Table of Contents Agreements……………………..3 Contact Information…………… Current Courses Offered……….. FFA Officers…………………….. FFA Information………………... Official Dress…………………... Participation Opportunities…… SAEs…………………………... Calendar………………………. Potential costs…………….. Support……………………….
Program Agreement As a part of the Sunnyvale High School agriculture program, I understand that I am to conduct myself at all times in order to credit my, organization, school, and community. This includes but is not limited to: –Showing Respect to others and their property –Being honest and not taking advantage of others –Dressing appropriately for the occasion –Demonstrating good sportsmanship at the appropriate venues –Remaining prompt at every class, event, or meeting –Appreciating and promoting diversity in the program –Having modesty in winning and generosity in defeat –Practicing proper safety procedures in correct situations –Sharing my experiences and knowledge with others –Refraining from the use of inappropriate language or behavior If on a trip with the chapter, not adhering to the above may result in parent pick up from chapter’s current location Student ParentDate
Chapter Officers As a chapter officer I understand that along with the privileges of being an officer comes responsibilities. In order to keep my office and remain in good standing with the chapter I accept the below responsibilities as well as specific responsibilities assigned to my individual office. A chapter officer must: – Be enrolled in an agricultural education class – Pay all current FFA dues –Attend all mandatory meetings, officer & chapter –Maintain at least a “C” average –Behave appropriately, remembering that you represent not only yourself, but your chapter and your school –Have an SAE project –Have up to date record book –Participate in at least 1 LDE, CDE, or Speaking Event event –Participate in all chapter fundraisers –Aide in recruitment efforts –Attend chapter banquet –NOT receive any disciplinary action that results in ISS, suspension, etc. Student ParentDate
Contact Information Ms. Roni Crow Phone # School: (817) 547-7330 Email: Roni.Crow@birdvilleschools.net My conference period is from 1:31pm-2:20pm every day. If you would like to set up a meeting please call or drop by.
2010-2011 Courses – Floral Design – Horticulture 1 and 2 – Advanced Animal Science – Metal Fabrication and Technology – Wildlife and Fisheries Management
Record Books Every student enrolled in an agricultural science course is required by state law to complete a record book. The record books will be online using the AET program. Students will have to keep a record over activities done in class as well as outside of class time that relates to the program, SAE, FFA, etc. Once a week the students will be given the opportunity in class to work on their record books. Students will receive a grade in the course based on their record books being up to date and accurate.
Information about the FFA Mission – The National FFA Organization is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Motto – Learning to do Doing to learn Earning to live Living to serve Colors – National Blue – Corn Gold Information attained from the National FFA Website
FFA Creed I believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds - achievements won by the present and past generations of agriculturists; in the promise of better days through better ways, even as the better things we now enjoy have come to us from the struggles of former years. I believe that to live and work on a good farm, or to be engaged in other agricultural pursuits, is pleasant as well as challenging; for I know the joys and discomforts of agricultural life and hold an inborn fondness for those associations which, even in hours of discouragement, I cannot deny. I believe in leadership from ourselves and respect from others. I believe in my own ability to work efficiently and think clearly, with such knowledge and skill as I can secure, and in the ability of progressive agriculturists to serve our own and the public interest in producing and marketing the product of our toil. I believe in less dependence on begging and more power in bargaining; in the life abundant and enough honest wealth to help make it so--for others as well as myself; in less need for charity and more of it when needed; in being happy myself and playing square with those whose happiness depends upon me. I believe that American agriculture can and will hold true to the best traditions of our national life and that I can exert an influence in my home and community which will stand solid for my part in that inspiring task. Information attained from the National FFA Website By: E.M. Tiffany
Official Dress Official Dress MUST be worn at all official FFA events, at all times, unless other instructions are given by teacher, and teacher only! Female Official Dress – Black skirt - Skirt is to be at least knee length, hemmed evenly across the bottom, with a slit no longer than 2 inches above the knee, excluding the kick pleat – White collared blouse & Official FFA blue scarf – Black dress shoes with a closed heel and toe (no boots, sandals, open-toed shoes, tennis shoes) – Black nylon hosiery – Official FFA jacket zipped to the top. Male Official Dress – Black dress pants (no jeans - blue or black, leather, pleather, etc.) – White dress shirt & Official FFA tie – Black dress shoes with a closed heel and toe. (no boots, sandals, open-toed shoes, tennis shoes, ) – Black socks – Official FFA jacket zipped to the top Information attained from the National FFA Website
