Messages from the Principal
06/06/14 - 5/29/14

Greetings Inspire Community:
 
Great news for our entire community! This past week, we received the news that Inspire School of Arts and Sciences has been granted a six-year accreditation for the Western Association of School and Colleges (WASC).  This is the highest accreditation a school can receive, and I want to congratulate and thank all of you for your commitment to the continual improvement process.
 
The staff at Inspire committed early to a collaborative process, a process that required honest reflection, a focus on continual improvement and effective planning for moving forward. The hard work has been recognized and rewarded.
 
I have attached a copy of the letter for your reference. We can be proud when it says, “Please accept our congratulations on the quality of the instruction being offered in your school.” WASC has given Inspire the unequivocal message that we are doing a successful job of preparing students for the rigor of the four-year university and the world of work.
 
Just a little over a week, and we’ll be celebrating our third graduation, the class of 2014!!! We can’t wait, but then again, we do have much to do this week to prepare students for finals and final presentations. The ceremony begins at 6:30 at Laxson auditorium at CSU,Chico. Seniors and families of seniors – get your tickets asap from Jana Gosselin in the office.
 
Keep spreading the word!!!   Tell all your friends and family. Inspire’s 4th Annual Choreography Showcase is this weekend, Saturday, May 31st at 2 pm and 7 pm – Center for the Arts. It’s going to be an exciting showcase of original choreography and dance, most of the pieces conceived by our dance students. We encourage you to get tickets in advance at the Inspire Office (891-3090) or on line at www.inspirecusd.orgThis is a very strong show – 20 senior dancers will be doing their last performances for Inspire – almost all of the dancers are choreographed by students, a majority of them by our soon to be graduating seniors. Let’s all help them to sell out both shows.
 
Please stop by campus and see the student produced murals on our classroom doors.   Inspire’s campus is being transformed into a living, breathing art gallery. These students have partnered with their teachers to create a mural that is particular to their discipline as well as their personality. If you come to view them, make sure to check in to the office first, and we’ll give you a pass!
 
Finals schedule is as follows:
 
Periods 1, 2 and 3
Monday, June 2
8 am – 12:12 pm
Periods 4,5 and 6
Tuesday, June 3
8 am – 12:12 pm
Periods 7,8 and Advisory
Wednesday, June 4
8 am – 12:12 pm (NOTE: NO LATE START NEXT WEDNESDAY!!
Thursday, June 5, students are to report to their advisory at 8 am and will be released for Day on the Purple (on campus) until 12:12.
 
Great Opportunity for Young Women Interested in Science and Engineering
 Hello everyone,
We’re very excited to announce an upcoming Perry Outreach Program on Saturday, August 16 at Shriners Children's Hospital in Sacramento, CA. The Perry Outreach Program is a free, one-day, hands-on experience for high school and college-aged women who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine and engineering. Students will hear from women leaders in these fields and try it for themselves by performing mock orthopaedic surgeries and biomechanics experiments.
We are now seeking applicants for our Sacramento program. Participants should be women in grades 10 and up with an expressed interest in science, medicine and/or engineering.  We would very much appreciate if you could pass this information along to any high school principals, high school science teachers or high school students you may know.  Applicants should be directed to fill out our online application in advance of the July 16, 2014 application deadline.
Additional information can be found on our website: www.perryinitiative.org
The application may be accessed directly using the following link: http://perryinitiative.org/programs/student-online-application/
A flyer has been attached that may be used to generate student interest in the program.  Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions you may have.  
We will have several programs in Northern California in August 2014 - San Jose 8/9, Sacramento 8/16, and San Francisco 8/23. Details can be found on our website. Please encourage students to apply to the program that is geographically closest to them. 
Again, we sincerely appreciate your help in identifying qualified applicants for our program. 
Laurie Meszaros Dearolf, PhD
Program Coordinator
The Perry Initiative
www.perryinitiative.org
phone:  (302) 319-1113

Inspiring Women to be Leaders in Orthopaedic Surgery and Engineering
 
Did you forget to order a DVD as a memento of your favorite Inspire show?
 Well you’re in luck! We are having a DVD blowout sale for all of this year’s fabulous shows and DVDs will only be $20 each. Act quickly because this opportunity will not be around for very long. Orders spring Music concert, Dance showcase, and graduation are due June 5th. If you are interested in ordering DVDs for the fall productions order quickly because supplies are limited and we will not be making more copies. Order forms will be available in Jarrah’s room (IC 26)
Call for Donations and Volunteers for Sober Grad Night
Inspire Foundation and Parents of Inspire students will be hosting a Sober Grad Night for our graduating students on Wednesday June 4th. It will be an all-night event at Boy’s and Girls Club in Chico. In order to make this a success we need your help. We are looking for volunteers to decorate, chaperone, help with kitchen duties to serve food and cleanup the next morning.
 
We are also looking for alumni help to DJ music, an MC for talent show and a photographer to help with photo booth. Donations of prizes for hourly raffle to students and for talent show are also needed.
 
Please consider donating prizes and your time for our amazing students. We're using VolunteerSpot to organize our upcoming activity. To sign up for Inspire Sober Grad Night - here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
 
  1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/WvTLJ8
  2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
  3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders.
 
Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me via Volunteer Spot and I can sign you up manually.
 
Gretchen Tousey
 
Student Success Institute – This Summer!
Please see the attached letter regarding the institute and the attached flyer. Great opportunity for preparing well for the beginning of the 2014-2015 year.
Dear Principal Nilsson,
Thank you so much for recommending the Student Success Institute offered through C.A.R.D. for your Inspire students.
It is a terrific way to meet your students, answer many of their questions and match them with older peers who are able to acquaint them with the “high school experience.”
As a result of the last two year’s success, and student request, C.A.R.D has scheduled two sessions near the end of summer vacation (a week earlier than last year):
21508    Tu-We-Th               8/5-8/7 9:30 AM-12:00 PM                             
21509    Tu-We-Th               8/5-8/7 1:30-4:00 PM                       
Thank you, in advance, for spreading the word among your current students and those who will be joining Inspire in the fall.
Best
David Welton
Upcoming Events!!!
Dance & Choreography Showcase
May 31
Center for the Arts
Finals
June 2-4
 
Graduation
June 4
Laxson at CSU, Chico
Day on the Purple
June 5
Inspire Quad
We always love to hear from you. Let us know if you have suggestions, ideas, concerns and/or feedback.
Thanks, 
Eric Nilsson
Principal
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

05/12/14 -

Greetings Inspire Community:

We are at that point in the Spring semester where we have three full weeks of instruction, and then we have finals.  Often this brings additional stress to students, so it will be important to gently remind them to take care of the work they need to do, to communicate with their teachers, to get plenty of rest and to finish strong!

