A few parents have called or emailed in the last 24 hours, asking for clarification on what school supplies will be supplied by the high school, and what supplies should be purchased by students. I hope this helps:
The school provides textbooks, instructional materials, and supplies intended for use and re-use over a period of years. Students are asked to purchase consumable supplies - pencils/pens, notebooks, binders - as long as the request is reasonable. We offer supplies at school for items that are expensive (like calculators, cameras, musical instruments) that students can rent for a minimal fee or borrow for free when there is financial need.
With the increase we received in our supply budget for 2013-14, the high school purchased technology supplies for the Bring Your Own Device wireless technology pilot program, to ensure that every student in the pilot group is able to participate, even if they are not able to afford a tablet or laptop to bring to school. Eventually the Bring Your Own Device wireless technology program will expand to the whole school, and we will continue to provide supplies to those with financial need.
Students will not be penalized for not having supplies. Please just let the teacher know if a student cannot afford materials and we will provide them.
Please don't hesitate to call or email me if you have any questions.