Inspire Family Newsletter

News and updates for families of Inspire students

April 1, 2021

Dear Inspire Families:


We are back to school in-person, and the excitement is palpable. While we are getting used to the new normal--30% of students remain in distance learning, staff and students are masked at all times, and students in the classroom engage virtually with their peers at home--it feels like a return to life for our vibrant community.


There’s a lot going on, so please read the sections below for more details on the following:


  1. Butte County Public Health Opens Vaccine Availability to All Butte County Residents 16 and Up - This is big news for our families and students, and we encourage everyone to register to receive the vaccine. Details are outlined below.

  2. Notes and Updates for Students Attending In Person - If you are the parent of a student who is back on campus, please make sure you understand the COVID and attendance protocols listed below.

  3. No School on Friday, April 2 through Monday, April 5 - Whether you are celebrating Easter, Passover, preparing for Ramadan, or enjoying the first warm days of spring, we hope your family finds time for peace, rest, and joy on this four-day weekend.


Spring is also a time when Inspire is deeply engaged in reflecting on how we’ve served students in the last year and planning for improved educational experiences next year. I’ll be sending out invitations soon for parent meetings designed to get as much feedback as possible from parents in planning to meet students needs for next year. Keep an eye out!


In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to call or email with questions, concerns, and good ideas. We are grateful for your partnership and we couldn’t do it without you.


Yours in hope,


Becky Brown

Principal/Superintendent

Inspire School of Arts and Sciences

(530) 230-7758

bbrown@inspirechico.org

Butte County Public Health Opens Vaccine Availability to All Butte County Residents 16 and Up

Butte County Public Health has expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to everyone ages 16 and up who live or work in Butte County. Please see the attached press release for instructions on how to register yourself or your child for an appointment. Important note: In order to register on the MyTurn website, you must choose the 65-74 age range. Then, you will be able to fill in you or your child’s correct birthdate and move forward to registration.


We encourage you to book a vaccination for your eligible students as soon as possible, knowing that the increase in vaccinated students and staff at Inspire decreases the risk of COVID-19 spread significantly. We are thrilled to be back on campus, and eagerly anticipating a full return to school in-person. Help us ensure a safer learning community by registering yourselves and your eligible students for vaccines now.


For more information on vaccine safety, you can click on the links below:

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Notes and Updates for Students Attending In Person

Attendance for In-Person Students

Students who are attending school in person will be marked absent if they don't show up to class, even if they attend on Zoom. Please make sure you call the office at (530) 891-3090 to excuse an absence if your child is unable to attend.

Breakfast and Lunch Available in the Chico High Cafeteria

Students can get a hot breakfast in the Chico High Cafeteria starting at 8:15, and lunch starting at 12:15.

COVID Screening and Attendance Protocols

Please screen your child at home each morning for COVID-19 symptoms. If they are ill, have tested positive for COVID-19, or need to quarantine due to exposure, please call the office to notify us at (530) 891-3090. For more details, read Nurse Natalie Wren's updates available on this page.

Changing Your Child's Attendance Model

If your child would like to switch from an in-person learning model to distance learning model (or vice-versa) please call the office to notify them of the change at (530) 891-3090. If your child has been learning from home, but would like to attend in-person, you will need to reach out to the teacher directly to ensure this is possible.

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Messages from the main office:

Office Hours/Scheduling:


In-Person Learners: Please report to campus no earlier than 8:15. Class will begin at 8:30 and be excused at 12pm, as they have for most of the year. Please do not linger on campus after class unless you have permission to do so.


Distance Learners: No changes, please log on from 8:30 to noon.

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Inspire is pleased to announce that we will be honoring our 2021 Inspire graduates with a Drive-In Graduation at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds on Tuesday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m.


Families can attend in their own vehicles and enjoy a celebration of our Seniors' accomplishments with a virtual ceremony on the big screen. Students will have the opportunity to receive their diplomas in person, with a walk across the stage. We are also planning opportunities for families to take photos of their seniors with diplomas.


For questions, contact Becky Brown at bbrown@inspirechico.org

Senior Parents/Guardian Section

Please check HERE regularly for Senior-specific information:


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Yearbook 2020-2021

Be sure to buy your yearbook now, before prices go up!

From now to April 30th the yearbook will be $85 and starting May 1st it will go to $90.


  • Paying with credit card? CLICK HERE and enter school code 16210.
  • Paying with cash or check? Fill out the order form and bring exact payment amount (not able to make change) to the front office during office hours.


Email yearbook@inspirechico.org with questions.

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Inspire Performing Arts Boosters

People always ask: “How can we/I help?”


Usual response is: “Fill our seats, spread the word to increase our audiences, make a program ad purchase, get goodies at the concessions booth, or donate time and items when called for.”


For ten years, this has been enough, but now these ways to help the Performing Arts have been obliterated by the pandemic. After waiting a year for things to improve, we have decided to form a new plan and WE NEED YOU! We have created an Inspire Performing Arts (IPA) Boosters Program. All donations will go directly to our programming and are tax deductible. We need to get through this and allow our students to have the amazing learning opportunities they deserve even if they look a little different.


STEP 1: Visit our Boosters Website hosted by the Inspire Foundation on the Classy platform of giving. https://www.classy.org/campaign/Inspire-Performing-Arts-Boosters/c326012

[More details and specific info can be found on this site].


