January 20, 2020

Family and Consumer Science (FACS), formerly known as Home Economics, is making a strong comeback at John F. Hodge High School. Introductory FACS courses are being offered this year to high school students in grades 9-12. The core curricular components of FACS emphasizes the four pillars of: child development, personal development, sewing, and nutrition. 

Mrs. A.J. Prawitz has been instrumental in teaming with the counselors and other high school Career Educators in spearheading an effort to enhance the district’s College and Career Readiness (CCR) opportunities for St. James R-I students. This important field of study focuses on the science and the art of living and working well in our complex world. The introductory courses have provided the groundwork for our high school to offer a greater variety of electives in the future. At the end of the first semester, Mrs. Prawitz released an interest survey to the students. This survey included present courses and potential future course offerings that would meet the requirements for our program to become DESE accredited. This survey also considered student interests and requests.  

Mrs. Prawitz has been creative in combining multiple facets into some larger projects. For example, while looking over the menus for this week’s St. James Varsity Basketball Tournament, the students have been able to discuss the concepts of hospitality, resource acquisition and management, budgeting, and kitchen resource management by checking recipes, creating shopping lists, and more.

The counseling department has already initiated discussions with students regarding Fall 2020 scheduling. The high school is pleased to offer courses in Child Development and Parenting, Foods and Nutrition, Fashion and Interior Design, and Housing Engineering Design. By expanding elective availability in FACS we are providing a much needed service in practical arts for the education of our students. Two of Governor Parson’s top priorities are the importance of workforce development and success-ready students. A success-ready student has the knowledge, skills, behaviors, and experiences to achieve personal goals and contribute in all facets of life. Other career education programs offered at John F. Hodge High School include Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, and Marketing.