Family & Consumer Sciences

Family & Consumer Sciences


Ms. Joanne Tichon Ms. Anita Watkins
Ms. Stacy DiCristina  


Culinary Arts


Mr. Anthony Mango





This two-year program offered in the junior and senior years is designed to prepare students for food service careers or for further education and training in the field by offering two strong courses taught by a certified chef instructor. 


696      CULINARY ARTS 1                       GRADE: 11                          CREDIT: 1.00

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation/Foods 1 recommended

This course focuses on practical principles including safety, sanitation, the proper use of utensils and equipment as well as the fundamentals of commercial cooking and baking.


697      CULINARY ARTS 2                       GRADE: 12                          CREDIT: 1.00 Prerequisite: Culinary Arts 1 and Teacher Recommendation

This course emphasizes career exploration and more actual experience in the commercial aspects of food preparation and service. Job placement and work experience in the field enable eligible students to receive Cooperative Work Experience credit. Students also have the opportunity to compete on the state level with other culinary students. 


Courses Offered:



Course Grades         Prerequisite
Family and Consumer Science Exploratory 9-12                
Clothing I 9-12  
Advanced Clothing 10-12 Clothing I
Fashion Design I 11-12  
Fashoin Design II 12 Fashoin Design I
Foods and Nutrition I 9-12  
Advanced Foods and Nutrition I 10-12 Foods and Nutrition I
Advanced Foods and Nutrition II 11-12 Advanced Foods and Nutrition I
Child Development I 10-12  
Child Development II 11-12 Child Development I
Culinary I 11  
Culinary II 12 Culinary I


 *Culinary Arts is a 4 year food service program.  Foods I and Advanced Foods I are prerequisites for program entrance.  Class assignment exceptions are allowed due to academic path with instructor’s permission.

All Family and Consumer Sciences Courses are electives.                




The emphasis of the Family and Consumer Sciences Department is on teaching students life skills so that they may become capable and productive adults living in our present and future. It is a vital, encompassing group of people-centered subject areas, which help students to live in our world today, and build competencies for tomorrow. These subject areas are:


  •          Child Development
  •          Working With Children
  •          Clothing and Textiles
  •          Consumer and Career Education
  •          Food and Nutrition


The foundation of the Family and Consumer Sciences Department addresses the very basic needs of life--those of food, clothing, shelter and personal and family relationships. Clearly the traditional family structure has dramatically changed as evidenced by increasing numbers of teenage parents, growth of single parent families, a rising divorce rate and women working outside of the home. Those in the Family and Consumer Sciences Department have taken on a greater responsibility for preparing male and female students to function successfully by adapting to those changes at home, at school, and in the community.


The Family and Consumer Sciences Department curriculum is written in alignment with the National and Connecticut Standards and Competencies for Family and Consumer Sciences and Connecticut’s Common Cores of Learning and Teaching. In the Family and Consumer Sciences Department the implementation of these standards is achieved through a close working relationship between student and teacher that allows for the self-assessment process to develop.


The curriculum content and design provides for diversity of background, as well as the interest and ability of students. It is difficult to predict what knowledge and which competencies will be needed in the future. Therefore, students are taught skills necessary for today’s world but are trained in decision-making and employability skills which will help them successfully balance the responsibilities of work and family.


Skills Objectives


The focus of the Family and Consumer Sciences Department curriculum is on helping students become capable, productive adults in our ever-changing society. Our emphasis is on the three interrelated processes of decision-making, problem solving and management skills necessary for daily living. These principles are taught in the context of relevant life situations.


The skill objectives of the Family and Consumer Sciences Department programs are:


Students will be able to:


  1.                   Improve their academic performance through the integration of math, reading,

Language arts, science and technology in family and consumer sciences lessons and through the application of those concepts.

  1.                   Enrich their knowledge of life skills necessary for living with their present              families as well as in future family situations.
  2.                   Increase their sense of self-esteem and enhanced independence through

acquired skills and competencies.

  1.                   Develop a respect for work, for skill in performance, and for carrying a task

Through to completion.

  1.                   Develop and prepare for leadership roles and community involvement.
  2.                   Enhance their skills for planning, methods to prepare, processes to create and

Vehicles to participate in the wise consumption of goods and services, (including food, clothing and child development).

  1.                   Increase their awareness of and preparation for gainful employment 

Opportunities available in the fields related to family and consumer sciences.

