Eighth Grade Homeroom
Highlights of 8th Grade:
- Yosemite Trip
- Enrichment Courses
- Community Service
- Academic Decathlon
- Science Fair
- Writers’ Fair
- Graduation Activities
- Student Council
About Mrs. Sawicki:
Mrs. Sawicki has over 30 years of teaching experience, over 25 of which have been spent at St. Francis. Throughout her teaching career, she has continued to develop experiences to support her love of outdoor education for students. Currently, she is teaching Religion 8, Religion 6, Social Studies grades 6-8 and elective classes in geography and writing.
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.
(Eighth Grade Language Arts & Literature (with Mr. Macloud & Ms. Davenport)
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. Macloud)
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 Mrs. Perez)
The Amplify Science 8th Grade Physical Science Course introduces students to topics that support students in meeting the NGSS. Students will engage in three-dimensional learning to solve real-world questions and problems involving: force and motion, magnetics, phase change, chemical reactions, and light waves.
Social Studies (with Mrs. Sawicki)
We study the ideas, the transformation and events that occurred in the United States from the American Revolution to the Civil War.
Religion (with Mrs. Sawicki)
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.