Tips and tricks for a easier first day…

Right about now students and parents alike are wondering ‘where did our summer go!?’ As you are gathering all your supplies, getting registered for classes and excited to see all your friends we have complied a list of tips for getting back in the groove of school!


Plan ahead. Make sure that you have all your school supplies, such as folders, paper, pencils, and pens. Your school will most likely have the list online, at a store, or you could pick it up from the school. If you can’t find a list, just get what you think you’ll need. Get your schedule before the first day of school, this saves you from getting lost. Look over it a few times before the first day of school, or visit the school and take a look around. If you are a freshman or sixth grader be sure to attend Freshman Orientation and 6th Grade Jump Start.


Get ready the night before. Plan out what you’re going to wear and what you will need for class. Also, put out any makeup, accessories, or any hair products you’ll be using. Put your school supplies, bag, gym clothes, lunch bag etc. together in an easy place to find so in the morning you can just pick it up and go without having to search for them all.


Get some sleep! The National Sleep Foundation has confirmed that students ages 11-18 need 8-10 hours of sleep per night. Researchers have also shown that after people sleep, they tend to retain information and perform better on memory tasks. Our bodies all require long periods of sleep in order to restore and rejuvenate, to grow muscle, repair tissue, and synthesize hormones.


Eat a good breakfast. You’d be surprised how much happier and more focused you’ll be after eating a good breakfast. Try cereals & eggs, toast, pancakes, fruits, or other filling and healthy breakfasts. A protein rich breakfast may make you feel sluggish and sugar rich foods may affect your ability to stay focused. If you are eating at school make sure you are early enough to eat there.


Decide whether to take the bus, walk, or hitch a ride from your a family member. Figure out your options. If you want something familiar and routine, take a bus ride and sit next to someone you already know (Middle School Students need to figure out bus routes and High School Students are able to ride the city bus for free). If you want your parent to drive you to school, have them drive, but expect that there will be heavy traffic.


Do everything one class at a time. Do not worry about your upcoming class, or thinking about how your friends said Mrs. Smith is terrible and evil when she’s four classes away. You need to focus on meeting your new teacher, taking notes, listening to rules, etc. 


Find your Dream Team Advisor. Odds are they have moved their office but can’t wait to see you!