HIGH SCHOOL COURSES
Our program is designed to open up a whole new world for our students. The diverse coursework offers hands-on application while applying theories and industry standards. The courses are designed to be project-based, hands-on, and enjoyable. Our staff offers our students a wide range of instructional opportunities that help students develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to take charge of their own lives and to become productive citizens.
The goals of Family and Consumer Sciences are to provide students with the basic skills, comprehensive study and training needed for those wishing to major in this field, and to provide strategies that will enable them to balance the overwhelming responsibilities of family and the workplace.
There are many courses to choose from in a variety of areas. We offer courses from Foods to Fashion, Early Childhood to Human Relations, and Teenage Life Skills to Parenting. The Family and Consumer Sciences Program includes courses in the following areas:
Foods & Nutrition
Clothing and Textiles
Housing and Environment
Requirements / Prerequisites:
All "Elective" level courses such as Foods & Nutrition II/III, Human Relations II, and Fashion II require satisfactory completion of "Core Level" courses for students wishing to sequence in Family and Consumer Sciences.
Students who select a sequence of five credits or more in Family and Consumer Sciences will be exempt from the Regents Diploma L.O.T.E. requirement.
For students enrolled in an Occupational Education sequence leading to a Regents
Diploma, Fashion I and Interior Design satisfies 1/2 Art graduation requirement.
Parenting course fulfills the New York State Parenting requirement for graduation and the second Health requirement.
Early Childhood Education I 1/2 Credit
This course will provide students with the skills, abilities, and attitudes to interact effectively with pre-school children. The course will cover the role of the Child Care professional, the basic principles of development, safe and appropriate environments, pre-school schedules and routines, positive approaches to discipline, and curriculum development. While coordinating and participating in the operation of "Little Miracles," the student will have the opportunity to apply all the principles learned. Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
Early Childhood Education II 1/2 Credit
This course will provide the student with an opportunity to build on the skills acquired in Early Childhood Education I. The student will continue to explore the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual foundations necessary for optimal growth of the pre-school child. Discipline with dignity, child abuse, working with children with special needs and observation techniques are among the topics included in this course. While participating in the management of "Little Miracles," the student will continue to work with and study the preschool child. Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. PREREQUISITE: Early Childhood Education I. 42
Fashion I 1/2 Credit
The main focus of this introductory level class is on basic clothing construction skills, including the selection of patterns, fabrics, and notions. This course will cover fabric identification, fabric and pattern layout, fashion history, and basic hand stitching. In addition, the student will have an opportunity to explore the role of fashion in everyday life, develop a sense of personal style, and explore careers in the Fashion Industry. Students will have the unique opportunity to showcase their garments in the annual Fashion Show. This semester course may be offered alternate days for the full year. Satisfactory completion of this course and Interior Design satisfies one credit of Art/Music needed for graduation.
Fashion II 1/2 Credit
This course will provide the student with an opportunity to build on the skills acquired in Fashion I. The students will improve their abilities and skills in garment selection and construction. The main focus of the course will be clothing construction, including the selection of patterns and fabrics, pattern alterations, fitting, organization of work, and details of construction. Students will have the unique opportunity to showcase their clothing at the annual spring Fashion Show. This semester course may be offered alternate days for the full year.
Foods/Human Relations 1/2 Credit
This course is designed to explore the stages of human development and involve students in various food preparation experiences related to the various stages. Students will be able to understand human relations and their importance to personal living, individual and family needs, and potential careers in the field, while focusing on the stages of life from infancy to adulthood. This semester course may be offered alternate days for the full year.
Foods/Nutrition I 1/2 Credit
This is an introductory Foods class. The focus will be on learning basic cooking skills including the safe use and care of equipment, reading and following recipes, and kitchen sanitation. Students will develop nutritional awareness and apply that knowledge to everyday living. The student will use the Food Guide Pyramid, the American Dietary Guidelines, and the Internet to plan and evaluate nutritious meals. Career exploration and employment opportunities will also be discussed. This semester course may be offered alternate days for the full year.
Foods/Nutrition II 1/2 Credit
This course will provide the students with an opportunity to plan and prepare meals that are nutritionally and economically sound. Students focus on meal development with consideration to nutrition, appeal, cost and availability of food. Topics will include: food service, table settings, appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, and accompaniments. Field trip, career opportunities and skills for employment are also course components. Additionally, students operate in-class and take-out restaurants. PREREQUISITE: Foods/Nutrition I.43
Foods/Nutrition III 1/2 Credit
This course will explore the food, culture, customs and history from various countries. The countries studied depend on the cultural background of the class. Following a project on genetic health concerns, foods and their effect on maintaining a healthy body are studied. Students will build on the food preparation skills developed in Foods I and II and explore the more complicated procedures of preparing fine cuisine. PREREQUISITE: Foods/Nutrition II.
Human Relations I 1/2 Credit
This course focuses on the adolescent and relationships. Students will understand basic human needs, explore values and standards, identify adolescent crises, practice successful communication skills, and develop positive coping strategies. Topics include: conflict resolution, anti-bullying strategies, personality development, self-concept, citizenship, social etiquette, personal safety, and stress management. This semester course may be offered alternate days for the full year.
Human Relations II 1/2 Credit
This course is designed to build on previous skills and learning in Human Relations I. Throughout the course, students will be actively engaged in the learning strategies and will continually demonstrate their skills in communication, decision making, problem solving, and resource management. It is a fast-paced course that reflects familial, communal, and societal issues. Topics include: diversity, sexism, ageism, ableism, gerontology, sexual harassment, and anti-bullying. PREREQUISITE: Human Relations I.
Interior Design 1/2 Credit
This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of interior design. Students will explore the elements and principles of design. Using these elements students will create room illustrations. Furniture arrangement, selection of accessories, and color schemes will be explored. Students will complete several projects that will expand their knowledge and imagination and at the same time create interesting details and accessories for the home. Satisfactory completion of this course and Fashion I, satisfies one credit of Art/Music needed for graduation.
Parenting 1/2 Credit
This course is designed to prepare the student for the potential future role of parent. The course will address many topics necessary to make informed decisions about this lifelong commitment. Topics will include: the need to care for one’s personal health, identifying parenting roles and responsibilities, exploring different parenting styles, and current trends in the family structure. In addition, the "Empathy Belly" and "Baby Think It Over" simulators will be utilized. This semester course may be offered alternate days for the full year. Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Satisfactory completion of this course satisfies the New York State Parenting requirement for graduation and the second Health requirement.
Teenage Life Skills 1/2 Credit
This exploratory course highlights different programs and courses in the Family and Consumer Sciences curriculum. Topics include: teen issues, nutrition, food preparation, fashion/textiles, early childhood development and stress reduction strategies. Strongly suggested for 9th grade students. This semester course may be offered alternate days for the full year.
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