Our superintendent, Dr. Pletka, has listened to the concerns of the community and created a form titled, “Parent Homework Communication Form”. Parents, please take a look at the form and use it as necessary. You can also read the Parks Homework Policy below. The form is available in English, Spanish, and Korean.
PARKS JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL HOMEWORK POLICY
Homework is an integral part of a student’s school program and success. Homework supplements class work, and provides students the opportunity to practice foundational skills.
Students may have homework each night in all major subjects. Those subjects include, but are not limited to, language arts, math, social science, and science. Homework can range from 50-120 minutes per night (Monday-Friday), and can impact a child’s grade in the particular class (based on teacher).
Homework can come in many forms, and may resemble:
- Answering questions
- Reviewing daily notes
- Preparing for tests
- Working on a long-term class project
- Translations for a foreign language
- Designing a poster
- Reading a book for a book report
- Working on vocal or dance skills
- Studying or defining vocabulary words
- Solving math problems
- Practicing a musical instrument or skit
Consistent parental involvement is integral to the homework process and student success in school. Parks recommends checking PowerSchool regularly or setting up “notifications” in PowerSchool to review attendance, assignments, and scores. Parents are encouraged to check the student planner regularly and ask questions about the homework. Additionally, parents should check online resources periodically, such as the school website.
If a child suggests that he/she has “no homework,” please ask your child to check with his/her study buddies or check certain teachers’ websites. Oftentimes, teachers may not assign “homework,” but they do prefer the child to practice concepts or read.
At the beginning of the year, students write phone numbers for their study buddies into their planners. Students should call study buddies to get missed assignments. Students should also revisit syllabi for “turn-in” and “make-up” policies for particular classes (dates/policies can vary by teacher).