First and foremost I want to clarify that I realize families are very busy and that things come up.  If your child has an unusually busy night or some type of circumstance that prohibits him/her from doing homework, please drop me a note or e-mail and I will give your child an extra night or two to do the assignment without repercussion.  I know that life sometimes gets in the way of homework, and I am flexible with my homework policy.  Also, please don't let a homework assignment ruin your evening.  If your child is struggling with something that is assigned as homework, jot me a note saying your child attempted to do the homework but struggled and was unable to finish.  The assignment will be considered done because effort was put into it and I will help your child with it in school. 
    That being said, I do think homework is an important part of our curriculum.  It is an opportunity for parents to keep up with how their child is understanding the curriculum.  It also gives kids the opportunity to have something explained again one -on- one if they didn't understand what was done in class.  Fact practice and spelling practice at home is ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY.  There is only so much time in a school day, and while we will practice these things in school, most students need the additional practice at home to master these skills that require memorization. 
    Now that you are familiar with my philosophy, I will get to exactly what type of homework you can expect.  Your child will have a math homelink almost every night Monday - Thursday.  Spelling lists will be assigned weekly. There will be a few weeks (short weeks) when there will not be a spelling list.  This will be noted in your child's planner.  There will be suggested things students can do to practice the words.  These are independent study ideas and students are not required to hand in these assignments. 
    As you may have noticed, I do not assign homework over the weekend. 
    I grade homework as completed or not completed.  I don't assign a percentage grade for correct or incorrect answers.  Each student starts the marking period with a homework grade of 100%.  For each missed assignment, this homework grade will drop five points.  (Notes explaining unusual circumstances or attempted but not understood assignments will not result in a five point deduction.)
    Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions concerning this policy.
Last Modified on August 12, 2019