Homework Practices

  • We believe that elementary students should live balanced lives -- we value education, learning, family, and play time.  With the hours devoted to learning curriculum at school, it is our hope that homework practices will promote equity and balance in students’ lives.

    Starting in Kindergarten, and then throughout elementary school, some time should be dedicated each day in three areas that are important for success: responsibility, reading, and family time. To build responsibility, we recommend daily chores that support the family (cleaning, organizing, preparing, etc.). Reading is a skill that is best developed with daily practice. In the primary grades it should be done with an adult, and then can transition to independent reading. We all live busy lives, but we believe daily family time is important for emotional and social growth.

    Stocklmeir homework practices guidelines:

    • Student learning is assessed based on proficiency demonstrated in class.
    • Unfinished classwork can be completed at home, but students are only graded on the portion completed at school.
    • Teachers have discretion to recommend supplemental resources based on individual student needs. For example, teachers can recommend outside activities to prepare for tests, presentations, or projects.
    • There are online grade level resource banks available with supplemental activities to support student learning.
    • To prepare for the transition to middle school, 4th and 5th-grade students are expected to dedicate 30 to 45 minutes of daily after-school time in order to foster behaviors that support learning. The intent is to provide students with increased opportunities to set and reflect upon their individual goals. Teachers will communicate the specifics of these practices at the beginning of the school year.