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.



Science 8 – Unit 1 TEST tomorrow

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

ELA–study vocabulary for test Friday; paragraph on mood in “The Tell-Tale Heart”



Tuesday, October 17, 2017

social studies–notes on p. 416-419

ELA–vocabulary p. 39-40, Completing the Sentence



Science 8 – Unit 1 TEST on Thursday, 10/19/17

Monday, October 16, 2017

ELA–Essay!  Vocab: use the 6 words you have from class and put them into a short story with the 3 emojis (monkey, ramen, horse) or into 6 sentences; poem recitation for October is 10/30

social studies–notes on reformers–p. 416-419


Science 8 – Complete pgs. 66+67

Unit 1 TEST Thursday


Science 8 – pgs. 70-74

Unit 1 TEST Wednesday

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

social studies–finish map activity; do vocabulary for chapter 12 on p. 13: terms only, NOT people

ELA–essay due on Google classroom by 8:00 Thursday night; spelling test tomorrow; note cards for vocab unit 3 due Monday

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

**Service and volunteer unit opportunity: Help is needed on Saturday, Oct. 21 at Autumn Alive in Quakertown. St. Isidore School will have a tent/booth and be giving out information about the school. Students and parents are needed for 2 hour shifts. Please visit http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080e4cabaa28a0fc1-stizzy to sign up!

ELA–revise rough draft of essay; study for spelling test on Thursday

social studies–chapter 11, sections 3 and 4 test tomorrow

Monday, October 9, 2017

ELA–finish rough draft of essay; spelling unit 3 test Thursday

social studies–chapter 11 sections 3 and 4 test Wednesday; do review terms and people worksheet