Family and Consumer Science (FACS)
FACS Mission Statement
The mission of the Family and Consumer Sciences Program is to prepare students for various roles throughout the lifespan. The students will develop their knowledge in supporting healthy and sustainable relationships in work, community, and family roles.
Culinary Arts I & II are classes that explore all different facets of the restaurant industry. Students will have an opportunity to cater events both big and small, participate in food challenges, and learn how to make the most essential food items from scratch. This class is designed for the advanced learner and is an exciting class for any culinary enthusiast.
Introduction to Foods
This class is all about learning the basics. Learning how to measure correctly, cutting procedures, and understanding basic cooking terminology is the starting point for any great cook. Units covered – Kitchen and Food Safety, Eggs, Dairy, Fruits and Vegetables, Balanced Diet, and the Science of Ingredients (Baking basics).
Child Related Careers
Child Related Careers would be an appropriate class for anyone interested in the teaching, counseling, special education and childcare professions. This class offers students the opportunity to learn creative skills dealing with children’s literature, discipline, play, nutrition, and other child-related topics. Students will plan and operate a playschool for preschoolers in the high school classroom. During the second nine weeks, students will split their time between the high school classroom and an appropriate school or preschool/daycare placement. This course provides a project based approach that utilizes higher order thinking, communication, leadership, and management processes in order to apply experiences to the real world. This experience includes topics such as curriculum development appropriate to preschool age, planning and implementing lessons, completing classroom observations, and applying health and safety practices related to licensed day care operations as well as early education, and school setting.
During this semester, students will explore the basic aspects of Housing and Human Needs, House Plans, Color Harmonies, Textiles, Flooring, Wall Treatments, Furniture Styles and Selection, Windows and Lighting and Careers in Interior Design.
Child Development is a specialized course that allows students to dive into the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth and development of children throughout the infancy, toddler, and preschool ages. At the end of the semester, students will be able to put their knowledge to use by planning and running a preschool. The course is designed to help young people acquire knowledge and skills essential to the care and guidance of children in order to create an environment, which promotes optimum development.
Parenting is a course that teaches about both the rewards and responsibilities associated with becoming a parent. The main areas of study include readiness for parenting, prenatal development, infancy, growth and development, and guidance and discipline. The course is designed to help young people acquire knowledge and skills essential to the care and guidance of children in order to create an environment, which promotes optimum development.
Units to be Covered:
- Preparation for Parenthood
- Parenting & Teen Parenting
- Reproductive Systems
- Prenatal Development and Care of Mother
- Care and Guidance of Children
- Creative Activities for Children
- Changing Roles and Dynamics within the Family
- Sources of Support and Assistance for Individuals and Families
- Current Issues
Students will discuss aspects of family living, such as personal responsibilities and goals, family roles, positive relationships - dating, engagement, marriage, parenting, and the ever-changing family structure. It also covers health, lifestyle options, communication techniques, identifying parenting responsibilities, family crises and coping strategies.This class gives practical information to help deal with “real-life” situations and how consequences affect how you are and how your choices could affect your future.
This class is designed to strengthen the connections between the student and life following graduation. Students in Independent Living build life skills by focusing on developing life goals, practicing healthy, professional decision making & relationships, exploring college & career options, practicing resumes, job interviews and other employability skills, personal finances, budgeting, banking, housing options, making responsible consumer choices and healthy living. This class gives practical information to help deal with “real-life” situations & discover how the choices students make today could affect their future.
FACS Department Staff:
Kim Hertz (Department Leader)