MURRAY AG ED/FFA NEWSLETTER:
What’s Happening in the Classroom???
Agriculture I: Students participated in the mock Career Development Event contest to start the year off, they just took a test over terms used in the animal industry (Bull, Sow, Filly, Ovine etc.) Their next unit will be on the development of the animal industry followed by their unit on Cattle Production. Students will also be learning about FFA throughout the year.
Agriculture II: Students participated in the mock Career Development Event contest to start the year off and are now working feverishly to learn about soils before the soil judging competition. The teams will be working outside to learn the qualities of soil and how to determine slope, texture, color and suitability of the soil for nonagricultural uses.
Agriculture III: Students participated in the mock Career Development Event contest to start the year. The contest on Meat Evaluation will be supplemented later in the year. Currently we are learning the terms used in the animal industry, look at careers for our future and progress into digestive systems.
Agriculture IV: Students are preparing for their final year at Murray and in this class will be learning some basics of Farm Business Management. Our first topic is Goals and Record Keeping both skills that these students will need to have when the leave high school.
Welding: Students start the year with classroom work, drawing a layout of the shop, measurements and safety. After attending a workshop this summer, Mrs. Miller is ready to evolve into teaching more about basic electrical wiring and mechanics.
Exploratory: Eighth grade students this quarter started with the Career Development Event mock contest, learning the terminology of the animal industry and are taking a look at the process food takes from the Farm to your Fork.
Clarke County Fair
County fair was held the week of July 23rd through the 28th. Students who showed under FFA were, Elizabeth Shaw- Cattle, Swine and Building Projects (baked fruit pies); Julianna Kruse- Horses; Jentry Shannon- Cattle, Horses, Dog; Hanna Jones- Cattle, Janea Shannon- Cattle, Horses; Billy Johnston- Goats; Melissa Kerr- Cattle; Jeremy Shaw- Cattle, Swine. The weather was nice, the students showed quality projects and earned many ribbons for their efforts. Julianna Kruse was named 2008 Clarke County Fair Queen, Melissa Kerr was named the 2008 Clarke County Fair Princess. Elizabeth Shaw earned Winners Showmanship with her Cattle, earning her a director’s chair. Students also participated by announcing different shows at the fair. Congratulate any of these students you see for their hard work. The projects that many of the students show are their Supervised Agriculture Experience Programs. Keeping records will help them to improve their projects.