The Homework Connection

Rondout Valley High School seeks to promote in each student a life long enthusiasm for learning.  One of the ways this is done is through homework assignments that inter-connect self-directed time with academic and co-curricular activities.  The school’s intention is to develop salutary associations between learning and leisure in the experience of each student.  Homework is in an integral part of this goal.  It is our sincerest hope that all students will be motivated not by the unhappy consequences of failing to do homework, but rather by the unlimited rewards of self-study.

High school students should plan on two or three hours of homework each night.  Homework can mean any number of things: practicing a musical instrument, writing a short story, preparing a lab report, rehearsing one’s lines for a play, evaluating a historical counterfactual, and so on.  In each case, however, homework requires your time, self-discipline, concentration, attention, and a commitment to give your best effort.

The consequences of not doing homework include after-school detention, and in chronic cases of repeated failure to do assigned work, lunch detention and/or in-school suspension.  It may well mean failing a course. Any student who encounters difficulty completing assignments should seek assistance from a classroom teacher after school.

Teacher Study Support, TSS, is available to all students.  TSS is held in the high school library from 2:25-3:45 every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  TSS provides a supportive environment for students to complete class work here at school.  This, in turn, allows for more time with family and friends in the late afternoon and evening.  

Teachers are often available to work with students one-on-one or in small groups after school.   Students who are struggling with keeping grades up should consider seeing to their homework with the help of a classroom teacher and / or with support staff in TSS  

Tutoring and peer mentoring support is also available.  National Honor Society students are available to assist students in all subject areas.  Peer mediation and mentoring support is also available through the counseling office, 687-2400   ext.  4213 & ext. 4214