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                                       Course Syllabus

                                        Montgomery County High School

Teacher:  Mrs. Kathy H. Cora

2014-2015 School Year


Grade Level: 9-10                                                        Credits: 1                                                          A Day – 3rd & 4 Blocks

Description: This comprehensive course provides an opportunity for acquiring basic life skills and guides students to explore and select specific areas for concentrated study. Emphasis is on family, employability skills, adolescent development, introduction to textiles, interiors and design, financial management, challenges of parenting, establishing healthy relationships, and creating a foundation for healthy lifestyles and nutrition. Leadership development will be provided through the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.

Learning Targets: Students will:

  • examine personal values and character traits.
  • assess personal social skills and integrate an improvement plan.
  • identify and evaluate some positive and negative influences and consequences of peers on adolescent behavior, including high risk behaviors.
  • develop personal short-term and long-term SMART goals.
  • analyze the practical problems faced by families to balance the demands of work and family.
  • identify physical, psychological, social, economic, technology and health influences on personal wellness.
  • predict the results of accomplishing or failing to accomplish the developmental tasks of adolescence.
  • summarize ways of reducing or preventing teen pregnancy.
  • analyze financial, social, physical and emotional costs of parenthood.
  • demonstrate wise spending practices such as advertising and comparison shopping.
  • use the decision making process.
  • plan a personal budget.
  • calculate sales tax, price per unit, and sale discounts.
  • identify individual work habits/ethics (individual/team skills, confidentiality, problem solving, punctuality, self-discipline, communication skills) and explain their importance in the work place.
  • formulate a culminating assessment using comparison shopping techniques, budgeting practices and managing resources (i.e. Life Event Planning STAR Event).
  • analyze the causes and consequences of diet, exercise, rest and other substance choices on various body systems.
  • plan, prepare and evaluate a menu using current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the USDA MyPlate (choosemyplate.gov.).
  • identify proper kitchen equipment/utensils and demonstrate how to properly use them.
  • demonstrate and practice knowledge of food service safety and sanitation.
  • illustrate design elements and principles.
  • comparing and contrasting societal housing trends within the United States.
  • utilize color schemes to create fashion apparel design using technology.
  • analyze career opportunities in Family and Consumer Sciences six career pathways.
  • demonstrate employability and social skills relevant to each career major and pathway.
  • utilize activities of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America student organization as an integral component of course content and leadership development.
  • apply math, science and literacy skills within technical content.

Textbooks Used: Skills for Personal and Family Living (used only in the classroom)


Fees Required:  Lab Cost                                 $ 15.00   (due by 8/29/14 --must be paid before participation in labs)

                              FCCLA Membership                15.00   (required for membership in organization)

                                                             Total       $ 30.00  

Materials Required for Class:

three-ring binder                three-ring pencil pouch                    one pack (3 count or above) of #2 lead pencils

three-ring dividers               highlighter                                 one pack of loose-leaf notebook paper

any miscellaneous materials necessary for activities


Method of Grade Calculation: Each assignment (participation, daily in-class work, homework, writing assignments, labs, projects) will be given points from 5-100 based on the amount of work involved/expected. Nine-week grades will be determined by dividing the number of points possible into the number of points received.

Homework Policy: All homework is due the day after it is assigned unless otherwise instructed. A reduction of one letter grade per day will be applied for late work.

Makeup Work Policy: It is the student's responsibility upon returning to class to 1.) request makeup work by filling out the "makeup request form,” and 2.)  complete the work. Students have the number of days absent plus one day to make up work (ie: 3 days absent, 4 school days to make-up once they return).



1. I will always be prepared:

Attend school regularly

To class on time and immediately take seat and begin work on bellringer activity (found on the screen/board)

Restroom and water fountain before or after class

Pick up binder from shelf -- includes pencil (#2) and paper (loose-leaf notebook)

Turn in assignments with full name, class period, assignment name and date

       2. I will always be appropriate:

Use appropriate language and tone

Follow the dress code

Gum permitted, with restrain – no food or drink (includes candy/tic-tacs etc.)

Public displays of affection are prohibited; horseplay prohibited

Large purses and sports bags/backpacks placed in front of room

Write only on paper, not tables, walls, etc.

3. I will always respect others:

       Keep cell phones and I-Pods put away (always)--store in tote on counter until end of class

       Chrombook use will be for instruction only

Respect the personal rights and property of others; treat others the way I would want to be treated; be kind and helpful to everyone

Be a good listener and follow directions; avoid talking unless required by the assignment

Wait to be recognized by the teacher after raising hand

Remain quiet and seated during announcements

Only the teacher answers the door, the intercom, or the phone

Clean around desk and push chair in before leaving

Follow emergency procedures accurately

        4.  I will always be responsible for my learning:

                Participate in all classroom activities.

                Complete all assignments.

5. Positive Attitude:

Remember that everything in life does not always go our way—attitude can make a good day or a bad day Accept responsibility for behavior—accept consequences



1. Verbal warning: you will be warned and the teacher will explain the problem.

2. Detention

3. Contact with home

4. Repeated offenses: Office Referral

Severe offenses will result in an immediate office referral. Examples: smoking/possession of tobacco, drugs, fighting,

flagrant abuse of faculty/staff/other students, profanity, defiance (student says "I will not” or walks away)

I have read and understand this course syllabus. (The student must return this entire syllabus for a grade.)

__________________________________________________________________________________Student Signature Date_________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________Parent Signature Date_________________________________         E-Mail Address/Phone Number

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