WFHS AGRISCIENCE TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY

Mr. Courson's Classroom

Agriscience Education & FFA Mission

Agricultural education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resources systems.

The FFA Makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success Agricultural Education.

Agricultural Classroom Curriculum Update

Aquaculture 2 (8112000A)

Students have been working to develop a vast knowledge of marketing aquaculture products. The learning goal is to gain principles and strategies of marketing employed by the Aquaculture Industry.


Key Assignments

  • Aquaculture Comprehensive Project
  • Project Presentation
  • Lecture Notes
  • Industry Connections
  • Group Collaboration


Agritechnology II (8106830A)

Students are currently working and collaborating to build knowledge and prepare themselves for success of the Certified Agritechnology Certification 3.0. Students have been working on an comprehensive review to build basic competency knowledge.


Key Assignments

  • Plant Science Review Materials
  • Animal Science Review Materials


Agritechnology I (8106820A)

Students are working to build advanced knowledge of plant parts, structure and function of organic molecules, plant growth requirements, and human activity on ecosystems. Students learning goal is to develop a advanced knowledge and plant growth and reproduction within Production Agriculture.


Key Assignments

  • Industry Connections (Home on the Range)
  • Crop Nutrients Requirements
  • Plant Adaptations
  • Lecture Notes
  • Group Collaboration
  • Learning Laboratory


Agriscience Foundation I (8106810A)

Students are working to build basic and knowledge of plant growth and development, plant structures, and industry practices. Also, students will make connections to relevant general academic and domain-specific words and phrases for successful reading of plant science key words for course progression within Agricultural Education.


Key Assignments

  • Industry Connections (Home on the Range)
  • Key Vocabulary Builders
  • Lecture Notes
  • Learning Laboratory
  • Group Collaboration

From Textbooks to Real-World

One of the many ways to learn in agriculture is through hands on experiences. In our chapter, we are growing a garden behind the Agriculture Building. When we work out in our garden we get hands inexperience in managing an area that requires responsibility, dedication, and industry skills. The students get to see firsthand the rewards of our actions when, after a few weeks of growth, the classroom is filled with beans, squash, and other fresh vegetables. Rather than watching a film or having a lecture about small-scale agriculture, we must learn how to start and consistently care for a variety of different plants. At the teacher's direction, we learn the proper ways to maintain out garden. Also, Mr. Courson is delivering key competencies that ensure success within the industry, and allowing us to learn from our mistakes. We also learn the importance of teamwork through having many hands on tasks. A final benefit to hands on work is that students generally retain more knowledge when they do things hands on rather than only completing book assignments. Out class as a whole is better off from having interactive learning activities. Through hands on learning our basic knowledge has become real-world application of key skills for future success within the workforce.


By: Dominic McQueen

Jennifer Sublett

Miranda Vidak

Dwayne McQueen

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State Leadership Summit (SLS)

Students from West Florida FFA Recently attended the 2015 State Leadership Summit. The following Students attended including Sara Herrington, Bradley Sanders, Melissa Mills, Joshua McLamb.


State Leadership Summit (SLS) is the premier leadership experience of the Florida FFA Association. Conference participants will obtain information on how to be an agricultural advocate for our organization, improve their communication strategies, evaluate and build character and top it all off with an inside look at the Florida FFA Delegate Process. While this conference is not mandatory, District, Sub-District and Federation officers are highly encouraged to attend in order to prepare for their role as leadership delegates at the State FFA Convention.


The State Leadership Summit (SLS) is designed to be the beginning of the delegate process that will culminate at the 87th State FFA Convention & Expo in June/July. During this conference, officers will help decide the future direction of the Florida FFA Association by discussing ideas and issues that are important to FFA and Agricultural Education. Students in attendance will form issue committees that will evaluate feedback from FFA chapters across the state and make recommendations to the delegate body at the state convention in June/July. In addition, those who attend the State Leadership Summit (SLS) will serve as leadership delegates throughout the delegate process at convention. Closely reflecting the operation of the state and national governments, participating in the delegate process gives students the opportunity to experience decision-making in action.


WFHS FFA members will be a part of setting the stage and building a strong FFA for future generations of FFA Members.

Tate FFA Alumni Foundation Rodeo

Friday, May 1st, 7:30pm to Saturday, May 2nd, 7:30pm

7750 Mobile Highway

Pensacola, FL

West Florida High School FFA will be selling cotton candy and drinks to help raise money to attend Washington Leadership Conference, and the 2015 Florida FFA State Convention.


The rodeo will take place on May 1st and May 2nd at 7:30p.m. each evening at the Escambia County Equestrian Center.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

WFHS FFA Tractor Supply Fundraiser

Saturday, May 9th, 8am-2pm

3 West 9 Mile Road

Pensacola, FL

Students can attend and help raise funds to enhance the FFA Chapter and the Agriculture Education Classroom.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

WFHS FFA Chapter Meeting

Tuesday, May 12th, 3:15-5:15pm

2400 Longleaf Drive

Pensacola, FL

FFA Members can attend and play FFA Games. We will serve food at this meeting.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

WFHS FFA Pork Plate Fundraiser

Friday, May 15th, 11am to Saturday, May 16th, 2pm

2400 Longleaf Drive

Pensacola, FL

Students will sell tickets to parents and community members to help raise funds to attend State FFA Convention and funds to start the next school year.


Plate lunches will be $7.00 and will include chopped pork, baked beans and cole slaw.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

WFHS FFA Chapter Banquest

Thursday, May 21st, 6:30pm

6824 Pine Forest Road

Pensacola, FL

All FFA Members and Parents in invited to attend. Students will be bringing more information home and a formal invitation.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

WFHS FFA Tractor Supply Fundraiser

Saturday, May 23rd, 8am-2pm

3 West 9 Mile Road

Pensacola, FL

Students can attend and help raise funds to enhance the FFA Chapter and the Agriculture Education Classroom.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.