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Homework Policy

Homework Policy

JRCS’s Basic Philosophy on Homework:

  •  Homework must be meaningful activity. There is no value in busy work just for the sake of doing more.
  •  Families have busy schedules, and students do not need more pressure in their lives.
  •  Teachers lead busy lives, too; and do not need a lot of additional accounting responsibil-ities.
  •  Homework should not set up stress between students and parents or teachers.
  •  In cases where a student struggles to learn, more time or support at home or outside of school time may be needed.

Ideally, homework could be optional, but when it is meaningful, students, teachers and parents will see its value as a support for academic success. Individual student learning goals can be achieved with the help of differentiated homework.

Loose Guidelines for Homework at JRCS:

First and Second Grades:

At this stage, students will not receive regular homework. As projects are assigned, there may be some at-home work to be completed, but this will only be a few times per year, and there will be ample communication between teacher and parent to help facilitate the work at home. Parents are fully involved in the homework. If the teacher feels additional support is needed at home for children to learn sight words or math facts, then such practice may be requested by the teacher. Parents will be asked to read to their student for 15-20 minutes per day (in the evenings) at least five days per week.

Third Grade:

Regular homework may begin at this time, with no more than 20 minutes per day on weekdays, and none over the weekends. Work will be meaningful, will help reinforce concepts/skills taught in class or will be in conjunction with a project. The purpose at this stage is to familiarize students and families with homework. Students should start to form good habits around home-work. Parents are still very involved in the homework. In addition, students are asked to read 20 minutes per day after school on weekdays (it is still permissible and even encouraged that parents read to their children).

Homework may include some or all of the following:

  1. Math practice, especially when it can be hands-on practice and not simply more work-sheets (measure your desk at home; play math type family games at home; practice your times tables)
  2. Nightly reading
  3. Writing practice
  1. Work on a project
  2. Spelling or vocabulary words to practice

 

Fourth Grade:

Regular homework continues. Nightly work should be no more than 30 minutes and not as-signed on weekends. The purpose at this stage is to have students take more responsibility for their work. They should turn it in daily or weekly and be held accountable for this work through non-punitive measures. Parents are still very involved in the homework. In addition, students are asked to read 20 minutes per day after school on weekdays.

Homework may include some or all of the following:

  1. Math practice, especially when it can be hands-on practice and not simply more work-sheets (measure your desk at home; play math type family games at home; practice your times tables)
  2. Nightly reading
  3. Writing practice
  4. Work on a project
  5. Spelling or vocabulary words to practice
  6. Creative projects that help introduce time management skills
  7. Book projects

 

Fifth/Sixth Grade:

Regular homework should not be regularly more than 40 minutes a night and should not be as-signed on weekends. The purpose at this stage is for students to continue good homework hab-its, take more responsibility for their work, and begin to practice time-management skills. Par-ents are still involved and should be helping their student as needed, though some work could be done without parental support. In addition, students are asked to read at least 20 minutes per day after school on weekdays.

Homework may include some or all of the following:

  1. Math practice, especially when it can be hands-on practice and not simply more work-sheets (measure your desk at home; play math type family games at home; practice your times tables)
  2. Nightly reading
  3. Writing practice
  4. Work on a project
  5. Spelling or vocabulary words to practice
  1. Creative projects that help introduce time management skills
  2. Book projects
  3. Research projects
  4. Reading for content
  5. Studying for End of Main Lesson Block Assessments

 

Seventh/Eighth Grade:

There will be more long term assignments along with the daily practice. Parent should be in-volved so that they know what their student should be working on and should be able to ascer-tain easily from the teacher if homework is being turned in promptly. In addition, students are asked to read at least 20 minutes per day after school on weekdays.

Homework may include some or all of the following:

  1. Math practice, especially when it can be hands-on practice and not simply more work-sheets (measure your desk at home; play math type family games at home; practice your times tables)
  2. Nightly reading
  3. Writing practice
  4. Work on a project
  5. Spelling or vocabulary words to practice
  6. Creative projects that help introduce time management skills
  7. Book projects
  8. Research projects
  9. Reading for content
  10. Studying for End of Main Lesson Block Assessments

 

Ninth Grade & Beyond:

Homework practices from the previous years will continue and the assignments will become longer and more involved. Time management will become much more important in order for students to complete assignments on time. This is where parents can be most supportive: to help their children develop the habits necessary to start and complete projects in a timely man-ner and of a high quality.