Quick Back-to-School Checklist for High Schoolers

High school is an exciting time. It doesn’t matter if your student is just starting out on his or her freshman year or if senior year is looming; there are plenty of exciting events and milestones to look forward to. Of course, first your student has to make it through the first day of school. It’s understandable that you and your high schooler want to be as prepared as possible with all of the supplies necessary for academic success before you set foot through those school doors. So here is a quick essential checklist for every high schooler starting a new school year.

  • Pencils
  • Pens – various colors
  • Highlighters
  • Loose Notebook Paper
  • Notebooks – spiral-bound or composition
  • Ruler
  • Calculator
  • USB Flash Drive
  • Binders
  • Mini Stapler
  • Scissors
  • Planners
  • Combination Locks – one for hallway locker and one for gym
  • Gym Clothes
  • Water Bottle
  • Backpack – without wheels and designed to hold heavy loads

This is a basic list. These are items that you can likely collect before school starts. It’s important to note that supply lists can change depending on the school. For example, if your school requires uniforms, then you might need to purchase those as well. Some schools might have restrictions as to the type of paper that can be used or the type of backpack students can bring to school. Other schools might supply students with all of the tools that they need. Your student will have a better idea of what he or she really needs after the first day.

Whatever you do, do not overlook the importance of planners for high schoolers. A planner will help to keep your student on track. It’s also a great reference for parents to see just what their high schooler’s schedule is like. If you’re itching for school preparation, use this checklist as a guide. It might be hard, but the next step is to let your high schooler take charge and go.

Back to School, 2016

13891930_1768817376668071_7379808948391477885_nThe kids started school today- and I’ve got one in high school, one in middle school, two in elementary, and one home with me.  That’s three wake up times and three bus stop times.  Fun.

This is the first year the twins have gone without Mia, so that’s a little nerve wracking.  I like having and older sibling around to make sure they get on and off the bus correctly, and to tattle when they misbehave.  It’s also a little weird because Ryan is repeating first grade, so they’re not in the same year at school any longer.  I’m still not settled in that decision, but the school seems to think that’s the best choice, and because they made such strides with him last year, I’ve chosen to trust them.

I am hoping that middle school matures Mia.  She looks so much older than she acts.  It’s not that I want her to grow up fast, I just would like her to gain things like the desire for daily hygiene without me reminding her.

Lili is ambivalent about starting high school.  She says school is school and it’s just the same as every other first day, just in another building.  She’s changed schools a lot in her years, so I suppose that’s to be expected.  Three of her best friends moved away this summer, so she’s looking forward to making new ones.

I went to multiple Targets looking for a cute blackboard a la pinterest to have the kids hold commemorating their first day, but when it came down to it, I felt bad putting 1st grade on Ryan’s and 2nd grade on Dylan’s and didn’t have them do it.  I suppose I still could now that they’re home…

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