Homework is assigned to reinforce basic skills, pursue individual talents and interests, supplement classroom experiences, and develop independence and responsibility. Classwork is assigned during the day, and if not completed during school hours, that work constitutes homework. The amount of time spent doing homework will vary according to the grade level and capabilities of the student.
Homework helps parent(s)/caregiver(s) keep abreast of the school's program and their child's progress. Students should spend time reviewing the day’s work, recopying assignments, adding/enriching answers, researching topics of interest, and doing recreational reading.
It is important that parents monitor homework as it is expected that homework be completed each day. Consequences for incomplete homework will be in line with those outlined in our Holy Cross Code of Conduct.
If a student is absent from school for any reason, it is the student’s/family’s responsibility to make arrangements to collect homework materials and textbooks. If homework materials are to be picked up, it is important that teachers are informed early in the school day so that the required information is placed in the office by the end of the school day.
Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences are held for all students at the end of the first and second terms. During the conference, the student will present a portfolio of work samples and identify an area for personal growth. In some classes, teachers may send the portfolio home for parents to have a more detailed look at the child’s work. The focus for the parents and the teacher is to offer ideas that will support the student in achieving the identified goal.
Assessing student progress in achieving the learning outcomes in each subject is a continuous process. Assessment information includes pencil and paper tasks, journal writing, individual and group projects, oral presentations, quizzes, tests, and portfolios. This information is used to make evaluative decisions throughout the school year.
Formal report cards will be prepared and distributed throughout each school year for all students. Generally, the reporting periods are as follows: