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Principal's Message

March 12, 2018

 

It’s hard to believe we are already through the winter holidays and into 2nd semester!  

Fall Sports are finished and Winter Sports are now well underway.    Volleyball, Tennis and Cross Country had another great season and made all of us proud of their accomplishments and exemplifying Shafter High at every competition and tournament.  A big congratulations to our Shafter High Football program and the countless hours of dedication and commitment of our athletes.   Our Generals football program went further than it has in many, many years.   Another big congratulations to Mr. Hal Friedman, Shafter High Drama teacher, for the production of Peter Pan and the Starcatcher.  Outstanding production, very professional, entertaining and well received by our students and community.  We can’t wait for the next theatrical masterpiece!

Our campus continues to maintain its beautiful landscaping, and our dedicated custodians and grounds crew have been working hard preparing all of the fields and surrounding areas with winter rye and re-seeding.  This is being done in stages while we balance the athletic and PE needs to each of the practice fields and facilities.   The tennis courts are well under demolition while crews are preparing to completely replace all of the courts.   This also includes not only the main court foundation, but also all new lighting, nets, surrounding fencing, and final finish work.  Our Shafter High stadium modernization continues to move forward.  It’s currently in the very early planning stages with the architect and the engineers.  As many of us know and understand, the stadium project is a very extensive and complex project as we explore all of our options, engineering challenges, footprint layout, and long term master plan.  We will regularly keep you updated on the timeline and progress as we receive more information and also seek your input as the plan develops. 

Our technology infrastructure and equipment continues to grow.   It’s hard to believe that within the last couple years we are now up to over 1700 Chromebooks for our students.  This deployment has allowed Chromebook carts in nearly every classroom throughout the entire campus, which now puts us at a one-to-one ratio! 

Career Technical Education is thriving at Shafter High. Mr. Pierucci’s Video Production class has grown in student interest while his students are learning how to operate the latest state of the art equipment and technology.   In addition, we are now regularly broadcasting our daily announcements throughout the entire campus, and the Video Production class is currently working on independent projects and video production pieces. Mrs. Labrentz’s Kinesiology & Sports Medicine program is now in its 2nd year.  It’s been exciting to see our students taking what they learned in the classroom and applying it to real life applications and work experiences.   Our Ag program remains to be one of the largest and robust programs throughout the county, and we are now exploring the next phases and options of future expansion and additional Ag pathway to our campus.  The Project Lead the Way Program (PLTW) is still running strong in its 7th year, and it’s awesome to see our Building Trades & Construction program now being offered fulltime throughout the day.

Our instructional program continues to expand and get stronger.  We were recently approved for two additional grants.  One will give us additional opportunities to offer after school intervention and support in addition to our strong after school tutoring program.  The other is providing an opportunity for 8th grade students to participate in courses after school here on the Shafter High campus.  More information will follow after we finalize the details, after school opportunities, and class schedules.   In addition, this is the time when we begin to formally prepare for the 2018-19 school year.  With another projected increase in enrollment coupled to the many resources and support we receive, we are looking at additional opportunities in our AP Program, Career Technical Education, literacy, math intervention, and additional electives.  All in the vision of making Shafter High the best school around!

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