National FFA Week
District 26 Leadership Development Events (LDEs)
After School Ag. Ed.
Each month, several Denmark FFA members go to the ECC to teach students in the Before and After School Care Program more about where their food comes from, how it is made, and about other agricultural commodities. For the 2019-2020 school year, FFA members have held two events already, in September, October, November, December, and January. The age group switches every month between the first through fifth grade students and the 4K/5K students. In September, the topic was honey and honey bees, students watched a video about honey bees and were able to try both raw and processed honey. Did you know pumpkins aren’t just for Halloween? The first through fifth grade students learned this in October as they measured and weighed pumpkins, learned the main parts of a pumpkin, learned what products were whole or processed, and they even got to make pumpkin pie in a bag! In November, 4K and 5K students learned about the responsibilities of a farmer and agriculturists. Denmark’s newest scientists were formed from December’s After School Ag as students in grades one through five learned about food science and went through a few experiments. In January the 4K/5K group learned about hamburgers and how they fit on the MyPlate diagram with daily nutritional needs. As of March 2020, After School Ag has been temporarily moved online and each week "After School Ag: Online" will be posted to our YouTube channel, Facebook page, and Instagram page.
Ice Skating at Titletown
5th Grade Dairy Day
This past year, Denmark fifth grade students participated in an event with a variety of different speakers who spoke about aspects of the dairy industry. The goal of this activity was for the kids to learn more about a very important Wisconsin industry, dairy. For this event, Heather Weispeters from Agropur shared information about the cheese industry, Nicole Knoll from Brown County Dairy Promotions discussed careers in the industry, Tina Kvitek from Kvitek Farms talked about how a farm is ran from day to day, and iayla Stencil informed students about the nutrition aspect of dairy for humans. The Denmark FFA Alumni also donated ice cream bars as a treat for the fifth graders after the event!
State Officer Chapter Visit 2019
Former Denmark FFA President and current Wisconsin FFA State Parliamentarian, Joe Schlies, came to Denmark to get to know some of our members. While visiting, he took each of the agriculture classes through leadership and team building activities. If you would like to know more about what Joe has been up to as a state officer, click HERE to go to the State Officer Travel Blog!
The Red Cross came to Denmark High School to combine their efforts with our FFA chapter. Many members participated in the blood drive by helping to prepare for the blood drive, encouraging blood donors, or donating blood. It was a community effort to collect a total of 44 pints. The Denmark FFA helped contribute to the Red Cross who provides more than 40% of blood products in the U.S. It would not have been possible without donations from community members and students from the high school who enabled the FFA to host a successful blood drive. With the assistance of different organizations, the Red Cross can continue to save lives everyday.
National FFA Convention & Expo
Sectional Leadership Workshop
The Denmark FFA has been extremely productive throughout the beginning of the year. On October 3rd, Denmark FFA hosted 183 members from other chapters for the Sectional Leadership Workshop. Every year, the state officers hold a workshop in each of the 10 sections throughout the state. Since Joe Schlies is the Section 9 State FFA Officer, Denmark was responsible for this year’s workshop. Members were able to gain knowledge from the experience of state officers and other members.
5k Fire Safety
On October 8th, various FFA members went over to the Early Childhood Center to teach the kindergartners about fire safety as part of Fire Safety Week. Members gave a brief presentation to the kindergartners about fire safety, such as the importance of smoke alarms, how to stay out of the smoke, and how to keep safe in a fire. After the presentation, the members escorted the kids to the fire station where they got to meet the firemen, tour the fire trucks, and see Rescue Randy, the firemen's practice dummy. Overall, both the FFA members, and the kids had a fun time learning about fire safety, and touring the fire station!
Teacher Room Service
The Denmark High School Staff greatly supports the Denmark FFA, so to show our support, we provided "Room Service" where we gave them an order form for them to fill out, and then members would hand deliver it to their room later in the week. The teachers had the choice of ordering from a list of food and drinks that ranged from chips to fruit and soda to lemonade. Members were happy to give back to the staff members who have contributed to our chapters success!
Brown County Fair Alumni Food Tent
Every year the Denmark FFA Alumni, has a food tent at the Brown County Fair. This is a huge undertaking for the FFA Alumni, so the
FFA members help out. FFA members enjoy volunteering at the food tent whether they're working the counter, wrapping sandwiches, or making creampuffs. Without the Denmark FFA Alumni, our chapter wouldn't be as successful as it is, and the FFA members are happy
to help them out.
From July 17th-19th, the Officers got to kick off the start of the FFA year by going on the annual FFA Officer Retreat in Mountain, Wisconsin. The Officers were able to bond with team building activities, swimming, and lots of campfire talks, while also planning the events for the upcoming school year. The officers had a great time, and they are excited to meet all the new members this year, and show them all of the fun events we have planned!
Washington Leadership Conference (WLC)
FFA members Mark Wanek, Hannah Nelson, and Owen Petrich had the opportunity to travel to Washington DC for one of the top leadership conferences available to FFA members, the Washington Leadership Conference. While there, members were able to grow in their leadership abilities while touring the historic capital of our country. Mark, Hannah, and Owen were also able to learn about key leadership skills such as finding their passion, the importance of diversity, and how to advocate, while creating a Living to Serve Plan that they can bring back to their chapter and community. WLC is one of the most prestigious leadership conferences available to FFA members.
Denmark and Maribel Parades
On June 23rd and July 28th, the Denmark FFA walked
the parade route of the Maribel and Denmark Parades, and handed out string cheese to the parade-goers. The people watching the parade were able to enjoy Wisconsin's top agricultural commodity, cheese, while standing in the heat. The members loved giving back the the Denmark and
Maribel communities who support our chapter very much.
90th Wisconsin FFA Convention
During the week of June 10th, 2019, several Denmark FFA members traveled to Madison to compete at the state level in their contests, to be recognized for their hard work, and experience the 90th Wisconsin FFA Convention. Members participated in Leadership Development Events (LDEs), Career Development Events (CDEs), Honors Band and Choir, and Agriscience Fair. Six members had displays of their Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAEs) to showcase what they did to become a finalist in their area. Members included Katrina Hoesly, Emily Nelsen, Kyle Propson, Jeremy Schlies, Lashawna Vogel, and Abbey Wanek. Denmark FFA was also recognized as the top chapter in the state by taking 1st place in the National Chapter award.