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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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Greetings Inspire Families and Community:

It’s Showcase season! We have several exciting performances coming your way, beginning this Saturday.

Many talented Inspire performers - vocal groups, choir, dance and musical theatre students will be performing after the Pioneer Days parade on the Downtown Plaza Stage this Saturday, May 5, from 12:00-1:00 p.m.  Come out and support these amazing students.  As you may well know, we have room for new students next year, so if you know any great young people who may be interested, bring them to the performances on Saturday or to any of these great events!

Also this Saturday, is our Musical Theatre Showcase, “The Third Course” at 7 pm at Marsh Junior High School, 2253 Humboldt Road (tickets here).  The Musical Theatre Showcase is a delightful evening of cupcakes and entertainment!  60 students from our Vocal Techniques, Performing Arts Foundations, and two musical theatre classes will present a wide variety of numbers from Beauty and the Beast to the latest Broadway hit, Dear Evan Hanson, including songs from South Pacific, Newsies, Annie, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Shrek, Guys and Dolls, The Producers, Spring Awakening and many more.  This is the highlight of the year for our classes, where our multi-talented musical theatre singers, dancers, actors and choreographers in all grades join together to share what they love to do. The showcase is directed by MaryLou Lim and Erin Horst.

Just 5 days later, on Thursday May 10 at 7 pm,  you will be treated to Inspire’s “Instrumental Music Concert” featuring the Inspire Orchestra, pop bands, solos and small ensembles all directed by Jim White.  They will be performing at the CUSD Center for the Arts, 1474 East Avenue in Chico (tickets here)

And – right on the heels of this wonderful music, on May 11 at 6 pm in Roger Williams Theatre at Chico High School, Inspire Digital Media Arts students will present their work in our Annual Film Festival coordinated and directed by Erin Hall.   The film that won the digital cinema gold medal at the State Skills USA competition will be featured at the festival. This is a can’t miss show, tickets will be available at the door.

The next night (Saturday, May 12th) is Prom, which will be at the Chico Event Center. The theme is Red Carpet. Tickets are on sale at lunch (single $40, couple $60) in front of the office.

The following week, Thursday, May 17 the Vocal Music Concert will be at the First Baptist Church, 850 Palmetto Ave (tickets here) and on Saturday, May 19th the Advanced Theatre class will present their adaptation of War of the Worlds (ticket link coming soon), on the Inspire campus at 7pm in Room IC-23. Finally, we wrap up Showcase season with the Dance and Choreography Showcase, Saturday, May 26th, Center for the Arts, shows at 2 and 7pm (tickets here).

We’ve got lots of fun senior events happening in May too, culminating with graduation on Wednesday, June 6th at Laxson Auditorium. Seating is limited so tickets will have to be obtained from a graduating senior for this show.

Yearbooks are still on sale. Click here for a link to the order form. Please make checks payable to Inspire ASB.

Several other things to celebrate with you all!!!

  1. Last week was the airing of the KIXE “Big Education Event”, highlighting Jana Gosselin, Danielle Alexich and Zoe Karch.We will forward the youtube links of the shows in case you didn’t have a chance to see them.Congrats to all our winners!
  2. Digital Media Arts teacher Erin Hall traveled with Inspire students to the Skills USA state final competitions last weekend.Thousands of students from across the state attend this competition, and in our very first attempt, students MeritGrace Schmidand Josh Miller brought home the gold medal for Digital Cinema!!!Student Isabella McMurray won the bronze medal in Digital Illustration/T-Shirt Design!!!This is a remarkable accomplishment, and we are all so proud of the students and our own Mr. Hall. They will now travel to the national competition in Kentucky in June.
  3. Sunday evening, April 22nd, we celebrated the talent of our creative writers and musicians at the 7th Annual celebration of Incendio, our creative writing publication.It is a beautiful book showcasing the writing and illustrations of over 50 students, and many of them presented their works at the Blue Room on Sunday evening along with several musical performances.It is one of my favorite events as it provides a wonderful opportunity for young people to express what they care deeply about and do that in a supportive and loving environment.The quality of the writing, the ability to carefully choose language to capture the human experience and perspective was truly impressive. Congrats to all who participated and thanks to Becky Brown for her hard work and guidance as well as student Elizabeth Ober for her editing.
  4. Many of you attended the production of “Our Town” at the CRT.Director Erin Horst and her cast and production crew brought us all what we’ve come to expect from our performing arts program – a professional, touching, tragic, humorous presentation of this highly thought-provoking drama.Many of the students in the cast talked about the emotional demands of this production, and in watching their performances, it was evident how committed they were to their characters and the story.
  5. Jarrah Myles was awarded by the Noon Rotary for excellence in teaching along with a teacher from PVHS, CHS, Fairview, Butte College and Chico State.She was recognized for the high level of work she is doing with students in the performing arts, her comprehensive knowledge, and her instruction in dance, theatre and technical theatre.Jarrah is a true visionary, and for many years now, our community has benefited from her productions and the wonderful work she does with young people to help them perform at very high levels.

Upcoming Events

Pioneer Days Performance

Saturday, May 5

12 pm

Downtown Plaza stage

Musical Theatre Showcase

Saturday, May 5

7 pm

Marsh Jr. High

Foundation Meeting

Monday, May 7

6 pm


Teacher Appreciation Week

May 7 - 11

All day

Inspire campus

AP testing

May 8 - 17



Instrumental Music Concert

Thursday, May 10

7 pm

Center for the Arts

Film Festival

Friday, May 11

6 pm

Williams Theatre, CHS


Saturday, May 12

8 pm

Chico Event Center

Inspire Board Meeting

Monday, May 14

7 pm


Vocal Music Concert

Thursday, May 17

7 pm

First Baptist Church

War of the Worlds

Saturday, May 19

7 pm


Senior Awards Night

Wednesday, May 23

6:30 pm

Marsh Jr. High

Senior picnic

Friday, May 25

9am -12pm

One mile picnic area

Senior slide show

Friday, May 25

1 pm

CHS fieldhouse

Dance Showcase

Saturday, May 26

2 & 7 pm

Center for the Arts

We’ve got 5 weeks of the school year left, hang on, it will go fast. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns,

With gratitude,

Eric Nilsson and Jana Gosselin

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