Course Syllabus Plymouth High School Agricultural Education

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					                        Course Syllabus Plymouth High School Agricultural Education
                                 Agriscience I & II, Agribusiness I & II
 Instructor: Mrs. Laura Ringler                                     School phone: 419-687-8200 Ext. 22107
 Email address: ringler.laura@plymouth.k12.oh.us                    Cell phone: 567-224-3721

 Message to Students: Welcome and thank you for choosing Agricultural Education as part of your high
 school experience! If this is your first year in class, you will soon realize this class is a little different than
 most. Over the next year, you will have many opportunities to participate both inside and outside of class.
 Chapter activities, contests, conventions, camps, and many other opportunities are available. I encourage
 you to take the first step and get involved! I am excited about this coming year and I hope you are too! If you
 have questions please do not hesitate to contact me! I highly encourage family participation in our FFA!

 Curriculum and Class Requirements
 Below you will find a list of curriculum, class requirements, and grading for all Agricultural Education
 Coursework. Please keep in mind that you will only reap that which you sow, Agricultural Education, SAE, and
 FFA provide many opportunities. It is up to you to make the most of them!
    Agricultural Science I        Agricultural Science II      Agricultural Business I       Agricultural Business II
        *Class Fee $20                 *Class Fee $15               *Class Fee $20                 *Class Fee $20
     Introduction to FFA         Soil Science & Evaluation         Record keeping                 Record keeping
    SAE & Record keeping                Hydroponics                  Food Science                        GPS
     Agricultural History       Plant Anatomy/Physiology               Forestry                Ag. Sales & Marketing
     Agricultural Careers               Floral Design               Woodworking                Business Management
       Public Speaking                 Woodworking             Water Quality/Hydrology              Job Interview
  Parliamentary Procedure        Plant Taxonomy/Growth           Concrete & Masonry           Agricultural Economics
   Metal Working-Welding            Plant Reproduction               Agribusiness            Loan Management/Credit
    Plant & Animal Science        Grain Crop Production           Agricultural Sales          Insurance & Accounting
Introduction to Woodworking            Small Engines            Electricity & Plumbing           Personal Finance
 As a student enrolled at Plymouth High School and in an Agricultural Education Course, the following
 is a brief checklist to ensure we start the year off right. Please ensure the following have been
 completed, purchased, paid, and returned:

    Both signed portions of course syllabus
    Emergency Medical Form
    Ag Ed Class Fee *See above for amount (Checks to Plymouth H.S.—Pay to main office)
    $20 FFA dues (Checks to Plymouth FFA—Pay to Mrs. Ringler)

 Class Rules: All school and class rules apply while in class, on field trips, or participating in any FFA
 activity. Students should also:
     1. Be Respectful
             a. Treat others as you want to be treated. Respect yourself, your fellow students and the teacher.
                Disrespect will not be tolerated.
     2. Be Responsible
             a. Come to class ready to learn and with a good attitude, and the necessary materials.
             b. Safety is a top priority, especially in the laboratory. Follow safety guidelines at all times.
             c. Classroom computers are not to be used unless by teacher permission.
             d. Use the restroom and get a drink prior to coming to class.
             e. YOU must ask for missed work upon returning to class after being absent.
     3. TRY!!
             a. This year we will explore many different subjects and topics. Technology changes very
                rapidly, especially in Agriculture. Keep a good attitude and an open mind.
 Discipline Policy: If a student chooses to participate inappropriately, corrective action(s) will be taken:
       First offense: Verbal warning
       Second offense: 30 minute detention (at teacher’s convenience) and call home
       Third offense: Referral to the principal
*Any deliberate behavior that violates the safety of oneself or others will result in removal from the
classroom/laboratory, and at minimum, a parent conference will be required before the student will be
readmitted to class.
*Cell Phones: 1st Offence Verbal Warning, 2nd Offense Taken for Period, 3rd Offence Taken for Day

Class Grading: Agricultural Education is unique in that your grade is assessed in many different manners.
They include the following:


