Inspire Family Newsletter

News and updates for families of Inspire students

May 20, 2021

Dear Inspire Families,


Is it really the week before school gets out? My goodness, this has been quite a year. As we approach the last few days of school and the planned celebrations for our students, it occurs to me we haven't really had the time to reflect on all this year has meant. There have been losses, hardship, too many changes to count, but also moments of tremendous joy and hope, when we saw students and staff reach beyond their themselves in order to care for others. I hope that you and your families have the time and rest and space this summer to reconnect and find restoration.


Get ready for one "gnarly night", because the Hawk's Nest Studios 2021 Video Showcase is TOMORROW, May 21st at 7 PM. In Erin Hall's words, Video Club has been working tirelessly to make this "the most tubular, nay, bodacious, Video Showcase Inspire has ever seen! Come celebrate the (insert descriptive 80's language, here) accomplishments of Hawk's Nest Studios with us."


On Saturday, May 22 , Inspire is hosting a Drive-in Movie Night at Meriam Park. We're excited about this chance to dress up, be silly, and enjoy the classic film Grease with our community. Hope you can make it!


If you missed it, we hope you get the chance to watch our 2021 Senior Awards Night video. This celebration of the outstanding accomplishments of our seniors will inspire you and give you hope for the capacity of our young people to change the world for the better.


On June 1, senior families will gather for our 2021 Inspire Graduation ceremony. This drive-in event at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds will feature performances and speeches on the big screen, along with a live presentation of diplomas awarded to our deserving graduates. We are so excited to share this moment with you!


Next week, we'll celebrate the Last Day of School on Friday, May 28. Students will gather in Advisories to celebrate the end of the school year, participate in fun activities, and talk about what next year will look like.


As always, I welcome your questions, concerns, and good ideas! Feel free to call or email any time.


With gratitude and hope,


Becky Brown

Principal/Superintendent

Inspire School of Arts and Sciences

(530) 230-7758

bbrown@inspirechico.org

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Inspire School Plans for 2021-22

1) 2021 -22 School Calendar and Schedule - We are planning to return on Monday, August 9 full time, in person, and five days a week. You can access the school calendar here and the daily schedule here.


2) COVID-19 Protocols and Processes - Keep in mind, the guidelines are constantly changing. Here's what we know now!

  • Masking will continue to be required for staff and students.
  • Enhanced ventilation in classrooms.
  • 3' minimum social distancing.
  • Ten-day quarantine for students who test positive for COVID, or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive.
  • COVID vaccination strongly encouraged for students and staff.

3) Academic, Social, and Emotional Support - We know that students have been negatively impacted by the pandemic, and we plan to have supports in place for next year, including:

  • Increased counseling services
  • In-class tutors
  • Lunch and after-school interventions
  • Social-emotional learning in Advisories



If you missed the Parent/Guardian Information Meeting, you can view it by clicking the link here and entering the Passcode: Z$8KHx7u.

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Summer School Offered for June 14 - July 14

Inspire School of Arts and Sciences' online summer school program will be offered through a hybrid learning model: Students complete work online via Edgenuity, but attend school in-person. Inspire will be offering a four-week Summer School Session from June 14 through July 14 from 8:00 to noon each day. Students will come to campus daily, log into Edgenuity, and complete the work with support from an Inspire teacher.


If your child is in need of credit recovery and you are interested in enrolling them in summer school, please contact their counselor for more information:


Last Name A-K: Tasha Teeter tteeter@inspirechico.org

Last Name L-Z: Marcus Hopkins@inspirechico.org

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Inspire Digital Media Arts Teacher Erin Hall Honored

On Tuesday, May 18 Inspire's own Erin Hall was honored as a 2021 Chico Rotary Club Educator of the Year. As an outstanding Digital Media Arts teacher, Erin helps bring up young people who are both highly skilled in their field, but also creative, compassionate, confident, and adaptable. If you’ve seen his students photography, video, or animation, you see excellent work that has garnered attention regionally and statewide. But what you don’t see is the way students are embedded in the processes of their craft, working with peers, developing narratives, choosing sound, images, light, and angles carefully in order to tell a story.


Erin models for students what adulthood could look like when you’re passionate about your work, when you take joy in it, when you’re always learning. When we ask students, “Who’s your person, your trusted adult on campus?” it’s so often Erin. He helps them become artists, thinkers, and do-ers capable of--not just being in the world--but changing it. We are so grateful to Rotary for the opportunity to shout about what Erin does for Inspire students and for the larger community. Erin, we see you. We value your commitment to students. We honor your craft. We are so proud of you!

