Gillett Agriscience Educator Teaches Professional Development Institute

Kellie Claflin, agriscience educator at Gillett High School recently co-taught an eight-day professional development institute at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas to teach the Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) course for 20 agriscience teachers from across the United States.

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CASE is an instructional system that is changing the culture of agriculture programs in the United States through intense teacher professional development; inquiry-based, student-focused lessons; assessment; and certification.  CASE equips teachers to elevate student experiences in the agriculture classroom, and prepares students for success in college and careers emphasizing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

While at the CASE Institute,  Claflin spent 65 hours working with teacher Mark Meyer of Kansas facilitating nearly every lesson in the year-long curriculum and teaching particpants how to deliver lessons in an inquiry-based way that will shift focus in the classroom from teacher-led to student-directed learning.

“The CASE curriculum allows students to truly get hands-on experience with different facets in the agriculture industry. By attending the trainings I gain resources to meet students needs’ and gain new idea. It is invaluable,” said Claflin.

Claflin also attended a nine-day professional development institute at the Dairy Education Center in Nicollet, Minn. and hosted by Southern Minnesota Center of Agriculture, to teach the Food Science and Safety CASE course in the Gillett agriculture program.

For more information about CASE, visit

Gillett FFA Member Attends Washington Leadership Conference

Gillett FFA member, Jacob Timm, attended the Washington Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. on July 14th-19th 2015. More than 2,100 members from all corners of the United States attended this conference over the seven week span.
“Students who attend the Washington Leadership Conference learn their purpose, how to value people, how take action and the importance of serving others,” National FFA Organization CEO Dr. Dwight Armstrong said. “They leave with the knowledge and the confidence to act in ways that help their schools, communities and their country.”
Jacob describes his experience as astonishing while learning how to make a difference in his community that can easily make a change in the world.
“Being the only one from Gillett  attending,” said Timm “was definitely a new experience but made me expand my comfort zone  and make new friends along the way.” He also notes that it was a great opportunity to be able  to connect and network with other students from all over the United States while exploring all of what the nation’s capitol had to offer.
Jacob would like to thank the Wisconsin FFA Alumni Association and Section 8 of the Wisconsin FFA Alumni for their scholarships that he was awarded.
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Jacob Timm, Gillett FFA member, stands by the Wisconsin column at the World War II Memorial  in Washington D.C. while attending the FFA Washington Leadership Conference in July 2015.

Fair Updates

Swine Clinic

Thursday, July 9th 7:30PM – Oconto County Fairgrounds—Gillett
Contact Ann Steffel for more information at 920.373.4984

Beef Clinic

Saturday, July 11th 10AM
Oconto County Fairgrounds—Gillett
Contact Julie Yonker or Kathy Kasten 920.855.2940 for more information

 Dairy Clinic

Tuesday, July 14th 5-7PM
Oconto County Fairgrounds—GillettContact Erin Buhrandt for more information at or by phone: 920-598-0710

Goat Clinic

Wednesday, July 15th 4PM
Oconto County Fairgrounds—Gillett
Contact Carol Nelson 920.855.2873 for more information

Gillett FFA Members Target Success, Take Action at the 86th Wisconsin FFA Convention

Madison, WI – The Gillett FFA celebrated 86 years of premier leadership, personal growth and career success at the Wisconsin FFA Convention in Madison, June 15-18. The convention attracts over 3,000 members, advisors, parents, alumni and sponsors to celebrate their year’s success and support for students involved in agricultural education.

Gillett FFA members Ashley B., Kalea B., Hanna B., Elizabeth K., Samantha K. Danielle T. and Jacob T. attended the convention.

Danielle T. was recognized for receiving a gold rating on her equine production-placement supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program.

Jacob T. was recognized on stage for receiving a Washington Leadership Conference scholarship from the Wisconsin FFA Alumni. Jacob also was named as  a national delegate to travel to the national convention with the state FFA officer team. Delegates are responsible for making recommendations for one of the nine national committees, attending convention business sessions, and voting on key issues that will guide the organization into the future.

Sarah N. submitted a two-dimensional print of a cow to the state agricultural artwork competition.

Members heard inspirational messages from keynote speakers including: Kristen Schmidt, National FFA Central Region Vice President; Barrett Keene, Dr. Jermaine Davis, and Alison Wedig, State FFA President. Students have targeted success for agriculture through their dedication to grow in leadership skills and knowledge of agriculture. This week is a celebration of the student success and recognition of FFA activities conducted across the entire state of Wisconsin.

Hanna Brock and Jacob Timm served as state delegates. They participated in committee meetings, voted on constitutional amendments and voted for the sectional officer.

“Students enrolled in agricultural education in Wisconsin schools who are members of the FFA have a fantastic opportunity for leadership and career development,” said Wisconsin FFA Executive Director Cheryl Zimmerman. “The Wisconsin FFA Convention is our opportunity to recognize the importance of the education of our society about agriculture and the achievement of young people who are the future leaders of the agriculture industry.

The Wisconsin Association of FFA is a leading student organizations due to the efforts of more than 19,000 students across the state. With a focus on premier leadership, personal growth and career success, students’ FFA activities complement agricultural classroom instruction by giving them an opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge while gaining real-world experience. These activities are dependent on donor funding through the Wisconsin FFA Foundation. For more information about tWisconsin FFA and the Wisconsin FFA Foundation visit or