C Christensen
I have had the privilege to be a part of Gorzycki Middle School since it opened.  In these classes, students will have  the opportunity to learn a variety of important skills and be exposed to various career options.We do a number of "hands on" projects and activities that keep students engaged and challenged. I am looking forward to the year ahead!
 

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2/18-2/21

Food, Family and Finance: We will wrap up our Family/Childcare Unit with Childcare Centers, exploring fun activities for children. We will begin our Food Unit this week as we learn about Safety in the kitchen.
Culinary: We will continue to explore the fundamentals of baking. We are  baking Banana Muffins this week in our 2 Day lab.

2/10-2/13

Food, Family and Finance: Students will continue to learn about caring for children of different ages. Students will get to practice caring for babies as they get to provide care for our electronic babies during class this week! We will also learn important first aid guidelines to use when caring for children.
 
Culinary: Our first lab, Pepperoni Roll Ups, was a huge success! This week, students will get to explore baking fundamentals and make Biscuits from scratch in our 2 Day lab, Wednesday and Thursday.

2/3-2/7

Food, Family and Finance:This week, we will explore characteristics for creating healthy and strong families. We will also begin our Childcare unit, learning the different age characteristics of children and how to care for them well!
Culinary: Students will take a Safety Test on Tuesday. We will get to have our first cooking lab on Thursday, making Pepperoni Roll Ups! Yum!

1/27-1/31

Food, Family, and Finance: Students are continuing to learn about the 7 Habits for Success as we continue through our Personal Development/Family Unit. Each student will get to take a personality test in an effort to better understand ourselves and how we work well with those around us!
Culinary: We are continuing to prepare for our first lab, which we hope to be the first week in February! To help us prepare, we will be learning about Safety in the Kitchen, as well as our Lab Guidelines and Expectations. :)

1/21-1/24

Food, Family and Finance: Students will begin to share their YOU ON THE COVER projects (due Tuesday). We will then begin our Personal Development Unit, and discover the 7 Habits of Success from Sean Covey's  book,The  7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens.
 
Culinary: Students will get to share their Chef's Hat with other students (due Tuesday). We will then begin exploring Hazards in the kitchen that we need to be aware of and how to stay safe in the kitchen.

1/8-1/17

Food, Family and Finance: Welcome! As we begin the semester, our first week will be explaining and understanding the class procedures and  expectations, as well as getting an overview of what is to come! Each student will complete a You on the Cover project that is designed to help students to get to know one another. Students will have several days of class to work on this and should be able to complete in the class time provided. If more time is needed to meet the time frame, you may take it home to complete. 
 
Culinary: Welcome to Investigating Careers in Culinary! We will begin our semester with a class overview, as well as expectations and procedures that are expected each day for each student to be able to be successful. Each student will get to create a Chef's Hat with personal information (Instructions and a rubric will be provided.) Students will get to share their hats with the class so that we can better know you!

12/9-12/19

Culinary: It is Cupcake Time!! We will be planning and completing the Cupcake Challenge with lab groups this week. Thursday will be our Cupcake Showcase and teachers will be judging each group on their visual presentation! We look forward to seeing them! We will be wrapping up our Culinary semester with a Food Truck Project. It has been a great semester!
Food, Family and Finance: Students will be completing their last lab and making Stir and Drop Sugar Cookies, a great treat for the Holidays! We will conclude the semester by exploring Manners and their importance in everyday life, because Employers (and parents) would agree: Manners DO matter!

11/18-11/22

Culinary: Chef Projects are due Monday. Students will begin presentations of their Chef Slide Shows. We will have presentations each day. On Thursday, students will get to research and plan a Thanksgiving meal.
Food, Family and Finance: Students will learn about nutrition and healthy eating as we explore the My Plate guidelines. We will complete a Measuring Trail Mix Lab this week and design a Thanksgiving Menu!
 

11/11-11/15

Culinary: On Monday, we will be preparing and planning for our Breakfast Tacos on Tuesday. Wednesday through Friday,students will use class time to research a Chef and create a Slide Show to share with the class. These are due Monday, 11/18, when we begin presentations (11/18-11/20).
Food, Family and Finance: We are wrapping up our Finance Unit and beginning our Food Unit. This week, students will learn about Food Safety, as well as  Procedures and Expectations for our Food Labs.
 

11/4-11/8

Culinary: This week we are reviewing the terms and methods that we have learned to be able to be a good cook! Students will be taking their Cooking Test on Thursday, 11/7. This will be a major grade so be sure to listen closely as we review each day this week!
Food, Family and Finance: This week we continue to explore how to manage our personal finances. Students will get to play Banzai as they complete real life scenarios. We appreciate A+ Credit Union helping us by providing booklets!

10/28-11/1

Culinary: This week we are learning about the various Cooking Methods and examples of each. We will bake a fun treat : Amazing Chocolate Chip Cookies in our Wednesday/Thursday lab this week!
Food, Family and Finance: Students did a great job on designing and sewing their pillows! We will begin our Finance Unit as we take a look at how to handle personal finances, as we discuss banking, budgeting and other important financial terms.

10/21-10/25

Culinary: It's PIZZA TIME! We will be learning how to use yeast to create dough for our pizza this week. We will be using our knife skills and creating individual pizzas in our 2 Day lab (Wednesday and Thursday).
Food, Family and Finance: Students have learned how to sew by hand and how to sew on our sewing machines. This week we will wrap up our pillow projects and get a class picture of our final products on Friday. 

10/15-10/18

Culinary: As students continue to  "sharpen" their knife skills this week, students will get to complete a 2 Day Mini-Apple Pie Lab on Wednesday and Thursday! Each student will get to eat a Mini-Apple pie that is so good, you will likely want to try it at home!
Food, Family and Finance: Students are continuing to follow each step to design, create, and sew their pillows. This week, students will get to learn the procedures and safety for handling our sewing machines and get to practice sewing on the sewing machine. They are looking really nice!

10/7-10/10

Culinary: Students had the opportunity to bake banana muffins for themselves  and share with the staff last week: Thank you to each student!! The staff really enjoyed them!!! This week we are learning about Cooking Tools and their uses and introducing our Knife Unit, which we will continue the following week.
Food, Family and Finance: We are continuing to learn and practice the Running Stitch and the Back Stitch. We will continue to work through the steps to complete our Pillow Projects this week and next week!

9/30-10/4

Culinary: Our classes did a great job in making  and baking biscuits last week. This week, we will continue to practice the fundamentals of baking as we make a quick bread: Banana Muffins! This will be a 2 Day lab on Wednesday and Thursday.
Food, Family and Finance: Students will be introduced to Sewing Tools and 2 Sewing Stitches: The Running Stitch and the Back Stitch. Each student will be designing and sewing their very own pillow over the next few weeks.