Tips for Success at YDMS

Assignment Planner

Students should write all homework assignments in the assignment planner provided by their homeroom teacher. Often, students write down assignments for different classes in multiple areas, thus having difficulty at the end of the school day remembering what to bring home. The assignment planner should be easily accessible during class, and throughout the day. Once at home, a clearly defined assignment planner will help students remember the list of assignments needed to prepare for the next day.

Additionally, your assignment planner will be used as a hall pass.


Most teachers will require that students maintain an organized notebook in their classes. Whether the choice is a looseleaf notebook, a spiral bound notebook, or a combination of both, the notebook should be clean and orderly. Each entry should be dated. Subject notes should be kept separate from other subjects. Dividers should be clearly labeled. For example, don’t take notes on a geography assignment in the math section of your notebook. Remember to keep a section free to use when you just need paper for homework. Make your notebook sections Doodle-Free Zones – no drawings or marks or notes that don’t belong. The purpose of the notebook is to help you keep track of -and remember- the material for each day’s classes, and to organize the material later to prepare for tests and quizzes.

Book Bags

A book bag is the easiest way to be prepared for class. In it you will keep the items you need like: pens, pencils, notebook, assignment planner, personal reading material, textbooks, folders, and a pencil sharpener. Some students keep other supplies like paper clips, a ruler, colored pencils and tape.

Students should be careful to keep the bag organized and cleaned out – and make a habit of checking it regularly.

Please note that students are allowed to bring backpacks to and from school; however, no “roller backpacks” or backpacks with wheels are allowed. Thank you for your cooperation.

Never Give Up

Keep trying no matter what happens. If you feel yourself falling behind, go to the teachers; they are always glad to help. Don’t give up and become a slacker. There are many benefits to trying your hardest. You can get a well paying job and will be able to support yourself. So unless you want to memorize the verse, “Do you want fries with that?” keep on working hard.

Stay busy. If you are involved in an after school sport or activity, it helps you to control your time better. You won’t have time to sit around and watch TV. You will be able to do well in school.

Come to school. Even if you are not feeling on top of the world, you need to try to go to school. Remember, if you absolutely cannot make it through the day, you can always go to the office and call home.

Be Prepared

Always make sure you are prepared for class. Bring all materials to class.

Get your homework done on time. If you don’t, your paper gets a point deduction and your run the risk of getting behind. It always helps to stay ahead.

If you forget your lunch number, then you hold up the whole line until the lunch lady is able to find your name and number. It is much easier if you have your number with you. However, do NOT put you name on the paper because somebody might charge on your lunch number if the paper is found. This will always help to make sure that your personal business is kept safe.


Make good friends that you will always be able to count on. Friends will help you get through anything. They will never talk bad about you. They will always be there for you no matter what. Having good friends will help you to make good decisions and keep the stress down.

Worry about your schoolwork and not the latest gossip. I know you’ve heard it before, but stay on task. Along that same line, don’t start rumors. If you feel the need, just put yourself in the other person’s shoes.

Get to know someone before you judge him or her. Everyone deserves at least one chance; after all, you have no reason to not like someone. Open up before you start to judge.


Students in the middle school and high school should expect between a half hour to an hour and a half of homework every night on an average. Some teachers will give daily, regular homework; while others will give homework irregularly. Long term projects are to be considered daily homework in that students are expected to work on them every night.

Teachers recommend that students work in a designated study area which is quiet, well-lit, and is close to school supplies like a stapler, a dictionary, a computer, and a wastebasket (for cleaning out that book bag!) Teachers also recommend that Quiet Hours be kept in the household – no television, no phone calls, no stereos, and no video games allowed during this time. (Sorry kids!)

Before going to bed at night, students should check to see if their homework is finished and in a safe spot in the book bag. Then they should put the book bag near the door so there won’t be any last minute Screaming- Search-Sessions when the bus pulls up in the morning.