8th Grade

8th Grade Religion and Science is taught by Mr. Patrick Burnham. Honors Language Arts is taught by Miss Dominique Martinez. Social Studies is taught by Mr. Robert Vansant. Lanuage Arts is taught by Mrs. Kathy Lawson.  Honors Language Arts is taught by Mrs. Katherine Miller . Math is taught by Mrs. Judith McFarland. Mrs. Maria Downey teaches Spanish.  Coach John Fouch teaches Physical Education. Mrs. Camille Lockhart teaches Honors Math. Mr. Bradley Turner teaches Music.
Students will:
* Show respect for all that God has made
* Demonstrate self-discipline and sacrifice for others
* Actively participate in the liturgy of the Church year
* Assist in parish and community service
* Celebrate the sacraments and traditions of the Catholic Church
* Know the basic teachings of the Catholic Church
* Nurture the faith through prayer experiences including traditional/informal prayer, reflections and meditations,
* Learn to use the Bible as a resource for prayer, guidance, and understanding religious truths of our faith
* Learn the social justice teachings of the Church
* Have a knowledge of Church history including important events, people, councils, and documents
* Have a knowledge of the meanings of faith words included on the Assessment of Catechesis in Religious Education
Students will:
* Understand the characteristics of their present stage of development
* Identify the role of friendship in the middle school years
* Discuss the purpose of dating and receive guidelines for remaining chaste during high school years and beyond
* Know the biology of human reproduction
* Learn Church teaching on marriage, divorce, and abortion
* Identify and protect themselves from potential abuse
* Appreciate God’s gift of sexuality and its purpose in marriage
* Understand the effects of and strategies for avoiding substance abuse, AIDS, HIV infection
Students will:
• Participate in Lesson 5: Grooming
• Participate in Lesson 6: No Secrets
• Participate in Lesson 7: Internet Safety
• Participate in Lesson 8: Creating and Following Family Rules
Students will:
• Use a variety of strategies in the problem solving process in a step-by-step manner
• Use calculators, computers, and other technology to assist in problem-solving
• Solve problems with graphs, charts, and tables
• Compute accurately
• Solve consumer-related problems
• Analyze and interpret statistics and graphs
• Solve problems using operations with all numbers
• Accurately solve problems using measurement and conversions
• Solve multi-step algebraic equations and solve/graph linear equations and inequalities
• Apply algebraic techniques to solve word problems
• Solve systems of equations/inequalities
• Work with exponents, polynomials and factoring​
Students will:
* Use their knowledge of word origins and word relationships, as well as historical and literary context clues, to determine and to understand the precise meaning of words
* Read and understand material from a variety of genres including fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry
* Describe and connect essential ideas, arguments, and perspectives of the text by using knowledge of structure, organization, and purpose.
* Read and respond to historically or culturally significant works of literature reflecting history, religion and social science
* Identify and explain literary elements including setting, characterization, plot, theme, mood, foreshadowing, climax, resolution, symbolism, and imagery
* Write clear, coherent, and focused assignments that exhibit their awareness of audience and purpose.
* Write creatively and informatively in the narrative, expository, persuasive, and descriptive genres
* Demonstrate a command of standard American English and correct conventions that include sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and usage
* Conduct research and write reports by summarizing and paraphrasing information from print and online sources
* Deliver focused, well-organized multi-media presentations conveying ideas clearly
* Use critical thinking tools to evaluate content and style of various kinds of communication
SCIENCE (Life/Physical)
Students will:
* Solve problems using the scientific method (research, hypothesis, experimentation, findings, conclusion
* Conduct research (field research, library and online research) using scientific equipment appropriately and safely
* Apply knowledge of the relationships between humans, the environment, and the earth’s resources to improve the environment
* Learn the periodic table of elements
* Understand that all living organisms are composed of cells
* Understand that a typical cell of any organism contains ​genetic ​instructions that specify traits
* Understand that the anatomy and physiology of plants and
​animals illustrate the complementary nature of structure ​and function.
* Discover concepts related to waves, magnetism, and ​electricity, forces and motion
Students will:
* Understand the major events preceding the founding of the nation and relate their significance to the development of American constitutional democracy
* Analyze the political principles underlying the U.S. Constitution and compare the enumerated and implied powers of the federal government
* Understand the foundation of the American political system and the ways in which citizens participate in it
* Analyze the aspirations and ideals of the people of the new nation
* Analyze U.S. foreign policy in the early Republic
* Analyze the divergent paths of the American people from 1800 to mid 1800’s and the challenges they faced, with emphasis on the Northeast
* Analyze the divergent paths of the American people in the south from 1800 to mid 1800’s and challenges faced
* Analyze the divergent paths of the American people in the West from 1800 to mid 1800’s and challenges faced
* Analyze multiple causes, key events, and complex conse-quences of the Civil War
* Analyze character and lasting consequences of Reconstruction
* Analyze transformation of the American economy and changing social and political conditions in the U.S. in response to Industrial Revolution
Students will:
* Become proficient at keyboarding and using Word programs
* Demonstrate knowledge of current changes in information and technology
* Use content-specific tools, software, and simulations to support learning and research
* Apply productivity/multimedia tools to support personal productivity and group collaboration
* Select and use appropriate tools and technology resources to accomplish a variety of tasks and solve problems
* Use the Internet to research and evaluate the accuracy, relevance, appropriateness, comprehensiveness, and bias of electronic information sources
* Create PowerPoint presentations using appropriate background elements, slide transitions, clip art, digitized sounds
* Build charts, graphs, and formulas in a spreadsheet format
* Learn the importance of showing respect and restraint when using technology
Students will:
* Appreciate and evaluate different types of music
* Appreciate music of other cultures and periods of history
* Expand knowledge and appreciation of master composers and compositions
* Participate during liturgical, patriotic, & seasonal musicals
* Learn elements and principles of art
* Understand theme, style, and technique in art and movement
* Understand the elements of design in nature and human form
* Use concepts of perspective and composition to analyze and create
* Use problem solving and creative thinking skills to create expressive, unique, and appealing art
* Acquire an appreciation of cultural and historical art
* Expand knowledge and appreciation of master drawings and paintings
Students will:
* Develop abilities and knowledge to be physically fit
* Take part in physical activities regularly
* Understand consequences of personal choices
* Apply concepts of Catholic Social Teaching through fair play, sportsmanship, teamwork, and personal dignity
* Understand rules for team sports, playground games and know how to apply rules to playing the games
* Learn importance of personal health and nutrition
* Participate in physical activities that strengthen motor skills, ​physical manipulation of sports equipment, and ​self