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
  5.  
  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: http://www.wherevent.com/detail/Chico-Mall-Butte-College-Art-Showcase.

 

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 JMyles@chicousd.org.

 

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:

Event

Date

Time

Place

Film Festival

April 13

7:00

William’s Theater

Musical Theater Showcase & Dessert

April 23

5:30 & 8:00

First Christian Church

Incendio Release Party

April 28

7:00

1078 Gallery

Theatre Showcase

May 3

7:00

IC23 or William’s Theater

Spring Vocal Music Concert

May 6

7:00

First Baptist Church

Dodgeball Tournament

May 7

TBA

Chico Junior High

Instrumental Music Concert

May 11

7:00

CFA

Prom

May 14

8:00

Chico Events Center

Awards  Night

May 16

7:00

CFA

Choreography and Dance Showcase

May 21

2:00 & 7:00

CFA

Inspire Art Gallery

May 21

4:00 & 7:00

CFA

Inspire Graduation

June 1

6:30

Laxson Hall

 

11. This Week At Inspire  :

Sunday

3

Monday

4

Tuesday

5

Wednesday

6

Thursday

7

Friday

8

Saturday

9

  

 

 

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  :

Sunday

10

Monday

11

Tuesday

12

Wednesday

13

Thursday

14

Friday

15

Saturday

16

  

 

 

 

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:

http://www.teenink.com/opinion/pop_culture_trends/article/565085/Individuality-vs-Fitting-In/

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

Thank you for giving us great kids to teach.

Sincerely,

Jerry Crosby

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Inspire Community:

NOTE: 

  • THERE WILL BE SCHOOL ON NOVEMBER 10TH. Do not have your student miss this critical day of classes.
  • There will be no school on November 11th: due to Veterans’ Day.

General News

It is wonderful to be back at school. I learned a great deal at the conference and am excited about working on the growth of Inspire over the next several years!

Students had spirit week and Halloween—and they all had a great time.  Particular highlights were Pajama Day and Black Out Day.  Students and staff also highlighted their creativity for Halloween.  Costumes were varied and imaginative.

We also had Majors Week at the same time.  There are 12 majors on the Inspire Campus that allow students to focus in on a particular area of study.  Students who have declared a major, also receive priority scheduling for the classes within their major.  Jana Gosselin is now our Majors Coordinator, and met with over 100 students to share with them the criteria for various majors and the process for declaring their major.  It was a huge success!

Fall Music Concert

This week, we had the Fall Music Concert.  No surprise—it was fantastic.  The evening started out with primarily vocal pieces from solos--Matilda Krulder and Samaria Arnold—to choir pieces featuring additional soloists: Andrew Lipuma, Eric Collins, and Katherine Burchett. Smaller ensembles included One Voice, We B Major and the Gents.  The choir was accompanied on the piano by Oliver Moore who also did a piano solo of Mozart Sonata in C Minor K. 457 Movement 1. 

The vocal performances were followed by the estimable Inspire Orchestra directed by Mr. White.  Their breadth of musical choice enriched the evening.  They performed:  Resurgences, Funeral March of a Marionette and Bacchanale from “Samson and Delilah.  The students were well practiced and passionate about their craft—and it showed. 

The performers were only a part of the story.  There is always a hard-working, detail-oriented group of tigers behind the scene—our production and staging team.  They come early to set up the show, and stay until everything is back in place.  They do this so that their friends can shine on stage, yet rarely take any credit themselves.  They humble me, and I want to make sure I list every one of them: Stage Manager & Lighting Design: Selene Sevenns; Sound Design & Board Op: Justin Thomson (alumni); Assistant Stage Managers: Jen Resch, Jamison Winternitz, & Paige Gilliland; Front of House: Sierra Day; and additional production work by the members of the 2016-2017 Production Team. 

I can’t end this summary without giving a “shout out” to our incredible instructional team.  Ms. Lim and Mr. White are the “Mama” and “Papa” bears for all our “little bears.”  They love their students and work with such joy, passion and commitment that it is truly contagious.  I also want to thank Jarrah Myles who tirelessly works on every production at the school.  Without her, we would not be able to put on the level of productions for which we are becoming well-known.

So . . .   thank you to the dedicated students and staff who make these wonderful evenings available for all of us.

Peach Jar Flyers

We have a new communication tool for families.  Instead of sending home flyers with students—and hoping they don’t end up as crumpled balls in the bottom of backpacks—we will be using Peachjar.  Peachjar is an online tool that allow us to share flyers with all parent emails on Aeries.  If you are NOT receiving Peachjar flyers, please call the office and let us know.  You can also find a Peachjar “button” on the Inspire website.  It is on the first page—and is peach colored.  (It’s hard to miss!)  Please use Peachjar to find more detailed information on events.

Coffee with the Principal

Some of you may be aware that I held a “Coffee with the Principal” this morning.  We had nine mothers come and share their thoughts and ideas with me.  I want to thank each of them.  Without community feedback, we don’t know the most critical areas of need and growth.

