Have students create a resume at the beginning of the year in place of the normal student information sheets.
The top of the resume allows for the students to design and draw their name to fit their personality. Then they can either glue a picture of themselves or create a self portrait.
The resume allows for them to share their future goals, past science and math classes so that you can assess their prior knowledge, and extracurricular activities.
Finally they have a place to provide current parent information so to allow for quick reference for parent contacts.