Versailles High School
Agriculture Education Department
Student and Parent Handbook
Dena Wuebker & Taylor Bergman - Agriculture Education Instructors - FFA Advisors
The Agricultural Education Program is comprised of three parts these being classroom/laboratory, SAE, and FFA. All three of these programs complement and build off each other and students are expected to participate in all three parts and will be evaluated on all three parts that make up the total program. When the three parts are properly implemented, student education is maximized. Students learn important academic, career, technical, and life skills when all types of instruction are used.
Classroom Courses Offered
Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources: 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th
Plant & Animal Science: 9th ( only if taken as 8th grade) 10th, 11th and 12th
Livestock Selection, Nutrition & Mangement: 9th (only if taken as 8th grade) 10th, 11th and 12th
Ag Business: 9th (only if taken as 8th grade) 10th, 11th and 12th
Ag Mechanical Principles: 9th (only if taken as 8th grade) 10th, 11th and 12th
Food Science and Technology: 9th (only if taken as 8th grade) 10th, 11th and 12th
Agronomy: 9th (only if taken as 8th grade) 10th, 11th and 12th
Natural Resources-Environmental Science: 9th( only if taken as 8th grade) 10th, 11th and 12th
Capstone-11th and 12th
Capstone: 11th and 12th
Articulation Agreement-Tied with Ag Business-University of Northwestern, Livestock Selection, Nutrition and Management, Food Science and Technology-Tied to Wright State University Lake Campus, Students can receive credit in any college and university by taking the Ag Business Course.
The third science credit can be awarded with Plant/Animal Science, Environmental/Natural Resources, Agronomy and Food Science and Technology. This third science credit does not make a student eligible for the honors diploma. The third science credit is just an option for members, not required. In order to be granted the third science credit members must pass the agriculture education course offered and pass the state assessed test.
State Testing is required with all agriculture education courses and must be taken by all students. The test are taken the last 3 weeks of school and taken during agriculture education class. It is very important for students to do well, if they do not pass the state test, they will be re-tested the next school year and take a final in the course. You must pass the end of the year state test to receive science credit for the class.
Classroom/ Laboratory Grade
The classroom grade will be based on student performance on tests, quizzes, projects, in-class assignments, lab work, homework, and class participation. All students will receive a grade for their class notebook each semester, which will be based on organization, cleanliness, and completeness.
When working in lab situations, student’s grades will be determined by their work ethic and time they spend on task as well as the accurateness/completeness and quality of work that they complete.
Work will be considered late when not turned in by the date requested. Points will be deducted from the student’s grade if work is late. It is the student’s responsibility to get any make-up work if they are absent.
Final and Midterm Exams
Midterm and final exams will be given in two parts. One part will be based on the material covered in the classroom/lab and will be an online test administrated by the state. The second part will be based upon completion and accurateness of the student’s AET based on their SAE.
Supervised Agricultural Experience
The Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) is designed to provide students with the opportunity to learn about agriculture in real-life settings. Students have the opportunity to design an SAE program that fits their individual interests and needs. ALL SAEs MUST BE IN AN AGRICULTURALLY RELATED FIELD AND MUST BE APPROVED BY THE INSTRUCTOR AND PARENTS.
How do I select an SAE?
You should select an SAE that is related to something in which you have interest. There are countless examples of SAE’s and things have yet to be done, so be creative. An SAE is great way to gain experience for a job or career, but it can also be a great way to make money if you desire. Students will go through a unit of instruction on SAE’s. This unit will teach the many dynamics and types of SAE’s that are out there. Keep in mind that you don’t have to work on farm, live in the country, or own animals to have an SAE!
Job Placement SAE
Job Placement SAEs involve working for another individual or company as a paid or non-paid employee. Examples: Working at a local farm, farm market, golf course, landscaping company, greenhouse or agricultural business.
Animal Production Entrepreneurship SAE
Animal Production SAEs involve raising an animal or group of animals for agricultural uses (no pets). Examples: Cattle, swine, sheep, rabbits, chickens, goats, horses, ostriches, llamas, pigeons, and other farm or exotic animals. Students have the opportunity to exhibit these projects at the fair if they so desire.
Crop Production Entrepreneurship SAE
Crop Production SAEs involve raising crops for agricultural uses. Examples: Corn, soybeans, wheat, hay, flowers, gardens vegetables, fruit, etc. Students have the opportunity to exhibit these projects at the fair if they so desire through the youth building in the Shop/Crop Division.
Research SAEs involve conducting an experiment using the scientific method. Examples: exploring the effects of light, fertilizer, or temperature on plants, conducting feed trials on animals, etc.