Agricultural Science I & II *1.5 total credits             Agricultural Business I & II *1 total credit
(.5 science credit graded A-F) (Class/Lab/Shop)            (.5 elective credit graded A-F) (Class/Lab/Shop)
(.5 elective credit graded A-F) (Class/Lab/Shop)           (.5 elective credit graded A-F) (FFA/SAE)
(.5 elective credit graded A-F) (FFA/SAE)
.5 Science Credit and .5 Elective Credit graded A-F        .5 Elective Credit graded A-F
Credit is graded by Classroom and Lab/Shop work and        Credit is graded by Classroom and Lab/Shop work and
is composed of:                                            is composed of:
Homework Assignments 5%                                    Homework Assignments 5%
Projects 40%                                               Projects 40%
Tests 20%                                                  Tests 20%
Quizzes 15%                                                Quizzes 15%
Daily Participation 10%                                    Daily Participation 10%
Notebooks 10%                                              Notebooks 10%
*Daily participation grades will be given each day,        *Daily participation grades will be given each day,
the number of points received will be based on the         the number of points received will be based on the
student’s punctuality, preparedness, safety, attitude,     student’s punctuality, preparedness, safety, attitude,
and effort. Any absence will result in 0 participation     and effort. Any absence will result in 0 participation
points for that day (unless the absence is excused         points for that day (unless the absence is excused
and any work is made up).                                  and any work is made up).
                                        .5 elective credit graded A-F
                  Credit is graded by out of class participation and effort and is composed of:
Supervised Agricultural Experience 25% (Must show growth each year for full credit)
   1st Nine Weeks=Plan/Completion of Previous Book              Second Nine Weeks=Recordbook In Progress
   Third Nine Weeks=Complete up to date Recordbook              Fourth Nine Weeks= Project Completion
Home Improvement/Community Service 25% (10 hours)
   1st Nine Weeks=Plan/Completion of Previous Book              Second Nine Weeks=Recordbook In Progress
   Third Nine Weeks=Complete up to date Recordbook              Fourth Nine Weeks= Project Completion
FFA Involvement and Participation 50%
   1st Nine Weeks=50 points                                      Second Nine Weeks=50 points
   Third Nine Weeks=50 points                                    Fourth Nine Weeks= 50 points
*Must attend at least one meeting each nine weeks to earn full 50 points, banquet is also mandatory

*Note: The fourth nine weeks grade will be listed as an incomplete for all students except graduating seniors to
ensure appropriate SAE project completion grading.
Class Requirements: In addition to coursework completed in class, you should also…
      Pay your FFA Dues and class fees. FFA dues are $20 and should be paid to the Agricultural Instructor.
             Agricultural Education class fees vary and are listed above, they should be paid to the main high school
             office.
      Earn at least 50 FFA points per nine weeks. No written excuses will be accepted for FFA events or
             activities. There are an adequate number of activities each nine weeks, please plan wisely and for
             unforeseen circumstances. If scheduled by week six, students can complete special projects or plan
             FFA activities to earn points not earned through activity participation. Outstanding FFA members
             volunteering time above and beyond will be recognized at the FFA banquet each spring.

      Assist with the Plymouth-Shiloh FFA Alumni Consignment Sale & Activities. Our alumni contribute a
              great deal for our chapter, but the more we help them, the more they will help us! They sponsor FFA
              events, purchase animals at the fair, and give away monetary college scholarships to seniors.

      Participate in a CDEv(Judging Competition)! Career Development Events occur during school, after school,
             and on weekends. Students may choose from one of nearly 40 CDEs based upon their personal
             interest. You can win awards/prizes and even scholarships! The following CDEs are recommended:
           o Year 1: Public Speaking, Animal CDE's including: Livestock , Dairy, Poultry, or Equine
           o Year 2: Soil Judging, Agronomy, or Ag Mechanics
           o Year 3/4: Ag. Sales, Job Interview, Food Science, Meats, or Cooperative Education

      Complete a Home Improvement or Community Development Project
          o Each student will be required to plan and implement a home improvement or community
                   development/service project each year, at least 10 hours will be required.
          o No hours may be accounted for in the planning process.
          o Students must take pictures of the project before implementation and upon completion or while
                   performing community service. The FFA camera will be available for students to sign out if a
                   camera is not available at home.

      Complete a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE), requirements vary by student's year in
            Agricultural Education Class. SAE's are a key component of agricultural education. While working on
            an SAE project, students learn to apply the concepts and principles taught in their agricultural
            education classes to real-world problems and scenarios. Supervised Agricultural Experience
            Programs are designed by the student to build business, employability, and career skills in
            specific areas of student interest. Students not only gain skills but build their resume when they
            conduct a quality SAE.
          o The SAE is supervised by the instructor. One or two visits per year will be conducted for each student.
                    The student’s parents or employer must be present at the time of the visit.