Finals schedule is as follows:

Periods 1,2 and 3                                  Monday, June 2                                    8 am – 12:12 pm

Periods 4,5 and 6                                Tuesday, June 3                                   8 am – 12:12 pm

Periods 7,8 and Advisory                  Wednesday, June 4                             8 am – 12:12 pm

Thursday, June 5, students are to report to their advisory at 8 am and will be released for Day on the Purple (on campus) until 12:12. 

Graduation Ceremonies are at Laxson Auditorium on the CSU, Chico campus beginning at 6:30 pm.  We are so excited and so proud of our first “four-year” graduating class.  To think that most of these seniors helped to open and implement Inspire in 2010.  We are so proud of our graduating seniors!

 

05/12/14 -

Greetings Inspire Community:

We are at that point in the Spring semester where we have three full weeks of instruction, and then we have finals.  Often this brings additional stress to students, so it will be important to gently remind them to take care of the work they need to do, to communicate with their teachers, to get plenty of rest and to finish strong!

Finals schedule is as follows:

Periods 1,2 and 3                                  Monday, June 2                                    8 am – 12:12 pm

Periods 4,5 and 6                                Tuesday, June 3                                   8 am – 12:12 pm

Periods 7,8 and Advisory                  Wednesday, June 4                             8 am – 12:12 pm

Thursday, June 5, students are to report to their advisory at 8 am and will be released for Day on the Purple (on campus) until 12:12. 

Graduation Ceremonies are at Laxson Auditorium on the CSU, Chico campus beginning at 6:30 pm.  We are so excited and so proud of our first “four-year” graduating class.  To think that most of these seniors helped to open and implement Inspire in 2010.  We are so proud of our graduating seniors!

Two big events this week.

Spring Music Concert, Friday, May 16, 7 pm, CUSD Center for the Arts, 1475 East Avenue.   

Tickets are available at the Inspire office (IC-1), on line at www.inspirecusd.org or at the door.  The evening features the Inspire A Cappella Choir, Inspire Orchestra, One Voice, Inspire Funk Band and student solos.  Come join us for a wonderful evening of vocal and instrumental music.

Prom, Saturday, May 17, Chico Event Center, 8 – 11 pm. 

This year the theme is “Night of Lights.”  Students are excited, and we’re looking forward to a celebratory evening.

May 12-16: $22 single w/ASB $25 single w/o ASB $40 couple w/ ASB $45 couple w/o ASB.

Then we’ll have our final performance of the year –

Dance and Choreography Showcase, “Focal Point”,  Saturday, May 31st, 2 and 7 pm, CFA,

Original works by Inspire choreographers as well as special guests to include the CI Hip-Hop Dance Team, Inspire Dance Company, and  Inspire Tap Team. Tickets are available in the Inspire office or online at www.inspirecusd.org  

Did you forget to order a DVD as a memento of your favorite Inspire show?

 Well you’re in luck! We are having a DVD blowout sale for all of this year’s fabulous shows and DVDs will only be $20 each. Act quickly because this opportunity will not be around for very long. Orders for gala, musical theater showcase, and theater scene study showcase will be due May 9th  and orders for the spring Music concert, Dance showcase, and graduation are due June 5th. If you are interested in ordering DVDs for the fall productions order quickly because supplies are limited and we will not be making more copies. Order forms will be available in Jarrah’s room (IC 26)

Call for Donations and  Volunteers for Sober Grad Night

Inspire Foundation and Parents of Inspire students will be hosting a Sober Grad Night for our graduating students on Wednesday June 4th. It will be an all-night event at Boy’s and Girls Club in Chico. In order to make this a success we need your help. We are looking for volunteers to decorate, chaperone, help with kitchen duties to serve food and cleanup the next morning.

We are also looking for alumni help to DJ music, an MC for talent show and a photographer to help with photo booth. Donations of prizes for hourly raffle to students and for talent show are also needed.

Please consider donating prizes and your time for our amazing students. We're using VolunteerSpot to organize our upcoming activity. To sign up for Inspire Sober Grad Night - here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

  1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/WvTLJ8
  2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
  3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders.

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me via Volunteer Spot and I can sign you up manually.

Gretchen Tousey

Student Success Institute – This Summer!

Please see the attached letter regarding the institute and the attached flyer.  Great opportunity for preparing  well for the beginning of the 2014-2015 year.

Dear Principal Nilsson,

Thank you so much for recommending the Student Success Institute offered through C.A.R.D. for your Inspire students.

It is a terrific way to meet your students, answer many of their questions and match them with older peers who are able to acquaint them with the “high school experience.”

As a result of the last two year’s success, and student request, C.A.R.D has scheduled two sessions near the end of summer vacation (a week earlier than last year):

21508      Tu-We-Th               8/5-8/7    9:30 AM-12:00 PM                

21509      Tu-We-Th               8/5-8/7    1:30-4:00 PM                         

Thank you, in advance, for spreading the word among your current students and those who will be joining Inspire in the fall.

Best

David Welton

CSU, Chico HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARS PROGRAM (HHS).

CSU, Chico is pleased to announce the High School Scholars opportunity for the Fall 2014 semester.   The High School Scholars (HSS) program is an excellent opportunity for eligible local high school students to take up to two CSU, Chico courses for just $44. The objective of the program is to offer local area 11th & 12th graders (AY 2014-15) access to courses that have not been filled by regularly enrolled CSU, Chico students.    For student eligibility requirements and the mandatory orientation dates, please communicate w/ Ms. Kuban or Ms. Becraft BEFORE you sign up and visit:  http://www.csuchico.edu/admissions/counselors/high-school-scholars.shtmlJust a reminder…the Chico State High School Scholars (HSS) program MANDATORY orientations for Fall 2014 start this week. Recall that parents are always welcome to attend, but not in lieu of their student. Mandatory HSS Orientation(student attends one) Tuesday, May 6th or Monday, May 12th or Thursday, May 15th from 5-6PM Student Services Center, Rm 150, CSU Chico (5-16-14)

BUTTE COLLEGE FOUNDATION: Need free money next semester?

The Butte College Foundation is accepting scholarship applications now through May 15, 2014 for students enrolled for the 2014 Fall Semester. Scholarships do not need to be paid back. To find out how easy the steps are to apply come by the Inspire office and ask for the Butte College Foundation flyer and complete the online application. Visit the Butte College Foundation web site at www.butte.edu/foundation then click on Scholarships. Please contact the Butte College Foundation Office with your questions at (530) 895-2359 or email foundation@butte.edu. (5-15-14)

Upcoming Events!!!

