Principal's Message


Inspire Community:   

I am returning to the community email “wagon.”  Like many, I took a spring break, and now feel rejuvenated as we approach the finish line for the 2015-2016 school year.  We have had a number of great events over the last two weeks, and will have other wonderful opportunities coming--starting tomorrow!  I have included a listing of items, so you can choose which is of the greatest interest to you.  But before you pick and choose, I would remind you that we are going into an incredibly busy season.  We want to be sure that all our students end the year with strength both academically and emotionally.  Please let us know if your students begin to struggle so that we can support them and help insure their success this year.

  1. Spring Standout
  2. Dance Chico! Spotlight Performances
  3. Peru and Spain/France
  4. Course Selection
  6. Butte College Art Showcase
  7. Graduation Try-outs
  8. Foundation Meeting and LCAP Review
  9. Foundation Raffle
  10. Spring Event Calendar
  11. This Week at Inspire
  12. Thought for the Week


1. Spring Standout

On Thursday, we had our Spring Standout.Students from our VAPA classes, put on a spectacular show for the entire school.There were great performances from choir, dance classes, CI Dance team, Jazz Ensemble, vocal groups, pop bands and more!There is not space enough to list all the students who participated—but that is just a sign of how deep the talent at Inspire runs.I am always impressed with the quality of performance and professional demeanor of our students.They are a step above.Kudos also goes out to our ASB Leadership for their organization, set up, clean up, and all around hard work.We had booths selling goods and goodies, and others sharing information and support.It is wonderful to be on a campus where groups like GSA, the “S” Club and Interact—as well as others, are dedicated to serving those in need.It shows that our students have hearts as great as their skills.

2. Dance Chico! Spotlight Performances

Thursday was also a wonderful day for Inspire at the Laxson Auditorium.The annual Dance Chico! Performances were inundated with Inspire stars.Inspire presented two numbers, and CI Dance presented one more, but that was not the end of our involvement.We had students throughout the productions showcasing some phenomenal dancing skills, from ballet, to lyrical to hip hop—they all lit up the stage.I might be a bit partial, but I think our numbers were the best.Our students capped the evening with a joint production along with CSUC and Rosedale Elementary.It was a fantastic evening for all!


3. Trips Abroad

Over spring break we had several students who traveled internationally with Inspire staff.  One group headed to Peru for some eco-adventures and climbing experiences Machu Picchu. The other group headed to Spain and France.  All students had an enriching experience—and all made it home safely.  I want to say thank you to the staff members, Antonio Isern, Beth Reid, and Lee Holcomb (as well as the parent chaperones) who made these opportunities possible for our students.  It always expands our understanding and increases our humanity when we travel the world and begin to see how others work and play.  It is vital that we raise students who understand how to be global citizens and these activities help develop those sensitivities. 


4. Course Selection

We have now officially begun course selection for the 2016-2017 school year.How time flies!Our fearless staff stayed late on both Tuesday and Wednesday night to sign up our incoming Freshmen students.There were many wonderful parents and students on campus, and next year’s crop of students is shaping up to be as fantastic as those we already have..I know that our upper classmen will serve as examples and mentors to these new members of the Inspire Family.

Our counseling and office staff is also circulating through the 9th, 10th and 11th grade classes to sign up our present students for next year.Be sure to talk to your students and help them make the best choices in classes.

Upcoming Events

5. Imagineer Day

We have a number of students who will be teaching TOMORROW for the CSU, Chico Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers’ Imagineer Day.150 children will be given the opportunity to delve into experiments and projects in Engineering, and many of our students will lead the way.The event will take place on the CSU campus.Come by and see the extraordinary work of our Inspire Science and Engineering students.


6. Butte College Art Showcase

Tomorrow will also see art projects in Chico.Butte College is having their Art Showcase in the Chico Mall. I’m sure there will be Inspire Alumni involved.In addition, there will ceramic, art, wire working, and weaving demonstrations.There will also be a variety of hands-on art activities.You can find out more specific times at:


7. Graduation Try-Outs

One of the outstanding elements of the Inspire Graduation is the student performances.Applications for the Graduation Try-outs are now available, and try-out times are coming up fast.If you have a student who would like to participate in graduation, make sure he/she is working on the application and is ready to audition.Being able to participate in the program would make the ceremony even more memorable.For more information you can read the applications or contact Jarrah Myles at


8. Foundation Meeting and LCAP

We will be having one of our last Foundation Meetings for the year.We will be discussing mini-grants, graduation, scholarships and Teacher Appreciation Day (May 3rd).In addition, I will be presenting the last of our Local Control Accountability Program (LCAP) goals.These are the goals that define our work for next year, and I would love to have your feedback.Please come and help support our school, our students and our parents.The meeting will be on Monday, April 4th at 6:00 in the main office.


