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USD 240 Vocational/Ag Department

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Mr. Luthi

Ms. Williamson

bluthi@usd240.org awilliamson@usd240.org

785-488-3321 * 785-283-4774

785-488-3321 * 785-283-4774

Bennington and Tescott Junior High/High School

Mr. Luthi's Lesson Plans

Bennington and Tescott Junior High/High School

Ms. Williamson's Lesson Plans

   

Get to know your teacher

I have been teaching for 28 years in both Kansas and Nebraska.  Bennington and Tescott are the fourth and fifth schools that I have taught at.  I have a dual certification in Industrial Technology and Agriculture Education.  Currently I am the Ag Education and FFA Advisor for Twin Valley School District. I try to stay current with grading by entering grades into powerschool daily.

 

I grew up in a small town in Northeast Florida, where I was very involved in agriculture classes and FFA in high school. Taking agriculture classes and being involved FFA allowed me to have exposure to the many different opportunities agriculture has for someone. I received my Bachelor’s in Animal Science from Kansas State then started working on a Master’s in Animal Science where I was working in a Muscle Biology lab on different research projects. After a couple of months working in the lab, I realized that I did not want to work in the research field, but I loved teaching undergrad workers different lab techniques and explaining the science behind certain techniques. Therefore, I changed majors to Agricultural Education which I graduated from this last spring with a Master’s and will be teaching at both Bennington and Tescott schools this coming school year.

 

 

 

What students will learn in their vocational and ag classes

 

The Ag/Ed department consists of:

 

Course Title: Introduction to Agriculture
 
Duration: 2 semesters
 
Grade: 8
 

Course Objective:  This is an exploratory class designed for eighth grade students that are interested in agriculture education and possibly joining the FFA Chapter in high school.  Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to understand the importance of agriculture to our economy and society and the benefit of leadership skills gained through FFA to be successful in college and a future career.  They will explore the different career fields involved in agriculture and develop hands on skills building a small woodworking project.

 

Course Title: Agriscience

 

Duration: 2 semesters

 

Grade: 9-10

 

Credit: 1

 

Course Objective:  Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to understand the importance of agriculture to our economy and society.   Understand the benefit of leadership skills gained through FFA to be successful in college and a future career.   Students will develop their own supervised agriculture experience program and use computer technology to keep personal and business records on their SAE.  Students will explore units in plant and soil science and also in animal science.  Students will learn basic cutting and arc welding skills.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in career development events offered through FFA.

 

Course Title:  Agricutlure Welding
 
Duration: 2 semesters
 
Grade: 10-12
 
Credit: 1
 

Fee: Dependent upon projects and materials

 

Course Description:  This is a yearlong class with the emphasis on welding skills first semester and shop projects second semester.   Intro to Agriculture is a prerequisite.  This course is designed to provide training in plasma cutting, oxyfuel gas cutting and welding, bronze welding, shielded metal arc welding, and gas metal arc welding.  Personal protective equipment will be worn at all times in the welding shop.  The school will provide welding helmets, but students may bring their own.  All skin must be covered when welding.   No short sleeves, pants with holes, or threads exposed at the boot line.

 

Course Title:  Agriculture Welding II

 

Duration: 2 semesters

 

Grade: 11-12

 

Credit: 1

 

Fee: Dependent upon projects and materials

 

 

Course Description:  This is a yearlong class with the emphasis on welding skills first nine weeks and shop projects the next three quarters.  Argricultural Welding I is a prerequisite.  Tungsten arc welding processes are taught to the Welding II students.  The Welding II students will spend the majority of their time developing and constructing welding projects.  Personal protective equipment will be worn at all times in the welding shop.  The school will provide welding helmets, but students may bring their own.  All skin must be covered when welding.  No short sleeves, pants with holes, or threads exposed at the boot line.  

 

Course Title:  Plant and Animal Science
 
Duration: 2 semesters
 
Grade: 10-12
 
Credit: 1
 

Course Description:  This is a yearlong course with emphasis of Plant and Soil Science the first semester and Animal Science the second semester.  Students that take this course will also be preparing for career development events such as: Land and Homesite Evaluation, Agronomy/Entomology, Livestock and Horse Evaluation.

The Plant and Soil Science course focuses on soil management and classification.  Also on plant and crop management and production.  The Animal Science course focuses on all aspects of animal and livestock production including breeding, selection, health management and care.

 

Course Title:  Agriculture Leadership and Communication

Duration: Fall Semester

Grade: 10-12

Credit: .5

Course Description:  Agricultural Leadership courses help students develop leadership skills with a focus on opportunities in the food, fiber, and natural resources industries.  Topics may include but are not limited to human relationships and effective communication, decision-making and problem-solving, leadership qualities and styles, and ensuring successful completion of group activities.
 
Course Title:  Agricultural Structures
 
Duration: 2 semesters
 
Grade: 11-12
 
Credit: 1
 
Course Description:  This is a year long class with emphasis on agricultural building structures.  Units will include: fundamentals of electricity, electrical circuit components, electrical safety and grounding, electricity board practice wiring, roofing materials and methods, building framing, rafter and truss construction, basic plumbing, and fundamentals of concrete.
 
Course Title:  Biotechnology in Agriculture
 
Duration: 2 semesters
 
Grade: 10-12
 
Credit: 1
 
Course Description:  Agricultural Biotechnology courses apply biological principles and understanding to plant and animal science in order to produce or refine agricultural products.  Course topics typically include but are not limited to microbiology, genetics, growth and reproduction, structural basis of function in living systems, chemistry of living systems, quantitative problem-solving, and data acquisition and display.  These courses also often cover the ethics of biotechnology.  
 
Course Title: Natural Resource Management
 
Duration: 2 semesters
 
Grade: 10-12
 
Credit: 1
 
Fee: Dependent upon project and materials
 
Course Description:  Natural Resources Management courses combine the fields of ecology and conservation with planning for the efficient use and preservation of land, water, wildlife, and forests.  Within the general are of natural resources management, these courses usually cover specific topics and uses, such as hunting or fishing preserves, forest production and management, wildlife preservation, and human outdoor recreation.
 
 
 

 

Strategies for success

 

-Follow school, classroom, and shop policies and procedures.
-Bring pencil, notebook, chromebook, or any materials needed for class.
-Come to class prepared and ready to learn.
-Participate in classroom and shop activities and demonstrations.
-Work hard to develop skills and workmanship.

 

Know the standards

 

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