Parents

Especially for Parents

The parent page is designed to serve as an additional resource for parents/guardians of Ag Logoagriculture students. We hope you will enjoy the convenience of this website. It is also a good idea to have your email address added to our Parent Contact List. Email isaacsonr@mpsct.org to get your name added to the list. As always, parents are encouraged to call the agriculture center directly if you have additional questions or wish to speak to your child's teacher directly. Thank you for visiting this site.

 In the Classroom

Ag I students will have a brief orientation session, and then they will rotate through our four Dragonintroductory classes; Introduction to Animal Science, Introduction to Agricultural Mechanics, Introduction to Natural Resources, and Introduction to Plant Science. In the spring they will be able to select a major area of study.

Ag II students  will have the opportunity to study units in their selected majors for the entire year. The Ag II units are the building blocks for Advanced Agricultural units. 

Advanced Ag students  will be able to select units this fall from a list provided for the current year. They can select units from all four areas based on their inpidual interests, and career goals. We make our best effort to accomodate student needs.

ALL STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO WRITE A RESEARCH PAPER. See Dates and Deadlines to learn more.

Your child can compete!CDE

FFA Members have many opportunities to be competitive. The National FFA Organization refers to these activities as Career Development Events (CDE) because the activities help develop skills applicable to careers in agriculture. Career Development Events (CDE) will be held throughout the year. 

No experience or prior knowledge is required, and they are great ways to learn and build a solid college resume. The teachers will coach students on all aspects of the CDE and provide them with the study materials they will need to succeed.

Fall Career Development Events will be held each Fall and Spring. Your child can get study material any time of the year. Just ask!

Visit http://www.ffa.org for information on these and all Career Development Events.

CDE Events take place throughout the school year. Most CDE are held as State Competitions. Others have local and/or district* competitons to qualify for state competition.

FALL CDE Opportunities

Floriculture, Forestry, Nursery-Landscape, Poultry, Meats, Livestock, Horse Judging, and Ag Sales

SPRING CDE Opportunities

Dairy Judging, Dairy Handler, Environmental/Natural Resources, Agricultural Mechanics,
Dairy Foods, Food Science, and Farm Business Management. 

OTHER CDE Opportunities

 Aquaculture CDE, Agricultural Communications, Creed Speaking*, Parliamentary Procedure, Prepared Public Speaking*, Opening and closing ceremonies, Quiz Bowl, Veterinary Tech, Extemporaneous Public Speaking*, Tractor driving, Ag Issues, Ag Marketing, and Job Interview.

Supervised Agricultural Experience

All students are required to conduct a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) Program. Each student receives instruction and advice from agriculture teachers regarding the SAE. However, it is the student's responsibility to develop an SAE Program. Parents are sent informational letters and newsletters throughout the year to help you monitor your child's progress in the SAE Program. A detailed explaination of the components of an SAE program can be found here. Click Components of an SAE Program . Students are also encouraged to find unique SAE opportunities. Click here for a presentation on Thinking Outside the Box. Your child can also visit the Bulletin Board. Postings are updated periodically. Students may only vounteer at a certified non-profit organization for SAE credit. Click here for a listing of potetial non-profit organizations. If your child needs ideas please click here for a list of ideas. Please, note all SAE programs must comply with Labor Laws. Your child's SAE may require working papers and approval from the Department of Education and Department of Labor. All SAE experiences must be approved by the Agriculture Science & Technology Program.

Parent Volunteers

The staff and students in the Ag program recognize the generous contributions of our parents. Many of you have donated your time, talents, and capital to help the students in their endeavors. We are grateful to have such generous parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and Dragonadult friends. Thank you.

Parents who would like to help may contact the center at any time or consider joining the Parent & Alumni Support Group. Visit the parent & alumni support page on this website. 

The MHS Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is also looking for members. If you would like to volunteer for the PTA (or join) go to http://middletownct.com/mhspta/