblings, welcome

Be sure to enroll your eighth-grader, today! Families that already have a student at Inspire receive priority. Open enrollment ends January 31. Enroll here !


Invite your friends to register for our Inspire Info Session: Parent Panel on January 6.

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Senior Parents/Guardian Section

Please check HERE regularly for Senior-specific information:



Deadlines of Note:

- CSU Applications extended until Dec 15, 2020

- Reg2Go Application Workshop Dec 17, 2020


GET ON IT!!!

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Inspire’s School-wide Gala 2021: We Got This!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR & ORDER YOUR DINNER & DESSERT NOW!


Inspire’s yearly Gala is coming back in a brand new format!

Inspire will have a free virtual showing of student performances and presentations at 7PM. Our fundraiser is the selling of dinners and desserts provided by Roots Catering and Blue Sugar Bake Shop respectively. The Gala will help fund our collaborative productions this year such as Phantom of the Opera, our original adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, and student showcases.


To stay up to date on Inspire Gala information follow our:

Instagram (@inspiregala_)

Tik Tok (@inspiregala)

FaceBook Event Page (Inspire Gala: We Got This)


ORDER DINNER & DESSERT HERE [DEADLINE TO ORDER IS 12-21-20]:


NOTE: Details on dinner content and pricing is found on the site. The dinner is meat, vegan, or vegetarian enchiladas with sides and desserts are custom boxes of Inspire sugar cookies. 50% of the proceeds goes directly back to Inspire students. Thank you for supporting our first fundraiser of 2021!


Also posters and mini-flyers (business card size) are available at the Inspire Office to help promote the event. Contact Inspire Production Director, Jarrah Myles for more information: jmyles@inspirechico.org

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Yearbook 2020-2021

This is a year like no other, and our yearbook staff is working to document it all for you. But they need your help! We aren't on campus gathering pictures of classes and events like usual, so we need you to help submit photos of what school is like for your student at home!

Pictures we are looking for:

  • Your student in their workspace, something your student made/changed/did during Distance Learning
  • Their favorite quarantine hobby, your student with their pets, your student in their masks, your student doing activities over break
  • OR ANY OTHERS OF YOUR STUDENT THIS YEAR!!!

Here are ways to participate:

  1. Use the app HJeShare (school code 16210) to upload photos
  2. Use hjeshare.com (school code 16210) to upload photos
  3. Email photos to yearbook@inspirechico.org
  4. Tag photos with #2021InspireYBK on Instagram
  5. Answer questions asked on instagram @inspireyearbook
  6. Buy your book on yearbookordercenter.com (school code 16210)


Click HERE to learn more about Yearbook.

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Only 5 blankets left! Order TODAY!

Get your Inspire Blanket, black plush fleece with a purple embroidered “i” TODAY! Only 5 LEFT, and we want them gone by next Thursday!


Blankets will be available in the office the Monday after your purchase.

If you have not picked up your blanket yet, they're waiting for you!


$25 minimum donation + $5 shipping and handling anywhere in the US.

  • If you purchase 4 blankets you will receive 2 free tickets to our next live dance event!
  • Purchase online HERE!
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    Phantom of the Opera Auditions

    Calling all Inspire students! The Phantom of the Opera audition packets are now available. If you want to perform onstage or supervise a crew backstage for this incredible classic musical, get your packet today! Do you wish to audition, but find it safer to stay isolated in your dark and dreary room singing and or dancing to the walls? Don’t be nervous. Audition anyways, we are always looking for students with new and exciting talent, so do the Inspire thing and put yourself in the spotlight.

    Auditions videos are due Monday, December 13th at 2:00PM.

    So mark the date and read through the audition packet for all the details…

    BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!!!


    Click on the file below to download your Phantom of the Opera Audition Packet.

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    Any Medium, Virtual Community Silent Art Auction Submissions - NEEDED!

    Calling all creatives and community artists! The Inspire Production Team is looking for people who would like to create art for our to raise funds for our upcoming productions -- The Phantom of the Opera and Alice in Wonderland!


    We are accepting any type of art medium: painting, drawing, pottery, ceramics, chalk, pastels, digital, culinary, carvings, sewing, jewelry, crafting, or anything else inspired by these classic tales.


    For additional information contact inspireproductionteam@gmail.com Subject Line: “Art Auction” or to express interest fill out the following submission form: https://forms.gle/scx84pfo31oveeDV7. Have fun with it, and let your imagination run wild!


    NOTE: All content must be school appropriate.

    Counseling Office

    Is your student having trouble with school or classes?

    Need to talk to about their schedule?

    In need of emotional support?

    Let us help!


    Office Hours: Mon – Fri 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.


    Counselors:

    Tasha Teeter -students last names beginning A-K

    Marcus Hopkins – students last names beginning L-Z

    DON'T MISS OUT ON THE NEW CAMPUS' NAMING OPPORTUNITIES!

    Naming a part of the school is a wonderful way to leave a reminder of your generosity or honor a family member or alumni.


    Additionally, ALL donations are matched – making your donation even more significant. If you would like to leave a lasting legacy, please contact our Development Director to discuss available options. All pledges can be made over a two year period. We want to work with you and your passion for the future of this school and the thousands of students who will pass through these doors.

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    Office Hours

    The office is open from 8-4 Monday through Friday.

    If the gate is locked, please try both sides before calling the office.


    Class Materials

    • Please have your student check in with their 4th period teacher to see if they need anything.
    • You do not need an appointment to pick up or drop off materials for classes.
    • However, if you need to exchange a laptop, a Chromebook or other equipment, please call the office beforehand.

    Attendance Expectations

    Though students are not on campus, attendance is mandatory for both your daily classes and Friday afternoon Advisory.


    Distance Learning Attendance Expectations:


    • Teachers will track attendance for the duration of class.
    • Students are required to log in, on time, at the beginning of each period and remain logged in until excused.
    • If a student cannot make a class period, a parent/guardian must call or email attendance as usual.
    • Students should stay in communication with their teachers.


    To leave a message on the Attendance Line please call (530) 891-3133.

    Emails can be sent to attendance@inspirechico.org

    More information HERE.

    WHO YOU GONNA CALL?

    For attendance:


    For general questions, or material appointments:

    • Call the front office at (530) 891-3090


    For technology assistance:


    To speak with your child's teacher:


    To speak with the Principal/Superintendent:

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