This summer Learning ZoneXpress has been asking teachers how they are keeping FACS Alive in their classrooms and schools. We were thrilled with the response and are happy to share the stories. We would love to hear from you! Help us spread the awareness of FCS in the classroom today and share your story with us. Long live “Home Ec”!
Hello, I am a FACS teacher at the Newport Middle High School in Newport, NH. I teach classes for 7-12 graders. Our Middle school programs focus on Foods, Health and Wellness in Cooking for grade 7; Grade 8 is Career. NH has a strong curriculum for Middle Schools called Foundations of Work and Family. In our High School our focus is again Foods, Nutrition and Wellness. I also teach Parenting/Child Development, Global Foods, Intro to Hospitality and Careers and Adult Roles to High School.
Numbers are particularly good in my Foods classes. I am the only instructor in our building for about 400 population and have been for 15 years. Some of the changes I made when coming to this high school was to update all of the "Home Economics" curriculum to bring us in alignment with the National Standards for FACS. I also wrote a technology grant that allowed our Foods lab to come from the "50's" up to the present utilizing new technology such as convection ovens and handicapped accessible kitchens.