Inspire Board

MeetingMay 12

Room IC-6

Spring Music Concert

May 16

Center for the Arts

Prom

May 17

Chico Event Center

Senior Memories Rally

May 20

CHS Gym

Dance & Choreography Showcase

May 31

Center for the Arts

Finals

June 2-4

 

Graduation

June 4

Laxson at CSU, Chico

Day on the Purple

June 5

Inspire Quad

 

Thanks to all.

Eric Nilsson

Principal

 

04/23/14 -

 

 

Greetings Inspire Community:

This week, along with the release party for Incendio Wednesday evening (7pm, 1078 Gallery) and the Musical Theater Showcase this Saturday evening (5:30 & 8pm, First Christian Church), we will be hosting the Butte County Office of Education STEM Advisory Council meeting Wednesday afternoon in IC-21. The meeting starts at 3:30, and staff and students will provide a 40-minute presentation related to what Inspire is doing in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Big thanks to Antonio Isern and Student Government, to Jim White, MaryLou Lim, Jarrah Myles and Ron Pope for helping put together a wonderful line-up of talent at our Spring Standout last Wednesday – dance, musical theater, theater, pop and funk bands and even a performance that embedded a prom invitation!!! It was a wonderful afternoon that helped showcase and celebrate the talent at Inspire. There were 17 acts and approximately 75 performers.

Lots happening this week and next.

Tomorrow Evening!!! “Incendio” Release Party (Inspire’s Poetry Anthology)

 

Celebrate a wonderful collection of poems from a talented group of poets at the 1078 Gallery beginning at 7 pm. There will be live music as well. (See details below)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Saturday!!! Musical Theater Dessert Showcase April 26

The Inspire School of Arts and Sciences 2014 Musical Theatre Showcase "The Third Course", will take us into the world of the Broadway musical through scenes, songs and choreography from the early days of Musical Theatre to timeless favorites and popular new shows. Audiences will be served delicious desserts and be able to participate in a Dessert Silent Auction while individuals and ensembles from this year's musical theatre classes provide entertainment. Parental support is still needed. Please click the link to sign up: http://vols.pt/hTWExc.

Show times are 5:30 (featuring musical theater 2 soloists) and 8:00 p.m. (featuring IMT3 soloists) on Saturday, April 26, at First Christian Church, 295 E. Washington Ave. Tickets are available at www.inspireusd.org or in the Inspire office, $10 for adults, $8 for students, $6 with an ASB card. Please consider supporting our program with the donation of a purchased cake. Donations can be dropped at the church on Friday evening or all day Saturday. All proceeds directly support Inspire's musical theatre performance groups.

 

 

 

 

 

 “Every 15 Minutes” this Wednesday and Thursday

Please see the attached fact sheet regarding the “Every 15 Minutes” program that will take place at Inspire and CHS this Wednesday and Thursday during school. This is an effective program that alerts young people to the dangers of drinking and driving. Our Student Government has collaborated with CHS Student Government to provide a very important program to students at both schools.

Inspire Foundation Fundraiser May 2

The Inspire Foundation invites you, your friends, co-workers and family to join them at a fun-filled evening on the French Riviera. Channeling the beautiful Casino Monte Carlo at the lovely ARC Pavilion in Chico, you will find gaming tables, delectable finger foods and scrumptious desserts, beverages from cocktails to coffee, music, a silly photo booth as well as a wide array of incredible raffle prizes and silent auction items (vacation in Mexico anyone?!). So put on your evening attire and join us to support the wonderful Inspire School of Arts and Sciences.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite at:

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/inspire-foundations-a-night-in-monte-carlo-tickets-11090450837?aff=es2&rank=1&sid=34b0c98ab9aa11e39d4812313b00d4e1

Or you can contact an Inspire Foundation (IF) member to purchase tickets directly – Hilary Crosby – 514-1576 or Teresa Henbest at 570-8185.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available for firms wishing to showcase their businesses and for IF’s generous supporters.

Please contact a Foundation member for more information about sponsorship levels and benefits.

The Inspire Foundation exists for the sole purpose of supporting Inspire students and staff in the quest for enriching educational experiences. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organized under the North Valley Community Foundation. All contributions are fully tax-deductible.

Inspire Art Gallery Show May 3

 

The new Lincoln Hall on the CHS campus will be the venue for our 2nd Annual Art Gallery. Our Fine Art and Ceramics students will have creative, innovative, imaginative and beautiful work on display! Gallery will open at 6 pm.

Art is accepted from all students at Inspire; students need not be enrolled in art, ceramics, digiphoto, etc. to submit art for the gallery.

Art submissions are due next week. Ms. Smith is in charge of collecting all submissions with submission forms. The final deadline for submissions is Friday, April 25th.

The gallery itself is May 3rd from 6-8 pm at the CHS's new Lincoln Hall. Desserts, refreshments, and art will be for sale at the event. Admission is free.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 CSU Chico Announces High School Scholars Opportunity for Fall 2014

CSU, Chico is pleased to announce the High School Scholars opportunity for the Fall 2014 semester. The High School Scholars (HSS) program is an excellent opportunity for eligible local high school students to take up to two CSU, Chico courses for just $44. The objective of the program is to offer local area 11th and 12th grade students (AY 2014-15) access to courses that have not been filled by regularly enrolled CSU, Chico students. For student eligibility requirements and the mandatory orientation dates, please visit: http://www.csuchico.edu/admissions/counselors/high-school-scholars.shtml . If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Teresita Curiel

Office of Admissions

Student Services Center 130

California State University, Chico

400 West 1st Street

Chico, CA 95929-0722

TEL (530) 898-5599

FAX (530) 898-6456

 Inspire Partnering with California Alliance for Arts Education on “Student Voices” Project

Students are being invited to make a video that shows their creative power and passion for the arts and share it with their elected officials. In a two minute video, students can sing, dance, speak, draw or animate the answer to the prompt, “Tell us the story of your creativity.” With the new Local Control Funding Formula, this is a golden opportunity to help our legislators see the value of the arts and to support it. You can view some examples on StudentVoicesCampaign.org.

That will do it for now. Please continue to partner with us in education. We appreciate all of you so much and all of the contributions and involvement. It makes a positive and significant difference to Inspire.

