August 9, 2018
Dear Spartan Family,
On behalf of our entire team at Stratford High School, I am excited to welcome you back for the 2018-19 school year. In a matter of days, our halls will be filled with Spartans returning from summer vacation, excited to reconnect with friends, compete in athletic events, participate in our many extracurricular activities, and most importantly, continue their journey of learning with our incredible faculty.
This year, Stratford has adopted a new mission statement: Committed to Learning. Working Together. Enriching Lives. This mission captures the three characteristics that make our school special. First, we are committed to ensuring that all of our students learn the essential skills necessary for success in each of our courses as well as their chosen post-secondary endeavor. Next, we pledge to work collaboratively with students, parents, and other members of our faculty and staff to make that important learning possible. And, finally, we are focused on results – namely, our goal of ensuring that, after high school, every child is prepared for the path that lies ahead. With renewed focus, we look forward to a very positive and productive year together.
As you know, each year brings a few changes to campus, and this one is no different. We are excited to welcome many new teachers, along with a few new staff members. Replacing long-standing and now retired registrar Gene Rutland is Nicole Harris. She is joined by three new members of our counseling team – Jennifer Shock as post-secondary counselor, Amanda Thompson as wellness counselor, and Darryl White as counselor for students with last names R-Z.
Another change at Stratford this year is a switch to nine week grading periods. This adjustment was instituted in an effort to better align our campus with the schools in our feeder pattern as well as provide our teachers with greater flexibility in planning and executing various lessons, assignments, and tests. While we will be distributing fewer report cards this year, grades will still be updated on a regular basis and progress reports will be handed out every three weeks.
I look forward to seeing you all at Back to School Night on Tuesday, September 4th at 7:00 p.m. You can also stay connected with us and learn about all of the happenings at Stratford through our newly-updated website along with our Twitter account @StratfordSBISD.
The first day of school is right around the corner! We are excited to welcome all of our students back to Stratford America for the new school year on Thursday, August 16th. This is going to be another great year!
With Spartan Pride,
Chad Crowson, Principal