Welcome to my high school supply list!
Get a BACKPACK. Not a tote. Totes kill your shoulders. Backpacks are great because they can hold a lot of stuff. You need room for at least 2-3 textbooks, your folders, and computer (if you bring it).
Speaking of textbooks: do not, and I repeat, DO NOT, bring every single textbook with you. Try to find times in between classes when you can stop at your locker and switch books. I never had more than 3 textbooks at a time (history: 1200 pages, Spanish: 600 pages, Spanish workbook: 150 pages), and that was only once a day.
Try to go to school a day in advance. Make sure you know your locker combo, set up your shelving, and put some of your books in so you don't have to lug everything to school on the first day.
Now for the quickie list!
- Pencils: I prefer mechanical, but if you want regular that's fine.
- Pens: you want black, blue, red, purple, and pink pens. Not aqua, navy. Not lavender, dark purple. Teachers appreciate sensible choices. (Pink is just for fun!)
- Highlighters: I have 5 highlighters with me at all times: yellow, orange, pink, green, blue.
- Eraser: keep a large eraser to use when your pencil's eraser is running out but you still have lead. Also it's great when you need to do a ton of erasing at one time.
- Lead: please be sure you have the right size of lead. There's nothing more annoying that someone who asks for lead but doesn't know what size they need.
- Paper: good for classes that give fewer handouts. I usually have paper for history and math.
- 3-ring binders: I like these most of all, because they hold so much, plus it's easy to keep papers in chronological order. The plastic pocket in front is a great place to put your schedule!
- Accordion: gives you enough room to keep all your papers, so it makes studying for finals that much easier!
- Copy of your schedule: pretty self-explanatory. My school does a 6-day rotation and it's always confusing to learn your new schedule because the classes are in a different order every day.
- Locker shelf: gives you great organization potential. You can put some books below it, some books on top, and folders on the sides.
- Photos: personalize your locker! Bring in some photos of you and your friends from the summer, or even an old favorite.
- Mirror: if you want to. If your locker is too small for a mirror (like mine is), then just bring a compact and use that.
- Magnetic basket: to keep pencils, pens, and Expo markers
- Magnets: you want regular and clip.
- Expo markers: for the white board.
- White board: I seriously love having a white board. It's great to remind myself of things. Here's what my board would look like on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
August 17, A day
Home game vs. University, 5 PM
August 18, B day
August 19, C day
First football game - help set up after practice
Hope that helped! Feedback is greatly appreciated (: