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Swampscott Middle School Homework Now Abrams

As stated in the Policy Handbook of the Swampscott School Committee: The term “homework” refers to an assignment to be prepared during a period of supervised study in class or outside of class.

The purposes of homework are to improve the learning processes, to aid in the mastery of skills, and to create and stimulate interest on the part of the student.

Homework is a learning activity which should increase in complexity with the maturity of the student. With increased maturity, learning should become an independent activity. This should be established through consistent assignments which encourage students to investigate for themselves and to work independently as well as with others.

Homework assignments should be consistent in terms of the amount given each day and the time required for each assignment so that a pattern of meaningful homework can be established by the teacher and/or the student.

The information for any homework assignment should be clear and specific so that the student can complete the assignment.

Homework assignments should take into consideration individual differences of students such as health, ability, conditions at home, and educational resources at home. Homework should not require the use of reference materials not readily available in most homes, school libraries, or the public library, and should require the use of those materials only when the student has had instruction in the use of them.

There are many other learning activities in the life of a student besides homework. Such things as participating in school activities, pursuing cultural interests, participating in family living, and exploring personal interests should be considered by teachers when planning consistent assignments. Homework is not to be used as a form of punishment under any circumstances.

The GUIDE FOR HOMEWORK IN THE SWAMPSCOTT PUBLIC SCHOOLS has been studied and approved by teachers, principals, and the Superintendent of Schools.

The following timetable and criteria can serve as a minimum guide:

Kindergarten: minimal, based on teacher and parent judgement of student’s needs.

Grades 1-3: 15 to 30 minutes per night, Monday through Thursday

Grade 4: 30 to 45 minutes per night, Monday through Thursday

Grade 5: 40 to 60 minutes per night, Monday through Thursday

Grade 6: 15 to 20 minutes per subject per night

Grade 7: 20 to 25 minutes per subject per night

Grade 8: 25 to 30 minutes per subject per night

Grades 9-12: two to three hours per night

 

Homework is an important extension of activities begun in school by students under the guidance of their teachers and continued at home.

Working together, home and school can guide students as they develop their learning capacities by making possible experiences which foster learning.

Homework provides for practice of skills and application of principles based upon work begun in the classroom. It may enrich school experiences and promote a permanent interest in learning. A secondary goal of homework is to stimulate individual initiative, personal responsibility and self-direction.

Listed below are the responsibilities of teachers, students and parents with regard to homework.

Teachers will:

  • assign homework that is meaningful and useful to individuals
  • give clear, concise directions; allow time for student questions; consider availability of materials;provide legible worksheets
  • inform parents of their role in supervising homework
  • ensure that students who are absent know how they may make up homework
  • monitor the effectiveness of homework as reflected in student performance
  • provide appropriate and timely response to all homework assignments
  • provide a balance between long-range and short-term assignments
  • monitor long-term assignments in order to avoid last minute student efforts

Students will:

  • record the directions of homework
  • ask questions when necessary to clarify the assignment
  • follow a schedule and keep materials in order
  • hand in, on time, neat, accurate, and meaningful products
  • plan time for completion of long-term assignments
  • determine and complete homework assigned during absence

Parents will:

  • provide a suitable place for study
  • help students develop routine home study habits
  • ensure that work is made up after an absence
  • assist and correct, but not do, the actual work and notify the teacher if student experienced extreme difficulty
  • be aware of long-term assignments and assist students in learning to budget their time accordingly
  • contact the teacher if they observe an absence of homework or an abundance of time spent on individual homework assignments

7A

November 25, 2015

Science: (Mrs. Pratt) –  Students are currently learning about the chemistry of life.  We are exploring the 4 classes of organic compounds as we learn about food labels during lab.  We will have a quiz on section 3.1, chemistry of life, at the end of next week.  Next, we will begin our study of “the cell” (chapter 2).  Students will learn the parts (organelles) and how each functions for the benefit of the cell.  Many activities, demonstrations, labs, and assignments will engage learning and reinforce concepts and vocabulary.  Please continue to collect cans and bottles for our fundraiser to help save the Rainforests and endangered species!  Check out the extra credit Thanksgiving Science Trivia posted on my blog.  I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving break!

Math: (Mrs. Forrest) – Students are finishing up their unit on fractions and can expect a test on Tuesday, December 1.  We have been reviewing the last few days so with a review on Monday, they should be ready to go!  They will then explore finding the area and perimeter of rectangles, squares, and triangles in preparation for the Quilt/Design  project.  Students will also be investigating single step equations using positive and negative numbers which will lead into working with two step equations. Finally, there will be no math homework over the Thanksgiving break.  Enjoy!

