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Learning Environment

Respect and seriousness of purpose characterize the classroom environment at the Academy. The Sienna Lutheran Academy code of conduct promotes responsibility, respect, civility and academic excellence in a safe learning and teaching environment. This learning atmosphere is relaxed but orderly – a place where instruction can take place and the joy of academic accomplishment can be experienced. Classrooms that are quiet and conducive to learning are the norm. Students are asked to raise their hands and wait for the teacher to call on them before giving an answer. As a mark of respect, students will be taught how to greet adults properly.  They will learn to look classroom guests in the eye and give a proper greeting.  In maintaining structured, disciplined classrooms, the teachers provide an educational setting where children can focus more readily, apply themselves better, and realize greater success in their quest to learn.

Homework

Homework is a valuable part of the educational experience – an extension and enrichment of the material taught in the classroom. It is the link between one lesson and the next.

The benefits of homework can be summarized as follows:

  • Homework reinforce skills taught previously in the classroom.
  • Homework prepares students for new information.
  • Homework promotes creative thinking and independent research.
  • It communicates with parents the ongoing classroom learning.
  • It instills a sense of responsibility and personal accountability.
  • Homework helps to develop productive study habits and self-discipline.

Parents should help their child set aside a quiet place and regular time for study each evening. Additionally, parents are encouraged to monitor their child’s homework. Scheduling a quiet reading time and limiting television viewing will also help to improve overall school performance.

Parents who find that their child consistently has no homework, spends an inordinate amount of time on homework assignments, or is experiencing difficulty, should feel free to contact his/her teacher.