Grade 8

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Congratulations to the Class of 2016–Mikayla, Matt, Vivi, Julia, Eva, Mary Beth, Mya, Sami, Ryan, Abby, Will, Gab, Mary, Joey and James.  Good to all of you as you move on to high school!

The 8th grade students read an excerpt from Flowers for Algernon.  They worked in groups of three to make a trailer showing some of the highlights in the story.  Click on the links to enjoy their work.

Flowers for Algernon iMovie links 2016

Dates to Remember:

  • June 13–Field Day; Spaghetti Dinner for 8th grade and parents hosted by the 7th grade students and parents

  • June 14–Clerical Day for teachers–no school for students

  • June 15–No school 8th grade only–Graduation Mass at 7 PM

  • June 17–School Mass



May Procession

Our GSC school students and families honored Mary in our annual May Procession on Wednesday, May 18, 2016.  The 8th grade students participated in the prayer service in a special way.  Mary S. crowned Mary while Ryan carried a basket of flowers to place at the feet of the Mary statue.  The 8th grade students led everyone in the church as we prayed a Litany to Mary.  Thank you Mrs. MacClain for sharing your pictures with us.

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8th Grade Students and Parents/Grandparents:  Please check the link for the 2016 Region 11 Meredith Merlini Catholic Youth Scholarship Program information.  Essays are due by Wednesday, May 18, 2016

2016 Region 11 CYO Scholarship Memo (1)


Bishop McDevitt Scholarship Winners

Mikayla Brown, Matthew Burns and Julia Dougherty were honored at the Awards Ceremony at Bishop McDevitt High School on Sunday, May 15th.  The students and their families were invited to attend Mass and a brunch  celebrating the scholarship recipients.  Congratulations Mikayla, Matthew and Julia!!!

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Car Wash pic

Thank you very much to our GSC families and friends and our Queen of Peace Community who supported the 8th Grade Car Wash.  It was a great success!  Thank you 8th grade students, parents, grandparents, siblings and friends for all your hard work.

Congratulations to the cast of Beauty and the Beast!  Great job 8th grade cast:  Belle–Mary Beth and Sami; Mrs. Potts–Julia and Gab; Gaston–Will; and Silly Girl–Mya!

Mary Beth as Belle

Mary Beth as Belle

Sami as Belle

Sami as Belle

Will as Gaston

Will as Gaston

Mya as a Silly Girl

Mya as a Silly Girl

Julia as Mrs. Potts

Julia as Mrs. Potts

Gab as Mrs. Potts

Gab as Mrs. Potts

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New York Trip–Thursday, May 12, 2016

The 8th grade students and chaperones visited New York City.  Our first stop was St. Patrick’s Cathedral to see all the renovations.  Then we stopped at Radio City Music Hall for a backstage tour.  We walked around the corner to the Top of Rockefeller Center to check out the city as we looked from the observation decks.  Our last stop was Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.  Dinner followed at Dave & Busters.  We had some free time to walk around New York City and shop.  Thank you to all our chaperones for a great day!


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Catholic Schools Week 2016 was very successful.  Thank you parents, families and friends of GSC for supporting our school.  Thank you to our local police, fire and ambulance personnel for participating in our School Mass.  Thank you for your service to our communities.  Thank you to our Veterans and Active Military personnel for joining us in our celebration of our school.  Thank you for your service to our country.

Mass on February 1, 2016

Thank you first and eighth grade students and families for your participation.  Thank you to our honored guests representing the Military, Police Officers and Firefighters.











Blanket Drive

Our Warm Coats and Warm Hearts Coat Drive was very successful!  Now that the temperatures are getting colder, we are collecting new or gently used blankets during Catholic Schools Week.  GSC 8th Grade students thank everyone for donating coats!  Through your generosity, we collected 15 bags of coats.



Come visit GSC and learn about the great things at our school.  Contact Mrs. Barbara Gress our Advancement Director to arrange for a tour.  Email  or call Mrs. Gress at or 215-886-0126

High School Information

This is an important time for the 8th grade parents and students as they look at everything the high schools have to offer.  Check out the high school websites for the testing and open house dates.  Click on the Admissions and Alumni links to learn about other scholarships that are available.



National Junior Honor Society

Congratulations to the  7th and 8th grade National Junior Honor Society members.  The Induction Ceremony took place Friday, Oct. 23, 2016 at GSC.





Pink Day for Breast Cancer Awareness–GSC students and faculty/staff wore pink and donated money in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness.  Thank you for all contributions!

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Congratulations to the 8th Grade National Junior Honor Society members:

          Julia Dougherty

          Mya Lepard

          Sami McElhinney

          Will Price

          Gabriella Rossi


Congratulations to the Officers of the Student Council.

President–Julia Dougherty

Vice President–Vivianna Couchara

Secretary–Mikayla Brown

School Rep for Gr. 4-9–Mya Lepard

School Rep for Gr. PK-3–Ryan Petrilli

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8th Grade Photo Gallery

8th Grade Snow “Angels”



Christmas Pageant

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Christmas Bazaar Bake Sale and Raffle Table



Puppet Shows with 1st and 8th grade