STEP 2: Become an IPA Boosters Member or IPA 5 STAR Boosters Member by making an annual membership donation. You can securely donate online or make a cash/check donation at the Inspire Office made payable to "Inspire ASB" Memo Line "IPA Boosters."


STEP 3: Give to other upcoming events that need a boost: The Phantom of the Opera, the Inspire Performing Arts Festival, Inspire’s 10th Annual Graduation, Alice in Wonderland, Inspire Summer Performing – “Rock the Musical”, or help with ongoing production needs. These are all options on the site.


STEP 4: Share our IPA Boosters program via word-of-mouth, Instagram, FaceBook, E-mail, text…get creative! Help promote our one-of-a-kind educational program by encouraging individuals, families, and businesses to give Inspire Performing Arts a BOOST! We have already raised our first $1000.


STEP 5: Take part in our upcoming spring fundraisers: Any Medium Art Auction in conjunction with the Inspire Foundations Virtual Art Action – April 1-25 (artwork inspired by Phantom or Alice), Grease Dress-up Movie Night at Meriam Park Drive-in - May 22, or promote our summer musical theatre intensive for grades 6-12 – July 12-23 through CARD. [Registration begins April 5.]


STEP 6: Consider giving monthly to Inspire through our Inspire Foundations monthly give program to continually support our programs and capital campaign for our new campus.

You can stop reading here and go to the website to give us a BOOST… or if you would like more details contact Production Director Jarrah Myles. Sometimes we need more information to understand where our donation will go and whom it will help. We also need IPA Boosters who can become well-informed advocates and really help us through this transition back from a year-long hiatus.


It's the first of the month, there's money in the bank, make our mission come to life: Inspire Performing Arts (IPA) Boosters Program supports the creative, challenging, and nurturing environment designed by Inspire School of Arts & Sciences that offers passionate and focused students professional preparation for higher education and life-long learning in the arts. We are the crew behind the crew!

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Inspire Summer Performing Arts – “Rock the Musical”

Sing – Act – Dance – Produce… Musical Theatre Inspire Style! This summer Inspire School of Arts & Sciences is proud to present a 2-week, immersive musical theatre intensive. Students will be introduced to the world of theatre by exploring works from our very favoring rock musicals such as: Grease, The Rocky Horror Show, The Wiz, Evita, Dreamgirls, Hair, Tommy, Rent, Aida, Movin’ Out, Footloose, Jersey Boys, Rock of Ages, Legally Blonde, Next to Normal, American Idiot, Spider-man, Heathers, School of Rock, Head Over Heels, Jagged Little Pill, and SpongeBob. Students will be placed in cohorts based on age and experience, then do a Zoom interview the week before the program begins for placement. Enthusiastic and experienced professional artistic staff will work with students in all areas including, but not limited to: acting, vocals, choreography, stagecraft, and performing. Inspire Performing Arts teachers will set the curriculum and we will employ Inspire alumni as guest instructors. Students will explore and deepen their understanding of the craft of performance and develop their own skills in all areas.


$25 supply fee payable at on first day includes event t-shirt and PPE. Camp includes a showing on the evening of 7/23. Must register by 7/1. Inspire School of Arts & Sciences - High School.


Day: M-F | Date: 7/12-7/23 | Time: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM | Grades: 6-12 | Fee: $275


*Current Inspire juniors and seniors will be eligible to apply for camp counselor positions allowing them to lead and participate in the program for FREE. Interviews will be held in late-April for this limited placements.

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Mark your calendars - More details to come!

The Phantom of the Opera: April 25 & 30, May 1


PA Spring Festival: May 14-15


Senior Awards Night: May 18


Film Festival: May 21


Drive-In Movie Night - Grease: May 22


Graduation: June 1


Alice in Wonderland: June 15-19


ISPA Rock the Musical: July 12-23

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

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We. are. Live!

This year, the Inspire Foundation is taking our annual fundraiser online with a virtual auction, running from April 10th through 25th, 2021! From local and international vacation getaways (like the one featured below), to winery and brewery tours and tastings, to gorgeous jewelry and art, the Inspire Virtual Auction will offer experiences and items to you while giving you a chance to support all Inspire programs.

This event is part of our 2021 public fundraising effort to build a new, state-of-the-art campus and permanent home for our Inspire family, breaking ground in 2022!

Here's how you can get involved:

Donate to a cause and get entered in the weekly raffle. For every donation received on our auction site, you will be entered to win in our weekly raffle starting on March 12th and will continue through April 23rd. Each donated dollar gets one raffle ticket, so the more you donate, the more likely you are to win. You get a tax write-off and a chance to win great prizes!


Donate an auction item or naming opportunity on the new campus. By contributing an item to our auction, you will have access to a range of marketing benefits, including social media, website, and newsletter acknowledgment with nationwide visibility. Additionally, any investment in a naming opportunity by March 31, 2021 will earn you recognition as a sponsor of the April auction on social media, our website, and beyond. To learn more about naming opportunities visit our Capital Campaign webpage or to donate an item, visit our auction page and select "Donate Auction Items".


Spread the word. RSVP "Going" to the Facebook auction event for regular updates leading up to April 10th and through the 25th, and invite your friends to join the fun as well!

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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