• Algebra II

    Teacher: Mr. Ford                                                                                                     Room:  300

    Conference Period: 6

    Contact Info: mford@losal.org      

                            Phone messages may also be left at (562) 799 - 4780 ext. 82300

     Course Description: This course curriculum includes the real number system through the complex number system and prepares students for trigonometry and higher mathematics courses. The Common Core State Standards in Algebra II will be covered in this course. This course meets the college Algebra II requirement.

    Prerequisite: Geometry, grade of C or better

     Materials Required: 1.         Spiral notebook (for notes), paper and graph paper   

                                        2.         Scientific calculator               

                                        3.         Pencils and eraser, straightedge

                            Standard Grading Policy: Tests are 100 points per unit. Final Exam is 200 points. At the very end of each semester, a low test score will only be dropped if the student’s homework average is above 80%.  NO PART OF THE FINAL EXAM MAY BE DROPPED.

                                                    65%                 Tests

                                                    15%                  Final Exam

                                                    5%                    Written Homework

                                                    5%                    Delta Homework

                                                    10%                 Quizzes, Warm-ups, Notes


                            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:         80% or more turned in

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

                            D:        60 - 69%                                  U:        less than 70% turned in

                            F:           0 - 59%                      Citizenship grades are based on classroom behavior.



    Homework/Notes Policy:  When homework is assigned, it is to be completed prior to the next class meeting. If time permits, the homework will be reviewed in class at the next class meeting and questions on problems will be answered.   Students will receive full credit if and only if the assignment and notes are 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 an absence.  Assignments can be found at the Los Al High webpage under my name. Missed assignments including quizzes, homework, notes, openers, 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, not during class, and 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.

     Cell Phone and iPod Policy:  All cell phones will be kept in the phone holder in the pocket that you are assigned to.

     Cheating Policy:  Cheating is a very serious offense and will not be tolerated.  Students will abide by the Academic 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, 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. He/She will receive an N for citizenship, be referred to his/her counselor, and the event noted on his/her permanent record.  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 the teacher dismisses class.  Every moment is precious to us – expect there to be teaching and learning right up to the bell each day.

    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 be respectful of the teacher and other students.

    5.     Every student will participate daily by working diligently.

    6.     Students will show each other and the teacher respect.