Homework Policy

Homework Policy
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Powderhorn Elementary 

Updated Homework Policy

Dear Parents and Families,

We have researched the benefits of homework for our young learners and determined that homework does not improve student achievement at the elementary level. With a few exceptions, we believe that your child can be successful with the instruction provided in the 6 hours and 35 minutes they are with us daily.  

That being said, research shows that time spent reading does improve not only reading skills but writing skills, as well.  Therefore, we do ask that students be expected to read, or be read to, for a minimum of 20 minutes nightly, during the school week.  Some teachers may choose to send home a reading log or parent sign off sheet to document student progress. Additionally, math fact practice several nights a week can improve fluency and memorization of math facts.

Occasionally, teachers may provide students with extended instructional opportunities such as Project Based Learning, individual or group projects, technology tools that can be used at home, etc. And when curriculum letters come home explaining upcoming concepts and content, suggestions for home practice may be included.

We ask that you spend your evenings doing things that are proven to correlate with student success. Eat dinner together, talk about what students are learning in school, play outside, go on a walk together and support a good night’s rest for your child. 

This revised policy will take effect November 11, 2019.

Thank you for your support.

Bob Wedel, Principal

Kim Low-Nielson, Assistant Principal

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