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, March 20, 2018

religion–read p. 104-105; do p. 106-107 first column of each page only

ELA–Steve Jobs’ speech questions #8 and 9; study for vocabulary test which will be on Friday regardless of whether we have school between now and then

social studies–finish reading and notes on chapter 17, section 4. Work on review sheet for test and prepping essay question. Test will be moved from Thursday to Friday if we are off tomorrow for inclement weather

Monday, March 19, 2018

ELA–Questions on Steve Jobs’ speech, #1 and 2–highlight answers in text; write answers to #3-5 in notebook

social studies–finish reading and notes on chpt. 17, section 4; chapter test Thursday–start studying!


Science 8 – Quiz tomorrow on Unit 1 (lessons 3 and 4)

Complete the Pure Substances and Mixture worksheet

Thursday, March 15, 2018

religion–service paper due; charism assignment

ELA–study spelling

social studies–finish reading chpt. 17, sect. 2 and do note taking guide


Science 8 – Quiz Friday on Unit 1 (lessons 3 and 4)

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

religion–school charism assignment

ELA–study spelling

social studies–watch this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOsL255IvYQ)  and add at least 2 facts to the notes from today. Here is the link to today’s video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dc1RUzN9Sk&t=333s)



Science 8 – Quiz Friday on Unit 1 (Lessons 3 and 4)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

religion–p. 100; service hours reports due by Friday

ELA–vocabulary note cards; test on “Rain, Rain, Go Away”; spelling test Friday

social studies–finish reading chapter 17, sec. 1 and do section review questions 1, 2, 4, and 5


Science 8 – Matter Menu due Wednesday

Quiz Friday on Unit 1 Lessons 3 and 4

Monday, March 12, 2018

ELA–reading worksheet; quiz on “Rain, Rain, Go Away” on Wednesday; vocabulary note cards due Wed.; spelling test Friday

social studies–finish reading chapter 17, section 1 and do review questions 1, 2, 4, and 5 by Wednesday