Central Scoop

The Adventure of Learning - September 17, 2019

Fall is in the Air!

Hello Inspire Families,

We hope this year is off to a great start for your family and that you have already embarked on the Adventure of Learning with your children!

Inspire is honored that you have invited us to partner with you on your homeschool journey. We hope you enjoy this issue of the Central Scoop!

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Student Spotlight

Keizo Fleuridor

Yes, Keizo is a Soccer enthusiast and a Boy Scout. He plays midfield-center competitively and was chosen to be an assistant coach for his U8 soccer team. He shares his love of the game by creating soccer camps for neighborhood kids and participates in street soccer events. Keizo can juggle a soccer ball with his feet more than 50 times! In the Boy Scouts, he is a Patrol Leader, organized a zipline camping trip, volunteers with his troop, and earns advanced badges.

Keizo is an exemplary Yosemite Valley 9th grader!

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When you have a question... your HST can help you find the answer!

I just wanted to remind you to please reach out to your HST with any questions you have. The Fresno Office is buzzing with new enrollment!! We want to make sure we are not interrupting their progress with phone calls & emails. Our office staff is more than happy to help with anything but remember to please reach out to your HST. If your HST doesn't know the answer, he/she can find out for you! We are here to serve you!

Community Connections

Come find us at our Community Connections Team events! We are having SO much FUN!

Central Parent Resource Site- Community Connections

Please join us for all the fun while seeing friends, exploring new places, learning new ideas & adventuring together with our Inspire community. Please register for all events, free or paid, using Inspiration Station.

Inspiration Station Community Connections Central

If you have any questions or great ideas, please email Michelene Fitzgerald at michelene@inspireschools.org.
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Community Connections Website

Hot off the press! We have launched our Community Connections Parent Website.

It lists all the regions throughout CA so teachers who have families in other regions can either send specific newsletters for CC events or simply send the link to the website and families can select the region they are interested in. This is for everyone, not just for teachers. Thank you for your support!

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Lending Library

UPDATE Library Curriculum Check Outs: If you are checking out a curriculum from the Lending Library, you now can have that item until June 2020. All other items (readers, puzzles, and games) still have the maximum six month check out period.

Thank you to all who participated in our Summer Reading Bingo. Our three lucky winners are:

Calla Franklin, Gideon Estes, and Waverly Douglas!

We look forward to having future contests with everyone.


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Entrepreneur Fair

The Entrepreneur Fair will be coming to Fresno in December. If you are interested in participating this year, start thinking of what you will be marketing for the event. Date, venue and more details coming soon!
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High School

What if your Student is falling behind in their courses?

  • Does the student have enough quiet, uninterrupted time, every school day, in which to complete studies?
    • 1 hour per school day, per academic course

    • Electives require 3-4 hours per week

  • Does the student have a designated place to study?

  • Are you checking on progress daily? If you do not know how to check the progress of your student's curriculum, ask your HST.

  • Is the curriculum or platform the right choice for this student?

    • If a change is needed, the sooner the better, and must be within the first 6 weeks of the semester. High School students can add or drop a class until October 18th. After that, they must stay in all courses and complete the assignments.

  • Does the student need additional support for a subject?

    • Educational funds should be spent on core academic support first. Tutors, HQT office hours, and the OSP option of TutorMe is for grades 3-12 are great resources for additional academic support.

Academic Decathalon

In Sickness and In Health: An Exploration of Illness and Wellness

Students explore 7 subject areas as well as practice in Essay, Interview, and Speech skills.

Students are eligible to compete in the Regional Competition to be held at the end of the semester (Late January or early February). The top-performing team from Inspire will go on to the state competition in Sacramento to represent Inspire in March.

Please see the attached flyer to share with families.

Academic Decathlon 2019-2020 Flyer

To sign up, let your HST know you'd like to join!

For more information, please contact:

Denise Voth

High School Success Coordinator


From Your HS Counselor

From Carmen Marroquin, your High School Counselor

In-person counseling appointments

I will hold in-person counseling meetings for families on Fridays twice a month at our Fresno office, and at twice a month at Building Young Leaders (a preferred vendor) in Merced. These meetings are by appointment only, and families must use the sign-up sheet to schedule their time. If I do not have appointments scheduled by 5pm the Thursday before, I will not be going into the office. You can sign up at these links for Fresno September appointments and Merced September appointments. I am also available every day for phone or virtual appointments. I can be reached at 209-720-7177 or cmarroquin@inspireschools.org.

AP Courses


(Click Link above for Details)

REGISTER NOW for AP Exam(s) and MY AP Account

AP Exams: May, 2020

Registration Open: Now

Registration Closes: October 4, 2019

Upcoming College Fairs

College Fairs

It’s never too early to think about college! High school families, check out the upcoming college fairs!

