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PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE


Los Alamitos High School strives for academic excellence by offering a balance of required and elective course offerings. The curriculum is designed to meet the individual needs, interests, and college/career goals of our students.


As our students plan their high school courses of study, they need to explore all avenues: their interests, abilities, talents, and desired career choices. This Curriculum Handbook is designed to help parents and students gather the necessary information for making the critical selection of an educational plan. Careful study of this handbook will provide course descriptions of required and elective classes as well as requirements for high school graduation, college entry, and career preparation.
With the help of parents, counselors, and school staff, students are asked to identify those courses which will assist them in meeting their graduation requirements and future goals. I encourage parents and students to set aside time to read and discuss the course offerings and to plan a course of study together. Feel free to call or meet with our counselors or college and career guidance specialists for additional information.
Joshua Arnold

Principal

L O S A L A M I T O S H I G H S C H O O L

3591 Cerritos Avenue • Los Alamitos, CA 90720

(562) 799-4780


2013-2014
CURRICULUM

HANDBOOK


Los Alamitos Unified School District Statement

The mission of the Los Alamitos Unified School District is to educate all


students so that they acquire the academic and life skills, and the knowledge,

values, and experience necessary to succeed in their school, personal, and professional lives, to continue as lifelong learners, and to contribute to

society as respectful and responsible citizens.


BOARD OF EDUCATION

David Boyer, President

Jeffrey Barke, Clerk

Meg Cutuli, Member

Diana Hill, Member

Karen Russell, Member

ADMINISTRATION

Sherry Kropp, Ed.D., Superintendent

Patricia Meyer, Deputy Superintendent, Business Services

Mark Johnson, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services

Andrew Pulver, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources & Director of Classified Personnel

Norma Del Rio, Director of Student Support Services

Amber Lee-Ruiz, Director, Educational Services

John Eclevia, Director of Facilities, Maintenance, Operations and Transportation

John Spiratos, Director of Information Technology

May Vang, Director of Fiscal Services
L O S A L A M I T O S U N I F I E D S C H O O L D I S T R I C T

10293 Bloomfield Street • Los Alamitos, CA 90720

(562) 799-4700

Special thanks to:


Department Chairpersons
Program Coordinators
Counselors
Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction / Counseling
Secretary

Carol Fotinakes
Reproduction Services Specialist

Alicia Seyfried
Webmaster

Cindy Bizal


TABLE OF CONTENTS

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GENERAL INFORMATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Contact Names and Numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Code of Conduct . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Academic Honesty Code . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Non Discrimination Policy / Uniform Complaint Procedure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

COLLEGE & CAREER CENTER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Career Pathway Cord Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Program Planning Worksheet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

RECOGNITION AT GRADUATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

COLLEGE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

UC-CSU Eligibility Requirements for Freshmen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

TESTING AT LOS ALAMITOS HIGH SCHOOL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Applied Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

English . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Fine Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33


  • Performing Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

  • Visual Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Mathematics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

Physical Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Regional Occupational Program (ROP) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Science . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

Social Science . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

World Language . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64

Specialized Courses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71

G.A.T.E./HONORS/A.P. PROGRAM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73

SPECIAL SERVICES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74


LOS ALAMITOS HIGH SCHOOL

MISSION STATEMENT


Through a diversified and balanced curricular and co-curricular program, Los Alamitos High School provides a meaningful standards-based curriculum that guarantees all students the opportunities and resources to attain the skills, knowledge, and values necessary to function as responsible and productive members of society.








GENERAL INFORMATION

COURSE SELECTION


A Message to Students
One of the most important tasks you must complete each spring is registration for the following school year. You will meet individually with your counselor to select the courses that you need to fulfill graduation requirements and prepare yourself for the future. Your personal educational plan deserves your serious thought and careful planning. Access your plan at losal.kuder.com; select Planning for the Future, EducationPlanner.
A Message to Parents
It is important that our students make the most of their high school careers. This can be done only if parents help their students become aware of all courses, programs, and services that are available at school and devise their own four-year educational program. To formulate a successful program, consideration must be given to graduation requirements, college/career goals, and the student’s interests and abilities. Access your interest/skill assessments at losal.kuder.com; select assessment results, VIEW.

