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FFA activities this week

Strawberry Sale: The strawberry forms were due Feb. 15. The order needs to be placed on February 20, 2019. The Columbus FFA members had a very good sale. Thank you to all that supported this fundraiser.

FFA applications: Columbus FFA members are working on proficiency applications that are due Feb. 25. Other members are working on their American Degree applications due March 5. These award areas are based on the students SAE projects and the degree also includes the students FFA involvement, agricultural education, and community service. The American Degree is the highest degree an FFA member can earn. The proficiency award is a state level competition and the winners advance to the national level. FFA members have an opportunity to be recognized at the State and National level for their achievement in both of these award areas.

Upcoming events

National FFA Week: The Columbus FFA members will celebrate National FFA Week, Feb. 17-23. There is no school on Monday or Tuesday so the FFA Week activities will take place Wednesday through Friday. On Wednesday, the FFA members are holding a blue and gold day recognizing the official FFA colors. The officer team is hosting a pie and ice cream social after school for the CHS staff. On Thursday, the FFA is hosting boot and truck day. Students should wear their work boots and drive their trucks to school recognizing the hard work our local farmers do each day. Friday is tractor drive in day and flannel Friday. Students can drive their tractors to school if they have their tractor operator’s license or a valid driver’s license. The FFA members will also host a bake sale on Friday donating the proceeds to the Community Garden Pumpkin Project.

212/EDGE Conference: FFA members in grades 7-8 can sign up to attend the EDGE conference held in Green Bay, March 22-23. The 212 Conference is open to ninth and 10th grade students. Students interested in attending should sign up with Mrs. Crook.

Sectional Speaking Contest: Columbus FFA members are preparing for the Sectional Speaking contest in Rio on March 4. The Columbus Parliamentary Procedure team including Abbygail Hayes, Garret Baerwolf, Amanda Dunbar, Kyle Kilian, Corrina Larson, and Jordan Prosser is competing to advance to state. Hannah Dahl is competing in the Employability Skills contest and Corrina Larson is competing in the Discussion Meet contest. The Middle School Quiz Bowl team is competing with FFA members Morgan Baerwolf, Molly Damm and Kayla Hunt.

CDE Teams: FFA members are beginning to practice with their teams for the upcoming regional contests. The career development events provide an opportunity for students to test their knowledge and skills against other FFA members from around the state. The Columbus FFA chapter currently has students signed up for Dairy Evaluation, Equine Evaluation, Veterinary Science and Ag Sales. There are varieties of contest areas so all FFA members are invited to create a team. See Mrs. Crook if you are interested. The first contest is March 28 at UW-Platteville.

Agriscience Class

Veterinary Science: The Veterinary Science class continues to learn medical terminology. The students have practiced using the terms by creating medical terms using a dice game, playing a Concentration Game matching terms to definitions, and completing a case study. The students also learned common abbreviations used in the medical field.

Greenhouse Management: The students learned how to create a floral arrangement this week using candy. The students created candy bouquets for Valentine’s Day. The students learned how to use floral tape and applied the principles of floral design they had learned in class. Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest days for the floral shop. The students also started planting in the greenhouse. They planted peppers, onions and basil seeds.

Food, Forests and Wildlife: The sixth grade students created a presentation on a Wisconsin Agricultural Product and shared them with their peers. The class learned about the Fun Faces of Wisconsin Agriculture. The students have a better understanding of the types of agricultural products produced in Wisconsin and which ones the state ranks first in production. Examples include cranberries, ginseng, mink, snap beans, cheese, and corn silage. Wisconsin also produces many vegetables including potatoes, carrots, onions, cucumbers, and cabbage. The students started their unit on farm safety on Friday.

Pizza, Pets and Plants: The students in both the A and B day have been learning about soil profiles. The students analyzed soil layers in a sediment jar and calculated the percent sand, silt and clay in the soil sample. They learned how to use the soil texture triangle to determine a type of soil based on its percent clay, silt and sand. The students also prepared for lab learning about soil pH next week.

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