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Franklin County High School Newsletter Fall 2016 Principal Keith Isaacs Asst. Principal Dustin Riley Athletic Director: Todd Sacksteder Principal’s ...
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Franklin County High School Newsletter Fall 2016

Principal Keith Isaacs Asst. Principal Dustin Riley Athletic Director: Todd Sacksteder

Principal’s News

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FCHS has enjoyed another great start to the school year and is anticipating the upcoming Holidays as well as the end of the 1st semester. Semester finals are only a couple weeks away and then the students will enjoy a well-deserved Christmas Holiday break. I hope the students continue to work hard and finish strong in all of their classes. We are pleased to welcome new staff members to FCHS: Kyria Petro and April Isaacs - English Denny Walter - Social Studies Brittney Fernadez - Spanish Jacque Barricklow - Family and Consumer Science Eric Bowman - Assistant Band and Piano Derik Orschell - Special Education Gigi Zhao - Chinese Jennifer Graf - Guidance Secretary Ashlie Hall - Library Assistant The FCHS staff have been working hard on the School Improvement Plan this fall and have developed three goals to focus on the next three years. All FCHS stakeholders will be working to improve the attendance rate, Reading Comprehension, and Math skills. Parents, if you have not completed the Parent Survey, we ask that you please do so as soon as possible. Go to: By completing the survey, we will gain valuable data to utilize in making decisions and development goals to improve FCHS.

Upcoming Events

As we wind down the semester, I would like to remind you it’s now that time of year to prepare for winter weather. Be sure that you have contacted the office and have an emergency number listed to receive School Messenger notices. Notification of school delays and closings will be sent through School Messenger, NIXEL, the corporation web page as well as local radio and television stations.

Dec. 19 Finals Begin Per. 2,4,7

I look forward to the remainder of the semester, the upcoming Holidays. and a fresh start for the second semester on January 4th!

Dec. 21 Last Student Day

Mr. Isaacs

Jan. 4 2nd Sem. PLC Early Release

FCHS Needs Substitute Teachers!!! If interested, please contact the FCCSC Superintendent’s Office for details!

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Items from the Assistant Principal Attendance - Our first semester attendance rate is 94.079% and is lower than the state average we are striving for at FCHS. The state average is 96% and that is the goal I'd like to meet by the end of the year. The Freshmen are leading the school with a 95.219 attendance rate. The Seniors are in second place with 93.939, Sophomores are next with a 93.801, and Juniors are in last with a 93.415. Juniors, we need to try and pick up our attendance rates. We will have a reward program at the end of the first semester for students who have perfect attendance. We had 175 students that had perfect attendance for the first nine weeks. This is a huge accomplishment that we need to build upon. Anonymous Tip Line- We started an anonymous tip line late last year to help report suspicious activities. It's a number you can text that will allow you to report stuff without someone knowing who did it. The number is 765-239-9011. This number is available 24/7. Thanks for helping make FCHS a safer learning environment.

Guidance News How Can I Be Informed?

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The guidance office will email important dates and updates that your child may need to know. Scholarship, college, career, ACT & SAT information is sent as it becomes available. Please be sure that they are checking their Franklin County High School email for this information. We now also have a Twitter account! Please follow us on Twitter @fchs_guidance for up to date information. fchs/wordpress/guidance/ SAT Workshop There will be a SAT workshop hosted in the Brookville Library starting on January 28th. This workshop will run for 5 consecutive Saturdays from 10am- 2pm. You do not have to attend all the sessions, unless you want to. Each session will be practice for different parts of the test. January 28- official practice test February 4- review of reading skills February 11- review on writing skills February 18- review of math February 25- review of graded test (that would have been taken on January 28) Also, students will receive a customized study plan for individual needs this day. There is a limit of how many students can sign up. Books are being provided by the Franklin County Community Foundation. Students can begin registering by going to the Brookville library website:, calling the Brookville library, or signing up in the guidance office. There is a limit to the first 25 that register, so don't wait to sign up! SAT/ ACT/ Accuplacer online classes There are SAT, ACT, and Accuplacer courses that are available to take online on PLATO if you wish. This is at no extra cost to the students! If you are interested in doing this, please let Mrs. Shaver in the guidance office know. FAFSA Don't forget that the 17/18 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is available now! All graduating students who plan to attend college next year need to fill this out. The Indiana state deadline is March 10. This is an absolute requirement for all 21st Century Scholars! Scholarship Accomplishments! We want to congratulate the three seniors who have received full scholarships to date to their college of choice. Inga VanMeter received a full tuition scholarship to Marian University! Emily Merrell received received a full ride scholarship to Indiana University East! Ashlie Raible received the Eli Lilly Scholarship which is a full ride scholarship to her school of choice in Indiana! Please be sure to congratulate each of these students when you see them. These are huge accomplishments! Whitewater Career Center Starting this school year, sophomores now have the option to attend the Whitewater Career Center if they are interested and if they are in good standing. On December 13, the sophomore class and interested freshmen will attend a field trip to this location.

