Mary McInerney » 7th and 8th Grade Social Studies

7th and 8th Grade Social Studies

Welcome to Room 104
This is my first year at QAS and I am so excited to be here. I teach 7th & 8th grade Social Studies, as well as 7th grade religion. I have taught anywhere from 6th grade to seniors in high school, with my background being mostly in US History and US Government.
I was born and raised in Chicago, Jefferson Park to be exact. I am a huge Chicago sports fan. Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks, and White Sox are my teams (sorry Cubs fans, don't hold it against me.)
I am excited to make history exciting and engaging this year!



Specials Friday

What? Fridays will be devoted to our Specialty classes: Spanish, STEM, Art, Music, P.E

When? 4-24; *; 5-8; 5-15; 5-22; 5-29   (please note that on 5-1 the teachers will have a professional development day and there will be NO e-learning that day)

How does this work? Students will not be assigned core-content e-learning on Specials Friday. INSTEAD, students will pick two Specials classes to focus on that day. They should visit the teacher’s blog page in order to complete activities provided there and follow the teacher’s directions for submitting the work, if applicable. The next “Specials Friday” they will choose different Specialty subjects so that they complete a range of activities. By May 29, they should have submitted two (or more) Specials activities for each subject.


Why? Queen of All Saints appreciates the whole child and offers specialty classes to promote Fine Arts, creativity, critical thinking, physical movement, etc. We want to provide time for our students to enjoy these offerings of our Specials teachers. Have fun and enjoy!


Should I only do Specials’ activities on Fridays now?  You are welcome to visit the teacher blog pages and work on Specials activities anytime. Students in Grades 6, 7, and 8 should follow Mrs. Acevedo’s blog and complete activities throughout the week.

Can kids in the same family work on the same activities? YES! There are many activities that could be done cooperatively or simultaneously. For example, pick a P.E. activity that works for all kids and do it together. Or choose an art project that all kids could do; it might be fun to see how different family members create different versions of the same project.

Will students receive a grade for Specials classes on their report cards? YES. Teachers will continue with the same evaluation system, so please make sure you follow the teacher’s direction about submitting the work.

Once I’ve completed the two Specials activities, can I use this day to “catch-up” on core subjects?  YES

E-Learning Materials

What to bring home with you:


7th Grade

8th Grade


Check Khan and Google Classroom daily

Handouts and Homework packets

Check Khan and Google Classroom daily


Trash novel, writing notebooks, reading notebooks - check Blog for first assignments and then Google Classroom for further instructions

“To Kill a Mockingbird,” reading notebook

Writing notebook

Social Studies

Chromebook for Google Classroom- check daily

Chromebook for Google Classroom- check daily


Google Classroom for the online book,  science notebook

Check the blog also.

Google Classroom for the online book, science notebook

Check the blog also.


Check blog daily

Check blog daily


Textbook - 

Check blog daily for assignments.

Carroll and Sip: Confirmation book - “Chosen” and check the blog

Acevedo: You do not need “Chosen.” Check blog daily

FMSC permission slip

Hi Homeroom parents, 
Please remember that the permission slip and payment for the FMSC field trip is due next Friday, February 28th. Attached you will find a copy of the permission slip, or I can give your child an extra copy next week.
Thank you!
Ms. McInerney

Gift Cards for Lurie Children's Hospital

Hi Homeroom parents!
Just wanted to remind you that 7th grade is responsible for bringing in a $5-10 gift card for children at Lurie's. The gift cards could be anything like Starbucks, Potbelly, McDonalds, Subway, etc.
The gift cards are due this Friday, December 13th. 
Thank you so much!
Ms. McInerney

Food Drive

Dear Homeroom parents,
The Thanksgiving Food Drive has been extended until Friday, November 22nd. 7th grade is responsible for donating canned beans or boxed pasta. Thank you to those who have already sent donations with your child!
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns,
Ms. McInerney

Parent Teacher Conferences

Hi Homeroom Parents!
If you did not send a time request sheet for Parent-Teacher Conferences and would still like to schedule a conference, please email me times you are available. I cannot guarantee that your time is still available, but I will try my best to get as close to your request as possible!