Academic Expectations

Mabel Paine School has high and attainable academic and behavioral standards and expectations. As a school community our goal is:

“90% or more of the students at every grade level and in every subject area will demonstrate mastery of the intended curriculum, regardless of race, sex, socio-economic status, or national origin, over a period of three or more years.”

Students are required to make every effort to achieve their potential. Failure to make reasonable effort will result in lower grades. Additionally, students who continue to demonstrate a lack of effort may be denied certain special privileges. As a staff we realize student abilities differ and, at times, mitigating conditions may prevent a child from doing his/her best work during a brief period of time. Our teachers make adjustments to accommodate individual needs. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s progress, please call the school to schedule an appointment with your child’s teacher or the principal.

Homework Expectations

It is a District Policy for students to have homework as an extension of classroom instruction for the purposes of:

  • Strengthening specific skill areas
  • Completing classroom assignments
  • Enrichment and research activities

The advantages of homework:

  • Develops responsibility and self-discipline in the student
  • Promotes the child’s ability to work independently
  • Encourages good study habits
  • Helps broaden or reinforce the learning experience
  • Makes school work a part of the out-of-school situation
  • Keeps the parent in touch with the school program, serving as a window through which parents can gain a better understanding of the school’s program

You can assist your child to develop good study habits by providing him/her with a quiet, well-lit study area, preferably at a desk or table, free from television and other distractions. Students like to be praised and encouraged for their efforts. Most children should be able to do the work independently, but you can assist them with (not do) their homework, if necessary.

PYLUSD Homework Policies

Kindergarten

Homework assignments are given 2-3 times each week. These assignments may be on the average of 10-15 minutes per night, with a 30-minute maximum. There should be no weekend assignments.

In addition, parents are urged to read to their children at least 15 – 30 minutes a night.

Grades 1-2

Homework assignments are given 3-4 times each week. Assignments may be on the average of 15 – 30 minutes per night. There should be no weekend assignments.

In addition, students should read for 15 minutes each day or parents are encouraged to read to their students at least 15-30 minutes a night.

Grades 3-4

Homework is given 3-4 times each week. Assignments may be on the average of 40-60 minutes per night, and long-range assignments may be given that necessitate occasional weekend work.

Students should also read at least 20 minutes a night.

Grade 5

Homework is given 3-4 times each week. Assignments may be on the average of 40-60 minutes per night, and long-range assignments may be given that necessitate occasional weekend work.

Students should also read at least 20 minutes a night.


Frequency and quantity of homework is based on grade level. If your child requires considerably more or less time to complete assigned homework, contact the teacher to discuss the level of work for your child.

Parents are encouraged to provide a supportive atmosphere and means for carrying out successful homework assignments at home. Family responsibility includes more than just supplying a quiet study center, adequate lighting and seating, reference books and supplies. Be upbeat and positive in your encouragement to complete the assignment once begun, a minimum of interruptions, no distractions caused by television or radio, a regularly scheduled time allocation, and an appreciation of work well done.