Gillett FFA Members Amplify Skills at National FFA Convention

Hanna B., Logan D. and Jacob T., Gillett FFA members attended the 88th National FFA Convention and Expo in Louisville, Kentucky October 28-31, 2015.

“Amplify” is the theme for this year’s convention and expo. “With the opportunities we are given in our lives, we must take action and share the message of agriculture with others,” said 2015-16 National FFA President Andy Paul, a student at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Georgia. “It’s time we all amplify our voice when it comes to the message of agriculture, and boost our impact.”

Students attended general sessions with keynote speaker Rick Rigsby during the opening sessions on Oct. 28. On Friday morning, past state FFA officer Amberley Snyder will share her message with FFA members on how she overcame adversity. They engaged with more than 450 corporations, organizations and colleges at the expo.

Jacob T., served as one of 475 delegates at convention after being selected by the Wisconsin Association of FFA in June. He served on the committee for Enhancing Leadership Development Opportunities for All Members that made recommendations for the National FFA Board of Directors.

Gillett FFA advisor, Kellie Claflin, served as a panelist for the Teach Ag workshop, one of 70 leadership workshops available for members, that encouraged FFA members to become agricultural educators.

FFA members toured industry destinations, including Miller Park to learn about turfgrass and landscaping, Corvette assembly plant and museum, Mammoth Cave National Park and Ozark Fish Hatchery to learn more about agriculture.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 629,367 student members who belong to one of 7,757 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.


Livestock MAQA Requirements

In order to align with the state standards, the Oconto County Fair Board has decided the following species exhibitors must attend MAQA (Meat Animal Quality Assurance) training dairy, dairy goat, rabbit, and poultry in addition to beef, sheep, swine and meat goats in order to be eligible to sell in the 2016 Sale of Champions.

The MAQA trainings scheduled for this year:

Saturday, January 9—Washington Middle School, Oconto Falls 8:00 – 9:30 am
Thursday, March 24—Pound Town Hall, Coleman 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Saturday, April 30—Washington Middle School, Oconto Falls 2:30 – 4:00 pm

Registration for these trainings is requested at least two weeks prior to the event date. You can register by calling the Oconto County UW-Extension Office (920) 834-6845.

The Pulaski FFA Chapter is hosting one MAQA training: Tuesday, June 21- Pulaski High School Ag Room, Pulaski 6:00 pm Registration for this training is required by June 8, 2016. It is preferred if you register for this event via email at, or you may call (920) 737-6893.

Please see letter from Sarah Mills-Lloyd, Oconto County Extension Agent

MAQA Trainings

Gillett FFA Members Attend Parliamentary Procedure Workshop

Kalea B. and Logan D. attended a FFA Parliamentary Procedure Workshop in Shawano on November 10 presented by the UW-River Falls Agricultural Education Society. They learned about different types of motions and other techniques to properly run a meeting. “It actually showed me how to run a meeting and become a better participant,” said Logan.

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FFA will have a middle school only meeting on Wednesday, October 21 at 7:35 in the ag room to discuss upcoming events. There will be treats! All middle schoolers are welcome!

High school ag students and FFA members! See Miss Claflin to find out more about the upcoming 212 and 360 leadership conferences, November 13-14. Cost is $75 and down payment of $25 and permission slips are due to Miss C on Thursday, October 22 at the beginning of the day.

Gillett Ag Students Attend Ag Career Day

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Ten Gillett students attended the Fox Valley Technical College Ag Career Day in Appleton on October 13, 2015. Students attended hands-on workshops in agronomy, ag power technology, dairy, horticulture outdoor power technology, and precision agriculture. This event allowed students to explore post-secondary options in agriculture and learn more about current industry trends.

During the dairy session focusing on nutrition, students were able to use a $7,000 machine that calculates moisture in feed. During the horticulture session, they learned about plant propagation and were able to take their own cuttings. The ag power equipment session allowed them to talk one-on-one with currents students and learn about opportunities with engines, electricity and hydraulics.



Gillett FFA members with Ruth Ann Myers, Eastern Region Vice President from Kentucky at the Section 9 SLW in Chilton.

