Wednesday, August 31, 2016


Fifth grade and middle school can be a challenging time for students, well for any grade actually. If you start developing good habits at the beginning of the school year, it will help you be successful all year long. Here are 4 areas where you need to stay organized:

1. Your backpack
~ Buy a good, sturdy backpack with plenty of room and pockets. Keep folders in one, textbooks in another, workbooks in one, etc.  
~Do not just shove papers in your backpack! Remember everything has a place.
~Always pack your backpack the night before. When you are finished with your homework put it in your backpack where it belongs.  Teachers don’t want to hear, “I did it but left it at home.” Remember it is your responsibility to put your homework in your backpack - not your parents. They have already been to fifth grade! Late assignments can receive points off ,so if you don’t want points off put your homework in your backpack!

2. Your locker and desk
~Please do not shove papers in your desk or locker. Remember-everything has a place and make sure papers go where they belong. ~Keep your special classes organized in your locker. This will make it easy to find when you move to those classes. You only have a short amount of time between classes. Being organized in your locker will help you get to class on time.
~Please do not leave food and drinks in your locker/desk. Take home any uneaten food at the end of each day or throw it out in the class trash can. Your classmates don’t want to smell strange smells coming from your locker or desk.

3. Your homework place at home
~Have a quiet place at home where you can do your work free of distractions.
~Set aside a reasonable time each day to do your homework.
~Have paper and sharpened pencils ready to go.
~It is your responsibility to do your homework.
~This article has some very cool ideas.

4. Your homework
~Most likely you will be using a planner to copy homework, due dates for projects, etc. Look at it! Some assignments are due the next day and some are given on Monday and not due until Friday. If you have soccer practice on Monday and Wednesday make sure you organize your time to do the work on Tuesday or Thursday.
~Never leave assignments until the last minute.
~When you are done, put the work in your backpack where it belongs. This will make it easier for you to find in the morning at school, so you can hand it in on time.

A.A. Milne once said, “Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it - it’s not all mixed up!”

Fifth Grade Teacher

Saint Francis Xavier School
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Academics, Faith, Community and Character

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