Grade 8


Mrs. Woods

Mrs. Amy Woods came to St. Francis Xavier Catholic School in 2011. Prior to arriving at St. Francis, she taught at Annunciation Blessed Virgin Mary School, Spring Grove Middle School, and worked as a substitute. She graduated from Spring Grove Area High School in 1998. She then graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown in 2002 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. She gained life experience by working with endangered species, ambassador animals, including caracals, servals, dolphins, and sea lions. She graduated from Temple University in 2009 with a Master’s of Education in Elementary Education, certified in Middle School Science. She is the 8th grade homeroom teacher and teaches science to 4th-8th grades. She also runs the STEM and Envirothon clubs. She believes that students must experience and share STEM in order to fully understand it. When she is not exploring with her students, she spends time with her terrific family, reads, helps the environment, and tries new things. She cannot wait to continue to spread the wonderment of discovery to the future scientists and engineers of St. Francis Xavier!

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We rise by lifting others.
— Robert G. Ingersoll
“In nature, nothing exists alone.” ~ Rachel Carson

For any who missed the Science and Engineering Symposium or for those who would like to revisit it! Congratulations to all!

Diocesan Science Curriculum


8th Grade Supply List

Dear Parents,

Your 8th grader will need the following items to start school:

Math: 2 graph paper notebooks; pocket folder; protractor

Science: 1” binder; loose leaf paper; package of 5 tab binder dividers, 1 college-ruled composition book

Religion: 1.5 inch binder, loose leaf paper, 8 tab dividers, one pocket folder

Social Studies: 1” binder; loose leaf paper OR pocket folder and notebook

Language Arts:1” binder; loose leaf paper; package of 5 tab dividers; 1 spiral-bound notebook

General Items:

  • loose leaf paper

  • glue stick

  • zipper pencil case

  • protractor

  • highlighter

  • pens (red and black/blue ink)

  • pencils

  • scissors

  • colored pencils

  • inch/centimeter ruler

  • correction tape

  • 3 boxes of tissues

  • 1 roll of paper towels

  • anti-bacterial wipes

Art Supply Fee-$10

All textbooks MUST have a cover on them.

All school books MUST be carried to and from school in a school bag.

Have a wonderful summer! ~Mrs. Woods and Mrs. Grenchik