Ashley Britton, Kalea Britton, Logan Doll, and Jacob Timm of the Gillett FFA Chapter attended the Sectional Leadership Workshop Wednesday September 16 at the Chilton High School in Chilton, Wis. The Wisconsin FFA Sectional Leadership Workshop is designed to prepare local FFA chapter officers and members both in high school and middle school for leadership roles in their school district for the upcoming year. It also informs each chapter of the new programs available to all FFA members and allows the officers to exchange ideas with other FFA chapters in their area.

The 2015-2016 State FFA Officer Team planned and conducted this workshop to encourage the participants to develop their leadership potential, to challenge them to set personal and chapter goals for the year and to motivate the students to take advantage of the many opportunities available to them through the FFA. The 2015 theme was “Buy A Ticket, Be The Change!” Members left ready to promote FFA, agricultural education and agriculture in their schools and communities. FFA advisors also participated in a workshop that helped inform them about FFA opportunities for the

“This workshop is a great way to prepare FFA members for their role as an active member in their local chapter as well as those that serve as chapter officers,” says Cheryl Zimmerman, Wisconsin FFA Executive Director. “These sessions get students excited about leadership and all the opportunities that they can participate in through the FFA organization. It helps them discover their potential in their local FFA chapters and how they can put their leadership into action.”

This year, Ruth Ann Myers, National FFA Eastern Region Vice President from Harrodsburg, Kentucky conducted a workshop to get FFA members motivated for the coming year and challenged them to get involved in the many opportunities FFA has to offer.

There are ten Sectional Leadership Workshops held throughout Wisconsin. Over 2,000 FFA members and advisors from 250 FFA chapters will participate in these workshops. The workshops are sponsored through the Wisconsin FFA Foundation Leadership Partner Program.

The Wisconsin Association of FFA is comprised of over 250 local chapters with over 19,000 members. FFA activities and award programs complement instruction in agriculture education by giving students practical experience in the application of agricultural skills and knowledge gained in classes. FFA’s mission is to develop its members potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.


Gillett Students Tour NTWC and Botanical Gardens

The NWTC Horticulture class took a trip to Green Bay this morning along with Mr. Bloesl and Ms. Claflin. We met with David Wright, instructor in landscape horticulture, who showed our group the NWTC facilities for the landscape horticulture program including classrooms, design lab, greenhouses and outside facilities. He also gave a tour of the botanical gardens and emphasized the need for horticulture careers in the northeast Wisconsin area.

Gillett FFA Update

Hello all!

When a student enrolls in an agriculture class they are automatically members of the Gillett FFA. Below are opportunities that they can take part in, as well as information about FFA.

·         September 14 – FFA Open House/Cookout @ 6pm.
Come learn more about what FFA opportunities exist in Gillett and eat good food! What better way to start a Monday.
·         September 16 – Sectional Leadership Workshop in Chilton
We will be leaving after 6th hour to travel to Chilton to attend leadership workshops from the state FFA officers and hear a keynote address from a national FFA officer. Permission slips are due September 11 to Ms. Claflin.

·         September 26 – World Beef Expo in West Allis
The Gillett FFA has 6 spots available for people that are interested in attending World Beef Expo in West Allis. We will be leaving at 8am. Permission slips are due September 11.

September 29 – World Dairy Expo in Madison Sign up for the World Dairy Expo and either the agronomy or dairy foods judging teams. Permission slips are due on September 14.
October 3 – FIRE Conference in Appleton This special workshop is just for 7th – 9th grade FFA members! The cost is $10 by September 16 to hold your spot. The cost covers a t-shirt, lunch and materials. This is a great experience, especially if you’re just starting out in FFA!
How do I find out what is going on with Gillett Ag Ed & FFA?

  • The school announcements and the ag room are the best sources of staying up-to-date.
    • Permission slips and sign-ups are in the ag room.
  • The main site is There are posts with upcoming events and information, as well as a calendar of events.
  • We send out text message reminders using Remind. To sign-up for messages, please text the message “@gillffa” to 81010.
  • There is also a Gillett Ag Education and FFA Facebook group.

