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Calimesa Elementary School Homework Plan

Homework is an extension of the content standards that were taught in class that day. Homework provides independent practice and further understanding of the curriculum. The assignments may be differentiated based upon student’s individual needs.

1. Time Guidelines: Homework is assigned Monday through Thursday evenings. However, long-term projects may require some work to be completed during weekends. Times listed below are averages. Times may be longer than the average or less than the average.

  • Kindergarten – 20 minutes
  • First Grade – 20 minutes
  • Second Grade – 20 minutes
  • Third Grade – 30 minutes
  • Fourth Grade – 60 minutes
  • Fifth Grade – 60 minutes
  • Sixth Grade – 60 minutes
  • SDC Students – 10 minutes

2. Level of Involvement of Parents/Guardians: It is essential that parents/guardians provide a quiet place for students to concentrate and focus in order to complete their homework.

  • Parents are expected to monitor their child’s homework completion; however, they are not expected to correct homework. In primary grades (K-3), parents are also expected to sign completed homework.
  • In the upper grades (4-6), parents are expected to ask to see their child’s daily assignment sheet and each completed assignment in order to ensure that their child is completing homework daily.

3. Informing Parents/Guardians: The homework policy will be included in the Calimesa Elementary School Parent-Student Handbook and will be distributed at Back-To-School Night.

  • Homework Expectation – Students are expected to complete daily homework assignments the day they are assigned. If students are having difficulty with an assignment, they still should make an attempt toward partial completion. This allows teachers to have an opportunity to use the student’s work to identify the area of need. If your child consistently struggles with the assignments, please contact the teacher immediately.
  • How Homework Relates to Student’s Grades – Homework completion and return is reported on the Study Skills section of the report card.
  • How Best to Help Your Children – In addition to the previously stated suggestions, communication with your child’s teacher is imperative.

4. Techniques that will be taught to help students: Teaching students responsibility and organization is key at Calimesa Elementary School. Topics that will be taught to assist students in using their knowledge effectively are study skills, organization and test-taking tips.

Students in primary grades will be bringing home a weekly packet or will be expected to keep a daily assignment sheet. Students in upper grades are expected to keep a daily assignment sheet.

5. Resources Available to Students: Support and assistance is readily available to parents and students. Please contact your child’s teacher first. However, if you are in need of further assistance, contact the principal or assistant principal.

a. Library – Every class visits the library weekly. If additional time is required, they may visit the library with a pass from their teacher. For long term research projects, use of the public library is also encouraged.

b. Additional Assistance – Each teacher is available to assist students throughout the school year. Please contact your student’s teacher to determine when they are available to offer extra help, either before or after school. Other programs that may support students with remedial needs or advanced needs in core areas are after school intervention programs.

6. Coordination of Assignments between Teachers/Subjects:
Teachers that are teaming meet regularly and teachers have grade level meetings to coordinate homework assignments.

7. Extent that Homework Will Emphasize Independent Research, Reports, Special Reading and Problem-Solving Activities: Prior to students being required to do research and/or written and oral reports, these skills will be taught in class. Most students can expect research, a report and/or a presentation in Language Arts, Social Studies or Science. Every teacher requires reading as part of the student’s daily homework. Required reading time will vary from Kindergarten through sixth grade and will be explained by each teacher. Mathematics homework assignments will include problem-solving activities.

8. Feedback from the Teacher: In the primary grades (K-3), teachers will communicate with parent's on a weekly basis regarding homework completion. In the upper grades (4-6), teachers make every effort to provide students and parents feedback in a timely manner.

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