I feel like you just wrote that about my son! He is very bright and most of the time has no problems understanding the information. He will forget to write things down in his agenda book (sometimes the "forgetting" is on purpose if it is an assignment he doesn't understand or doesn't like), he will lie and say he doesn't have any homework and he constantly is losing work that he has already done and often has to re-do assignments because he has lost them. The last one is the biggest issue by far.
His school is really irritating me!! The teachers and counselor are acting like he's the only kid in 6th grade who is dealing with this. I'm in the school all the time and I see so many other kids (mainly boys) dealing with the same issues!
They want to label him ADD. I know some of you are going to say "have him evaluated"... my response is no. I know my child, and he is not ADD (I'm a nurse, I know what to look for). This is a child who, a week after the school said they want to evaluate him, we took a road trip... 12+ hrs in the car... that boy sat in the back the entire time reading a book! No, I am not basing the fact that I don't think he has ADD on ONE piece of information, (nor am I in denial) but on the fact that I KNOW my child! I'm using that only as an example. Someone who has ADD can not just "flip a switch" to turn it on and off... it is a disorder... they can't control it! I refuse to label my child because the people at his school are being too lazy to come up with creative solutions.
We check his agenda book against his school website everyday (this would be a LOT easier if all of the teachers actually updated it... until the end of 2nd trimester, there was one class that the most recent grade was from September because the teacher doesn't update it!), and we go through the list of assignments that he needs to complete. We remind him every morning to turn his work in, but things get missed. The funny thing is that lunch money and permission slips ALWAYS get in on time... hmmm.
Everyone I've spoken to has said 6th grade sucks and that 7th should start getting better. I'm counting on it.