Mrs. Heather Gaylor

Welcome to 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade          
Reading Acceleration at WAMS

I am one of the Reading Intervention Specialists here at Waynesboro Area Middle School. Hired full time in this school district in 1999, I taught elementary grades 4-6 with most of my time spent in 5th grade. During employment at Hooverville Elementary, I sought after my Masters in Reading, attending Shippensburg University. I earned a Master's Degree and a Reading Intervention Specialist Certificate. Afterward, I came to 7th grade Reading and later 7th grade English Language Arts, as well as 7th and 8th grade intervention classes, here at WAMS.

I hope that the following information will be helpful and serve as a guide for a successful school year.  

Reading Acceleration classes are 40 minutes and will consist of an innovative reading intervention program by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt entitled 
Read 180 Next Generation. After careful consideration using various assessment results and prior needs or recommendations, your student has been selected to participate in this program that will support his or her instructional needs.

Read 180 
is a research-based program with proven results in raising student achievement. Having taught Read 180 since its inception into the District 3 years ago, I praise and support the proven results from my students. The program uses cutting-edge technology to deliver individualized reading instruction, provide valuable skills practice, and motivate students to become confident and successful readers.

In our Read 180 class, your student and I will work together to: 
  • Build essential literacy skills for secondary level and college and career readiness.
  • Bring his or her reading proficiency up to grade level.
  • Develop multi-paragraph writing skills.
  • Apply reading and writing strategies to other subjects such as social studies, science, and math, including their current language arts classes.
  • Show your student that he or she can attain reading success if they apply the best of themselves and actively participate and engage themselves in the learning process.

Students are expected to arrive at class prepared with their Chromebook and a positive attitude. Students will not have additional assignments beyond class time. This is a graded class. However, the majority of their grade is participation (50%) followed by classwork (40%), and lastly, assessments (10%).

Please check the Community Portal (click for grades) regularly. If you see an assignment marked missing ("M") or incomplete ("I") please encourage your student to complete it. Excused work is only issued if a student was absent and I am not requiring that work to be made up. There is no negative impact on your student's grade when you see an excused assignment. 

I am looking forward to a very successful and enjoyable year for your student! As always, if you have additional questions or concerns, please contact me with the email provided.  Thank you! 

Mrs. Heather Gaylor

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