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.


Tuesday, January 16, 2018


religion–p. 76-77

ELA–vocabulary note cards unit 9; spelling test Thursday

social studies–practice presentation for tomorrow


Science 8 – Lesson 5 Vocabulary foldable

Monday, January 15, 2018

ELA–note cards for unit 9 due Wednesday; good copy of letter to the editor due; *those who did not complete both Commonlit assignments need to finish the poem

social studies–finish presentation on strengths of North and South for Wednesday–make sure you have shared your Google slides and each member of the group can discuss all of your points/arguments

Friday, January 12, 2018

ELA–Commonlit.org assignment (see Google classroom) due by Sunday night; letter to the editor due Tuesday; vocabulary note cards for unit 9 due Wednesday; spelling unit 9 test Thursday


Science 8 – Unit 3 (Lessons 3 and 4) quiz Monday, complete quiz prep sheet

Thursday, January 11, 2018

ELA–vocabulary test tomorrow; rough draft of letter to the editor; Commonlit assignment (see Google Classroom)


Science 8 – Quiz Monday on Unit 3 (Lessons 3 and 4)

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

social studies–complete research on your assigned part of class activity; to download the lesson activity, click on: https://edsitement.neh.gov/lesson-plan/eve-war-north-vs-south#sect-activities.  From there you can download the pdf version of the packet and click directly on the links.

ELA–use the verbs in vocab unit 8 in sentences; study for vocab test Friday; complete exit ticket for “The Lottery” using text to support your answers; complete Commonlit.org assignments by midnight Sunday. Be sure to complete the assessments and submit.

religion–complete p. 79-81 if not finished in class


January 9, 2018

ELA–use the nouns from vocabulary unit 8 in sentences; vocabulary test Friday


Monday, January 8, 2018

ELA–spelling test tomorrow; vocabulary test Friday; use the adjectives from unit 8 in sentences; finish reading worksheet (both sides)

social studies–chapter 15 vocabulary test tomorrow; finish packet begun in class