9. Foundation Raffle

We are excited to announce the return of the Inspire Foundation Raffle. The Foundation plans on selling tickets at Annie Get Your Gun, so you can pick up your tickets at that time!  Listen for more information about how to buy tickets or help the school by selling tickets.  Tickets will be $20.00 each.  Families can earn a free ticket by selling 5 tickets, or supporters can buy 6 tickets for $100.  

The raffle will have three prizes: 

Grand Prize: A two-day Disneyland trip for four people

2nd Prize: Dodgers Vs. Giants game box tickets for four plus parking

3rd Prize:  A free Bicycle


10. Spring Events
Our April and May events are now right around the corner.  (I was able to watch dance practice—and it is going to be fantastic.) As you know, Inspire sets the standard for student performances.  This year will be no exception.  Here is a list of what you can expect in the spring:





Film Festival

April 13


William’s Theater

Musical Theater Showcase & Dessert

April 23

5:30 & 8:00

First Christian Church

Incendio Release Party

April 28


1078 Gallery

Theatre Showcase

May 3


IC23 or William’s Theater

Spring Vocal Music Concert

May 6


First Baptist Church

Dodgeball Tournament

May 7


Chico Junior High

Instrumental Music Concert

May 11




May 14


Chico Events Center

Awards  Night

May 16



Choreography and Dance Showcase

May 21

2:00 & 7:00


Inspire Art Gallery

May 21

4:00 & 7:00


Inspire Graduation

June 1


Laxson Hall


11. This Week At Inspire  :


















6:00 Foundation 3:15 Health Exams (IC15)

*Staff Meeting

12:15 AIM             12:20 Art Club       1:01 Men's Choir   3:00 Art Club

Physical Fitness Test

12:20 GSA Club

 Saturday School


Next Week At Inspire  :



















3:30 Campus Tour 7:00 Inspire Board Meeting

*AFL for teachers

6:00 FILM FESTIVAL—Williams Theater 12:15 AIM             12:20 Art Club         1:01 Men's Choir   3:00 Art Club

Physical Fitness Test

12:20 International Club

 Saturday School


  • Thought for the Week

Often, students think of adolescence as a time where they express their individuality and find themselves; however, it is often the case that adolescents actually lose themselves in “group think”—in their desire to fit in.  While at Inspire, we definitely have less of this borg mentality—there are still times when our students feel that their voice is diminished and they are not as free to be themselves as they were before. 

For a good conversation with your teens: try sharing the following article:

“Logic will take you from A to B.  Imagination will take you everywhere.”  –Albert Einstein

Thank you for giving us great kids to teach.


Jerry Crosby

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March 13, 2018

Greetings Inspire Families and Community,

We still have room at all grade levels for the 2018/2019 school year!  Our families are our best advertising because you know, more intimately, the great programs we have at Inspire:  Science, Engineering, Dance, Musical Theatre, Vocal and Instrumental Music, the only orchestra in the North Valley, Robotics, Fine Art, Digital Medial/Arts, Advisory and a block schedule that provides students the opportunity to explore all of these programs and find their passion.

So please help spread the word. Students in all grade levels can apply on line at Apply to Inspire or call the office at 530-891-3090 for more information.

Tomorrow, March 14, is a day of student-organized walk-out identified by #enough and #neveragain.

Students from Inspire, Chico High and Chico State are planning a march to Downtown Plaza.  They plan to walk out of class at 10 am (following the national student movement) and gather in the field behind Inspire.  Chico State students will meet Inspire and Chico High students along the route of the march and walk with them downtown.  Students have planned a rally at the plaza until 3 pm.  They have invited several speakers including Chico’s Chief of Police, CSU, Chico president Gail Hutchison, and local politicians who will participate in a question/answer panel.  There are several student speeches also planned.

Students have informed Chico police of their plans and Chico PD has indicated they will have a presence at the plaza.  They are also aware of the route the students will walk.

As per our previous newsletter, Inspire’s top priority is safety for all students.  This is the reason for making the police aware of the student activities.  Dan Labar and I plan to be outside making contact with the Chico State students in the morning and keeping an eye out for folks we don’t recognize.  For safety reasons, we will ask the college students to stay on West Sacramento until our students leave campus.

Several Inspire parents have indicated they plan to participate with students and be on the plaza.  Please talk with your students about this event.  Inspire staff will be staying on campus and in classrooms.   We respect the viewpoints and choices of all students.  Parental presence on the march route and in the plaza will help enhance safety.   

Now for some other campus happening updates:     

Table of Contents

Our Town Opens in Just Three Weeks, April 12th!

Digital Arts Media Students Going to State Competition in USA Skills

Inspire Digital Art Students Honored at BCOE Superintendent’s 4th Annual Juried Art Show!

