Inspire Family Newsletter

News and updates for families of Inspire students

September 11, 2020


Dear Inspire Families:


Wednesday morning, as the Bear Fire raged, the Inspire community launched into action, beginning first with calls to families in Oroville to see where they were and what students needed. Teachers began calling students that afternoon to make sure they were safe, and to see what support could be provided for their success in these last few days of the class session.


Right now, I'm so grateful for teachers for reaching out to students, for the compassion and care they show each day. Along with a personalized approach to supporting students, teachers are providing the crucial routines, rituals, and consistency needed to make students feel safe and comfortable, even in an online learning space. Today in Malina Olson's Anatomy class, she began with a welcome: "Good morning! I'm so excited to see you today," followed by a "How are you doing?" Students could give a thumbs up or thumbs down for a quick visual check in to set the stage for a team project.


As we adjust and adapt to yet another unthinkable change in our world, we look to old routines and invent new ones to keep us grounded in what's important--care for each other.


With gratitude for your partnership,


Becky Brown

Principal/Superintendent

Inspire School of Arts & Sciences

bbrown@inspirechico.org

(530) 230-7758

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If your student has been affected by wildfires or by power outages, we want you to know that we are here for you. While we are saddened that we can't provide a safe space on campus, we can work with your family on a case-by-case basis to see how we might support your student.


Please call the office and let us know if your child will need to be absent, either due to an evacuation or to loss of power. We will reach out to teachers to develop a plan to support your student successfully to the end of this first class session and into the next.


Call or email the office for an absence: (530) 891-3090 or lholcomb@inspirechico.org, mmendoza@inspirechico.org

Call or email Ken Hardy for technology assistance: (530) 891-3090 or khardy@inspirechico.org

Call or email your child's teacher by visiting the "Staff" page on our Inspire website.

Call or email the Principal/Superintendent: (530) 230-7758 or bbrown@inspirechico.org

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Tuesday, September 15 marks the end of our first class session! Period 2 begins on Wednesday, September 16. We have learned so much in the last four weeks, but for the most part, teachers and parents have expressed gratitude for the deep connections and personalized support the 1X8 Block Schedule allows.


Families will receive the final grade report for Period 1 on Tuesday, September 22. In the meantime, you can check Aeries for a snapshot of how your student is doing as Period 1 comes to a close.

For general needs, call our office at (530) 891-3090

For technology help, email Ken Hardy at khardy@inspirechico.org

For enrollment questions, contact Dinah Weller at dweller@inspirechico.org

To contact the Inspire principal, email bbrown@inspirechico.org

FAQ and further resources, visit the "Students/Parents" page at inspirechico.org


Title IX and Non-Discrimination Information? Click here!

2020-2021 School Calendar & Daily Schedule

Get Involved!

This year, more than any other year, we need volunteers for Inspire School of Arts & Sciences. The school has had several set backs in the past few years, such as the 2018 Camp Fire which affected Inspire more than any other school in Chico and the pandemic which is estimated to cost the school over $300,000. At the same time, the school has received a grant from the state for $10M but can not access it unless they match with $10M.


In order to assist the school, the Inspire Foundation was created, Celeste Cramer was hired as their Development Director, and many events and plans have been scheduled. And we need volunteers to make Inspire successful. Some examples are:



  • Flamingo Auction - arts students are decorating flamingos for a Foundation auction
  • Inspire UNITED Concert Series - schedule every few weeks for families to enjoy music from their living rooms
  • Inspire Pledge Drive - October 16th and will exhibit presentations for different fields of study (robotics, science, dance, theatre, etc.)
  • Neverland Ball Gala planned for April 10th, 2021 at Sierra Nevada Brewery
  • Inspire Sober Grad Night
  • Grants for Angel Network
  • Sponsorships and grant for Scholarships and other needs



We have so much planned and are excited for your help! To learn more, please RSVP here. Once you RSVP, you will receive the Zoom meeting information.