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Homework Policy


Mrs. Hart’s Homework Policy


Homework is an extension of class work.  It is another way students can practice the concepts and skills that they learn in the classroom.  All homework must be completed by the next day unless otherwise stated.  In each student’s assignment pad, there is a place for them to record their homework assignments for the evening. Although homework is ultimately the student’s responsibility, please take a moment to review your child’s assignment pad periodically. Ask your child if they have completed their assignments or perhaps ask them to explain their homework to you. This is another way for you to be informed and involved in your child’s education.  However, I do want to stress that it is the expectation in fifth grade that students are responsible for independently recording and completing homework. Our goal is to develop strong organizational skills and work habits that will help them immensely in middle school.

At the start of each marking period, students will receive a H.O.T. (Homework On Time) card. Every time a student does not turn in homework, a red dot will be placed on his or her card.  Those who choose not to complete their homework will have the following consequences:

1st time:  Freebie!  Everyone is allowed to forget once per marking period!  The teacher will place a red dot on the middle of the student’s card (the ‘freebie’ spot).

2nd time:  A second red dot is placed on the card resulting in a loss of “free choice” recess for a period of 10 minutes.  During those 10 minutes, the student will walk the field at recess in order to ensure daily physical activity requirement.

3rd time:  A third red dot will be placed on the card resulting in a complete loss of “free choice” recess for the entire recess period.  Instead, the student will walk the field at recess in order to ensure daily physical activity requirement.  Parent/guardian will be contacted. 

4 or more misses:  A fourth red dot will be placed on the card resulting in Lunch Detention within the classroom – a grade 5 teacher will administer these detentions.  There will be no talking/fraternizing with the teacher or other students.  Lunch must be eaten in silence.  A phone call will also be placed to the parent. The homework policy will start over at the beginning of each new marking period.