8th Grade

(8A) Mrs. Chandra Christian-Jolly has been teaching middle school science at St Joan of Arc since 2015. She has a Master’s Degree in Biology from Clemson University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Florida State University. She is certified in Biology for grades 6 to 12, as well as Elementary Education for grades K to 6. She has been teaching for over 10 years in a Catholic School environment.  

(8B) Mrs. Ana Prisco holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in English from Florida Atlantic University with a minor in Spanish. She is certified in English 6-12 in the state of Florida. She is the faculty advisor of the Student Council. 


Confirmation Preparation
Church History
Ethics, Anti-Bullying, Manners
Social Justice
Family Life
Class Mass and Retreat


The Writing Process:
• Reading – Response to Literature; Use of Literary Techniques
• English – A Grammatical Approach
• Cross Curriculum – Analytical, Informational, Creative
Reading – Comprehension, Accelerated Reading Program; Media Awareness
English – Grammar, Usage, Mechanics
Spelling & Vocabulary – Expanded Definitions, Vocabulary in Context, Classical Roots, Spelling Strategies
Math – There are three math groups in 8th grade: Pre- Algebra (no high school credit),
Algebra I Honors (possible high school credit), and Geometry Honors. Algebra I Honors students can take the Catholic high school entrance exam, and in some high schools, students take an Algebra I and/or Geometry placement exam. If they do well, the student can earn high school credit. For public schools, students take the EOC – End Of Course exam in Algebra I Honors and/or Geometry Honors. If they do well, they earn high school credit.
Science – Biology of Living Things
Social Studies – American History, Social Awareness
Spanish – High School Spanish I (Students who earn an 85% final grade or higher in Spanish I, at SJA Catholic School, are invited to take the Spanish high school placement test in order to be eligible for Spanish II as freshman)
Art – Color theory; principles of design, and the study of celebrated artists and their styles (artists such as: Joan Miró, Andy Warhol, Diego Rivera)
Computer – Advanced skills using Microsoft Office products such as Excel and Access database and Apple products such as Pages and Keynote, iPad Apps are used throughout all subjects including Notability App and Sketches App
Physical Education –Focus on sportsmanship and being a team player; refinement of individual skills; team sports
Enrichment Classes – Throughout the year, using alternating six-week schedules, the students are schooled and participate in Debate, Class Newsletter, Aero-Hydroponics, Graphic Design (creation of logos and applying concept to a 3D object), Youth Toastmasters (Public Speaking), Book Club, and Book Club for Spanish Heritage Speakers for students who meet the criteria.


Saints Essay
Science Fair (Exploratory Project)
Service Hours (20)
Class Mass & Retreat
Public Speaking Project
International Day
Family Faith & Fun Day
Frog Disection


Religion –  Christ Our Life the Church then and Now
English – Elements of Language 2nd Course – Holt, Rinehart, Winston
Reading – Elements of Literature 2nd Course – Holt, Rinehart, Winston
Spelling & Vocabulary – Vocabulary Workshop Level C – Sadlier Oxford
Math – Algebra 1 – Glencoe, McGraw Hill
Science – Science Level Blue – Glencoe
Social Studies – The American Journey – Glencoe
Spanish – 1B iExprésate! – Holt
Art – Color Theory, Artists: Michelangelo, Chagall and various styles
Media – Public Speaking, Literary Terminology


Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, Access, Keynote, Pages, iMovie
iPads for all students and access to numerous educational iPad apps
SMART Boards in all classrooms
Accelerated Math
Accelerated Reading Program
Q-Talk (Spanish during the school day and optional French Club after school)


National Spelling Bee
National Geography Bee
Writing, Math & Art – per Diocese


St. Vincent’s Seminary – vocation awareness
Pope John Paul ll High School Drama Department play
Disneyworld – Graduation trip
JA Finance Park


 Assigned Review Books & Reading Lists