Homework plays an integral part in academic success at Nathan Hale High School. As students strive to manage the details of their lives more independently,parents may feel uninformed about homework and schoolwork. We hope this information helps in responding to some of the following often-heard statements regarding homework.
"I don't have any homework."
Homework is assigned daily. It can include reading, reading and responses, written assignments, projects and preparation for quizzes and tests.
"I don't know what my assignment is."
Upon entering Academy classes (LA/Social Studies, Health/Science)students will copy the homework assignments from the overhead to the assignment sheets at the front of their log book. This will be their daily record of assignments, and will include date assigned and date due. All academy classes use the same format. When you have questions regarding student work (what is assigned and when is it due), ask your student to show you the assignment sheet in their log book.
"I left my log book at school so I can't do my homework."
Homework responses are written in log books and checked daily (signed or stamped by the teacher) at the beginning of class. Students are encouraged to write their homework answers on a piece of notebook paper and tape it in if they don't have their log book with them.
"I don't have to do the homework because I do well on the tests."
All students are expected to complete homework on a daily basis. Daily homework is a significant part of your student's learning and grade. Logbooks will be turned in and graded approximately every two weeks.Please see log book response rubric for grading information.
"I can do it tomorrow during reading."
Our all school reading period is designed specifically for reading and does not include time for doing homework.
"I can do it during mentorship."
Mentorship is a credit class that meets Wednesdays and Thursdays. Scheduled mentorship activities include registration, high school orientation information, study skills and portfolio preparation. Occasionally there may be some quiet study time available. However, students should not count on this time in place of home study time.
"All I have to do is study for a test."
The emphasis at Nathan Hale is on learning the work as well as doing it.Tests are challenging and require preparation. Students should review og book notes, assignments, quizzes and reading handouts in studying for a test. Key words and phrases may be highlighted, reviewed, and flash cards can be prepared. This is what is expected when the assignment log reads, "Study for test."
Note: Students are welcome to word process homework responses and tape them into their log books.