August 26, 2019
Welcome back Generals! We are so excited to get the 2019-20 school year started! We have a lot of great announcements and we’re poised for another awesome year of Shafter High PRIDE and tradition.
We are excited to welcome eight new faculty members this year to the Shafter family, and also a new Dean of Student Services, Mrs. Michelle Ragsdale. Continued 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 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 Intervention/At-Risk programs provides additional support, and our Career Choices program includes a 10 year career plan with educational modules throughout each year of high school. Our Advanced Placement program currently offers 15 different AP courses, which puts us at the top of the list throughout the County of the most AP courses offered! The Project Lead the Way (PLTW) program is now entering its ninth year. The PLTW students continue to challenge themselves in courses such as Computer Science, Programming, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, and Environmental Sustainability. We are also excited now offer a 3rd PLTW pathway – Biomedical Sciences. Our Industrial Arts, Construction and Wood program continues to gain in student interest and momentum as we now see it packed full of students throughout the entire day. The Video Production & Journalism Broadcast and our Kinesiology & Sports Medicine pathways are now in their 4th year, growing in popularity and demand, and keeping Mr. Pierucci and Mrs. Verrell super busy!
Our campus continues to maintain its beautiful landscaping, and we are truly fortunate to have the best grounds crew and custodians throughout the County! They take pride in their work and they too work hard to make this campus the best around! We have several projects, ongoing construction, and upgrades planned for this school year. The stadium project continues to move forward. The bleacher layout and blueprints were finalized, bid package was advertised, and they are now board approved. These plans are included in the master design which now goes to the Division of the State Architect (DSA) for design and accessibility approval. That approval process typically takes 6-8 months in Sacramento. After plans are approved and the final bid packages are awarded, demolition/construction is expected to begin the fall of 2020.
Our Patient Care, “Sports Medicine,” CTE Pathway remodel is now complete, which now gives Shafter High a modern, state of the art, Kinesiology & Sports Medicine lab. The awning in front of the Starrh Performing Arts Center is currently is now back from DSA state approval, the job has been bid, and contract awarded. Construction should begin within the next couple months, and following that remodel the auditorium will receive a full exterior repaint w/murals. With the help of local support and general funds, we now have a complete, brand-new, sound and lighting system in the Starrh Performing Arts Center! Our historic Home Ec Lounge continues to receive a full renovation. Cabinets, countertops and plumbing are done and within the next couple months the flooring and appliances will be complete.
Finally, THANK YOU, for a great start of the school year. 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.