Mary Snow School
2016-2017 School Highlights
Mission: The Bangor School Department will offer high quality instruction and comprehensive programs to provide academic excellence for all students.
(AE) Academic Excellence
(PE) Professional Excellence
(QIP) Quality Instructional Programs
(ES) Environment for Success
Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) Goal Results (AE):
Proficiency Growth – Grade 4
- 64% of Grade 4 students were Advanced or Proficient in September; 64% were Advanced or Proficient by June.
- 16% of Grade 4 students were Advanced in September; 18% were Advanced by June.
- 28% were Basic and 8% were Below Basic in September; 34% were Basic and 3% were Below Basic by June.
- Average SRI Increase from Fall to Spring was 149.92 Lexiles, and 90% of students increased their Lexile from the Fall to the Spring.
Proficiency Growth – Grade 5
- 58% of Grade 5 students were Advanced or Proficient in September; 56% were Advanced or Proficient by June.
- 17% of Grade 5 students were Advanced in September; 9% were Advanced by June.
- 36% were Basic and 6% were Below Basic in September; 41% were Basic and 2% were Below Basic by June.
- Average SRI Increase from Fall to Spring was 97.39 Lexiles, and 81% of students increased their Lexile from the Fall to the Spring.
Proficiency Growth – School wide
- 61% of Mary Snow students were Advanced or Proficient in September; 60% were Advanced or Proficient by June
- 5% of Mary Snow students were Advanced in September; 13.5% were Advanced by June
- 5% of Mary Snow students were Basic or Below Basic in September; 20%were Basic or Below Basic by June
Math Goal Results (AE):
EOY Math Data – Grade 4
- 50% of Grade 4 students scored an 80% or better on the End of Year math assessment
- 68% of Grade 4 students scored a 70% or better on the End of Year math assessment
- 62% of Grade 4 students earned a 3 or better on the End of Year Math Fact Fluency Assessment
EOY Math Data – Grade 5
- 43% of Grade 5 students scored an 80% or better on the End of Year math assessment
- 71% of Grade 5 students scored a 70% or better on the End of Year math assessment
- 38% of Grade 5 students earned a 3 or better on the End of Year Math Fact Fuency assessment
2016-2017 attendance data indicated a school-wide attendance rate of 95.72%. Grade 4 students averaged 96.04% while Grade 5 students averaged 95.42% (ES).
All students were encouraged to participate in two after school activities this year. As a result of this goal, 100% of the students at Mary Snow participated in one activity and 88% participated in two activities (AE, QIP, ES).
The Mary Snow School expanded its extra-curricular offerings during the 2016-2017 school year to include Homework Club, Math Club, Activity Room, Wordsmith Club, Kickball Club, Chess Club, Drama Club (“Give Thanks, America”), Chorus, STEM Club, Floor Hockey, Cup Stacking, and Lego Robotics. Many thanks to the teachers and staff for their hard work in giving the students many options for after school assistance or participation, and many thanks to the students for joining in and making themselves a part of the Mary Snow School community. (AE, ES)
Mr. Stephen Norris, joined by Mr. Brian Nadeau and Mr. Scott Rapaport, entertained the students at Mary Snow with a Beginner Band Demo. Mr. Norris and his band showed students the different instruments they could play, and they delighted the fifth grade class with renditions of the Pink Panther theme song, Hot Crossed Buns, and The Cantina Song from Star Wars. The students enjoyed the presentation, were eager to sign up, and they were complimented on their great behavior. (QIP, ES)
Mr. William Bell and students from the Bangor High School Orchestra played a show for the fourth graders at Mary Snow. Mr. Bell and his students introduced each instrument in the orchestra with a quick demonstration that included the theme song from Harry Potter, the main theme from Star Wars, and even the theme from Jaws! The presentation ended with a rousing rendition of the Spongebob Squarepants song as our students sang along and clapped for their presenters. It definitely generated interest from the students, and many were eager to begin a career in strings. (QIP, ES)
Fourth Grade students Kahlan Fossett and Billy Barron, and fifth grade students Claire Kelley and Kaysen Sorg were celebrated as winners of The Bangor School Department’s annual Punt, Pass, and Kick competition. The students were honored during halftime at a Bangor Rams home game, and they received a certificate of recognition from Dr. Webb. Congratulations to all the winners, and to all the students who participated in this year’s event. (ES)
Through the coordination of Lisa Lower, the Mary Snow School celebrated “Red Ribbon Week” the last week of October. Red Ribbon Week is a drug free campaign that aims to educate students about the importance of healthy lifestyle choices. Students and faculty showed their dedication to being drug free by participating in a daily show of support. On Monday, students and staff wore sweatshirts to show that living drug free is no sweat; on Tuesday, everyone wore their favorite team colors to team up against drugs; on Wednesday, everyone wore a cap to put a cap on drugs; on Thursday, everyone wore crazy or mismatched socks to sock it to drugs; and on Friday, everyone wore red to show they are proud to be drug free! (AE, QIP, ES)