Home/ Community/ Farm Improvement SAEs
Each year, agricultural education students are required to complete 15 hours of home, farm and/or community improvement. These hours are to be recorded in a record book. These are to hours of unpaid labor that you perform to make permanent improvement to something. Examples can include: painting, landscaping, construction, roofing, FFA related community service activities such as nursing home, farm day clean-up, toys for tots, can food drive and etc., adopt-a-highway, church community service activities and many others. Home improvement projects that are not permitted include things that are not permanent improvements like mowing your yard or cleaning your house. The current students that are starting agricultural education in August of 2020 will need to have 15 hours completed by December of 2021.
In December/January as a class we will discuss SAE and record keeping and at that time, I will ask you to determine what you will want to do for your SAE. Each year students is required to carry one SAE project and will be awarded ¼ credit as part of their SAE at the start of their sophomore year. In December each student will start the AET online record book, with first completing a general record and then specializing with their own SAE. In January at semester time, students will be graded on the completion and accuracy of their general record book and start of their SAE by establishing goals, budget and agreement. Students can officially start keep track of their SAE at that time. At the end of 2nd semester, some students will have hours of placement recorded, record of expenses related to crop and animal production. The majority of the SAE’s occur over the summer and next summer, I will visit each student and check the progress of their SAE and record keeping. As part of the first year of an SAE, students are expected to work 75 hours if they carry a placement project or earn/invest $250.00 as part of an entrepreneurship.
FFA is an intracurricular, meaning that it is part of the Agricultural Education Curriculum. When
students pay their class fees they automatically become part of the FFA and pay their due.
Therefore, this portion of the program is graded by participation in FFA activities. 150 points each
nine weeks is awarded for FFA. A FFA point system in maintained in the classroom and a
competitive contest occurs in which active FFA members are recognized at the end of each nine
weeks. The type and duration of the activity will determine the amount of points that are awarded.
All students will receive a list of FFA points at the start of the school year. Each month there will
be an FFA meeting and members are expected to be in attendance, if a student can not attend the
meeting, the student must notify Mrs. Wuebker/Miss Bergman before the meeting that they will
not be in attendance to be excused by signing the sheet posted in the classrooms. Members are
expected to participate in at least three FFA activities per nine weeks to meet the grade portion of
FFA. FFA activities will support and enhance what is being taught in the classroom as well as
allow you to have some fun. Please consult the Versailles FFA member expectations for a full list.
Participating in more than three activities per nine weeks can serve as bonuses.
FFA Leadership and Travel Opportunities
Ohio FFA Camp
FFA Camp is a great opportunity during the summer to meet FFA members from across the state, participate in leadership workshops put on my State FFA Officers, become a camp chapter president, participate in outdoor recreation (fishing, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, archery, shotgun, rifle), participate in competitive sports (softball, basketball, volleyball, ping pong), take overnight camping trips in the woods, try out a low or high ropes course, and much more!
Approximate Cost: $95 per person
State FFA Convention
This 2-day convention held at the Ohio State Fairgrounds during the first weekend of May offers many learning opportunities for students. Students attend leadership workshops, compete in state contests, hear motivational speakers, receive awards for chapter accomplishments, and meet some of the 5,000 Ohio FFA members that attend.
Cost: Determined each year (Approx. $50-$100), Dates-April 29th and 30th
National FFA Convention
The National FFA Convention is held in Indianapolis, IN during the last part of October, and is the largest youth convention held in the world. The trip is typically 4 days long and include tours of agricultural businesses, leadership workshops, a career show which includes every major agricultural college in the nation, convention sessions put on my the National FFA Officers, nationally acclaimed motivational speakers, and over 50,000 FFA members from across the country.
Cost: Determined each year (approx.400.00), Dates-Week of Oct 28th-Virtual Experience
Washington Leadership Conference
This is a one-week, action packed leadership conference in our nation’s capitol during the summer. FFA members from all over the nation learn valuable skills in personal development, motivation, leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and goal-setting through high intensity, interactive workshops. The students also tour the capitol city and meet with members of Congress.
Approximate Cost: $700 per person, Summer
Chapter Leadership Roles
Each FFA member has a chance to be a part of a committee or serve as a committee chair, assistant officer, or Chapter Officer. In any role students learn valuable skills that will help them succeed in life.
Career Development Events
Career Development Events are essentially contests in which students apply skills and knowledge they have learned in class to a competitive situation. These teams will practice prior to an event and most will compete on the district level with the chance to compete at the state contest depending on their placing.
