It is hard to believe, but another year has come to a close (almost J ). This has been another successful year for us. Here are some great stats for our year (approximate). Last year's numbers are in parentheses.
· 184 (170) classroom presentations were done
· 1486 (1890) students were reached (unduplicated)
· 20 (20) school buildings used materials
· 15 teachers attended the Summer Agricultural Institute (16 are signed up so far for this year)
Thank you for a GREAT YEAR!!! As a thank you to all the teachers and schools all teachers will receive a certificated and each school building that had teachers participate in some way will have an agricultural related book donated to their library. These books will be distributed to the principals in May. Thank you again! I look forward to working with all of you again next year.
-Carrots and Cauliflower Month
-Clean Air Month
-National Egg Month
-National Hamburger Month
-National Chocolate Chip Day (15)
-Artichoke Day (19-20)
Who: All teachers/administrators
What: Ford-Iroquois Summer Ag Institute
When: June 11-14
Where: The Ford-Iroquois Extension office will be our main location but we will travel around for some agriculture tours Ludwig Farmstead Creamery, Sleepy Creek Winery, Rossville Farmers Market, Incobrasa, and more!
Why: To learn and have fun!
Cost: Cost to attend is $100. Scholarships will be available.
Approximately 24 CPDUs will be available. Grad Credits (2) will also be available through Aurora University at an additional cost of $100 per credit hour.
I ALREADY HAVE 16 PEOPLE SIGNED UP!!!!! IF YOU ARE GOING TO SIGN UP PLEASE DO SO VERY SOON OR AT LEAST DROP ME AN E-MAIL SO I CAN ARRANGE TRANSPORTATION!
Watseka Head Start
Paxton Day Care
Milford Head Start
Chebanse Grade School
Jennifer Spittal, Brenda Yohnka, Jennifer Ramsay
Iroquois West Upper Elem. School (Thawville)
Kathy Endres, Suzy Manahan
Gilman Elementary School
Jayme Curl, Amber Hamilton, Amanda Kurtenbach, Rachel Basham, Carl Torbeck, Mary Talbert, Deb Talbert, Kim Eggemeyer, Chris Denton, Amber Harkins, Marsha Swan, Christina Duncan
Danforth Elementary School
Patrick Miller, Kristin Borchers, Laurie Rodriguez, Marilyn Geisler
Stephanie Kallal, Nicole Kirkpatrick, Judy Rutledge, Angela Testory, Kristin Wilson, Courtney Hohulin, Keely Burks, Amanda Wetherell, Gloria Dickey, Cindy Petersen
Crescent City Grade School
Jody Munsterman, Lisa Kemnetz
Cissna Park Schools
Katie Both, Ryan Loy, Nikki Nicholson, Amie Lange
Milford Grade School West (Milford)
Teresa Hancock, Shelisa Henrichs, Lisa Homerding, Brenna Schroeder, Diana Wessels, Linda Ash, Dexter Cheever
PBL Clara Peterson
Connie Early, Brittany Gass, Anna Talbert, Cyndi Jensen, Laura Peden, Gayle Lemenager, Sharon Higgins
PBL Eastlawn School
Lisa Niewold, Sharla Waugh
St. John's – Buckley
Laura Birge, Rebekah Meyer
Woodland Grade School
Emily Tuttle, Mary Langellier, Deann Johnson
Wanda Kendall (Watseka)
Glenn Raymond (Watseka)
Zion Lutheran School (Chebanse)
Are you interested in using Ag in the Classroom, but not sure how it can be used in your classroom? If any teacher or administrator would like to meet with me this summer to see some of the kits or talk about what Ag in the Classroom can do for your school please contact me. I would be happy to spend some time with you and coming up with a plan for your classroom or school. Contact Aimee to set up a time to meet. I am also willing to come and present at a teacher institute if you wish. I appreciate you helping to share the knowledge of agriculture and its importance with our youth.
I am now accepting reservations for kits to be checked out this coming school year. I have attached a list of the kits and resources that are available. The list may change a little with a few new resources coming out. The Chick It Out Kit will be on a first come first served basis. If you want this contact me NOW!! It fills up fast. Teachers who do not get it for the 2012-13 school year will be put on a waiting list for the next school year and will have first choice at dates. Call
815-268-4051 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your kits. You will also have the opportunity to sign up at an open house to be held this fall or the SAI in June. If you have any questions please contact me. Sign up early to get the kits of your choice.
Change for 2012-13 – Transportation of kits is becoming a little bit of an issue. With reduced staffing I am not able to run around as much. When you reserve a kit you will be contacted toward the end of the month prior to your getting it. I will work out transportation of kits with each teacher.
This year the Chicago Cubs programs will be sporting an advertisement for agriculture. Attendees will be able to scan the code to take them to this webpage. http://farmteam.yolasite.com/ Here you will be able to see where you can find agriculture at the ball park. Learn about how the balls are made, where the park food comes from, and how they take care of the turf!
Many of you have probably heard about the controversy over "Pink Slime". Lean Beef Trimmings as they are correctly known have been making headlines around the nation. Check out this website to get the true story of what it is! http://www.farmingforyou.us/ This website addresses some of the myths that are surrounding agriculture today.
It is hard to think about next school year already when we haven't even finished this year. Illinois Ag in the Classroom has several grants available for teachers. All the grants and applications can be found at http://www.agintheclassroom.org/TeacherResources/Grants.html. There are general grants, first year teacher grants, and special book grants. Take advantage of these grants. Sometimes all the money is not used!! If you are interested in completing a grant and would like ideas or help please contact Aimee. Most grants are due in October. We will discuss more of the grants at the Summer Ag Institute in June.