Homework

 Homework is important because it helps reinforce what has been learned in class, prepares students for upcoming lessons, teaches responsibility, and helps students develop positive study habits.  I have created a homework policy that clearly states the responsibilities for the student, parents, and teacher.  This policy will help students and parents understand the importance of homework and my expectations for completing homework assignments.  Homework is given only when it serves an academic purpose.  Therefore, the amount of homework given will vary throughout the week.

 Assigned Homework

Homework will be assigned Monday through Thursday.  Independent reading will be assigned every evening.  Projects are often assigned with a generous due date.  I encourage my students to start projects immediately and work a little bit each day, so as to alleviate last minute crunching and cramming. Homework is expected to be turned in on time.

 Tests

Students will be told about upcoming tests one week in advance.  All graded tests must be signed by a parent and returned to the teacher.  For the beginning of the school year, children will receive guidelines to help them determine what they need to study.

 Music Lessons

If a student has an assigned music lesson (or other pullout), it is their responsibility to find out from the teacher or a classmate what was missed. As emphasized by the music teachers, responsibility is a major component of the music program at MRS. In addition to practicing their instrument nightly, missed work must be made up.

 Child’s Homework Responsibilities

Students should do their best job on each homework assignment.  All homework should be done neatly in pencil unless specifically noted by the teacher.  When specified, some assignments may be done on a computer. Students must come to school with their homework completely finished the following morning.

 

 Parents’ Homework Responsibilities

Parents are the key to making homework a positive experience for their children.  Therefore, I ask that parents make homework a top priority at home.  There are a few simple steps to help make homework a pleasant experience for your child.  Parents can do this for their children by providing necessary supplies and a quiet homework environment.  It is important to check your child’s agenda book and be aware of the assignments that need to be completed each night.  It is beneficial to you and your child to set aside a time everyday when homework should be done.  Be available during this time to offer praise and support. 

 Teacher’s Homework Responsibilities

I will check all homework and return it in a timely manner.  I strongly believe in the value positive support plays in motivating children to develop good study habits.  Therefore, I will give students encouragement and offer helpful feedback when they do their homework.  When necessary, I will provide extra help with a concept that challenges students.

 Legitimate Reasons for a Student Not Completing a Homework Assignment

 If there is a legitimate reason why a student is unable to finish the assignment, please send a note to me on the date the homework is due stating the reason it was not completed.  A parent must sign the note.

 Working together will help your child feel successful in completing his/her homework.  Be sure to read the homework policy with your child and contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

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