Welcome to Home and Career Skills In New York State, every middle student takes three quarters of a year of Home & Career Skills. This hands-on course offers students a chance to apply skills they learn in academic subjects to real world experiences. At Valley Central, each quarter focuses on a different aspect of Family & Consumer Sciences (a.k.a. Home Economics). Mrs. Toromanides teaches the units on Financial Literacy, Careers and Child Safety. Mrs. DeMeo teaches our Foods & Nutrition units, and the Sewing/Housing classes are split between Mrs. Toromanides and Mrs. DeMeo. On the “off” quarter, students have a study hall. WHY SHOULD MY CHILD CARE ABOUT HOME & CAREER SKILLS? • Home & Career Skills teaches useful skills such as sewing a button, doing laundry, writing a check, and tying a square knot. • In Home & Career Skills, your child is encouraged to practice reading and following directions every day. • Home & Career Skills students work with partners as they might in a real workplace situation. • Home & Careers Skills is designed to give every student a chance to be successful. • Home & Career Skills offers your child opportunities to problem solve and be creative. • The Home & Career Skills grade figures into the your child’s overall grade point average. • Home & Career Skills can affect your child’s academic eligibility for sports, clubs, and reward trips. HOW CAN YOUR CHILD RAISE HIS/HER GRADE? • Your child can come to school regularly. • Your child can actively participate in the daily lesson. • Your child can come in during post-session and/or lunch to make up incomplete work. • Your child can realize that every class can be useful and interesting if he/she puts in some effort.