The Agricultural Communications Career Development Event consists of a three-person team playing the role of communication consultants, presenting a media plan created around a topic chosen by the team which fits the theme designated by the state. Each member will complete an individual editing exercise and communications quiz. Each individual competes in either the Design, Electronic Media, or Writing practicums. Open to 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th.
The Agricultural and Industrial Diagnostics Career Development Event is an educational activity designed as a practical method of teaching students how to recognize malfunctions of gasoline or diesel engines and to eliminate those problems. The skills agriculture education students learn in this CDE will assist them in becoming efficient tractor and equipment operators by giving them practical experience in identifying and correcting engine malfunctions. Open to 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th.
The Agricultural Issues Career Development Event
consists of a team researching and presenting both sides of an agricultural issue. They create a portfolio with gathered information and present the topic at local events and the state competition. Open to 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th,
The Agriculture Sales Career Development Event consists of three parts: an objective test, oral sales presentation, and a series of practicums. Each team member will sell an agricultural product and create a sales presentation for the product. Members will also participate in different sales practicums. Open to 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th.
The Dairy Cattle Career Development Event is an educational activity that teaches students a practical method for selecting dairy cattle. Students will be challenged with a pedigree evaluation, sire selection, a written test, placing classes, and written class questions. Open 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th.
The Dairy Products Career Development Event consists of a written test, real vs. artificial identification, mastitis identification, milker part defect identification, milk flavor identification, and cheese identification. This CDE teaches students about the Dairy Industry and provides them with opportunities to learn about careers associated with dairy. Open 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th.
The Equine Management Career Development Event is an educational activity designed to teach FFA members a practical method of current horse evaluation, selection techniques and horse management. Students will identify tack and equipment, feed samples, and place horse classes along with hay classes. Open 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th.
The Food Science and Technology Career Development Event is an event developed to help students learn all about the Food Science and Technology Fields, along with the food industry. It also helps students develop a good working knowledge of the sound principles used in a team decision-making process. Students will compete in taste tests, aroma tests, a multiple choice and written test, and create a product display. Open to 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th Grade.
The General Livestock Career Development Event is an educational program designed to teach students the proper way to recognize quality production animals. Student will evaluate beef, swine, and sheep. The skills students learn in evaluation general livestock should market better producers and consumers by giving them practical experience in identifying and understanding characteristics that affect production and quality. Open 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th.
The Greenhand Quiz tests first-year FFA members on their knowledge of FFA History, the National FFA Organization, and FFA activities/events. The test is required for all Greenhands that attend State FFA Convention. The test consists of fifty multiple-choice questions. Open to 8th and 9th Grade.
The Job Interview Career Development Event is designed to assist FFA members in the development of oral and written skills that are associated with the job application and interview process. Students will create a resume, fill out a job application pertaining to a specific agriculture job, complete an interview, and compose a follow-up thank you letter. Open 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th.
The Parliamentary Procedure Career Development Event is an assessment of each member’s ability to participate in a business meeting or other group decision-making situation. The team consists of nine or more individuals who conduct a mock meeting and answer oral questions. There is a Varsity Team that consists of the officers, and two freshman teams including each freshman and 8th grade FFA member. Open 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th.
The Poultry Judging Career Development Event teaches participants how to properly judge chickens, chicken parts, and the foods made from chicken. Members are also given a written test and candle eggs. This CDE helps members learn more about the poultry industry and everything associated with it. Open 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th.
The Public Speaking Career Development Event helps members develop leadership skills by providing them with the opportunity to participate in public speaking activities. Members can speak in a variety of contests. There are four specific contests within Public Speaking.
1) Creed Speaking- FFA members memorize and recite the official FFA creed and answer the judges’ questions. (Greenhands-8th and 9th)
2) Beginning Prepared Speaking- Members prepare a four to six minute agricultural speech, memorize it and recite it to judges who will then ask questions about their topic. (Freshmen and Sophomores)
3) Extemporaneous Speaking- FFA members draw a topic and have thirty minutes to prepare a four to six-minute speech on that topic. They will then present the speech and answer questions asked by judges regarding the topic.
4) Advanced Prepared Speaking- Members prepare an agricultural-related speech, memorize it and recite it to judges who will then ask a series of questions about their topic.
The Rural Soil Judging Career Development Event is an educational activity designed to teach students a practical way to evaluate land and soil to determine its potential use. Members will evaluate soil pits and determine the soil ratings and classifications. A written test and a test on the County’s Soil Survey will be taken. Open to 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th.
The Outdoor Power Career Development Event is an activity designed to teach students the proper way to disassemble, troubleshoot, repair, and perform preventative maintenance skills on small gasoline engines. Open to 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th.