Use this handbook as a source of information on courses offered at Los Alamitos High School and various career options available to your student. This handbook is being made available online at www.losal.org/lahs prior to your student meeting with their counselor for their individual registration conference. It is important that parents review and discuss the curricular program for next year with their student, and sign the Schedule Page before meeting with the counselor.

The entire high school staff is available to answer any questions you may have. Use the “Contact Names and Numbers” page to make contact with persons who can be helpful to you.
Prerequisites
Students should check carefully to see that they have taken the proper prerequisites for courses and have received the necessary grades.
Credits
It is very important that final grades and credits completed be checked each semester to ensure that satisfactory progress is being made toward graduation. Five credits are earned for passing each course, unless students are repeating a class they have already passed to earn a higher grade. Counselors will review the graduation status for students at their registration conferences.
Student Schedules
During registration, students will sign up for classes offered in the fall and spring of the next school year. Students will find that some classes and teachers change in the spring semester. Because there are many scheduling options available, changes must be made to give students the courses they need to meet graduation requirements and postsecondary plans.
Schedule Changes

Schedule changes are honored for the following reasons only. Deadlines apply. See your counselor regarding dates.

1. Computer or clerical errors in scheduling

2. Graduation requirements omitted from schedule

3. Student fails to meet the prerequisite for higher level course. Example: Spanish I grade of D cannot move to Spanish II.

4. Special programs (sports, orchestra, band, ROP, etc.)

5. Balancing class sizes

6. Changes in the master schedule

Attendance

1. All persons under 18 years of age who have not graduated from high school are required to attend school a minimum of five periods each semester.

2. Students are expected to attend each of their scheduled classes promptly and regularly. Regular attendance in all classes is one of the greatest contributing factors to success in school. Absences should be avoided whenever possible.

3. Classwork missed because of truancy may not be made up and may result in a failure to earn a passing grade or removal from class.

Counseling Program and Services

As an integral part of the overall school system, the counseling department works with students, teachers, parents, administrators, and community resources to help each student develop his/her potential. In the areas of academic, career, and personal/social development, students are required to make decisions, set goals, and take necessary action to achieve goals. The objectives of counselors are to assist students in:


1. Formulating an individualized educational plan in order to complete high school with the academic preparation essential to choose from a wide range of substantial postsecondary options;

2. Acquiring the skills to investigate the world of work in relation to self-awareness and to make informed career decisions;

3. Acquiring the attitudes, knowledge and interpersonal skills to help understand and respect self and others.
Attendance of College Classes

To attend high school and college concurrently, students must meet with their counselors to make the necessary arrangements prior to taking any college courses. College courses cannot be counted for high school credit or to meet high school requirements, nor are they calculated into the student’s high school grade point average.


Attendance at other WASC-Accredited High Schools and Adult Schools

Students who have failed a course necessary for graduation may elect to enroll in the LAUSD summer school program if the course is offered. With prior approval from their counselor, students may also enroll in other high school accredited institutions including the LAUSD Adult Education program.

Summer School Attendance

Summer school attendance is encouraged to make up graduation requirements and credits, and may be done at any accredited high school. Students are encouraged to discuss summer school enrollment with their counselor.

