8th Grade Curriculum
Catholic values are discussed and integrated not only in religion class, but in all learning. Students will learn about the Catholic faith through stories, activities, scripture, prayer, discussion and reflection.
Emphasis is on:
Prayer in a variety of forms
Participation in liturgical ministry
God’s Revelation through the Gospels
Principles of Catholic Social Teaching
Active Service based on Social Teachings of the Catholic Church
Focus on 8th grade and Algebra 1 topics
Review fractions, decimals, percent’s, proportions and equation solving
Linear functions, writing equations, slope, intercepts and graphing
Solving equations and inequalities
Systems of linear functions- solving and graphing
Exponential functions and graphs
Quadratics functions, factoring, solving and graphing
Geometric relationships; Area, Perimeter, Volume, and angles.
Probability and Statistics.
Polynomial functions and graphs
Focus on Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 topics
Review linear functions and inequalities
Review quadratics, solving and graphing
Graphs of polynomial functions; transformations, zeros, and end behavior
Solve equations with rational, irrational and imaginary numbers
Exponential and logarithmic functions
Arithmetic and Geometric Sequences
Probability and Statistics
Review Geometric relationships, Area, Perimeter, Volume, angles, and triangles.
The eighth grade science program consists of physics and chemistry as well as a unit on Adaptations Over Time.
The Nature of Matter : Inside the Atom
Chemical Bonds, Properties and Changes of Matter
States of Matter, Chemical Reactions
Substances, Mixtures, and Solubility
The Periodic Table
Motion, Forces, and Energy: Motion and Momentum
Force and Newton's Law
Students continue their journey through American history in the 20th century. Throughout the year, 8th graders will evaluate America’s role in the world. The digital textbook series used is Social Studies Techbook from Discovery Education- Civil War to Present. Content units include:
America’s Involvement in World War I
The Great Depression
The New Deal
America’s Involvement in World War II
The Holocaust and Other Genocides in the 20th Century
The Cold War
To prepare students to communicate effectively in an increasingly global community.
The Spanish classes focus on the three modes of communication:
Interpersonal-communicating effectively with native speakers in oral fashion.
Interpretive-reading and comprehending authentic texts made for native speakers.
Presentational-expressing yourself effectively and correctly in Spanish in written form.
¡Avancemos!1b-Unidad 5/Lección 1 Ecuador
Ser vs. Estar
¡Avancemos!1b-Unidad 5/Lección 2 Ecuador
Planning a party
Chores & Responsibilities
Affirmative tú commands
Irregular yo verbs
Acabar de + infinitive
The art class at Saint Mary is an interactive experience where students are encouraged to strive for a "growth mindset.” All forms of artistic mediums to do a variety of artistic projects.
Students are assessed using letter grades that align with Marzano’s assessment criteria for visual arts:
A is given for students who do what was asked and more in the areas of creativity and craftsmanship
B what was asked
C more could be done
D did not due what needed to be done
Students will have the opportunity to participate in music activities and to develop an appreciation for music.
Emphasis is on:
Singing in groups and performance opportunities
Involvement in choirs.
Exploring a variety of musical styles
Understanding tonality through singing and listening activities.
Developing vocal skills, understanding how the voice works
The goal of the P.E. and Health curriculum at Saint Mary School is for students to gain a greater awareness about what constitutes their physical, mental and social well-being. The program mission is to provide the knowledge and skills that will enable students to become literate. This will allow them to make responsible decisions and maintain a healthy lifestyle for the rest of their life, which benefits students of all ages and all aspects of their growth, development and learning. This will allow the students to become proficient movers, demonstrate strong character, collaborate effectively with their peers, think critically and become advocates for family and friends in promoting the value of exercise and making healthy lifestyle choices.