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Ms. Tweedy


I currently work with students in the Barton Reading program, as well as Reading Comprehension (developing skills and utilizing strategies), as well as Writing Composition, and Upper School Exploratory at NVS. I received an Associate of Arts & Sciences from Central Virginia Community College with a major in General Studies. Later in life, I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology/Special Education from Lynchburg College. It is exciting to begin my 21st year of teaching.


Barton: The Barton Reading & Spelling System is a Structured Literacy program that is Orton-Gillingham influenced. The multi-sensory, direct, explicit, structured and sequential intense intervention program is research and evidence based.

 Comprehension: Development of independent reading skills. A variety of age-appropriate literary works including recent and classic fiction, narrative nonfiction and poetry will be explored.  Supplemental activities introduced to foster confidence in the areas of narrative structure, drawing conclusions, making inferences, use of imagery, figurative language, analogies and various poetic elements.

Writing Composition: Use of the writing process to generate detailed narratives, persuasive, expository, and descriptive compositions. Emphasis is placed on the students’ abilities to demonstrate correct sentence structure that includes all the conventions of grammar and mechanics learned to date.

Exploratory:  This course integrates gardening with various class room curricula. Science is the most effortless fit, with the school garden playing the role of science laboratory, our school garden also acts as a catalyst for a wide range of lessons in mathematics, history, social science, English-language arts, visual and performing arts, health, problem solving and social skills. Specific activities that assist students in achieving the Virginia Standards of Learning are incorporated along with providing an ideal context for learning interpersonal and cross-cultural content, skills and values.