8th Grade

8th Grade

Welcome to 8th Grade!

My name is Paula Van Hollebeke and this is my 3rd year teaching at St. Pius X School.  I love working in this generous, faithful, diverse community.  I am a strong advocate for Catholic education!  My husband and I have sent our daughters through school attending Christ the King Catholic School, St. Matthew School and Bishop Blanchet High School.  I would not have done it any other way!

I love working with middle school students! I manage and support the ASB students as they work to make St. Pius X School even better!  Last year, the ASB raised enough money to purchase our school a new drinking fountain!  This year, the ASB is interested in raising money to replace a broken recess ball collection bin.  Our students love our school and in working together to make improvements!  They've organized bake sales, hot cocoa sales, managed a snack cart for students during recess and a movie night.

This year, our field trips include Museum of Flight, March for Life, Sacred Heart Radio, our yearly Beach Field Trip, St. John Chrysostom Byzantine Catholic Church, St. Cecilia's Retreat Center with Fr. Christiansen, Warm Beach!  

Along with my 8th Grade homeroom, I teach 6th-8th grade Math.  Based on the level at which my students are working, there are a variety of different things going on in my Math classes. We have 3 computer stations in my classroom that students can use to work on furthering their math skills on IXL, or Khan Academy.  Students are enjoying the Math Manipulatives that are available in my classroom to help them understand concepts.

I believe that St. Pius X is a secret worth telling!  I hope you come by and say hello! We welcome you!

Mrs. Van Hollebeke


Paula Van Hollebeke

News Items

Current Classroom Newsletter

February 19, 2019 


Private High School Applications

Decision Letters – Congratulations to your 8th Grader for their admission to high school!  Now is the time for your family to discuss the financial implications of attending a Catholic high school and weigh the benefits of a Catholic education with that of a public school.  The packet of information from the high school includes deadlines for acceptance.   Enrollment registration deadline is 2/28/19. Once you have made the decision to which school your child will attend next year, please be sure to notify the other school(s) that you are declining their offer(s).  This is important because it frees up money for other students who intend to attend that school. 

The next steps for high school will be taking an actual Math Placement Test for the intended high school, and registering for classes.  Students will receive their Fall class schedule sometime in June.  To help your child transition to high school, please make every opportunity to visit the new school and support their events; athletics, speech, open houses, etc.  Familiarity with the new campus will lessen anxiety in the Fall.


Field Trip to Sacred Heart Radio, Tuesday, 2/26/19

On Tuesday, February 26th, the 8th Grade class will be making a visit to Sacred Heart Radio in Kirkland.  We will leave by 9am and return around noon.  Students will have the opportunity to record radio spots that will be aired at the top of the hour following our visit.  Last year, these radio spots were aired through the summer!  Thank you to Buck P. and Stephanie J. for volunteering to drive!  We will need 1 more drivers/chaperone to get us there and back.  Please indicate on the permission slip if you are interested in driving/chaperoning. This is a free field trip.  Field trip permission slips are due this Friday, 2/22/19.


8th Grade Stations of the Cross

Ash Wednesday is on March 6th, which means that Lent is coming up quickly!  Please join us on Fridays of Lent, in the church at 1:10pm as the 8th Graders lead the Stations of the Cross.  Each Friday, a different set of students will either read a reflection and lead us in the Stations, or bear candles or crucifix as they follow the stations on the perimeter wall of the sanctuary.  Stations usually last from 20-30 minutes.  There are a couple of Fridays during Lent where there will be no Stations of the Cross.  3/15 (no school), 4/12 (BBHS play).  On Good Friday, 4/19 the 8th Graders will re-enact the Stations of the Cross.  Please mark your calendars!  More info will follow.


Professional Graduation Photos – TBD

Mrs. Farewell is in the process of arranging a date for a professional photographer to come to St. Pius and take graduation pictures of our 8th graders.  It will happen some time in February.  Once I know the date, I will email you.  It is important that all students be in attendance on that day.  Students will be in their best dress.  Pictures will be in the church first thing in the morning on either a Tuesday or Thursday.  Please make hair cut appointments with the photos in mind!


Changes due to Snow Days

Because of the school closures and late starts due to snow, a few things on the schedule have changed.  The first change is that Report Cards will be going home in Blue Folders on Tuesday, March 5th.  The second change is that the Movie Night planned for 2/22 in the gym will be postponed.  Updates will be sent home in this newsletter.  The third change is that the Constitutional Convention Play that was scheduled for 2/21 has been cancelled, but will be rescheduled soon.  Updates will be in a future newsletter.


Warm Beach – Save the Date!