 Eric Nilsson

Principal

 

03/05/14 -

Greetings Parents and Students:

It was quite a week, the highlights to include the following:

  1. WASC Accreditation Report.  The WASC visiting team arrived last Sunday and left Wednesday afternoon.  Before they left, they reported to staff after school Wednesday, and the report was  both complimentary of the school and very positive.   We are expecting the final edited report today or tomorrow, and I will forward copies to all stakeholders at that time.  The affirmation of our progress and accomplishments was well received by the staff, and they should  be proud.  I heard time and time again just how impressed they were with the instruction and learning going on in all  our classrooms.
  2. Engineering Open House.  If you didn’t see it, I’ve attached the link to the Enterprise Record report last Friday.  http://www.chicoer.com/k12/ci_25246106/inspire-high-school-engineers-show-off-skills?IADID=Search-www.chicoer.com-www.chicoer.com  Thanks to Roger Aylworth for his report.   We had lots of visitors to the event.  Folks engaged the students in rich conversation about their projects which ranged from the design of a puzzle cube using Inventor software, to the design of a robotic arm to the development of a yeast powered vehicle. 
  3. Inspire’s 4th Annual Gala, “Balance.”  We had two shows Saturday attended by approximately 650 people.  The show was mixture of music, dance, theater, and poetry readings and included performances from students in the following Inspire classes: Orchestra, Choir, Funk Band, Pop Band, Theater, Musical Theater, and Spanish.  The level of performance was high throughout the Gala.  140 students performed and another 10-15 worked back stage representing over 35% of our entire student body. 
03/05/14 -

(3/4/14 cont.)

Thanks to everyone for supporting the Engineering Open House and Gala and thanks to all of the parents who participated directly in the WASC process.  Support of the school comes  in many different forms, and  we  couldn’t do it without your partnership.

Thanks also to the entire Inspire Staff.  The additional work it requires to do these kinds of events is tremendous, and everyone has made great contributions.  I was struck by the fact that to do this successfully requires passion and commitment, and staff certainly brings those qualities to the school.

Smarter Balanced Assessment Field Test to be Given to Inspire Juniors

As you may already know, we, along with thousands of schools across California, are participating in a field test of a modern assessment system designed to help shape teaching and learning in the classroom. Known as the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress – or CAASPP – these computer-based tests replace the STAR program.

These tests are aligned to the Common Core State Standards for English and math, which California adopted in 2010 to describe what knowledge and skills students need to be well prepared for college and careers, no matter where they come from or where they live.

Part of the goal of the field test this year is to determine how well individual questions allow students to demonstrate what they know and still need to learn. We are also taking this opportunity to see how well our technical capabilities meet the demands of computer-based assessments and to see what resources our teachers and school may yet need.

Finally and importantly, this year also gives your student an opportunity to try out the new system without consequences. All of this combined means that we will not be capturing scores this year. Instead, we will use what we learn from this field test to help ensure a successful full launch of the system in the 2014-15 school year.

Our next step in that transition is to administer the field test to students in 11th grade scheduled for April 29 and 30. If you want to see what types of questions students will be asked or how the test will be presented, there is a practice test available online at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/practicetest.asp .

If you would like more information, please visit the California Department of Education Smarter Balanced Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/smarterfieldtest.asp . If you have any questions regarding your child’s participation, please contact Assistant Principal Dan La Bar at dlabar@chicousd.org.

The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) invites you to participate in the 9th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest!

Many students in Biology, Anatomy and Biotech are opting to submit a 750 word essay to the American Society of Human Genetics for their DNA day contest.  Students can win $1000 dollars for themselves and $1000 dollar genetic materials grant for Inspire.  Essays are due to Mrs. Olson by March 7th and will be submitted March 14th.

Students seem really excited.  Last year a 9th grader took home 1st.  To participate, go to the following link: http://www.ashg.org/education/dnaday.shtml#.Uw7Q5vldWSo

Attention Inspire Students:  FOUR WAY TEST: AN ESSAY CONTEST

The Rotary Club of Chico is inviting students to participate in an essay contest that focuses on the Rotary Four Way Test.  The Four Way test serves as guiding principles to all Rotarians as they approach their daily lives.  All Rotarians are honor-bound to live their lives by the highest of moral principle and to abide by these four truths in all that they say, do and think.  You will be asked to select ONE or MORE of the four principles as the focus of your essay.  These principles are:  Is it the TRUTH? Is it FAIR to all concerned? Will it build GOOD WILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIP? Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?  Essay must be 250 words or less and typed.  1st place will receive $500, 2nd place: $300 and 3rd place: $100.  Prizes are awarded directly to the student.  Essay deadline is March 14, 2014. For more information on how to structure your essay and apply-please pick up a handout in the counseling office.

Stepping Back, Stepping Forward, Project Lead the Way Puts Students Ahead of the Rest

Inspire’s Engineering Program, Project  Lead the Way, is helping students to prepare for college and career not only providing them with knowledge but with the skills needed to solve problems and work productively in teams.  The student’s story below illustrates this well.

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) helps students develop the problem-solving, critical thinking, and collaboration skills needed to succeed in the global economy. Students who understand how their education is relevant to their lives and future careers are more excited and engaged, and PLTW helps to achieve this on a regular basis. Former PLTW student Annie Kovach is one example of how PLTW prepares students to apply what they know, identify problems, find unique solutions, and lead their own learning. PLTW encourages students to pursue their passions in STEM, and, like Annie, puts them a step ahead of the rest.

My name is Annie Kovach, and I am currently a freshman at Mississippi State University studying Biomedical Engineering.  Although universities encourage freshmen research, it is a rare opportunity for college freshmen to find positions where they meet all the necessary skill requirements right out of high school. During high school, I participated in Project Lead The Way's (PLTW) Biomedical Science Academy at Bob Jones High School in Madison, AL. This meant four courses of intense coursework involving primarily the application of science and technology in medicine. We also worked on developing skills such as teamwork, problem-solving, and professionalism. Through this class, I figured out that I wanted to major in Biomedical Engineering. I knew when I finished the first class, Principles of Biomedical Science, that I would be a step ahead of other freshmen when I got to my university. However, I could never imagine the extent to which the skills I gained through this program would be so pertinent to the university environment. PLTW’s impact came this semester, my second semester as a freshman. I told myself last semester that I was not going to seek and find a research position on campus until sophomore year when I had a better grip on things and knew more professors. However, the Bagley College of Engineering (BCoE) sent out an email with a listing of professors looking for undergraduate researchers. As I scrolled down the list, I did not think I would be qualified for any positions that interested me or eligible since I had not taken the required courses yet, but to my surprise there was one project. The project’s title was "A Novel Magnetic Nanoparticle Drug Delivery System for the Treatment of Osteosarcoma" and the requirement was to have experience with cell culture testing. Nanoparticles are one of my main areas of interest, and thanks to PLTW I had knowledge of nanoparticles, osteosarcoma, and a great deal of experience with cell culture experience requirement.