Three Petty Officers from the United States Navy visited Mary Snow School the last day of Red Ribbon week to do a presentation on living drug free. PO2 McCall, PO2 Thomas, and PO1 Fulcher talked to students about positive choices, answered questions about being in the Navy, and gave away shirts, cups, school supplies, and toys to every student in attendance! (ES)
The fifth grade art club at the Mary Snow School completed an Alexander Calder circus project. They learned about Calder and his sculptural circus from the 1920s. For six weeks, each student worked on two or three pieces that combined together to make a group circus. Students made posters inviting family and friends to come on the last day of art club to view their magnificent show. Materials that were used include wire, buttons, fabric, cardboard, foam, straws, wood, rope, wheels, clay and many others. Many students had sculptures with moving parts and motion, including acrobats on trapezes, high divers, human cannons, elephants, sword swallowers, rings of fire, and lions and lion tamers. Students enjoyed learning about the artist and embraced the challenge of finding balance and movement in their sculptures. (AE, PE, QIP, ES)
Mary Snow’s STEM club applied science and engineering practices with hydroponics systems. Students defined criteria and constraints, and started developing a plan for an effective hydroponics system. Participants use water quality environmental measurement systems with data collection devices to monitor temperature, pH, and conductivity. In addition, students analyzed and interpreted the chemical composition of hydroponics water to monitor ammonia and nitrate levels, in preparation for converting to aquaponics. Students started seedlings in growth media including kale, broccoli, and mint. STEM Club participants will use these seedlings once the hydroponics system is in place. Future sessions will include electrical engineering activities developing Arduino temperature sensors. Thanks to Mr. James, Mrs. Stewart, and students from the BHS STEM Academy for their continued hard work and dedication. (AE, PE, QIP, ES)
The Mary Snow Mileage Club finished up its fall season with 1,835 total miles, which is the equivalent of running from Bangor, Maine to Denver, Colorado! We’re very proud of the hard work of our students, Mr. Folsom, and the parent volunteers who have helped to make the Mileage Club so successful this fall. (QIP, ES)
The Mary Snow Drama Club performed the patriotic play Give Thanks, America for a packed house of parents, families, and community members! In the play, George Washington travels through history to see his lasting impact on America. The audience was treated to some great singing, enthusiastic performances, and great treats provided by the Mary Snow PTO. (ES)
The Mary Snow Chorus and the Mary Snow fifth grade class, led by music teacher Kelly Ellis, delighted a packed house of guests with their musical performance “December In Our Town.” Students sang holiday tunes celebrating various cultures, beliefs, and ethnicities in the world. The performance was a hit, and visitors left smiling and excited to enter the December break on such a positive note. Many thanks to Mrs. Ellis for her hard work, dedication, and leadership with Chorus and the Fifth Grade Class! (AE, QIP, PE, ES)
Bangor Day was a big success at the Mary Snow School. Students donated a myriad of food to assist families in need. Our donation table was packed with all kinds of goods, and we couldn’t be prouder of our students for being so generous and caring. (ES)
STEM club worked with its thriving aquaponics system. Teams within STEM club analyzed water quality data including pH, conductivity, and temperature through the use of LabQuest 2 data collection equipment. Students regularly performed manual chemical testing of pH, Ammonia, and Nitrate levels with their water testing kits. A crop of Lacinato Kale, Genovese Basil, and Bibb Lettuce reached full development, and students prepared for harvest and setting up a second crop. Members gained experience working with breadboards, and developed air temperature sensors with the use of Arduino Unos, a microcontroller board. The group’s next step is to develop Arduino temperature sensors to monitor water temperature in the fish tank. (AE, PE, QIP, ES)
The fourth grade art club finished a unit on Pop Art, focusing on the food sculptures of Claes Oldenburg. Students designed 3-D masterpieces constructed from toilet paper! Beginning with a basic tin foil armature (a framework to build the sculpture around), students molded wet toilet paper into forms that resembled tacos, sushi, corn-dogs, cupcakes, pancakes, salad, and so much more! After mixing paint to achieve realistic colors, the 4th graders had a special plating and presentation session. Finally students worked with lighting and composition to digitally photograph their meals. We were so grateful to the Mary Snow School PTO for purchasing the toilet paper, and thaksful to Bailey Cormier, a BHS student in the Fine Arts Academy, for volunteering her time and help all year. (AE, PE, QIP, ES)
