Teen Connections


Dear Parents and Students,

Hello and welcome to FACS!  The mission of today’s Family and Consumer Sciences class is not the one of your old Home Economics “Cooking Class”. Today’s FACS programs are designed to teach the daily living, employability, and relational skills needed to empower students to become young adults who successfully manage the challenges of independent living and working in our rapidly changing society.  

Students will have the opportunity to learn through a combination of hands on activities, laboratory experiences, group work, demonstrations, games, speakers, class discussions, and field trips. A workplace environment will be simulated as much and as often as possible.  Students will be expected to arrive to class on time, and to work for the entire period,  Employability skills will be intertwined throughout each unit  Because of this, there will be minimal “at home” projects, or work.  (Among these at home projects planned are: participation in the RealBaby simulation during the parenting unit, cleaning your refrigerator during the kitchen sanitation unit, doing family laundry at home during the clothing unit, and preparing a meal at home for the family.) Throughout the year, there will be multiple “in-class” partner, group, and individual projects and presentations.  These projects are designed to be done totally “in-class”, under my guidance, supervision and help, and to be submitted by or before the given deadline.  Due to the fact that it is imperative that your son/daughter begin to understand and embrace the importance of these valuable employability skills, (i.e. getting along with others, working with others, communication, professionalism, politeness, etiquette, following instructions, meeting a deadline, etc.), students will not be allowed to work on these at home.

All FACS students will be taught safety and sanitation rules. These study aids and links will be on Google classroom. The State Department of Alabama requires every student working in a lab (sewing or foods) to pass their safety and sanitation test with 100% accuracy.  This test will be taught, reviewed and given multiple times throughout the first of the academic school year. Students not making the required 100% will not be allowed to work in a Lab, instead they will do alternate assignments during Lab time.

Those students making a 100% on their S&S Test will have the opportunity to learn how to sew by hand and/or machine, and bring home items they have made.  During the foods units, they will study and research, plan, prep, cook, clean, and eat in class.  Eating is always their favorite activity!  Again, working during the week and completing all assignments required, is a necessary requirement prior to Lab admission. I have a couple of sayings that they’ll hear often: “You must work a full Monday - Thursday to get your paycheck on Friday.” and “If I can’t trust you out here in the classroom, I certainly can’t trust you in a Lab.”  What is meant by those statements is simple.  We, in Career Tech, are training the next generation to be giving, productive, hard-working, and successful young adults. Therefore, Participation is very important in my class when we are involved in any type of activity.  Each student’s involvement in class activities helps lead to both individual and group success.  

Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is our career/technical student organization.  It serves as an integral part of the course.  All students enrolled in FACS will have the opportunity to join and participate in their FCCLA chapter. As a service leadership organization, each member is required to complete 20 hours of community service per year (10 by Christmas break and the remaining 10 by April 30).  Members in good standing will be able to participate in field trips, attend local and State leadership conferences & competitions, and other FCCLA-sponsored activities. A $35 payment to MMS FCCLA will pay for students’ state and national dues as well as a club t-shirt.  

Attached is a syllabus explaining course requirements and expectations, supplies needed, and a tentative course outline.  Please read and discuss these items together.  Return the signature sheet tomorrow. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at the school (205-379-4730) or by email (address below).  I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to be here again this school year, and to partner with you in the education of your child! It’s going to be a great year!


Vicki Sorrell

Family and Consumer Sciences Instructor

FCCLA Advisor



COURSE TITLE: Teen Connections

DESCRIPTION:Teen Connections is a one year Career Tech  for 8th grade students.


GOAL: This course is designed to prepare students for the physical, intellectual, emotional, and social changes that characterize adolescence.  My class outline includes personal, family, and peer relationships, food and health, clothing, consumer issues, child development, housing, technology, and career exploration.  This class will aid students in answering the Essential Question: “What skills do I need to be successful in life?”



