Documentation for you and a quick get to know you/first day of class activity for the students. Quick, easy and effective method for getting additional student contact information that will be used as a basis for parent contacts later in the semester. It is also a reference for follow up calls and can be later turned in as proof that parent contacts were made. Can be adapted to other life science and social science classes by changing the essay question.
Make one copy per student, place complete sheets in a binder for your use. Read and use the essay answers as sponge activities later in the week.