Language and Composition Juniors Visit CSU, Chico Library, Learn College Research Strategies

Inspire Science and Engineering Students Guide “Imagineer Day” at CSU, Chico

More News from Engineering and Robotics

News from Counseling

Upcoming dates to note:

Our Town Opens in Just Three Weeks, April 12th!

There's “no curtain, no scenery” to represent Grover's Corners, New Hampshire, the setting of Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, Our Town. This intentional lack of set or props reinforces the idea that the love story and families we see in Our Town could be our love story and our families, our own Chico, California. Opens April 12 at 7 PM at California Regional Theatre's Black Box Theatre on 3851 Morrow Ln. Performances on Thursday 4/12, Friday 4/13, and Saturday 4/14 at 7 PM and Saturday 4/14 at 2 PM.

Digital Arts Media Students Going to State Competition in USA Skills

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel. They provide educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education (CTE) in the nation’s classrooms. These SkillsUSA competitions are not only rigorous but excellent for a real world experience in a professional-type setting. 

This year three students at Inspire obtained gold at our SkillsUSA Region 4 Competition at Universal Technical Institute in Sacramento last month. MeritGrace Schmid and Joshua Miller took first place in Digital Cinema Production, while Isabella McMurry took home the gold in T-Shirt Design. These students will be representing Inspire at the 51st Annual SkillsUSA State Competition in April (19th-22nd) in Ontario, California. We are so proud to see their creativity and hard work pay off. They are looking forward to the SkillsUSA State Competition and are determined to do their best. Our fundraising letter is attached, should you wish to help support our students and program.

Inspire Digital Art Students Honored at BCOE Superintendent’s 4th Annual Juried Art Show!

This annual art show was organized to showcase the finest high school student art work in the county as part of BCOE’s Arts Education Initiative. Thirteen participating schools were invited to enter ten of their best student art works for judging in six categories.  Nearly 130 artists from high schools in Northern California submitted art work.

We are proud to report that the Best-of-Show award was given to Inspire student Olivia Steele whose art submission “Alive” garnered the highest score from all of the judges. This year’s Grand Jury selected student art (to be displayed in their annual report), “I Am Columbia”, was also created by Inspire student Isabella McMurry. Additionally, Maddie Williams took first in Digital Phot0, Bernadette Smith won 2nd in 3D Art and Natalie LeVang won 3rd in Digital Media. 

Thanks to teachers Erin Hall, Digital Media Arts, and Linnea Smith, Fine Arts and Ceramics, for the wonderful instruction they provide our students.

Language and Composition Juniors Visit CSU, Chico Library, Learn College Research Strategies

AP Language and Composition students took a field trip to the Meriam Library on the CSU, Chico campus. Students are embarking on an essay that asks them to do outside research to shed light on their reading of the William Faulkner novel, The Sound and the Fury. At the library, they worked with humanities librarian William Cuthbert to understand the purpose of research and to begin digging deeper into their topics of interest. They worked in teams on a hands-on project that allowed them to discover the ins and outs of college-level research with the incentive of a little friendly competition. We are so grateful to Mr. Cuthbert for allowing us the opportunity to connect our work at Inspire to the university and for offering one-on-one help as we develop the essays. 

Inspire Science and Engineering Students Guide “Imagineer Day” at CSU, Chico

Imagineer day is an amazing STEM event put on by Chico State SWE (Society of Women Engineers).  Inspire has a chapter of SWE on our campus called SWE Next, geared towards high school students.  For the past four years our SWE Next Club has developed and run an engineering lab for K-3 students at this event.  Last Saturday, over 15 SWE Next members donated their Saturday to help K-3 grade students build a "dancing robot" that could color a picture with the flip of a switch.  

More News from Engineering and Robotics

Engineering students often contribute to performing arts, and 42nd Street was no exception.  For those of you who attended the show, engineering students designed the Liberty Dimes  for one of tap dance numbers.  You’ll recall that they also created the “robot tongues” for James and the Giant Peach.  If you haven’t seen the acronym STEAM, it stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.  These kinds of efforts are truly in the spirit of the collaboration of the Arts and Sciences.

Robotics has finished their competition season.  They hope to host a competition next year in collaboration with Chico State.  Robotics students are working on programming for wireless control of robots. 

News from Counseling

Inspire counselors have been visiting middle schools for the past several weeks, talking to 8th graders about their schedules for next school year. They are also preparing to begin in-house course selections in April. The counselors will visit students in classes and help them complete course selection sheets for next year. Students planning to major are advised to meet with their Major Advisors in the next couple weeks.

Upcoming dates to note:

Blood Drive

Friday, 3/16

All Day

Inspire campus

Spring Break

3/19 - 23

All Day

8th grade course selection

Wednesday, 3/28

4:00 pm


4-day weekend

3/30 - 4/2

All Day


That’s all for now, as always, please let us know your thoughts or concerns,

Eric Nilsson (, Principal


Jana Gosselin (, Office Administrator

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