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.


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

ELA–study for spelling test Friday

social studies–make chart or foldable for the four Reconstruction plans: Lincoln’s, the Wade-Davis Bill, Johnson’s plan, and radical Reconstruction; study for test on chapter Friday


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

ELA–vocabulary note cards unit 7 due

social studies–finish reading chpt. 16, section 2. Complete all parts of the study guide pertaining to the information in sections 1 and 2. Test on the chapter is Friday.


Science 8 – Element report due tomorrow – see rubric for details

Thursday, December 6, 2018

ELA–study for vocabulary unit 6 test; create an outline for the research paper and include the thesis statement developed in class

social studies–chapter 16 vocabulary test


Science 8 – Unit 3 (lessons 1 and 2) quiz tomorrow

Element Report due Wednesday, 12/12/18

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

religion–p. 70-72

ELA–vocab. p. 77-78; bring all research cards to class

social studies–finish chapter 16, section 1 notes; vocab test Friday


Science 8 – Quiz Friday – Unit 3 Lessons 1 and 2

Poem and test question due tomorrow

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

religion–p. 70-72

ELA–vocab–Completing the Sentences p. 77-78

social studies–chpt. 16 vocab quiz Friday


Science 8 – Element project due 12/12/18

-license plate/square due tomorrow

-poem and test question due Thursday


Science 8 – license plate/element square due Wednesday

I am Poem and test question due Thursday

Element Project – due 12/12/18