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FCHS Math Department Algebra 1 Students Learn About Proportions by Going Fishing! The Algebra 1 students simulated Mark and Recapture Statistical Methods on Friday, October 14th. Using Goldfish, students captured a sample population, “tagged” them, then returned the fish to the general population of their “ponds”. Students then recaptured sample populations, tallying the number of “tagged” (pretzel) fish and total number captured. After repeating the recapture process 5 times, students used proportions to estimate the total number of fish in their ponds. This process, known as the Schnabel and Schmacher methods, is what biologists use to estimate the number of animals in a population. Unlike biologists, the students were able to count the exact number of fish in their ponds after the experiment to confirm the accuracy of their results. Also unlike biologists, the students were allowed to eat their fish after the experiment! Graduation Test Transition The Math Department is ready to make the transition from the Algebra 1 End of Course assessment to the Grade 10 ISTEP+ in Mathematics as the required graduation test. Current Juniors and Seniors must pass the Algebra 1 ECA as part of their graduation requirements, while current Freshmen and Sophomores will have to pass the Grade 10 ISTEP+ in Mathematics to earn their diplomas. Math Department members have been attending workshops, monitoring the Department of Education website, and making adjustments to their test preparations in order to help the students prepare for the new exam. Sophomores will take the twopart Grade 10 ISTEP+ in the Spring. More information will be available during the second semester. Important dates to remember: December 12 & 13 - Algebra ECA retest (Juniors and Seniors). Information will be coming from the Guidance Office regarding exact test times and locations. See any math teacher with questions.

English Department Students in Mr. Hofer’s dramatic literature course are hard at work on their upcoming production of the play The Boardinghouse to be performed for the community on Tuesday, November 22nd at 7 P.M. and for the FCHS student body on Wednesday, November 23rd. The play is completely produced by the students in the course as they serve as the actors, stage manager, light & sound technicians, costume designers, hair & makeup artists, and scenery designers. All students in the class had to audition for a part and have been studying the art and history of theater all semester. As the anticipation of the show night grows, the students are hard at work memorizing their lines and making plans for a great show!

Mrs. Hudepohl's senior English classes have been hard at work reading The Lord of the Flies in conjunction with blogging. Students have been using one of four characters from the novel and writing creative blog posts reflecting their chosen character's thoughts and feelings in conjunction with the action happening in the novel. This has provided them with a great opportunity to not only write creatively, but to creatively design the look of their blog.

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FCHS JAG Program JAG Stands for Jobs for America’s Graduates and it is a two-year course designed to help students graduate high school, decide what they want to do when they graduate high school, and teach them how to be successful achieving that goal. JAG is a state-based and national non-profit organization. It serves as a school-to-career program and is implemented in 700 high schools, alternative schools and community colleges across the country. JAG's mission is to keep young people in school and provide work-based learning experiences that will lead to career advancement opportunities or to enroll in a post-secondary institution that (hopefully) leads to a rewarding career. The JAG class accomplishes this by teaching students employability skills and broadening their network of friends and acquaintances. This year in JAG you can expect to learn basic employment skills, personal skills, team skills, and career development skills through classroom instruction, hands-on activities, guest speakers, field trips, and Career Association.

