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.
Mrs. Patricia McShea, Teacher
Hello, my name is Patricia McShea and I am the 8th Grade homeroom teacher. I also teach Religion and Social Studies to our Middle School students. After graduating from Cabrini College, majoring in Special Education and Elementary Education, I married my best friend and began my teaching career. After one year of teaching, God blessed us with seven children and I continued to teach in a different capacity! While teaching my own children about God, life, and love, I continued working in the education field through tutoring and substituting, eventually returning to teaching five days a week at OMPH School. I taught preschool, third grade, and eventually middle school. Teaching here enables me to explain so many things in various subject areas in relation to God and His world, as well as aiding students in seeing each joy, each struggle, each milestone, and each moment in light of Christ. When I am not teaching, I enjoy writing, sports, camping, hiking, biking, dancing, and spending time with family and friends.