Principal's Message



Greetings Inspire Community:

It was wonderful to see a strong turn-out at Back to School Night.  Thanks so much for coming.

It is often important to return to our mission and vision and reflect on how we’re doing.  In our first all-staff meeting just before the opening of school, we discussed this idea of a “personalized learning environment” and the opportunities it provides us to create a supportive and caring school.  We also noted that in a polarized national political environment, it is even more relevant to emphasize respect, to assume good intentions, and to listen and seek to understand another’s point of view.  These values – respect, assuming good intention, listening and understanding – fall under the umbrella of kindness. From that emerged an important them this year:  #inspirekindness

Advisors are addressing ways we can all treat others with kindness and ways we can support each other academically, socially and emotionally.  When we do that, we build a school that is safe, comfortable and supports learning.   Ask you children about possible discussions they are having around kindness.

If you did not receive your access code for Schoology at Back to School Night, ask your student if they received a paper in advisory with directions and an access code. This is an excellent tool you can use to view to see all your student’s assignments and due dates.  Students use it to communicate with teachers, submit assignments and manage their classes.

Linnea Smith, with Inspire’s Art Club leaders, organized a field trip for 68 students to visit the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento.  Ms. Smith recognized the value of a contemporary visiting exhibition Hi Fructose.  She knew it would be engaging and exciting to her art students, and she organized the trip in a very short time frame.  Students have been buzzing about it since they returned, and will surely see some art influenced by this trip.

Ms. Reid and a group of Inspire students are meeting during advisory enrichment to support Sterling Aviation High School families in Houston affected by hurricane Harvey.  We will be collecting donations in advisories so toiletries and other necessities can be purchased, a crucial need right now.  All donations are welcome.  You can either send them with your student or there is a jar in the office for donations.

Noteworthy News & Events to Note:

  • Picture make-up day will be Monday, September 18th, first thing in the morning. If your student missed the first day of school and did not get an ID card, it will be important to make sure they’re at school on Monday.
  • Majors Week is scheduled for September 25 - 29. Major Advisors will host information sessions each day during lunch for students interested in learning more about specific major programs. Major descriptions, course requirements, and scheduling worksheets will be available to students. Student government is hosting a Spirit Week to run in conjunction with Majors Week.
  • Performing Arts juniors, seniors and parents - mark your calendars. Thursday, September 28th at 7 pm in Room IC-23, Inspire faculty will host a “college auditions and application workshop” for students interested in applying to a performing arts college or program.
  • Our first Day on the Purple (DOP) is scheduled for Wednesday, October 4th from 1:30 - 3:00 pm. DOPs are an Inspire tradition where students sign up and perform on the quad for the entire student body. This DOP will also be Inspire Club Day where active clubs on campus set up tables.
  • The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT. Everyone is welcome to take this test in preparation for the SAT, but Juniors are strongly encouraged to sign up. Inspire offers this test on campus and registration opened on Tuesday, September 5th at a cost of $20 until October 6th. The test will only be $5 for students who qualify for fee waivers. Fee waivers are available only to Juniors, and fee waiver forms can be picked up from Ms. Luther. The test will be conducted on Saturday, October 14th from 7:45 am - 12:00 pm. This is a Saturday test and will follow the structure of the SAT. For more information please visit you have questions, contact Inspire counselor Tasha Teeter at 891-3090, ext. 207.
  • We are super excited about the opening of our first production of the year, James & the Giant Peach. The show will run October 12, 13 & 14 at 7pm with a Saturday matinee Saturday October 14th. Tickets will be available on our website next week.
  • Remember our annual fundraiser “Run to Inspire” on October 22nd at 8:30 am in the One Mile Recreation Area in Bidwell Park.This is very tangible way to contribute to the school.All funds go to either student scholarships or classroom and program materials.Register online at
  • Students Registered in ISPE that did not turn in their first ISPE assignment will be dropped from the class by the first progress report. This will prevent a failing grade showing up on their report card.

Thanks for your partnership and for all you do for Inspire.  Let me know if you questions, concerns and/or great ideas for the school. 

Eric Nilsson



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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