Dear Shea Students, Parents, and Community Members,
Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! I am excited and grateful to be serving the Shea community this year as Principal. I have had an opportunity to spend time with staff, students, and parents and they have raved about the wonderful community at Shea! I look forward to utilizing my 22 years of experience as a music/drama teacher and school administrator to ensure Shea is a place where students feel safe and are challenged to exceed their own expectations.
The middle school years are an important time for students, as they truly begin to shape and craft who they want to be as adults. At Shea, we care about the development of the whole child. Our commitment to our community is to challenge and support students academically, provide them with a rich arts and extracurricular experience, and help them develop character traits that will prepare them to be successful in high school and beyond. Here are a few of the ways we will do that this year:
North Valley Arts Academy -
Provides an expanded artistic experience in drama, dance, visual arts, and music production far greater than you can find in most other school settings.
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) -
A nationally recognized program that utilizes research-based strategies and methods to help prepare students for success in high school and college.
Scorpion Values -
These are the character traits we will be focusing on developing in our school community this year:
- Empathy: learning to see the world through others' perspectives.
- Self-control: cultivating the abilities to focus and delay gratification.
- Integrity: recognizing right from wrong and practicing ethical behavior.
- Embracing diversity: recognizing and appreciating human differences.
- Grit: persevering in the face of challenge.
At Shea, it is my commitment to create an environment where your child can unleash his or her full potential. We will build relationships with students so that we can stretch and challenge their academic, social, and emotional growth each day. I cannot wait to get started!
I look forward to meeting you throughout the year. We are going to make it a great year!
Scott Lawrence, Principal