The Wildlife Career Development Event stimulates interest and promotes instruction in the area of fish and wildlife management. Open 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th.
Versailles FFA Activities
Our Alumni Chapter is for anyone interested in supporting agriculture education and the FFA. Past members of the chapter or graduates from Versailles High School may belong, as well as parents of members. They conduct the Alumni Soup and Sandwich Social as well as trash pick-ups for Adopt a Highway. Our Alumni Chapter has also contributed money towards our chapter for trips and other activities.
The Alumni Soup and Sandwich Social is an event conducted by the Versailles FFA Alumni. Versailles FFA members contribute time and donate food to the event. This event is sponsored in conjunction with the boys and girls basketball games that fall on the same Saturday. Money raised goes toward the Doug and Craig Meyer Memorial Scholarship Fund. Date-Feb. 2nd.
The Canned Food Drive is an event conducted in the winter months in order to raise money and non-perishable food items for the Versailles Food Pantry. The Canned Food Drive is a competition between all high school homerooms. There is also a Junior High homeroom division. The winning homeroom in each division receives a pizza party. Date-Dec 13th-19th.
The CDE Career Fair is an event conducted by the Versailles FFA Officers and CDE Committee in which participants go to mock-CDE rotations taught by field experts. Participating in CDE Night will give students a better understanding of what CDE events FFA has to offer.
County, Regional and State Evaluations are an opportunity to earn many awards and degrees as an FFA member. Beginning their sophomore year and continuing through their senior year members have the opportunity to complete a proficiency application that highlights your agricultural SAE. If your SAE meets the qualifications for your proficiency area, you are eligible to apply. You then have the opportunity to win over $500. As a junior, senior, or graduate you are eligible to apply for your State FFA Degree. However, you must meet the qualifications. As a graduate of two years you can apply for an American Degree. The American Degree is the most coveted of degrees and is the hardest degree to obtain. Also at these evaluations is the review of each chapter’s National Chapter Application. The application highlights the activities and accomplishments of the Versailles FFA Chapter throughout the past year. Officer books submitted by the chapter Treasurer, Secretary, and Reporter are also evaluated and receive a gold, silver, or bronze rating based on certain criteria. County- Jan 24th, Regional- Jan. 31st.
The EMT and Firefighter Farm Safety Training Program is for all Darke countywide EMTs and Firefighters. Participants in the program enjoy group presentations on general agriculture safety and partake in hands-on demonstrations designed to teach them about real life farm accident situations. They also receive six CEU credits and enjoy a catered lunch. The Safety Committee and Versailles FFA Officers conduct the event every other year.
Farm Day is an event in which the Versailles FFA invites over 800 elementary students from Darke and Miami County. Versailles FFA members lead various stations that teach these students about the importance of the agriculture industry. The event is usually held at an FFA member’s farm and takes place around the beginning of May. Date-May 7th.
FFA Fruit Sales is designed to raise money for our chapter and is the biggest fundraiser we do throughout the year. Students are required to sell $300 worth of fruit or $500 per family. Commission is awarded to those who sell over $300 worth of fruit. If you do not participate in fruit sales, you will be required to pay an extra membership fee and participate in extra work for the chapter.
Start selling fruit-2nd Week of October. Arrival and Pickup: TBA
The FFA Banquet is a mandatory event designed to recognize all of the accomplishments members have made throughout the year, induct new chapter officers, and give awards. It also includes an auction. Parents are invited and a meal is provided. Date-March 8th.
FFA Meetings occur each month and every member is required to attend each one. The Secretary, Treasurer, Reporter, Sentinel, and Student Advisor will have reports along with each of our committees. Business will be brought forward and voted on. We will also be honoring a member of the month at each meeting. Recreation, including softball, bowling, and other activities will be offered before or after each meeting. Dates-See Below
The Greenhand ( 8th and 9th) Degree Ceremony is for first year FFA members. Members and their parents enjoy a special ceremony in which each Greenhand receives their FFA degree. The ceremony is a celebration of each new member’s hard work and accomplishments. Date-Nov 16th
The FFA Buddy System is a program that encourages incoming members to get involved in FFA and excited about joining the program. Freshmen will be paired with older members. Each Buddy will encourage their Greenhand (8th and 9th) to get involved in Versailles FFA events, Career Development Events, and community service activities. Buddies will get points for being a buddy and doing certain activities with each other.
