KCSD proposes to drop cooking from middle school

Kennett Middle School may face a change in Family Consumer Science (FCS) in the near future.

The STEM initiative has been growing and to expand more, things in academic scheduling will have to change, and the proposed course on the chopping block is cooking.

“The rationale was that students could take other cooking classes at our high school but the sewing portion of the FCS program is only offered at our middle school,” said Superintendent Barry Tomasetti.

At the start of this school year, a Technology Arts class, which was deemed unpopular with students, was replaced with a STEM initiative designed by Project Lead the Way (PLTW).

PLTW has a program called Gateway To Technology. The program is a project-based curriculum designed to “challenge and engage the natural curiosity and imagination of middle school students,” according to its website.

The hope is for students to gain skills in problem solving, teamwork and innovation.

The new STEM initiative currently in place at Kennett Middle School has received positive reviews from the students, which is what has brought about the proposal for expansion at the cost of cooking.

Before any steps are made, the Kennett Consolidated School District is looking for feedback from parents.

To give a forum for the parents to speak, the PTOs from the middle school and all the elementary schools in the district have held meetings.

“At this time, we have had very substantive conversations with the various parent groups and we have heard many suggestions in regard to the proposal and many new proposals as well,” Tomasetti said. “We have asked parents to review the various curricula with their children and over the next few months to send us their thoughts.”

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