Possible Leadership Development Events Creed Speaking – 1 person, Recite the FFA Creed from memory and answer two related questions Radio – 3 people, Perform a radio broadcast, as if the broadcast was part of an ongoing weekly radio show Skills Demonstration – 3-5 people, Demonstrate a skill that can be learned in an any one of the agricultural education classrooms Chapter Conducting – 8 people, Parliamentary procedure, hold a mock meeting and apply proper parliamentary procedure to scenario given Public Relations – Publicize Texas FFA to selected audience and answer questions about the presentation FFA Quiz – 4 people, Take a test over FFA knowledge, the information comes from the FFA Handbook, and Gray’s parliamentary guide Job Interview – 1 person, Develop a resume, apply for a job, and participate in a mock interview Information attained from the Texas FFA Website
Possible Career Development Events Dairy Foods – Evaluate milk, identify cheeses, distinguish real and artificial dairy foods Entomology – Identification of insects Livestock Evaluation – Evaluate cattle, swine, sheep, and goats according to market standards Wildlife – Identify plant species, proper habitat management practices, safety procedure, game laws, as well as compass and pacing skills Nursery & Landscape – Identification and evaluation of nursery and landscape plants Floriculture – Identification and evaluation of floriculture plants Farm Business Management – Test over farm business management knowledge Information attained from the Texas FFA Website
Possible Speaking Events Extemporaneous Speaking – 3-5 minute speech, topic given to you at competition Prepared Public Speaking – Sr. 6-8min. Jr. 4-6min. speech, topic of your choice, memorized before competition Information attained from the Texas FFA Website
Supervised Agricultural Experience SAE: Learning by Doing - A Supervised Agricultural Experience program (SAE) is a key component of agricultural education. While working on an SAE project, students learn to apply the concepts and principles taught in their agriculture classes to real-world problems and scenarios. A student selects an SAE project based on his or her interest in at least 1 of 7 areas. Information attained from the National FFA Website
SAE Continued Exploratory - Learn about the big picture of agriculture and its many related careers. Research/Experimentation and Analysis - Conduct research and analyze information to discover new knowledge. Entrepreneurship - Plan and operate an agriculture-related business. Placement - Work for a business or individual, either for pay or for the experience. Improvement - Mostly designed improvement, development, upgrade, refinement, enhancement, or renovation of a situation. Communication - Related but not limited to journalistic interests. Directed School Laboratory - SAE where the learning takes place in the facilities For more information please ask the Ag Science teacher.
Important Fall Dates September – 2 nd Goat Validation Deadline – 2 nd Area Greenhand Camp Registration – 7 th First Meeting, 7:00 PM – 10 th Officer Elections in Class – 11 th Area Greenhand Camp – 13 th District Meeting at Arlington Heights – 24 th - Oct 15 th State Fair October – 1 st Calf Scramble entries become available – 5 th Ag Awareness Day @ State Fair – 19 th -23 rd National Convention – 28 th Heifer info due for HLSR November – 8 th LDE Competition in Springtown – 9 th Ft. Worth Show Entries Due – 18 th HLSR Show Entries Due – 20 th Area LDE Competition @ Krum December – 6 th District Banquet in Brock – 3 rd - 4 th State LDE Competition@ Sam Houston
Important Spring Dates January – 14 th – Feb. 5 th Ft. Worth Livestock Show February – 8 th District FFA Meeting in Aledo – 10 th National FFA Scholarship Deadline – 20 th -26 th National FFA Week – 22 nd FFA Day at the Capital @ Austin – 24 th State Scholarship Applications Due March – 1 st -20 th Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo – 24 th Invitational CDE @ Tarleton – 26 th Texas A&M Judging Clinic April – 6 th Area CDE Contest @ Tarleton – 7 th State Scholarship Prescore – 7 th Area Horse Judging @ NCTC – 8 th -9 th State Scholarship Area Interviews @ Howe – 12 th Region 5 Wildlife Competition – 13 th Bi Area CDE @ A&M Commerce – 16 th State CDE @ Texas Tech – 26 th State CDE @ Tarleton May – 6 th State CDE @ Sam Houston – 7 th State CDE @ Texas A&M – 10 th State Wildlife Competition, District Degree Check – 12 th Chapter FFA Banquet – 14 th Area Degree Check – 20 th Area Convention – 26 th Area Leadership Camp & State Convention Registration Due
Important Summer Dates June – 9 th -10 th State Scholarship Interviews & Degree Check – 13 th -14 th Area Leadership Camp (A) – 15 th AgriScience Fair Deadline – 20 th -21 st Area Leadership Camp (B) July – 10 th -15 th State Convention @ Lubbock
Potential Costs ItemMales/FemalesEstimated Cost FFA JacketBoth$49.00 FFA TieMales$12.50 FFA ScarfFemales$10.00 White Shirt/BlouseBothAbout $20.00 Black SlacksMalesAbout $29.00 Black SkirtFemalesAbout $24.00 Black ShoesBoth?? Black Socks/HosieryBoth?? FFA DuesBoth
Support A program is only as good as the support it gets from its parents and community members. If you would like to help or get involved, please let the ag teacher know, and he will try his best to utilize you. Thank you very much for your support!