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Family and Consumer Sciences

Course Titles and Descriptions

Introduction

Our Family and Consumer Sciences department offers courses that provide students with real-world learning opportunities. The purpose of our program is to prepare our students to be competent, confident and caring in managing their personal, family and work lives. It should be noted that courses marked with asterisks (**) may be used towards the Fine Arts Graduation requirement. 

NYS Department of Education Approved Sequence: Human Services (Pending Re-Approval)

The Human Services approved sequence is a four-unit sequence designed to give students the skills and knowledge to enter careers that improve people’s overall quality of life. Upon conclusion of the required coursework, students will take will take the NOCTI Early Childhood Development and Services Assessment. Students who complete the coursework and pass the assessment will receive the Human Services Endorsement on their diploma.

Grade 9

Grade 10

Select one of the following food courses:

Select one of the following courses:

Grade 11

Grade 12

If students are interested in Education, Social Work and Psychology they should consider taking the following courses:

If students are interested in Nutrition, Dietetics, Sports Medicine, or a Medical Field (Nursing, Physical and Occupational Therapy, etc.) they should consider taking the following courses:

If students are interested in the Culinary Arts they should consider taking the following courses:

If students are interested in a career as an Interior Designer, Clothing Designer, Fashion Merchandiser or Clothing Stylist, they should consider taking the following courses:

Students planning to enter the work force upon graduation should consider taking the following courses:

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Course Titles and Descriptions

610 Gernotology617 Food and Nutrition620 Adolescent Development621 Families in a Diverse World622 Independence Across the Lifespan623 Introduction to Early Childhood624 Fitness and Nutrition625 Textile and Design626 Housing and Interior Design627 International Foods628 Careers in Human Services629 Child Development (P)630 Clothing Production (P)640 Career Internship Program (CEIP) in Human Services (P)889 Food Processing I890 Food Processing II

610 Gernotology

First Semester – 1/2 Unit

Adolescent Development is recommended.

In this course students will explore the field of gerontology. Students will learn about the process of aging and the changes that occur in the life of an elderly person. Further, students will understand how to respond to the needs of the elderly due to a variety of changes that the elderly experience. Discussions will highlight life changes that relate to such topics as housing and self-care. Students will have the opportunity to interact with mature adults and professionals in living and working environments, in preparation for potential employment in Gerontology. This course will ultimately allow students to develop positive attitudes toward the elderly and understand their contribution to society. This course is open to students in grades 9-12.

617 Food and Nutrition

First Semester – 1/2 Unit

Throughout this fun and exciting course the basics of proper nutrition and food preparation will be learned and applied. The course will begin with nutrition and kitchen safety. Students will then use this knowledge in dietary planning and food preparation. Other topics include food science and food technology. Students will gain practical experience preparing the foods they learned about in class. This course is open to students in grades 9-12.

620 Adolescent Development

Second Semester – 1/2 Unit

In this course, stages of the life cycle will be explored as well as how the adolescent interacts with others in these stages. Several theorists will be introduced to students. Students will be reading a novel of their choice that will allow them to explore current adolescent issues. Students will investigate and engage in several community service activities. Past activities include working with local nursing homes and the Ronald McDonald House. This course is open to students in grades 9-12.

621 Families in a Diverse World

Second Semester – 1/2 Unit

Families all over the world have similarities and unique cultural differences. Courtships, weddings, communicating effectively, raising children and coping with change are some of the challenges facing families. Find out more about the ways families manage in today’s ever-changing society. If you like thinking about relationships and are considering a career in Sociology or any job working with people, this class will provide a worldwide view. This course is open to students in grades 9-12.

622 Independence Across the Lifespan

First Semester – 1/2 Unit

The ability to manage on your own is desirable but difficult to achieve. Here is a chance to practice the consumer skills necessary to pay bills and stay out of debt. We explore healthy relationships, investigate training and colleges, prepare resumes, balance a checkbook, research used car buying and auto insurance, locate apartments within a budget and use advertisements to furnish it. Clothing care is discussed and after considering the nutrients in food, your team will prepare part of a sit-down meal. Join us and prepare for being on your own. This course is open to students in grades 11-12.

623 Introduction to Early Childhood

First Semester – 1/2 Unit

In this course, students will gain an awareness of the skills necessary to work effectively with children. Topics include: parenting skills, pregnancy and disease prevention, fetal development and childbirth and the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of the child from infancy to preschool. This course consists of class discussion, projects and guest speakers. It is suggested for students considering a career in education, psychology, daycare, nursing or parenthood. This course is recommended as the foundation for the Child Development course offered for Hudson Valley Community College Credit. This course is open to students in grades 9-12.

