FSH Middle School Homework
We value homework as an opportunity for students to practice skills and to review topics that have already been presented in school. Homework may also be used to advance the work done in school. Homework allows time to process learning and for students to engage their family in discussions about their school experience.
In LA, Math, and Spanish there are consistent daily assignments. In Science and History, students are more likely to engage in long-term assignments or projects. Ongoing assignments also take place. Absent any other review-based homework, the following can be completed:
LA – 30 minutes of independent reading
Technology – 20 minutes of Type 2 Learn
Spanish – Review all vocabulary words and grammar on blue card
As a school community, we expect students to engage in approximately 10 minutes per grade of evening homework daily (a sixth grader will have one hour of homework). The number of minutes is a guideline. Our intention is that no student be overwhelmed or underwhelmed by the amount of homework they have. Our goal is to engage each student in appropriately taking advantage of the opportunity to review, enrich, practice, and extend the work they are doing in school. We trust parents and students to know if this goal is being achieved and to communicate with the advisor if homework is problematic in any way.
During Advisories, we discuss habits of organization that include homework planning and engaging with teachers during the scheduled conference period for conversations related to coursework. Questions such as those posed below are included in these discussions.
It is important to manage your time and think about other habits of organization techniques while working on homework.
Things to think about before starting:
• How much time should this assignment take?
• What other assignments do I need to complete tonight?
• Where will I work best?
• What materials do I need to get started?
• If I have a question while working, what resources can I use?
Things to think about when you are done:
• Did I edit my work?
• Is it my best work?
• Did I review the rubric and fully complete the assignment?
• Where should I store the assignment so that it is ready for my teacher?
• Is there anything else that I need to do to prepare for class tomorrow?
Google Classroom is an educational application that allows teachers to create and organize assignments, as well as communicate with classes and individual students.
Each child has a user name and password to obtain access to their Google Drive, Google calendar, and Google Classroom. We encourage parents to sit with their middle school student and allow them to share how their computer is a tool for learning.
Ways to Support Your FSH Middle School Student
• Establish a consistent pattern for doing homework with respect to time and place.
• Create a regular work space with proper lighting, comfortable seating, and easy access to supplies.
• Enforce the ongoing nightly assignment of at least 30 minutes of reading children’s literature.
• Pack nutritional, low sugar foods for both snack and lunch.
• Carefully read all papers that are sent home, and sign as requested.
• If motivating your child to begin and/or complete homework is major challenge, consider setting up an appointment with your child and his/her teacher. Together, along with the Learning Resource Team, a plan can be created.
• Encourage your child to inform you immediately about assignments that require adult participation, so that time can be allotted for their fulfillment. Such assignments are given at least 2 days in advance of their due date.
• Help your child to get into the habit of organizing his/her backpack every night and placing it in the same visible location for quick pick-up in the morning.
• Arrive at school as close to 8:00 as possible, to allow your child enough time to get organized for the day and to write the nightly homework in her/his planner.
Thank you for being our partners in your child’s education!