It was a fairly free flowing conversation with parents who felt comfortable discussing what they felt was powerful at Inspire and what needed some improvement. One question I asked was “What are the non-negotiables at Inspire--those things that we should never change?”  The instantaneous response was first, Advisory and second, the relationships the teachers build with students.  The mothers appreciate that teachers are accessible to both the students and parents. One parent shared that her son often tells her how much it helps that he can talk to teachers before school or at lunch and that he always feels comfortable with them.  The parents also shared that they receive emails back promptly from teachers.

For improvement, they primarily focused on facilities and what we could do to change.  We will have more information on this later, and this is a big concern for us as well.  The second concern focused on the new grading policies which are creating some anxiety and/or poor study habits for students.  Parents were also concerned that the new method doesn’t accurately reflect student ability, and that they don’t want our new policy to adversely affect students.  Again, this is something we are also discussing.  Finally, we discussed some concerns over the difficulty with communication when parents have to look for information on Aeries, Schoology and other individual teacher sites as well.  We will definitely work on this!

It was great to see that our own reflections and the comments by parents were in sync.  I hope it means that we are headed in the right direction!

If you would like to chime in on ideas for improvement, or those attributes that we should always maintain, please email me:  Jcrosby@chicousd.org.  I would love to incorporate your notes with theirs.  I would also like feedback on the time of the meeting.  If you would like to meet, but can’t do so in the morning, please email me with your suggestion for a better meeting time.

 

Upcoming Events

  1. Scapino!

    Scapino!: Nov. 10th-19th: 2:00 and 7:00 performances:  Blue Room  (See details below)

    Scapino! IS A rip-roaring, rib-tickling, gut-busting, knee-slapping taste of Italy!  Adapted from Moliere’s “Les Fourberies de Scapin,” this uproarious comedy set in Naples, Italy, features Commedia dell’Arte-inspired characters caught in the net of the zany, scheming Scapino. This riotous night of theatre begins with a song lifted straight from an Italian menu.

    “If you miss it, you will be crazy, and if you let your kids miss it, you will be simply inhuman.” - N.Y. Times 1985

    Show times are as follows:

    Thursday             Nov 10th:              7:00

    Friday                    Nov 11th:              7:00

    Saturday                              Nov 12th:              2:00 and 7:00

    Thursday             Nov 17th:              7:00

    Friday                    Nov 18th:              7:00

    Saturday                              Nov 19th:              2:00 and 7:00

  2. Thanksgiving Break

    Don’t forget that there will be no school from November 21st through the 25thWe will then return for three full weeks of school before finals, on Dec. 19th through 21st.

  3. Open Enrollment

    It is that time of year again, when we start registration for Inspire.  Please let all your friends know about the incredible work being done on this campus, and encourage them to send their students here.  Open enrollment begins on December 1st, and go through January 31st.  Siblings of Inspire students do have priority admissions, but you need to fill out those forms.  However, do NOT come in early—we will be fully ready for you starting on December 1st.  See you then!

  4. A Very Chico Nutcracker

IT’s that time of year again.  The Nutcracker is back in town and chalk full of Inspire students.  We have 13 students on stage and even more on the production team.  Don’t miss this chance to see our incredible kids move from the classroom to the community.  We are so proud of them!  Shows begin on December 1st and go through December 4th.  You can get tickets through Chico Performances at: http://www.csuchico.edu/upe/performance/ or 898-6333.

This Coming Week At Inspire:

Sunday

6

Monday

7

Tuesday

8

Wednesday

9

Thursday

10

Friday

11

Saturday

12

 

Sophomore Hearing and Vision Screening

*CSUC Career Day: Gateway Museum: 3:30

*Clubs: Art, and Tap

Foundation 6:00

Major Advisor’s Meeting Clubs: Chess/Game

Progress Grades Due

 

Clubs: Polynesian Dance

 

School in Session.

Manufacturing Expo 9am-3pm

Scapino! Opens

7:00

VETERAN’S DAY: NO SCHOOL

Scapino!

7:00

Scapino!

2:00 and 7:00

 

The Following 2 Weeks At Inspire:

Sunday

13

Monday

14

Tuesday

15

Wednesday

16

Thursday

17

Friday

18

Saturday

19

ANTI-BULLYING WEEK

 

*Clubs: Art, and Tap

 

STAFF MEETING: Off Site: School Office closes at 3:30

Clubs: Chess/Game

Clubs: Polynesian Dance

 

Scapino!

7:00

Workshop: Childhood Adversity: 5:00

Scapino!

7:00

Scapino!

2:00 and 7:00

Thought for the Week:

Kindness counts.  Kindness counts.  Kindness counts.  Mr. La Bar was speaking with our Freshmen about campus culture last week. And yes, we even have some Inspire students who get caught up in behaviors (especially online) that are unkind.  I know the hearts of our students—and we need to all help them make sure that their online persona mirrors their true image.  Please discuss with your teens the need for kindness is all they do.  And if you have freshmen, ask them what Mr. La Bar taught them.

 The week of November is Anti-Bullying Week.  This would be a great time to find family activities where you RAK someone.  RAK—Random Acts of Kindness, is a great way to strengthen teens’ ability to feel empathy and become a global citizen.  For some great ideas on how to become a RAKTIVIST, go to: https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/

“Respect is a two-way street, if you want it you have to give it.”  R.G. Risch

Thank you for sharing your students with us!

Jerry Crosby

 

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