At our middle school each student has a staff designed assignment notebook that includes several useful sections. There are assignment slots for every day of the school year. Also, there are several pages reserved for sign outs that our students use as they make trips out of the classroom to various areas of the building. After a student is absent, the homeroom teacher is responsible for reminding the student to get makeup assignments completed. Verification by classroom teachers is noted in the assignment book. There is also a place for parent and teacher communication, which is a section that has proved invaluable. My favorite section is a book log for students to list all the books they've read throughout the year. By the end of the year, these homemade student assignment books are pretty well worn, but they provide a wonderful record of each student's year at our great middle school. Some of you might want to try something like this beginning second semester.