Homework Policy
Whitehorse Middle School maintains high expectations for student achievement. Completing homework and participating in after school homework support is one way that students can rise to the challenge. Homework is an exercise that helps students apply what they know, make connections to the real world and practice new skills. It is also a natural way to bridge the school learning environment with the home learning environment. Each teacher is responsible for assigning homework. The amount of homework will vary across grade levels and throughout the school year. Each student should have enough basic knowledge to be able to complete a homework assignment. If your child is struggling or confused, give them the emotional support they need to take a risk and try their best. If their struggle continues, do not hesitate to contact the teacher for support. Other ways that you can provide home learning support includes:

encourage reading at home for a least 15 minutes per day;

ask how their day at school went, but also ask them to share one new thing that they learned;

encourage the use of an assignment notebook; and

check your child’s backpack at least once a week and return any weekly home/school folders.
6^{th} Grade Homework Policy
Students will be expected to record assignments due into their assignment notebook. We would appreciate if parents please check assignment notebooks on a regular basis for important information with academics or after school activities. 6^{th} Grade students should be reading for 30 minutes each night. Math homework is assigned on most school days except on Fridays. Before Math assessments, students should be studying current unit to prepare for assessments.
7^{th} Grade Homework Policy
Students will be expected to hand in work, including homework, on the exact deadline that is clearly communicated by teachers. Students are expected to write all homework in their assignment notebooks as teachers communicate due dates. Students may advocate for extensions by communicating directly with individual teachers. If a student is absent, they will be granted a one day extension but students must communicate with all teachers when they miss school. Advance communication is preferred when students know they will be missing school.
Math: Homework is given most days, but length and type depends on the current unit of study. Due to the 70 minute math block, time is sometimes provided for students to begin their homework in class and some students may finish at school. Students are expected to record math homework in their assignment notebooks on a daily basis. Late math homework is accepted up until the day of the unit test for any particular unit, but daily homework completion is essential for mastering content before quizzes and tests. Ontime homework completion will be communicated to families on the quarterly report card under the learning skill section in the form of M (most of the time), S (some of the time), or R (rarely).
Science: Homework is rarely given in science. However, students are expected to complete at least 5 outside observations in their green science notebooks each quarter. Science teachers will communicate specific homework assignments and students are expected to record homework in their assignment notebook.
ELA: Students should be reading nightly 20 minutes from a text of their choosing. Students will have weekly vocabulary work to complete and practice nightly. Due to the ELA block, time is often provided for students to begin their independent work. Some students may need to finish it for homework. Students are expected to record homework in their assignment notebooks on a daily basis. Late ELA homework will be accepted until the performance assessment for each unit, which will be communicated by teachers. Completing Independent Work from class and practicing/reviewing concepts taught is essential for mastering content before assessments.
Social Studies: Daily homework is rarely given in Social Studies. Homework that is given will be based on completion of projects and studying for assessments. However, students are always expected to review their classwork and notes. Social Studies teachers will communicate specific homework assignments and students are expected to record homework in their assignment notebook.
8^{th} Grade Homework Policy
Students will be expected to hand in work on the exact deadline that is clearly communicated by teachers. Students will have to advocate for themselves and communicate with teachers if an extension is required. Granting extensions is per teacher discretion. Absences will get automatic extensions of 1 extra day per absent day.
What you will see in the IC Parent Portal:

If you only see a zero (0) for that assignment: That means the student completed the assignment but was not able to show evidence of their understanding.

If you see a zero (0) and a comment that says “Missing”: Student is missing the work and is not able to make that assignment up.

If you only see a comment that says “Missing”: The student is missing the assignment but is in the process of completing the work within the timeframe of a granted extension.