Upper St. Clair High School
Family and Consumer Science Department
Mrs. Cathy Bowen
Family and Consumer Sciences
*Graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania
*Employed with Upper St. Clair School District since 1995
- Foods I:
- An introduction to foods and nutrition, this one semester course for 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 1 full year by selecting Foods 1 and Foods 2.
- Foods II:
- 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 III:
If you're interested in creative cooking, this semester advanced foods course focuses on creative food preparation and presentation. 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 IV:
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 Growth & Development:
- This one semester course encourages an understanding of all aspects of a child's physical, intellectual, emotional, social and moral development. Growth and development will be followed from the prenatal period to 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, 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 skill and communicate and develop social skills.
- Fashion Design and Construction:
- This is a one semester course for sophomores, juniors, and seniors interested in Fashion Design and Construction. This course is designed for students who have interests in the fields of design apparel, textiles, and clothing construction. Individual projects using design principles will be used as vehicles to further develop the students’ skills. Experiences may include principles of clothing construction, home decorating, and other entrepreneurial opportunities. Students completing this course will have an introduction to the field of Fashion Merchandising and Design.
- Interior Design: This course is designed to expose the student to the basic principles needed to furnish a home. Color, furniture styles, fabrics and textiles, as well as room arrangements will help the students to understand their own taste as well as that of others. The actual projects in color coordinating and layout will make this a practical, workable chance for deeper understanding of the possibilities in this as a career opportunity. This course will provide a co-educational way to plan and carry out projects of furnishing a room or planning home decorating units.
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