• Geometry

    Teacher: Mr. Ford

    Room:  300

    Prerequisite: Algebra I with a C or better


    Course Description: The primary role of geometry at the high school level is to develop and explore visualization, transformations, measurement, reasoning and proof, similarity, and coordinate geometry.  This course utilizes the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.  CCSSM set college and career readiness as the goal for all students.


    Materials Required: 1.     Textbook: Geometry, Pearson

    1. Scientific calculator TI – 30X II S is suggested
    2. Lined paper and graph paper                              
    3. Pencils and eraser
    4. Notebook            
    5. Compass
    6. Geometer/shape templates                                


    Standard Grading Policy: Grades are based on tests, homework, quizzes, warm-ups, notes and projects.  Tests account for 80% of the grade, homework accounts for 10%, and the remaining 10% may include but is not limited to quizzes, warm-ups, notes, projects and/or activities.  At the discretion of the Geometry teachers, at the end of the semester, the decision will be made if we are dropping one non-zero test score.  If the team decides in favor of this, all students who have completed 80% or more of their homework may be allowed to drop their lowest test score, not including the final.  Any student who has completed less than 80% of the homework will forfeit this privilege.


                Grading scale:                                     Effort grades will be based on work turned in as follows:

                A:        90 -100%                                 O:        90% or more turned in

                B:        80 -  89%                                 S:         70% or more turned in

                C:        70 -  79%                                 N:        50% or more turned in                                                        

                D:        60 -  69%                                 U:        less than 50% turned in

                F:           0 -  59%

    Citizenship grades are based on classroom behavior.


    Homework Policy:  When homework is assigned, it is to be completed prior to the next class meeting.  The homework will be reviewed in class at the next class meeting and questions on problems will be answered at that time.  Students will receive full credit if and only if the assignment is complete.  Late assignments will be accepted until the day of the test for that unit, for half credit.  Once a chapter has been completed, no more late assignments will be accepted.


    Make-up Policy:  It is the responsibility of the student to find out what he or she missed during the absence.  Assignments can be found at the Los Al High webpage under my name. Missed assignments including quizzes, homework, notes and warm-ups must be made up within the same amount of days as were missed.  Missed tests will be taken before or after school as soon as possible, but always before the next test.  If a student is truant from class on a test day, they will be given a zero for that test.


    Attendance Policy and Dress Code: All Los Alamitos attendance policies, including truancies and tardies, will be followed and can be found in the Student and Parent Handbook.  The dress code, also found in the handbook, will be enforced.


    Technology Policy:  All Los Alamitos cell phone and electronic device policies will be followed and can be found in the Student and Parent Handbook.  Cell Phone, and electronic devices are to remain off and out of sight during my class. 



    Cheating Policy:  Cheating is a very serious offense and will not be tolerated.  Students will abide by the Academic Honesty Code found in the Student and Parent Handbook.  A student who is in possession of, but not limited to, a cheat sheet, notes, copies of an exam, cell phone, smart watch or their text book, during a testing situation is cheating.  If these items are found prior to the distribution of the test or quiz, it is considered “intent to cheat.”  The student will hand these items over and be allowed to take the test or quiz, but their grade will be lowered 10%.  If these items are found during the test or quiz, the student will receive a zero with no possibility of regaining any of those points.  They will also be referred to their counselor, the event noted on their permanent record and receive an N for citizenship.  The giving or receiving of information during a testing situation will have the same consequences listed above.


     Classroom Rules:

    1. Every student will be in their seat when the bell rings and remain there until dismissal.
    2. Every student will bring all of their supplies to class every day.
    3. There is to be no talking when the teacher or another person giving a presentation is talking.
    4. Every student will participate daily by working diligently.
    5. Students will show each other and the teacher respect.
    6. Students are required to turn in cell phones and smart watches during testing situations.


    Failure to follow these rules will result in home contact and/or disciplinary action.


    Conference period:  I have third period conference.  If you have any questions or concerns, e-mail is the best way to contact me at mford@losal.org.  Phone messages may also be left at (562) 799 - 4780 ext. 82300.


    Students may come in during lunch if they need extra help.



                                                                                                                            Mr. Ford



    Suggestions for Monitoring Student Progress


                Question                                                         Way to find the Answer

    What is the homework?                                              Check assignment on homework calendar or website

    Did the homework get checked?                                Check for a stamp on the homework calendar

    When is the next test?                                                 Check for test date on the homework calendar or website

    What did you learn today?                                         Check warm-ups and notes in notebook

    What grade did you get for assignments?                  Check the returned work or grade website

    What grade are you getting in the class?                    Check the grades on Aeries

    How often are grades updated?                                 After every test (about every 2 weeks)




    Test Dates

    Ch 1


    Aug. 28

    Ch 2


    Sept. 11

    Ch 3


    Sep. 26

    Ch 4


    Oct. 16

    Ch 5


    Oct. 31

    Ch. 6.1-6.5


    Nov. 16

    Ch 6.6-6.8


    Dec. 6



    Dec 13



    Dec 20/21