Family & Consumer Sciences
The Family and Consumer Sciences department offers a series of courses that strive to create learning environments that are supportive, culturally responsive, and focused on building relationships and community. Teachers design curriculum that reinforces connections to a variety of academic subjects, individual experiences and global perspectives. Technology is implemented to stay consistent with teaching, learning, current events and trends. A strong focus is put on promoting positive social, emotional, cognitive and physical development through healthy, sustainable wellness practices. Through these courses, students develop skills that enhance their lives today and in the future.
About the Department
Dr. Wendy Custable
Director of Computer Science, Engineering and Technology
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FCS Vision and Mission
FCS Vision Statement:
Family and Consumer Sciences strives to improve the quality of life for individuals and families beyond the classroom and into the community.
FCS Mission Statements:
- Create learning environments that are supportive, culturally responsive, and focused on building relationships and community.
- Design curriculum that reinforces connections to a variety of academic subjects, individual experiences and global perspectives.
- Implement technologies to stay consistent with teaching, learning, current events and trends.
- Focus on promoting social, emotional, cognitive and physical development through healthy, sustainable wellness practices.
- Encourage students to develop skills that enhance their lives today and in the future.
- Develop connections between content area topics and professional career possibilities.
Culinary Arts Mission Statements:
- Make connections between the culinary arts curriculum and core content with an emphasis on food science principles and a variety of culinary techniques.
- Uphold safety and sanitation standards in the culinary arts lab while preparing food.
- Foster a collaborative environment that encourages teamwork, communication and peer relationships.
- Encourage innovation and creativity in relation to recipe development, flavor, plating and presentation.
- Participate in a continuing dialogue surrounding the food industry and the sustainability of human health within the planet’s environment.
- Explore the ever-changing local and global trends in the culinary and hospitality industry while making cultural connections in our culinary skills.
- Evolve and create recipes to enhance nutrient density, meet individual dietary needs, and focus on the lifelong connection between food and overall health.
Design Mission Statements:
- Merge skills in traditional art and core curriculum classes with fashion and interior design technology, business principles and design skills.
- Design curriculum to be creative, socially responsible and globally relevant so students can succeed in the broad spectrum of fashion and interior design experiences.
- Challenge students to create new and valuable ideas through innovation, technology, collaboration and experimentation.
- Nurture students with hands-on, student-centered projects and innovative teaching techniques focusing on student learning outcomes that develop confidence, sense of belonging, cultural responsiveness and purpose.
- Encourage innovative problem solving with diverse approaches, where creativity and artistry are respected and valued, promoting a diversity of thought, experience, and values.
- Balance the needs of industry with human needs by preserving the social, environmental, and economic means of production and design to have a positive impact on the world.
- Take risks that create value through thoughtful design and construction techniques.
Development Mission Statements:
- Encourage independent thinking, problem solving and communication through self-exploration and authentic learning.
- Develop an understanding of diverse families and community systems while respecting traditions and cultural practices.
- Use observation and research to understand human development and the impact that outside influences, personal experiences and heredity have on the lifespan.
- Focus on the development of the whole child through the study of social, cognitive, emotional, and physical development.
- Enhance quality of life through self awareness, self management, social awareness, interpersonal relationships and responsible decision making.
- Plan, prepare and implement age-appropriate experiences for individuals throughout the lifespan.
- Facilitate goal planning and achievement through individual and team collaboration.
Technology Education Lab Information
Culinary Arts Lab
Fashion and Interior Design Lab
*Lab is open on Wednesday and Friday from 7:45a.m - 8:25p.m. for open lab assistance.
Little Patriots Lab School
Click on the course to see its goals and learning targets.
*All courses are one semester.
- Food and Nutrition (FCS111/112)
- Food Preparation (FCS221/222)
- Gourmet Foods (FCS321/322)
- Clothing and Design (FCS251/252)
- Clothing and Design 2 (FCS291/292)
- Business of Fashion and Design (FCS241/242)
- Interior Design (FCS231/232)
- Child Development (FCS 211/212)
- Teaching Young Children 1 (FCS311/312)
- Teaching Young Children 2 (FCS331/332)
- Life by Design (FCS411/412)
For course descriptions from all academic divisions, visit the Course Selection page.
Family & Consumer Sciences Clubs
Extend Your Learning Beyond the Classroom
FCCLA members compete in Child Development, Fashion, Interior Design, Culinary and Entrepreneurial events at the sectional, state, and national levels. Students develop projects to showcase their knowledge and skills within Family & Consumer Sciences related courses to compete against high schools nationwide. FCCLA members make a difference in their in their individual, family, and community lives by addressing important personal, work, and societal issues through FCS education.
Design the Stevenson Styler fashion magazine published and distributed to Stevenson students twice a year. The club needs models, photographers, layout designers, editors, make-up artists, stylists and journalists. This club also offers community service opportunities and possible field trips. Follow the club Instagram account @stevenson_styler.
Cultural Cuisine Club
Explore cultural cuisines through cooking and feasting at bi-monthly club meetings. Do you love to cook? Do you love to eat? If your answer to either of those questions is yes, come check out Cultural Cuisine Club! Each meeting there is a different cuisine focus and students get the opportunity to make an appetizer, main dish and dessert related to that cuisine. At the end of the meeting…we feast!
Join the Food Revolution and help empower others to make responsible, healthy, sustainable food choices for life. Club activities include: making healthy snacks at bi-weekly meetings, and having food education events at Clubhouse, Fittest Loser, World's Fair!
Family and Consumer Science Department Student Awards
- Outstanding Family & Consumer Science Student
- Outstanding Student in Fashion Business & Design
- Outstanding Student in Culinary Arts
- Outstanding Student in Interior Design
- Outstanding Teaching Young Children Student