Upper St. Clair School District

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Family and Consumer Sciences
 
FOODS 1
An introduction to foods and nutrition, this one semester course for freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors is geared toward those interested in learning or improving basic survival skills in the kitchen. This includes planning, preparing, and serving a wide variety of foods. Important nutritional information is included in each unit. Students may choose to take foods for one semester or for one full year by selecting Foods 1 and Foods 2.
 
FOODS 2
Focusing on food, nutrition, and international cuisine, this semester course builds on the basic skills learned in Foods 1. Food selections will be discussed and prepared with healthy choices in mind. Some food items prepared include chicken stir-fry, Fajitas, homemade soups, cakes, and specialty breads. An emphasis is placed on International Cuisine. Students will develop an understanding of other cultures through food and armchair travel. Attention will be placed on Asia, Europe, South America, Africa, and Australia. The semester culminates with an old fashioned North American barbeque.

FOODS 3: ADVANCED FOODS
If you’re interested in creative cooking, this semester advanced foods course focuses on creative food preparation and presentation. An array of topics and techniques that will be covered include garnishing and plating skills; creative baking featuring items such as bread baskets, soup bowls, braids, and pita pockets; cooking for entertaining that involves preparing a complete Thanksgiving dinner; creating food gift baskets utilizing a variety of homemade items; preparing food items for service projects such as Meals on Wheels and fundraisers for domestic and international causes; utilizing special cooking techniques and skills needed for modifying diets. As with all foods classes, nutritional needs will be emphasized.

FOODS 4, FOOD FOR ENTERTAINING
This semester advanced foods course is centered on entertaining. Students will plan, prepare, and formally serve meals to invited adult guests. All skills learned in previous foods courses will be applied to this experience, as well as learning types of meal service, table settings, and proper etiquette when entertaining. Besides entertaining, a focus on regional cooking within the United States will be included within this course.

CHILD CARE AND DEVELOPMENT 1 (Nursery School Experience)
This course involves the practical application of child development in a specially designed nursery school for three- and four-year-old children from our community. Students plan and teach lessons, lead craft projects and games, and create bulletin boards in the preschool lab as well as guide the behavior and observe the development of children. This course is an excellent introduction to teaching or for students planning careers working with children.

CHILD CARE AND DEVELOPMENT 2 (Nursery School Experience)
This class provides a complete hands-on experience for students by working with and teaching three- and four-year-olds each day in our classroom nursery school. This class provides a valuable experience for students interested in a career involving children such as teaching, social work, child care, nursing, or psychology, as well as for those who just enjoy children. Students travel to district elementary schools to observe and participate with students.

CHILD GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
This one semester course encourages an understanding of all aspects of children’s physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and moral development. Growth & Development will be followed from the prenatal period through school age. Students will observe children of various ages to better understand growth and development. In addition to concepts of child development, this course will teach skills to prepare students for care-giving and future parenting. This course also includes the "Baby Think It Over" doll simulator whereby students will simulate a care-giving experience outside the classroom.

PRACTICAL LIVING
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live on your own? How much money will I need to support myself in my chosen lifestyle? Wait no longer, the answers can be found in this hands-on activity-based, one-semester course designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to make decisions as they leave high school and assume independent living responsibilities. Choose a career, develop job interview skills, set up a budget, find a place to live, buy or lease a car, understand credit, improve consumer skills and learn to communicate and develop social skills.
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