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TIA School Supplies

School Supplies

Dear TIA Parents, We kindly ask that you purchase the required and requested school supplies for The Inspiration Academy before the first day of school on August 1st. Ensuring that your child is well-equipped with the necessary items, such as backpacks, lunchboxes, reusable water bottles, headphones, and notebooks, will help them have a smooth and

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Science on Wheels Visits TIA

Recently, The Inspiration Academy hosted a special event called Science on Wheels, a STEM program by the Arizona Science Center. This is an innovative and mobile education program, that was generously sponsored by AOA (Academic Opportunity of Arizona), one of our STO partners. The program holds a significant purpose; it seeks to actively engage students from all age groups in the diverse and intriguing world of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, often abbreviated as STEM. The ultimate goal of this program is to inspire and ignite a lifelong passion for science among the students, encouraging them to explore and understand the world around them from a scientific perspective.

The comprehensive nature of this program stands out, as it is highly interactive, providing students with hands-on experiences that go beyond the traditional classroom setting. The content offered by Science on Wheels is thoughtfully curated and is grade-specific, ensuring that it is accessible and beneficial to every student, regardless of their grade level. This is in line with the Arizona College and Career Readiness Standards and Next Generation Science Standards, which it aligns with perfectly. Such alignment ensures that the content provided not only expands the students’ knowledge but also prepares them for their future academic and career paths in the STEM fields. Science on Wheels will be an on-going repeat event hosted at our school and offered to both our in-person students and our homeschooling partners.

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TIA at the Flutter at the Fountain 2024

The Inspiration Academy would like to express its profound and heartfelt gratitude to Debbie J. Elder (Culinary Curator) and the Fountain Hills Community Foundation for their generous act of involving our students in the Flutter at the Fountain event. We are immensely proud of the culinary arts skills that our students have developed and honed over time, right here at our school. Their ability to put these skills into practice at community events such as these is a testament to their dedication and hard work. Our school believes in and encourages a hands-on approach, which is why community service forms an integral part of our curriculum. This is especially true for our Culinary Arts Community Module program, a unique offering at our private school located in the beautiful town of Fountain Hills. This program not only equips our students with culinary skills but also instills in them the spirit of community service, enabling them to contribute to society while also honing their culinary talents.

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International Dark Sky Discovery Center’s Groundbreaking & Solar Eclipse

The Inspiration Academy was out in full force today in support of the International Dark Sky Discovery Center’s groundbreaking event as we all watched the Solar Eclipse take place. Congratulations on their mighty efforts in making this center a reality! We here at The Inspiration Academy look forward to our students continued involvement at the Discover Center throughout their development process and eventual Grand Opening.

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TIA Open House Flyer (April.29.2024)

April 29th Open House 2024

April Open House at The Inspiration Academy: Monday, April 29th, from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. Please stop by The Inspiration Academy on Monday, April 29th, from 4:00pm to 6:00pm to learn more about our K–12 private school here in Fountain Hills. Our staff, teachers, and students will be available to answer your questions about our wonderful programs and give you a tour of our school. We have begun enrollment for the 2024–2025 school year. Our school is located on the beautiful grounds of the Shepherd of the Hills, on the corner of Fountain Hills Blvd. and El Lago Blvd. The open house will be in the Fellowship Hall. We look forward to meeting you and your children.

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Arizona Tuition Connection is Matching Donations

Mark your calendars for April 2nd, 2024! On this day, Arizona Tuition Connection has generously committed to match every single donation received. This is a fantastic opportunity to double the impact of your contribution. When making your donation, it is crucial that you recommend our private school, The Inspiration Academy. Your recommendation will ensure that our school can continue to provide a top-quality education and enriching experiences for our students. We are incredibly grateful for your support.

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TIA Garden Project (February Update)

The Inspiration Academy’s Garden Project has recently “sprung” back to life now that the weather is getting warmer. As the temperatures rise, our students are reigniting their passion for gardening and the outdoors. Our garden project, which encourages students to learn about nature, sustainability, and healthy eating, had been paused during the colder months. However, with the onset of warmer weather, the gardening tools are out, and students are ready to start planting and tending to the garden again. The anticipation is high as everyone eagerly waits to see the “fruits” of their labor in the form of blooming flowers and thriving vegetables.

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TIA Mardi Gras Celebration 2024

We extend our deepest gratitude to Ms. Brittni for her exceptional work in organizing The Inspiration Academy’s Mardi Gras celebration. Her meticulous planning and execution of every detail ensured the success of this event. Not only did she put together an impressive celebration, but she also took the time to educate our students about the rich history and cultural significance of Mardi Gras. Her enthusiasm and commitment to this task were evident in her work, and our students were both educated and entertained in the process.

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Horseshoe Dam Waterfall

Billy took our high school students off-road to go see the fantastic waterfall out at Horseshoe Dam. Our students had a great time exploring the falls and enjoyed swimming in the cold river below. The Horseshoe Dam is just 25 miles outside the beautiful town of Cave Creek. There is an 8 mile off-road portion of this trip to reach the dam. The dam is 1,500 feet long and 144 feet high. This dam is unique because there is a walking path that allows you to get behind the water flowing over the dam. You can get very close to the water below the dam, which cascades down into a beautiful multi-teared waterfall flowing over large rocks. The views are stunningly beautiful when there is a release of water. Just below Horseshoe Dam is some of Arizona’s best fishing. Popular spots include Catfish Point and Mesquite Cove. Not all education happens in a classroom. Onwards to our next adventure together!

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Spartan Kids Race AZ 2024

One of the main organizers for Spartan Race has reached out to me to see if students, staff, and parents from The Inspiration Academy would be interested in doing a Spartan Race together. If so, they would offer us a 30% discount on tickets! The race would be on Feb 17th and 18th. Here is a link:
There are various distances to race to pick from and time slots to choose from.
Contact Billy Risticcia for our TIA discount code, that gets us 30% off.

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