Speed Stacking was added to Mary Snow’s lineup of after school activities. Led by Ms. Budden, the students challenge each other and themselves to work through variations of cup stacking patterns with increasing speeds. Not only is this a fun activity, but it is also academically and physically beneficial. When students compete, they use both hands and both sides of their brain, and by crossing the midline of their bodies, they can develop new connections in their minds. (PE, ES)
The Mary Snow School held its annual Academic Showcase night on March 7th. Students and families were able to take part in STEMScopes activities, to practice writing Constructed Responses, to experience our Mathematics, Literacy, and Social Studies curricula, to admire our student Art work, to test their rhythm skills in music, and to participate in group activities in the gymnasium. Many thanks to all who visited, and many thanks to the Mary Snow PTO for providing snacks and drinks for families. (AE, QIP, PE, ES)
Mary Snow’s fifth grade band students performed at the All City Band show. In addition to showcasing their talent, the fifth graders were treated to performances by the middle and high school bands. Attendees and the students were given an opportunity to see how far their dedication to music can take them under the direction of Mr. Stephen Norris. (QIP, PE, ES)
Artwork created by several Mary Snow students was on display at the Bangor Mall for the annual Our Student Art Exhibit. This art show is presented by “Art in the Heart of Maine,” a group of local art teachers who works to promote visual arts in the schools and communities. More than 40 schools were represented at this exhibit, from pre-K through grade 12. Very special congratulations to Jack Robinson, Adam Tardy, Alexyss Spencer, Madison Baxter, Mallory Tritt, and Jacob Mullins – all had their artwork recognized by the University of Maine Museum of Art, and all received honorable mention. Thanks to all of the students who participated, and to Mrs. Crahen for sharing her passion for art with students. (QIP, ES)
Mary Snow students participated in the eMPowerME assessment the last week in March. They worked hard, stayed focused, showed their determination, perseverance, and grit during the testing. We’re so proud of our students for their efforts, and our staff and teachers for their positivity. Many thanks to our PTO and our families who provided snacks and drinks for our students. (AE)
The Mary Snow School held its Literacy PEAK night on April 12th. Families and students were offered the opportunity to participate in a variety of engaging literacy activities such as playing literacy games, and teaching literacy strategies for reading and comprehension of informational and fiction texts. Parents and students also started their own Writer’s Journals! Student learned how to use pictures and lists to begin writing, and gained new ideas on how to inspire and continue writing at home. Everyone who attended left the event with tools to continue to support reading and writing. (AE, QIP, PE, ES)
Mary Snow strings students performed at the All City Orchestra event on April 11th. Students played a variety of traditional, American Folk, and classical songs for a delighted audience of family, friends, and community members. Congratulations to Mr. William Bell for his excellent conducting, and for a successful performance. (QIP, PE, ES)
On April 10th, Mary Snow faculty, staff, and students were treated to a performance from Michael Wingfield, an African drummer and educator. Mr. Wingfield invited students to play a variety of percussion instruments, engaged them in traditional African singing, and even brought up staff members to accompany him on songs! Many thanks to Mr. Wingfield, and to Mrs. Kelly Ellis for coordinating Mr. Wingfield’s visit to Mary Snow. (QIP, PE, ES)
Faculty, staff, and students engaged in a Kindness Week during from April 10th to April 14th. Teachers held read-alouds aimed at spreading kindness, students took part in activities and discussions around kindness, and prizes were given for incredible acts of kindness during the week. We applaud our students and our staff for making kindness a priority not only during our Kindness Week, but every day at Mary Snow. (QIP, ES)
LEGO Robotics began in earnest at the Mary Snow School! This club provided a sensor technology driven, inquiry based platform that exposed students to science and engineering practices. Students have been designing, building, testing and programming robots using LEGO technology to help solve real world problems by applying math and science concepts. Students developed a rover-style system utilizing ultrasonic, gyro, and light sensors to detect physical environments for successful navigation through a simulated planetary surface. (AE, PE, QIP, ES)