    I now get to work under a junior Biomedical Engineer major to research how to use nanoparticles to target and effectively treat osteosarcoma. We will be submitting posters to the Shackouls Honors College Undergraduate Research Competition and the Bagley College of Engineering Undergraduate Research Competition. For the BCoE poster competition, I get to be the first name on the project. If you have ever been on a big research project, you know that name order is huge. I will be presenting a summary of all the research and the results we find over the semester. This opportunity would not be possible without the skills the PLTW Biomedical Science program at Bob Jones has provided me.

  News from Counseling re Butte College and CSU

For those students who would still like to participate in the Butte College Reg 2 Go Program and have the opportunity to travel on April 17th to the campus for priority registration, you have two more chances to complete your Basic Skills Assessment.  You must call Butte College at 895-2511 and schedule your testing for either April 5th at the Chico Center or April 12th at the Main Campus.  You must let them know that you are with Reg 2 Go-Inspire.  Again-only those that are with Reg 2 Go will be allowed to go on the field trip April 17th  for priority registration.

THE ROTARY CLUB OF CHICO of is inviting Inspire students to participate in an essay contest that focuses on the Rotary Four Way Test. 

The Four Way test serves as guiding principles to all Rotarians as they approach their daily lives.  All Rotarians are honor-bound to live their lives by the highest of moral principle and to abide by these four truths in all that they say, do and think.  You will be asked to select ONE or MORE of the four principles as the focus of your essay.  These principles are:  Is it the TRUTH? Is it FAIR to all concerned? Will it build GOOD WILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIP? Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?  Essay must be 250 words or less and typed.  1st place will receive $500, 2nd place: $300 and 3rd place: $100.  Prizes are awarded directly to the student.  Essay deadline is Friday, March 14, 2014. For more information on how to structure your essay and apply-please pick up a handout in the counseling office. Gerald M. Geiger Memorial Scholarship: Butte County Farm Bureau is offering a $1000 scholarship for a graduating senior who is attending a school in Butte County, planning on majoring in Agriculture or related subject, has a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and can submit all required application materials by April 4, 2014.  If this is you, stop by the main office and pick up an application.  (Apr 14, 2014)   

AP Test Sign-ups Have Begun!  Sign up by March 7 to Avoid Late Fee!

Parents and Students: Sign-ups for the Advanced Placement Examinations in May have begun.  From February 24th- March 7th, students can sign up in the main office for testing.  The cost is $89 per exam.  From the week of March 10th – March 14th, we will accept payment for exams, but with a late fee of $10, with the total cost of each exam becoming $99.  Should you meet the Federal Income Eligibility listed below, your student may come to the Main Office and pick up two forms that require parent signatures and proof of eligibility.  The cost of the exam(s) will be discussed at that time.  Payment of cash, check or money order will be accepted.  Please make your payment out to Inspire. Questions?  Please contact Tiffany Kuban at x386.  Please refer to prior announcement for AP testing schedule.  All AP students were given a blue handout in class detailing all AP information needed to help guide your decision-making.

Please see the attached chart for Eligibility Requirements. 

THE CHICO-LELAND STANFORD MASONIC LODGE #111: is awarding $cholarship grants -  

Graduating high school seniors from Chico & Durham schools who are planning on attending universities, colleges, community colleges, or vocational technical training schools are eligible. If interested, please pick-up an application in the office and due March 17, 2014. YLF is an annual five day leadership program: provides information and resources about employment, education, independence and assistive technology.

THE CHICO COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP ASSOCIATION:

Senior Students who are interested in applying for several scholarships within one organization need to hop online and go to www.chicoscholarships.org.  If you have any questions, feel free obtain an application in the office or make an appointment with Ms. Kuban or Ms. Becraft.

Gerald M. Geiger Memorial Scholarship:

Butte County Farm Bureau is offering a $1000 scholarship for a graduating senior who is attending a school in Butte County, planning on majoring in Agriculture or related subject, has a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and can submit all required application materials by April 4, 2014.  If this is you, stop by the main office and pick up an application. 

Inspire Orchestra Looking for Donation of Musical Instruments.

Inspire Families...we need your help! The instrumental music program has a very limited number of instruments available for student use. Several of the ones being used now are my personal instruments. Our students are very curious and love to learn new instruments but we simply don't have enough to go around.  So, here's what we need. Look in your garages, attics, closets, under the beds, and in storage units...if you have any orchestral instruments that are not being used that you would be willing to donate to Inspire we would be very grateful. The instruments we need include: trumpet, trombone, horn, clarinet, oboe, flute, saxophone, bassoon, violin, viola, and cello.

Thank you, Jim White   

Important Dates This Semester

Course selection week                                                                                            

March 4 – 13

Inspire Board  meeting                                                                                                

March 10

Spring Standout                                                                                                               

March 14

Spring Break                                                                                                                         

March 17-21

Junior Parent Night (College Information & Planning)                                            

March 26

Inspire Board Meeting                                                                                                       

April 14

2nd Progress Report                                                                                                        

April 17

Musical Theater  Showcase                                                                                      

April 26

Theater Scene Showcase                                                                                              

May 1

Inspire Art Show                                                                                                             

May 2

Inspire Foundation Fundraiser

May 2

 

 

Awards Night                                                                                                               

May 6

Inspire Board meeting                                                                                                 

May 12

Spring Music Concert                                                                                                    

May 16

Prom                                                                                                                               

May 17

Dance and Choreography Showcase                                                                             

May 31

Finals                                                                                                                                 

June 2-4

Graduation                                                                                                                          

June 4

Inspire Board Meeting                                                                                                 

June 9

 

It was a great week for all of us.  So much to celebrate!  Thank you all!

Keep the questions/concerns/ideas/suggestions coming our way. 

Eric Nilsson

Principal

(enilsson@chiocusd.org)

02/18/14 -

Greetings Inspire Families!

We’re all going to be very busy in the next couple of weeks,  the culmination of which will  be Inspire’s Spring Gala on Saturday, March 1.  There will be two shows, one at 2 pm and one at 7 pm in the Center for the Arts at 1475 East Avenue on the campus of Pleasant Valley High School.   Description and ticket info below.

A reminder, again, that the first progress  period ends this Friday, and grades will be completely updated in Aeries by the following Wednesday at midnight. 

We are pleased to announce our second annual Engineering Open House, Thursday, February 27 from 2:30-4:30 pm in IC-21.  Students in “Introduction to Engineering Design,” “Principles of  Engineering,” and “Biotechnical Engineering” will  have projects on display and be there to engage in conversation and answer questions.

02/18/14 -

 

Inspire Orchestra Looking for Donation of Musical Instruments.

