Event Highlights from Downeast School and William S. Cohen School in Bangor

Kathy Harris-Smedberg, Assistant Superintendent of Schools at Bangor School Department

Downeast School, Grades PreK-3, Bangor, Maine

The 21st Century Program provides a variety of afterschool activities. For the second quarter, students participated in Drama Club, Chess Club, Chinese, Latin Dance Fitness, Discovery Club, basketball, math, Book Club, Space Explorers, ballet, Rhythm Club, Science Club, and numerous other opportunities. The students pictured enjoyed designing and making pillows in Design Club.


On January 7th, two Downeast students were a bit nervous about being called to the principal’s office. After more than seven months deployed overseas, their father returned home and surprised the boys. It was a wonderful reunion. Staff and students at Downeast School are grateful for the all the members of our military who serve our country.


Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor the gloom of night stays this literacy coach from the swift completion of her appointed rounds. Mrs. Swett checks the little lending library and restocks books as needed.


These third-grade students had the opportunity to recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of the school day using the intercom system. As usual, the students did a great job.

William S. Cohen School, Grades 6-8, Bangor, ME

William S. Cohen School hosted its annual geography bee on January 16. Twenty-five students participated in the event, which took place in the school’s auditorium. The crowd of parents and guests were impressed with the students’ knowledge of geography! Josh Partel, a sixth- grade student, was the winner and will compete in the state competition. The runners-up were HenryPoulin and Austin Turner.


Cohen hosted the 14th Annual Crosstown Hoops event on January 25. Students from Cohen and Doughty competed on the basketball court in the four-game event. Congratulations to the A Girls, A Boys, B Girls, and B Boys on their competitive spirit during this great event.


The Cohen Math Counts team performed very well at the local competition this month. The team was highly competitive, and four individuals qualified for the state tournament. Congratulations to Beckett Mundell-Wood for finishing second overall. Beckett, Henry Poulin, Hannah Osmer and Cricket Eastman qualified and will complete in the state competition.


Students have been working on their individual fitness in PE classes. Students are learning about functional fitness exercises and have been accessing Cohen’s fitness room to increase their overall fitness. Coach Richards and Coach Mackenzie have been teaching students functional fitness exercises as part of this fun unit.