Freshmen: Students should start to think about what they would like to do for their Supervised Agricultural Experience project. Projects will be fully planned in Quarter 4. Be sure to check out the SAE section of these updates for ideas.
Next week we will be jumping into ornithology to master our skills in identification using dichotomous keys and field guides.
Sophomore: Students will be earning their Chapter FFA degree this year. See all of the requirements for this degree in the photo below. Listed, is their progress towards meeting this degree:
Juniors: Meeting every other day now, we are moving into our Navigation and Mapping unit. Students will map various areas used by our class. This week we removed some invasive burning bush shrubs and created a new brush pile to provide escape cover for some of the birds that visit our feeders.
Seniors: We just started a new unit on global warming and climate change. Students will be researching information about global warming and creating a movie about what they learn.
ENR/Envirothon: The next Environmental/ Natural Resource CDE practice will be held on Tuesday January 31st. We will be focusing on the identification part of the contest. Come learn how to use dichotomous keys and delve deeper into the specifics about the key identifying features for each species. We are looking for someone to take over being team captain. Let me know if you are interested.
A couple weeks ago, Envirothon hosted an Aquatics workshop in East Hartford. Silvia attended and we learned how to use dichotomous keys to identify amphibians and fish, learned the principles of permaculture, attended a discussion on riparian buffers and spotted a bald eagle on its nest over the Connecticut River. The next Envirothon workshop is coming up. Hope more of you can join Silvia and I!
Scholarship: Amanda K. Cartier Memorial Scholarships ($500 for an ag student) has been posted in Naviance.
SAE Grades: We are about half way through the SAE grading period. SAE will be graded again on March 1st. Please make sure you are staying up to date with your hours, SAE photos and journal entries. Let me know if you are having difficulties earning hours or are interested in changing projects.
SAE Spotlight: Ally, a senior in Wildlife Biology, has been collecting information about Wildlife Bio student's SAE projects for her Ag Communications SAE. Each week, she will be highlighting one student's project in a SAE Spotlight.
Grads Give Guidance: Over 30 graduates came back to give guidance to juniors and seniors in our annual Grads Give Guidance event. Students learned about what it's like to choose a college and a major, transfer colleges, pay loans, apply for scholarships, deal with roommate issues, what college food actually tastes like, how to master good study habits, and more!
South Africa Study Abroad: Kayla, a recent graduate and current UConn student, came back to talk to junior and senior wildlife biology students about her experience on a South African Study Abroad trip.
Natural Resource Conservation Academy: Laura Cicneros from UConn will was here during office hours on 1/11 to talk about the NRCA program open to 9-12th graders and even adults. There are two different programs, one a week-long overnight field experience at UConn (Conservation Ambassador Program) and one a two day program for youth and adults (Conservation Training Partnership) which is free. Applications are due April 1st. See their website for more information and to get an application.
Juniors: After working seriously hard on their wildlife management plans for the past few weeks, we finally got the chance to get outside on a warm day. Students filled the bird feeders, moved large branches out of our developing wildlife garden and cleared a stream blockage that was causing some flooding.
ENR CDE Practice: Our next practice will be on January 17th. If you want to get in some extra practice time, let me know.
Envirothon Aquatics Workshop Saturday January 14th ----- FREE EVENT!
Events in the Community
Exam Prep Help
This list of Study Tips for Exams was sent out by our National Honor Society Advisor. NHS members will be available in the library to help you too. See the message below from NHS:
"Starting on Wednesday 1/4/17, NHS members will be available in the Library after school to assist students with exam prep from 2pm to 3pm. Students may get extra help with:
Wildlife Biology Exam Review
Award Applications: Students have been filling out award applications in order to be recognized for all of the hard work they have done in their SAE projects and for their involvement in FFA. Some students are applying for proficiency awards. These students will compete at the chapter level and winners of each SAE program area will move on to compete at the state level, state winners will move on to be judged at the national level. Students who are National Finalists will be recognized at the National FFA Convention in October. To learn more about Proficiency Awards visit the National FFA Website.
Natural Resource Conservation Academy: Laura from UConn will be here during office hours on 1/11 in the Ag Community room to talk about the NRCA program open to 9-11th graders. This is a fantastic opportunity to enhance or start an agri science SAE project. The program will also expose you to the UConn campus and you will work directly with faculty and staff in the Natural Resources department at UConn (hello college advantage). Hope to see you there.
FFA Meeting: The next FFA meeting is on 1/10. See Mrs. Dal Zin or Mrs. Roselli to sign up for the Chili Contest by Monday afternoon! There are several divisions. If you don't want to compete, just come and eat some chili and bring some corn bread or chips! You still need to sign up.
Opening and Closing Ceremonies: This Career Development Event is open to freshmen and sophomore students only. If you like acting, then this contest is for you. See Mrs. Roselli during the next office hours block.
Agri Science Fair Competition: If your SAE is research based, you should consider entering a poster in the Agri Science Fair Career Development Event in May. See Mrs. Picard to sign up. More information is available on the CDE flyer and in the Agri Science Fair website.
ENR CDE Practice: Our next practice will be on January 17th. If you want to get in some extra practice time, let me know. We need to create labels for the equipment, this would be a great opportunity for some extra practice time.
Envirothon Aquatics Workshop Saturday January 14th
Job Shadow and Internships
This message is from Ms. Greaves, our LH Career Counselor. She's a great resource. Please reach out to her. Her office is in the Library.
"Job shadows are available to all students in grades 9-12 as a way to explore possible careers. Students participate in shadows in an area of business that they wish to explore. These can be half day or full day experiences and are excused absences from school. Some examples of the available opportunities are below. Please see Ms. Greaves at Lyman Hall to learn more. If we do not have something that interests you, we will do our best to create a career connection for you. We have job shadows available in: Engineering, Computer technology, Physical therapy, Occupational therapy, Speech therapy, Optometry, Orthodontist, Veterinary medicine and Teaching."
These updates are intended for current parents and students in the Wildlife Biology class at LHHS.