• Turfgrass Management

    Course Syllabus
    Term: Fall 2020


    Instructor Information

    Name: Ms. Holland                              Room: 3
    Work Phone: (540)-886-4286             Email: holland.ag@augusta.k12.va.us 

    Class Time

    Tuesday – Friday: 4th block;
    Office Hours: Mondays

    Course Description

    Students begin to master the duties and tasks of professionals who establish and maintain turf in public areas such as golf courses; parks; athletic fields; school, industrial, and institutional campuses; and residential lawns. Participation in FFA Career Development Events (CDEs), Leadership Development Events (LDEs), and Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAEs) is strongly encouraged.


    Course Objectives

    Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Demonstrate Personal Qualities & People Skills
    • Demonstrate Professional Knowledge & Skills
    • Demonstrate Technology Knowledge & Skills
    • Address Elements of Student Life
    • Explore Leadership Opportunities through FFA
    • Gain an Overview of the Turfgrass Industry
    • Apply Science to Turf Management
    • Operate and Maintain Equipment
    • Incorporate Mathematics in the Turfgrass Industry

    Required Resources & Materials


    • Chromebook
    • Binder 
    • Notebook/notebook paper
    • Writing utensils



    Course Outline & Ti


    1. Intro, FFA, & SAE

    2. Gain an Overview of the Turfgrass Industry

    3. Applying Science to Turf Management

    4. Operating and Maintaining Equipment

    5. Incorporating Mathematics in the Turfgrass Industry 

    Grading Policy

    Throughout the year, you will be assigned quizzes, tests, projects, assignments, labs, etc. Tests and quizzes will be announced in advanced. Below explains the weighted value for different assignments:




    Major Assignments (projects, exams, etc.)


    Minor Assignments (quizzes, assignments, homework, etc.)


    Participation (class discussion, bell work, exit slips, etc.)


    Grading Scale

    A+ = 97 – 100

    B+ = 87 – 89 

    C+ = 77 – 79 

    D+ = 67 – 69


    A = 94 - 96

    B = 84 – 86 

    C = 74 – 76

    D = 64 – 66

    F = 59 & Below

    A - = 90 – 93

    B- = 80 – 83 

    C- = 70 – 73 

    D- = 60 – 63 


    Make-Up/Late Work Procedures

    It is the responsibility of the student to make-up any and all work missed due to absence.  The student should inform the teacher ahead of time if he or she knows that he or she will be absent and pick up any work that will be missed prior to the absence.  The student will be given three days to make up work following an absence without penalty.  Late work will be accepted for up to two weeks, however, five points will be deducted from the student’s grade on said assignment for each day the assignment is late.  Assignments not turned in will receive a 0.

    Classroom Guidelines and Expectations

    Treat yourself, others, and property with respect by your actions and language.

    1. Be on time and in your seat with required materials ready to learn by the tardy bell.
    2. Listen carefully the first time that rules or instructions are given.
    3. Teachers will teach and students will learn.
    4. Be silent when someone else is talking.

    Disciplinary Plan

    If you choose to break a rule:

    1st Time: Verbal Warning

    2nd Time:    Brief meeting with student 

    3rd Time: Call home

    4th Time: Parent meeting/Possible office visit


    ***Severe Disruption: In cases of fighting, use of profanity, destruction of property, disrespect shown toward an adult, cursing, and/or insubordination the student will automatically be sent to the office.***  (**Please note that the school has a separate tardy policy that will also be enforced.  For details, see the student handbook.**)


    Class Website

    This course will use Canvas for resources, assignments, announcements, and other important information. Mondays will be used as Office Hours so I will set up a time frame and communication venue for this time specifically. If you need anything at other times, feel free to send me an e-mail.


    E-mail Etiquette

    Use proper email etiquette.  In any email you send me, put a subject in the subject line, use a greeting, ask your question, and use an appropriate sign-off.  Read over your email before sending and use spell-check and proper grammar.  If you email me without using proper etiquette, I will tell you to correct your email before I will answer your question. 


    Virtual Students

    This course has been set up to accommodate completely virtual students to an extent. You will have access to all resources (PowerPoints, articles, etc.) and assignments as the hybrid students. HOWEVER, there will be many presentation assignments in this class so you will be required to create the presentation and submit the presentation as well as you presenting it to me and the rest of the class. There are multiple resources you can use to accomplish this such as FlipGrid, audio insertions, camera videos, etc. If this is an issue please contact me and we can work something out but your hybrid classmates are also required to orally present their presentations and projects to the class as part of their grade. 



    Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAEs) are part of your participation grade and are an important part of Agricultural Education.  You will complete an SAE and log 15 hours in AET this semester.  We will talk about types of SAEs and brainstorm ideas in class.



    FFA is another integral part of Agricultural Education.  I encourage all students in my classes to participate.  We will talk about FFA history, dues, and joining the WMHS chapter in class.

    I understand these are different and difficult times for all of us. If you need anything or if there is anything that I can do to help improve your experience in this course (virtually or hybrid) please reach out to me and I will do my best to accommodate.