• Homework and Grading Policy



    Success in school requires practice and deep understanding of content material.  Homework provides students an opportunity to work independently on concepts taught, develop responsibility as a scholar, and create independent problem solving opportunities.  It is imperative that you and your child read, discuss, and understand the homework policies for my class. 
    Homework may take the form of short and long-term projects, instructional reinforcement, and, most often, unfinished or incomplete class work.  All papers not submitted to the teacher on time will receive a grade of ZERO, unless other arrangements have been made with the teacher. (For example, work may be returned late due to illness or other circumstances, if the teacher is contacted and an agreement is made.)  Assignments that are submitted to the teacher without a name will not be scored.  If your child is out sick, District Policy is that your child will be given the same number of days that she or he was absent to return all missing work for credit.  Moreover, if there is a serious family problem, please email me or send a note explaining the situation so that extensions may be given.  


    Homework is assigned daily.  Recording, completing, and returning homework is the responsibility of the student.  During every class period, students are expected to record their assignments. PLEASE CHECK YOUR CHILD'S HOMEWORK AND VERIFY THAT THEY HAVE COMPLETED THEIR HOMEWORK EVERY NIGHT!  If you child is absent, they must contact another student to find out what they missed during class; they have written the contact information of two students from their class in this planner.  Additionally, you may email the teacher (provided it is during school hours) to receive this information.  


    The following is the grading scale used to correct most work (such as projects,quizzes, and tests):

    100 - 90%                 A

    89 - 80%                   B

    79 - 70%                   C

    69 - 60%                   D

    59 and below            F


    Homework and daily assignments may be graded in the following way:

    O                       Excellent

    S                        Average

    N                       Below average, extremely sloppy

    U                       Incomplete, Unacceptable, No Work


    Writing assignments may have Rubric scores:

    4           Excellent (A)

    3           Average (B)

    2           Passing (C)

    1           Missing key components, off topic (D)

    0           No Work, did not follow directions, incomplete (F)



    Students earn their grades; they are not given.  Quality work that is to the best of their ability is expected at all time.  If a grade of D or F is received on an assignment, your child may correct the errors with parent supervision (which requires your signature) and the grade may be changed.  (Such arrangements must be made with the teacher prior to corrections.)  Additionally, late work may be returned for a reduced score but is only accepted a week after the assignment has been given. 


    All students are expected to arrive to class before the bell rings.  Late students can receive detention or other consequences.  Students who miss any part of the instructional day are missing the valuable grade-level specific concepts being taught.  
    If you have any questions or concerns, appointments to meet with me may be scheduled during my prep period. 


    Homework Philosophy 



    I believe that successful learning is continuous throughout a student's life and students should take advantage of every possible learning situation. I believe it is essential that the school extend learning opportunities beyond the walls of the school. I believe that learning activities initiated at school should be continued and encouraged at home. I believe homework is a means to build life-long learning skills such as self-discipline, task commitment, time management, responsibility, independence, initiative, and problem solving. I believe homework helps build healthy habits, attitudes, and values that lead to student satisfaction and success.


    Ensuring Success

    Cooperation and communication between parents, teachers, and students promote student growth and learning. Partnerships between the home and the school build mutual understanding and are invaluable to the success of a homework policy. When parents support homework, teachers emphasize its usefulness, and students see it as an extension of their learning experiences,  the school's programs are strengthened as are the students' chances for success.


    Homework Activities

    Students should devote at least 60 minutes on homework each school night. This includes:

    • sharing newsletters, forms, notices or daily assignments with parents.
    • reading independently.
    • organizing and studying notes.
    • practicing and reviewing concepts presented at school.
    • developing study skills for tests or assignments.
    • using the personal homework planner and record book.
    • assuming personal responsibility for completeness and quality of schoolwork.
    • asking for and completing work that is missed due to an absence from school.


    Quality of Homework

    The quality of homework for students will vary considerably according to their learning styles, interests, and abilities; however, at the intermediate level children must have a positive attitude towards learning to ensure success. Parents should provide a supportive learning environment at home. At the intermediate level, students assume greater responsibilities and the parent becomes more of a consultant or mentor. It is imperative to know the learning style of a child. Do they learn best by listening, seeing, acting out, or a combination? Children learn new concepts best with regular review. Since homework is a valuable activity, students should set high standards for themselves. Quality should mean your best effort.



    Student Responsibilities

    I trust that each student understands the value of hard work.  Students are to complete all class assignments and homework.  Students understand that school work is created with their best interests in mind to further their learning and growth through the following.  Students will...

    • Expect to do some sort of homework activity each day.
    • Organize materials and keep the student planner up to date.
    • Complete homework on time and to promptly return work to school.
    • Ask questions.  Students are responsible to contact the teacher to ask for help.
    • Do their personal best.
    • Set personal goals and accept responsibility for their progress.
    • Always write their name on their assignments.


    Parent Responsibilities

    I anticipate that parents will accept their responsibility to help make it easier for their children to do homework by:

    • expecting their child to have homework each day.
    • providing a quiet, uninterrupted study place.
    • encouraging a scheduled, expected time to complete their daily tasks.
    • supervising and encouraging their child's independent efforts.
    • providing the materials required to complete tasks.
    • rewarding reliable, consistent efforts by the child.
    • communicating with the school about circumstances that have interfered with homework/schoolwork completion.


    Teacher Responsibilities

    Teachers are key to an effective homework policy. Teachers promote homework activities that are meaningful and rewarding learning opportunities for students by:

    • promoting homework as an important daily learning extension activity.
    • providing balance in the homework assignments so that there are a variety of skills practiced and so that there is an appropriate amount for the individual child.
    • posting homework expectations on the whiteboard in the classroom daily.
    • including homework as part of student evaluation.
    • implementing a system to communicate to parent(s) if incomplete homework/schoolwork becomes a concern (i.e. progress reports).


    Home and School

    When parents are aware, involved, and supportive of school activities, children are more interested and successful. Teachers and parents need to support, guide and encourage children so that they believe homework is a positive learning experience. Communication between teachers, parents, and students is the key to successful academics. I endeavor to create an atmosphere where parents feel comfortable about coming to school. A student's full learning potential can best be realized when everyone agrees about how to work together.



    Parents, please email me if ever there is an issue (khawkey@cnusd.k12.ca.us). Positive parent and teacher communication is vital in the success of your student.


    Thank you for your support,

    Miss Hawkey





    Copyright - 2010 - Hawkey - updated 2017