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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 !


We will begin the year with an environmental unit in science. We will be determining the health of a stream in the Potomac River Watershed.

The 8th grade fall field trip is scheduled for Monday, October 16th. We will be doing a stream study in Antietam National Battlefield. If you have STAND/SHIELD The VULNERABLE TRAINING and would like to chaperone this trip please send me a note or email. Thank you.

Sept. 15, 2017

Watershed maps need to be colored in for class on Monday, Sept. 18th.

Oct. 2, 2017

Students will have a quiz on the Water Canaries Unit next Tuesday, Oct. 10th.

Students are bringing home several important papers today. There are three permission slips, as well as, conference appointment times. Thank you for your attention to these items.

Oct. 9, 2017

Please use the study guide and your notes to prepare for tomorrow’s “Water Canaries” quiz.





















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!

Sept. 28, 2017

Students have a quiz on Tuesday, Oct. 3rd on the Nature of Science. They have a study guide, vocabulary cards, a worksheet and their text to use as a review.

Oct. 3, 2017

Students received a permission slip today to participate in an owl dissection lab. Please sign and return the permission slip by Thursday, Oct. 5th, thank you.

Oct. 4, 2017

Students received their graded quiz today. The quiz should be signed by a parent and returned to school by Friday. Thank you!







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.

Sept. 13, 2017

Last week we used magiscopes and hand lenses to look at holes in volvanic rocks. This week we will use these same tools to look for evidence of fossils in sand from Calvert Cliffs, MD.

Sept. 19, 2017

A field trip is planned for the 4th grade for next Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. Kids Growing With Grains is is funded by the Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board and the Western Maryland Research Education Center. This experience fits in well with our Earth Science Lesson on Earth’s Resources. A permission slip with details should be sent home tomorrow.

Sept. 28, 2017

The children worked well and enjoyed the “Kids Growing with Grains” program yesterday. I hope that you were able to enjoy fresh baked bread! 



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!

Oct. 3, 2017

Students will have a seven point quiz on Friday, Oct. 6th. They will need to list the seven classification groups used on text p. 21.

Oct. 11, 2017

The students received a study guide today for chapter 1 test scheduled for next Thursday, Oct. 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.


Oct. 6, 2017

Chapter 1 test is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 10th. Use text pages 52-57 to review.

Homework – p. 49 #s 3-15

Oct. 9, 2017

Homework – p. 56 #s 1-39

Chapter 1 Test tomorrow

Oct. 11, 2017

Please have Chapter 1 Test signed by a parent and return it to school.

Homework – p. 62 #s 2-11

Oct. 12, 2017

Homework – p. 66 #s 6-31

Oct. 13, 2017

Homework – p. 804 #s 1-15















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.

Year book pictures will be taken in City Park tomorrow!




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