McCulloch Intermediate School / Highland Park Middle School

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FAMILY CONSUMER SCIENCE (EL1FCS)   This hands on course will investigate these areas (1)  Personal  Development, to discover decision making and self-esteem, make a personal plan on how to manage stress. (2)  Families and Child Development , to learn about the responsibilities of being a parent by participating in a parenting simulation and writing a children’s story book. (3) The  Self-guided tactile maker project  will allow students to learn something new and develop some new skills in class. (4)  Careers  will allow students to investigate a variety of careers and learn what it takes to keep a job. (5)  Interior Design  allows students to investigate home planning and furniture arrangement. (6) A  Nutrition unit will allow students to learn about food origin, food labels, food safety, food health and cooking labs.  This course is designed to apply to the student's’ present day life and their future. Organization and decision-making will be practiced throughout all areas of study.

SKILLS FOR LIVING (EL1SFL)   This course will allow students a hands-on opportunity to investigate these areas (1)  Time  and Money Management  – students will learn how to manage and keep track of their time and spending. (2)  Communication – students will learn about clear communication and how to write for a target audience. (3) A  Textile unit allows students to learn simple clothing repairs, and build an emergency repair kit. (4)  Nutrition enables students to use USDA food plate to create healthy meals and cooking labs. Organization and decision-making skills will be practiced throughout all areas of study.

INDEPENDENT READING (ELOTEK) This course is designed for voracious, independent readers. It is a class in which you have the entire period each day to read a self-selected book in the library. Students are expected to have a book to read each day and to read independently for the entire class period. This is not a study hall period. (Application may be picked up from Librarian or Counselor Office. Due February 13th to Counselor Office) 

INTRODUCTION TO DEBATE (CO1DEB)  Introduction to Debate will instruct students in a variety of speech related events, including extemporaneous speaking, congressional, policy, public forum debate, and basic research techniques. These formats will require students to become familiar with local, state, national, and international affairs ranging from economics and politic s to social issues. Students will be giving frequent speeches and having class debates. Opportunities will be available for students interested in competing at tournaments outside of class with the high school team. (The course will NOT earn high school credit OR count toward the state Communications Applications requirement)