Welcome to Don Lugo's Agriculture Department
Welcome to Don Lugo's Agriculture Department. Students who are interested in agriculture are able to participate in this program where students learn to integrate 21st technology while learning about the environment, animal science, Agribusiness, and Agriscience. Students will take a variety of Ag classes (listed below) while fulfilling A-G requirements, learning leaderships skills, and engaging in meaningful and real-world projects. Don Lugo's agriculture department is the only one of its kind in the district and so we are proud to offer this program to our students.
This course will introduce the student to skills required in the agricultural mechanics field. The course includes proper safety procedures and proper use of tools found in agricultural mechanics. Each student will maintain a Supervised Agriculture Experience Program project in relation to his level of advancement in the school's agriculture program and in line with state curricular guidelines. Students will also be involved in Future Farmers of America (FFA) leadership experiences. This course is aligned with the California State Standards for Agriculture Mechanics.
Agriculture Earth and Physical Science is a course designed to develop a scientific viewpoint in students and provide each student with a background in earth and physical science as it relates to agriculture. Students will obtain this understanding through the exploration of our solar system, astronomy, plate tectonics, atmosphere, alternative energy sources, weather, climate, oceanography and California geology. Participation in the FFA organization and hands-on projects are integral parts of this class. Students will have access to up-to-date laboratory equipment, science equipment, agriculture teaching lab and technology. This course is aligned to State adopted content standards in science and agriculture. Students will be participating regularly in both lab and lecture situations. Homework will include reading, writing, lab reports and field studies. In addition students will be involved in many interdisciplinary connections including geography with earth sciences, and English with presenting, speaking, and technical reading and writing.
The student will master an understanding of the nature of living things, their environment, and their relationships with man. The student will know unity, interaction, continuity, and diversity of life. The major concepts that will be covered are cell biology, genetics, stages of maturation, ecology, evolution, and physiology. Students will have access to up-to-date laboratory equipment, science equipment, and technology. The student will be involved in an agriculture project as a “hands – on” application of classroom knowledge. Participation in leadership development activities through FFA is an integral part of this course. This course is aligned to State adopted content standards in science and meets the UC/CSU Biology entrance requirement.
This course explores the physical and chemical nature of soil as well as the relationships between soil, plants, animals, and agricultural practices. Students will examine properties of soil and land and their connections to plant and animal production. Using knowledge of scientific protocols as well as course content, students will develop an Agriscience research program to be conducted throughout the first semester of the course. To complete the entire project each student will investigate and test an Agriscience research question by formulating a scientific question related to the course content, formulating a hypothesis based on related research, conducting an experiment to test the hypothesis, collecting quantitative data, and forming a conclusion based on analysis of the data. The result of this research program will be an in depth research and experimentation paper that is technically written, based on scientific protocol, and cited using American Psychological Association (APA) formatting. Additionally, students will develop and present a capstone soil management plan for agricultural producers, using the content learned throughout the course. Throughout the course, students will be graded on participation in intra-curricular Future Farmers of America (FFA) activities as well as the development and maintenance of an ongoing Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program.
Greenhouse/ Nursery Management
Classwork will include indoor and outdoor instruction in basic plant production, sales, terminology and plant identification. The use of greenhouse facilities and nursery equipment will be included. Students will participate in leadership activities through the Future Farmers of America (FFA) and will be involved in an agriculture project as a “hands-on” application of classroom knowledge.
Veterinary Science is an academically challenging laboratory science course that examines anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, and medical terminology while applying scientific knowledge and research to the study of various agriculture and pet animals. Students will focus on the physiological, biological, and structural details of the body, including a rigorous study of the body systems. Students will apply scientific methodologies (inquiry, developing hypotheses, gathering factual information, evaluating data, and drawing conclusions) to the practices employed by veterinary medicine professionals. Medical terminology and animal disease and diagnosis will be integrated as students understand each of the multiple body systems. Students will exceed core academic knowledge and demonstrate critical thinking skills as they apply knowledge to laboratory experimentation, real-life scenarios, medical case studies, and physiological response and treatment of infection. Students will perform advanced research of various physiological and pathological disorders. A variety of resources will be accessed (Internet, veterinary journals and books, and veterinary professionals) for the purpose of creating written and oral presentations that demonstrate students’ knowledge and application of scientific principles. Students will participate in leadership activities through the Future Farmers of America (FFA) and will be involved in an agriculture project as a “hands-on” application of classroom knowledge.
Ag Horsemanship PE
This course will provide the student with a working knowledge of how to properly catch, lead, tie , groom, saddle, bridle, and mount horses, adjust and care for equipment, and become a proficient rider. In addition, a basic understanding of equine care, management and schooling will be developed. Protective head gear with a chin strap will be required.
Students will master fundamental economic concepts, applying the tools (graphs, statistics, equations) from other subject areas to the understanding of operations and institutions of economic systems. Studied in a historic and agricultural context are the basic economic principals of micro and macroeconomics, international economics, comparative economic systems, measurements, and methods. This course also requires the completion of a student project (Supervised Occupational Experience Project -- SOEP) and participation in leadership activities through FFA as described in the state guidelines of all agriculture programs. This course is aligned to the California Content Standards in History-Social Science and the California Standards for Agriculture Education.
This course prepares students with an understanding of the institutions of American government. Students will compare systems of government in the world today and analyze the history and changing interpretations of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the current state of the legislative, executive, and judiciary branches of government within the context of the field of agriculture. An emphasis is placed on analyzing the relationship among federal, state, and local governments with particular attention paid to important historical documents such as the Federalist Papers. This course also requires the completion of a student project (Supervised Occupational Experience Project -- SOEP) and participation in leadership activities through FFA as described in the state guidelines of all agriculture programs. This course is aligned to the California Content Standards in History-Social Science and the California Standards for Agriculture Education