St. Mary's Catholic School
218 W. Washington Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740-4765
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Challenging the Mind - Living the Faith

Welcome to 8th Grade

Mrs. Barger

Science 8 Homeroom

  Science 8/Homeroom

Welcome Class of 2018 !


Nov. 13, 2017

Thank you for supporting our bake sale! We certainly had a good supply of awesome treats. I will share the profit as soon as it becomes available. Thanks again 🙂

Nov. 14, 2017

A short quiz is scheduled for tomorrow on calculating speed.

Nov. 16, 2017

Please sign and return the calculating speed quiz.

Nov. 27, 2017

Chapter 1 Test is scheduled for Friday, Dec.1st.

Tonight’s homework – complete study guide

Nov. 28, 2017

Homework – p. 38 #s 1-9 and pages 40/41 #s 1-13

Dec. 7, 2017

Students received their chapter test yesterday. Please have a parent sign the test and return it to school.

Students received their vocabulary words for chapter 2 earlier this week. Nineteen cards are due tomorrow, Friday.

Tomorrow we are walking to the Art Museum for a field trip. Thank you to the parents that are coming with the class. Please make sure that you are dressed for the weather.   

Dec. 11, 2017

Please sign and return the chapter test by Wednesday, Dec. 13th.























Mrs. Barger’s Science and Math

     Our science curriculum is integrated. Each grade level will continue to study a specific branch of science but with more integration from the other branches of science. This will be apparent as you look through your child’s textbook. Science 6 will be investigating Earth Science.  Science 7 will be learning about Life Science. Science 8 will be studying Physical Science. Math 4 will use the Saxon Math Program and begin the year by reinforcing addition, subtraction and place value. We will continue with many skills including: multiplication, division, and word problems.  Math 8 will begin the year working with variables, expressions and integers. Daily homework will be assigned. Students should have the homework written in their planner; it may also be found on my Math 8 web page. Additional resources may be found by visiting: Middle School students have access to this site and Wish list – scissors for the students to cut fabric, candy for student incentives, liquid hand soap, Clorox wipes, inside recess games. You may contact me, Mary K. Barger, with any concerns or comments by clicking on my email address.

Science 6

Welcome to Science 6!

Nov. 3, 2017

Chapter 2 test is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 15th. A study guide will be provided next week.

Nov. 10, 2017

A study guide was distributed in class today. We reviewed the study guide and wrote down pages of explanations. The test is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 15th.

Nov. 13, 2017

Homework – pgs. 70/71 #s 1-10 on loose leaf paper

Nov. 28, 2017 – No homework

Dec. 8, 2017

Completed foldable on the Four Earth Systems is due on Monday, Dec. 11th.







Math 4

Welcome to Math 4! 

We continue to use the Saxon Math Series and will do approximately one lesson a day. Miss Poffenberger will announce and post homework and test dates with the entire class. Please check her website, as well as, your child’s student planner.


Science 4

Welcome to Science 4 !

 We will begin the year with a study of Earth Science. This will work well with the planned field trips this fall.

Dec. 8, 2017

Chapter 5 test on the weather unit is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 19th. The students have 16 vocabulary cards for this unit. A study guide will be given to the kids early next week. The students have notes in their notebook which will be a helpful study tool.

Dec. 11, 2017

The children completed a study guide for next week’s chapter test in class today. They should begin to review for the test on Chapter 5, Weather, at this time.




Science 7


Welcome to Science 7! 

This year we will be studying life science. I hope that you enjoy the activities that I have planned!

Nov. 28, 2017

Chapter 2 Test is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017

Students received a study guide in class today.

Homework – p. 78 #s 1-8

Nov. 29, 2017

Homework – Written answers for questions 3, 5 and 6 on your study guide

November 30, 2017

Homework – worksheet #13 all, worksheet #23 #s 1-4

December 4, 2017

Homework – pages 80/81 #s 1-11

The chapter test has been moved one day to Wednesday, Dec. 6th.

December 11, 2017

Chapter tests were returned to the students today. They should be signed by a parent and returned by Friday, Dec. 15th.

December 13, 2017

A quiz on the phases of Mitosis is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 20th. The students received a study guide in class today. We will be reviewing in class each day. The students will begin a diagram of the “Phases of Mitosis” in class tomorrow. They should bring their colored pencils to class tomorrow.

Dec. 14, 2017

Students began their diagram of the phases of Mitosis in class today. They will have class time tomorrow to continue to work on the diagram. We reviewed for the quiz on Wednesday. Mitosis diagrams are due Tuesday, Dec. 19th.






Pre Algebra 8

Pre Algebra 8

We will be using McDougal Littell’s Pre-Algebra text this year. Grades will include: homework, exit tickets, class work, quiz scores, and test scores. Homework will be posted daily.

Dec. 8, 2017

Homework – p. 127 #s 11-19

Dec. 11, 2017

Homework p. 128 #s 23- 27      Solve and Check

Dec. 12, 2017

Homework – Worksheet # 18, Lesson 3.2 Practice A #s 1-8

Dec. 13, 2017

Homework – p. 128 #s 29-36

Dec. 14, 2017

Homework – Worksheet #18 #s 14-20

Dec. 15, 2017

Homework – p.133 #s 3-8 Solve and Check















8th Grade Specials

Monday-Physical Education or Art

Tuesday – Computer

Wednesday – Spanish

Thursday – Art or Physical Education 

Friday – Spanish

8th Grade Schedule

Period 1 – Science

Period 2 – Math

Period 3 – Social Studies

Period 4 –  English

Period 5 – Language Arts

Period 6 – Religion

Period 7 – Specials



 Middle School Extra Credit Current Events are available for each trimester.There is a limit of two presentations per student per day. There is a limit of five presentations per trimester.

The 2018  Middle School Science Fair will be held on Thursday, April 26,2018.The winners will be announced at the HSA Dessert Social on Friday, April 27, 2018. Middle School Students are receiving a notice before Christmas break. Additional information will be given to the children in January.




Hi, my name is Mary K. Barger, I am a mom to three daughters. I am blessed with a granddaughter and a grandson. All three of my children attended St. Mary Catholic School. I enjoy my wooded five acre home. I received my Bachelor’s degree from Mount Saint Mary’s College and my Master’s degree from Frostburg State University. This is my 17th year of teaching at St. Mary’s; previously, I taught at St. Joseph’s in Martinsburg, St. John’s Preschool, and Mother Seton School.

Mrs. Barger

Teacher, St. Mary Catholic School