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.
These updates are intended for current parents and students in the Wildlife Biology class at LHHS.