Welcome back Generals! We are so excited to get the 2017-18 school year started! We have a lot of great announcements and we’re poised for another great year of Shafter High pride and tradition. This is now the 3rd year of quarterly newsletters, and our goal of maintaining regular communication with all of our students, parents and community members. Our Shafter newsletter packed full of several highlights, announcements, upcoming events and important dates. Plus, the best part is it is produced, organized and edited by our very own Journalism students under the direction of their teacher Mr. Kevin Eubanks. I also encourage every parent to periodically check our website. It is packed full of great information, upcoming events, and it highlights many of the programs, activities, and athletics happening throughout the campus. It really exemplifies Shafter Pride, our students, and the GENERAL way.
We are also very happy to welcome eleven new faculty members this year to the Shafter family. Increased enrollment, Career Technical Education expansion, and additional supplemental District support has provided us the opportunity to add several more classes and start-up new programs. Our Ag Program continues to expand and coupled to the current course offerings continues to be one the largest, well respected, and robust Ag Programs throughout the County and the FFA community. Programs such as Journalism, Student Leadership, and Link Crew continue to grow in popularity and help to support and increase school spirit and Shafter PRIDE. Our Literacy classes and Lieutenant’s Academy programs provides additional support and intervention, and our Career Choices program includes a 10 year career plan with educational modules throughout each year of high school. Our Advanced Placement program is running strong with 12 AP courses, and the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) program is now entering its seventh year. The PLTW students continue to challenge themselves in courses such as Computer Science, Programming, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, and Environmental Sustainability. Our Industrial Arts, Construction and Wood program is now back and running full time throughout the day with the addition of Mr. Justin Verrell. The Video Production & Journalism Broadcast and our Kinesiology & Sports Medicine pathways are now in their 2nd year, growing in popularity and demand, and keeping Mr. Pierucci and Mrs. Labrentz super busy!
We have also seen many capital improvements to the campus. The Old Gym locker room received new face lift that’s packed full of General PRIDE and school spirit. The practice fields, baseball and softball diamonds, and center quad recently received a full renovation and the landscaping is looking more and more beautiful each and every day. We are also poised and ready for several new projects including stadium modernization and new tennis courts. We are currently in the planning and blueprints phase, so stay tuned as more information and plans develop throughout this year! Our technology infrastructure continues to grow with a 100% wireless backbone and we are now approaching nearly 1700 Chromebooks throughout the entire campus. On any given day you’ll see our kids utilizing the Google Classroom platform, sharing documents, and digitally interacting both in their day-to-day lessons as well as at home or on their personal device.
Finally, THANK YOU, for a great start of the school year, and thank you for your patience with your son or daughter’s schedule as we started this year. Our enrollment continues to grow, and we opened with nearly 1700 students. While this is an exciting time, this also creates some unintended stress on the campus, master schedule and courses. As always, please let us know if you have any questions. I am personally very thankful for your dedication and support of Shafter High and GENERAL PRIDE. We are looking forward to a great academic and athletic year full of activities and great memories for our students.