Lawrence ShinPrincipal, Refugio High SchoolLShin@syvuhsd.orgPhone: (805) 688-6487 ext. 3320
Dear Refugio Students and Families,
Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! I am so glad to have met so many of you and to have begun the work of building our community one relationship at a time. As I step onto Refugio’s campus this year I feel the strong and meaningful bonds between students, staff, parents, and alumni, and I am very excited to be part of this community.
This year there are several changes to our student body, our staff, and in some ways, our structure. More than half of our student body is brand new to Refugio, and some teaching/administrative staff have changed. Our schedules have transitioned into longer 1 hr 40 min blocks, which I believe will help our students go deeper into the content material. There will be an increase in field explorations and project-based learning this year, and I am anxious to see the learning deepen through these authentic experiences.
Although these programs are wonderful, I am far more excited about what this year’s students bring to the table. This year’s Eagles have already articulated their more profound interests and passions in a wide range of fields and disciplines: from early childhood education to aesthetics, and from computers to professional bull riding. Several of our students have also elected to stay at school longer to take up opportunities in the EAST and Restaurant classes, which demonstrate to me both the perseverance and the resilience to finish high school as well as long-range planning skills.
The late fantasy author, Robert Jordan, wrote that “[t]he oak fought the wind and was broken, the willow bent when it must and survived.” I am reminded of our occasional need to shift with the times, to “bend” to our ever-changing needs, and to continue growing however we must. I have tremendous confidence that, in the face of this “wind,” the resilience that our Refugio students possess will allow them to bend, bounce back, and finally do what Eagles do best when the wind blows: spread their wings and lift off.
Looking forward to a fantastic year,