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A brief personal background:
I am a graduate of the University Of California, Irvine, where I received a degree in Economics.  I also earned a Masters in Business Administration from UCI.  During this time, I competed on both the UCI men's Water Polo team and the men's swim team (before the University dropped the entire swim program) :-(.
I have taught at Valencia High School since the early 80s. I was the Aquatic Director (swimming and water polo) for many, many seasons.
In addition to teaching at Valencia High School, I currently teach Financial Accounting at Fullerton College. I've taught at the college since 1992.
Additionally, for almost 100 years, I have been a senior seasonal area supervisor for the City of Laguna Beach--Department of Marine Safety.
Please email me if you have questions!


Intro to Finance Tech (AKA: Computer Technology 1A/1B)

Periods 1 



COURSE TITLE:                                                                                                                 

Intro to Finance Technology

(AKA: Computer Technology)                                                                              

Room 1114                                                                                                                  

Grade check:  Aeries Grade book                                             Mr. Guest, Instructor







UNITS OF CREDIT:        Five credits each semester


PREREQUISITES:          Keyboarding Skills


SOFTWARE USED:       Microsoft Office–Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Windows Operating System, Internet Applications, Electronic Portfolio, Adobe Acrobat/PDF, Scanning, etc.


LAB HOURS:                   After SchoolClassroom lab:  See posted schedule.        Library Lab:  Time as posted   Other hours by arrangement only.




                                        Students are expected to know and follow ALL computer lab rules and the academic integrity policy.  (See AUP, Behavior Contract, and the Academic Integrity Policy).


At the end of this semester course, students will be able to:  (subject to change)


1. Operate a computer with confidence and use skills as a tool to improve achievement.
2. Use the Windows operating system to manage files, create folders, control printing, and other processes needed for computer operations. Use Windows accessories (i.e. Use WordPad, Notepad, etc.)
3. Use computer applications software: Microsoft Office with Word (word processing), Excel (spreadsheet), Access (database), and PowerPoint (presentations).
4. Learn to use the Internet efficiently including learning how to properly evaluate information published on the Internet.
5. Understand and use the vocabulary of today's computer world.
6. Proper care for computers, printers, and other devices (electronic media, storage devices, etc.).
7. Keep a well-organized set of class notes and develop an electronic portfolio.
8. Learn to back up data and use the Val Tech digital asset management program on
Google Drive.
9. Develop an awareness of career opportunities in the computer field.



Grades will be based on the following scale.

                        A = 100 and 90 percent      =          Awesome, All done...

                        B =   80 and 70 percent      =          Basically Beautiful, BUT...

                        C =   60 and 50 percent      =          Average

                        D =   40 and 30 percent      =          Didn't quite finish...YET

                        F =   20 and 10 percent      =          Failed to complete...for now



                                                                                                                            Approximate Points*


                                                                                                                        1st Semester  2nd Semester

Exercises/Lessons/Projects                                                                    1000                 1000

TOTAL POSSIBLE POINTS (APPROXIMATE) each semester              1000                 1000

(*Subject to change)



Late homework is accepted—but with a penalty. Late classwork is also accepted, but depending on the situation, a penalty may be assessed if the work is more than 2 weeks late. See the PYLUSD’s Homework Policy for specifics.  Books are to remain in the classroom.  Use the book that is numbered to match your computer number.


ALL WORK MUST BE DONE AT VHS—using VHS’s computers.  No headphones or AirPods in class.  NO USB-STORAGE DEVICES (or similar storage media) ALLOWED ON CAMPUS.  Sorry, no exceptions.







Periods 3, 4, 5, and 6 


Mr. Guest, Instructor:


Room 1114                                                                                                                 

Assignments and Grade check: 

Aeries Grade book  



Course Goal

The goal of this class is to give an introductory concept of Financial Accounting. This yearlong course covers most of the concepts taught in a first semester college-level accounting class.



Grading Procedures

The grading scale is based on points. Points are earned by completing assigned work and by taking tests and quizzes. The points earned by a student are divided by the total number of points possible.


Grading scale:





Below 58.45% is not a passing grade.


Points are awarded as follows:

Tests- 100 points

Homework- 50 points

Computer and other various projects- TBA


Homework policy:

Homework will be assigned every day and is worth 50 points for each completed packet. If homework is turned in late a 10-point deduction will be made for every day it is late with a maximum of 20 points taken off. If you are absent for an assignment you will have the amount of days you were absent to make up the work without a penalty.




If you are absent the day of a quiz or test you must make it up on your own time.  Please see me to make an appointment to make up the exam. If you return from an illness on the day of a test you will be responsible for taking that test unless you missed 2 or more days.






Non-Discrimination Statement

The Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in all district activities, programs, and employment based upon actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, immigration status, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Reference: BP 0410; 1312.3; 4111.1; 5145.3; 5145.7; 4119.11/4219.11/4319.11
Compliance Officer for Complaints. Employee complaint: Rick Lopez, Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources (714) 985-8408. Title IX Sexual Harassment and any other discrimination complaints: Dr. Trena Salcedo-Gonzalez, Director, Student Wellness, Access, & Academic Achievement (714) 985-8685. Americans with Disabilities Act complaints: Richard McAlindin, Assistant Superintendent, Executive Services (714) 985-8727. Bullying, intimidation complaints: Rick Riegel, Administrator, Student Services (714) 985-8671
Procedure for Complaints. Uniform Complaint Policy Form 1312.3 (English), 1312.3 (Spanish). Williams Uniform Complaint Procedures Form 1312.4 (English) and 1312.4 (Spanish)
El Distrito Escolar Unificado Placentia-Yorba Linda, prohíbe la discriminación, acoso, intimidación, hostigamiento en todas las actividades, programas y empleo del distrito en base a género real o percibido, identificación de género, expresión de género, raza, etnia, color, religión ascendencia, nacionalidad, origen nacional, identificación de grupo étnico, estado de inmigración, sexo, orientación sexual, estatus marital o parental, embarazo, edad discapacidad física o mental o en base a la asociación de la persona con una persona o grupo, con una o más de estas características reales o percibidas. Referencia: BP 0410; 1312.3; 4111.1; 5145.3; 5145.7; 4119.11/4219.11/4319.11.
Quejas de empleados: Rick Lopez, Asistente de Superintendente, Recursos Humanos (714) 985-8408. Titulo IX Acoso Sexual y cualquier otra queja de discriminación: Dr. Andrea Norman, Director, Servicios Educativos (714) 985-8685. Americanos con Discapacidades Acta de quejas: Richard McAlindin, Director Ejecutivo, Apoyo Educativo (714) 985-8727. Quejas de acoso, intimidación: Rick Riegel, Administrador, Servicios Estudiantiles (714) 985-8671

Employee/Student Non-Fraternization Policy: BP 4101