On Thursday, May 30th through Friday, May 31st, we will be taking the 8th Grade on a retreat to Warm Beach.  It’s a really fun retreat that gives the students a great memory together before they graduate and head off to different high schools.  Activities include swimming, a high-ropes course, climbing wall, canoeing, archery tag, camp fire.  Students will be staying in new cabins and eating in a mess hall.  We will need 2 male-adult chaperones and 2 female-adult chaperones to join us!  Trust me, after experiencing Camp Hamilton, these cabins are beautiful!  Boys will stay in one cabin and girls in another.  Each cabin fits 18 people.  Chaperones get their own queen-sized bed.  Each cabin also has 3 bathrooms and 3 showers.  One of the bathrooms will be designated as an “adult only” bathroom to comply with the Archdiocesan Environmental Safety requirements.  It’s only one night!  Please consider joining us!  It is great fun!  The earlier I know who the chaperones will be, the more time we will have to make sure chaperone paperwork is up to date!  We will also need drivers to and from the facility.  It’s about an hour’s drive north.  We welcome drivers!  Email me if you are interested. 


Dates to Remember:      

  • 2/22/19 - SHR Field Trip Permission Slip Due
  • 2/24/19 - Pancake Breakfast after 9am & 11am Masses
  • 2/25/19 - ASB Meeting, 12:20-12:40 in Mrs. Van's Room
  • 2/26/19 – Report Cards
  • 2/26/19 – Field Trip to Sacred Heart Radio, 9am to noon
  • 2/26/19 - State of the School Address - 6pm
  • 2/28/19 - High School Enrollment Registration deadline
  • 3/05/19 - Report Cards
  • 3/06/19 – Ash Wednesday Mass, 9am – 8th Grade reads
  • 3/08/19 – Stations of the Cross Lead by 8th Grade, 1pm in church
  • 3/09/19 – St. Pius X Gala Auction
  • 3/11/19 - ASB Meeting, 12:20-12:40 in Mrs. Van's Room
  • 3/13/19 – 8th Grade sings at Mass, 9am
  • 3/15/19 – No School. Teacher Inservice
  • 3/22/19 - Stations of the Cross Lead by 8th Grade, 1pm in church
  • 3/25/19 - ASB Meeting, 12:20-12:40 in Mrs. Van's Room
  • 3/29/19 - Stations of the Cross Lead by 8th Grade, 1pm in church

Paula Van Hollebeke


School: (425) 778-9861



8th Grade


Monday (02/18/19):  No School. 

Tuesday (02/19/19):  Chapter 6 Review.  Study cards handed out.

Wednesday (02/20/19):  Mass, 9am.  Kayla Star of Week after Mass.

Thursday (02/21/19):  Chapter 6 Quiz. Begin Chapter 20, Pg 151-158. Christian Moral Living.  Fr. Christiansen in class.

Friday (02/22/19):  SHR Due.

Math - All assignments are due the following day.

Monday (02/18/19)

Pre-Algebra:  No School. 

Pre-Algebra (2):  No School. 

Algebra 1:  No School. 

Tuesday (02/19/19)

Pre-Algebra:  Rational Numbers. Pg 224-226 (#1-30).

Pre-Algebra (2):  Multi-Step Inequalities. Pg 153-155 (#1-25).  Chapter 3 Test is scheduled for Tuesday, 2/26/19.

Algebra 1:  Chapter 6 Test Practice. Pg 427 (#1-30).  

Wednesday (02/20/19) 

Pre-Algebra: Add/Subtract Like Fractions. Pg 231-233 (#2-40 Even).

Pre-Algebra (2):   Chapter 3 Review. Pg 156-159 (#1-34).

Algebra 1:  Chapter 6 Review Worksheet.

Thursday (02/21/19)

Pre-Algebra:  Add/Subtract Unlike Fractions. Pg 237-239 (#2-44 Even).

Pre-Algebra (2):  Chapter 3 Test Practice. Pg 160 (#1-26).

Algebra 1:  Chapter 6 Test.

Friday (02/22/19)

Pre-Algebra:  Quiz Practice. Pg 240 (#1-25). Quiz 5A will be on Monday, 2/25.

Pre-Algebra (2):  Chapter 3 Review Worksheet. Chapter 3 Test is scheduled for Wednesday, 2/27.

Algebra 1:  Exponents, Properties with Products. Pg 438-439 (#1-51 Odd).


Social Studies 

All assignments are due the following day unless otherwise noted.








All assignments due the following day unless otherwise noted..



Wednesday: Newtons Laws Notecards. Pg. 156 #7,9,10,11,16






        Monday: (2/11) Snow Day

Tuesday: (2/12)  Snow Day

Wednesday:(2/13) Worked on Sonnet in class today. 

Thursday: (2/14) Sonnet DUE at end of class tomorrow.  Must have draft (14 lines) with you.

Friday (2/15) No School




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Paula Van Hollebeke