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Principal's Message


January 6, 2020


It’s hard to believe we are already at the midway point of the school year and getting ready to transition into the 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 huge congratulations to coach Sharp and our girl's tennis program.  They persevered through the regular season, placed 2nd in SSL, triumphed through playoffs, and made it all the way to host the Valley championship!      Another big kudos to Mr. Hal Friedman, Shafter High Drama teacher, for the production of Anne Frank.  Outstanding production, very professional, entertaining and well received by our students and community.  We are already looking forward to the spring production of Chicago!

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 awning in front of the Starrh Performing Arts Center is nearing completion, and after construction is complete we are set to install new lettering, mural and the entire Auditorium will get a full exterior repaint and color match.    Our Home Economics classroom is nearly complete.  All remodel and construction work is done, and the appliances are now arriving and being installed.   The stadium continues to move forward as we await any edits or changes while it’s under state review at the Division of the State Architect.  I continue to stay in communication with our local architects and Facilities Planning to receive any updates, modifications, changes as well as narrow down the timeline as we get closer.  At the last review, our stadium is now pushing over $8M, which is considerably higher than originally planned.   The project continues to move forward, and over the next few months we will begin to examine the details (concessions, lights, restrooms, etc.) of each part of the stadium.  The nine lane all-weather track is still in the plans and budget, but we are receiving higher estimates and costs if we choose to color match versus laying the traditional terracotta.  We will keep you posted as we know more and as the process continues throughout this year.

Our Career Technical Pathways and Instructional Program continues to grow and get stronger each and every year.   The new Biomedical CTE pathway is thriving and it is a great addition and complement to our entire pathway and vocational programs.   Early College and dual enrollment opportunities at Shafter High are expanding both in course offerings and student interest.   Our Shafter High PRIDE is still operating at a CA state “platinum” level with student involvement, outreach, and awareness campaigns.   It’s very complimentary and flattering to have several other schools and programs now visiting Shafter High to tour our campus, explore our programs, and seek guidance on how they can take back and utilize what Shafter High is doing on their own campus or division.  The word is out … great things continue to happen at Shafter High!

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