Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE)
Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) is one of the integral components of the agriculture education program. This program is a requirement for all students, in all classes, and counts for 25% of each quarters class grade beginning in the SECOND QUARTER of your child's freshman year. SAE stresses the real world application of classroom instruction and provides valuable life skills in employability, record keeping, marketing and entrepreneurship. There are several types of SAE's a student may participate in at the Killingly Ag-Ed Program. They include: Placement (Paid worker), Volunteer (Non-Paid worker at a registered Not-For-Profit Organization), Entrepreneurship (owning a small business), Research, or Exploratory. A student may have multiple SAE's. It is up to the student and parent/guardian to actively look for and find a student an appropriate SAE, and all SAE's must be approved of by the Agricultural Education Department. Class time will be devoted to record keeping.
Placement Supervised Agricultural Experience: Placement SAE's require that a student work for an employer, get paid with a check and appropriate taxes must be taken out. No "paid under the table". Exceptions to getting paid are ONLY for those students whose parents own a production farm (the students parents file their taxes and list "farmer" for their occupation). By the time students graduate, they need to have worked a minimum of 350 hours. As students become more experienced at their SAE, they should gain knowledge and skills that can be applied in and outside of the classroom. One example would include the student in the picture to the left. As a freshmen her Placement SAE consisted of feeding calves in the morning. As she became a sophomore, new job responsibilities were given to her, and she began feeding out animals and cleaning pens. As a junior and senior, she began taking shifts milking in the parlor, assisting in the calving process, and seeing to sick or injured animals. Not only did the amount of hours increase through the four years, but she built new skills throughout the duration of her Placement SAE.
Volunteer Supervised Agricultural Experience: Volunteer SAE's do NOT require that a student get paid, however, students may only work unpaid for a registered Not-For-Profit Organization or Town facility. Volunteer SAE's have the same hour requirements as a Placement SAE (a minimum of 350 hours by their senior year), and as a student becomes more experience at their SAE, they should gain knowledge and skills that can be applied inside and outside of the classroom. One example would include the students in the picture to the right. These students volunteer weekly at the local town library. They read an agriculturally related book to young children, and then do an agriculturally related activity with the students afterwords. Activities this past year included planting and harvesting a vegetable garden, setting up humming bird feeders, and bring in live sheep for the students to learn about. Other examples include working for the town animal rescue, Angels on Horseback, Mystic Aquarium (must be 15 years of age), or other registered Not-For-Profit animal shelters.
Entrepreneurship Supervised Agricultural Experience: Entrepreneurship SAE's consist of a student creating their own small agricultural business. Students must create or raise a product or service that can be marketed and sold. By the end of a students senior year, they must have productively invested and earned $1,000.00 within their project. Along with earning and investing money in the project, students must actively market their products or services. Over the years we have had many different types of Entrepreneurship SAE's, including students who have raised livestock (sheep, pigs, cattle, etc.) for meat, raising chickens to sell the eggs, agricultural photography, raising vegetables/flowers, fixing lawnmowers and other equipment, etc. To the left you will see a student who purchased two bee hives, and cares for them. Every fall, the student collects the honey, bottles it, and sells it in its raw form to local customers, and at farmers markets.
Research: In a research SAE project a student plans and conducts an experiment using the scientific method. Topics can vary greatly depending on a student's resources and interests. Student's then enter their project in the Agri-science Fair which is held each May.
Improvement: Students with improvement projects focus on improving their home or community. These types of projects vary widely but are often short term. This could include students working to improve the flower beds around a school farm, putting up a fence in their own yard, or helping improve an area in their community, such as a Fire Department or Town Green.
For more information regarding a students Supervised Agricultural Experience Project, and for more examples please view the SAEP Letter, Rubrics, and PowerPoints below!!!
Please look here to see how we grade the SAE component:
This is the presentation we gave to all parents on September 12th, 2017 discussing SAE's. Please use this slide show as a reference when discussing SAE opportunities with your children. It not only explains the different types of SAE's that are available in more detail, but also gives many different examples of Supervised Agricultural Experience Projects our students have had over the years!!!