Academics

Homework Policy

Cedar Park Elementary Homework Policy 2019-2020

CedarPark Elementary recognizes that purposeful home learning (which reviewskey concepts from class) can be an extension of the classroom learningobjectives and a constructive tool in developing self-discipline andassociated good working habits. We also recognize the value of students(who have completed a full and rigorous day of learning on campus)having time to engage in extracurricular activities (such as physicalexercise and play, the arts, and music) supported through strongsocial-emotional relationships with family, friends, and the community. Below you will find Cedar Park’s homework expectations for each grade levelTheseexpectations include maximum amounts of time per day and types ofactivities (though this time can be flexed/grouped by a family to fittheir scheduling needs).  

 

Studieshave shown that structured reading at school and home each day is a keyfactor in student academic progress. Cedar Park staff will supportfamilies in making home reading a meaningful time through our classroomnewsletters, communications, and school events. As you plan yourschedule, we recommend the structured reading time be well beforebedtime routines so students can fully engage in the activity.   

 

Toensure consistency across schools, school-based homework policies willbe reviewed each fall as part of the school’s Continuous SchoolImprovement Plan (CSIP). 

 

 

Kindergarten  

 

  • Kindergarten: 15 minutes of reading, 5 nights per week  

 

Ourgoal is for Kindergarteners to learn the routine of using a folder tocarry communication between home and school.  Kindergarten students willbe expected to read for 15 minutes, five days per week at home. Thiscan include independent reading (words and/or pictures), being read toby a family member, or reading aloud to a family member.  If families are interested in doing at-home practice of reading and/or math beyond the 15 minutes, they are able to access students’ IXL and Raz-Kids accounts at home. Please contact your students’ teacher for user names and passwords.

 

1st & 2nd Grade 

 

  • 1st & 2nd Grade: 20 – 25 minutes of reading, 5 nights per week 

  • 2nd Grade: Reading Log entry, 5 nights per week 

Our goal is for 1st and 2nd Gradersto continue the routine of using a folder to carry communicationbetween home and school with more independence.  Students will beexpected to read for 20-25 minutes, five days per week at homeWhen reading at home, students should be practicing reading strategies learned in class for 15 minutes of the nightly reading time – including reading independently or out loud to family members. The additional 10 minutes of reading could include an adult reading aloud to the student. Please contact the teacher if you would like books sent home with your child during the week for reading homework.  

At 2nd Grade, students will be provided and taught how to use a weekly Reading Log with support from their family (teachers will clarify due dates and expectations with students and families). 

If families are interested in doing at-home practice of reading and/ormath beyond the 20-25 minutes, they are able to access students’ IXL andRaz-Kids accounts at home. Please contact your students’ teacher foruser names and passwords.

 

3rd, 4th & 5th Grade 

 

  • 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade: At least 30 minutes of reading, 5 nights per week 

  • 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade: Reading Log entry, 5 nights per week 

Our goal is for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Gradersto continue the routine of using a folder to carry communicationbetween home and school independently.  Students will be expected toread for 30 minutes, five days per week at home. Thisshould be primarily independently reading a chapter book (either fromhome or checked out from the Cedar Park or a public library).  

Additionally, teachers will support 3rd -5th Graders in transitioning to completing their Reading Log more independently.

If families are interested in doing at-home practice of reading and/ormath beyond the 30 minutes, they are able to access students’ IXL andRaz-Kids accounts at home. Please contact your students’ teacher foruser names and passwords.