Freshmen: We have been busy visiting a variety of habitats in our area lately. We've stopped by Lighthouse point to get a glimpse of a saltwater and shoreline habitat, freshwater at McKenzie Reservoir and Hanover Pond, field/meadow and forest at Tyler's Mill, wetlands at the Wallingford Community Garden, riparian and saltmarsh on the Quinnipiac River.
Sophomores: Did you know that not all animals are able to occupy all areas of a lake? Students are learning about which critters live in different zones. Sophomores will be switching to the Worksafe Unit with Mrs. Rose on December 5th.
Juniors: After creating some incredible products in our fast Forest Management unit, juniors will be testing their skills in "The Forestry Games" next week. Some events include orienteering (compass work), general knowledge and tree measurement.
Seniors: Did you know we are currently in a drought? Our seniors do. They also can tell you about some of the issues our environment faces in regards to water quality and availability. We have been touring different water bodies with different issues. See the current state of Hanover Pond in the images below while the pond is drained for the installation of hydropower equipment. Next week we are in the field testing their hypothesis on amount of road salts in water bodies in relation to the proximity of major roads.
ENR/Envirothon: The next ENR practice has been moved to 11/22 (Tuesday). The ENR CDE competition will be held at UConn on May 12th (the last day of AP testing...). Zach Blum is the chair of the ENR CDE. We are still looking for someone to chair the Envirothon team. Envirothon's competition will be in May also, most likely after the end of AP testing. The two teams will work together and will overlap, however some of the content is different and will require some some separate planning considerations/time.
Agri Science Fair: Agri Science is not only a type of SAE, but also a competition in FFA. If you are interested in researching, carrying out an experiment and creating a poster displaying your research then check out this CDE. This can be an individual or team event. Learn more on the state ag teachers website or on the National FFA website. If you are interested, email Mrs. Picard.
National FFA Scholarships: The scholarship award application is now open on the National FFA website.
Forestry CDE Competition: Four students participated in the CT FFA Forestry CDE today, Kailee Puzzo, Courtney Nixon, Zach Blum and Ian Dorsey. Student's competed in a variety of forestry related events including general knowledge, equipment identification, tree measurements, chainsaw parts and trouble shooting, and map interpretation. Our team placed 7th in the state! The contest was hosted by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station's Forestry and Horticulture department staff and held at their research facility, Lockwood Farm, in Hamden.
IMAGE Leadership Workshop: CaseyLynn Federico, Hayley Gibbs, Ian Dorsey and Zach Blum (in addition to other Ag Science students) have been nominated to attend the IMAGE leadership workshop on Monday. The students will meet other FFA members from around the state and develop leadership skills they can bring back to the chapter.
Holiday Plant Sale: Please support our FFA chapter by stopping by our Holiday Plant Sale hosted by our Plant Science students for your holiday decorations. See the flyer below for more information.
SAE Grades: 11/30 marks the end Quarter 2 for SAE. Make sure you are up to date in AET and have submitted your SAE photo on Google Classroom.
In need of some additional SAE hours to wrap up your Quarter 2 SAE grade (SAE for Q2 ends 11/30). Here are some last minute ideas:
Environmental Events of Interest
December 18th QVAS's 2016 Christmas Bird Count: If you have never participated in a CBC and are interested please contact Corrie firstname.lastname@example.org New participants are encouraged to join us regardless of birding level. Check out our website to see our CBC circle http://quinnipiacvalleyaudubon.org/
February 19 -24th Camp Oswegatchie Winter Outdoor Survival Camp: It is open to the children of any active duty, reservist, or retired military personnel, between ages 14 – 18.
Various Dates Southwest Conservation District Newsletter
Various Dates Connecticut's State Museum of Natural History Fall Program Guide
These updates are intended for current parents and students in the Wildlife Biology class at LHHS.