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New Barn to Expand Agriculture Education at MSHS

 

This fall, the Snoqualmie Valley School Board approved a plan to build an animal barn on Mount Si High School’s old softball practice field, across the street from the school and adjacent to the tennis courts. We are excited to announce that construction of the barn began recently.

 

The addition of the barn will provide more equitable access to all students within the program, while also enhancing learning opportunities for Mount Si students exploring careers and interests in Animal Science. State funding for Career & Technical Education (CTE) will be used for this project.

 

Assistant Superintendent Ryan Stokes presented the plans and following design at the August 26 School Board meeting before our Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve the project. The barn will provide space for students to raise and care for small farm animals during the school year. The 1,000-square-foot structure must also be elevated since it will be located in a floodway. The project is expected to be completed this Spring.  

 Animal Science Barn

 

 Barn construction, as of 11-17-21

Photo taken Nov. 17, 2021

 

“I am excited that we will be able to offer our students the opportunity to experience hands-on learning raising animals with the addition of the school barn. It will provide opportunities for all agricultural education students wishing to broaden their experiences,” added Amy Graham, MSHS Agricultural Education Teacher and Mount Si FFA Advisor.

 

In related news, we also want to congratulate Ms. Graham for being named the 2021 District 1 Outstanding Early Career Teacher by the Washington Association of Agricultural Educators, at their annual state conference in June. She was also awarded the “Ideas Unlimited Award” for mini greenhouses she used during remote learning.

 

Amy Graham