Week 1: Course Introduction-Getting Organized, Getting to Know Each

Week 2-3: Personal Connections (Personality Test / Values & Goals/ Leadership / Careers)

Week 4: Personal Connections (Decision Making, Relationships, Social Etiquette)

Week 5 Sewing Introduction (Terminology & Safety Test)

Week 6:   Introduction of Hand Sewing Skills

Week 7-8: 1st Sewing Project Construction / Garment & Fabric Care / Laundry

Week 9-10: Kitchen Survival (Safety & Sanitation / Tools / Measuring / Recipe Interpretation & Safety Tests )

Week 11: Dining Etiquette (Manners & Table Setting Etiquette) / Foods Lab

Week 12: Meal Planning (Teen Food Choices & Nutrition) / Foods Lab

Week 13: Seasonal – Pies Foods Lab

Week 14: Review / Thanksgiving Break

Week 15: Holiday Treats / Foods Lab

Week 16: Teacher Appreciation / Foods Lab

Week 17: Review and Semester Exam

Week 18: Clean Department

Second Semester:

Week 1: Substance Abuse, Decision Making (Choices & Consequences)

Week 2: Dating (Refusal Skills) and Marriage Skills

Week 3: Aptitude and Interest Inventories / Career Exploration

Week 4: Job Skills / Resume Building for College and Employment

Week 5: Budgeting & Money Skills / Teen Consumer/Buying Skills

Week 6: Housing Project (1 day Valentines Foods Lab )

Week 7: Housing Projects Completed & Displayed

Week 8-10 Child Development – Prenatal, Infant & Preschool (Babysitting Skills)

Week 11: St. Patrick’s Day Fun Foods Lab (Monday) / Sewing Machine Safety/Operation

Week 12-14: Design & Hand Stitch project from fleece remnants or felt  / machine project TBA -- SPRING BREAK

Week 15: Entertaining / Salads & Appetizers Foods Lab

Week 16: Entertaining / Easy Desserts Foods Lab

Week 17: “Chopped” Challenges Foods Lab

Week 18: Review and Semester Exam

Week 19: Clean Department

*The order of units is subject to change due to school events, holidays, etc.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:  Upon completion of this course, the students will be able to:

Describe manners used in various settings

Identify grooming habits that lead to a healthy appearance

Describe ways to show respect for self, others, and property

Compare verbal &  nonverbal communication skills used to improve interpersonal relationships

Describe characteristics of healthy relationships with family and friends

Explain responsibilities involved in babysitting related to age, safety, and health

Demonstrate safe & appropriate use of sewing equipment/skills/techniques

Utilize appropriate care techniques of teen clothing

Demonstrate safe and appropriate use of kitchen equipment

Practice sanitation and safety procedures in the preparation of food

Demonstrate basic table setting rules

Evaluate the effect of food on health and appearance

Analyze factors affecting teen food choices

Explain types of eating disorders

Compare the nutritive value and costs of snacks and fast foods

Prepare nutritious snacks and meals

Demonstrate the processes of making decisions and solving problems

Determine how needs and wants influence teen behavior in the marketplace

Explain how housing meets the needs of individuals and society.

Demonstrate skills for managing finances

Demonstrate procedures for obtaining employment

Explore careers in family and consumer sciences

ASSIGNMENTS AND HOMEWORK:  Ample time will be provided in class to complete most of the assignments.  Some projects will require that information be gathered or work be completed at home and evaluated by parents.  Due to the nature of the course, students should make every effort to be in class each day.  If a student misses school, it is their responsibility to get notes and make up any missed assignments in a timely manner.  This can be done by reviewing the unit checklist then getting needed handouts and instructions.  Students will be shown where to get this information in the classroom.


  • Personality Assessments, Ability & Aptitude Tests, & Resulting Career Match Plan Project

  • Meal Planning Home Foods Lab

  • Sewing Project

  • Financial Plan / Budget

  • Interior Design / Decorating Project

  • Childcare Plan / Project

EVALUATION AND GRADING:  Each nine weeks the student’s grade will be determined as a percentage of the total points available.  Opportunities for bonus points will be made available throughout the grading period.  Students will be encouraged, and sometimes required, to utilize peer reviews, self-evaluation, and parent evaluation.  

McAdory Middle School adheres to the following grading scale:

90 – 100% A

80 – 89% B 60-69% D

70 – 79% C Below 60% F =============================================================================


2017-2018 SUPPLY LIST

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  • 1 box Kleenex

  • Hand-sanitizer

  • Clorox Wipes

  • College Ruled lined  notebook paper

  • Thin colored markers

  • Colored Pencils

  • White Copy Paper

  • Colored Copy Paper

  • Colored Card Stock Paper

  • Jumbo ziploc bags



Teen Discoveries &

Teen Connections



  • 3 - two pocket vinyl folder with brads - 1 ea - green, black & blue

  • 1 - five subject spiral notebook (college ruled - any color)

  • #2 Pencils (pkg of 8-10)

  • 2 -Blue or Black Pens (no clicky pens)

  • 1 - Permanent Marker (not yellow)