FFA Degrees
Each FFA member will earn their Greenhand degree with class participation and through passing the
knowledge test. In order to achieve the higher degrees that the FFA offers students will be required to
attend additional events and complete supplementary projects in order to meet the minimum requirements
for each degree (Chapter, State, and American).

FFA Jacket
Each FFA member has the opportunity to purchase an official FFA jacket for approximately $70. More
details can be found at http://shop.ffa.org/jacket-c1306.aspx. Students may be eligible for a partial
sponsorship from the local chapter or the alumni. FFA jackets are worn in official FFA functions and some
CDEs. The chapter has a few jackets that students can borrow “on loan” on a first come first serve basis.
Supervised Agricultural Experiences
             More SAE Information can be accessed at www.ohioffa.org
                o Click on Programs and Activities
                o Click on Supervised Agricultural Experiences
              SAEs are a key component of agricultural education. While working on an SAE project,
              students learn to apply the concepts and principles taught in their agricultural education
              classes to real-world problems and scenarios. Supervised Agricultural Experience
              Programs are designed by the student to build business, employability, and career
              skills in specific areas of student interest. Students not only gain skills, but build their
              resume when they conduct a quality SAE. A student selects an SAE project based on his or
              her interest in one of four areas:

         1. Exploratory - Learn about the big picture of agriculture and its many related careers.
         2. Research/Experimentation and Analysis - Conduct research and analyze information to
         discover new knowledge.
         3. Ownership/Entrepreneurship - Plan and operate an agriculture-related business.
         4. Placement - Work for a business or individual, either for pay or for the experience.

           Year 1: Must have a plan in place for their SAE by the end of the fourth nine weeks
of the school year. They should also implement their plans for home/community improvement projects.
           Year 2: Must have earned at least $150 or worked at least 45 unpaid hours by January 1st of
              their sophomore year. They should also have 15 total documented hours of home/community
              improvement hours.
           Year 3: Projects must show improvement in skill gained and responsibility level earned, while
              increasing size, scope, or duration of project. They should also have 30 total documented
              hours of home/community improvement hours.
           Year 4: Projects must show improvement in skill gained and responsibility level earned, while
              increasing size, scope, or duration of project. They should also have 40 total documented
              hours of home/community improvement hours.

SAE General Guidelines
   1. SAE projects will be developed on an individual basis with student, instructor, parent/guardian, and
      employer (if applicable).
   2. Students must keep a complete set of records on the project including pay stubs, vet records, and
      receipts for expenses. Record books will be graded each semester (twice a year).
   3. All projects a student would like to consider for an SAE must be approved by the Agricultural
      Educator before they begin.


Sample SAEs: Raising Livestock/Bees/Aquaculture, Growing Crops/Gardens/Flower Beds, Starting or
Working for a Business, Shadowing an Individual Involved in Agriculture.


Sample Home Improvement/Community Development Projects: Landscaping, Remodeling Projects,
Planting Trees, Building a Fence, or Developing a Wildlife Habitat.


Career Development Events
             Event Information can be accessed at www.ohioffa.org
                 o Click on Programs and Activities
                 o Click on Career Development Events
                 o Click on State Rules and General Information
                 o Select CDE of preference
 Agricultural & Industrial Diagnostics (TTS)
 Agricultural Communications
 Agricultural Engineering
 Agricultural Mechanics Skills
 Agricultural Sales
 Agronomy
 Animal Behavior, Welfare and Husbandry
 Animal Health
 Animal Management
 Aquarium Management
 Cooperative Education
 Dairy Cattle
 Dairy Handlers
 Dairy Products
 Dog Grooming 1 & 2
 Environmental Natural Resources
 Equine Management
 Farm Business Management                       For students who ask their teachers "When
 Floriculture                                     will I ever use this in the real world?"
 Food Science Technology
 Forestry                                       Career Development Events (CDEs) are the
 General Livestock                                                answer.
 Grain Merchandising
 Greenhand Quiz
 Job Interview
 Meats
 Nature Interpretation                            FFA has worked to create CDEs that
 Nursery Landscaping                            demonstrate the meaningful connections
 Outdoor Power
 Parliamentary Procedure                       between classroom instruction and real-life
 Poultry                                                      scenarios.
 Public Speaking
 Rural Soils
 Urban Soils
 Wildlife Management
                                                     CDEs build on what is learned in
                                               agricultural classes and the FFA. The events
                                                are designed to help prepare students for
                                                    careers in agriculture. Classroom
                                                   instruction comes alive as students
                                                demonstrate their skills in a competitive
                                                                  setting.
Source: Ohio FFA Website
Field Trips: A number of field trips, both intracurricular (during school), extracurricular (after school),
combined and overnight trips will be offered throughout the course of the year. Students are required to be
in good standing in all other classes to attend. Educational Activities and Career Development Events (CDEs)
are pre-planned as far in advance as possible—please see the enclosed calendar and discuss potential
participation with your son/daughter. We continually appreciate the efforts of the parents/guardians to
allow their student(s) to participate.
Plymouth Agicultural Education Department. plans only those field trips we feel are educationally important
to our students. We believe, as you do, that their class time is very important and will not plan events that
unnecessarily interrupt their education. It is also our intention to inform parents/guardians when their
son/daughter is leaving school on one of our field trips and what transportation will be used. There are
many times when students will be transported by Mrs. Ringler and/or a parent chaperone.

