With parent-teacher conferences just around the corner, we wanted to provide some quick tips for adjusting to life at Legacy, how to plan for homework and strategies to ensure the teacher-parent-student relationship remains strong.
For new parents, it’s important to remember that a slight dip in grades at Legacy is normal. Our rigorous, accelerated programs challenge students, so remember to invest time in their academic lives in the beginning and you’ll be able to yank off the training wheels as your child builds their confidence and good study habits.
We have found that Legacy children do better in school when their parents are involved in their academic lives. During curriculum night, we hope you were able to meet your child’s teacher, understand academic expectations and feel confident about your role at home as our academic partners.
Attending parent-teacher conferences is another way to stay informed. Typically held twice per year around the time of progress reports, parent-teacher conferences are a chance to start or continue conversations with your child’s teacher, and discuss strategies to help your child do his or her best in class.
In addition, our Legacy Exceptional Students Services teams are top notch. If your child has special learning needs, our free education support can help.
Legacy also provides a challenging program for qualified gifted students in 7th and 8th grades. The Recognizing Individual Student Excellence (RISE) Program allows students to take part in problem-solving and critical thinking activities through various units of study across all disciplines.
Remember, we always encourage setting up additional meetings throughout the year should you feel its necessary.
Visit the LTS Website and Monitor Your Email for “The Quill”
Each week, Legacy campuses send out The Quill, a newsletter outlining upcoming events, reminders, and recognition for our outstanding Legacy students! We hope you’re reading The Quill each week, but if not, it’s filled with great information for you to stay on top of everything Legacy.
Don’t forget about the Legacy district, and Legacy campus websites for up-to-date resources including our 2017 Academic Report, academic calendars, lunch menus, information about our programs and curriculum and more!
Here are just a few of the great resources found on LegacyTraditional.org:
- 2017 Academic Report
- Curriculum Overview
- Teacher Websites
- Legacy KidsCare
- Parent Resources (cafeteria menu, K12PaymentCenter, PowerSchool)
- Legacy News
Support Homework Expectations
Homework is assigned to reinforce daily learning activities, as well as aid each student in time management, personal responsibility, study skills development, and fostering independent learning. At Legacy, our homework policy aims to reinforce your active involvement in your child(ren)’s academic progress. Our commitment to you, as partners, is:
- Homework is assigned Monday through Thursday, except before a holiday, student conferences, on state testing days, and the day of a child’s grade level music performance (K-6 only).
- Daily homework is due at the beginning of the next school day for K-6 students and at the beginning of each class period for 7th and 8th-grade students.
A good rule of thumb for an effective homework and/or study period is about 10-20 minutes per elementary grade level. The National Education Association (NEA) recommends 10-20 minutes per night in kindergarten and first grade, and an additional 10 minutes per grade level thereafter (e.g., 20 minutes for 2nd-grade, and 70-100 minutes for junior high students).
If you find that it’s often taking significantly longer than this guideline, we always encourage you to speak with your child’s teacher.
Above all, be available to your child to help interpret assignment instructions, offer guidance, answer questions, and review the completed work. Learning from mistakes is what makes the process rewarding!