FFA week 2017 is still ongoing. With the winter weather Casino Night and the FFA Assembly have been moved to Friday March 3rd. Prizes for the live auction are in the display case in the cafeteria. Hope to see you there!
February is CTE Month! Help celebrate Career and Technical Education all month by learning about careers and promoting CTE!
There will be an FFA Meeting this Friday for both Middle School and High School students during their respective lunches.
Students participating in the speaking contest on February 13th need to get permission slips in and practice before the contest. The Ag room will be open for practicing during lunch and after school.
FFA week is February 19th – 25th. The FFA will be holding a pancake breakfast to kick off FFA week on the 19th in the High School Cafeteria. FFA Officers are looking for Members to help serve and cook food. Skillets and spatulas are needed to make the pancake breakfast a success. If you can bring a skillet from home please contact an FFA Officer.
There will be an FFA Officer Meeting on Wednesday, November 30 during lunch for both middle school and high school students during their respective lunches.
Middle School FFA members will have a meeting on Friday during lunch, bring your lunch. Students will be discussing a winter activity and fruit sale delivery.
High School FFA members will have a meeting on Friday, December 2 during lunch. Juniors bring a dish to pass. Beginning of the alphabet bring a main dish or a side dish and last half of the alphabet bring a dessert.
All FFA Members, Fruit delivery week is next week. Pending all products are delivered to the school on time the earliest orders can go out is on Wednesday December 7th. Please talk to your parents and customers so that all fruit is delivered by Friday December 9th.
FFA members interested in judging or speaking contests need to sign up by the end of the week with Mr. King.
Juniors interested in an agriculture career can sign up for a two day Farm Forum leadership conference. The conference is February 17th and 18th. Students can sign up in the Ag room.
FFA Members interested in becoming an FFA officer should see Mr. King about signing up for the Half-Time Leadership Conference. January 13-14th.
A teacherly post from Mr. King.
As the new renovations to the MS/HS are being completed the phones in the school have been updated with new extensions. The agriculture room phone number is now 608-654-5131 ext:139.
Welcome to a new school year and new classes. The Cashton Agricultural Department has gone through many changes in the last year. The most obvious one this school year is the new class set. The class titles and topics have been developed to focus on specific career clusters within the agricultural career pathway. This will allow a deeper dive into content in specific areas of agriculture.
Agriculture education is comprised of classroom instruction, supervised agricultural experience (SAE), and involvement in the FFA. Classroom instruction gives students contextual learning to apply to their work based supervised agricultural experience. The National FFA Organization is agriculture’s career and technical student organization. The organization’s motto of learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live, and living to serve, connect classroom learning and supervised agricultural experiences. Students in FFA have the added benefit of competing in skills based contests, attending leadership conferences, networking with professional organizations, and eligibility for awards and scholarships.
The FFA is a National Organization that has over 500,000 members and awarded over $2,000,000 in scholarships last year. The FFA Chapter participates in contests to showcase and develop a student’s leadership and speaking skills such as parliamentary procedure, prepared speaking contest, job interview contest, and discussion meet. Also, the chapter’s skill based contest participation includes livestock evaluation, meats evaluation, dairy evaluation, dairy products evaluation, soils evaluation, and veterinary science. As the school year begins I encourage you to take advantage of the opportunities and activities that are available to FFA members. FFA meetings will be held the 2nd Friday of every month.
The Cashton FFA Alumni is a key support group to agricultural education in Cashton. Many alumni members are hosts for field trips, FFA activities, and guest speakers in the classroom. The FFA Alumni supports supervised agricultural experiences through an interest-free loan program. FFA members conducting an SAE may borrow money from the Alumni for start up and supporting funds. This loan can be used in many ways such as purchasing seed for a hay crop, a feeder pig to be sold at the fair, a calf for a dairy or beef project, or tools and supplies for a mechanics project, the possibilities are endless. Loan payment is due at the end of the project’s life cycle. The FFA Alumni also grants scholarships to FFA members up to $500 each. Support by coaching a skills based FFA team is also a role that FFA Alumni members play. Through the Alumni’s expertise, the Cashton FFA chapter has sent many teams to the National FFA Land and Range Judging contest in Oklahoma.
Again, welcome to the new year! To stay up to date on all things Cashton Agriculture Education, the Cashton FFA website is continuously updated with FFA Chapter, FFA Alumni, and classroom resources. The classroom homework log and activity reminders are available on the website. If you have other questions feel free to contact me by email, phone, or in person.
Mr. Nathan King
Phone: 608-654-5131 ext:139
Cashton HS/MS Agriculture Instructor
Cashton FFA Advisor
Soon, the current agriculture room will begin being worked on to make way for the new cardio lab. Students have been very helpful in packing and moving to the new facility. Coming back from break, students will be spending some time learning in a temporary space while construction finishes in the new classroom. Once in the new space, students will have the opportunity to learn in a new greenhouse, animals lab, foods lab, agricultural shop, and classroom. Check out the Cashton School District Referendum Blog for updates.
FFA Alumni Annual Meeting and Christmas Party
The Cashton FFA Alumni will be having its Annual Meeting and Christmas Party January 11th. Social begins at 7:00pm and dinner begins at 8:00pm. The event will be held at the Cashton Community Hall. Alumni members, email or text an RSVP to Mr. King at firstname.lastname@example.org with number attending and meal choice of ham or chicken cordon bleu.
National FFA Convention application link!
State FFA band members please print and sign the permission form to attend state fair. We will be leaving for the fair at 6:00am on Thursday August 7th.