- no. 2 pencils
- loose leaf paper or notebooks
- new backpack (if needed)
- extra erasers
- pencil case (if needed)
- lunch bag (if needed)
- 2 pair of jeans, a pair of shoes and a few shirts
- protractor, ruler or any other items on a list from school
When I was in 8th grade I got an "expensive" backpack - an Eastpack. I got it because it had a lifetime warranty and my mom didn't wanna be buying me any more backpacks. I'm 29 and I still use that backpack. I even went through a period in school when I wanted a new backpack real bad and tried to break that one - it didn't work.
Notice the lack of "technology'" items. Yes, technology wasn't a big deal when I was younger, but it was by the time I was in high school. But the shopping list pretty much never changed. And honestly, the list above is all kids really need.
When I have kids, they are so gonna hate me for not giving them a laptop for kindergarten.