Lab Animals: After caring for the Gecko, Baloo, please update the chore chart so we can maintain accurate records. You can access it via the QR code below or by clicking the link.
If you have extra time during study hall or need community service/SAE hours, please check out the To Do list for some things that need to be done in Wildlife Bio.
College Visit: Green Mountain College will be visiting on October 26th during period 4.
Common Units: The freshmen FFA unit will end October 27th. The Job Interview unit will end October 25th.
Riffle Bioassessment for Volunteers (RBV): Becky Mortorelli, a volunteer from the Quinnipiac River Watershed Association came to lead a RBV workshop for our sophomores. Students were able to collect macroinvertebrates from Wharton Brook (on campus).
CIPWG Symposium: Four juniors attended the Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group Symposium on Tuesday. Students attended workshops on invasive plants and pollinators and visited with professionals in the natural resource and plant science industry. We even got a nice shout out from Dianne Saunders for our help with the plantings and other habitat management projects with the Wallingford Conservation Commission. We are lucky to have such a supportive resource in our town!
Environmental Science: Students in the Environmental Science class (UConn ECE NRE1000) visited Brookfield (Greenbacker's) Farm this week to learn about local ag production techniques. Ok... and to visit some cute cows too! Check out the pictures in the video below!
Emerging Ag Trends: Do you like to use technology like Apps? Well then why don't you create one?! Create an app using ArcGIS for landowners to be able to map and monitor the invasive plants on their specific piece of property. This is a long term project and is something that is actually needed in the natural resource industry. Check out these similar apps to get started: EDDMapS and IPANE.
SAE Pictures WANTED: As part of her SAE, Ally (Class of 2016), is collecting photos of people's SAE in order to create a video. Please email Ally (firstname.lastname@example.org) photos of your SAE. You can also answer these questions for her: What is your name, grade, Ag class, SAE Project title, an overview of your project, what inspired you to start this project, and how will this project help you prepare for your future career?
Unpaid Experiential Learning Program: A new program has been established at the state that allows students who are 16 to work (unpaid) at a business (or for a private citizen) for 120 hours per year. There is an application that needs to be filled out. This is great news for a lot of you in regards to SAE. Please let me know if you have a business in mind.
Halloween Costume Contest: If you come to school dressed in your halloween costume, be sure to have your picture taken by Mr. Santiago (upstairs) to enter in the costume contest.
Pumpkin Decorating Contest: Decorate a pumpkin at home and bring it into school to compete for a prize! If you plan on participating in this contest, sign up on the easel in the Ag Lobby by 10/28.
IMAGE Training: This is a workshop open to upperclassmen (Sophomore, Junior, Senior). Please let me know if you are interested in being the Wildlife Biology representative. Essentially you must have interested in developing your leadership abilities and a desire to be involved in our FFA chapter. There will be a form to fill out for participants identifying that they understand it costs our FFA chapter $26 for each person we send. Any students that back out of the training will be responsible for reimbursing that $26. All students who attend will be paid for (yay FFA dues).
Environmental/Natural Resources CDE & Envirothon: The next practice is on Tuesday 10/25. FOLKS ARE PLANNING ON STAYING AFTER. COME VISIT! There are a ton of resources on the Envirothon website. There is an Envirothon workshop Saturday October 22th. I am pretty sure I'll be going to that. Hope to see you there too.
FFA Jackets: Lyman Hall FFA will be placing an order for FFA Jackets in October. The advisors will set a date for members to come try jackets on (sizing is not easy online). See Mrs. Dal Zin for more information.
FFA Committees: To sign up for a committee, see Mrs. Dal Zin or Mrs. Roselli.
Lyman Hall FFA Chapter Updates: Visit Remind to sign up for updates via text or email for our chapter events. This is the slideshow shown at the FFA update and this is the slideshow displayed on the TV in the Ag Lobby. There is some overlap.
Recruiting: Mrs. Rose is recruting at the Cheshire Land Trust/ Ives Farm Tractor Trot 5K Walk and Run October 29th and is looking for volunteers for the booth and for the event. See Mrs. Rose for details.
The following teachers recruit at the following schools, see them for more information regarding recruiting dates: Mrs. Amenta: Dag and Walsh, Mrs. Dal Zin: JMMS, Wintergreen, Mrs. Decker-Lawler: Washington, Mr. Donnellan: NBIS, Cheshire, Mrs. Marcello: Lincoln, TEMS, Mrs. Picard Middlesex and New Haven County 4-H Fair, CAES Plant Science Day, North Haven Fair, Durham Fair (all have passed), Mrs. Rose: All private schools, Mrs. Roselli: Moran, North Haven, Mr. Santiago: Bailey, Hamden.
8th Grade Open House is on December 1st, at night. I will have a sign up at a later date for students (parents are welcome too) to sign up to help. I am looking to recruit some folks to create videos talking about the different areas around the LH building. For example, having a video stationed by the Band/Chorus wing. Prospective students can scan the QR code there and learn about what happens in that area of the school. THINK: SAE HOURS!
Environmental Events of Interest
October 19th “Invasive Aquatic Plants – The State of the State” Gregory Bugbee
October 22nd Celebrate Open Space Hike on New England Trail
October 25th WPS College and Career Fair at the Oakdale
October 29th Owl-o-ween Raptor Rehabilitation Event
November 2nd UConn Career Night for Agricultural, Environmental, & Health Careers
November 5th Maple Syrup Producers Association meeting- free tickets
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.