PO Box 560 / 90 Alexander Lane, Solomons, Maryland 20688   

Phone (410) 326-3171  |  olssschool@comcast.net  |  Fax (410) 326-9478


Mrs. Cheri Shaw

Mrs. Shaw received her BA degree in Human Development from St. Mary’s College of MD, her Master of Arts in Teaching (Elementary Education) from the College of Notre Dame of MD, and has also taken post-graduate courses toward a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS). She taught Kindergarten at Little Flower School, as well as K-5th grades for Calvert and St. Mary’s County Public Schools. She is a certified Catechist. Mrs. Shaw attended OLSS School, and her mother was also an OLSS teacher. This is her 7th year teaching at OLSS.


Series used: Saxon Math
1) Number Sense: Students understand the relationship between numbers and quantities up to 10, and that a set of objects has the same number in all situations regardless of the position or arrangement of objects.
2) Computation: Students understand and describe simple additions and subtractions.
3) Algebra & Functions: Students sort and classify objects by size, number, and other attributes, and make patterns with numbers and shapes.
4) Geometry: Students identify common objects (shapes) and describe their geometric features and position.
5) Measurement: Students understand the concept of time and units to measure it. They learn that objects have length, capacity, weight, and temperature, and that these qualities can be used to compare them.
6) Problem Solving: Students learn how to set up and solve problems, and how to explain their reasoning.

ADW Kindergarten Math Standards​


Series used: McGraw-Hill Wonders 2023, Zaner-Bloser Handwriting, Heggerty Phonics, Savvas Phonics, Fundations
1) Word Recognition, Fluency, & Vocabulary Development: Students apply their knowledge about letters, words, and sounds to read simple sentences. They learn concepts about print, phonemic awareness, decoding and word recognition, and vocabulary and concept development.
2) Reading & Comprehension: Students identify the basic facts and ideas in what they have read, heard, or seen, and use comprehension strategies to understand what they read. Students begin to read classic and contemporary literature, nursery rhymes, alphabet books, and online information. They learn structural features of information and technical materials, and the comprehension and analysis of text.
3) Literacy Response & Analysis: Students listen and respond to stories based on characters, themes, plots, and settings.This includes the analysis of narratives and stories.
4) Writing Process: Students discuss ideas and tell stories, and use pictures, letters, and words to write. They learn the
research process of asking questions, gathering information, and organizing and classifying information.
5) Writing Applications: Students begin to write and draw pictures for specific purposes.
6) Written English Language Conventions: Students begin to learn the written conventions of Standard English through Handwriting (upper and lower case letters with correct shaping and spacing) and Spelling, using an understanding of the sounds of the alphabet.
7) Skills, Strategies, & Applications: Students listen and respond to oral communication by comprehending spoken directions, speaking in clear and coherent sentences, and speaking applications such as describing things, recitations, and logical sequences.

ADW Kindergarten Language Arts Standards


Series used: Harcourt Social Studies
1) History: Students learn the concept of past and present times, and explore the differences and similarities in the lives of people long ago, and in the present.
2) Civics & Government: Students learn about citizenship, leaders, communities, governments, and rules.
3) Geography: Students learn to identify and compare maps and globes, concepts of distance and direction, and identify their addresses.
4) Human & Physical Systems and Seasonal Changes: Students learn how different groups of people have different ways of living, how and why the seasons change, and how people can improve the environment.
5) Economics: Students learn about different jobs that people do, tools they use in these jobs, and why people work.

ADW Kindergarten Social Studies Standards


Series used: Harcourt Science
1) The Nature of Science: Students learn to ask questions and make observations about events and processes in the natural world.
2) The Nature of Technology: Students learn construction concepts and examine component parts of structures.
3) Physical Science: Students learn the properties of matter and describe objects in terms of their physical properties and material composition. They study changes in matter and experiment with ways that objects can be physically changed. Students learn concepts of motion and energy.
4) Earth & Space Science: Students learn about Earth systems, including the day-night cycle, weather changes, and seasonal changes.
5) Life Science: Students examine and classify living and non-living organisms, and observe plants and animals.

ADW Kindergarten Science Standards

Series used: Sadlier Religion “We Believe”
Kindergarten’s Religion series is comprised of four units: “God Gives Us Many Gifts”, “God is Our Creator”, “Jesus Shows Us God’s Love”, and “Jesus Wants Us to Share God’s Love”. Children learn about God, Jesus, prayers, bible stories, and saints. Prayers include Sign of the Cross, Prayer Before & After Meals, Hail Mary, and Glory Be.  Starting in November, Kindergarteners attend weekly Mass with their 6th grade buddies.  

ADW Kindergarten Religion Standards

1) Movement Forms: Students begin to develop fundamental movements and basic body management competence with movement education, both locomotor (traveling actions) and non-locomotor (movement in place) skills. They perform stability/balance skills, manipulate objects (throw, catch, push, pull), and perform basic rhythmic skills.
2) Motor (Movement) Skills: Students learn movement vocabulary and apply movement concepts to motor skills by responding to direction (front/back, left/right), personal and general space, effort and force (hard/soft) and speed and flow (fast/slow).
3) Responsible Behavior: Students are taught about rules, regulations, and safety, following rules for games and activities, and working cooperatively with others. They begin to play interactive running and tag-type games.
4) Understanding & Respect: Students learn to use positive interpersonal skills, such as cooperation, sharing, and courtesy.

ADW Kindergarten PE Standards​

Students learn to write and speak basic greetings, numbers up to 20, colors, shapes, names of immediate family members, and songs in Spanish. They also learn the Sign of the Cross and a children’s prayer in Spanish. The Cinco de Mayo holiday is researched and celebrated in May. The introduction to another language develops awareness of other cultures and their practices, and children begin to understand the nature of languages and cultures.

ADW Kindergarten Foreign Language Standards​​

Students learn how to perform music by singing alone and with others, and learning to use instruments. They are taught the basics of rhythm, beat, melody, and dynamics. Students learn how to create music by improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments. Students learn to respond to music by reading music notes, distinguishing between pitches, tempos, and sounds. Performance etiquette is introduced and reinforced through school performances.

ADW Kindergarten Music Standards​​

Students learn about different styles of art, and discuss the nature and significance of art. They learn about elements (shape, line, color, texture) principles (repetition), and types of shapes, colors (primary/secondary hues), line characteristics, and textures. A variety of art media is explored, including drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, and mixed media. When producing their own artwork, students utilize a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas. Students use problem solving and critical thinking skills, demonstrate care in completion of their artwork, and respect the work of others.

ADW Kindergarten Visual Arts Standards​​​


ADW Technology Standards for Grades PK-8


ADW Academic Standards define what students in Catholic Schools should know and be able to do at each grade level.