Monthly Archives: August 2016

31Aug

First Week of Ag Class

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Man did Midwest Central’s Ag classes have a busy week!!! Students kicked off the week by finding our personalities through an animal personality test. The young agriculturists took a test on their qualities, and discovered their strengths and weaknesses. Our first day was followed by getting our binders ready for an exhilarating year in Ag!

We carried on our eventful week by welcoming the amazing Matt Montgomery to our classes to discuss the use of all of his classes in his everyday job! That night we had our annual plot night. We had a very successful night, and we appreciate all the help from the community in getting our plot taken care of! Friday, Ag classes had the first ever Ag Olympics; teams were created based on the personality tests taken on Monday. Events in this year’s Ag Olympics were Slippery Melons, the Holy Water Challenge, and Butter Stick Toss.

Midwest Central’s FFA finished off the week with Fall Callout at the Goetze’s house! We welcomed our newest members and caught up with familiar faces while participating in Team-Building Games; such as, the Human Knot, Magic Carpet Ride, and the Human Ladder game. We would like to give huge shoutout to the Goetze’s for stepping up and hosting an absolutely amazing night that all of our members loved

29Aug

Meet Mrs. T!

Hello FFA members and friends of the Midwest Central FFA. My name is Mrs. DeAnna Thomas (Mrs. T for short). I’m married to local farmer and MCHS FFA alum, Braden Thomas and the Mom to our five month daughter, DeLaney Jean. This will be my third year teaching at MCHS.

 I’m a 2010 graduate of the University of Illinois where I received my B.S. in Agricultural Communications. I often say I arrived at teaching agriculture by chance, but have stayed by choice. Learning new things is one of my passions, so teaching allows me the opportunity to be a lifelong learner and awaken a passion for learning in others.

The most rewarding part of my job is seeing the progression of students from freshmen year to senior year. Knowing that I played a role in that development is exciting and makes for a very fulfilling career. I really enjoy the special responsibilities we have during the summer and the involvement that we can have in agriculture at all levels.

At the end of my farm reports while I was farm broadcasting, I would close with this quote to remind listeners of just how much our local farmers contribute to feeding and fueling the word – “Agriculture is more than food, feed, and fuel – it’s the foundation of our future.” This quote is even more relevant in our Agriculture Education Department at MCHS.

I truly believe that when a student enrolls in Intro to Ag, they open a door to a world of endless opportunity when it comes to premier leadership, personal growth, and career success. I’m excited to jumpstart a new set of students down the path of learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live, and living to serve. Even if you think FFA and “that farm class” isn’t your cup of tea, I encourage any student who wants to be challenged, grow and develop leadership skills, and learn how and where your food comes from to open that door and enroll in Intro to Agriculture. Our door is open and welcome to everyone who is willing to learn!  It may just change your life!

22Aug

School’s BAAA-CK!!!

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Welcome BAAA-CK Blue Jackets!!!

As school begins, so does FFA. All high-schoolers are invited to join FFA. The only requirement is that you must be enrolled in an Ag class. If you are not, don’t sweat it because you have a couple days to request different classes!!!

FFA is an organization that formerly stood for “Future Farmers of America”; however, The National FFA Organization has since removed ties with the former acronym in order to open all the opportunities of FFA to all students even if you don’t live on a farm. Here at Midwest Central we take those oppurtunities very seriously, and strive to be the best. On behalf of the FFA Officer Team we would like to welcome you into the FFA family with open arms!!!

If you would like to join FFA membership dues are $30 with our chapter t-shirt included. We definitely encourage any and all high schoolers to be a part of an amazing organization!

In other news, the FFA’s first event for the year is the annual Fall Call-Out. This event welcomes all members to engage and interact with other Blue Jackets!!! This year’s Fall Call-Out will be held at Josh Goetze’s house on August 28th, at 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. FFA members be on the look out for flyers with information on what to bring! We invite you all out to have a great time!!!

And finally we would like to wish for a great year with all of our new FFA recruits!!!

The FFA Officer Team

7Aug

Officer Retreat

Last Wednesday FFA officers had their annual Officer Retreat. The crew started off the morning by volunteering at the new playground at Veterans’ Park. They followed up their community service by planning their year. In addition, they also participated in Escape the Room in Bloomington where they also met up with our sister chapter Spoon River. All the officers had an amazing time and wish for a great year! They also established the FFA calendar that can be downloaded into your phone by simply clicking here.

 

Last Wednesday FFA officers had their annual Officer Retreat. The crew started off the morning by volunteering at the new playground at Veterans’ Park. They followed up their community service by planning their year. In addition, they also participated in Escape the Room in Bloomington where they also met up with our sister chapter Spoon River. All the officers had an amazing time and wish for a great year!

Posted by Midwest Central FFA on Sunday, August 7, 2016

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