Is your young adult enrolled in one of my classes?
To begin let me start by expressing my sincere excitement to have your son or daughter join me this year! I am overjoyed to have the opportunity to host all of my students in an encouraging and educational environment that should benefit them and our entire community. It is my utmost goal to work with my students to produce an educational experience that will prepare them for both career and college readiness. Students within my classroom will be held to high standards to complete class assignments that are both rigorous and relevant to which ever path they may choose to follow after their secondary education here at Ellis High School.
Students in my classes are going to be involved in science inquiry based learning opportunities provided through Curriculum for Agriculture Science Education (CASE). A brief summary explaining the curriculum can be found online: CASE
Also, my students will be required to complete an online record book that provides evidence of their SAE projects. Supervised Agricultural Experiences extend their learning experiences beyond the classroom and allow students to also compete in the proficiency contest within their FFA organization if they so choose.
"The SAE is a required component of a total agricultural education program and intended for every student. Through their involvement in the SAE program, students are able to consider multiple careers and occupations, learn expected workplace behavior, develop specific skills within an industry, and are given opportunities to apply academic and occupational skills in the workplace or a simulated workplace environment. Through these strategies, students learn how to apply what they are learning in the classroom as they prepare to transition into the world of college and career opportunities." - National FFA
As an agricultural educator I also have the privilege of sponsoring and advising the Schools Chartered FFA organization. FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
"The letters “FFA” stand for Future Farmers of America. These letters are a part of our history and our heritage that will never change. But FFA is not just for students who want to be production farmers; FFA also welcomes members who aspire to careers as teachers, doctors, scientists, business owners and more. For this reason, the name of the organization was updated in 1988 after a vote of national convention delegates to reflect the growing diversity and new opportunities in the industry of agriculture.
Today, the National FFA Organization remains committed to the individual student, providing a path to achievement in premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
FFA continues to help the next generation rise up to meet those challenges by helping its members to develop their own unique talents and explore their interests in a broad range of agricultural career pathways. So today, we are still the Future Farmers of America. But, we are the Future Biologists, Future Chemists, Future Veterinarians, Future Engineers and Future Entrepreneurs of America, too." - National FFA