Inspire Families...we need your help! The instrumental music program has a very limited number of instruments available for student use. Several of the ones being used now are my personal instruments. Our students are very curious and love to learn new instruments but we simply don't have enough to go around.  So, here's what we need. Look in your garages, attics, closets, under the beds, and in storage units...if you have any orchestral instruments that are not being used that you would be willing to donate to Inspire we would be very grateful. The instruments we need include: trumpet, trombone, horn, clarinet, oboe, flute, saxophone, bassoon, violin, viola, and cello.

Thank you, Jim White

THE CHICO COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP ASSOCIATION

Senior Students who are interested in applying for several scholarships within one organization need to hop online and go to www.chicoscholarships.orgApplications are due Friday, February 21, 2014.  If you have any questions, feel free to obtain an application in the office or make an appointment with Ms. Kuban or Ms. Becraft.

Inspire’s 4th Annual Schoolwide Gala: Balance, Saturday, March 1, 2 and 7 pm at the Center for the Arts

Inspire will treat the community to an event inspired by the concept of balance.  Students will present works developed in their classes which will include exhibits and performances by the Inspire Orchestra, the Inspire Musical Theater Tour Troupe, the Inspire Choir, Inspire  Dance Company, pop band, theater, and choreography classes.  Exhibits will  include work from our visual arts, science and engineering classes.

Tickets will go on sale Monday in the Inspire office (IC-1) and will be on sale on line through our web site at www.inspirecusd.org. Price:  $10 general, $7 students and $5 students with an ASB card. 

Please come out and support our students and our programs!

THE SADIE HAWKINS 80's DANCE: is Saturday February 22 from 8-11pm

CARD Community Center on 545 Vallombrosa Ave. This is the dance where the girl asks her date to the dance in a clever way. Because it is 80's themed, you can wear crazy outfits or dress nice. This dance is semi-formal. Early bird prices have expired tickets are now up to $14 with an ASB card and $16 without. Tickets sold at the door the night of the dance will be $20.

Inspire Students Shine in CUSD “Arts for All” Annual Gala

Thanks to MaryLou Lim, Jim White, Linnea Smith, Joyce Henderson, Amy Hanford and Jarrah Myles for preparing their students to present quality work to our community.  Among the highlights:

  1. Some fabulous student art work and photos were featured in the halls.
  2. A Pop band group of JP Bruce, Morgan Heffley, Javi Bird, Connor Columbo, and Jordan Scott performed “Landfill” with Karen Shea, Courtney Olson, and Selah Parlee dancing to a choreographed piece by alumni Neisa Schuler.
  3. Alisa Tousy performed Love, you didn’t do right by me from White Christmas with Daniel, Dakota, Aiden, and Mac, with Mary Lou accompanying them.
  4. Aiden Sobon, Alex Hilsee, and Leo Daverson performed a scene from As you Like it.
  5. Lydia Volstad, Hannah Hull, Terra Jones, and Kat Burchett had a lovely harmony as the group “one voice”

Inspire Students Asked Back to Boys and Girls Club Annual Fundraiser to Provide Event’s Entertainment.

Two years ago, Inspire students were invited to perform at the event, and they did so well, they were asked back this year.  Of their performances, Butte County Office of Education Superintendent Tim Taylor said, “Inspire Kids were great at the Boys and Girls club fundraiser….just amazing .” The following students,  along with director MaryLou Lim are to be congratulated.  It was a wonderful collection of performances. 

Inspire band, Clean Ocean, Webster Moore, Isa Kraatz, Justin Thompson     Acoustic jazz selections

Danielle Allison, violin solo selections

Musical Theatre 2 class

selections from Singing in the Rain

Sky Brymer, Zach House, Aidan Sobon, Trevor Henbest, Lexi Nalley, Mallory Openshaw, Grace Massa, Faith King, Terra Jones, Marielle Purnell, Mazie Langan, Courtney German, Reilly Hail

IMT3 "Let Me Entertain You" medley by Jule Styne

Becky Cagle, Cat Cruzen, Juliet Gibbons, Alisa Tousey, Marcus Rutledge, Matt Stone, Lydia Volstad, Annie Kuhn, Eleni Mahlis-Miller

One Voice "For Good" from Wicked, "Royals"

Lydia Volstad, Hannah Hull, Kat Burchett, Terra Jones

Inspire A Cappella Choir

"Beatles Medley", "We Are the World"

Sky Brymer, Hannah Chumley, Alice Cornwell, Cat Cruzen, Alijah Gray, Katy Hodges, Logan Johnson, Jordyn Lamb, Emily Mansilla, Mikayla McDaniel, Lexi Nalley, Mallory Openshaw, Savanah O'Shaughnessy, Alyssa Law, Paul Parlee, Vaughn Quinlan, Marcus Rutledge, Matt Stone, Erica Trejo, Lydia Volstad, Marcy Wilson, Sophie Zukoski

Mosaic "Beatles Medley"

Lydia Volstad, Alisa Tousey, Marcus Rutledge, JP Bruce, Matt Stone, Becky Cagle, Cat Cruzen

Men's Choir "And I Love Her"

Sky Brymer, Vaughn Quinlan, Matt Stone, Marcus Rutledge, Zack House, Paul Parlee, Daniel Rubio

Selections from White Christmas

Alisa Tousey, Rowan Miller, Lydia Volstad, Marcus Rutledge

Chico State School of the Arts Events

The School of the Arts will be featuring a number of exciting and educational events during February 2014!

Through February 22, the Turner Print Museum  presents its National Print Competition & Exhibition. A juror's talk takes place Feb. 20 at 5:30 p.m. in Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall; receptions to follow at The Turner and University Art Gallery. More information: http://www.schoolofthearts-csuchico.com/press/14TurnerPrintCompPR.shtml

On February 27 at 6 p.m. on the Harlen Adams Theatre Stage, the School of the Arts pays homage to the Harlemite parties of the 1920s and 1930s. Dress up as your favorite figure from the era, have dinner, do a little dancing, and help raise funds for a worthy cause. For more information please call Tracy Butts at x5151.

Three free New Music Symposium concerts will take place in late February/early March in Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall. The concerts feature student composers and groups Sqwonk and the Pull-String Duo. More information: http://www.schoolofthearts-csuchico.com/press/14newmusicpr.shtml

Promote Your Business and Support Inspire’s Yearbook at the Same Time – Advertising Space Still Available!

The end of the school year is quickly approaching, and we're looking for parents of Inspire seniors and businesses interested in placing advertisements in this year's yearbook! Attached are both order forms containing submission instructions. We'll be accepting ads up until February 18th or as space allows. Please get them in as soon as possible to reserve your space.