  • 1 - Glue Stick

  • 1 pkg 4x6” Index Cards

  • Highlighter (any color)

  • 1 jumbo ziploc bag

  • Earbuds or headphones for iPad use

  • Spacemaker Box (to leave in classroom for storing all above supplies)


(Career Tech Student Organization)



(Family, Career &

Community Leaders of America)


covers state & national dues & club t-shirt

All TD & TC field trips, leadership events, & conferences are taken through FCCLA

LATER -  YOUR SON/DAUGHTER WILL NEED Additional items for sewing / foods projects (reminders will be posted online in their Google Classroom)


***FAMILIES are asked to consider donating ANY of the above items. There will be an on-going need for these items throughout the year, so please send them in any and every time that it is convenient for you.


My classroom rules are simple and straightforward.  They are listed below, will be posted in the classroom at all times, and will be reviewed in detail at the beginning of the semester.  Refresher lessons will be provided as needed.

BE RESPECTFUL (of people and property) - Disrespect and defiance from students toward teachers/staff will not be tolerated and will result in immediate and swift discipline.  Harassment and/or bullying will also never be tolerated - and will result in an immediate write-up, phone call home, and trip to the Administrator’s office.

BE RESPONSIBLE (for yourself, for your work and property) - In general, in life, if you don’t work - you don’t eat.  In my class I try to instill the very important quality of a strong work ethic.  If students don’t do the work (usually individual or collaborative book work before the Lab); they forfeit their Lab privileges.  They receive zeros for both assignments and cannot make up the work.)

I try diligently to make sure the consequences of breaking class rules match the severity and/or frequency of the infraction.  With that in mind, consequences may include the following:

Verbal warning

One on one counsel with student

If behavior continues,

Phone call / email to parent & discipline referral to Principal

I follow the MMS outlined discipline policy

IMPORTANT CLASS PROCEDURES:  Be aware of the following procedures as they may greatly affect your grade.

DAILY DIRECTIONS – Upon entering the classroom each day, students should:

Enter classroom orderly, quietly

Be seated @ assigned seat before the tardy bell rings.

Look for any bellringer/instructions on the whiteboard and follow the directions listed.  If no explicit instructions are posted, students should remain seated quietly at their assigned table.

There should be:

  • Absolutely NO gum

No eating or drinking in classroom or anywhere outside of cafeteria

No personal grooming.

No talking or disturbing the class when the teacher is talking or during instruction.

No use of cell phone for any reason – all personal electronics should be off & away each day (if personal electronic devices are allowed there will be a sign posted in the room and will be verbally informed by the teacher).

TARDIES – Students who enter the classroom after the tardy bell without a pass will be marked tardy in INOW, and must sign the class tardy log.  For student NOT to be counted tardy, he/she must bring in a specific note from teacher /administrator.  Students must come in without bringing attention to themselves and begin work quietly.

•RESTROOM – Passes to the restroom will only be issued on an emergency basis.  Students need to make every effort to use restroom between classes.  

•PENCIL SHARPENER – Students should sharpen pencils BEFORE class begins; however, should the need arise during class time, they may go quietly to the pencil sharpener (without asking permission) at any time EXCEPT when someone is addressing the class as a whole (this includes announcements over the intercom system). This same rule applies for the use/need of other items such as tissues, staplers, tape dispenser, etc.

•PASSING IN PAPERS or ISNS - Papers should be passed to the right of the room and the “Materials Collector” will collect them, put a paperclip on them and put them in the correct location.  NO NAME ON WORK TURNED IN – If work is turned in with no name, it will be placed in the “No Name” folder.  It is the sole responsibility of the student to claim their work, write their name on it, and then re-submit the work so that the grade can be recorded. If this is not done, in a timely manner (within one week) the score will remain a zero.

•ENTERING AND EXITING CLASS – Students may not enter classroom before teacher’s permission and students should stand in a line against the wall outside classroom door until teacher allows entrance (MMS Policy) No one is to leave before the room is straightened, chairs pushed in, tables cleaned, equipment returned, and garbage picked up from floor.  Students should not stand at desks or door, waiting on time to leave.  Students will remain seated until I dismiss the class.