624 Fitness and Nutrition

First Semester – 1/2 Unit

Personal fitness plans and healthy selection and preparation of foods to establish lifelong wellness are addressed in this class. First, students will assess their wellness. Then students will apply food preparation techniques related to the Federal Food Guide and Dietary Guidelines.  Food will be sampled. Further, students will analyze special diets and the benefits of exercise. This course is open to students in grades 9-12.

625 Textile and Design

First Semester – 1/2 Unit

**May be used towards the Fine Arts Graduation requirement.

If clothes, fashion and personal appearance are what interest you, this is a course for you. You will have the opportunity to explore fashion and design and investigate various aspects of clothing from historical styles to current fashion fan facts. Further, you will understand the art of clothing design and construction by creating your own garments. Join students who are interested in a career in fashion design and merchandising/promotion, fashion styling and selection for other people, or just learning how to construct garments. This course is open to students in grades 9-12.

626 Housing and Interior Design

Second Semester – 1/2 Unit

** May be used towards the Fine Arts Graduation requirement.

Buying and owning a home is a dream for many people. In this course you will have the opportunity to create a model of your dream home, applying concepts of your future lifestyle and relating to crucial decision-making factors such as money and your housing wants and needs. Investigate the variety of housing styles and historical architectural styles when selecting a home. Further, apply interior design concepts (elements and principles of design) when selecting wall and floor coverings for interiors that you have created using the computer to design a variety of rooms. Creative young men and women interested in careers such as design, interior decorating, structural engineering, and real estate will find this course especially enjoyable and worthwhile. This course is open to students in grades 9-12.

627 International Foods

Second Semester – 1/2 Unit

Food is prepared here in America with ethnic roots from all over the world. First, we will investigate the ethnic foods and heritage common to regions in the U.S. Then we look overseas to find out what and how foods are prepared abroad. Be prepared to work in a team to cook, clean and sample ethnic dishes. Join us and you will brush up on your geography skills, social studies, and cultural awareness while getting skilled at dinner preparations. This course is open to students in grades 9-12.

628 Careers in Human Services

First Semester – 1/2 Unit

If you have an interest in better understanding how to help or work effectively with people across the life cycle, this course is for you. The Human Services field has an increasing number of job opportunities available helping all ages in time of need or crisis. Study and examine the ways in which community agencies help address them. Join students seriously interested in investigating a career in the human services field and take part in an opportunity to job shadow a professional working in a career that interests you for one day of six (6) hours. This course is open to students in grades 9-12.

629 Child Development (P) (HVCC Credit Available)

Second Semester – 1/2 Unit

Prerequisite: Introduction to Early Childhood is recommended. 

Child development from conception through preadolescence is explored and related to current research and theories. This course broadens the student’s knowledge of the many systems which influence development. The interdependence among all aspects of growth and development is emphasized. The needs of infants and children at each stage are related to their daily care and educational programs. Join other students who are interested in information that can be applied to careers in teaching, counseling/psychiatry, or social work or for the role as a future parent. 

Optional: Three Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) credits. A tuition fee is required for this option. 30 Hours of informal observation is required. This course is open to students in grades 11-12.

630 Clothing Production (P)

Second Semester – 1/2 Unit

Prerequisite: Textile and Design is recommended.

In this course students will have the opportunity to be their own clothing designer and expand sewing skills by creating a pattern based on appropriate body measurements. Students will further create the garment using appropriate sewing techniques. This course is designed for students interested in fashion design, clothing construction or furthering their sewing skills. This course is open to students in grades 9-12.

640 Career Internship Program (CEIP) in Human Services (P)

Full Year – 1 Unit

Prerequisite: This course is open to Seniors who have completed Introduction to Early Childhood and Adolescent Development, or to juniors with permission of Department Supervisor.

This is a full-year course that includes instructional time and a 54 hour internship experience. In this course, students will be provided with an in-depth study of youth through adulthood, including management, curriculum development, developmental theory and application. This course includes extensive work with people in society. High school students develop instructional lessons and apply this work in a variety of community experiences. Students will also explore how social changes impact people and the importance of parent, family and community involvement. It is recommended that students do not take this course at the same time as Child Development (#629). This course is open to students in grades 11-12.

889 Food Processing I

Full Year – 1 Unit

This year long course is a hands-on laboratory where students can practice job and life skills in the area of food. This course is by recommendation only.

890 Food Processing II

Full Year – 1 Unit

This year long course continue building on the skills learning in Food Processing I. This course is by recommendation only.

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