This is a general overview of costs:

Senior Ads:

Full Page:  __ Color - $350.00

1/2 Page: __ Color - $190.00

1/4 Page: __ Color - $105.00

1/8 Page: __ Color - $60.00

1/16 Page: __ Color - $35.00

Business Ads:

Full Page: __ Color - $435.00

1/2 Page: __ Color - $230.00

1/4 Page: __ Color - $125.00

1/8 Page: __ Color - $70.00

1/16 Page: __ Color - $40.00

You can email inspireyearbook@yahoo.com with any questions.

Thank you, as always, for your support!

-Yearbook Staff

 Sober Grad needs your help! 

Inspire would like to create the tradition of “paying it forward”. We are asking freshmen, sophomore, and Junior families to assist with planning and running grad night for 2014! We have a small group of senior parents that are willing to assist. Also, the class of 2013 coordinator is willing to meet and share resources from Inspire’s first grad night last year. This event is put on by parents for students and is not coordinated by school staff. Inspire will help and support the effort and can offer meeting space, but we need parent-power to make this a reality! Please get in touch with Assistant Principal Dan La Bar at dlabar@chicousd.org or call the office. Thank you to those who have already stepped forward. We are looking for leaders and still need a committee chair! 

Dan La Bar

Assistant Principal

Important Dates This Semester

1st Progress Report   February 21

Formal Winter  Dance   February 22

WASC Visit   February 23-26

Inspire Spring Gala   March 1

Course selection week   March 4 – 13

Inspire Board  meeting   March 10

Spring Standout   March 14

Spring Break     March 17-21

Junior Parent Night (College Information & Planning    March 26

Inspire Board Meeting    April 14

2nd Progress Report     April 17

Musical Theater  Showcase     April 26

Theater Scene Showcase     May 1

Inspire Art Show   May 2

Awards Night     May 6

Prom     May 10

Inspire Board meeting     May 12

Spring Music Concert     May 16

Musical Dance Showcase     May 31

Finals  June 2-4

Graduation    June 4

Inspire Board Meeting   June 9

The Western Association of School and Colleges (WASC) team will arrive this Sunday and be at Inspire through next Wednesday.  They are the accrediting body for our region, and their visit is intended to provide us with feedback that celebrates our strengths and gives us suggestions for improvement.  There are four members of the team.  We look forward to their visit as it is an opportunity for a close look at our school and some time to reflect.

Let us know if you have questions/concerns/ideas/suggestions.

Eric Nilsson

Principal

02/09/14 -
Greetings Inspire Families!
 
Please note that Friday, February 14 and Monday, February 17, there is no school.
 
Please also note that February 21 is the last day of the first progress report period.  I encourage you to continue to use Aeries to check on assignment and grade status.   It helps students to manage their progress and helps parents with information.  I also encourage you to communicate with staff if you have particular questions about a class or assignment.
 
Inspire’s 4th Annual Schoolwide Gala: Balance, Saturday, March 1, 2 and 7 pm at the Center for the Arts
 
Inspire will treat the community to an event inspired by the concept of balance.  Students will present works developed in their classes which will include exhibits and performances by the Inspire Orchestra, the Inspire Musical Theater Tour Troupe, the Inspire Choir, Inspire  Dance Company, pop band, theater, and choreography classes.  Exhibits will  include work from our visual arts, science and engineering classes.
 
Tickets will go on sale Monday in the Inspire office (IC-1) and will be on sale on line through our web site at www.inspirecusd.org. Price:  $10 general, $7 students and $5 students with an ASB card. 
Please come out and support our students and our programs!
02/09/14 -


 
Flowertines for Sale from Student Government
 
Hello Inspire families!
 
Valentine’s Day is coming up! Buy Flowertines (long stem carnation  with greenery) online for your son or daughter at inspireisern.com for 3 dollars each or you can buy two Flowertines for 5 dollars. They will be delivered to the students during the first period of the day by Student Government on February 13th, with a personalized card of your choice.   You can also by one for any office or staff member, to let them know how much you appreciate their work and dedication to your child’s education and wellbeing.   Sales on line will last from Monday 2/3 through Wednesday 2/12  by noon.  Quantities are limited.
The proceeds from the Flowertines go towards supporting future Inspire events like Prom, Day on the Purple, Spring Standout, Rallies and more.
 
Thank you! Happy Valentine’s Day!
-Inspire’s Student Government
 
Achieve the Core Common Core Resources for Parents and Community Members
 
Achieve the Core has made available a collection of resources for parents and community members introducing the CCSS, including information about the standards; guides, roadmaps, and videos for parents; and teacher and business support for the CCSS. To view these resources, please visit the Achieve the Core Web page
 
THE SADIE HAWKINS 80's DANCE: is Saturday February 22 from 8-11pm
 
CARD Community Center on 545 Vallombrosa Ave.This is the dance where the girl asks her date to the dance in a clever way. Because it is 80's themed, you can wear crazy outfits or dress nice. This dance is semi-formal. Early bird prices have expired tickets are now up to $14 with an ASB card and $16 without. Tickets sold at the door the night of the dance will be $20.
 
SENIORS! INSPIRE RUMMAGE SALE 
 
We are still collecting items and are shooting for late February.  Address questions to (Antonio Isern) .We have a donated storage location at Red Top Storage which is located on 1322 Nord Avenue.   Carrie Lara has graciously donated it at no charge to us.  She is there from 11am to 5pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Our storage unit is #156 and the gate code we need to get in is *63908#. P.S. Also, get your senior baby pics in. Hard copies must be labeled. For more info contact Marisol.
 
Chico State School of the Arts Events
 
The School of the Arts will be featuring a number of exciting and educational events during February 2014!
 
Through February 22, the Turner Print Museum  presents its National Print Competition & Exhibition. A juror's talk takes place Feb. 20 at 5:30 p.m. in Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall; receptions to follow at The Turner and University Art Gallery. More information: http://www.schoolofthearts-csuchico.com/press/14TurnerPrintCompPR.shtml
On February 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Redding’s Cascade Theatre and February 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Laxson Auditorium, the North State Symphony and Chico State theatre students come together to bring the story of star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet to life. More information: http://www.schoolofthearts-csuchico.com/press/NSSValentinesConcertPR.shtml
 
On February 27 at 6 p.m. on the Harlen Adams Theatre Stage, the School of the Arts pays homage to the Harlemite parties of the 1920s and 1930s. Dress up as your favorite figure from the era, have dinner, do a little dancing, and help raise funds for a worthy cause. For more information please call Tracy Butts at x5151.
 
