FOX LAKE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Their mission statement is to give students a local and global perspective and educate them to preserve and sustain the environment, food sources and other natural resources. In this segment of Wisconsin Dairy News meet the staff and students at the School for Agricultural and Environmental Studies in Fox Lake!
It's not every day that a school gets a visit from a calf, but at the School for Agricultural and Environmental Studies; or SAGES, it's a common occurrence.
Travis Paul, a Dairy Farmer at D & T Dairy says, "It's good, you know, maybe even a little bit necessary just to get more agricultural experience into a general population."
Because that general population is getting further removed from agriculture, Fox Lake educators decided to do something about it and opened a school last fall that studies food production, animal care, and environmental studies.
"I learned how to take care of animals, and take care of a farm, and garden, and right now I'm learning about engineering in Mrs. Gross's project group!" exclaims Eva Antoni a 5th Grader and SAGES student.
The school focuses on a project based learning model which challenges students to answer a big question, and solve problems. Integrating several subject areas makes learning powerful and memorable.
First grade teacher at SAGES, Becky Panzer says, "They'll have to build a project to teach me what they learned. And they guide themselves through the learning process."
With this education model, students are more engaged in learning and seem to retain more of what they learn.
Another SAGES student, Wyatt Paul says, "It lets me like learn at my own pace. And I'm not sitting there learning what I already know, now I'm learning what I don't know."
SAGES will complete their first year of education and it's been quite a successful year!
"The kids and staff together have made this in my opinion, one of the best places to learn," says Becky.
And that's Wisconsin Dairy News!
Already the school is seeing positive results. Many of the students are learning at a higher level than they were at their previous school. To learn more about the program, log on to Facebook and search SAGES to see what they're up to!
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