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.
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.
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Most importantly, students at this age should have a designated, quiet work space 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.
SUPPLIES FOR HOME: Students at this age should also have a regular work space 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.) that includes access to the Internet and a printer.