Award Year: 2020
The Mary Snow School will offer high quality instruction and comprehensive programs to provide academic excellence for all students.
- Black/African American: 4%
- White: 85%
- Hispanic: 3%
- Asian: 2%
- Native American: 1%
- Two or more races: 4%
Mary Snow School serves approximately 240 students in fourth and fifth grades in Bangor, Maine. The school is unique in that students attend Mary Snow School for only two years, serving as a transition between a Pre-K to grade three elementary school and a grade six to eight middle school.
With such a brief time to make an impact, the teachers and staff at Mary Snow School work hard to build positive relationships with students and their families. Guidance counselors offer social-emotional support and the entire staff creates a welcoming atmosphere so that every student's emotional well-being is a priority. The school engages families by hosting ten annual events that encourage parents and guardians to become involved in their child's education.
Teachers are well versed in analyzing student data to determine each student's academic strengths and needs. Using this knowledge, teachers then challenge and accelerate all students' learning. Students are encouraged to take ownership of their educational plans and are given opportunities within academic subjects to explore their unique interests. There is an emphasis on becoming well-rounded students through participation in music, art, physical education, and library activities.
The staff at Mary Snow School truly care about their students, and they strive to create a supportive environment in which students feel safe to try new things, take risks, and learn from their mistakes. At Mary Snow School, students are guided to become independent learners so that they are well prepared for middle school and high school.