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FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCE
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Listed below are all of the family and consumer science classes available to high school students:

Family & Consumer Sciences 9 (quarter)

This course allows students to synthesize consumer product information, analyze personal nutritional needs, practice mathematics and communication skills and address issues related to growing up in a global society. There is a strong focus on cooking skills, eating disorders, underage drinking, teen pregnancy and tolerance for fellow students. Students who satisfactorily complete this course will meet the academic standards for family and consumer science set by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Foreign Foods

This course will study many areas of foreign cuisine including meal patterns, traditions, lifestyles, cultures, customs and cooking techniques. Foreign foods will offer numerous chances to learn about other countries and cultures as well as experiences in cooking, eating and evaluating holiday cuisine. This course is open to Grades 10 through 12.

Food Preparations 1

This course is a study of the basic principles and terms of cookery and nutrition. This course stresses the correct use of equipment and techniques and safety and sanitation in the kitchen. Emphasis is placed on actual food preparation through teacher demonstration and student laboratory experience. This course is open to Grades 10 through 11.

Food Preparations 2

This course is the study of the advanced principles and terms of cookery and nutrition, building on the concepts learned in Food Prep 1. Emphasis is placed on actual food preparation through teacher demonstration and student laboratory experience. (PREREQUISITE: C in Food Preparation 1 and teacher approval)

Relationships and Parenting

This course provides background information to aid the student to better understand themselves, others and their relationships with others. Discussion groups, lectures, guest speakers and films on current topics enable the student to discuss solutions to problems that will better prepare individuals for future living. Topics include: communication, resolving family crises, social-emotional development of children, dating, marriage and parenting. This course is open to Grades 10, 11 and 12.

Everyday Living

This course encompasses the entire lifespan of an individual. Students will examine issues related to single life, family life and the aging process. Activities will include food preparation, money management, consumerism, strengthening families and generation links. This course is open only to Grades 10, 11 and 12.

Child Development

The core of this course is for each student to gain knowledge in principles of infant, preschool and child development. Students will research biological, cognitive and social development in children from conception to puberty. Activities will be related to caring for children, nurturing children's development and guiding children's behavior. Observation of young children will be a requirement in this course. This course is open to Grades 10, 11 and 12.

Health, Safety and Nutrition of Young Children

This course focuses upon health, safety and nutrition issues of young children. Emphasis will be placed on the health and safety needs of the physical environment. Students will have the opportunity to analyze and interpret the Department of Welfare regulations. This course is open to Grades 10, 11 and 12.

Housing and Interior Design

This course is for the student interested in the exterior and interior design of a home. Topics will include housing styles, design elements, furnishings, floor plans and home decor. Students will develop skills for application of design and construction principles. This course is open to Grades 10, 11 and 12.

Professional Food Service

This course applies the use of cooking principles learned in food preparations to further study units of food preparation. Emphasis will be on preparing and serving foods for other people. Integrated throughout the course will be consumer information related to foods.This course is especially good for the student interested in a food-related career. (PREREQUISITES : C in Food Preparations 1 and 2 and department approval - Grade 12 only)

Creative Sewing

Students will learn hands on techniques in sewing crafts and leisure arts. Students will learn proper use of the sewing machine. Projects include, but are not limited to small machine crafts, cross-stitch and quilting. Students are required to purchase supplies for this class; therefore, students will incur individual costs for each project. (Grades 9 through 12)

Personal Fashions 1

This course is for the student who wants to develop sewing and creative skills. Students will select and furnish patterns, fabrics and supplies needed to complete projects suitable to personal needs and tastes. This course is recommended for students interested in careers in clothing and textiles. Students are required to purchase supplies for this class; therefore, students will incur individual costs for each project. (Grades 9 through 12)

Personal Fashions 2

This course builds on techniques learned in Level I. Students will supply materials to complete projects with greater difficulty using skills from past experience. Creating without a commercial pattern will be explored. Techniques for alterations will be included. This course is recommended for students interested in fashion merchandising and design. Students are required to purchase supplies for this class; therefore, students will incur individual costs for each project. (PREREQUISITES: C in Personal Fashions 1, Grades 10-12 only)

Sports Nutrition (quarter)

Students enrolled in this class will study nutrition information applicable to the high school athlete. This course presents current information that athletes can put to use to enjoy better athletic performance and overall health. Topics covered in this course include sound nutritional practices as opposed to nutrition fraud, optimal sports diet, caloric need and body composition, training diet and pre-competition meals, and nutrient dense snacks for athletes.

 
 
Governor Mifflin Middle School MR. JOHN ALTHOUSE, principal
 
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