We wanted to set our students up for success, and as lack of organization is often the cause of many struggles and material infractions, the accordion folder system was put in place to assist students with their organization. That being said, we have found that many students have packed their accordion files with things that should not be there (and it was not designed to hold), like textbooks, classics to keep, extra packages of note cards, etc. We have tested the file with the necessary composition books, a pencil bag, and an agenda. Our intention was to reduce the number of times students needed to go to their lockers, reduce the number of materials infractions handed out, and give teachers a way to help all their students organize their materials. If your student would prefer a different type of accordion file to help carry their loose-leaf papers and handouts, at least that is acceptable. Please note that this will require them to think carefully about which color spiral is needed for which class at which period and make it to class with the accordion file, the correct spiral, book and pencil bag. Students are not allowed to carry backpacks from class to class. The backpack is helpful for carrying the lunchbox, PE bag, and books home.
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DO NOT OVERLOAD IT
-NO textbooks should go in your file!
-All EXTRA supplies should go home. When you bring your accordion home you can refill any supplies you need. That includes:
-Extra Loose-leaf Paper
-Any other supplies that you don’t need on a regular basis
*If you don’t know what is necessary, ask your teacher!
NEVER OPEN UP YOUR ACCORDION FILE AT YOUR LOCKER
-If all your notebooks, agenda, and pencil pouch are already in your accordion, you should ONLY get into your locker for textbooks or to put your accordion file away to get your lunchbox or P.E. clothing.
-When you open your accordion folder AT your locker, it is taking up space in an already crowded hallway.
PLACE IT ON ITS SIDE IN THE LOCKER
-If you place it the other way, it will jam your locker.
-Your backpack shouldn’t have anything in it once you take out textbooks and your lunchbox!
-Please see this photo for reference on locker storage:
HAVE PATIENCE AND TRY YOUR BEST!
Because of the accordion folder use, we have noticed:
-significantly fewer material infractions
-almost nothing in lost and found
-Quicker transitions at lockers
Doing something new always gets easier with time! Give this system a week and see if you can make it work to your advantage.