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The National Honor Society and MCATZ are offering before school and after school tutoring. The morning session is 7.45-8.15 and the after school session is 3.20 - 4.00. Also everyday students are able to get a pass and get assistance from the teacher of the class that they might be struggling in.

FCHS Welcomes Four Foreign Exchange Students PAX-The Program of Academic Exchange is thrilled to be facilitating the placement of five foreign exchange students at FCHS this year! We welcome Anastasiya Bartkiv – Ukraine, Dominiyka Daugerdaite – Lithuania, Karine Veersalu – Estonia, Lazar Brajovic -Serbia/Montenegro, and Nada Elosta – Libya. PAX works closely with the US Department of State, our local schools, local host families and communities, as well as our partner agencies in over 70 countries all over the world to enable US students to get to spend an academic year getting to know a variety of cultures and people from all over the world! PAX students are carefully screened and selected for this program, which includes high English test scores, as well as desire and motivation to be an American teenager for a year and to fully understand our culture and share theirs along the way. The knowledge gained and the memories made through these exchanges are truly priceless! We have an exciting and wide range of cultures represented this year at FCHS! If you would like more information on hosting a foreign exchange student, or would like to know more about the exchange program- please contact Angela Erfman Meyers at 765-265-0688 or at [email protected], or visit

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Franklin County High School Welcomes New Staff Members Mrs. Jacque Barricklow – FACS Teacher I was born and raised in Cambridge City, Indiana. I received my BA in Elementary Education from Hanover College. I taught at Laurel Elementary School for eight years in the Gifted and Talented Challenge Program. I received my MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from Indiana Wesleyan University. I am married to Tim Barricklow, and we have two sons, Drew, a sophomore at Liberty University, in Lynchburg, VA, and Cole, a freshman at Southeastern Bible College in Birmingham, AL. This is my first year back after staying at home to raise my sons for the past 18 years. “I am glad to be back teaching in the Franklin County Community School Corporation as a FACS teacher at FCHS.” Jacque Barricklow

Eric Bowman - Music Eric Bowman comes to Franklin County with 25 years of teaching experience in East Central Indiana. He has taught at Randolph Southern, Hagerstown, Jay County, and Monroe Central School Corporations. He has built some of the top small band programs in the state of Indiana. Mr. Bowman is a small band consultant and clinician representative for Bands of America National symposium and Drum Corp International National Symposium. Mr. Bowman has a music education degree from Ball State University and a M.A. in educational administration from Ball State University. Mr. Bowman is also working on his ministerial license and ordination.

Eric Bowman

Mr. Bowman and his wife reside near Hagerstown. His wife (Diana) is a science teacher and avid traveler. They are also owners of Liberty Tax Service in Richmond Indiana where they started the business in 2007. Mr. and Mrs. Bowman have three children. Meghann is 26 years old and works in Indianapolis as a church outreach coordinator. Matthew, 23 lives in Fishers and works as a sales representative for the Muncie Music Center and is a clinician for bands in Indiana and Ohio. Mallory is 17 and a Junior at Hagerstown H.S.

Mrs. Brittney Fernandez - Spanish

Brittney Fernandez

¡Hola! My name is Brittney Fernandez and I teach Spanish at FCHS. I went to MCS K-8 and graduated from FCHS in 2004. I majored in Spanish Education at Bethel College where I met my husband Antonio and married in 2007. I graduated from Bethel in 2009 and taught Spanish for two years in the South Bend Community School Corporation. In 2011, Antonio and I moved to Puebla, Mexico where I taught kindergarten at the American School of Puebla. Throughout those two years, I was truly immersed in the culture and language--it was a once in a lifetime experience. I am passionate about the Spanish language and everything it embodies. I share my life experiences with my students with hopes that the Spanish language will come alive instead of being something they only learn from a textbook. I returned to Franklin County in 2013 and worked in the Special Education department at FCHS for one year. My son Tony was born in 2014, and I was a full time stay at home mom for two years. Now that I have returned to FCHS as a Spanish teacher, I have truly enjoyed this school year and look forward to what the future holds!