What is FFA?
The FFA is an important part of agriculture class that helps prepare students for  careers in agriculture and natural resource industries.  There are lots of  opportunities at the local, regional, state and national levels including:

Career Development Events- speaking contests, quiz bowl, and essay contests
Proficiency awards- Awards given for hours worked & skills learned in ag related jobs
Fun & fellowship- after school activities –Adopt-A-highway clean up, fun nights, etc.

What if I’m not in an ag class?
To become an active member and retain membership, a student must:
1. While in school, be enrolled in at least one agricultural education course during the school year and/or follow a planned course of study; either course must include a supervised agricultural experience program, the objective of which is preparation for an agricultural career.
2. Show an interest in the affairs of the organization by attending meetings, striving for degrees of membership and participating in other organized activities of the chapter.

So, what does this mean for Gillett students? If you aren’t in an ag class and want to participate in activities like showing at the fair, attending conferences, etc. you need to schedule a time to meet with Ms. Claflin and go over what your planned course of study is and your SAE records.

Who can join FFA?
Gillett is an affiliated FFA chapter, which means that all students enrolled in Ag classes are automatically members.   Our chapter pays one fee to the Wisconsin & National FFA so FFA opportunities are available to ALL STUDENTS.

No individual dues are collected, but we do ask that FFA members/Ag Students help with our chapter fundraising- fruit sale, worker auction, concession stands, etc.  This helps keep opportunities affordable for everyone.  There will be times that fees are paid for trips*- leadership conferences, conventions, recreation trips, etc.  Usually this is a portion of the total costs, plus meals/souvenirs, etc.   (*Financial assistance is available if needed for these opportunities.)

Why this new way to join FFA?
The affiliation program provides educators the opportunity to engage all students in the FFA circle of the three-circle model and make a difference to every student in the program by providing them with new opportunities on a daily basis! There are approximately 50 chapters in Wisconsin taking part of this option which the Wisconsin FFA Association is recommending.

Benefits of the Affiliate Dues Option:
1.  All agricultural education students would be FFA members, thus allowing full participation in the three circle model= Every Student, Every Classroom, Every Day
2.  Equal opportunity for all students in all parts of the agricultural education model (classroom, experiential learning and leadership education)
3.  Repositions FFA as integral for instruction and removes the “club” connotation
4.  More efficient use of class time and resources (cost per student, teacher’s time, less money handling in dues collection)

If you have any questions, please let me know. The best way to contact me is by email, You can also call me at school at 920-855-2137.

Thank you!

Kellie Claflin
Agriculture Teacher
Gillett FFA Advisor


The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Dairy Science invites prospective students and their parents to visit campus on Wednesday, September 16, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., to explore what the program has to offer.

Those attending will get a firsthand look at one of the world’s leading dairy science departments as they tour the UW-Madison campus and Dairy Cattle Center, meet faculty, participate in hands-on workshops and learn about the wide variety of learning opportunities available to dairy science majors. Current students and alumni will be on hand to answer questions and share their experiences.

The UW-Madison undergrad dairy science program emphasizes a combination of cutting- edge, science-based knowledge and hands-on experience. Award-winning research and extension faculty teach more than 20 undergraduate courses covering nutrition, reproduction, mammary physiology, genetics and other aspects of dairy management. On-campus, state-of-the art dairy facilities enhance the learning experience.

“I always encourage prospective students to take campus visits so they can be confident in their college decision,” says Kent Weigel, professor and chair of the dairy science department. “Students are often amazed by the small-school feel of our ag campus and the extra benefits they get studying at a Big Ten university. Our proximity to the heart of the dairy industry along with our College’s true commitment to dairy, are what separate our dairy science experience from others.”

For UW-Madison admission eligibility, it is recommended that seniors rank in the top 25 percent of their high school class. Transfer students must have completed at least 2 semester hours of college–level work. Most transfer students have a GPA of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

To attend the Dairy Science Visit Day, please register on-line by Sept. 14 at For more information, contact Cathy Rook at (608) 263-3308 or


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