Homework Policy

Baseline Middle School

HOMEWORK POLICY

Introduction

Baseline Middle School recognizes that homework is an important part of academic growth in middle school. It has the potential to affirm the learning partnership among students, teachers, and parents/guardians. We believe that family and leisure activities are important and the amount and type of homework assigned should reflect this belief. We acknowledge individual student differences in ability, achievement levels, and needs, and that some students may take more or less than the recommended time to complete assignments. The purpose of this homework policy is to guide teachers, parents/guardians, and students in ensuring that homework is meaningful and supports the learning experience for all students.

Students should have homework on a consistent basis. Timely, successful completion of this work is a part of each student’s evaluation process. Homework is often begun in class. Assignments may be overnight or long term. It is important that students complete the work independently so teachers can obtain an accurate assessment of understanding. Parents/guardians with questions regarding homework should contact individual teachers. It is the student’s responsibility to complete and turn in homework as assigned.


Definition

Homework is any activity or assignment directed by the teacher to be performed outside the classroom that may include practicing skills learned in class, reading, studying, projects, or completion of assignments.


Purpose

The primary purposes associated with homework are as follows:
· To give students a chance to review and practice what they have learned.
· To prepare students for the next day’s lesson.
· To reinforce and extend concepts introduced in class.
· To activate prior knowledge and assess student understanding.
· To establish study habits and self-reliance.
· To allow parents/guardians and teachers to monitor student progress.
· To allow for more in-depth exploration of topics than is possible during class time.
· To help students develop time management, study, and organizational skills.
· To provide parents/guardians with insights into what is being taught in the classroom and the progress of their child.

Actual time required to complete assignments will vary with each student’s study habits, academic skills, and selected course load. If your child is spending an inordinate amount of time on homework, the parent/guardian should contact their child’s teachers.


Assistance for Homework

It is recommended that students seeking assistance with homework speak and work directly with their teachers as they will be able to recommend strategies to improve success on homework.Students should speak directly with teachers regarding tutoring hours or to arrange additional assistance outside of class time.


Responsibilities

As with all schoolwork, but especially with homework, the interaction among the teacher-student-parent/guardian is essential. The final responsibility for homework rests with the student.

The student should…
· Know each course’s homework.
· Be aware of the importance of homework.
· Ensure homework is completed to the best of his/her ability.
· Complete homework in the given time frame.
· Ask for assistance from teachers, classmates, and parents/guardians as needed.

The teacher should…
· Assign relevant, challenging, and meaningful homework.
· Give clear instructions and ensure that students understand expectations including how homework will be assessed.
· Offer assistance when needed.
· Provide verbal or written feedback promptly to students.
· Maintain homework records and communicate with parents/guardians if homework issues begin to negatively impact the grade.

The parent/guardian should…
· Take an active interest in homework.
· Set a regular, uninterrupted study/homework time each day in a designated place.
· Communicate regularly with teachers to monitor and encourage student progress.
· Stay well informed via Powerschool Portal on the South Haven Public Schools Website (http://www.shps.org * Bottom right had corner on the homepage) and teachers’ websites. Please call or email Mrs. VanderRoest for username and passwords.


Suggested Websites for Assistance with Homework

· Math – http://www.classzone.com
· Core Areas – http://www.discoveryeducation.com/students


Powerschool Portal
The Powerschool Portal is an on-line grade program that allows parents to keep track of grades, attendance, and discipline referrals. Through the portal, you may access pertinent information about your child’s attendance, grades, homework assignments, and discipline. For more information on the Infinite Pinnacle Portal, please contact the Baseline Middle School Office at 637-0530.


Make-Up Work

It is the responsibility of the student to make up any work that has been missed because of absence. In the event of an extended illness or injury, parents may request homework assignments from the school office (637-0530), beginning on the second consecutive day of the absence. Please call for homework by 9:00 AM and assignments will be available between 2:45-3:45 PM.


Late Work Policy

Daily work assignments are considered late if submitted after the teacher’s established due date.
The highest grade a student may earn on a late daily work is a 70% if handed in one day late.
The highest grade a student may earn on a late daily work is a 50% if handed in two days late. The student will also be given an after school detention.
Daily work received three days after the teacher’s established due date will be graded as a 0%.