Freshmen FFA Test: If you did not pass the FFA test with an 80% or above, the next opportunity to retake the test will be on 2/28 (pending snow days). A score of 80% or higher is required to earn the FFA Greenhand Degree. Please let me know if you need help studying.
Award Applications: Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors will be working on award applications after break. This year there will be two award tracks students can pursue: Proficiency Award (moves on to the state level and is focused on SAE) and the usual inhouse award application which focuses on FFA involvement and SAE.
Chapter FFA Meeting: The next meeting is on 1/10
ENR/Envirothon Practice: A few people met this week. We gathered more equipment from the closet, identified what we still need and went outside and conducted a quick, and cold, environmental assessment. Our next practice is on January 17th.
SAE Ideas for Winter Break
Freshmen: Students have been researching and creating presentations about a particular species of their choice. Today, some students presented their animals to their classmates. Next week we will finish presenting and will be creating a web, highlighting all of the ways the animals interact with other components of the ecosystem.
Sophomores: Worksafe ends on 12/19 and students start an Environmental Awareness unit on 12/21, where they will create a visual presentation to share with the class regarding an environmental topic of interest to them.
Juniors: Students have adopted a character who is involved in natural resource management, "purchased" a piece of property related to their expertice and are working on developing a management plan for the property. This week we also visited the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station to talk to scientists in the Forestry and Horticulture department to see how science influences wildlife management. Megan Linske and Dr. Scott Williams showed us how they can tell if a tick is infected with the bacteria that is responsible for Lyme disease. Their research in the past has shown that areas with dencer Japanese Barberry cover have a higher population of deer ticks. Check out this article to learn more about ticks and barberry.
Seniors: We took a trip to Allnex during class this week to tour their Wastewater Treatment Plant. Students learned about the process water undergoes in order for it ultimately to be safe to release into the Quinnipiac River. We also stopped by the Aquaculture lab where Aqua seniors taught us about how their water is filtered.
December FFA Meeting Recap:
1. A merchandise committee was formed to investigate making Ag t-shirts for students to buy - they'll be meeting on Tuesday 12/20 after school in Ag 216. If you have students with ideas (verbal - they DO NOT have to be drawn) please send them.
2. Students voted to support a student in need.
3. Holiday/ Winter themed cards and up-cycled bracelets are on sale (most items a dollar) in Ag 216, Ag 105, or see Erin Murray to purchase. All proceeds are going to Dan Cosgrove animal shelter.
4. Committee members are supposed to start coming around to do a Dan Cosgrove "lose change" collection.
Freshmen: We have been studying about the interactions within ecosystems. This week students are learning about one species in particular and will share that information with the class, to make a collective class-wide food web in the end.
Sophomores: The WorkSafe unit has started and will continue until 12/19. The next unit will be Environmental Issues where the students will research and present an issue they care about.
Junior: We took advantage of the beautiful week last week and spent some time observing life in the various strata levels of the forest. The juniors researched invasive plants affecting each level and shared management techniques to control each invasive. They also set up the bird feeders and we have been having a lot of birds and squirrels visiting the feeders.
Seniors: Currently in our water unit, seniors are discovering where the water that comes out of our tap comes from and where it goes when it goes down the drain. We used the groundwater simulator to check out how pollutants move underground. You can see in the photo how the red dye has moved from the wells on the left towards the stream. Pollutants are drawn underground towards flowing water.
Session I Session II
Exam Date 7:30—9:30 9:50—11:55
Thurs., 1/19 1A - Freshmen 2A
Fri., 1/20 3A- Seniors 4A- Juniors
Mon., 1/23 1B 2B- Sophomores
Tues., 1/24 3B 4B
Should it be necessary to delay the opening of school on any of the exam days, the bell schedule will be adjusted as follows:
Session I 9:30—11:35
Session II 11:55—1:55
Open House: Thank you to everyone who helped out with Open House this year! You can use Open House as SAE hours if you want. If you are using it as community service, make sure you pick up the form in the Guidance office.
SAE Grades: SAE grades have been updated for Quarter 2. If you are in need of some new SAE ideas, check out the list below.
National FFA Convention Video: Kailee won the sophomore essay contest to attend the National FFA Convention this past fall. She made this video of her experience of Nationals as a delegate.
2017 National FFA Scholarship Application Now Available: The 2017 National FFA online scholarship application is live until 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 1, 2017. The Signature Page – required to complete eligibility – must be postmarked no later than Feb. 8, 2017. Be sure to review eligibility requirements for the America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders scholarships (presented by the Monsanto Fund) and the Built Ford Tough dealer scholarship program.
Washington Leadership Conference Scholarship Open: Visit the CT FFA Alumni website for more details.
December FFA Meeting: 12/13
These updates are intended for current parents and students in the Wildlife Biology class at LHHS.