Mary Snow Chorus students performed for parents and community members at the All City Chorus event on May 3rd. The event, hosted at Peakes Auditorium, was a combination of both the Mary Snow and Fairmount School Chorus students. They sang a mixture of songs, including jazz, show tunes, and a foot stomping version of Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” Under the direction of Mrs. Kelly Ellis, the students did an excellent job, and their hard work and practice paid off in a wonderful performance. (QIP, PE, ES)
On May 3rd, Mary Snow students and families celebrated an evening of art at the Mary Snow School Student Art Show. The students worked very hard all year preparing for this exhibit. Each student selected and prepared artwork for display, and each student included a written personal artist statement. The quality and variety of art on display was wonderful, as were the cookies, brownies and water that were so thoughtfully provided by our generous PTO. It was a lovely evening for families and friends to celebrate the creativity of our young artists! (QIP, PE, ES)
The Mary Snow Spring Concert was a huge success! On the morning of May 23rd, the Mary Snow Chorus and the Mary Snow fourth grade presented a selection of songs to a delighted mix of family, friends, and community members. Chorus students were able to present a moving version of Leonard Cohen’s seminal “Hallelujah,” complete with excellent solos from two very talented Mary Snow students. The fourth grade presented a jazz themed selection, complete with versions of “My Favorite Things,” and “Route 66.” Mrs. Kelly Ellis coordinated the entire performance, and students did a fantastic job presenting for the crowd. Congratulations to all of our performers, and congratulations to Mrs. Ellis for a job well done! (QIP, PE, ES)
On Friday, June 2nd, half of the Mary Snow 4th Grade Class traveled to Acadia National Park to participate in an activity called “Sedimentary Sleuths” where they studied the Geology of Sand Beach, and took a hike on the trails nearby. The field trip tied in with their work with STEMScopes science, and so they were able to apply their knowledge through hands on activites. The students were delighted with the field trip, and they received multiple compliments for their behavior, excitement, and knowledge! (AE, QIP, ES)
Mary Snow fifth graders performed in the annual Talent Show on June 2nd! To the delight of parents, families, community members, and students, over 20 acts graced the stage, including ukulele playing, gymnastics and tap dance performances, student dance routines, group and duo singing, and individual soloists. Thanks to Ms. Roberts, Mrs. Bendure, Mrs. Lower, and Ms. Reilly for organizing such an excellent show, and thank you to the PTO for providing snacks and drinks. (ES)
On June 8th, Mary Snow held its Step-Up day for 3rd grade students from the Abraham Lincoln and Fruit Street Schools. Incoming students were able to tour the school, meet the teachers, and to hear about the Mary Snow experience. The day was capped off with a wellness walk with all of the current fourth graders, and all the incoming fourth graders. Thanks to Principals Tennent and Fournier, and all the teachers at Fruit Street and Abraham Lincoln schools for making the day so successful. (ES)
Fifth grade students at the Mary Snow School traveled to the William S. Cohen School for 5th Grade Step Up Day on June 8th. Students received a tour from a current sixth grader, met the teachers and administrators, and were able to hear about the William S. Cohen School experience. Thanks to Principal Missbrenner, Assistant Principal Furgeson, and Dr. Astbury for hosting such an informative and important event. (ES)
On Thursday, June 15th, Mary Snow fifth grade students hosted a Hobby Day for parents, families, and community members. Students created displays for their hobbies, and Mary Snow opened its doors to allow community members in to see the interests of our students. The day was a success, and it opened the eyes of many students who may not have known about the special talents of their classmates. (QIP, ES)
On Thursday, June 15th, half of the Mary Snow fourth grade class participated in a field trip to the Cole Land Transportation Museum, the Hudson Museum at the University of Maine Orono, and at the Emera Astronomy Center on campus. The class was originally supposed to go to Acadia National Park, but due to inclement weather, they experienced alternate activities instead. The students learned about Maine History, Native American Art, and Cosmology, all of which tied in with their work in both ReadyGEN and STEMScopes science. The teachers and students said the trip was a success, and they were happy to be offered alternate activities that were equally engaging and exciting. (AE, QIP, ES)
On Friday, June 16th, Mary Snow held its own Step-Up for fourth graders. Fourth grade students visited fifth grade teachers to learn about insights, expectations, and the fifth grad experience while fifth grade students went back to their fourth grade teachers to reflect on their growth, talk about their learning, and solidify their connection to the Mary Snow School. (ES)