We believe homework is important because it is a valuable aid in helping students make the most of their experience in school. We give homework because it is useful in reinforcing what has been learned in class, preparing students for upcoming lessons, extending and generalizing concepts, teaching responsibility and helping students develop positive study habits.
We will assign homework on an as needed basis. Homework should take students no longer than 1 hour to complete each night, not including studying for tests, reading assignments and long-range projects. We will give students a minimum of at least one week’s notice to study for all tests.
We expect students to do their best job on their homework. We expect homework to be neat, not sloppy. We expect students to do the work on their own and only ask for help after they have given it their best effort. We strongly believe in the value that positive support plays in motivating children to develop good study habits.
We ask that you review the assignments daily with your child, and sign the Assignment Pad each evening. If students choose not to do their homework, we will ask that parents begin checking and signing homework each night. If students still choose not to complete their homework, they also choose to lose certain privileges. We only ask that students try their best and complete what they can. We will be informing parents through the assignment pad as an additional communication tool, if a child is struggling in certain areas or is lax in performing responsibly.
We will check all homework. If there is a legitimate reason why a student is not able to do any of their homework, the parent should send a note to us on the day the homework is due, stating the reason it was not completed. The note must be signed by a parent.
We feel that parents are the key to making homework a positive experience for their children. Therefore, we ask that parents make homework a top priority, provide necessary supplies, a quiet homework environment, and to contact us if they notice a problem.
We are looking forward to having a good year in helping your child develop good work and study habits, and a feeling of responsibility and pride in their accomplishments. Please feel free to contact us between 8:30-9:00 am to discuss your child’s progress, if the need arises.
The Fifth Grade Team