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Letter from the Principal Regarding Homework

posted Jun 20, 2017, 3:58 PM by Laura Giuggio

Greetings Elementary Families,

Attached is the Guiding Principles for Homework for the Longmeadow Elementary School community. The principles reflect an engaging, relevant, child-centered and research- based approach to homework.  They reflect the comprehensive work of a teacher study group who read, discussed, and summarized current research and scholarly literature regarding the efficacy of homework for elementary students.  The study group also examined the School Councils’ parent survey; and shared with colleagues all their discoveries along the path to creating the final document.

Our goal is to share the document with you now, with an understanding that we will provide ongoing communication to deepen understanding of the guiding principles as we move into the start of the 2017-2018 school year and beyond. 

We ask you to notice that the principles mirror our strong belief that a student’s academic and social success is centered in the strong partnership of educators, students, and families, therefore we explicitly state responsibilities each holds. 

Finally, with summer here, it is appropriate to also notice that reading is at the forefront of the guiding principles.  Our district summer reading initiative Many Books, One Community, supports the findings of the study group: No single activity has a greater benefit to a student’s academic achievement than choice reading!  You will receive more information about the summer reading on the last day of school.  The letter will be included with the report card. 

We always welcome your feedback and insights regarding our work with your child. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have at this time. We additionally will survey teachers, families, and students in the spring of 2018 to assess how the community feels about the guidelines.   


Donna Hutton, Principal