• Dear Parent/Guardian of a SSMS Agriculture Student,


                I would like to begin by introducing myself as the South Sumter Middle School Agriculture teacher and tell you a little bit about my background in agriculture. Growing up in Webster, FL my childhood was surrounded by agriculture and my family quickly instilled a passion for the industry in me. I took part in agriculture classes and the FFA from the time I was in the 6th grade until I graduated high school. Those experiences taught me more about life than any textbook could have. I graduated from the College of Central Florida in May 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness. I am extremely overjoyed to begin my teaching career not only at school that is supportive of the Agriculture and the FFA Program but in a community whose roots run deep in agriculture.

                 This year will be an exciting experience for your student as we explore the world of agriculture. This class will be packed with fun, hands-on, practical learning experiences that give your child a better idea of the vital role agriculture plays in our everyday lives. Your child will participate in many hands-on learning activities while in this class, some in the classroom and others outside in our land lab.

                 By taking an agriculture class your child is stepping into a world of opportunities. The most exciting and rewarding opportunity is to be able to take part in the nation’s largest youth leadership organization: the National FFA Organization. Until 1988 this organization was known as the Future Farmers of America, now it is simply the FFA. FFA offers something for every student and every area of interest. The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Don’t let your student miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity!

               I welcome your involvement with the SSMS FFA Chapter if your child does choose to become a member of this outstanding organization. I look forward to having your student in my agriculture class this year and hope that they choose to continue with agriculture classes in their scholastic future.




    Mrs. Rebekah Barnes