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Mrs. April Isaacs -- English Mrs. April Isaacs has been teaching Language Arts for the past twenty-seven years. She is licensed in grades 5-12 and has taught all levels of English including advanced courses in writing, literature, and speech. She has been named an I-STAR teacher six times a Henry County Community Foundation Teacher of the Year, and a Walmart Teacher of the Year. She has been married to Keith Isaacs for the past 28 years, and they have two children: Courtney, an ER Nurse at Hancock Memorial Hospital, and Travis, a freshman at Purdue Polytechnic studying Engineering Technologies.

April Isaacs

Derik Orschell

Mr. Derik Orschell – Special Education I was raised in here in Brookville, Indiana and attended Franklin County High School, graduating in 2001. Following high school, I enrolled in Hanover College where I earned a bachelor degree in liberal arts with a major in psychology. While at Hanover I played one year of football and one year of baseball. I became a re-founding father for the Tau chapter of Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) at Hanover during my junior year. After graduating from Hanover I decided to enter a MAT program to earn my masters in education from Oakland City University. Earning my teaching license to teach K6, I began my career in education as a 4th grade teacher at St. Mary’s of the Immaculate Conception in Aurora, Indiana. After one year there I was fortunate enough to get a job teaching at Franklin County High School in the special education department. While working, I also attending Ball State University to earn my special education endorsement. After 3 years at FCHS, I taught at Connersville High School in the special education department. Only two years later, I once again found myself teaching in Brookville, only this time at Brookville Elementary as a special educator. I spent 4 years there and now find myself back where my special education career began, home, at FCHS. I have coached varsity football at FCHS for 10 years, half of which I have been the defensive coordinator. In my spare time I enjoy bowling, golf, softball, and spending time with my family and friends. I have recently bought a house near Metamora and have settled down with my wife, Kehlie, my son, Ryder, daughter, Lennox, and two dogs, Tank and Bell.

Ms. Kyria Petro - English

Kyria Petro

My name is Ms. Kyria Petro, and I am the new English teacher at Franklin County High School. I’m currently instructing English 9, English 9 Honors, Advanced Composition and Etymology. Before teaching at FCHS, I taught English at Wyoming High School in Wyoming, Ohio just after receiving my Masters in the Art of Teaching from Miami University in January of 2016. I come from a background in Linguistics, and I am fascinated with language and its many uses and applications in the modern world. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a lover or writing and reading--of science fiction and postmodern works, in particular. I aspire to foster students’ own love and affinity for literature and composition in each of my courses through a variety of texts and mediums, while preparing them for their individual career and college paths. I grew up in Oxford, Ohio as the oldest of five children, and still live just over the state border today. I am and will forever be passionate about literacy and our ever-evolving means of communication, and I very much look forward to my continuing first year teaching at Franklin County High School.

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Mr. Denny Walter – Social Studies

Denny Walter

GiGi Zhao

Jennifer Graf

I was born and raised in Franklin County, near the Mt. Carmel school area, and I am the youngest of 8 kids in my family. I grew up working on our family farm, which I still do when my schedule allows me to do so. I graduated from Franklin County High School in 1995, and attended Indiana University in Bloomington. Upon graduation I worked as a full time substitute for one year at East Central High School, then was hired the following school year at Elder High School in Cincinnati. In the summer 2003, I completed my history minor through Northern Kentucky University. In 2004 I returned to Sunman Dearborn School District to teach at the middle school. I spent the next 11 years at the middle school teaching health, math, and GTT/PLTW, before accepting my current job at Franklin County High School. During my years at Sunman Dearborn Community Schools I coached baseball for 10 years, and girls’ basketball at the freshman and junior high levels for 12 years. My wife Samantha, who is also a first year teacher in the corporation as well, and I moved back to Franklin County in 2014 after previously living in Hidden Valley outside of Lawrenceburg. We have two sons Hudson (5), and Case (2). I also have twins Grady and Carli (8), who live near Moores Hill and attend South Dearborn elementary. In my spare time when I’m not teaching or chasing kids around, I enjoy hunting, working on the family farm, and attending sporting events. I’m happy to be back in the Franklin County community living, working, and raising my family and look forward to what the future provides for us here.

