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Family & Comsumer Science

Course Descriptions


0625 Healthy and Safe Foods (Eating for the Health of It)          
1 semester     Grades 9, 10, 11, 12            ½ credit
How do your food choices affect you? In addition to numerous healthy lifestyle practices, you will learn about what you should be eating to enjoy optimum wellness and reduce the risks of certain chronic diseases. Good nutrition, based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, is the foundation for this course. You will examine nutrients and their functions, along with eating plans that will insure that you get all of the nutrients you need. You will gain competence in weight control and become an informed consumer. You will develop your food preparation skills through authentic laboratory experiences of preparing nutritious and tasty foods that include: nutrient dense foods, exercise and low-calorie snacks, Thanksgiving dinner with all of its trimmings, low-fat/cholesterol foods, complex carbohydrate foods, and “Brown Bagger’s” lunch. No prerequisite required. Fee: $30.00
0623 Gourmet Foods                                               1 semester     Grades 9, 10, 11, 12            ½ credit
If you wanted to impress that very special friend, would you know what to include in a gourmet menu? Could you surprise him or her with an unusual sampling, such as exotic crepes, omelets, soufflés, quiches, and beef dishes? Could you exhibit a creative culinary ability and be able to transform normal “boring” potatoes into “Mantua’s Spectacular Spuds”? Could you set the stage for a meal and serve it with a flair? Or, when dining out, can you exhibit acceptable social graces without embarrassing yourself? Gourmet Foods is designed to help you appreciate one of the finer things in life – haute cuisine. And, you’ll get an opportunity to show what you have learned on a field trip to one of Cleveland’s finest restaurants. Prerequisite: Healthy and Safe Food (Eating for the Health of It). Fee: $30.00.
0627 Creative Cooking                                            1 semester     Grades 9, 10, 11, 12            ½ credit
If you have a “sweet tooth,” this is the course for you! Learn about the scientific principles of baking so you can create prize-winning cookies, cakes and frostings, pies and fillings, quick breads and yeast breads, and desserts. You’ll also learn about basic cake-decorating techniques and then create a culinary masterpiece for any occasion from a design of your own choice. Through instructional activities and authentic lab experiences you will develop your baking skills for both personal enjoyment as well as for potential career opportunities. Prerequisite: Healthy and Safe Food (Eating for the Health of It). Fee: $30.00.
0632 (Teen Life) Managing Transitions                 1 semester     Grades 9, 10, 11, 12            ½ credit
Do you ever feel that no one understands you and that you are the only person that is feeling the way you do? Are you constantly battling with your parents and other adults in your life? Are there days when you would like nothing better than to go back to bed so you wouldn’t have to deal with the crisis in your life? News flash - you’re a teenager! Fortunately, there is help for you if you choose this course. Learn about adolescent development and how to accomplish the tasks you’re faced with before becoming an adult. Find out how to enhance your self-esteem, set SMART goals, make the most of your resources, and build your assets so you can reach your potential. Get some pointers for improving your relationships with your family and friends. Finally, as you form values and beliefs about who you are and relate to others through the dating experience, learn how to express your sexuality maturely and responsibly. No prerequisite required.  
Family and Consumer Sciences (continued)
0633 Child Development (Married With Children) 1 semester     Grades 9, 10, 11, 12          ½ credit
Most people get married and become parents at some time in their lives. In fact, being a parent is the most important job in the world! Yet, unlike the majority of occupations, you don’t need a diploma, degree, or any special training to become a parent. This class will provide you with a visionary exploration of your future family. Find out the difference between love and infatuation and discover the characteristics you desire in a mate. Research what is involved in planning a wedding when you actually plan your own special day. Then, once you are “married” take the test to see if and when you’re ready for parenthood by participating in the Ready-or-Not Tot infant simulation. Finally, this is the opportunity for you to investigate the needs of children and how you, as a parent, can meet those needs for healthy growth and development of children. No prerequisite required.
Here are two courses that will help prepare you for life after graduation!
0621 Career Search I (Life After Graduation)                   1 semester     Grades 11, 12           ½ credit
In a very short time your high school career will be over. You’ll be out on your own where you’ll find that your life will change dramatically. Because winning the lottery is highly unlikely, you’d best be prepared to find a satisfying and financially rewarding career. In this class you’ll examine the job market and develop a career plan based on your interests and aptitudes. You’ll practice job searching skills including creating a resume and rehearsing interviewing techniques. You’ll learn to set goals and use your available resources to lead a more productive and meaningful life, explore time management strategies, develop plans to manage stress, improve your decision-making and problem-solving skills, and build sound relationships.
No prerequisite required.
0620 Financial Management I (Personal Finance)           1 semester     Grades 10, 11, 12   ½ credit
In this class you’ll develop attitudes and skills to achieve personal financial wellbeing. You’ll learn the inter-relationships between values, spending decisions, income and education. Additionally, you’ll get some pointer for managing your money and how to use credit effectively. Strategies for saving and investing will also be examined so you can build a solid foundation for your financial security. You’ll be able to use and evaluate technology for financial purposes, avoiding financial fraud. Finally, you’ll learn how to become a more informed and responsible consumer in the marketplace.
No prerequisite required.