Middle School Grades
6th Grade students study matter, energy, and earth science topics. They participate in the school Science Fair and work on composting and starting plants in the school greenhouse. One of the highlights of 6th Grade is being partnered with our Preschool students as Prayer Pals! They meet several times a month to help with crafts, read stories, and provide a familiar face in the hallway! Sixth grade math concepts include number sense, number theory, and measurements such as mass, capacity, temperature, and volume.
Mrs. Ann DiNovis, Teacher
DIOCESE OF HARRISBURG GOLDEN APPLE AWARD WINNER!
The Golden Apple Award symbolizes a teacher’s professional excellence, leadership,
commitment to Catholic values, and devotion to teaching in Catholic schools.
Hello, I am Mrs. Ann DiNovis, the 6th Grade homeroom teacher. I also instruct the 6th, 7th and 8th Grade students in Math and Science. I am a parishioner of St. James Parish in Lititz. I have a BA in Biology from the Catholic University of America, and earned my education certification at Millersville University. Catholic education at OMPH School has been an important part of my family’s life for many years. My children are graduates of OMPH School, and several grandchildren as well. I enjoy teaching in a Catholic school where forming our children in the faith, as well as in academics, is paramount.
During the school year, each grade covers various literary topics, such as plot, theme, characters etc. Students will learn about these topics using novels, as well as their anthologies. Each class focuses on different types of writing. In 6th Grade students review writing good paragraphs, then move on to How-To Presentations. 7th Grade students look at descriptive essays and argumentative essays. 8th Graders focus on business letters and persuasive essay writing. All three classes work on literary analysis at the end of the school year.
Mrs. Natasha Pickett, Teacher
Hello, my name is Natasha Pickett and I am the 7th Grade homeroom teacher, and the Middle School Integrated Language Arts (ILA) teacher. I am an alumna of Our Mother of Perpetual Help School, Lancaster Catholic High School, and Alvernia University. I am a parishioner of St. James Catholic Church in Lititz. My two children attend OMPH School, and I feel Catholic education is a wonderful opportunity for all children, Catholic and non-Catholic. I look forward to helping your child on his/her journey!
In 8th Grade, students prepare for Confirmation using two programs, including Chosen. During this year, students journey through the entire Catholic faith using multimedia presentations, reflections, and discussions to grow closer to God through the Church. In Social Studies, 8th Grade students continue to study American History. They learn about Reconstruction, the Progressive Era, World Wars, the Civil Rights Movement, and more.
Miss Caitlin Peters, Teacher
My name is Caitlin Peters, and I am the new 8th Grade homeroom and 6th - 8th Grade Religion/Social Studies teacher. I am happy and very excited to be a member of the OMPH School faculty! I am a graduate of Neumann University. I also have a Master's in Leadership in Teaching with postgraduate work through the Diocese of Harrisburg. I come with twelve years of teaching experience, all within the Catholic School system, from both Maryland and Pennsylvania. I am a parishioner of St. Leo the Great.
I love spending time with family, especially my five nieces, friends, and taking walks. I am excited for what this school year will bring!