Language Arts:  (Ms. Arrington) – We are wrapping up our short stories unit and will begin reading “A Christmas Carol” when students get back from Thanksgiving break.  Book reports are due on Tuesday, December 1, and we will spend 2-3 days doing presentations in the library.  I can’t wait to see what students come up with!

Social Studies: (Mrs. O’Connell) – We have completed the first section of The Ancient Israelites and students will be given a quiz on Chapter 3, Section 1 on the Monday after Thanksgiving,December 1. The only homework will be to study for this quiz, for which they have had an opportunity to prepare since Monday. The next section will focus on the creation of the kingdom of Israel, the kings Saul, David, and Solomon and the challenges faced by the ancient Israelites.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – There is no homework in Spanish over the Thanksgiving break! When we return, students will begin the Words 1 & 2 Vocabulary combined from Chapter 2 in ¡Buen Viaje! After exploring, using, and studying these words, students will take a quiz on the vocabulary the following week. The quiz will be on Tuesday, 12/8 for 7A & C, and Wednesday, 12/9 for 7B. Following the vocabulary quiz, students will review the verb “ser,” which was previously taught in Chapter 1. Have a great Thanksgiving!

Spanish (Sra. Abrams) – There is no homework over the Thanksgiving break. When we return, Spanish students will continue studying vocabulary from Palabras 2 in Chapter 2 and can expect a quiz on Friday, December 4. We will also be practicing the numbers through 100 and another quiz will be given the following week.

Italian: (Signora Pescatore) – Students will be learning the subject pronouns (pages 34 and 35) as well as their first irregular verb, essere (to be), on page 36. They will be able to write sentences using the verb to be with the adjectives from pages 27 and 28.

Latin (Mr. Finnigan) – There is no homework over the break; have a great Thanksgiving! Following the break, students will continue through Stage 05 of our textbook. Students will learn about the theatre at Pompeii as well as about plays that were put on there, especially the comedies of Plautus. On the grammar front, they will continue to investigate the concept of “grammatical number” (singular and plural), and learn the different endings that Latin nouns and verbs use to express grammatical number. Students are again reminded that they need to be spending 5-10 minutes every night studying grammar forms and vocabulary. They are also reminded again to check the class Edmodo page regularly.

Health: (Mrs. Fay)  – Students are beginning the unit on risky decisions.  This unit focuses on how we assess the presence of environmental hazards and how we measure risk.   Students will examine different situations and assign them a value based on their inherent risk.  Students will also discuss how to minimize risk through preparation.

 

7B

November 25, 2015

Science: (Ms. Cerretani):  What a “cell-a-bration” we had last week!!  The students did a wonderful job on their projects, both edible and non edible!  I think everyone is still feeling a bit full!  We are continuing our work on the cell by practicing our identification of cell parts and their function.  Students will be participating in class discussions and hands-on activities to help them understand these concepts.  There will be a short cell parts quiz some time when we return from the Thanksgiving break.  Happy Turkey Day!!

Math: (Mr. Vitale) – During the next two weeks, we will be studying how to solve two-step linear equations. Two-step equations are ones that require more than one inverse operation to solve. We will also expand our algebra work to solving one and two-step inequalities. Solving inequalities is different than solving linear equations because there often are many numbers that can serve as a solution.

Language Arts: (Ms. D’Arcangelo) – Before Thanksgiving break we made sure to finish up our short story and noun units! When we come back next week, we will begin our role playing of the play A Christmas Carol.We will follow Scrooge on his journey with the three ghosts of Christmas. Reading of this text will also include discussion questions, vocabulary charts, and students will be introduced to persuasive writing in order to compete the final project on the play. In grammar, we will begin our unit on verbs. Book reports are due Tuesday, December 1st, and students will be picking numbers to determine a fair order for presenting. Please make sure students are practicing at home and timing their presentations! Finally, a notice will be sent home regarding the pizza lunch for the field trip on December 16th to the Northshore Music Theater.  Have a very happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Social Studies: (Mr. Kingston) – We’ll continue looking at the history of the New Kingdom, Students will be making slideshows that illustrate the various pharaohs and their contributions and then we’ll be moving on to the next unit, which covers the history of the ancient Israelites.  Hope you all have an enjoyable Thanksgiving break!

French (Mme Pescatore) – Students will have a quiz on the numbers from 60 to 79 on page 39 on Wednesday, December 2nd and a quiz on all of Lesson 5 on Friday, December 4th. Then they will begin Lesson 6 and will learn how to inquire about a person’s name and nationality (pages 40 to 41).

