FOOD FOR FITNESS  Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 (1 semester)

This course is designed to help students learn to make smart food choices as well as how to select, prepare and serve quality food.  Learn basic cooking skills, the proper use of kitchen utensils and equipment, measurements, abbreviations, and recipe terms as you prepare delicious food from scratch. The basic skills for successful meal planning and meal preparation will be practiced throughout the semester. Examples of specific recipes you will prepare are: streusel coffeecake, chicken noodle soup, twice baked potatoes, spaghetti and meatballs, pizza rolls, fajitas, snicker doodle cookies and more!

INTERNATIONAL FOODS  Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 (1 Semester)
Prerequisite: Food for Fitness

Discover the different cultures of food and the role food plays around the globe. Take a tour through regional foods of the United States.  Students will design and prepare menu plans for Mexican, Latin American, Asian, Italian, German and Scandinavian cultures.  Students will design a field trip that explores ethnic restaurants in the Twin Cities.

GOURMET COOKING  Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 (1 Semester)
Prerequisite: Food for Fitness

Take your culinary skills to the next level!  Let your creativity shine as you make food that is beautiful to look at and awesome to eat!  Learn how to create and design foods by experimenting with recipes.  You will prepare a variety of food including, appetizers, blender drinks, gourmet burgers, vegetarian meals and desserts.  Guest speakers and field trips will help you become a savvy chef.

FASHION  Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 (1 semester)
Students can register for one semester per year.  A student may enroll in a total of four semesters during high school. 

Students will study the elements of design, current fashion trends and decision making skills necessary to make wise fashion designs.  What clothing is best for you?  Learn what colors, lines, textures and shapes are best suited to you.  You will learn how to enhance your natural assets while learning about the fashion industry.  Discover what fashion has to do with learning about past and present cultures. Practice working with the sewing machine and use technical reading skills to produce a project that meets your skill level.   Each student will complete two sewing projects.

CHILD DEVELOPMENT  Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: None

Through the study of child development research, students will use the findings to apply the principles of physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development to concepts related to the growth and development of children from infancy to preschool.  Students will plan, prepare, and present activities appropriate for preschool children, ages four and five.  topics include:  characteristics and needs of preschool children, educational theory, curriculum development, lesson planning, classroom management and assessment through observation and interpretation.  This course is recommended for all who have goals to be teaches at any level.

LOYO (Living on Your Own):  Grades 10, 11, 12 (1 Semester)
Prerequisite: None

“Most people don’t plan to fail.  They fail to plan.”

Are you ready for life after high school?  This class will prepare you with skills and strategies needed for independent living.  The class will involve guest speakers, field trips, research, and hands-on-learning.  Topics covered in the class will include managing personal finances, shopping on a budget, personal safety, housing, how to get along with a roommate, managing household responsibilities, insurance, food and nutrition, post-secondary options, career exploration, transportation and more.