Welcome to 8th Grade!

Hi!  My name is Tim McCarthy. My wife, Cindy, and I have three children: David, Chelaè, and Jennifer. I earned a BAE with an endorsement in mathematics at Eastern Washington University and a Master’s Degree at Gonzaga University. I first began teaching in Catholic schools in 1994 at Bishop Blanchet High School in North Seattle. In 2001, after several years of commuting, I left Bishop Blanchet and began teaching here at SFC.


8th graders are at a stage of rejecting the religion that they accepted unquestioningly on authority in the past. Through the next few years they will reevaluate and integrate a new set of values with which to direct their lives.  Helping them through this period of needed growth can make them receptive to a meaningful relationship with the person of Jesus.


Students at this age are often unsure about themselves and others. They are greatly influenced by their peers and find safety in conformity. They enjoy socializing and usually have friends of both sexes.  They also are very sensitive and vulnerable to criticism.  They enjoy being allowed to make their own decisions, but today, they face momentous choices and pressures, many of which are to experiment with tobacco, drugs, alcohol, and sex.


There can be a wide variety of physical maturity within a group of 8th graders and socially, emotionally and intellectually as well. Sensitivity to these differences is vitally important.

• Primary Resources:
     • Alive in Christ
     • Catholic Youth Bible
     • Catechism of the Catholic Church
     • Encounter Bible DVD series
     • Theology of the Body for Middle School

• Units of Study (all aligned with 2016 Religion standards):
      • History of the Catholic Church
      • Morality
      • Catholic Social Teaching

• Primary Resources: Prentice-Hall Literature: Short stories and speeches, Novel-study: The Giver, All but my Life
• Units of Study: Fiction, Nonfiction, short story

Language Arts (Writing and Grammar):
• Primary Resources: Write Source
• Units of Study (Writing): Literary Analysis, Narrative, Research, Argument, Expository
• Units of Study (Grammar): Units of Study (Grammar): Punctuation, Sentences, Parts of Speech, Figures of Speech

• Primary Resources:
      • 5th:  Text -  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Math Expressions Grade 5 (Common Core)
      • 5th/6th Compressed:  Text - Big Ideas Learning, Big Ideas Math Green (Common Core)
      • 6th/7th Compressed:  Text - Big Ideas Learning, Big Ideas Math Advanced 1 (Common Core)
      • Prealgebra:  Text - Big Ideas Learning, Big Ideas Math Advanced 2 (Common Core)
      • Algebra:  Text - Holt McDougal, Algebra 1 (Common Core)
      • Geometry: Text - Holt McDougal, Geometry (Common Core)
• Secondary Resources:
      • IXL Online – Math teachers correlate the use of IXL to their specific curriculum.

• Texts:  Prentice Hall: The American Nation
• Areas of Study: Post-Revolutionary War period through 20th Century
• Research Projects
• Current Events

• Primary Resource: Text - Prentice Hall: Science Explorer
• IXL Online
• Area of Study:
     • Astronomy:
            • Earth, Moon, and the Sun
            • The solar system
       • Stars, galaxies, and the universe
      • Physical Science:
            • Characteristics of different types of waves
            • Light & Sound
            • The electromagnetic spectrum
            • Motions
            • Forces
            • Work and simple machines

"My daughter has only been in school here for two weeks. In this short time, however, she has already displayed some signs of Christian growth.  The questions she asks about life and death are probing and complex.  As parents these questions enhance our Christian growth, as well."
"By attending St. Frances Cabrini School, my child will gain the continuation of respect, tolerance, self discipline and the caring for others."
"The school's greatest strengths are many, but discipline and keeping parents informed of student progress seem to stand out."
"The school gives great attention to the needs of its students, plus it is relatively small. The school has high standards of achievement."