Sheridan FFA Program Looks Forward to Small Farm Project, Hands on Learning
    Students in the Sheridan School District are looking forward to getting some hands on experience at the schools very own small farm, a four-acre property leased to the district at no cost, where students will be able to participate in a supervised agricultural projects.
    Sheridan agricultural education teacher and FFA supervisor Rodney Braaten said the district is starting the project from scratch, but he's excited about the oportunity the farm will provide for the nearly 50 students that pass through the Ag Ed program every day.
    "Our FFA chapter started in 1940 here so it's been a long tradition," said Braaten.  "Agriculture is our biggest industry, so I think it's pretty neat that we're working this way."
    The district is currently in the process of running water lines from the well on the property owned by the Morse Land Company to three different stock tanks.  The hope is to soon have fencing and corrals where students can raise their livestock projects.
    "We plan to be able to allow students a place to keep livestock as a part of their FFA supervised agricutuure project," Braaten said.  "We have a couple of student who are very serious about keeping their steer there for next year's fair."
    At this time the small farm will essentially be a feedlot, but Braaten said there is the potential for growth in the future.  The projects students will participate in teach them how to raise a pig, steer or lamb for the fair, showing them the full sprectrum from live animal to retail meat cuts, he added.  There are a lot of people pretty excited about it," added Braaten.
    In addition to livestock projects the school's farm will also allow the students to learn about range management and noxious weeds.  "We also hope to incorporate things into our classes so that we could go out and for example build some steel corrals with our welding class, be able to do some livesstock judging when we're doing a section on animal science and that type of thing as well," said Braaten.
    "I think it's going to hopefully allow some kids some more hands on experiences, and also give students who live in town or in a subdivision a changce to be able to participate in some of the things that limit themselves to farm and ranch kids."
                                                                                          - adapted from Ben Coutler, Madisonian
                                                                                                                                                Thursday, November 22, 2012

    21st Century Learning Skills—in order to prepare students for jobs in the future, business leaders offer up the following list of important 21st Century Leaning Skills.  Many of the jobs our current students will be employed in, have not yet been created, therefore it is necessary for Sheridan Schools to facilitate  learning in order for our students to gain these skills.

    • Critical thinking and problem solving
    • Information technology application
    • Teamwork and collaboration
    • Creativity and innovation
    • Social and cross-cultural skills