On behalf of the SVA Middle School Team… Mrs. Carpenter’s Organization Extravaganza! Pencil Pouch and its Contents Please unpack your backpacks and pencil pouches. I want you to be able to see everything you brought to school with you. Okay, on your original supply list, you were asked to bring two packages of pencils. This is to get you through a semester or two. You do not need to carry around all of these pencils. Please take two or three pencils and place them in your pencil pouch. TIP: I suggest a pencil pouch instead of a pencil box because they usually take up a lot less space and they don’t spill their contents as easily if you drop them. If you drop the boxes, the stuff goes flying all over the place. You were asked to bring a package or two of blue or black pens. Again, this is enough to hopefully get you through the year. You do not need to bring them all with you. Please place two blue or black pens in your pencil pouch. It’s your choice which combination (black/black, black/blue, blue/blue) you choose. You just need two pens. Please place one red pen in your pencil pouch. Please place one glue stick in your pencil pouch. Please place your small pair of scissors in your pencil pouch. Please choose your favorite two dry erase markers and place them in your pencil pouch. TIP: You may choose to carry around the erasers for the whiteboards. I suggest bringing a small sock or a scrap of cloth that can easily be placed in the pencil pouch. While the brick erasers are light, they do take up space. This is a choice for the students to make. You were asked to bring 5 different colored highlighters. You will use all five, but I will tell you when you need to bring them. For now, place two different colored highlighters in your pencil pouch. You were asked to get two packages of 3X5 index cards. You don’t need 200 notecards in your backpack. Please open one package and take out ¼ of the cards. Place those index cards (approx. 20-25) in your pencil pouch. You were asked to bring 3X3 sticky notes. You don’t need a brick of sticky notes. Please take a portion of the stack that is ½ the width of your pinky. Place this portion of sticky notes in your pencil pouch. You were asked to have a small pack of colored pencils. I suggest a small pack of 12 colored pencils. If you have more than this 12, take out the basic colors. You may take home the rest. You just need 12 colored pencils in your pencil pouch. TIP: I suggest getting the flat box of 12 colored pencils and keeping the pencils in the box. The box will help keep your pencil pouch flat. You can also use the colored pencil box as a divider between your index cards and sticky notes and the writing tools. (I showed them how I placed mine in my pencil pouch.) You are encouraged to have a small pencil sharpener. This is primarily for the colored pencils since most of you are using mechanical pencils. Place the small pencil sharpener in your pencil pouch. NOTE: If you choose to have an eraser, you may place that in your pencil pouch. I suggest a small eraser. You can even break a big eraser in half if you wish. Your pencil pouch is now stocked with all of the necessary supplies for all of your classes. Please place this in the small pocket of your backpack. (Yes, if you choose to put this elsewhere, that is your choice; this is just a suggestion.) Let’s talk about the spirals, binders, etc.… Books, Binders, and Spirals…oh my! The only item you need for English that doesn’t fit in your pencil box is your Interactive Notebook (Spiral #1 for English). Place this in your backpack. For History, you are allowed to choose a binder or a spiral and a folder. I suggest the second option. (Spiral #2 and a folder for History). Place those in your backpack. Also, if you have received your Atlas, place that in your backpack. Double check with Mr. Swanson about when you need to bring this to class. For now, place it in your bag until you are given further instructions from Mr. Swanson. (NOTE: Not all students have received their Atlases. For questions on this, please contact Mr. Swanson after asking your student. He may have made an announcement in class.) For Spanish you need a spiral #3, a folder #1, and your Spanish workbook. Your Spanish teacher will tell you what pages to tear out and when you need to bring your book to class. For now, place that in your bag until you are given instructions from Ms. Creech. Please place these in your backpack. If you have Ms. Hageman, you need a spiral #4 and a folder #2 for Math. If you have Mr. Maisells, you need a spiral #4 for Math. Please place these in your backpack. You may also need a few other items for Math, but we will discuss those in just a second. Okay, this next part is SUPER IMPORTANT!!! Please make sure you listen… Please get out the 1-inch binder I asked you to get for English and the 3-inch binder used for all of the other classes. While we are at the University of Phoenix, the 1-inch binder will be used for Science, the 3-inch binder will be used for English. We will set up the 3-inch binder in a second. First, let’s start with the 1-inch binder. Stick with me…let me show you how to set these up and then you may ask questions. Please open the 1-inch binder. (These were empty to begin with.) Please open one of the packages of loose-leaf paper and take a portion of paper and place it in the 1-inch binder. You will need only enough loose-leaf paper for one week (approx. 