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 2016-2017

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 21, 2016

social studies–outline due on Friday, 1/6/17. Here is the link to the video for title pages and footnotes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmNvKnE6JlI

Have a very Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 19, 2016

ELA–outline for research paper and summary paragraph for novel due Wednesday

social studies–test on chapter 15, sections 3-5 tomorrow

HW 12/19

Math 8th – Worksheet

Friday, December 16, 2016

ELA–novel completed; notes available on Monday; outline for research paper due Wednesday

social studies–do chapter 15 assessment worksheet (last page of packet); test on Tuesday


Thursday, December 15, 2016

ELA–study for vocabulary test; write thesis statement for research  paper

social studies–note-taking guide for chapter 15, section 5 and guide for the chapter; test on sections 3-5 on Tuesday

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

ELA–vocab unit 7 test Friday

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

ELA–study for vocab test Friday; note cards and bibliography cards due; essay due

social studies–read chapter 15, section5 and do note-taking guide for section  and chapter note-taking guide for Friday; test on sections 3-5 on Tuesday

Tuesday, December 13, 2016


ELA–vocab p. 93-96; unit 7 test Friday; complete rough draft of “The Importance of Religious Freedom” essay; first set of note cards for research paper due on Thursday

social studies–finish reading chapter 15, section 4 and complete the note-taking guide; test on section 3-5 next Tuesday


Monday, December 12, 2016

religion–worksheet due Wednesday

ELA–vocab p. 93-96 due Wed.; research note cards due Friday


Friday, December 9, 2016

social studies–notes on chapter 15, section 3; work on note cards for research project

Spanish–worksheet and study for vocabulary test