JAMES F. DOUGHTY SCHOOL
Academic Excellence for All
Scholastic Reading Inventory:
- 74% Proficient/Advanced Level – Increase of 8%
- 180 Students – Advanced Level (51%)
- 81 Students – Proficient Level (23%)
- 5% Increase of Economically Disadvantaged meeting proficiency/Advanced level
- Fall Testing – 118 Proficient/Advanced
- Spring Testing – 134 Proficient/Advanced
- (16 students moved from Below Basic/Basic to Proficient/Advanced)
Universal Screening Scores:
- Grade 6: Average 89%
- Grade 7: Average 94%
- Grade 8: Average 85%
EOY Math Assessments: Students scoring above 80%
- Grade 6: 29%
- Grade 7: 53% (+ 4% from 2014-15)
- Grade 8: 59% (+ 9% from 2014-15)
- Grade 6 – 35% Enrolled in one or more accelerated classes.
- 45/127 Students
- ELA – 17%
- Math – 34%
- Grade 7 – 42% Enrolled in one or more accelerated classes.
- 45/107 Students
- ELA – 32%
- Math – 27%
- Science – 30%
- Social Studies – 22%
- Grade 8 – 57% Enrolled in one or more accelerated classes.
- 73/128 Students
- ELA – 22%
- Math – 43%
- Science – 27%
- Social Studies – 23%
- Foreign Language – 45%
Grades 6-8 163/363 45%
- During the 2015-16 school year, 75 Students received trophies at the Academic Awards Ceremony.
- 25 Students attended the American Mathematics Competition held at EMCC.
- 40 Students had the opportunity to SKYPE with Ms. McCormick, author of I Am Malala.
- 160 Students and teachers participated in a SKYPE with Terry Lynn Johnson, author of Ice Dogs, which was our school-wide read this winter.
- 15 Students attended the MLTI conference at the University of Maine.
- Several student artists had their artwork selected to be part of the Our Student Art Exhibit at the Bangor Mall.
- 23 8th graders competed in the Maine National History Day. Jordyn Miller, Carson Prouty, Eliza Jansujwicz, and Meg Putnam received bronze medals and Alec Jansujwicz and Camden Cole received gold medals. This earns Alex and Camden a spot in the national competition, which will be held in Washington D.C. in June.
- JFDS placed a number of winners in the State Invention Convention, as well as in the state Science & Engineering Fair.
- Isaac Bushway won the Maine middle school science fair with his project “Dog-Odorant”. Georgia Jones placed 2nd for her project using lobster shells for composting straw.
- JFDS sent 14 grade 8 inventions to the Maine State Invention Convention held at the University of Maine, Saturday 21, 2016.Grade 8 Winners (All JFDS)
- Honorable Mention: Isaac Bushway- Dog-Odorant, a 100% natural pine oil extract that you spray on your dog before hunting to mask its scent so the game doesn’t pick up their scent and run away.
- Third Place: Camden Cole – Zapp, a device and app used with outlets and switches to monitor, conserve and control energy in homes. It works wirelessly and communicates with a monitor, phone or computer..
- Second Place: Hana Woodward – HydraChew, a gum that uses Halochromism to change colors according to the users Hydration.
- First Place: Kelly Noyes -H.E.A.T (Heated Equine Arthritis Treatment), a leg wrap for horses that by using heat reflecting and conserving materials will help combat arthritis. It is made out of mainly: rice, fleece, mylar, and safety blanket. By creating a warm environment muscles and joints will loosen to help with leg pain.
The professionalism, versatility and ability of our teachers continue to be a strength of our school.
- 82% of the faculty holds advanced college/university degrees.
- James F. Doughty faculty continued their professional development enrolling in summer courses as well as completing classes during the first and second semesters.
- Doughty teachers, guidance, and administrators completed many hours of training, then successfully implemented and administered the Maine Educational Assessments both in reading and mathematics.
- Mrs. Stacey & Mrs. Caldwell attended the MLTI workshop – Engaging Students in Mathematics through Strategic Technology.
- Mr. Staffiere attended the Literacy Assessment Workshop.
- Mrs. Kennedy attended Global Awareness Conference.
- Miss Tower attended Marijuana in the New Millennium seminar.
- Ms. Todorova attended the World Language Standards Based
- Third year faculty members Mrs. Kennedy, Mrs. Harvey, and Mrs. O’Reilly received continuing contracts.
- Mrs. Fahey attended the 2015 Maine Council for Social Studies Conference
- Mr. Finch, Mrs. Jones, and Mrs. Novak, long time teachers retired after distinguished careers at the James F. Doughty School.
- One quarter of the faculty members participated in a wellness challenge.
- Mrs. Boehmer and Ms. Vassiliev took the National Teachers Exam.
- Mrs. Bernhardt and Ms. Vassiliev participated in a Lab Safety Course offered by the Maine State Labor Department.
Environment for Success
A variety of commendations were received by students and school groups during 2015-16, one indicator of the Environment for Success.
- JFDS opening assembly was highlighted by personalized messages from members of the Boston Red Sox Third Base Coach Brian Butterfield, Shortstop Xander Bogarts, and 2008 American League MVP Dustin Pedroia.
- The James F. Doughty School gymnasium was filled to capacity for the 2016 BANDORAMA, which included schools from Cohen, Hermon, and Brewer.
- JFDS Sixth graders celebrated Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Officers from the Bangor Police Department, Penobscot Sherriff’s Department, and the Maine State Police shared with the students the need for working hard and setting high goals to become successful.
Seventh grade students from JFDS joined schools from around the state to hear Dr. Jessica Meir. Dr. Meir is one of eight new astronauts selected by NASA, and a native of Caribou, Maine. She shared her pathway from a girl growing in Caribou, to her extensive training as a new astronaut for NASA.
- Quinn McKay, a former JFDS student, 2015 Bangor High School STEM Academy graduate, and current Chemical Engineering major at UMO, returned to JFD and spoke to the students about setting goals, working hard, and their future aspirations.
- The school musical, “Big Bad Musical” was a great success featuring 40 students.
- 100% of the student body participated in 1 or more school activities: 98% participated in 2 or more school activities.
- 200 Parents attended the parent/teacher conferences (55%).
- Mrs. O’Reilly met with all students to review and update their personal learning plans.
- 98% of faculty offered some sort of after school activity or club.
- 57 different activities and clubs were offered to students throughout the year.
- JFDS practiced 10 fire drills, 4 lockdowns, 1 drop, cover and hold, and 1 evacuation drill to ensure safety procedures and protocols were in place and understood by the students and staff.
Quality Instructional Program
- The CASE Team worked endlessly on monitoring absenteeism. They monitored a group of 50 students. Eight students made attendance gains of 15 or more days, including two students who made gains of more than 30 days each.
- Mobility Rate – 39% (New 65 – Moved 76; 141 Students.
- Grade 6 students attended the Challenger Learning Center.
- Teachers from JFD/Cohen developed a Chemical Health Unit on Heroin
- 2 Year Pilot Math Fluency Assessments grades 6-8.