Humphreys HS

Homework Policy

The development of independent study skills is an integral part of the educational process; therefore, homework is a necessary adjunct to high school. Homework assignments reinforce and extend classroom instruction by increasing understanding and retention, preparing students for class activities and discussions, and providing curriculum enrichment opportunities. Homework is a planned component of every teacher’s instructional objectives and methods and the following guidelines are provided for a better understanding of its significance:

  • Homework policy is established by each teacher in the course syllabus that is provided to every student at the beginning of each semester.
  • Homework will vary according to the complexity and difficulty of the course.
  • Teachers will provide in the course syllabus clear and concise directions for the completion of homework assignments and an explanation of how much homework assignments will count as part of the final grade for the course.
Make-up/Incomplete Work

If a student misses school and the absence is excused, it is the student’s responsibility to complete all missed assignments, quizzes, or examinations within the time prescribed in the course syllabus (one day for each day absence).

Seminar

Seminar is a scheduled class with many purposes: to engage in Sustained Silent Reading (SSR); to work on homework or school tasks with teacher assistance or in small student groups; to study for quizzes or examinations; and to complete missed assignments, quizzes, or examinations. Seminar is also a time for the school to schedule assemblies and other activities that are necessary in order not to take instructional time away from academic classes. Although assemblies and other activities are scheduled at the beginning of the year, seminar can be suddenly changed on short notice for unexpected but necessary events; therefore, students should plan ahead and be prepared for changes if they occur.

The following rules apply to Seminar:

  • No sleeping or socializing--this is not a free period.
  • Come prepared with work and materials for 85 minutes of seminar.
  • Bring a book to read during SSR. Students may not do homework or read school textbooks during SSR.
  • No departure from seminar without the student planner and seminar pass from a teacher.
  • The seminar card in the student planner must be completed for each visit and the teacher must initial times.
  • No more than 2 destinations during the seminar period allowed.
  • Students are allowed up to 5 minutes passing time.
  • All students must return to seminar within 5 minutes of the end of seminar period.
  • Loitering or talking in the halls is not allowed while moving between classrooms.

Seminar teachers may deny students the right to leave seminar if they consistently disregard seminar rules or abuse seminar privileges. Repeat offenders of seminar rules will face disciplinary consequences.