On Tuesday, March 22, Taylor, Mr.King, and William, traveled to the elementary school to teach some science about Easter. Their subject of study was Easter Eggs. They set up an experiment to see if the amount of vinegar used while coloring the eggs impacted the color. In their math class during school, the third graders were learning about fractions. Taylor and Mr. King used fractions and percentages to set up the experiment and give the students more practice. They set up 11 glasses starting with 100% water, and then went up 10% vinegar in each cup until the last was 100% vinegar. Then, they put red food coloring and an egg in each cup. They waited for 5 minutes, and then pulled the eggs out and compared color. The end result was that the more vinegar used, the darker the color will be. Mr. King also showed the egg shell dissolves in CLR. Afterwards, each student was allowed to color and take home their own egg.
To add to the celebration of FFA week, the third graders participating in the PALS program learned about FFA Official Dress, some FFA trivia, and colored in the FFA emblem. Students were asked to assemble a paper doll with FFA Official Dress. Students learned about the significance of the FFA jacket as well as the rules that are followed when an FFA member wears an FFA jacket proudly. Third graders answered a few questions about how they can live out the FFA mission and participate in future local FFA activities by playing an FFA trivia game. These future members were excited to learn about the FFA organization.
This week during PALS Taylor, Mr. King, and Sierra traveled to the elementary school to teach the 3rd graders about plant cuttings. They had talked about seeds two weeks previously, so they showed the 3rd graders another way to start new plants from previously growing plants. They showed the 3rd graders how to take a cutting and how to plant it in the soil. The students got to keep their plant cuttings and take them home.
This week during PALS Angela, Taylor, and Mr. King went over to the elementary school to teach the 3rd graders about seeds. The first things that they did with the 3rd graders was help them make rag doll seed germination tests. A rag doll seed germination test is when seeds are wrapped in wet paper towel. It will hopefully grow. The third graders also learned what conditions a seed needs in order to grow and what the word germination means. We also talked about how many of the foods we eat everyday are either seeds or made from seeds.
Partners in Active Learning Support (PALS) is a program that connects elementary students with Middle School and High School FFA members to learn about the agriculture industry and its importance in society. The last time Cashton FFA hosted this program was about five years ago, and have decided that it’s time to get it running again. Sophomore Taylor Hanley, 2015-2016 Cashton FFA Reporter, decided to start this program as part of her Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) project. Her, along with the help of the other officers and members, traveled to the elementary school for the first time on Tuesday, January 5th, and will do this every Tuesday during CCLC to teach different students about the importance of agriculture. This is a very special program to connect the elementary students to agriculture in the community, the FFA chapter, and the agricultural resources at the High School and Middle School.
On January 5th, 2016, the Cashton FFA will be restarting the PALS program. PALS stands for Partners in Active Learning Support. They will be working with the Cashton Elementary CCLC program. Every Tuesday they will go to the Elementary for a half an hour to teach the elementary students about agricultural topics like wildlife, plants, and seeds. If any high school or middle school FFA members are interested in helping please contact Taylor Hanley as she is the head of the program.
On Friday, December 11th, the Cashton FFA held their monthly meeting. The meeting started with discussion of Speaking Contest. Members signed up for individual and group contests. Cashton will be holding this year’s District 8 Speaking Contest. Members were also able to sign up for CDE Contests. Other topics that were discussed were Farm Forum and Half Time Conference. For more information on these please talk with Mr. King. A reminder to all members that applications for awards and degrees are due soon. Start filling them out! The chapter will also be restarting the PALS program. We will be working with elementary students on Tuesdays after school. Talk to Taylor Hanley for more information if interested. Another reminder to get dues paid. You must have dues paid to participate in any activities.
- Fruit will be in the week of December 14th.
- Speaking Contest- January 25, 2016 (No school – in service day) at the Cashton High School.
- CDE Contests- March 31, 2016 at UW-Platteville
- Farm Forum- February 19-20, 2016.
- Half Time Conference- January 8-9, 2016 at Stevens Point.
- Most degree and award applications are due in January.