Welcome to Sixth Grade!
The 2018-2019 school year is my 2nd year teaching at OLP. I presently teach English and History courses to our middle school students. I previously taught high school classes at Bishop Donahue High School.
I graduated with honors in Journalism from West Virginia University. After discovering my passion for teaching, I earned my MAEd from West Liberty University and secondary teaching certificate from Wheeling Jesuit University.
I currently live in Warwood with my daughter, Berkley. She is excited to have Ms. Kotson this year! I am also a member of Our Lady of Peace Parish and truly believe in Catholic education.
“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” St. Francis of Assisi
Ms. Katrina DeSantis
Reading – McGraw-Hill Reading Wonders
English – Loyola Press Voyages in English
Social Studies – National Geographic World Cultures and Geography (Western Hemisphere)
Science – Glencoe Science Level Red
Spelling – Vocabulary Workshop / Sadlier Oxford – Level A
Math – Sadlier-Oxford Progress in Mathematics
Religion – Christ-Our Life/Loyola
Family Life – RCL Benzinger
All incoming 6th Grade students are required to read two books over the summer. The first book required is:
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
There is a set of question pages (available at bottom of page) to complete and return to your teacher on the first day of school in August. There will also be a test to complete on this book when they return to school in August.
The second required book is to be chosen from the following list of books:
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelli Barnhill
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Yester
Out of my Mind by Sharon Drapes
Rules by Cynthia Lord
For the second book, please choose ONE project from the Choice Board file below. (The project file was created for a specific book, but adapt the project for the book read from the list. The file also says to do two projects, that is incorrect.) The ONE project must be completed and returned to your teacher on the first day of school in August.
Students are also required to complete the Summer Math Packet. Return all papers on Covenant Night in August. These papers will count as your first Test Grade in Math.