Three free New Music Symposium concerts will take place in late February/early March in Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall. The concerts feature student composers and groups Sqwonk and the Pull-String Duo. More information: http://www.schoolofthearts-csuchico.com/press/14newmusicpr.shtml
Vince Bertram, PLTW CEO Makes  Argument for Pursuing STEM Education
This is a worthwhile read and provides an important perspective as our students make choices that will affect their futures.
“Pursue Your Dreams, Prepare for Reality”
We tell students "follow your dreams" -- this is often misguided advice. If it were successful, we would need a lot more jobs for professional athletes and Broadway performers. Throughout school, many children spend their evenings at sports practice, and even more nights dreaming of being a professional athlete. However, 99 percent don't make it.
It sounds harsh, but it is the reality. Only a very small percentage of students will ever play in the NFL, let alone last weekend's Super Bowl. In fact, according to Business Insider and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), only 1.7 percent of college football players will play in the NFL, and only 1.2 and 0.9 percent of basketball players go on to play in the NBA and WNBA, respectively. The best opportunity is baseball, which Business Insider/NCAA reports offers an 11.6 percent chance for college athletes to go pro (for many, that means playing years in the farm system, hoping to be called up to the major league). And it's not just athletics. The same small percentages apply to music and the arts -- Adele and J.K. Rowling are rare talents, and so were Pablo Picasso and Frédéric Chopin.
So what do we tell our kids? We tell them to pursue their passions, whatever those passions might be -- the arts, music, sports -- because you never know who might be talented and lucky enough to make it to the big leagues. We also need to be honest with our children and tell them that while they can choose which path to take, others will likely decide whether they will get paid to do it. Life will be easier -- much easier -- if they have the appropriate skills.
We must educate and inform our students about sound career choices and the steps needed to pursue those careers. We must ensure that our students have a solid educational foundation from which to build a successful career. By doing so, we have the power to help more students set realistic dreams they can achieve, which will, in turn, help fund the pursuit of their passions and hobbies. So in what fields will students find the greatest potential for success?
Forbes highlighted the most in-demand college majors -- the fields that will present our graduates with the most job prospects and highest earnings. Engineering and math fields dominated the list, with engineering concentrations making up one-third of the most valuable majors. Biomedical engineering ranked #1, software engineering was #4, followed by environmental engineering (#5), civil engineering (#6), and petroleum engineering (#7).
These findings are nothing new, however. I've written often about the issues the STEM skills gap is creating and how they greatly threaten America's economic competitiveness. By 2018, STEM jobs are expected to grow at a rate nearly double that of other fields -- 18 percent versus 9.7 percent. An estimated 1.2 million STEM jobs will go unfilled because the workforce will not possess the skills to fill them. And, as the world continues to innovate and as new technologies emerge every day, the jobs gap will widen. So what can we do?
The answer is clear. We must reach our students earlier, introduce them to math and science, and show them the engaging, exciting and practical applications of those subjects. We must continue to foster curiosity and collaboration, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and stress to our students that the purpose of education is to prepare for the global economy, an economy that is demanding more graduates with STEM knowledge and skills. We must counsel our students from an early age, introduce them to available career options, and guide them on the path to pursue those careers with the appropriate course work and activities. We must encourage our students to begin thinking about their careers long before they finish high school.
The bottom line is this: Students should continue to pursue their passions and the dream of becoming the next Peyton Manning or LeBron James. But let's also set them up with a solid foundation for a successful and stable life just in case the scouts don't call. And if your child or student does end up within that rare .08 percent of athletes who go pro, a strong academic foundation will give them security. Studies show that within two years of retirement, 78 percent of former NFL players have gone bankrupt or are under financial stress. Help your child have a brighter future through a career they can pursue once their dream career ends. And for the other group -- the majority 99.02 percent -- opening their eyes to the career possibilities of their future will excite them and inspire them, and give them a new dream to pursue. A dream that leads to a successful life.
Promote Your Business and Support Inspire’s Yearbook at the Same Time – Advertising Space Still Available!
The end of the school year is quickly approaching, and we're looking for parents of Inspire seniors and businesses interested in placing advertisements in this year's yearbook! Attached are both order forms containing submission instructions. We'll be accepting ads up until February 18th or as space allows. Please get them in as soon as possible to reserve your space.
This is a general overview of costs:
Senior Ads:
Full Page:  __ Color - $350.00
1/2 Page: __ Color - $190.00
1/4 Page: __ Color - $105.00
1/8 Page: __ Color - $60.00
1/16 Page: __ Color - $35.00
 
Business Ads:
Full Page: __ Color - $435.00
1/2 Page: __ Color - $230.00
1/4 Page: __ Color - $125.00
1/8 Page: __ Color - $70.00
1/16 Page: __ Color - $40.00
 
You can email inspireyearbook@yahoo.com with any questions.
Thank you, as always, for your support!
-Yearbook Staff
 
 Sober Grad needs your help! 
 
Inspire would like to create the tradition of “paying it forward”. We are asking freshmen, sophomore, and Junior families to assist with planning and running grad night for 2014! We have a small group of senior parents that are willing to assist. Also, the class of 2013 coordinator is willing to meet and share resources from Inspire’s first grad night last year. This event is put on by parents for students and is not coordinated by school staff. Inspire will help and support the effort and can offer meeting space, but we need parent-power to make this a reality! Please get in touch with Assistant Principal Dan La Bar at dlabar@chicousd.org or call the office. Thank you to those who have already stepped forward. We are looking for leaders and still need a committee chair! 
Dan La Bar
Assistant Principal
 
Important Dates This Semester
Inspire Board Meeting     February 10
Spirit Week    February 10-14
1st Progress Report     February 21
Formal Winter  Dance    February 22
WASC Visit    February 23-26
Inspire Spring Gala      March 1
Course selection week    March 4 – 13
Inspire Board  meeting     March 10
Spring Standout    March 14
Spring Break     March 17-21
Junior Parent Night (College Information & Planning)    March 26
Inspire Board Meeting     April 14
2nd Progress Report   April 17
Musical Theater  Showcase    April 26
Theater Scene Showcase    May 1
Inspire Art Show    May 2
Awards Night    May 6
Prom     May 10
Inspire Board meeting    May 12
Spring Music Concert   May 16
Musical Dance Showcase   May 31
Finals   June 2-4
Graduation   June 4
Inspire Board Meeting     June 9
 
That will do it for this week.   Please continue to talk with your students about assignments and grades and make sure they keep their attendance high.  Appreciate all you do to help make Inspire a rich learning environment.     
 
Call if you have questions/concerns/ideas/suggestions.
 
Eric Nilsson
Principal
 

Principal