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Homework Policy

Our District recognizes current research showing that the benefits of homework are age dependent. The Board further recognizes that for elementary-aged students, research suggests that, in contrast to homework consisting of worksheets and activities loosely related to student learning, reading at home has significant benefits, including promoting a love of school and an interest in learning. The Board recognizes the importance of after-school time for developing positive attitudes toward school, participating in extracurricular activities, and fostering healthy personal and family relationships.
 
Homework assignments shall be meaningful and focused on current student learning, reasonable in length and appropriate to the grade level and course. Teachers shall assign homework only as necessary to fulfill academic goals and reinforce current instruction. Age-appropriate instruction may be given to help students allocate their time wisely, meet their deadlines, and develop good personal study habits.
 
Although it is the student’s responsibility to undertake assignments independently, parents/guardians may serve as a resource and are encouraged to ensure that their child’s homework assignments are completed.
 
 
Homework is assigned at Sage Canyon School as follows:
  • K-2nd grades assign a weekly homework packet on Monday that is due on Friday.  Teachers encourage parents to read with their children on a nightly basis as well as review assignments and provide immediate feedback.
  • 3rd-6th grades provide a combination of nightly homework and long-term projects.  Students record assignments daily, and teachers post assignments on their websites.  Students are encouraged to read nightly, and parents are encouraged to spot-check student work.
 
The staff at Sage Canyon School believes that a successful homework policy includes the teacher, student, parent triad of learning.
 
Teacher Responsibilities:
  • Assign purposeful homework at the appropriate level of difficulty.
  • Clearly communicate routines, directions, and expectations to parents and students.
  • Create a system to continually communicate daily assignments and projects (website, student agenda, HW log, homework packet, and/or class newsletter).
  • Continually monitor the amount of homework and provide feedback to parents and/or students
 
Student Responsibilities:
  • Work with your parents to find a quiet place to do your homework.
  • Create a schedule for when you will do your homework (think about all other after school activities that you will have to work around).
  • Independently, complete homework to the best of your ability.  Ask questions if needed.
  • Tell parents and/or teacher if your homework is too hard (you don’t know how to do it, not it’s too much work).
  • Make sure you have the materials you need to complete your homework when you leave school.
  • Make sure you have the materials you need for the school day when you leave home in the morning.
 
Parent Responsibilities:
  • Work with your child to find a quiet, consistent place to do their homework.
  • Create a schedule for when your child will do their homework (think about all other after school and family activities that you will have to work around).
  • Encourage your child to complete their homework independently.  If your child is consistently spending too much time or is having difficulty understanding assignments, please contact the teacher.
  • When it is time to go to bed, please stop your child even if he or she has not completed their homework.