Eighth Grade

Mrs. Finnegan has a B.A. in English with a business minor from The University of Scranton.  She earned secondary English and communications certification from DeSales University and has a Level II state teaching certificate and Archdiocesan Religion certification.  She also is certified as a K-12 reading specialist and ESL specialist and serves on the Archdiocesan ELA Committee.

Mrs. Finnegan and her family reside in Quakertown and are members of St. Isidore Church where she is a lector.  Her two daughters are graduates of St. Isidore School.  For fun, she likes to watch the Phillies, read a good book, bake, travel, or relax at the beach.

Grade 8 Supply List 2017-2018

**New for Math–students need a graphing calculator: Texas Instruments TI-84Plus

Loose leaf—buy many packs.  This is the one item most students run out of before the end of the year.

note cards—hundreds of them!  You will need 300 for vocabulary alone. Purchase at least 1000. Seriously!

pens—buy at least 24 (one for every two weeks)  Blue or black ink only. Erasable pens are allowed.

red pens/pencils for correcting and editing

pencils for math and extra erasers

colored pencils

12 inch ruler


notebooks—math and science require marble copybooks. Math also requires a graphing copybook. ELA, social studies, religion, and Spanish can be marble or spiral.

pocket folders—at least 8; add one if you will be using a “take home” folder. Try to purchase plastic or coated folders. Plain paper folders will not last.

binder—if desired to keep folders neat and organized

Optional—magic markers

SPANISH—English/Spanish dictionary

ART—crayons, watercolors, smock

TECHNOLOGY—headphones if you don’t have a set at school

Cleaning supplies—2 boxes of tissues, one roll of paper towels, a canister of Lysol or similar cleaning wipes

*All hardcover books must be covered. Purchase Jumbo Book Sox as the regular size is too small for our texts. Paper is an option as well.

*It is highly recommended that softcover texts and the homework book be covered in clear contact paper. Check Becker’s or Amazon online for good deals on this, especially if you have several children’s books to cover.

*White-out is not allowed.


Thursday, September 20, 2018

ELA–study vocabulary for test

social studies–work on project!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

ELA–Outsiders movie packet due; study for vocabulary test Friday

social studies–study for test on chpt. 13, sections 1 and 2; work on project due 10/4



Science 8 – Comparing Buoyancy lab packet due tomorrow

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

ELA–vocabulary p. 19-20, “Choosing the Right Word”; vocabulary test Friday; Outsiders movie worksheets due Thursday; get research or information for 9/11 paper

social studies–finish notes for chpt. 13, section 2; test on sections 1 and 2 on Thursday; project due October 4

Monday, September 17, 2018

ELA–vocabulary p. 17 to top of 19 (Choosing the Right Word, Synonyms and Antonyms; choose a writing assignment for 9/11 interview; vocabulary test Thursday

social studies–project due October 4; notes for chapter 13, section 1 due; test on sections 1 and 2 Thursday


Friday, September 14, 2018

social studies–read and take notes on chapter 13, section 1; project due October 4th

Thursday, September 13, 2018

religion–choose 2 quotes from p. 9-17 and answer “How does this build our relationship with God and others?”  Think about how this quote reflects our vocation to love God and others.

ELA–study for spelling unit 1 test tomorrow; 9/11 interview questions due; finish part of speech poster if necessary



Science 8 – Complete the Lesson Review – pages 16 and 17


Science 8 – Mass, Weight, Gravity WORKSHEET

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

ELA–interviews for 9/11 due Friday; spelling unit 1 test Friday