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    Home and Career Skills at West Middle

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    Family and Consumer Sciences education empowers individuals and families across the lifespan

    to manage the challenges of living and working in a diverse global society.

    The unique focus is on families, work, and their interrelationships.





    Welcome 1st Quarter Students


    Grade 6:  We are beginning in the culinary classroom and are going to be working on beginning cooking skills.  It is intended through this experience that students will learn:


    • Common kitchen utensils
    • Measuring of ingredients
    • Basic food preparation skills
    • How to read and complete a recipe
    • Common cooking and baking terms


    Beginning on October 7th we will be moving to room 19 the sewing room and begin our sewing project. Students have received a shopping list and the due date for supplies is April 17th.  If your child cannot have the supplies by that date please contact me.  It is intended through this project for students to:

    • learn a life skill
    • operate a sewing machine
    • read, analyze and interpret directions
    • follow all steps to create a final project
    • gain confidence
    • encourage creativity
    • build patience and perseverance
    • develop problem solving skills


    Grade 8:  We will start the culinary classroom.  The Culinary Unit will continue to build on the skill learned in 6th and 7th grade.  The recipes we make this year are intended to challenge the students from what they did in previous years.  I am looking for them to be more self directed as they execute the recipes at the 8th grade level. We will be including the following topics:

    • Use of new types of kitchen equipment
    • Advanced preparation skills
    • Food safety awareness
    • Main course meals


    On October 7th we will be moving to the classroom and begin the career awareness unit. This course of study allows students to recognize their strengths, interests and aptitudes as a possible connection to occupations that would fit them best.  We will also explore and learn about levels of education, needs vs. wants, career clusters, how to get a job, completing a job application and work place ethics. The major projects that will need to be completed during this unit are:

    • Career Research project
    • Future Smart/Everfi Budgeting and Personal Finance computer program