Welcome to Family and Consumer Sciences!
Hi! My name is Jackie Fink. Now in my 11th year at CHS, I am the rookie in the Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) department. As a teacher in FACS, I am certified to teach all introductory, foods, clothing, child development, parenting, family living, living environments, and consumer education classes. I also recently finished a Masters program in reading and will be certified as a reading specialist for grades K-12. Last fall I taught LIFE, Nutrition & Culinary Arts 2, Educational Child Growth and Development, Resource Management, and RTI-Reading. This spring, I am teaching Nutrition & Culinary Arts 1 and 3, Educational Child Growth and Development, and Resource Management.
I hail from Gilman, Il. where I graduated from Gilman High School and currently live with my children, Clark & Eli. I also have an older son, Luke. I am an '87 and '04/'12 grad of Northeast Missouri State University (now called Truman University) and Olivet Nazarene University respectively. I enjoy attending the theatre, dancing, cooking, reading, bowling, the outdoors, spending time on Pinterest, and cheering on my favorite team...... the Packers!
Please read below for a synopsis of the courses I teach:
LIFE is an introductory, prerequisite class to the FACS curriculum. The discussion-based class is designed to introduce students to the many facets of the department and to equip them to become conscientious, contributing members of their respective families, schools, and society as a whole. Most specifically, topics covered throughout the semester include relationship skills, families and children, consumer education, health and wellness, working in the kitchen, and clothing, as well as freshman orientation/high school success.
Everything you wanted to know about the economy and your role as the consumer! In this class, students learning experiences will emphasize the knowledge, skills, and understanding needed by individuals and their families in the role of the consumer. Credit, budgeting, comparison-shopping, and the use of financial resources are some of the topics covered. Throughout the course emphasis on the rights and responsibilities of consumers will also be discussed. This course meets the requirements for the consumer education portion for the School Code of Illinois Section 27-12:1
6/2----- Field Trip to Kankakee County Agencies
6/3----- Make-up/Study Day
This course if for those interested in all areas of the housing industry, including factors that influence housing, housing styles, purchasing a home, and the art principles related to decorating a home to fit the physical, emotional, social, and economic needs of an individual. Several small projects are added to ensure the information discussed and studied is used in a practical way.
Educational Child Growth and Development
If you are interested in being a child care provider, a teacher,or any other occupation involving children birth-adolescence, this class is for you. This class addresses the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors associated with supporting and promoting optimal growth and development of children. The focus is on research-based nurturing and parenting practices and skills, including brain development research, that support positive development of children. Basic research methods and developmental theories will be introduced.This is a 2 semester, dual credit course with KCC (CDEV1513)
6/4----- Guest Speaker
6/5----- Make-up/Study Day
This Junior/Senior class is designed to allow students to analyze the conditions that relate to their own individual physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development from the time of his/her birth through adulthood. Discussions revolve around the concepts of heredity and its link to individual identity, communication and problem-solving skills, family relationships, dating and marriage, family crises and concerns, and adulthood/old age. Each student is also asked to read "The Five Love Languages" by Gary Chapman and apply the knowledge learned in this book to the different levels of relationships studied throughout the semester.
Last semester, we studied physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development from our own personal viewpoints. This class studies children from a parenting aspect, including everything from family planning & conception to birth and beyond. Each student will also be expected to care for a mechanical baby for a 3-5 day period and complete an extensive project on the requirements needed to effectively manage and care for a baby.
Nutrition & Culinary Arts I
This introductory class to foods deals primarily with all factors surrounding food and healthy food practices. Topics covered include understanding & interpreting the food guide pyramid, healthy/unhealthy eating practices, food safety and sanitation, proper use of equipment, knowledge and understanding of proper food terminology, etc. During the last nine weeks, we begin conducting foods labs in which students work with other team members to correctly interpret and complete a recipe for foods listed in the 5 food groups. Students are also required to keep a notebook with notes, handouts, and recipes to turn in at the end of the semester.
6/2 & 6/4----- Review Day
6/3 & 6/5----- Finals Day
Nutrition & Culinary Arts II
This course continues the study of the Food Guide Pyramid as it pertains to the combination of food items, including nuts & legumes, salads, casseroles, etc. We also begin the baking unit ending with cakes. Students are again required to compile a notebook of the semester's materials and lab.
Nutrition & Culinary Arts III
This class continues to develop the information and skills acquired in the Foods 1 and Foods 2 class/laboratory setting. Units covered include food preservation, quick & yeast breads, cake decorating, candy-making, and other desserts. Meal planning/preparation and careers in the food industry are also discussed. Students are required to compile a notebook in this class as well.
6/4----- Final Presentations
6/5----- Clean Kitchens
Food Occupations 1/2
This hands-on course instructs the students in food safety and sanitation issues as addressed in the Illinois State Department of Health and Human Services Food Sanitation Code and allows them the opportunity to apply this new information, along with the skills learned in Foods I, II, and III, in an environment supplying large scale food production, i.e. the CHS Cafeteria! While they are not required to compile a notebook for this class, they will be gathering information on careers in the food industry, develop menu planning skills as they relate to government issued foods, and creating HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point).