Homework Plans

Below you will find the homework plans for each grade level

1st Grade

Purpose Statement: Homework should provide opportunities for students to practice and apply what they have learned and to develop responsibility. Homework should empower children to become independent learners
Appropriate Parent/Guardian Involvement Homework should be done independently with appropriate assistance from parents or peers. Nightly homework should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Students are strongly encouraged to spend a minimum of 20 minutes per night engaged in reading.
Informing Parents & Guardians Parents will be informed about specific homework procedures and expectations at Back to School Night presentations and in Back to School Night packets. Homework completion is part of the work habits/study skills grade.
Homework and Absences Students with excused absences will be given the opportunity to complete missing homework assignments upon return to class.
Academic Breaks Homework is not assigned during academic breaks.

2nd grade

Purpose Statement: Homework should provide opportunities for students to practice, adapt, and shape what they have learned. Nightly homework should take 20-30 minutes to complete. Homework completion is factored into a student’s Work Habits grade.
Appropriate Parent/Guardian Involvement Homework should be done independently with appropriate assistance from parents or peers unless explicitly directed otherwise by teacher.
Informing Parents & Guardians Homework assignments will be written by each student in his/her homework journal. Homework assignments and homework journal entries should be reviewed by parents/guardians. Parents are encouraged to contact the classroom teacher by phone or email with any questions or concerns regarding homework or resources necessary to complete homework.
Homework and Absences No student may have his/her grade reduced or lose academic credit for any excused absence when missed assignments and tests are satisfactorily completed within a reasonable period of time. (Education Code 48980) The teacher of any class from which a student is suspended may require the student to complete any assignments and tests missed during the suspension. (Education Code 48913)
Academic Breaks Homework is not assigned during academic breaks.

3rd Grade

Purpose Statement: In 3rd grade, the purpose for which homework is assigned is to review previously taught concepts and provide students with the opportunity for individual practice and enrichment. Parent support of the 3rd grade homework policy is strongly encouraged.
Appropriate Parent/Guardian Involvement In 3rd grade, appropriate parent/guardian involvement incudes allowing their student(s) to attempt their homework independently. As needed, parents/guardians are encouraged to review concepts and check for understanding.
Informing Parents & Guardians In 3rd grade, homework is not factored into the academic grade, only the effort grade. Parents/guardians shall be informed about homework expectations at Back to School Night. Homework should take approximately 30 minutes plus additional independent reading time. When homework demands feel excessive, communication with the teacher is strongly encouraged and necessary.
Homework and Absences In 3rd grade, students are always responsible for all class work, homework, and assessments missed during any absence. A reasonable period of time is considered to be approximately twice the amount of time the student was absent from class (e.g. If a student is absent 2 days, they will have 4 days to complete their missed work and assessments).
Academic Breaks In 3rd grade, no homework is exclusively assigned over any academic breaks.

4th Grade

Purpose Statement: The outcomes derived from homework should include, but not be limited to, previewing, reinforcing, extending, enriching or strengthening the skills and concepts introduced through the daily instructional program.
Appropriate Parent/Guardian Involvement Homework should be done independently with appropriate assistance from parents or peers unless explicitly directed otherwise by the teacher.
Informing Parents & Guardians Students will record their assignments in their planners. Please check to see what the assignments are each night to familiarize yourself with what is expected of your child. Parents shall be informed about homework expectations at Back to School Night. Homework represents a portion of the overall grade in conjunction with assessments and projects. Homework should take approximately 40 minutes plus additional time for reading and math fact practice. Parent can contact teachers via email, written note, phone message, or appointment if they have any questions or concerns.
Homework and Absences Students are responsible for all classwork and homework assignments missed during an absence, unless otherwise specified by the teacher. If a student is absent he/she is expected to complete the missing assignments and return it to school in a timely manner.
Academic Breaks Students will not receive any homework over the winter and spring breaks. Continued nightly reading and practice of math facts is highly encouraged!

5th Grade

Purpose Statement:

We believe homework in 5th grade should:

  • Allow time for students to review and practice what they have learned in class
  • Stimulate prior knowledge for future lessons
  • Promote active practice of life-skills such as time management, organization, and responsibility
  • Provide immediate feedback to the teacher and student
Appropriate Parent/Guardian Involvement Parents of fifth graders are asked to support the concept of homework by establishing a consistent homework place and routine, encouraging, motivating and prompting independent study skills, and checking for understanding and completion by discussing homework with your child on a regular basis.
Informing Parents & Guardians

At the beginning of the year, parents will receive written notification of:

  • the teacher’s homework expectations
  • how homework is factored into student grades
  • how to respond when homework demands feel excessive
  • how to access online resources
  • how homework assignments are communicated
Homework and Absences No student may have his/her grade reduced, or lose academic credit, for any excused absence when missed assignments and tests are satisfactorily completed within a reasonable period of time. Education Code 48205.
Academic Breaks Parents/guardians will be notified that teachers usually don’t assign homework over weekends. In addition, Winter and Spring Breaks are homework-free zones!
Message Points &Encouragement to Parents We encourage open communication via email regarding homework concerns.

6th Grade

Purpose Statement:

We believe homework in 6th grade should:

  1. Allow time for students to review and practice what they have learned in class
  2. Stimulate prior knowledge for future lessons
  3. Promote active practice of life-skills such as time management, organization, and responsibility
  4. Provide immediate feedback to the teacher regarding student comprehension
Appropriate Parent/Guardian Involvement Students in 6th grade should be completing most homework independently. Parents can assist them in time management and organization of their work.
Informing Parents & Guardians

At the beginning of the year, parents will receive written notification of:

  • the teacher’s homework expectations
  • how and when homework grades are factored into student grades
  • how to respond when homework demands feel excessive
  • how to access online resources
  • how to request/schedule assistance
  • how teachers coordinate to prevent excessive homework
Homework and Absences No student may have his/her grade reduced or lose academic credit for any excused absence when missed assignments and tests are satisfactorily completed within a reasonable period of time (Education Code 48980). Text of that code can be found here: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgibin/displaycode?section=edc&group=48001-490... 48208
Academic Breaks Teachers rarely assign homework over weekends. In addition, Winter and Spring Breaks are homework-free zones!
Message Points &Encouragement to Parents We encourage open communication via email regarding homework concerns.