Harrisonburg High School--Mrs. Bolyard - HOME OF THE BLUE STREAKS!


More info:

B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Special Education from JMU ('94)

M.Ed. in Early Chilhood Special Education from JMU ('95)


Welcome to the 2017-18 school year at HHS!  I look forward to working with you as your ALAB teacher, case manager, or collaborative English teacher.  Just a little about myself...This is my 23rd year of teaching (all at HHS!) which means I've taught some of your parents. In my spare time, I like to read, ride horses, and travel. My family includes my husband, two daughters, a dog, two cats, a pony, and two goldfish.

What's the secret to high school success?

- have good attendance 

- stay focused and engaged in class

- stay organized 

- ask questions

- review your notes daily for 15-20 minutes


Have a fantastic school year!!

Last updated: October 2017



Mrs. Rachel Bolyard--SPED Department

 Academic Lab Resource Teacher

Collaborative English 9 Teacher

Co-Instructional Team Leader

Child Study Chairperson

Contact information:

email:  rlbolyard@harrisonburg.k12.va.us

1001 Garber's Church Rd.

Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Phone:  (540)433-2651

Fax: (540)433-3595

My schedule

Block 1A - Academic Lab (room 522)

Block 1B - Academic Lab (room 522)

Block 2A - Collaborative English 9 (room )

Block 2B - Collaborative English 9 (room )

Block 3 - Planning

Block 4 - Child Study

Academic Lab

Overview:  Academic Lab is a resource class for students with individual education plans (IEPs) who need support with regular course content, remediation for processing deficits, and learning strategies for reading, writing, and math.  Students will meet with teachers every other day or daily depending on services and goals outlined in their IEPs.  

 Focus:  Students will work to improve individual skill sets that will help them achieve on grade level in all regular education classes and prepare them for education and careers after high school.  These skills sets include:

*understanding your disability and your IEP

*organization, time management, and study skills

*learning new strategies to improve reading, writing, and math skills

*memory and study strategies for content classes (social studies, science, etc.)

*internet and word processing skills

*career and work skills

*life skills

*skills to transition from high school to college, career, and work

*vocabulary building

*journaling/blogging/using writing to express oneself

*self-advocacy skills

*investigating community agencies that can assist students with disabilities

*understanding rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities in post-secondary settings



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