25 sheets). Also, please place some graph paper in this 1-inch binder. You only need enough graph paper for one week (approx.10 sheets). This loose-leaf and graph paper can be used for any of your classes. You are just storing it in your Science binder since that is where you will use it the most. Please place anything else you have for Science in this 1-inch binder. Place your ruler in this 1-inch binder. TIP: I suggest keeping rulers in binders (whether in the ring or a pocket doesn’t much matter). This helps keep them from becoming lost on a bottom of a backpack and broken. They are easier to access when they are in the binder. Your 1-inch Science binder is now complete. Place it in your backpack. Please get your 3-inch binder and the two packs of 5 dividers (10 dividers total). The 3-inch binder is now your English binder. The reason for this switch is because I don’t need you to bring this to class very often, if ever! Let’s set this up now. In your 3-inch binder, you will have five dividers for English. Please label them: 1. Reading Workshop 2. Writing Workshop 3. Word Work 4. PSL (Participation, Speaking, and Listening) 5. Projects Even though you don’t need to bring this binder to class, I still expect you to use it as instructed. I will be giving you very important documents and I will say, “Students, please place this packet in your English binder at home under the ‘Projects’ tab.” That’s just an example. The point is, if we were at SVA, I would have you bring this to class every day. But we are not. This is one modification I am making to help you carry less. However, you still have to be responsible and organized. You need to follow directions. Next semester, when we return to SVA, you will flip flop the binders back to the originally intended classed. You will use the 1-inch binder for English. You will probably use the 3-inch binder for all of your other classes. This is a change the middle school teachers have agreed on to help you be able to carry less to school each day. (There were cheers and “hoorays” happening at this point! ) Okay, you have the 1-inch binder set-up for Science, and you have the 3-inch binder set-up for English but to be kept at home. The last thing you have out is your last pack of dividers. Please label them for your other classes: Spanish Math History Elective NOTE: You do not need a divider for Science since you have a notebook, and you don’t need a divider for English since you will be using the other five. You may want to use the last divider for another class, or you may want to put it in your Science binder (the 1-inch) to divide up the paper from the Science material. You may be wondering why you are making dividers for your other classes. I’ll tell you my four fabulous reasons. 1.) Now you are in middle school. One thing that we hope you learn is how to be responsible for your own education. This is a good archive to track your progress. 2.) It is a good habit to get into to save all of your graded work. Teachers grade work and hand it back, but sometimes we make mistakes. (Shocking…I know! ) In case we make a mistake, you have the graded work kept in a nice, safe, organized, place. Every time you get a graded assignment, instead of throwing it away, I am asking you to please place it behind the correct divider. 3.) Not only do you have all your graded work in one place just in case a teacher makes a mistake, you also have a great resource to use to help you study! You can go back through your assignments and learn from your mistakes. See why you didn’t do well on that paper so you can prepare for the test, for example. This is a great habit to get into. Once your final grade is posted, you can throw all of the papers in the recycle. 4.) If you do this, you will also help make sure you are not carrying around a ton of unnecessary items in your backpack! It is a check and balance system. My backpack now has all of the spirals, notebooks, etc. There are just a few items left. I suggest placing your calculator in the small pocket of your backpack. TIP: I suggest this because it will help you find it and keep it from getting lost on the bottom of your backpack. Also, I don’t recommend placing your calculator in your pencil pouch just in case a pen leaks. Some of you have expensive calculators and I would hate for any of them to get ruined For now, you may carry around your whiteboards. Place those in your backpack. Ask your other teachers if you need them every day. If you have Mr. Maisells, talk to him about the whiteboard usage for his class. Place your planner in your backpack. Look! I still have room in my backpack from my bag of PE clothes, my lunch, and a water bottle! If you have Art, your sketchbook can easily fit in here. If you have Band, your band folder will also fit in here. Okay, we are almost done! Please pack up your stuff and return to your desk. Please get out your planner and a pencil. (Yes, I know you just put it away. I wanted to show you how nicely everything fit!) Extra, Extra! Please take all of these extra supplies at home. You are encouraged to organize them and keep them at home to be used in school on an as-needed basis. All of the items the teachers asked you to bring were thoughtfully requested and will be used. For now, we are re-purposing some items and using some others sparingly, for now. We know that school supplies can be expensive, and the middle school team worked hard to be thoughtful of what you needed to buy. Now, we are trying to be thoughtful about what you need to carry too. Just because you are taking something out of your backpack to leave at home does not mean it won’t be used. Please do not tell your parents they need to return a bunch of supplies! Again, all of the items purchased will be used throughout the year. Remember, the 3-inch binder is to be left at home, but you are still expected to use it as directed. Planner Now that everything is streamlined, you need to get into a good habit of restocking your supplies. Please make a note on Sunday nights (or Friday afternoons) to restock your supplies! This should become a weekly habit. Secondly, please write a note to remind you to wash your PE clothes at least once a week. Lastly, I want to tell you about Word Work. Word Work is your spelling and vocabulary, root words, and sayings and phrases. Every Thursday is Word Work day in English. I will give you the week’s assignments and you have until the following Thursday to complete them and turn them in. So, Word Work is assigned on Thursdays and then collected the next Thursday. You only need to bring your vocabulary books (which I will distribute soon) on Thursdays. You are responsible for making sure your Word Work exercises are completed and turned in every Thursday. I do not collect your homework daily. It is up to you how you complete your work, as long as your work is turned in on time. I suggest doing once exercise each weekday so you are studying a little bit at a time. This is something we will talk about more at a later time. Okay! Now you are organized! Great job! Hooray!
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