JAMES F. DOUGHTY SCHOOL
Academic Excellence for All
Scholastic Reading Inventory:
- 55% Proficient/Advanced Level – Increase of 2%
- 31 Students – Advanced Level (9%)
- 159 Students – Proficient Level (46%)
- 46% Increase of Economically Disadvantaged meeting proficiency/Advanced level
- Fall Testing – 83 Proficient/Advanced
- Spring Testing – 88 Proficient/Advanced
- (24 students moved from Below Basic/Basic to Proficient/Advanced)
Universal Screening Scores:
- Grade 6: Average 82%
- Grade 7: Average 93%
- Grade 8: Average 87%
EOY Math Assessments: Students scoring above 80%
- Grade 6: 31%
- Grade 7: 47%
- Grade 8: 27%
Grade 6 – 23% Enrolled in one or more accelerated classes.
- 32/141 Students
- ELA – 13%
- Math – 22%
Grade 7 – 35% Enrolled in one or more accelerated classes.
- 45/129 Students
- ELA – 20%
- Math – 30%
- Science – 23%
- Social Studies – 27%
Grade 8 – 56% Enrolled in one or more accelerated classes.
- 61/109 Students
- ELA – 27%
- Math – 25%
- Science – 32%
- Social Studies – 28%
- Foreign Language – 51%
Grades 6-8 138/379 36%
- During the 2016-17 school year, 79 Students received trophies at the Academic Awards Ceremony.
- 20 Students attended the American Mathematics Competition held at EMCC.
- Students had multiple opportunities to SKYPE with the authors of school wide reads.
- 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.
- James Fahey won the Gold Medal for his work – Malcolm X: A Polarizing Firebrand (State Champion) at the National History Day and presented in Washington D.C. in early June. Meaghan Caron and Lyrica Marsh won the Bronze Medal respectively.
- Erin McCarthy won the Maine State Middle School Science and Engineering Fair held at Bangor High School on April 1, 2017. Her project was entitled, “Instrumental Music, Instrumental to the Mind?” The purpose of her project was to see if instrumental music improves the ability to multi-task.
- JFD placed 3 winners at this year’s Maine State Middle School Science Fair, held at Bangor High School (Erin McCarthy, Jordan Murphy, Gillian McCarthy). The three Doughty students have been nominated to compete with students from around the country in the Broadcom Masters Middle School
- Maine State Student Acting Competition Results
- Quinn Bard finished second in Solo Music. Paige Ravenscraft was a finalist
- Zachary Spreng finished second in Solo Acting and Sophia Mullins finished third.
- Morgan Pyzynski/Alyx Snow finished third in Duo Acting. Sophia Mullins/Adynn Kitchin were finalists.
- The Doughty group finished second in Group Music.
- In Improv, the Doughty group finished 1st (Gillian McCarthy, Sophia Mullins, Lyrica Marsh, Paige Ravenscraft).
- In Duo Music, Zachary Spreng/Sophia Mullins were first, Gillian McCarthy/Paige Ravenscraft were second, & Zahra Towey/Lyrica Marsh finished third. Morgan Pyzynski/Quinn Bard (Doughty) and Alyx Snow/Zoey Gilson were finalists.
- Team awards: Bangor took first in both Music and Acting
- Noah Coyle and Iann Leigh represented JFDS in the County Spelling Bee held at Husson University (Iann was Penobscot County runner-up).
- Every student and faculty member at James F. Doughty School received a copy of The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall, and Skyped with the author.
- JFDS piloted Teen Trendsetters, a literacy grant funded through the Barbara Bush Foundation, to be reading mentors to first and second graders at the Vine Street School.
- JFDS piloted the FISH philosophy, spreading the ideas of Play, Make their Day, Choose Your Attitude, and Be There across the school.
- JFDS hosted the 4th annual Bandorama, highlighting music from 4 different area schools.
The professionalism, versatility, and ability of our teachers continue to be a strength of our school.
- 84% 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.
- Tracy Vassiliev was selected as one of 28 science teachers across the nation to participate in the REAL WORLD SCIENCE COHORT: The National WWII Museum, a weeklong professional development opportunity in New Orleans. She will experience hands-on how necessity, knowledge, perseverance and skills lead to inventions, innovation, and careers in STEM.
- Kate Kennedy was chosen as one of 30 teachers in the country to attend the White House History Teacher Institute hosted by the White House Historical Association in Washington, DC at the David Rubenstein National Center for White House History.
- Joe Staffiere and Mike Hersom will both complete advanced degrees this year.
- Tracy Vassiliev & Jen Boehmer finalized their applications for the National Teacher Certification.
- Twenty teachers visited the Boys & Girls Club.
- JFDS took part in the Community of Kindness Challenge & provided students and teachers alike opportunities to recognize kindness throughout the school.
- JFDS parents re-established the JFDS Bulldog Boosters, meeting monthly and becoming a regular presence at school events.
Environment for Success
Student and Program Recognitions
A variety of commendations were received by students and school groups during 2016-17, one indicator of the Environment for Success.
- The James F. Doughty School gymnasium was filled to capacity for the 2017 BANDORAMA, which included schools form Cohen, Hermon, and Brewer.
- The school musical was a great success and featured 40 students.
- 100% of the student body participated in 1 or more school activities: 93% participated in 2 or more school activities.
- 52% of parents attended the parent/teacher conferences.
- 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.
- 58 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 29 students. 50% of the students made attendance gains, including two students who made gains of more than 30 days each.
- Mobility Rate – 38% (New 66 – Moved 84; 150 Students)
- Curriculum Development
- Grade 6 students attended the Challenger Learning Center.
- Teachers from JFD/Cohen continued work on a Chemical Health Unit on Heroin
- 2 Year Pilot Math Fluency Assessments grades 6-8.
- Implementation of the FISH philosophy.
- Implementation of Envision math at grades 6 & 7.
- Tracy Vassiliev led K-3 science teachers in summer curriculum work.
- Multiple teachers revised the Math Universal Screening Tool.
- All ELA staff completed a pilot of the grammar assessment followed by a review of the process.