Etcetera - 11/01/12


A new program instituted by Berney Elementary School's Kristen Duede and Becky Jo Curtis will give fourth- and fifth-graders a sense of purpose through Students With a Task.

SWAT offers about 13 jobs at the school and each post has a supervisor to keep the students focused, according to Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online.

Participants receive SWAT expectations and policies and a listing of the jobs and their requirements. While learning to read a job schedule, sign in and out on a time sheet and be responsible for reporting to their supervisor, students will work during their lunch recess.

"The students are excited and eager to find out where they will work," Becky Jo said. At quarter's end, they will earn an extra recess.

Way back in May, Walla Walla High School Future Farmers of America students dominated in the food science and veterinary science career development events at the state FFA convention in Pullman.

The team consisted of Ashley Ramsey, Peter Sirmon, Megan Wright, Drew Swenson, Allie Juergenson, Addie Chapman, Alexis Hughes, Sadee Long and Kayla Stewart.

Along with those competing, Samantha Zuger auditioned and was accepted to sing in the National FFA Choir.

From Oct. 24-27, the team competed with more than 50,000 members from around the country at the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis.

Learning about veterinary science promotes college and career readiness for career development and gives opportunities to develop technical knowledge and demonstrate practical skills in the field of veterinary science.

The food science and technology career development event promotes learning activities in food science and technology related to the food industry and assists students in developing practical knowledge of principles used in a team decision-making process, according to an item in the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online.

"All of our students worked hard and demonstrated that they are the best in the state," said FFA Advisor Lindsey Butcher. They had the opportunity to compete against students from across the country at one of the largest youth gatherings in the world.

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