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6th Grade FCS Syllabus

In the syllabus below you will find detailed information about Mrs. Stucker's 6th Grade Exploratory FCS class.  You can find a printable syllabus here.

Syllabus Presentation

Grading in FCS

Grades are based on many different activities in FCS. Activities, assignments, and projects can be accomplished by students during class time. Students will only have homework if they are wasting time during class or miss class and need time at home to accomplish a task. Links are provided on Mrs. Stucker’s website to accommodate students who are absent or need to make-up work. 

Grades are weighted as follows:

Classwork: 45%

Labs: 20%

Project: 25%

Test/Quiz: 10% 

Homework/Practice: 0% (Homework/Practice assignments are used to prepare students for formal classwork assessments, labs, or projects they are not weighted, but students who miss these assignments often struggle when it comes to the performance.)


Cooking labs and projects make up most of the points in FCS.  If a student is absent during a cooking lab they are expected to cook at home (any recipe) and complete a lab make-up form, which they can get in the classroom or print here.   The pin cushion and football sewing projects are to be completed at school and are not allowed to be brought home without a written note from Mrs. Stucker. 

Rules and Expectations

I have one main expectation of my students and classes: manage yourself. My motto is “Manage yourselves or I will manage you.” This means that as an individual you need to be thinking about your actions before you act. It also means that if you need to assist someone in managing themselves you do so respectfully by reminding them to be quiet, showing them where work goes, etc. I have a routine that we follow to make it easier for my classrooms to manage the following expectations:

·         Be in class on time (you will be tardy if you’re not in your seat when the bell rings)

·         Use the classroom door to enter and exit the classroom-- Never use the lab door

·         Be awake and alert during class

·         Turn in assignments complete and on time in the appropriate basket

·         Take responsibility for necessary make-up work and late work (go to Mrs. Stucker's Website for help)

·         Bring all necessary materials to class each day

·         Have an open mind and willingness to learn

·       Don't be afraid to make mistakes

·         Treat others with respect

·         Keep the classroom and lab area clean

·         Follow lab rules and procedures during cooking labs and sewing labs (These will be reviewed, posted online, and tested at a later date)

The natural environment of a hands on learning classroom like a FCS class is often noisy and somewhat controlled chaos. Due to this natural environment I expect students to follow the routine we learn the first week of class so that the learning environment will be enjoyable for everyone. It is also impertinent for everyone’s safety that all students’ actions are safe and respectful. If a student takes actions that are disrespectful or unsafe for his/her self, peers, or teacher they will be disciplined accordingly. Please refer to Mrs. Stucker’s discipline plan for more information.

Learning Units


The cooking unit of Family Consumer Science is about four and a half weeks long. We spend time discovering why the kitchen is the most dangerous room in the house and how to prevent accidents. We will learn measurement abbreviations and equivalents. We will also do some technical writing when we review the parts of a recipe. Manners and table setting are units we learn about and then apply them during labs. We also review measurements, recipe format, and cooking techniques. Cooperative learning is an important part of cooking as we work together to make at least 3 recipes in lab.


The Sewing unit is also four and a half weeks long. We will spend this time learning how to hand sew. You will make a pin cushion and you will make a hand sewn stuffed football as well. All sewing supplies are provided for students thanks to generous donations and district money pays for the football projects.

Mrs. Stucker's Discipline Plan

Step 1: Student is verbally warned about inappropriate behavior. 

Step 2: Student is put on step 1 of the referral system.

Step 3: Student is put on step 2 of the referral system and given a discipline essay they must copy and have signed by a parent. 

Step 4: Student leaves the room with discipline essay. Student is put on step 3 of the referral system. Discipline essay is to be signed and returned the next day. Vice Principal notified.

Step 5: Student is sent directly to the Vice Principal with a short form.

Step 6: Parent-teacher conference is scheduled to discuss student’s behavior in Miss Tracy’s room.

Note: At any time a step may be skipped due to the severity of a student’s actions.

I expect students to follow the rules most other teachers have. I expect students to be respectful of each other and me. I also expect students to manage themselves (be on time, stay awake, turn in assignments, clean up after self, etc.) My classroom procedures are set up to require and encourage students to take responsibility of their own actions and work.

Parent Volunteers

I am always in need of parent volunteers.  If you are interested in volunteering to help prep things at home for labs or sewing projects, grocery shopping (reimbursement’s provided), or helping in class during a lab or activity please feel free to contact me at stucker.kathryn@meridianschools.org.  I also have an online Volunteer Form you can fill out with times you are available and how you would like to help in class.  I'm also a new coupon-er and hope to start cutting coupons for class.  If you coupon and have extra coupons you think I could use when I go grocery shopping please send them to school with your student or contact me.

Wish List

Family Consumer Science lab fees and district money are used to supply Family and Consumer Science students with consumable items during the semester that they participate in Family Consumer Science Class (i.e. food for labs, soap to clean dishes, thread they use for projects, needles, pins, etc.) There are some items that we use in FCS at a high rate as well as items that are not consumable that our program could greatly benefit from and that our budget does not cover. If you are willing to help supply some of these items we would be very grateful. Some of the items are needed for cooking labs, some are craft supplies needed for student projects, and some are sewing supplies that are consumed quickly.

Wish List

  • Clorox, Lysol, or other brand of surface cleaning wipes (no sprays because of respiratory issues)
  • Hand-sewing needles
  • Straight Pins
  • Sewing Shears (left handed and right handed needed)
  • White kitchen towels or bar mops
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Water-based Markers
  • White cotton stuffing for stuffed animals
  • Dish soap
  • Ziploc bags (all sizes)
  • Foil
  • Seam rippers