Category: Sixth Grade Pages

Teacher Biography

6th Grade
Katrina DeSantis

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

Summer Reading & Math Work

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.

6th Grade Supply List

  • accordion folder with 8 subject files inside
  • 5 spiral single subject notebooks labeled: Reading, English, Religion, Social Studies, (one not labeled yet)
  • 1 spiral notebook with pockets for Science
  • 1 folder for Spanish
  • book covers: 6 large or jumbo size
  • pencil bag, not box
  • loose leaf paper
  • #2 pencils
  • pens : blue, black and red
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • 1 box crayons
  • 1 box markers
  • 1 Elmer glue stick
  • 1 box of colored pencils (optional)
  • 1 roll of paper towels
  • 2 boxes tissues
  • 2 containers (Clorox-type) wipes (1 for classroom, 1 for Science Lab)
  • 1 box bandaids – regular size
  • highlighters
  • For 7th Grade Math:
    • 1 scientific calculator with fraction to decimal key (Texas Instrument TI 30X is recommended)
    • composition notebook
    • 1  5-subject notebook for homework
  • For 6th Grade Math:
    • calculator
    • composition notebook
    • spiral notebook for homework
  • metric ruler
  • large eraser
  • Headphones for computer lab and laptops (NEW STUDENT ONLY)
    These will move with your student from grade to grade – do not send in new set if you sent in previous years. Headphones are to be kept in a plastic zip lock bag with student’s name on it