• Agriscience Applications Course Syllabus


    Teacher: Mr. Rick Gardin                                                  Telephone: 336-703-6776

    Email:  rrgardin@wsfcs.k12.nc.us                    Co- Curricular Student Organization: FFA

    Planning:3rd                                                                         Office & Room: 506/406

    Course Description:  This course is designed as an introductory course for the world of agricultural science. This course will focus on six major objectives. These objectives include leadership opportunities, introduction to plant and animal science, exploring environmental science, and exploring agricultural engineering. Classroom instruction will be reinforced by performance based hands-on labs/activities. FFA membership is strongly encouraged and is an intra-curricular part of instruction.  FFA dues are $15.00 and each member receives numerous leadership and travel opportunities.  A magazine subscription to “FFA New Horizons” is included as a part of the dues package.Remember, all class rules and expectations apply, regardless if we are in class or lab setting.  Please refer to Agriculture Department Expectations and Guidelines handout.
    Class Materials:

    One 1.5 inch 3-ring binder

    Loose leaf paper (no spiral bound notebooks)

    One set of 6 tab dividers

    One set of colored pencils- prefer more than eight colors

    Black pens


    FFA Dues-$15.00

    1st Nine Weeks:

    Week One through Week Two- Leadership Opportunities

    Week Three- Global Agriculture

    Week Four through Week Six-Understanding the Ag. Mechanics/Engineering

    Week Seven through Week Nine- Understanding the Animal Science Industry

    2nd Nine Weeks:

    Week One through Week Four-Understanding Environmental Science Industry

    Week Five through Week Nine- Understanding the Plant Science Industry




    Semester Grades:



    Quarter Grading Scale:




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    Tests/Quizzes: Tests will be given on a regular basis.  A comprehensive test will be given at the end of each unit. Vocabulary quizzes will also be given periodically.

    Participation/Daily Work/ Greenhouse: Daily work will include student’s bell-ringers, notes and classroom activities.  Class work is designed so each student has the opportunity to complete work in class but may need to be taken home to finish occasionally. ALL students are expected to work during time in the greenhouse. Goofing-off or not working during these times will not be tolerated and may earn those students detention.

    Projects: Projects or reports will be assigned on a regular basis, usually one per unit. Many can be completed during class time.

    Notebooks: Your notebook should be for Agriscience Applications only. Notebooks will be graded once or twice a grading period. A rubric will be given one week prior to the check. Neatness counts! Points will be deducted for not having dividers in your notebook or labeled correctly.

    Make-up Work: Make-up work is placed on my website. Find the site for your class and the work assignments missed. You have TWO days to return the work. If you are present for test review, but miss the test, you will be expected to take the test the day you return. If you are absent for a test you are responsible for getting the study guide and you will have one week to schedule a make up with me. It will be a zero after that

    Cheating: Cheating is giving or receiving answers to any given assignment that is not designated as partner/ group work.  All participants will receive a zero that will not be dropped.

    Tutoring: Please don’t be afraid to ask for help with class material. Learning labs for my classes are Wednesday. I will do my very best to make sure that any students who needs extra help gets it. Also, older students and FFA members make great resources for help in other classes as well!

    SAE: Each student in Agriscience Applications will have a semester long project called a Supervised Agricultural Experience or SAE. These projects are designed to be built upon from year to year. Guidelines will be explained in more detail in class but each student must have 10 hours logged and/or five exploratory experiences, a completed record book and 5 supporting pictures placed on the AET journal website.

    Open Door Policy: If you need help with class material, need to use equipment or just want a place to study, I am in my room before and after school. The door is always open when I’m around but no promises without a little advanced notice.

    Parents Please Read: Please feel free to call or email me at any time regarding your child.  I have sent home an information sheet as well to collect your information. I will try to email class updates as often as possible. As noted above, my email address is: rrgardin@wsfcs.k12.nc.us