  1.                   Prepare for basic entry-level jobs related to family and consumer sciences.



Family and Consumer Sciences are important for many careers…


Child Development and Foods & Nutrition courses pertain to the following careers:

  • Nurse
  • Doctor
  • Teacher
  • Dietician
  • Social worker
  • Child care worker
  • Counselor
  • Physician’s assistant

All Foods & Nutrition courses pertain to the following careers:

  • Food scientist
  • Nutritionist
  • Dietician
  • Chef
  • Caterer
  • Hotel/restaurant manager
  • Marketing
  • Teacher
  • Food service worker


All Clothing and Fashion Design courses pertain to the following careers:

  • Interior designer
  • Fashion designer
  • Fashion illustrator
  • Fashion consultant
  • Fashion photographer
  • Retail merchandiser
  • Sales representative
  • Costume designer
  • Upholsterer
  • Tailor/seamstress
  • Marketing specialist



A survey course designed to introduce Family and Consumer Science on the high school level. Divided into segments, the course includes various areas of life skills such as home and family living, child care, fire safety, foods and nutrition, meal management, preparation and storage of foods, clothing selection, construction, care and consumer buying. Reading and writing skills are used as well as an introduction to careers related to the various Family and Consumer Sciences.


805      Clothing 1                                   GRADES: 9-12                    CREDIT: 1.00

This course is a basic study of clothing and clothing construction. Students will learn a variety of topics relating to clothing and learn how to operate the sewing machine and serger. Several sewing projects will be completed throughout the year with an emphasis on quality workmanship. Students will be expected to furnish supplies.


806      ADVANCED CLOTHING             GRADES: 10-12                  CREDIT: 1.00

Prerequisite: Clothing 1

Students will develop advanced sewing skills in this class.  As a part of this course, students will complete at least 3 sewing projects.  Students will investigate pattern design and alteration, fashion and textile-related occupations, and the importance of recycling clothing.  Students will also develop new sewing skills such as inserting a zipper, making multiple buttonholes, putting a collar on a garment and using interfacing in the construction of a garment.


807      FASHION DESIGN                         GRADES: 11-12                  CREDIT: 1.00           

Prerequisite: Advanced Clothing

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the tools necessary to execute a design. In this course, the student’s intuition and imagination are challenged to create. The designs will express an idea requiring the selection and arrangement of materials with the aim of achieving a particular goal, including function, and beauty. During the art of creation, students will learn and use principles and elements of design that are common to all visual arts. Discussion of these principles and elements of design followed by traditional, as well as high tech practice will provide tremendous potential for the creation of a design.


810      Foods & Nutrition 1               GRADES: 9-12                    CREDIT: 1.00

Foods 1 is a full year course designed to help students develop knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to have a keen understanding of how food and nutrition play an important role in overall health and wellness.  The course will also focus on the proper use of safety and sanitation in the foods lab.  Students will have the opportunity to work cooperatively in the labs, practicing principles of measuring, reading and following a recipe, and meal preparation.  Table setting and proper etiquette will also be covered within the course.


811      Advanced & NUTRITION Foods 1 

                                                                        GRADES: 10-12                  CREDIT: 1.00           

Prerequisite: Foods 1

The course offers advanced instruction in food preparation, meal planning and service.  Students will build on the skills they acquired in Foods 1. Emphasis is placed on making sound nutritional and consumer choices, regional and cultural foods, and international cuisines. Careers related to foods and nutrition is explored.


815      Advanced & nUTRITION Foods 2 

                                                                        GRADES: 11-12                  CREDIT: 1.00

Prerequisite: Advanced Foods 1

The course is for the student who wishes to expand upon knowledge and experience in food preparation and service. Emphasis is placed on more difficult meal preparation, foods for entertaining and preparing nutritious family meals.


819C   CAT’S DEN                                      GRADES: 9-12                    CREDIT: 1.00

Exploratory FACS/ Cat’s Den is an exploratory course at the high school level that is designed to introduce students to all areas of Family and Consumer Sciences. In this course students gain knowledge and practical experience in a job setting.  Students will learn about careers related to Family and Consumer Science and participate in the setting up and operation of the Cat’s Den Café, which is a student run restaurant for faculty and staff.


821      Child Development 1           GRADES: 10-12                  CREDIT: 1.00

Child Development is a full year course.  Students learn about childhood, families, parenthood rewards and challenges.  The course also focuses on positive guidance techniques and teen parenthood.  Students will study the principles of human growth and development of infants.  Students will have the opportunity to practice authentic learning with “Baby Think It Over.”


825      Child Development 2           GRADES: 11-12                  CREDIT: 1.00           

Prerequisite:  Child Development 1/Teacher Recommendation

Child Development 2 is a full year course.  Students analyze how environment affects a child’s growth and development.  The course focuses upon the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of children from infants to age 12.  Students will have the opportunity to practice authentic learning with “Baby Think It Over.”


Wilby High School
568 Bucks Hill Road
Waterbury, CT 06704
Phone: 203.574.8100

Fax: 203.574.6896