Eighth Grade Homeroom

Katie Sawicki

Highlights of 8th Grade:

  • Yosemite Trip
  • Enrichment Courses
  • Community Service
  • Academic Decathlon
  • Robotics
  • Science Fair
  • Writers’ Fair
  • Graduation Activities
  • Student Council

Mrs. Sawicki has over 30 years of teaching experience, over 25 of which have been spent at St. Francis. This year, Mrs. Sawicki will teach religion, literature and American history to eighth graders as well as Homeroom teacher. She also teaches literature and social studies to grade 7.

Mrs. Sawicki received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English as well as a Multi-Subject teaching credential from the University of California at Davis. In 2000, she received her Administrative Leadership credential from Sonoma State University.

She has been a St. Francis Solano parishioner since 1986. Her three daughters are alumni of St. Francis.

Download the Yosemite Equipment List

8th Grade Game PE Report

Eighth Grade Language Arts & Literature (with Mrs. White)

A comprehensive review of grammar, along with spelling and vocabulary development are emphasized in our composition program which includes expository, descriptive, narrative, persuasive and creative writing.

Core reading includes short stories, a drama, and the novels Johnny Tremain, The Pearl, The Call of the Wild, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and The Pigman. Additionally, book reports are assigned each trimester on literature of the students’ choice within certain guidelines.

Math (with Mr. Escamilla)

Both Prealgebra and Algebra 1 are offered to students in grade 8.  Those who have progressed successfully through 7th grade math and are ready for the rigors of Algebra 1 are placed there. Those who still need to master some Prealgebra topics study at the Prealgebra level and are slowly introduced to increasingly more Algebra. This necessity of mastery and the familiarization of early topics in Algebra 1 allow for an easy transition to high school math.

Science (with Ms. Perez)

Physical Science introduces the 8th grade students to atomic structure of matter, basic chemistry including chemical structure, bonds and reactions, forces and laws of motion. It is also the students’ final year of Science Fair, in which they have the ability to show all of the data collection, editing, processing and presentation skills that they have learned throughout middle school.

Social Studies

We study the ideas, the transformation and events that occurred in the United States from the American Revolution to the Civil War.


The focus is the ministry of the Apostles. We will be studying the ministry of the early Church. We also focus on the religious virtues that guide our maturing spirit.