Grade 8 Announcements

Onward and Upward Class of 2019!

8th Grade Vocabulary Quizlet: 

In an effort to help you develop your learning throughout the school year, your teachers have put together a quizlet for you! Please practice these terms once a week on your own to ensure that you are retaining what you have learned throughout this school year!

8th Grade Vocabulary Quizlet:


Click on the link below to keep up to date on upcoming quizzes, tests, and projects.  You must be logged into your Chrome account to view the calendar.    


 Color-code guide for the Test Calendar:   Red = 8th Grade      Blue = 7th Grade    Green = 6th Grade

Please see the Grade 8 Google Classroom for all of our general 8th grade items.

English/Literature (Mrs. O'Connell)

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Google classroom join code - z17d6j


Week of Feb. 11, 2019

We will begin our Unit on Anne Frank and will be reading the play in class.

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Any questions about what has been assigned for homework check the google classroom.!

8A English/Literature (Mrs. Finnerty)

We will be using Google Classroom as a communication tool in the classroom. All 8A students have joined the classroom; most parents have also joined as a Guardian. Please contact Mrs. Finnerty with any additional email address you would like added to Google Classroom for Guardian access.


Materials needed for this subject include a 2" binder where we will keep all of our Literature items. Students will also need the current novel that we are discussing and working on together in class. We will be keeping our Literature textbooks in the classroom.

Vocabulary (included in Literature standards)

Materials needed for this subject include a Vocabulary Workshop textbook and 3x5 notecards for each of our 300 words.

A terrific resource is the online component of Vocabulary Workshop. Students can take a practice quiz, listen to word pronunciation, play vocabulary games, and find graphic organizers. We will keep adding to our word list throughout the school, taking cumulative assessments after every 3 units. By the end of the school year we will have mastered 300 vocabulary words. Please use this resource as a study tool to keep words fresh and an active part of your own speaking and writing vocabulary.

Language Arts

Materials needed for this subject include a composition notebook for Grammar notes, a Grammar for Writing textbook, and a Voyages in English workbook. Students will also need binder paper for writing assignments that are not completed in their Chromebooks.

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Science (Mrs. Fiesel)

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Lent begins Wednesday, March 6th. 

Rice bowls will be handed out by the beginning of Lent.


Academic Support: By Appointment from 3:30 - 4:15 pm

We are continuing to learn about PHYSICS!! 

8A has class on Friday and Tuesday.

8B has class on Monday and Wednesday.


Math (Dr. Zagrobelny)

Pre-Algebra (8E)
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Academic Support:  Tuesdays 3:15-4:15
Please see Google classroom for homework.
Google classroom code:  30xvca
We are learning about lines!  Topics include graphing lines in slope-intercept form, writing equations from the graphs, writing and interpreting lines using real world scenarios, and graphing trend lines for scatter plots.
Note:  if your IXL screen does not show grade levels on the side, 8th grade is level J.

Advanced Math (Mrs. Long)

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Academic Support is Wednesdays until 4:15.  Pickup will be at the gym doors (NOTE CHANGE).  You do not have to sign up.  I will be expecting students every Wednesday.   

Algebra 8

Please see Classroom for homework. Class code is kxku0l


We are now studying systems of linear equations.  How do you solve equations when there are more than one variable?  This includes applications (word problems involving puzzles, current, and age).  We will also learn how to use matrices and a graphing calculator to solve these.  This will be challenging, but applicable.  Next we will be moving on to operations with radicals.



Please see Classroom for homework. Class code is o1pw0i


Over the next few weeks, we will delve into properties and proofs about circles and lines, segments and polygons drawn in, around and through these poor circles.  This is a challenging unit in that it brings together many theorems that we have proven throughout the course. 




History (Mr. Dongu)

Greetings 8th Grade Families,

Please check Google Classroom for further updates. This site will be used to provide updates on the content we are learning.

Unit 5 (Major Events of World War II)

In this unit, we are learning about the major events of WWII, including the Holocaust and major battles. 

  • Unit 5 t-shirt design (students preview the unit by making a t-shirt with themes from the unit)
  • Holocaust webquest and timeline: students will go to the U.S. Holocaust Museum's website to learn about the effects of the Holocaust. They will also make a digital timeline using Google Slides in which they tie in the Diary of Anne Frank, the book they are reading in Literature. 
  • D-Day Journal: Students will read a D-Day 'journal' from the British perspective of D-Day through Google Classroom. 
  • Puzzle analysis: students will analyze a 3D puzzle of a WWII 'Victory Garden', complete with actual plants, to understand the role of winning the war on the homefront. 

For additional class information, please go to Google Classroom (code cygtgll)

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Religion (Mrs. Bacon)

“I wish not merely to be called Christian, but also to be Christian.” — St. Ignatius of Antioch


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Students are currently working on their Capstone Paper, a biography and reflection on the life of their Confirmation Saint as a model of holiness in the world today. Please see Google Classroom for the paper guidelines and weekly assignments. 

Google Classroom Codes:    8D (Algebra): bfxv083           8CE (Pre-Alg & Geo): 6f0sho

Spanish (Mrs. Schlosser)

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 B I E N V E N I D O S 😊


Academic Support:  Wednesdays 3:15-4:15 



Please see Google classroom for the homework assignments.


The code for 8 grade Spanish google classroom is: d59ozjo



                    SPANISH LEVEL 1 (GRADES 6 – 8)


  • Grades will be based on:
  • Test (45 %)
  • Quizzes and Spelling Tests (25%)
  • Homework (15 %)
  • Class Work and Participation (15%)


  • Homework is assigned once a week on Wednesdays and is due the following Monday. It must be completed and turned in by the due date. If a student misses a class, he or she will be responsible for the day’s homework unless there are extenuating circumstances. Exceptions will be granted if a student has an extended absence due to illness.
  • Homework information is found on the school website.



  • Academic support is for students in middle school who need additional help with Spanish. It is on Wednesdays from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.


Spanish Placement Test  

  • The 8th grade students will take a placement test at the end of the year to be eligible to take the Spanish level II High School Course.
  • Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. You may reach me through the St. Bernadette School office or e-mail me at mschlosser@stbernadette


  • Always do homework immediately after class.
  • Study and review daily, not just before an exam.
  • Listen to CD’s, radio stations in Spanish or watch Spanish television.
  • Name objects in your house, town, etc. in Spanish.
  • Practice using the Spanish vocabulary at home and with friends.
  • Review class notes and re-write them.
  • Pay close attention to spelling and grammar rules.
  • Record new vocabulary and grammar in a notebook and then make flash cards.
  • Check out children’s books from the library in Spanish.
  • Do not be afraid to make mistakes.