Ms. Gigi Zhao – Chinese I am Gigi, I’m from China, I was born in 12/18/1992 and my hometown is Wuhan,which is located at the centre part of China. I graduated from Hong Kong Baptist University and was majoring in Communication. After graduated, I was offered a position in Singapore International School as a Teaching Assistant, which surprisingly helped me find out my passion in being an educator. I love swimming and all kind of outdoor activities, I also enjoy reading very much. I came to teach at Franklin County High School through the Chinese Connection, which places Chinese teachers in schools in Indiana. I live with Nancy and Eric Hawkins, my host family. Mrs. Jennifer Graf – Guidance Secretary My name is Jennifer Graf and I am the Guidance Secretary. I graduated from FCHS in 1999. I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design from Northern Kentucky University in 2004. After graduation, I worked as a graphic designer for four years in Cincinnati. During that time, I married my husband Jesse in 2006 and we started our family in May 2008 with our TWIN GIRLS, Jorja and Joslyn! We moved back to Brookville and I decided to stay home with them. While at home, I continued to create by making cakes for family and friends. We had another baby GIRL, Miss Jovie, August 20th, 2011! After staying home for six years, I decided to seize an "in town" job opportunity as a secretary at BES in 2014. I worked there for two years before starting at FCHS this year. We recently added yet another addition to our sweet family also on August 20th, this time, a baby BOY! His name is Jaxon. I've enjoyed working for the school corporation and for now, believe I've found a good balance between work and family. I'm looking forward to the rest of the year and where this crazy wonderful life takes me next!

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Ms. Ashley Hall – Library Assistant Ashley Hall is the new library assistant at FCHS Library. She comes from Connersville where she graduated from High School in 2011. Currently she is finishing up her coursework in education at IU East. She also interned at Fayette County Library recently. Please welcome Miss Hall to FCHS. Ashley Hall

“We exist so children can excel” FCHS Social Studies Department Mr Stacy - U.S. History Digital Design Psychology Students in the Digital Design class have been working hard on improving the athletic website. Check it out at Students in Psychology class have been learning about classical conditioning and Pavlovs dog. Students in History have been learning about the Civil War and its aftermath Mr. Ebrens: Econ Students have started the stock market simulation. Students invest $100,000.00 in the NASDAQ, or the NYSE over a 9 week period. The simulation sponsored by Geography: Students are working on the U.S. and Canada region. Mr. Adams-- APUSH History is working on U.S. History from the period of 1800-1824--The Era of Good Feelings and The Missouri Compromise Government Class is working on the election process to go along with the makeup of Congress Sociology is working on roles people take on in society--It looks at labeling groups

Mr. Kristoff: AP European History students are finishing the Protestant Reformation with a project on leaders of the Reformation. World Geography students are starting to study the US and Canada. Mr. Walter: AP World History students just have just finished up their presentations on the major religions from the classical time period. World History just completed their discussions on the Roman Empire and the Rise of Christianity and are now learning about the early civilizations of Mesoamerica, South America, and North America.

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Business Dept. News FBLA Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) held their Fall Leadership Conference in Indianapolis at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Tuesday, November 1. Seventeen members from our high school were able to attend this state meeting. Our members were able to meet and interact with other FBLA chapter members throughout the state of Indiana. Students participated in a “Dash for the Dough” activity that was similar to a scavenger hunt, where students competed in groups of 5-6 working together as a team to answer questions, perform a variety of tasks, and solve puzzles and riddles. The day was concluded by attending the Pacer game that evening. Our next big event for our chapter will be to prepare for our state competition which will be held in March in Indianapolis.

