The school district’s annual meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the Lunda Theater. See the agenda here.
Brad Markhardt and the FFA leadership group received a board commendation for being named as the Outstanding Agriculture Education program. Outstanding leadership and community outreach are hallmarks of this quality program!
Watch Markhardt and his team accept their commendations from the school board!
Congratulations to Joel Kinder, who is a recipient of a $1,000.00 scholarship from the SCTP (Scholastic Clay Target Program) for participating in the shooting sports. Joel met the many qualifications for this scholarship, and will be attending UW Oshkosh in the fall.
Each Friday during the school year, staff members from the School District of Black River Falls raise money to support local organizations and charities through their “donations for denim” contributions.
During the month of April, employees raised $497.00, for the Strengthening Families program of Jackson County. Lisa Listle, Strengthening Families Grant Coordinator, accepted the check from Sherry Holt, Director of Special Education and Pupil Services. Ms. Listle stated the money will be used toward the cost of providing families with a meal and travel assistance during weekly sessions of the program.
The Outstanding Ag Ed Program is a culmination of hard work, cooperation, community support, success of students in the FFA organization and professional development. In 2014, the Black River Falls Agriculture Education program is recognized as Wisconsin’s Outstanding with Brad Markhardt as instructor, at their annual Professional Development Conference in Middleton on June 18, 2014.
The first line of the National Agriculture Teacher’s Creed states ‘I am an agricultural educator by choice not by chance’ the Wisconsin agriculture community is a better place because this gentleman has made the choice to build an outstanding program. Markhardt views himself as a facilitator leading his student to excellence. Whether it is through experimentation, classroom demonstrations, role-play scenarios, or a variety of processing activities students in this program continuously live the FFA motto ‘doing to learn.’ This year’s outstanding program winner deals daily in diversity, combining an urban school in a rural setting, developing the potential in learners with challenges beyond their control, and a variety of backgrounds.
Markhardt navigates these obstacles with ease or at least he makes it look easy. He has taken full advantage of professional trainings such as state and national conferences, as well as, becoming a DuPoint Agri-Science Ambassador. With these experiences Markhardt has shown his students how to be connected with the agriculture industry regardless of the fact that only 10% of his students have farm backgrounds. To accomplish this he utilizes a 1.2 acre land lab for individual SAE plots along with growing sweet corn, and having a vineyard, orchard, and apiary. In addition, this program has an 8 acre agronomic test plot that is managed by a student-run cooperative. The cooperative has lead to positive partnerships throughout the community and student recognition for achievements. Because of the program’s emphasis on hands-on learningnstudents have been able to demonstrate their talents through speaking contests, career development events and numerous other activities.WAAE congratulates 2014 Outstanding Program Winner Black River Falls.
Picture: Brad Markhardt, Black River Falls High School accepting award from Don Joskos, award sponsor.