Guidelines for the Assignment of Homework and Responsibilities of  Students, Staff and Parents
Literacy-Homework is given out on Monday's and Wednesday's
Science- Homework is given out on Monday's and Wednesday's
Math- Homework is given out on Tuesday's and Thursday's
Social Studies- Homework is given out on Tuesday's and Thursday's
I.  Purpose:
            Homework contributes toward building responsibility, self-discipline and lifelong learning habits.  It is the intention of the NMS Health & Sciences Technology Campus staff to assign relevant, challenging and meaningful homework assignments that reinforce classroom learning objectives.  Homework should provide students with the opportunity to apply information they have learned, complete unfinished class assignments, and develop independence. 


            Homework assignments include:
  • Checking for Understanding – assignments that help teachers gain insight into student learning.
  • Practice - exercises to follow classroom instruction
  • Extension assignments to transfer new skills or concepts to new situations
  • Processing - create activities to integrate many skills toward the production of a response or product
II.  Time:
            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 doing homework, you should contact your child’s teachers.  We assign homework twice a week for each major content area (Math, Literacy, Science, and Social Studies).  Students are required to do the homework assigned and turn in the homework to their teacher the following school day.


Responsibilities of Staff:
  • Assign relevant, challenging and meaningful homework that reinforces classroom learning
  • Give clear instructions and make sure students understand the purpose
  • Give feedback and/or correct homework
  • Involve parents and contact them if a pattern of late or incomplete homework develops


Responsibilities of Parents:                                                       
  • Set a regular, uninterrupted study time each day
  • Establish a quiet, well-lit study area
  • Monitor student’s organization and daily list of assignments in their agenda
  • Help student work to find the answer, not just get it done
  • Be supportive when the student gets frustrated with difficult assignments
  • Contact teacher to stay well informed about the student’s learning process


Responsibilities of Students:
  • Write down assignments in their planner.
  • Be sure all assignments are clear; don’t be afraid to ask questions if necessary
  • Set aside a regular time for studying
  • Find a quiet, well-lit study area
  • Work on homework independently whenever possible, so that it reflects student ability. 
  • Produce quality work.
  • Make sure assignments are done according to the given instructions and completed on time


*** Note:  We know that if homework is not completed, it does not help the student.  Teachers are designing meaningful homework assignments for the students so that student’s completion of the homework is reinforcing classroom learning and allowing students to practice their learning.