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2016-17 School Year is flying by! It’s hard to believe that we are well into the 2nd semester and before we know it we will be registering our incoming freshmen and scheduling our current students for the 2017-18 school year. Winter Sports are winding down and Spring Sports pre-season conditioning is well underway. Congratulations to coaches Pennel and Waldrip for an awesome basketball season, hats-off to coaches Gabin and Hall for an amazing season of wrestling, and coach Maldonado for a job well done with our soccer program. Another big kudos goes out to everyone who helped make the AP Club annual “Geek Streak” run another hit. It’s very special to see how much community and financial support is generated for our kids. Between the funds raised for the Shafter High AP Program and the additional support with our partnership with the City of Shafter, we are on track to have another great year where no student or family pays out of pocket for their AP test.
If you’ve been by the campus recently you’ve seen the ongoing development and maintenance of our beautiful campus. The overseeding, regular maintenance, irrigation upgrades fertilizer and care is keeping our campus pristine and welcoming to all of our students, parents, community members, and visitors We continue to get frequent compliments about our campus, and we are truly blessed with a phenomenal grounds crew who take pride in their work. You may also have noticed a new marque and Shafter Generals sign in the front of the campus, improvements to our dugouts, baseball and softball diamonds, north practice field, and Ag facility, as well as the landscaping in the front of the school.
This is also an exciting time of year as we begin to roll-out additional courses and electives for Summer of 2017 and the 2017-18 school year. Our summer school goal is to both support those students who need additional help, as well as offer additional courses for those students with impacted schedules or are on an accelerated path. Each year our summer program has grown larger and larger and we anticipate that same trend to happen again this summer. We are examining projected enrollment data for next year, and we are expecting to add another 100+ students which well bring an estimated opening week enrollment to over 1700 students. This growth combined with our ongoing support will once again yield another year of expanded programs, more Career Technical Ed programs & opportunities, as well as additional core area subjects and electives.
Thank you for your ongoing support and please let us know if you have any questions or if we can support you in any way. And, as always, remember, Once a General…...Always a General!!
Thank you, Russell Shipley