Dear Parents and Students:
The second progress report is upon us. Grades will be completely updated in Aeries by this Wednesday at midnight. We will be mailing progress reports on the following Friday. We are 2/3 of the way through this first semester. Let’s keep the communication strong in the interest of the success of all our students. We continue to monitor student progress, and we’re seeing high levels of achievement in all areas. We are also recommending students to intervention and support when they need it, and monitoring progress closely so that students who need additional support will have that opportunity.
As always, if you have questions about a class and need more immediate information, please email the teacher directly.
Inspire Foundation Meeting, Monday, 5:30 pm Room IC-5.
The Foundation is Inspire’s most active parent group and meets regularly the first Monday of every month. All parents are welcome to attend and get involved. Please come if you’re interested. It is a lively, energized and committed group of folks who make a positive difference at Inspire!
Notes from the Classroom
· In the Performing Arts Foundation class, Ms. Henderson had students presenting partner work on the detailed elements of emotional adjustments while developing a scene. All students were working with the same script and were given license to be creative as they set the scene. Students developed topics on everything from quarrelling brothers, to scorned lovers, to cannibalistic encounters!
· Students in AP Environmental Science roamed the school today during 7th period Friday. They worked in teams of three making measurements to construct a scale map of the school for landscaping purposes.
Upcoming Events at Inspire – Mark Your Calendars
Fall Music Concert – Friday, November 15th, 7 pm, Center for the Arts, 1475 East Avenue.
Inspire Musical, “White Christmas, December 5, 6, 7, and 8, Center for the Arts, 1475 East Avenue.
Sophomore Hearing and Vision Screening this Tuesday
Sophomores will be tested for hearing and vision throughout the day.
Inspire Supporter Ads and Sponsors for Visual and Performing Arts –
1 WEEK LEFT! Deadline Extended from Tuesday, Nov. 5th to Friday, Nov. 8th.
Inspire Production Team is selling advertisements in our programs to support all our Visual & Performing Arts events and programs. The money raised will provide professional play bills and capital purchases to support all events & groups such as a wireless communication system; storage for costumes, sets, and props; technical equipment and services; additional advertising of our events; and archiving of our events via video and photography. We hope to be able to support our individual programs with needed items that exceed our current budgets.
Besides tickets sales for our 12 productions and concessions, this is the only additional fundraiser we do, so we hope you will be inclined to give and support Inspire's Visual & Performing Arts Programs.
Ads will appear in all event programs throughout the 2013-2014 season; 12 events over 25 different days, and a possible 10,000 seats filled.
NOTE: You do not need to own a business to support our programs; we gladly accept donations and sponsors of students and programs are welcome. We have multiple giving levels, so that you can choose the one that best fits your budget.
THANK YOU! The Inspire Production Team
Inspire Teachers Return from National Science Teachers Association Conference with New Resources
Scott Gunderson, Malina Olson and Valerie Henderson attended the conference, and Scott provided the following synopsis of his experience:
“Here’s a glimpse of what I got out of the sessions:
1. A fabulous format for whole-class debates with students as judges
2. A much better method of getting students to develop their own experiments using a peer review poster session
3. A kinesthetic and visual approach to processing energy transfer in complex systems
4. A good overview of NGSS timelines and implementation and connections to Common Core
5. Lots of resources for teaching APES, physics, and chemistry.
6. Ideas on how to better utilize our probeware, especially connectivity ideas
7. How to effectively implement small group instruction in the secondary classroom (elementary teachers know all about this)
8. Some ideas for ways to implement a Physics-first curricular structure (don’t worry, I’m not recommending any changes at this time)
I know Malina and Valerie both came back with a ton of ideas, lessons, and resources for their classrooms.”
Please see the attachment which provided dates for all California State Universtiy open house days.
California High School Exit Exam Make-up for Grades 11 and 12, Tuesday and Wedndesday
Please make every effort to have your junior or senior present if they need to make up this exam. All students need to pass the ELA and Math to graduate.
Support Inspire Through T-bar and Fusion Café!!!
Tea Bar Fusion Café, located at 250 Vallombrosa Ave, has graciously granted Inspire the opportunity to raise money, during the month of November, for student programs. The fundraiser works in the following way:
Pick up a Tea Bar Community Card from the Inspire office or have your student bring one home.
Present it each time you buy food or drinks at Tea Bar during the month of November. (If you don’t have the card just mention Inspire and we will still receive credit for the purchase).
Return your Community Card to Inspire in December. Inspire will return it to Tea Bar for credit.
Thank you for your support. Together, as a community, we are doing great things for students.
The Inspire Staff
Inspire Students in Upcoming Ballet – “Cinderella!”
Chico Performances and Chico Community Ballet come together this holiday season to present Cinderella this December 13th and 14th at 7:30 p.m. and the 14th and 15th at 2 p.m. in Laxson Auditorium.
Your students, Karen Shea, Joey Molina, Selah Parlee and Gracelyn Sweeney, will be performing in this production! We provide you with this information in hopes that you will promote your students’ participation in this ballet and motivate your student body to attend the show and support their peers!
This magical tale tells the story of Cinderella’s undying belief in happiness beyond her drudgery, and the transforming power of love. Cinderella brings the audience to a world where dancing fairies live, pumpkins turn into carriages and fairy godmothers really do make dreams come true.
