Homework is assigned in order to:
1. Reinforce what has been presented in class
2. Provide drills to ensure pupil’s mastery of skills taught
3. Teach students to work independently
4. Teach students responsibility
Homework often consists of work begun in class to be completed later. There are daily assignments and long-term assignments. Students are given ample notice of due dates for book reports, projects, reports and other outside work requiring more time. These long-term assignments teach children to work independently and to pace themselves. There will be times, of course, when no homework is given and other times when children finish the work in school. On Fridays, no homework is assigned; however, any incomplete classwork or homework should be made up over the weekend.
Approximate times for average work per night in each grade are:
Pre-Kindergarten – no homework
Kindergarten – no homework (if extra help is needed teachers will call parents)
First grade – 15 to 30 minutes
Second grade – 20 to 30 minutes
Third grade – 30 to 60 minutes
Fourth grade – 1 to 1½ hours
Fifth grade – 1 to 2 hours
Students are given adequate notice of upcoming tests, reports and projects. When working on long-term assignments, students may decide to work longer one night than another. They may also elect to work over the weekend on these long-term assignments.
Parents of first graders should encourage some daily reading. Assignments in all other grades should be done entirely by the student. Until parents are sure the student has accepted responsibility for doing homework carefully, we request that parents check to see that all work is done, not necessarily correctly, but in a complete and presentable fashion. All homework and school projects should be a reflection of the student’s work, with assistance given only as directed by the teacher.
In order for students to learn to be responsible for their work, homework assignments or homework sheets faxed between students are not permitted. Homework assignments should be brought to school in the morning by the student. Completed homework assignments may not be faxed to school.
Completion of homework is required. If there is a valid reason for your child not finishing his/her homework, please send a note to the teacher.
Signed papers: All students in grades two through five take their papers and periodic progress report home on Fridays. Parents are asked to review the papers and periodic progress reports. Periodic progress reports should be signed in the appropriate space and returned to the teacher. Each grade level teacher will outline communication procedures at the beginning of the school year. This procedure will help us keep you better informed of your child’s progress.
Parents should notify the school by 9:30 a.m. on the morning of an absence and allow the teacher time to prepare a list of assignments and books to be picked up at 3:00 p.m. Teachers cannot do this on a drop-in basis as they are in the middle of teaching their classes. If you would like to have another child take the assignments home, please notify the teacher through the school office early in the day. Teachers will not provide make-up work ahead of time for any student taking vacation while school is in session. Work and instruction missed for vacation will be made up at the teacher’s discretion when the student returns to school.