August 15, 2018
Welcome back Generals! We are so excited to get the 2018-19 school year started! We have a lot of great announcements and we’re poised for another great year of Shafter High pride and tradition.
We are also very happy to welcome eight new faculty members this year to the Shafter family, and also a new Dean of Students, Mrs. Valarie Labrentz. 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 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 is running strong with 15 AP courses, and the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) program is now entering its eighth 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 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 3rd year, growing in popularity and demand, and keeping Mr. Pierucci and Ms. Stevens super busy!
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 our Starrh Performing Arts building is also receiving some work to the main front entrance . 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 1800 Chromebooks throughout the entire campus. On any given day you’ll see our students 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 1750 students. 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.