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Don't Forget to Enroll Your Incoming Inspire Students

If your Inspire student has a sibling who will be new to Inspire next year, don't forget to apply now on the Enrollment page of the Inspire website!
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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.


Visitors Need to Sign-In At the Front Office When Coming to Campus.

Returning Materials to the Main Office

Please remind your student to return all school materials they are not currently using (text books, computers, chrome books, etc.) to the Main Office at their earliest opportunity as to avoid fines.


ALL materials should be returned to the school by the end of the school year.

Heads up Senior guardians, unreturned materials will inhibit your student from participating in Graduation activities.

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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:


We need Seniors to do the following, ASAP:

  1. Join the Graduation 2021 Schoology Page - Access Code: XMM6-RT3V-DHPKP.
  2. Send graduation song ideas to your advisors.
  3. Send keynote speaker ideas to your advisors or add to the discussion board.
  4. Upload an image of your decorated graduation cap by Friday, May 21st. There is a Google Folder on the Schoology Page.
  5. All speakers, presenters, and performers at graduation must submit their videos by FRIDAY.
  6. Complete the Senior Exit Survey.


Questions? E-mail: Jarrah, jmyles@inspirechico.org

Senior Grad Night

Senior Grad Night will be on Thursday, May 27th from 7 pm - 12 am at Funland in Chico with miniature golf, skating, live music, casino games and more!


This event is FREE and for Inspire seniors ONLY.

Please Register HERE.



Please let Celeste know if you have any questions or would like to help with Sober Grad Night.


Celeste Cramer

Development Director

ccramer@inspirechico.org | 530-999-2882

Cap & Gown Pick-Up

If you have paid for your Cap & Gown, you will be able to pick them up in the Main Office from Noon to 3.

If you have questions about your order or need to make a payment and for all other questions, please contact our Herff Jones Rep, Sandy Gonzalez. 530.343.1637


The Silver Hoods have JUST arrived, you'll need to pick one up in the office to make the "lewk" complete.

Senior Picnic + Senior Slideshow - May 21st

Here is the schedule for the day:
8:30am-12:00pm - Senior Picnic/Senior Superlatives @ Wildwood Park. Breakfast provided

12:00pm-1:15pm - Break for lunch
1:30pm-2:30pm - Senior Slideshow @ Chico High FieldHouse Gym

If you or your family want to contribute CLICK HERE!


Details:

The picnic is at Wildwood Park

You must have your own transportation to & from, bring comfortable clothes, a mask, water, a blanket or towel to sit on, sunscreen and lawn games!


Seniors are invited to the Fieldhouse in person, underclassmen (and any seniors who can't join in person) are invited to join via Zoom streamed from the Fieldhouse so they will be able to see you & watch the slideshow too.


If you have any questions, contact Chloe Brandi (chloeebrandii@gmail.com)

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Yearbook 2020-2021

Last call for Yearbooks! The price is now $90. Please see below for purchasing options.


  • 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.


Click here to visit our Boosters Website to find out how you can get involved!

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More details to come!

Inspire Video Showcase: 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

Hawk's Nest Studios Video Showcase

Get ready for one gnarly night everyone! The Hawk’s Nest Studios Video Showcase is this Friday, May 21st at 7 PM. Video Club has been working tirelessly to make this the most radical, tubular, bodacious, and other descriptive 80s words.... Video Showcase you’ve ever seen! We have some incredible videos from some incredible students and we’re excited for you all to see them. Come see who will win what awards and take home the crown in each category. The link to the Showcase will be provided on both Schoology and the Inspire Website. So come stream the premiere with us and have the most gnarly night of your life!


Watch our Hawk’s Nest Studios Video Showcase Promo Video!

Video Showcase Promo - 2021

Inspire is having a fun family movie night / fundraiser at the Meriam Park Drive In on Saturday, May 22nd, to watch the movie “Grease.” Come support Inspire and feel free to dress the part! Located off of 20th Street with the entrance on Springfield, the movie starts at 8:30pm, with doors opening at 7:15pm. A portion of every ticket will go back to our school as well as 25% of concession sales! They sell the usual popcorn and candy as well as hot dogs and nachos, and even beverages for adults.So, let’s support the MP Drive In, and in turn, they will support us!


To buy your ticket, go to: www.meriampark.com/drivein

(Tickets go on sale 5/4/21 and are NOT sold at the door.)


Organized by the Inspire Production Team

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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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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