Ms. Switzer

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Ms. Switzer

Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year!
This is my first year at Independence and I am very excited to be a part of The Center.  I graduated from VA Tech with an undergrad in child development and I have a master's from University of Phoenix in special education.  I have two daughters and I live in Prince William County.

Daily Schedule

7:45-8:00  Arrival
8:00-8:30 Breakfast
8:30-9:40 Block 1
9:40-10:50 Block 2

 10:50-12:00  Block 3
 12:00-12:10  Homeroom
 12:10-12:40  Lunch
 12:45-1:25  Encore
 1:25-1:45  Dismissal
Kindergarten Standards:

K.6 The student will develop an understanding of basic phonetic principles.K.7 The student will develop an understanding of basic phonetic principles.
a) Identify and name the uppercase and lowercase letters of the alphabet.
b) Match consonant, short vowel, and initial consonant digraph sounds to
appropriate letters
d) Identify beginning consonant sounds in single-syllable words.
K.11 The student will print in manuscript.
a) Print uppercase and lowercase letters of the alphabet independently.
K.12 The student will write to communicate ideas for a variety of purposes.
b) Draw pictures and/or use letters and phonetically spelled words to write about
experiences.
c) Use letters and beginning consonant sounds to spell phonetically words to
describe pictures or write about experiences.
d) Write left to right and top to bottom.
K.13 The student will use available technology for reading and writing.


First Grade Standards:
1.5 The student will apply knowledge of how print is organized and read.
c) Identify letters, words, sentences, and ending punctuation.
d) Read his/her own writing.
1.6 The student will apply phonetic principles to read and spell.
a) Use beginning and ending consonants to decode and spell single-syllable words.
b) Use two-letter consonant blends to decode and spell single-syllable words.
c) Use beginning consonant digraphs to decode and spell single-syllable words.
d) Use short vowel sounds to decode and spell single-syllable words.
e) Blend beginning, middle, and ending sounds to recognize and read words.
f) Use word patterns to decode unfamiliar words.
1.12 The student will print legibly.
a) Form letters accurately.
b) Space words within sentences.
c) Use the alphabetic code to write unknown words phonetically.
1.13 The student will write to communicate ideas for a variety of purposes.
a) Generate ideas.
b) Focus on one topic.
c) Revise by adding descriptive words when writing about people, places, things, and events.
d) Use complete sentences in final copies.
e) Begin each sentence with a capital letter and use ending punctuation in final copies.
f) Use correct spelling for commonly used sight words and phonetically regular words in final copies.
g) Share writing with others.
1.14 The student will use available technology for reading and writing. 

Second Grade Standards:
2.5 The student will use phonetic strategies when reading and spelling.
a) Use knowledge of consonants, consonant blends, and consonant digraphs to decode and spell words.
b) Use knowledge of short, long, and r-controlled vowel patterns to decode and spell words.
c) Decode regular multisyllabic words.
2.12 The student will write stories, letters, and simple explanations.
a) Generate ideas before writing.
b) Organize writing to include a beginning, middle, and end for narrative and expository writing.
c) Expand writing to include descriptive detail.
2.13 The student will edit writing for correct grammar, capitalization, punctuation, and spelling.
a) Recognize and use complete sentences.
b) Use and punctuate declarative, interrogative, and exclamatory sentences.
c) Capitalize all proper nouns and the word I.
2.14 The student will use available technology for reading and writing.

Third Grade Standards:
3.3 The student will apply word-analysis skills when reading.
a) Use knowledge of regular and irregular vowel patterns.
b) Decode regular multisyllabic words.
3.4 The student will expand vocabulary when reading.
a) Use knowledge of homophones.
b) Use knowledge of roots, affixes, synonyms, and antonyms.
c) Apply meaning clues, language structure, and phonetic strategies.
3.9 The student will write for a variety of purposes.
a) Identify the intended audience.
b) Use a variety of prewriting strategies.
3.10 The student will edit writing for correct grammar, capitalization, punctuation, and spelling.
a) Use complete sentences.
b) Use transition words to vary sentence structure.
3.12 The student will use available technology for reading and writing. 

Fourth Grade Standards:
4.4 The student will expand vocabulary when reading.
a) Use context to clarify meanings of unfamiliar words.
b) Use knowledge of roots, affixes, synonyms, antonyms, and homophones.
4.7 The student will write cohesively for a variety of purposes.
a) Identify intended audience.
b) Focus on one aspect of a topic.
c) Use a variety of pre-writing strategies.
d) Organize writing to convey a central idea.
g) Write two or more related paragraphs on the same topic.
h) Use transition words for sentence variety.
i) Utilize elements of style, including word choice and sentence variation.
4.8 The student will edit writing for correct grammar, capitalization, spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraphing.

Fifth Grade Standards:
5.4 The student will expand vocabulary when reading.
a) Use context to clarify meaning of unfamiliar words and phrases.
b) Use context and sentence structure to determine meanings and differentiate among multiple meanings of words.
c) Use knowledge of roots, affixes, synonyms, antonyms, and homophones.
d) Identify an author’s use of figurative language.
5.5 The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of fictional texts, narrative nonfiction, and poetry.
a) Describe the relationship between text and previously read materials.
b) Describe character development.
c) Describe the development of plot and explain the resolution of conflict(s).
g) Identify main idea.
h) Summarize supporting details from text.
i) Draw conclusions and make inferences from text.
j) Identify cause and effect relationships.
k) Make, confirm, or revise predictions.
l) Use reading strategies throughout the reading process to monitor comprehension