Teen Connections



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?”



First Semester:

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


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 and 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

70 – 79% C

60 – 69% D

Below 60% F


Please  (by second week of school)

  • Spacemaker pencil box

  • 3 - #2 Pencils, 1 blue or black pen, erasers

  • 1 highlighter (color of your choice)

  • 1 sharpie

  • 1 Glue stick

  • 1 pr small scissors

  • Tab dividers (8)

  • One 1½ “ - 3 ring view binder (Crystal clear overlay on front, spine and back cover of binder allows for custom cover design.)

  • 1 composition notebook

  • 1 box Kleenex

  • 1 bottle hand sanitizer

LATER -  YOUR SON/DAUGHTER WILL NEED (reminders will be posted on line)

** one - Men’s button up, long sleeved, shirt (button up type - not polo --  one that Dad or big brother no longer wants) be upcycled in class.

** Sewing project fabric & notions (separate note will be sent home explaining what is needed and when)

**Home meal preparation groceries (note will be sent home in advance)

**Community service project supplies as determined by the class at the end of each semester if time allows.


***FAMILIES are asked to consider donating: Bandaids (non-medicated type), Clorox wipes, Kleenex, paper towels, hand sanitizer, & jumbo Ziploc bags – must be the zip type).  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.  It 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.)

BE RESOURCEFUL (think outside the box) - Being cognizant of your surroundings, aware of and meeting deadlines; your co-workers and or peers; not wasting your time; not taking the attitude that “I’m done. So, now I can sit while others struggle around me.”; but instead working beyond the call of duty.

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 (only with teacher’s permission),

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 - One major safety test will be given.  Students MUST SCORE 100% on these 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.)

NOTE: A SIGNATURE PAGE SHOULD COME HOME WITH YOUR STUDENT ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. Please sign and return THIS PAGE (by August 15th) indicating that you (both student & parent) understand and agree to the class rules and procedures mentioned in the attached syllabus. This also indicates that you are aware of the materials that are required for this class.__________________________________________________________________________


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.


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

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