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Inspire serves approximately 450 students from Chico, Paradise, Magalia, Oroville, Orland and other surrounding communities that are focused on their academic education and passionate about developing skills in arts and science-related fields.                                            


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Office Phone: (530) 891-3090 

Fax: (530) 891-3089 

Attendance: (530) 891-3133





Welcome back everyone! 

School Starts on Monday August 18th

Important dates:

Class Schedule Pick Up :  From 9 to 3pm

Wednesday 8/13 for returning students

Thursday  8/14 for returning and new students



Important Links The Perch Yearbook Parent Portal SARC Report Card Inspire Store A/B Calendar RSP Website Education Protection Documents Staff and Student Questionnaire Every 15 Minutes Picture Links Animations and a Video Trailer


















A Message from the Principal

Greetings Inspire Community:
Great news for our entire community! This past week, we received the news that Inspire School of Arts and Sciences has been granted a six-year accreditation for the Western Association of School and Colleges (WASC).  This is the highest accreditation a school can receive, and I want to congratulate and thank all of you for your commitment to the continual improvement process.
The staff at Inspire committed early to a collaborative process, a process that required honest reflection, a focus on continual improvement and effective planning for moving forward. The hard work has been recognized and rewarded.
I have attached a copy of the letter for your reference. We can be proud when it says, “Please accept our congratulations on the quality of the instruction being offered in your school.” WASC has given Inspire the unequivocal message that we are doing a successful job of preparing students for the rigor of the four-year university and the world of work.
Just a little over a week, and we’ll be celebrating our third graduation, the class of 2014!!! We can’t wait, but then again, we do have much to do this week to prepare students for finals and final presentations. The ceremony begins at 6:30 at Laxson auditorium at CSU,Chico. Seniors and families of seniors – get your tickets asap from Jana Gosselin in the office.
Keep spreading the word!!!   Tell all your friends and family. Inspire’s 4th Annual Choreography Showcase is this weekend, Saturday, May 31st at 2 pm and 7 pm – Center for the Arts. It’s going to be an exciting showcase of original choreography and dance, most of the pieces conceived by our dance students. We encourage you to get tickets in advance at the Inspire Office (891-3090) or on line at www.inspirecusd.orgThis is a very strong show – 20 senior dancers will be doing their last performances for Inspire – almost all of the dancers are choreographed by students, a majority of them by our soon to be graduating seniors. Let’s all help them to sell out both shows.
Please stop by campus and see the student produced murals on our classroom doors.   Inspire’s campus is being transformed into a living, breathing art gallery. These students have partnered with their teachers to create a mural that is particular to their discipline as well as their personality. If you come to view them, make sure to check in to the office first, and we’ll give you a pass!
Finals schedule is as follows:
Periods 1, 2 and 3
Monday, June 2
8 am – 12:12 pm
Periods 4,5 and 6
Tuesday, June 3
8 am – 12:12 pm
Periods 7,8 and Advisory
Wednesday, June 4
Thursday, June 5, students are to report to their advisory at 8 am and will be released for Day on the Purple (on campus) until 12:12.
Great Opportunity for Young Women Interested in Science and Engineering
 Hello everyone,
We’re very excited to announce an upcoming Perry Outreach Program on Saturday, August 16 at Shriners Children's Hospital in Sacramento, CA. The Perry Outreach Program is a free, one-day, hands-on experience for high school and college-aged women who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine and engineering. Students will hear from women leaders in these fields and try it for themselves by performing mock orthopaedic surgeries and biomechanics experiments.
We are now seeking applicants for our Sacramento program. Participants should be women in grades 10 and up with an expressed interest in science, medicine and/or engineering.  We would very much appreciate if you could pass this information along to any high school principals, high school science teachers or high school students you may know.  Applicants should be directed to fill out our online application in advance of the July 16, 2014 application deadline.
Additional information can be found on our website:
The application may be accessed directly using the following link:
A flyer has been attached that may be used to generate student interest in the program.  Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions you may have.  
We will have several programs in Northern California in August 2014 - San Jose 8/9, Sacramento 8/16, and San Francisco 8/23. Details can be found on our website. Please encourage students to apply to the program that is geographically closest to them. 
Again, we sincerely appreciate your help in identifying qualified applicants for our program. 
Laurie Meszaros Dearolf, PhD
Program Coordinator
The Perry Initiative
phone:  (302) 319-1113

Inspiring Women to be Leaders in Orthopaedic Surgery and Engineering
Did you forget to order a DVD as a memento of your favorite Inspire show?
 Well you’re in luck! We are having a DVD blowout sale for all of this year’s fabulous shows and DVDs will only be $20 each. Act quickly because this opportunity will not be around for very long. Orders spring Music concert, Dance showcase, and graduation are due June 5th. If you are interested in ordering DVDs for the fall productions order quickly because supplies are limited and we will not be making more copies. Order forms will be available in Jarrah’s room (IC 26)
Call for Donations and Volunteers for Sober Grad Night
Inspire Foundation and Parents of Inspire students will be hosting a Sober Grad Night for our graduating students on Wednesday June 4th. It will be an all-night event at Boy’s and Girls Club in Chico. In order to make this a success we need your help. We are looking for volunteers to decorate, chaperone, help with kitchen duties to serve food and cleanup the next morning.
We are also looking for alumni help to DJ music, an MC for talent show and a photographer to help with photo booth. Donations of prizes for hourly raffle to students and for talent show are also needed.
Please consider donating prizes and your time for our amazing students. We're using VolunteerSpot to organize our upcoming activity. To sign up for Inspire Sober Grad Night - here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
  1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot:
  2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
  3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders.
Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me via Volunteer Spot and I can sign you up manually.
Gretchen Tousey
Student Success Institute – This Summer!
Please see the attached letter regarding the institute and the attached flyer. Great opportunity for preparing well for the beginning of the 2014-2015 year.
Dear Principal Nilsson,
Thank you so much for recommending the Student Success Institute offered through C.A.R.D. for your Inspire students.
It is a terrific way to meet your students, answer many of their questions and match them with older peers who are able to acquaint them with the “high school experience.”
As a result of the last two year’s success, and student request, C.A.R.D has scheduled two sessions near the end of summer vacation (a week earlier than last year):
21508    Tu-We-Th               8/5-8/7 9:30 AM-12:00 PM                             
21509    Tu-We-Th               8/5-8/7 1:30-4:00 PM                       
Thank you, in advance, for spreading the word among your current students and those who will be joining Inspire in the fall.
David Welton
Upcoming Events!!!
Dance & Choreography Showcase
May 31
Center for the Arts
June 2-4
June 4
Laxson at CSU, Chico
Day on the Purple
June 5
Inspire Quad
We always love to hear from you. Let us know if you have suggestions, ideas, concerns and/or feedback.
Eric Nilsson


Latest Inspire Updates
posted by on 01/29/14 at 02:31PM

*Check out our updates on course offerings for the 2014-15 school year.  They can be found under the "Education" menu at the top of our page.

posted by on 02/10/13 at 01:28PM

* Check out our new video at the top of the page.  Many thanks to Mr Olsen and participating staff and students.  It turned out great!

* Watch our website for information about the upcoming Gala.  Our Gala showcases many of Inspire's programs, with performances and displays sharing student work.