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On the annual drawing field trip, Franklin County students visited Metamora, Brookville Lake, and downtown Brookville. With sketchpad and pencils in hand, students took to the streets to sketch cityscapes, small town imagery, and landscapes. Not only does this field trip give students a chance to experience “plein air” drawing but for many of them, it is their first experience visiting these local sites.

Metamora-Ashton Russell

Brookville Lake- Kloe` Holmes

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Young Adult author, Shannon Lee Alexander visited FCHS library on October 26, 2016. During the day she presented writer’s workshops to students in Mrs. Hudepohl, Miss Petro, Mr. Hofer, and Ms. Bischoff's classes. Mrs. Alexander discussed revision in writing. After school, students visited the library to get individualized help on writing. Students asked questions and got ideas on how to become published. Shannon Lee Alexander has published two young adult novels: Love and Other Unknown Variables and Life After Juliet. Her work has been compared to John Green’s The Fault in our Stars. She lives in Indianapolis with her husband, two children and her dog. The FCHS Book Club proudly sponsored this event as well as the FCHS Library.

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FCCLA NEWS FCCLA serving the Community Pink Pajama Party FCCLA members who helped with the Pink Pajama Party were Autumn Wert, Taylor Wilson, Rachel Murray, Inga Vanmeter, Synthia Kern, Roni Brennan and Sponsor Beth Kaiser, FCCLA Donates to the IWIN Foundation. Pictured below co-chairman of Pink Pajama Party Kirshell Lovins, FCCLA President Autumn Wert, FCCLA Vice President Taylor Wilson and co-chairman of Pink Pajama Party Joyce Lovins.

Mrs. Kaiser’s Nutrition and Wellness Classes

The Nutrition and Wellness classes has be learning knife skills of cutting and safe use of knives. After they practice different types of cuts, the labs filled the halls with the aroma of baked apple crisp.

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Ag Education and FFA News

Grape Harvest In early September the FFA had the privilege of going to Legacy Lane Vineyard and harvesting grapes for the owners Rich and Nancy Bodnar. We started at 8 o’clock in the morning and picked all the way up to the 11 o’clock hour. In total we picked almost a ton and a half of grapes. Which produced about 150 gallons of juice, for the vineyard. The owner said that he had never at such a great year with the species of grapes that we picked for him. All in all I think that everyone can say that they had a wonderful time harvesting the grapes and working together on such a beautiful fall morning. We learned about a commodity that not many people think about.

Soils Evaluation Career Development Event It took practice and some memorization to learn soil judging. When you are doing soils you have to have 4 practices that you can do during SRT or after school, and 1 mandatory practice that the Burger Family holds at their farm. The contest consists of four evaluation sites where you judge the soil properties for either homesite purposes or agricultural purposes.

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Ag Education and FFA News Here by the Owl - A word from the Advisor The greenhouse is coming! Our program is honored to have been selected as the recipient of a $25,000 grant from Monsanto's Grow Rural Education program. Our plan for the grant money is to construct a greenhouse at FCHS and start an outreach program - P.L.A.N.T.S. (Preparing Leaders in Agriculture and Nutrition Through Service) for elementary and middle school students. Utilities will need to be extended to the site, and once that step is complete we will be asking for parent help to assemble the greenhouse. We hope to complete this part of the project by the end of November, weather permitting. Stay tuned for opportunities to help with this exciting project! Also, I want to say that our year is off to a fantastic start! We've had tremendous participation thus far from our students, parents, and supporters! It is incredible to see how our community's passion for agriculture and leadership is impacting our students! We are very grateful for all of our sponsors who have supported FFA membership for each student in Agriculture Education, and also for all of our volunteers who helped us with many events during the months of August and September. What I love the most about Ag Education and FFA is watching students build their leadership skills. Already this year many students have become involved on committees - whether it be the newsletter committee (you can see their incredible dedication in this publication), the fruit sale committee, or the outreach/PLANTS program committee - students are taking on leadership roles and getting involved! It's incredible! Written by: Mrs. Schneider Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor

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