Reading Department

READ 180 Description


Dear parents,
            This year your child has a wonderful opportunity to improve his or her reading skills through our exciting Classical Magnet READ 180 reading intervention program for students in Grades 6-11. This comprehensive program will help your child rise above low reading achievement on multiple fronts, using state-of-the art adaptive technology, high-interest print, and enjoyable activities that relate to your child’s interests.  This research-based program has proven to be quite effective here at Classical these past three years. We offer one program for our middle school students and another one for our high school students. 
Classical Magnet reading students begin a READ 180 period with whole-group instruction for 10 minutes. They then proceed to each of these three centers for a 20- minute session: small group instruction with a teacher, instructional software (on one of the 5 available computers), and modeled and independent reading.  The period ends with a 5-minute whole group wrap up.


the READ 180 program ….
a) assures that skill development follows a logical progression,
 b) provides opportunities for students to think critically and creatively,
 c) assures that each student works with text at his/her current instructional level,
d) provides opportunities for repeated reading of passages to build reading fluency of connected text,
 e) provide systematic instruction in Decoding and word recognition,
 f) is proven to be successful,
g) provides enjoyable interaction on computers that will build vocabulary, word recognition, reading fluency, comprehension, and spelling,
h) provides a paperback collection of 40 titles (with 5 copies of each title) and 12 audiobooks with 5 headsets

What We Love about READ 180!        We Like How It ….

  1. Tracks and analyzes student performance at every step,
  2. Accesses data on student to provide differentiated instruction,
  3. Assures that skill development follows logical progression,
  4. Is enjoyable and engaging for students,
  5. Encourages students to take active role in monitoring their own progress, (They use the “dashboard” on the computer for this!)
  6. Provides motivation and builds self-esteem,
  7. Assures that each student works with text at his/her current instructional level,
  8. Provides opportunities for repeated reading of passages to build reading fluency of connected text,
  9. Uses modified cloze procedure to develop comprehension,
  10. Provides systematic instruction in decoding and word recognition,
  11. Provides educators with instructional support,
  12. Provides student interaction with software, while supporting the student to develop these skills:
    1. Build background knowledge,
    2. Develop that ability to form mental models, helping to build comprehension,
    3. Develop and practice word recognition and reading fluency,
    4. Master vocabulary,
    5. Develop and apply comprehension strategies, and
    6. Develop and apply spelling and proofreading skills
  1. Includes three separate stages of instruction:; Stage B (middle school - grades 6-8), and Stage C (high school - grades 9 and above).
  2. Uses a 90-min. instructional model that includes 20 min. of whole group direct instruction, 60 min. of small group rotations (READ 180 software, small group direct instruction, and modeled and independent reading, and 10 min. of whole-group wrap up.
  3. For independent reading, READ 180 provides paperbacks that are age-appropriate and relevant. Each book is leveled, allowing students to read confidently according to their own independent reading abilities (READ 180 supplies 30 titles in Stage A, 5 copies each; and 40 titles in Stages B and C, 5 copies each.)
  4. Provides each student with an rBook- an interactive student work text that introduces the following:
  5. Reading comprehension skills,
  6. High-use academic vocabulary, and
  7. Writing and grammar skills.

Features of the rBook:

  1. Structured academic engagement routines keep students focused,
  2. Emphasis on nonfiction build knowledge and develops understanding of important content-area vocabulary and concepts,
  3. Direct teaching of high-utility academic vocabulary strengths student s’ work across content areas;
  4. Structured writing response to reading develops students’ writing skills and boosts comprehension
  5. Includes the Scholastic Achievement Manager (SAM) that enables ELL paraprofessional Mrs. Llakmani and me to do the following:
  6. Manage data,
  7. Monitor how students are performing according to skill,
  8. Import data direly from district student information system,
  9. Generate reports for students, parents, teachers, administrators, etc.,
  10. Link  to standards-aligned resources,
  11. Aggregate data for reporting across entire district, and
  12. Access an on-line library of lesson plans, passages, and graphic organizers to reinforce key skills.

Each READ 180 student begins our program by taking the electronic Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI). Based on the result of the SRI, the student is placed in one of four reading levels. After logging in to the software, he or she goes directly to the Zone Menu. The software provides him or her with 20 min. of instruction. Students engage in differentiated skills instruction and practice in each zone:
1) Reading Zone (student completes10 comprehension and vocabulary questions),
2) Word Zone (student makes an audio recording of study words),
3) Spelling Zone (student correctly spells a minimum of 6-12 new words),
4) Writing Zone (student gets the opportunity to write about relevant topics),
5) Success Zone (student makes a final recording of the passage to demonstrate mastery and share success.)
Earning prizes is one of the favorite components of our program! Your child will ring a bell and receive a prize each time he or she completes the Success Zone! In addition, after reading a READ 180 book of choice  and completing a test and min-project on it, your child will also walk away with a prize!
READ 180 software, which includes over 100 videos from grade-level science, math, history, and social studies content areas, includes the following features:

  1. Collects data to continually adjust instruction to meet each student’s needs
  2. Offers continuous support and immediate feedback,
  3. Build phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension

As you can see, this is an exciting program that will help boost your child’s reading skills as well as his or her attitude about reading. I look forward to a wonderful year ahead! In addition, please know that we are delighted that ELL (English Language Learner) specialist Mrs. Elida Llakmani will be on hand as a dedicated paraprofessional to assist students  in all areas of reading improvement. What a great year we will have as we enjoy positive relationships and reading improvement.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, ideas, or concerns. During the school year, please look for a progress report every two weeks. This will require your signature. Also, from time to time you will receive a field trip permission form that will enable your child to enjoy an educational class excursion. If you are able to chaperone a field trip, this will be greatly appreciated. One of our first trips will be to the Basketball Hall of Fame when students may choose to play basketball after enjoying a fact-finding scavenger hunt. With all the exciting trips, fun activities, and top notch READ 180 materials, we , look forward to a productive year

Interested in applying to Classical Magnet School?

We encourage you to attend an Open House for more information before submitting an application.

The Application process starts Dec 2nd and goes until Feb 28 2013.

Applications are available at The applications and lottery are supervised by the Regional School Choice Office.