Wednesday, September 18, 2019, @ 5:45 pm-North Monterey County High School 13990 Castroville Blvd, Castroville, CA 95012

Monday, September 23rd @ 6:00 pm-Turlock High School 1600 E Canal Drive, Turlock, CA 95380

TUSD college night will be held at Turlock High School from 6:00pm-8:00 pm. The evening will include 40+ colleges representing UCs, CSUs, JCs, Private Schools and Trade/Vocational Schools. The night will also include the following breakout information sessions: College 101, FAFSA Overview (financial aid), CSU and UC Admission overviews, MJC and Merced College Application Process, and more.

Tuesday, Oct 29th

Monterey Peninsula College Student Center @ 10am-1:00pm

980 Fremont St Monterey, California 93940

Transfer Day: 50 or more 4-year universities will be visiting to offer information tables and addressing student questions for transfer.

High School College Fair@Carmel High School gym 6:00pm-8:00 pm

Wednesday, Oct 30th

Hartnell College HS College Night 6:00pm-8: 00 pm

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For Parents

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Heart of Homeschooling

Are you looking for more? More community... more support... for YOU, the homeschool parent? Would you like to meet with other homeschooling parents like you and learn new things together? Then join us for the Heart of Homeschooling Parent Education Program. Sign up here to join!

We will meet during the last week of every month on Tuesday evenings or Thursday mornings. Sessions will be brought to you virtually via Zoom so you can either watch on your own or with other homeschooling parents in a Home Group near you. We are currently looking for Home Group Leaders to host a group in your area. Please fill out this form if you are interested in becoming a Home Group Leader.

Do you have more questions? Please look at our Heart of Homeschooling FAQ sheet or email Shannon Carpenter at shannon@inspireschools.org

Also, take a look at the Heart of Homeschooling website to find out more details about what each month’s session will cover.

The sessions are offered two times each month. The session dates/times are below. To join a session, please click on the link HERE to enter the Zoom room.

Tuesdays @ 7:00 pm

Thursdays @ 10:00 am

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Inspiring Parents

It’s here! All nine webcasts featuring talks with Inspire teachers, administrators, Family Liaisons and homeschool moms exploring weekly topics ranging from homeschool advice, curriculum choices, the Online Subscription Package, navigating middle and high school and much more! Homeschool parents can access all nine recordings by clicking this link: ​http://bit.ly/InspiringParentsAllJulyAugust2019

A Note from our Family Liaisons

Please welcome our new Family Liaison Kristi Garcia!! Kristi is a Homeschool Mom with Inspire!! She graduated with a marketing degree from Fresno Pacific and help with intervention at Kepler Neighborhood School!! Kristi is going to make an AMAZING addition to our Family Liaison team!!

Our team of Family Liaisons now includes Allyson Tapley and Kristi Garcia serving the greater Fresno Area, and Christina Hoppner serving the Monterey Region.

Inspire Will Be at Clovis Night Out- Come Say HI!

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Online Subscription Package Updates

Thank you for your remarkable patience while we worked through the implementation challenges with our Online Subscription Package (OSP) this year. We are truly sorry delay of several subscriptions as well as the frustrations those delays have caused you and your students.

The good news is that all of the subscriptions are working; hooray! For those who requested TutorMe, the subscription will be available on Monday, 9/16. We will send an email with login instructions (please be sure to check your spam folder). Unfortunately, some of our families are still experiencing difficulties accessing their subscriptions or need a little assistance in understanding how Clever works.

We're here to help!

Although we are working diligently to answer the backlog of thousands of emails, a video explanation or demonstration is oftentimes far more helpful. Therefore, we are hosting office hours for both teachers and families to provide live support and help answer questions, concerns, troubleshoot, and much more!

Following is our office hour schedule for Tuesday, 9/17 - Thursday, 9/19

Tuesday, 9/17

Afternoon - 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm https://zoom.us/j/156789502

Evening (Dedicated for Shmoop) - 7:30pm - 9:00pm https://zoom.us/j/361757108

Wednesday, 9/18 Afternoon - 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm https://zoom.us/j/156789502Evening - 7:30pm - 9:00pm https://zoom.us/j/304140912

Thursday, 9/19

Afternoon - 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm https://zoom.us/j/156789502

Evening - 7:30pm - 9:00pm https://zoom.us/j/304140912

For those who need more immediate information or answers, our OSP Handbook has the most up-to-date, detailed information for each subscription.

Again, we greatly appreciate your patience and understanding. If you need help, we look forward to having you join us in our office hours!