I know you can buy fancy student planners, but I prefer to make my own.
First, I make a weekly template and include any homework that stays the same each week (my students always have to read 30 minutes, and always have to work on spelling). I can add my math homework or anything else that is due on the blank lines. I also personalize each day, making sure to add in vacation days. (This is very helpful because I don't feel like I have to send home reminder notes all the time.) I continue until I have a page for each week of the school year.
Here's my general template:
And of course, you'll need a cute cover.CNN Student News (click here for information on downloading this free 10 minute news podcast) and stamp folders and check homework during this time.