About The Program
Mr. David Mellor
Agriscience Educator/FFA Advisor,
Natural Resources & Agriscience Program
South & West Washtenaw Consortium (SWWC)
Saline High School
1300 Campus Parkway
Saline, MI, USA 48176
I believe in the 3 circle model of teaching agricultural sciences. Students are able to apply what is learned in the classroom to real life situations outside of the classroom by having individualized hands on experience programs (SAE) that fit their career goals and interests. These individualized SAE Projects or Programs enhance and extend classroom concept learning while providing the student with the ability to take ownership and customize their learning in the areas of: placement, entrepreneurship and research.
The FFA component provides the opportunity for recognition, awards, travel, scholarships, and the hands-on development of communication and leadership skills highly valued by employers.
Combined, all three (Classroom/Lab - SAE - FFA) improve retention of subject matter while developing the individual as a whole person better prepared to succeed in the world of work or post secondary studies.
Ag Teacher's Creed
I am an agricultural educator by choice and not by chance.
I believe in American agriculture; I dedicate my life to its development and the advancement of its people.
I will strive to set before my students by my deeds and actions the highest standards of citizenship for the community, state and nation.
I will endeavor to develop professionally through study, travel and exploration.
I will not knowingly wrong my fellow teachers. I will defend them as far as honesty will permit.
I will work for the advancement of agricultural education and I will defend it in my community, state and nation.
I realize that I am a part of the school system. I will work in harmony with school authorities and other teachers of the school.
My love for youth will spur me on to impart something from my life that will help make for each of my students a full and happy future.
Course #352 Ag-1 - Agriscience Biology Click Here
Course #816 Ag-2 - Botany - Plant, Turf & Landscape Science Click Here
Course #825 Ag-3 - Zoology - Pre-Vet Livestock & Companion Animal Science Click Here
Courses #816A & #825A Ag-4 -Advanced Research in Agriscience
50% - Classroom/Laboratory Assignments
25% - SAE Ag Experience Project & AET Project Records Click Here
25% - Student Leadership Organization Participation (FFA)
What is this all about?
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The Agricultural Education Mission
Agricultural education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resource systems.
The Three-Circle Model of Instruction
Through agricultural education, students are provided opportunities for leadership development, personal growth and career success. Agricultural education instruction is delivered through three major components:
1) classroom/laboratory instruction (contextual learning) 50% OF GRADE
2) supervised agricultural experience programs (work-based learning) 25% OF GRADE
3) student leadership organization National FFA Organization. 25% OF GRADE
FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
To accomplish its mission, FFA:
Develops competent and assertive agricultural leadership.
Increases awareness of the global and technological importance of agriculture and its contribution to our well-being.
Strengthens the confidence of agriculture students in themselves and their work.
Promotes the intelligent choice and establishment of an agricultural career.
Encourages achievement in supervised agricultural experience programs.
Encourages wise management of economic, environmental and human resources of the community.
Develops interpersonal skills in teamwork, communications, human relations and social interaction.
Builds character and promotes citizenship, volunteerism and patriotism.
Promotes cooperation and cooperative attitudes among all people.
Promotes healthy lifestyles.
Encourages excellence in scholarship
The FFA motto gives members twelve short words to live by as they experience the opportunities in the organization.
Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.
Saline High School Agriscience Program named 2010 Education Excellence Award- Michigan's Best - High School Science Program by the
Michigan Association of School Boards
2013 IN THE NEWS:
EXEMPLARY TEACHER RECEIVES NATIONAL FFA's HIGHEST HONOR
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