The JH FFA and Middle School Ag Programs are designed to encourage the younger students to get excited about the Versailles FFA program and join when they are freshmen. The Middle School Ag Program occurs once a month and teaches students about FFA History and other Agricultural Issues. The JH FFA Program is a more hands-on experience that teaches JH students more about the Versailles FFA and Agriculture Issues
Leadership Nights are held at Ansonia High School. All FFA members are encouraged to attend a night with various State Officers who deliver their leadership program. Members enjoy hand-on and fun activities. There are opportunities to interact with FFA members from other chapters and State Officers. Free pizza is also offered after the event. Date-TBA.
The Member of the Month Award is an award that recognizes members who have excelled in FFA throughout the month and for those who have gone above and beyond their responsibilities as an FFA member. Members selected receive a plaque and an FFA t-shirt They are usually recognized at each meeting and have their picture placed in the Ag Room and local newspaper.
National FFA Week occurs during February and is celebrated throughout the nation. The Versailles FFA selects their officers during this week and has a JH FFA and Versailles FFA party to celebrate. Members enjoy a variety of activities that teach them about FFA as well as cake and ice cream. Date- Week of George Washington Birthday.
The PALS program teaches first-grade students at the Versailles Elementary School all about agriculture. The program occurs once a month and usually entails a hands-on activity. The PALS Committee is responsible for these meetings. Conduct 1st Wednesday of each month.
The POA Committees are an essential part of our chapter. They conduct most of our events and are a vital part to the planning of each activity. Each committee has specific responsibilities and is responsible for conducting at least four activities each year. Each committee is evaluated at the end of the year and an outstanding committee is selected. That committee is recognized at the banquet for their efforts.
The Statewide FFA Greenhand Conference is an opportunity for new freshmen FFA members to learn more about the FFA. We host the conference and invite the Ohio FFA Officers. The Versailles FFA Officers along with the Ohio FFA Officers conduct workshops that teach the Greenhands about FFA opportunities, activities, communication skills, and leadership skills. Members also enjoy pizza and subway for lunch. The theme is First Down and Life to Go. Date-Virtual for 2020.
State FFA Convention takes place in Columbus, Ohio. FFA members from across Ohio are recognized for their outstanding accomplishments. Members receive their State FFA Degrees and Ohio FFA Officers are elected. The chapter rankings are also revealed at convention. We also enjoy the sites of Columbus and attend a career show. Date-April 29th and 30th
Toys for Tots is a program designed to help out underprivileged children in the Darke County area. The children are provided with toys for Christmas. Bins are located throughout Versailles and at the High School. A busload of toys is usually donated to the Greenville office along with a monetary donation. Collection TBA
Field Trip Procedures
1. ALL SCHOOL RULES APPLY. Failure to comply with rules while on a field trip can result in punishment such as detention, extra assignments, Saturday School, termination of FFA membership, suspension of field trip opportunities, and others depending on the severity of the behavior. If the behavior is severe enough, you parent/ guardian could be asked to come and pick you up from the activity immediately.
2. All students will complete a trips release form that will be kept on file in the Ag Dept. Once this form has been signed by the parent or guardian, this will serve as the permission slip for attending all FFA field trips.
3. Many opportunities are subsidized by the FFA Chapter. If you make a commitment to go on a trip (by signing up) and don’t attend the function, you will be responsible for paying the chapter for the full cost of the activity Program Expectations and Consequences.
The following are four expectations to which we will abide by in and out of class when associated with the Agricultural Education program, which includes, but is not limited to class, lab, FFA activities, and field trips.
1. Show respect for the teacher, fellow students, your surroundings, and yourself.
2. Do not interfere with the teacher’s teaching or any other student’s learning.
3. Have a positive attitude.
4. Follow all safety rules that are given.
The following consequences will occur for improper classroom behavior
Verbal warning to student
Change student’s seat (if appropriate)
Detention after school
Call home to parent to discuss the situation
Student will be sent to office for discipline
The following consequences will occur for improper behavior in the lab:
– Verbal warning to student
– Student is sent to the classroom for 1 period and must record
definitions out of a book. The student will lose credit for the class period.
If a student does not complete the assignment given, he/she will be given another
day in the classroom until the assignment is finished.
– Student is sent to the classroom for 1 week and must record
definitions out of a book. The student will lose credit for the week.
If a student does not complete the assignment, he/she will be given
another week in the classroom until the assignment is finished.
– Student will be sent to the classroom for the remainder of the
class’s lab time, and will not receive weekly points or credit for the
project being done in the lab.
**Severe misbehavior and/or failure to abide by safety guidelines may result in skipping any step(s) as deemed appropriate by the teacher.**
You are invited to contact Mrs. Wuebker anytime about any issue.
Mrs. Dena Wuebker
School: (937) 526-4427, ext 3113
Cell: (937) 423-2369
Miss Taylor Bergman
School: (937)-526-4427, ext 3138