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CONTACT NAMES AND NUMBERS

School Telephone: (562) 799-4780

PRINCIPAL Extension

Joshua Arnold 82200


CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION / COUNSELING

Gregg Stone, Ed.D. - Assistant Principal 82203


Counselors All Grades

Tamara Lundblad A - Ch 82212

Nona Rafferty Ci - Gol 82214

Kirsten Jensen Gom - K 82239

Tina Heeren L - Och 82213

Matt Riehm Oci - Sin 82211

Christy Ricks Sio - Z 82210
Gail Davenport /Stacy Eatmon College/Career Guidance Specialists 82240

Valerie Beachley College/Career Guidance Technician 82244

Phylis Crosby Intercept Coordinator 82246
STUDENT SERVICES

Philip Bowen - Assistant Principal 82206

Megan Kempner – School Psychologist 82209
ATTENDANCE

Issaic Gates – Dean of Students 82223



STUDENT ACTIVITIES & ATHLETICS

Melissa Miller – Assistant Principal 82235

DEPARTMENT CHAIRS

Richard Smith Applied Arts 82756

Bart Smith English 82305

Dave Huber Health 82507

Dave Barker Mathematics 82409

John Rush Performing Arts (Dance, Music, Drama) 82519

Jennifer Ramirez Physical Education 82256

Kathy Currie Science 82157

Mark Celestin Social Science 82816

Heidi Pelle-Reid / Special Education 82361

Jacqueline Post 82802

Jeff Carthew Visual Arts 82650

Shari Kaulig World Language 82759

PROGRAM DIRECTORS

Jason Farvour Activities Director 82421

Richard Smith Boys Athletic Director 82756

Chris Vlasic Girls Athletic Director 82410


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CODE OF CONDUCT



for Athletics, ASB, Performance & Competition Groups
This form is REQUIRED from all students because most Los Alamitos High School students participate in some sort of co- or extra- curricular activity in the course of a year.
An important aspect of high school athletics and activities is learning behavior appropriate to circumstance. Athletes, ASB members, performance and competition groups often represent the school publicly, causing their behavior to be subject to more than the usual scrutiny. Keeping in mind that participation in extra­- and co-curricular activities is a privilege and not a right, some behaviors are subject to standard consequences, including removal from the program.

I. The Following Rules & Consequences Apply to ALL Athletes, ASB, Performance & Competition Groups, etc.



DRUGS, ALCOHOL. CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES OR INTOXICANTS OF ANY KIND or WEAPONS/CHEMICALS

Unlawful possession * use, sale, transportation or provision of drugs, alcohol, intoxicants or any controlled substance or weapons/chemicals pursuant to Ed. Code 48900B, , at school, going to and from school, or at a school event shall result in immediate removal of the student from all athletic teams, ASB, performance and competition groups for a period of nine weeks or the season of sport/activity, ** whichever is greater.

* Possession of alcohol, drugs, intoxicants or a controlled substance or weapons/chemicals is a serious offense. The term “possession” is so broad that it covers certain cases where you may not have physically touched or you may have had only momentary contact with the alcohol, drugs, intoxicants or controlled substance or weapons/chemicals. You need only have a small degree of control over the situation, i.e., the ability to leave. In short, if you are in the presence of alcohol, drugs, intoxicants, or a controlled substance or weapons/chemicals, you may be charged with unlawful possession.

** Each sport, ASB, performance and competition group defines in writing its "season of sport/activity."
Note: Parent support for this Student Code of Conduct is crucial to its success. Parents who directly or indirectly participate in providing alcohol to students and/or knowingly permit students to drink alcohol are a major concern. These parents are potentially responsible for the adverse consequences to their own child, as well as to the group he/she represents.

II. The Following CIF Rules &. Consequences Applv to Athletes:



INTERACTION WITH OFFICIALS

If an athlete physically assaults an official, the athlete shall be banned from interscholastic athletics for the remainder of the student's eligibility. (CIF Blue Book Sect. 522)


UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT

If an athlete is ejected from a game for any reason, (unsportsmanlike conduct, fighting, etc.), the athlete shall be prohibited from participating in the next contest. (CIF Rule)


** In addition, many teams, ASB, performance & competition groups have their own written standards for participation for which a student may be suspended or removed from the program.

Student name (print legibly)

I have read the Athletic/Activities Code of Conduct and I will abide by the code.



Student Signature Parent Signature Date

4 Revised 1/30/07



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