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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:
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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:
3/19 - 23
8th grade course selection
3/30 - 4/2
That’s all for now, as always, please let us know your thoughts or concerns,
Eric Nilsson (email@example.com), Principal
Jana Gosselin (firstname.lastname@example.org), Office Administrator