Weekly roundup: Future Farmers of America program turns 50, California MTSS conference extends early registration, and more

  • Westminster High celebrates FFA anniversary
  • Westminster HIgh School Principal Amy Sabol
  • Westminster High School Giving Farm strawberries
  • Westminster High School student Mayra Bahena
  • Westminster High School Giving Farm animals

Westminster High School celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Future Farmers of America program with a gathering to recognize the growth and progress it has brought to the Huntington Beach Union High School District campus.

Westminster’s program is a local chapter of the National FFA Organization. Founded in 1928, the organization’s mission is to prepare future generations for the challenges of feeding a growing population. It welcomes students who aspire to become production farmers, teachers, doctors, scientists and entrepreneurs.

“We would not be here today celebrating without the legacy of students, staff, volunteers and leaders before us,” said Principal Amy Sabol. “As with most things, our FFA program and Giving Farm have certainly gone through various seasons of life, and it has taken all of you here today and others who were not able to join us, working together to be creative and dedicated to maintain this very special program.”

The school’s Giving Farm, which is eight acres in size, gives students a supervised agriculture experience complete with an array of animals, a fully-functional aquaponics system, a greenhouse and more. It’s a chance for educators to apply a hands-on education approach with agriculture, one of California’s leading industries, all while having students cultivate fresh produce for families in need. 

“FFA has given me the support to not only improve as a leader on campus, but also in my community,” said Mayra Bahena, Westminster High senior and FFA president.

Here are the other stores we’ve been following this week:

2023 California MTSS Professional Learning Institute save the date
OC FNL Excellence Panorama Elementary School
  • Serving an area that is home to the third largest Vietnamese population in the country, OCDE was selected to lead the development of the Southeast Asian curricula.
  • Fifth-grade students from the Anaheim Elementary School District were invited to compete in a friendly competition hosted by the Los Angeles-based Conga Kids organization, which provides dance programs to nearly 25,000 children in Southern California.
  • Graduation season for high schools, community colleges and universities in Orange County is here. The OC Register compiled a list of event dates for readers.
  • Parents are voicing their concerns about threats made on Instagram targeting Black students attending Western High School. As NBC News reported, district leaders say the incident is under investigation with the Anaheim Police Department.

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