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What’s Happening Outside: New SHS Pollinator Garden

In addition to pulling in some great speakers this spring, the SHS Agroecology students are also busy researching plants and butterflies to provide a wonderful habitat and plentiful food for our native pollinators in the new SHS Pollinator Garden coming this spring.

Beginning mid-month, Agroecology students, with help and guidance from the Snohomish FFA Alumni Association and community volunteers, will begin work on the new garden, first filling the site with topsoil and compost to prepare it for planting. Larger trees and shrubs will then be planted first followed by perennials and annuals and then a final heavy layer of mulch.
The garden will be watered using drip irrigation to conserve water, and maintained following environmentally friendly growing practices—no chemical fertilizers or pesticides will be used.
The garden will provide both food and habitat for many of our native pollinators such as butterflies, mason bees, honey bees, hummingbirds, bats and many more!

On April 11th, the students will give a presentation about the new garden at the Snohomish School District School Board meeting. The public can visit the completed garden during the upcoming Snohomish High School Annual Science Expo and Community Fair on May 2, which is also the opening day for the Annual Plant Sale.

On June 8 at the new Pollinator Garden, local elementary students, Agroecology students and other students will release Painted Lady butterflies that were raised by the students to celebrate the new garden. It’s sure to be an amazing day for what will soon be a beautiful addition to both Snohomish High School and our local community!



What’s Happening in the Classroom: Vet Science & Animal Biology Updates

The Snohomish FFA Veterinary Science team is ramping up for the busy season of competitions! First up is the district meet at Ferndale High school on March 15th. This year’s focus is on “Fear Free” feline medicine and will also address the issue of coping with student loan debt. In addition, students will be quizzed on medical terminology, breed identifications, veterinary tools and general knowledge of the veterinary industry. This is a highly competitive event and after the fact, the team of four will then compete at the Washington State FFA Convention in May to earn state honors.

Back in the classroom, the Animal Biology students are busy covering the subjects of genetics, probability and Punnett squares, before segueing into DNA as the students then explore the domestication of dogs, horses and other livestock. Well done, all!


What’s Happening in The Classroom: SHS Guest Speakers

As spring steadily approaches, there are lots of fun developments happening both inside the classroom and out at SHS. During the months of February and March, Agroecology students utilized social media and networking skills to book a stellar lineup of guest speakers that came, and will continue to come, into the classroom to chat with the students about their respective fields.

A huge thanks to all our speakers—and stay tuned for more springtime updates from the program!

Don Bailey, Bailey Compost
Ben Krause, Swan’s Trail Farm
Eric Shuh, Snohomish County Conservation District
Derrick, Snohomish County Conservation District
Alexia, Hawthorne Farm
Brendan Whyte, Forest Specialties

Linda Neunzig, Snohomish County and Neunzig Farms
Elizabeth Ocheltree, NW Beekeepers
Josh, Whole Foods
Bob Ricci, Bob’s Corn
Farmer Frog


Coming Soon!

Check back soon for more information on upcoming events happening in Spring 2018.


Calendar of Events – Glacier Peak AG Science Program

Happy holidays! There are lots of great events happening in the coming months at Glacier Peak; mark your calendars for the following:

Upcoming Events

Adopt a Family – FFA will be raising funds and gifts for a local family

Pet Food Drive – Pets are family too!  FFA is organizing a pet food drive at GP for the food bank this holiday season.

TOLO Dance at Thomas Family Barn (Hwy 9) – January 27th from 8-11 p.m. 
This is Glacier Peak FFAs main fundraiser for the year.  We are blessed to have Marv and Debbie Thomas support our little chapter!  This year our theme is 007 (as in Bond).

Student Led Farmers/Makers Market – Thursday, May 17th from 4-7 p.m.
Join us in the Glacier Peak court yard/commons; we would love volunteer help for this event!

Upcoming Event

May 17, 2018

Glacier Peak High School Farmers/Maker’s Market

June 08, 2018

Pollinator Garden Celebration


May 02, 2018

SHS Science Expo, Community Fair & Opening Day of the Plant Sale

March 12, 2018
TO March 23, 2018

Fill the Ford Pet Food Drive

Download Complete Event Calendars (PDF)

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