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – There is no homework in Spanish over the Thanksgiving break! When we return, students will begin the Words 1 & 2 Vocabulary combined from Chapter 2 in ¡Buen Viaje! After exploring, using, and studying these words, students will take a quiz on the vocabulary the following week. The quiz will be on Tuesday, 12/8 for 7A & C, and Wednesday, 12/9 for 7B. Following the vocabulary quiz, students will review the verb “ser,” which was previously taught in Chapter 1. Have a great Thanksgiving!

Spanish (Sra. Abrams) – There is no homework over the Thanksgiving break. When we return, Spanish students will continue studying vocabulary from Palabras 2 in Chapter 2 and can expect a quiz on Friday, December 4. We will also be practicing the numbers through 100 and another quiz will be given the following week.

Latin (Mr. Finnigan) –  There is no homework over the break; have a great Thanksgiving! Following the break, students will continue through Stage 05 of our textbook. Students will learn about the theatre at Pompeii as well as about plays that were put on there, especially the comedies of Plautus. On the grammar front, they will continue to investigate the concept of “grammatical number” (singular and plural), and learn the different endings that Latin nouns and verbs use to express grammatical number. Students are again reminded that they need to be spending 5-10 minutes every night studying grammar forms and vocabulary. They are also reminded again to check the class Edmodo page regularly.

Health: (Mrs. Fay)  –  Students are beginning the unit on risky decisions.  This unit focuses on how we assess the presence of environmental hazards and how we measure risk.   Students will examine different situations and assign them a value based on their inherent risk.  Students will also discuss how to minimize risk through preparation.

7C  

November 25, 2015

Science (Mrs. Scelsi) – When we return from Thanksgiving break, the students will continue with cell chemistry.  We will start learning about the cell in the latter part of next week.  The students will be learning the names and functions of various cell parts.  We will discuss specialized cells and we will compare tissues, organs and organ systems.  I will assign the cell project the week of December 7th and it will be due before our winter break begins.  I hope you all enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday.

Math: (Ms. Miley) – We will be continuing in Ch 5 with adding, subtracting, multiplying. and dividing decimals. Students will also be ordering decimals and fractions. There will be a Chapter 5 test on Wed., Dec 9th. We will then go back to Ch 3 to work on solving one and two-step variable equations and inequalities. After school help continues and will be posted on the blog along with the homework. Happy Thanksgiving!

Language Arts: (Mrs. Donovan) – “Pronouns” will continue to be the focus of grammar classes next week – students are reminded that they will need to know all of the personal pronouns by person, number, and case.  “Indefinite” and “interrogative” pronouns will also be covered before the quiz scheduled for Thursday, 12/10a study group will be held after school on Tuesday, 12/8, until 2:30.  Role-playing of A Christmas Carol will also continue in all classes.  The List II vocabulary quiz is scheduled for Friday, 12/4.  Also, the work we have done on top-down webs will be used for the persuasive essay related to our play study – see the blog for specific due dates as they are announced.  Finally, book report books should be brought to class on Wednesdays, 12/2 and 12/9.  Oral presentations begin on Monday, 12/14 – students will choose numbers to determine the order of presentations (guidelines will be discussed in class).  Happy Thanksgiving!

Social Studies: (Mrs. Evans) – Students should be working on their Egyptian pharaoh research paper. The final copy is due Wednesday, Dec. 2nd. We have begun our unit on the ancient Israelites and the origins of the Jewish faith. There is a quiz tentatively scheduled for Friday, Dec. 11th on Sections 1 and 2 of Chapter 3. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

French: (Mme Abrams) – There is no homework over the Thanksgiving break. When we return, French students will begin to study some basic information questions about people, the definite articles in French, and the numbers between 80-100, all in Lesson 6.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – There is no homework in Spanish over the Thanksgiving break! When we return, students will begin the Words 1 & 2 Vocabulary combined from Chapter 2 in ¡Buen Viaje! After exploring, using, and studying these words, students will take a quiz on the vocabulary the following week. The quiz will be on Tuesday, 12/8 for 7A & C, and Wednesday, 12/9 for 7B. Following the vocabulary quiz, students will review the verb “ser,” which was previously taught in Chapter 1. Have a great Thanksgiving!

Spanish (Sra. Barkley)-Happy Thanksgiving!

Italian: (Signora Pescatore) – Students will be learning the subject pronouns (pages 34 and 35) as well as their first irregular verb, essere (to be), on page 36. They will be able to write sentences using the verb to be with the adjectives from pages 27 and 28.

Health: – (Mrs. Fay) –  Students are beginning the unit on risky decisions.  This unit focuses on how we assess the presence of environmental hazards and how we measure risk.   Students will examine different situations and assign them a value based on their inherent risk.  Students will also discuss how to minimize risk through preparation.

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