•LAB SAFETY - A major safety test will be given.  Students MUST SCORE 100% on this test in order to work in the foods or sewing lab.  Multiple attempts will be allowed (tests being given in following weeks). Anyone not following the lab instructions or safety rules will lose lab points.   ** Refusal to do job assigned, or horseplay in lab, will cause students to be removed from the lab and will receive a zero grade for the lab.  I adhere to a strict “NO WORK - NO EAT” policy with regards to our foods labs; meaning if student refuses to do (or chooses not to do) assigned classwork preceding foods lab – he or she will not be allowed to participate in foods lab and will receive a zero for the lab, as well as classwork.

•MISSED WORK - If a student misses class for an excused reason, they should be proactive and look in the “absent” folder for missed work.  They may see me, or fellow student, with any questions.  Typically, unit “study guides” and “terms to know” will always need to be made up if they are missed.  Textbooks may be checked out if necessary.


•DAILY CLASS WORK is expected to be turned in on the day it is assigned.  Late work will be accepted; however,10 points, per day, will be deducted.  Once a unit is finished, NO work in that unit will be accepted for a grade.  

MAJOR PROJECTS may be turned in late; however, 10 points per day will be deducted from the student’s project grade.  (I do not count weekends as extra days.)



-- What personal changes and challenges will adolescents face in the twenty-first century?


-- What type of lifestyle choices should adolescents make to maintain optimum health and wellness?


-- What consumer decisions will adolescents face today and in the future?

-- Why is it important for teens to learn about money management?


-- What independent living skills will teens need to possess in order to care for clothing?


-- What basic child development skills do teens need to successfully care for children?


-- Why is it important for teens to understand household maintenance and safety?

-- How can teens organize and maintain their living space?


-- What career skills will help students become employable in a global society?

-- How does technology influence and affect the decisions of adolescents? ============================================================================================================================================================

"FCCLA is the Ultimate Leadership Experience!"

FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) is a nonprofit national career and technical student organization for young men and women in family and consumer sciences education in public and private school through grade 12. While everyone is part of a family, FCCLA is the only national career, and technical student organization with the family as its central focus. Since 1945, FCCLA members have been making a difference in their families, careers and communities by addressing important personal, work and societal issues through family and consumer sciences education. Today over 250,000 members in nearly 7,000 chapters are active in a network of associations in 50 states as well as in the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.  

Chapter projects focus on a variety of youth concerns, including teen pregnancy, parenting, family relationships, substance abuse, peer pressure, environment, nutrition and fitness, culinary arts, teen violence and career exploration.

Involvement in FCCLA offers members the opportunity to expand their leadership potential and develop skills for life -- planning, goal setting, problem solving, decision making and interpersonal communication -- necessary in the home and workplace.

Mission:  To promote personal growth and leadership development through family and consumer sciences education. Focusing on the multiple roles of family member, wage earner and community leader, members develop skills for life through--

character development

creative and critical thinking

interpersonal communication

practical knowledge as well as vocational preparation


to provide opportunities for personal development and preparation for adult life

to strengthen the function of the family as a basic unit of society

to encourage democracy through cooperative action in the home and community

to encourage individual and group involvement in helping achieve global cooperation and harmony

to promote greater understanding between youth and adults

to provide opportunities for making decisions and for assuming responsibilities.

to prepare for the multiple roles of men and women in today's society

to promote family and consumer sciences and related occupations ===============================================================


Please sign and return THIS PAGE (by August 21st) indicating that you (both student & parent) understand and agree to the class rules and procedures mentioned in the above syllabus.  This also indicates that you are aware of the materials that are required for this class.

NOTE: This signed page is a requirement (and the first homework grade) -- worth 25 points.

Student’s Name (please print) ________________________________ Period ______________

###  Food Allergies: ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Parent Name (please print): ___________________________________________________________________

Parent’s Email address*** ______________________________ Cell Number: ______________

Parent’s Signature ______________________________________    Date _________________

Student’s Signature ____________________________________   Date ___________________

Parental assistance and involvement is always welcome.  Please indicate below any areas that you might be willing/available to assist during this school year

Helping in class with sewing _____ Helping in class during food labs   _____

Acting as a guest speaker or helping to secure guest speakers on FACS related topics. _______

Please list your areas of interest or ability: _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

### This information is critical if your child has a severe allergy.  Due to the extensive time my classes spend in the foods lab, students with severe food allergies may need to have a schedule change… Please contact me ASAP if this is the case.


Throughout the year I plan to update our school’s website & social media accounts with news and current pictures of students completing projects and activities.

Please indicate below your permission, or lack thereof:

I give my permission for FACS/FCCLA pictures of my child ________________________ to  be posted on the our MMS website and/or social media account/s).Yes __    No __   Signature ___________________________


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