With 37 Chico Community Ballet company members age 6 to 25 years old, 10 additional guest dancers from Full Force Dance Company and special guest dancer, Kenny Borchard, this ballet will be a holiday special not to miss.
To purchase tickets, or find out more information, visit www.chicoperformances.com or call 898-6333.
Chico Performances Marketing
Daran Goodsell - Marketing Coordinator
Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design – Excellent Information for Students Pursuing Post Secondary Education in These Fields.
Jarrah Myles and MaryLou Lim recently returned from the national conference of the Arts Schools Network, a collective of over 300 visual and performing arts K12 schools across the country. They received correspondence from AICAD which has highly valuable information for post-secondary educational opportunities in Art and Design.
Dear ASN conference attendees,
It was a pleasure to meet many of you at the ASN conference last week! It became clear after sitting in on the College/Career strand of the program, that many of you could potentially benefit from some of the resources that AICAD has to offer.
I am writing to share a few things that you might find helpful in your work with parents and students in the college admissions process to AICAD schools (43 leading, private, non-profit visual arts & design schools in the US & Canada).
In communicating the vast array of career opportunities in the arts to students and parents, I invite you to direct them to the Success Stories section of our website. AICAD posts the career stories of successful alumni across the AICAD membership on an ongoing basis, and this resource may help to educate your students and their parents, as well as keep you updated on the ever changing and expanding visual arts & design field.
Additionally, we would like to support you in communicating the value of an art and design education to parents and students in any way that we can. Please take a moment to view our Creative Minds/Transforming Society presentation which highlights photos and quotes from a wide range of successful AICAD alumni reflecting on their educations, interspersed with compelling AICAD alumni statistics.
I would like to draw your attention to more statistics from SNAAP, which you may find helpful in your communication with parents.
Employment Outcomes for AICAD Alumni Vs. Arts Alumni from Other Colleges or Universities with Art Departments:
AICAD alumni are more likely to pursue, achieve, and maintain a career in the arts:
§ AICAD alumni are more likely to work in a first job closely related to their education
§ 71% had a first job that was somewhat or closely related to their college training vs 63% of the comparison group and vs. 27% of all college graduates
§ AICAD alumni are more likely to currently be working as professional artists
§ 63% currently work as professional artists vs 48% of the comparison group
§ Only 18% have never worked as professional artist vs 30% of the comparison group
§ AICAD alumni are less likely to have ever worked outside the arts.
§ 4% vs 9% of the comparison group have never worked in an arts-related occupation
§ AICAD alumni are much more likely to have worked (past or present) in the following occupations:
§ Fine artist: 37% vs 14%
§ Craft artist: 18% vs 9%
§ Graphic designer, illustrator, or art director: 51% vs 24%
§ Web designer: 18% vs 11%
§ Photographer: 22% vs 11%
§ Multi-media artist / animator: 11% vs 5%
§ Museum or gallery worker/curator: 19% vs 9%
§ AICAD alumni are more likely to perceive their arts education as relevant to their career.
§ 45% vs 37% reported their arts education as VERY RELEVANT to their work.
In addition to the many resources currently found on our website, AICAD is developing an online portfolio resource for high school students and college transfer students, as well as a resources tab for high school art teachers and guidance counselors that will include lesson plans. We will be rolling out these new features over the next year, and we hope that you check back frequently.
To stay up-to-date with these offerings, as well as weekly alumni success stories and other helpful AICAD information, please join the AICAD Facebook page.
Lastly, we realize that the college admissions process can be confusing to navigate. Our office is open Monday through Friday (9AM to 5PM) and I am happy to answer any questions via phone or email, related to AICAD college admissions and beyond. Please feel free to contact me.
Lee Ann Adams
Program & Operations Manager
Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design (AICAD)
236 Hope Street
Providence, RI 02906
High School Scholars – Spring 2014!!! High School Students Can Take up to Two Courses at CSU, Chico for Just $40.
CSU, Chico is pleased to announce the High School Scholars opportunity for the Spring 2014 semester. The High School Scholars (HSS) program is an excellent opportunity for eligible local high school students to take up to two courses at CSU, Chico for just $40. The objective of the program is to offer local area students access to courses that have not been filled by regularly enrolled CSU, Chico students. Please publicize in your newsletters, bulletins or announcements.
Student Requirements (applicable to NEW and RETURNING participants):
· Attend a mandatory HSS Orientation session to obtain a HSS application and other important forms (see dates below)
· Be currently enrolled in the 11th or 12th grade in a local area high school
·Possess at least a 3.0, non-weighted, academic, high school GPA
·Be in good academic standing at any college or university, if applicable
· Satisfy any prerequisites or eligibility requirements for the intended course(s), as published in the CSU, Chico catalog
· Submit the HSS application, Add Request Form(s), and fee by the established deadlines
Mandatory HSS Orientation
(student attends one)
Thursday, December 5;
Wednesday, December 11; or
Tuesday, December 17
5:00- 6:00 PM
Student Services Center, Rm 150
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Thanks!
Office of Admissions
Student Services Center 130
California State University, Chico
Chico, CA 95929-0722
That will do it for this week. Make sure to check student progress, and as always, we encourage you to partner with us in supporting their achievement and success.