Therefore, please check below whether your students has permission to attend field trips or other activities
sponsored by the Agriculture Education Department from August 2011 through August 2012 and return the
bottom portion of this slip. If you have questions or concerns at any time, please contact Mrs. Ringler at
(419) 687-8200 Ext. 22107.

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                                                     Plymouth High School
                                               Agriculture Education Department
                                             2010-2011 Field Trip Notification Form


Student Name:


       My son/daughter has my permission to attend field trips sponsored by the Agriculture Education Department
from August 2011 through August 2012. I have a calendar and will communicate with my son/daughter. No teacher
communication is necessary.

        My son/daughter has my permission to attend field trips sponsored by the Agriculture Education Department
from August 2011 through August 2012. Please send home a reminder and information on each field trip and/or
activity my son/daughter will be leaving the school for.
Please send the reminder (circle one):        With my son/daughter         Via E-mail

                                   Please e-mail trip information to me at ____________________________________________________

       I DO NOT give my son/daughter permission to attend field trips sponsored by the Agriculture Education
Department from August 2011 through August 2012.

**Please note: When a student is riding with Mrs. Ringler or another parent written permission is required in
advance, regardless of which box your check above. When they are participating in a school event and riding on
a school bus, a signature is not required each time unless requested by the parent.
_______________________________________________________________________                         _______________________
Parent/Guardian Signature                                                                    Date
Please return this slip to Mrs. Ringler

                 Agriculture Education Course Policies for School year 2010-2011

Student:
Student Full Name: ___________________________________________ Student Grade: ___________

Student Birth Date: ________________________________                 Cell Phone: ____________________________

Address: ____________________________________________ Home Phone: __________________________
P.O. Box: ____________________________________________

City: _____________________ State: _______ Zip: ________ Allergies: ____________________________________

I have read the Agriculture Education Course Syllabus. Furthermore, I understand the rules and
policies as they apply to me.

Student Signature: _____________________________________ Date: ___________________

Parent/Guardian: I have read the Agriculture Education Course Syllabus. Furthermore, I understand the rules
and policies as they apply to my student. (If not please, call Mrs. Ringler for further discussion).

In addition, I give permission for pictures of my son/daughter participating in classroom and FFA activities to be used
in various publications including newsletter, newspaper articles, the FFA website, during the banquet sideshow, and
in other Plymouth FFA or associated publications.

In addition, I am aware that my son/daughter participating in certain FFA activities will require transportation to and
from the school and other sites. I understand it is my responsibility to communicate with my son/daughter if and
when he/she is allowed to ride or drive with other students.                          Parent Interest Survey

Parent/Guardian Signature: __________________________________ Date: ___________
                                                                                   I am interested in:
Parent/Guardian Contact Information
                                                                                  ____ Chaperoning Field Trips
Parent/Guardian ________________________________Relationship:______________________________
                                                                                    ____ Assisting with Fundraising
Address_________________________________________P.O. Box______________________________
                                                                                   ____ Donation of Materials/Equipment
Phone__________________________________ Email___________________________________
                                                                                   ____ Donation of Time (Coaching a Team)
Parent/Guardian ________________________________Relationship:______________________________Team: _____________________________
                                                                                      List
Address_________________________________________P.O. Box______________________________ Helping with FFA Alumni
                                                                                    ____

Phone__________________________________ Email___________________________________   ____ Assisting with the FFA Banquet

**Please note: I am still new to your community. I would appreciate                ____ Assisting with Area of Expertise
meeting each of you and any contacts that you could provide me with to
assist with student learning and the FFA!                                              List Area: _____________________________


                                                                                   _____ Other _______________________________

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