This is a three page student information form that I hand out to my classes on the first day of school. This form gives me information about the students family, home life, school life and interests. Students fill out goals for the current school year and life after middle and/or high school.
I also have the students include a paragraph about their favorite teacher. Then I forward that paragraph on to the teacher that the student wrote about. These paragraphs are a wonderful positive reinforcement for colleagues at the beginning or end of the school year.