It’s the time of year when back to school ads are everywhere we turn whether we’re ready or not. High Schools in Frisco are hosting freshman orientation and parents are eagerly registering their children online to bypass the long lines on campus.
Every year at this time, I receive the following email from FISD high school parents. “What school supplies do I need to buy?”
I’ve always found it odd that high schools don’t furnish school supply lists. With this in mind (and what feels like a million years under my teaching belt), I’ve created a list of recommended essentials for both on-campus, as well as for home.
On-campus school supplies:
- 2 binders, 2-3 inch size
- Lined paper
- Colored pencils
- Keep in mind that some campuses may not allow students to carry backpacks in the hall. Other campuses will have no other option because there are not enough lockers for all of the students. Be sure to reach out to your child’s campus on this one.
School supplies for home:
- TI-84 Plus
- A color printer where your child will have easy access to print make up work. The vast majority of teachers have a website where your child can access the classwork and homework. So when your child says he doesn’t have homework, you can not only check the website but also immediately print it.
- There needs to be a place for completed class work in the house. Whether it’s a filing system or binders, it’s important that your child be able to access old assignments to cross-reference prior to cumulative exams. Or, as the classes build upon prior skills over time, even cross-curricular.
- A copy of the required reading for English class this school year, even if one is provided by the campus. Your child will most likely want to write in the book as they learn the importance of purposeful annotation.
- 2 binders ready to replace the originals when they start looking ragged in February.
The first week of school is the optimal time to become organized for the year. Most classes will send home a syllabus where teachers will list specific supplies needed for the class along with the class website, and general class structure and expectations.
If you have resourceful tips for where to purchase the above-recommended school supplies or other items you would add to this list based on experience, please share in the comments section below.
Best of luck to all in the 2017-2018 school year!