English / Language Arts Curriculum K-12
Following a review of literacy research as well as a review of instructional practices and programs, ReadyGEN (Pearson Education) was implemented in the fall of 2016 to enrich Bangor’s K-5 literacy program. Designed to support Maine’s increased literacy standards required of all students, ReadyGEN integrates literacy skills and reading competencies across a variety of genres.
ReadyGEN offers students both non-fiction and fiction experiences to build foundational competencies and to equip students with the skills required to support close reading and critical thinking.
Recognizing the relationship between reading and writing, ReadyGEN provides students with opportunities to respond to what they have read in an analytical or critical context while also ensuring students develop their skills in informative, narrative, and opinion writing. Students receive explicit writing instruction and analyze quality writing intended to mature their skills as writers. At grades 4 and 5, identified gifted and talented students enrolled in accelerated ELA access ReadyGEN instruction at an advanced level.
The common structure and language of ReadyGEN provides a core experience for students as they progress through Bangor’s K-5 schools. In addition to Bangor’s continuous professional development model, teachers participated in extensive professional training in ReadyGEN with a particular emphasis on best practices supporting successful implementation.
The Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System (BAS) identifies students’ instructional and independent reading levels along a readily understood letter continuum from A to Z. This K-3 assessment, administered 3 times a year, allows teachers to observe student reading practices one-on-one and continues Bangor’s long standing commitment to purposeful assessment and communication of student literacy growth.
The Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) measures students’ reading comprehension in grades 4-8. The SRI is a nationally normed assessment that reports a scaled score and a reading level noted as a Lexile. A Lexile matches the student’s reading ability and the readability of the text. Bangor students are measured on the SRI 3 times a year. The results inform daily instruction and allow teachers and principals to monitor student growth.
The middle level ELA curriculum exposes students to a variety of reading materials and literacy forms with a progressively complex analysis of literature during the 6-8 experience. Common Units in ELA (experience for all students) focus thinking and writing on developmentally-appropriate literacy concepts and themes. Studying various literacy genres, including essays, historical fiction, non-fiction, short stories, and poems, students apply reading strategies to unlock their exploration of the text. In response to their reading, students receive explicit writing instruction in informative, narrative, and opinion writing. An annual grammar assessment informs classroom instruction. Accelerated course options at each grade provide highly motivated and able students with advanced learning experiences in writing, reading, and higher order thinking.
The ELA curriculum at Bangor High School, aligned to national standards, includes grade level common assessments where students demonstrate mastery of both local and national standards. Instruction is designed to address the needs of all students through supported courses that build year to year. Reading, writing, research, and grammar skills are further developed each year creating a comprehensive exploration of literacy genres and expansion of skills. Honors and Advanced Placement courses offer engaging instruction for the highly able and motivated students. A variety of elective course offerings complement the ELA experience.
Mathematics Curriculum K-12
Mathematics instruction follows the 2015 K-5 adoption of the updated Addison Wesley Scott Foresman series, enVision Math. Aligned with the state and national standards, enVision is grounded in research and develops in students a conceptual understanding of math. Lessons move students from concrete ideas to abstract representations building in students a deeper understanding of math concepts allowing them to transfer their knowledge to solve real-world problems.
In addition to independent practice to support learning and the use of formative and summative measures to assess student learning, instruction targets math fact fluency for all students K-5. Accelerated math classes are offered beginning in grade 4 at both Fairmount and Mary Snow.
Middle school math instruction follows the standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) through the use of the Prentice Hall Series known as Course II and III. For students studying pre-algebra, the Prentice Hall instructional program is used as well. In line with the Ten Year Strategic Plan, the mathematics program at the middle level seeks to maximize the number of students completing Algebra 1 in grade 8, a commitment to accelerated learning requiring frequent and purposeful monitoring. Both Bangor middle schools, JFDS and WSCS, offer geometry in grade 8 for able students accelerating their math study. Accommodations are offered for the highly able math student who displays achievement beyond the traditional levels of acceleration.
At Bangor High School, to satisfy the requirement of four years of math study with proficiency through Algebra 2, students elect from twenty-six courses including 8 Advanced Placement and Honors offerings.
For the highly able math student, study extends through Linear Algebra and AP Calculus BC. Students with demonstrated math skills beyond this accelerated offering receive an appropriate level of accommodation to further extend their study.
Yearly, students compete in math team competitions where BHS has won multiple state championships and where traditionally students score among the state’s top mathematicians.
Social Studies Curriculum / Alignment
“PEI” – Maine Parameters of Essential Instruction
- Grade 3-5 (In Development)
- Grade 6-8 Social Studies PEI Alignment
Science Curriculum Alignment
K-12 Fine Arts Standards
- PK-2 Art Standards (PEI)
- Grade 3-5 VSA Standards (PEI)
- Grade 6-8 Visual Arts Standards (PEI)
- Art I Standards (PEI)
- Art History Standards (PEI)
- Painting Standards (PEI)
- Graphic Design Standards (PEI)
- Drawing and Painting Standards (PEI)
- AP Advanced Studio Art Standards (PEI)
- Film Arts Standards (PEI)
- Theater Arts Standards (PEI)