HMS School Supplies

HMS School Supplies
Posted on 07/12/2019

Dear Parents/Guardians:
Here are some tips to help you and your youngster prepare for the new school year with the materials all students will need for success.

As students enter the secondary level, they interact with many more teachers across a greater diversity of course subjects.  The specific supplies for each class will vary considerably and change unexpectedly as new technologies become increasingly embedded into the fabric of schooling. Teacher supply lists often include a mix of recommended items, suggested items, and required items.  Those items recommended by teachers for their classes are intended to help develop good organizational skills as well as ensure some specific items are at hand for students to meet particular tasks in that course.   

Ultimately, however, students should also have a say in what methods and materials work best for them.  We want to give guidance and advice, but also encourage you to listen to your child and help them understand what will best fit his or her individual organizational preference, needs and interests.  Stocking up on a variety of general office supplies can serve a student this year and next.  Office supplies don’t spoil. Having some extra items can ensure that the “requirements” are met while preserving some flexibility to best suit your child’s learning and organization preferences.
Most importantly,
students at this age should have a designated, quiet workspace at home with general office supplies to support their school work (e.g. pens/pencils, stapler, ruler, highlighters, paper, 3-hole punch, post-it notes, markers, glue/scissors, etc.).  This should include access to the Internet and a printer.   Internet access at home is not essential, but certainly convenient for students in managing their work.  Families without Internet access at home may qualify for assistance programs through local cable Internet providers or may contact our computer resource/support teachers at HMS for additional assistance.

Establishing a regular workspace with good lighting, comfortable seating, and a variety of resources along with regular work times and routines will not only serve your child well throughout middle and high school years, but will establish important life-long habits for learning and productivity that will last well into their future.

A list of additional tips along with a checklist of recommended supplies for all HMS students and details on Chromebook cases are attached.  The checklist includes items that students should have access to at home in addition to those for use in school on a daily basis or to have access to in their lockers.

CLICK HERE for a PRINTABLE Version of the HMS School Supply List & Tips for 2019-20


CHROMEBOOKS:  All students in grades 5-12 will be issued an Acer Chromebook Spin 11 r751 this fall for 2018-2022.  The device will come with a protective case.  Students will also need a set of earphones or earbuds.  It is recommended to have a spare pair beyond what the student may already own.  The Acer Spin 11 has touch screen technology and a touchpad.  Some students may still like the use of a mouse and you may consider adding a notebook-sized wireless mouse as an accessory.

PRINTER:  Although technology allows us to move toward more and more paperless assignments, there will still be a need for students to print documents from time to time.  Having access to a printer at home is still a necessity.

LOCKERS:  Each student will be issued a locker near homeroom with a built-in padlock. No additional lock needed or allowed.  The locker is the same size as at ARIS:  14” wide x 10.5” deep x 35” high.  Students should use their lockers and not attempt to carry everything around with them all day.  Students have a 20 minute lunch followed by a 20 minute study/break period that is the perfect time to exchange morning items for afternoon.  A locker shelf is recommended for those who like to keep things well-organized.

BACKPACKS:  While backpacks are helpful to carry items to and from school, students should not expect to carry everything they own around all day.  Students must make use of their lockers.  A small/thin backpack or drawstring bag is more than sufficient for students in school.  A backpack with a sleeve for the chromebook is ideal for after school travel.  If a bag has wheels or handles, it is luggage and not permitted in school.  No bag should be so large as to be unable to fit in a locker, interfere with movement in the hall, or be a tripping hazard within the classroom.

PHYS. ED.:  Students will change for PE at HMS.  There is no specific PE uniform, although the HMS Home & School Association does sell sport shorts and t-shirts with Hillsborough colors and logo.  Typical sports shorts (at least mid-thigh in length) and plain t-shirts are acceptable for PE.  Students will need a padlock to secure personal belongings in temporary lockers in the locker-rooms.  A drawstring bag can also be useful to help carry gym clothes and a padlock to and from PE class.


  • Set of earbuds
  • Drawstring bag or small backpack
  • Locker shelf (optional)
  • 1-2 pkgs Pencils & erasers
  • 1 pkg Pens (blue or black)
  • 2-3 Highlighter(s) - Useful to have in different colors
  • 4-6 2-pocket folders - Handy for organizing handouts, homework or important papers to bring home for each subject.
  • 4-6 1” binders - Good for use in all subjects, science/social studies as well as math/literacy, health, art, world language, etc.
  • 4-6 pkgs 5-tab or 8-tab dividers
  • pack(s) of loose-leaf lined paper
  • 1-2 boxes Tissues (optional). Classrooms are not supplied with tissues. Donations of tissues are greatly appreciated.


  • 2 pkgs - 3 x 5 cards
  • 2-3 pkgs - Post-it notes (3”x3”)
  • 2 Composition books (marble) Often needed for literacy class where journals or writing logs need may be periodically submitted to the teacher for feedback.
  • 1 Book for choice reading - A general book/novel for quiet reading time in literacy and/or other times of day.


  • 1 Scientific Calculator -  Good for grades 7-12.  
  • 1 pack Graph paper

Physical Education:

  • 1 Padlock for gym locker.  Good for grades 7-12.
  • 1 set - Sports shorts/t-shirt/sneaker for gym - no specific uniform required.  Recommended sports shorts (mid-thigh in length) and any t-shirts & sweatshirt for cooler weather.


  • Ruler (Eng. & Metric)
  • 12 pack Colored pencils
  • “Sharpie” markers in different colors/sizes (thick/thin) for projects
  • Glue stick(s)
  • Poster board paper on hand at home for projects.
  • 3-hole punch
  • Stapler
  • Printer - Access to a printer at home is still essential
  • Desk/Study Area - A quiet area dedicated for school work
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