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Science class helps complete long anticipated greenhouse

posted Oct 21, 2016, 1:09 PM by Michael Richards

It has been 10 years since Wells Junior High School Science teacher Saul Lindauer envisioned a greenhouse at the school.  The construction and operation of a greenhouse was seen as a multifaceted and ongoing learning experience.   It was also a part of Lindauer’s desire to help make the school “green” through a combination of recycling, composting, and practicing sustainability in part by learning to grow various plants.

“There is a direct link to the sustainability strand in science,” commented Lindauer. “The (Wells-Ogunquit CSD’s) “Farm to School” initiative with local farms also connects students to the local sources for food.  It is very important to connect kids to their world through real work and this (greenhouse) project informs students about the food they eat and the choices they have as consumers.” 

The greenhouse was first planned to be a post and beam structure but, despite having the funding in place from donations, unexpected roadblocks caused delays that lasted years.  In 2014, teacher Bob Winn and his technology education students constructed the greenhouse’s foundation, added sides and put up a metal frame from a “hoop house” kit.   Still, two more years would pass before school volunteer David Littlefield stepped forward to supervise the last phase of construction before winter.  

Over a two-day period beginning, October 12th, a handful of seventh-grade science students, Ed Tech, Morey Hallett, and Littlefield covered and secured the 15 X 24 X 10 foot frame with a durable clear plastic.  They added doors, brought in wooden plant beds, and created a compost area to receive daily compostable items from the school’s cafeteria. 
“I feel very good about it,” said seventh grade student Joseph Ritchie.  “It took us about two days to do it,” said Ritchie who added, “I just hope we can grow stuff that is good for everyone and healthy.”   Student Jason Licardo was also among those working on the greenhouse and expressed confidence in the structure’s ability to last.  “We made it with love, care and compassion.  It was fun.”

Currently kale (from Littlefield’s garden) and 150 daffodil bulbs are planted.  The bulbs were purchased from funds raised by the school’s “Green Team” collecting returnable bottles.   The Green Team also did some digging work for the greenhouse.  The daffodils will be sold at WJHs’s 2017 Mother’s Day sale.  Others helping included the school’s head custodian Mike Provencher who contributed grass clippings and leaves for the compost. 

Student Watering Plants in Greenhouse
Seventh grade student Joseph “Joe” Ritchie watering plants in the WJHS greenhouse.

securing the greenhouse
Standing at left is student Jason Licardo.  School volunteer and substitute teacher David Littlefield is securing a covering on one side of the greenhouse. 

District summer reading program to be repeated and expanded in 2017

posted Oct 18, 2016, 5:47 AM by Michael Richards

Over the summer of 2016, fifth through seventh grade students at Wells Junior High School and third grade students at Wells Elementary School participated in a district summer reading program to help motivate and support them to continue reading throughout the summer months and beyond.

The idea for this initiative was that of Superintendent Jim Daly who suggested it last spring to librarians Lynn Mercier at WJHS and Karen Westerberg at WES.  A plan was soon formulated and enough books were purchased to get the program quickly off the ground. 

At the junior high, Mercier purchased roughly 500 requested and/or popular paperback books of varying titles so that participants could select and take home at least two titles that interested them.   The WJHs students dubbed themselves “The Route One Readers.”

At WES, about 90 third graders received a book from Westerberg entitled The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.  These now fourth grade students are continuing the program as teachers are currently using the book as a “read-aloud” in class.  

“It wouldn’t have happened without Superintendent Daly’s support,” said Mercier of the reading program. “The kids were very happy.”   She added, that Superintendent Daly has already indicated that he wants to continue and expand the program for the summer of 2017. 

Mercier wishes to thank not only Superintendent Daly but also Francine Tanguay of Annie’s Book Stop in Wells for their generous support in making this summer reading program successful.  Westerberg, who purchased books for the elementary students through Nonesuch Books added,  “I would like to thank Superintendent Daly for making our summer reading project possible and we look forward to doing it again next year.” 

District Summer Reading program participants
From left to right are members of WJHS’s “Route One Readers” now current sixth grade students:  Tyler Hunter, Adam Shaikh, Keenan Campbell, Grady Roy, Hunter Roberts, Kourtney Kenyon, Emily Kenney, Librarian, Ms. Lynn Mercier, Lily Tomaszewski, Belle Norton and Kelci Nguyen.  These students were among the hundreds who participated in the summer reading initiative.

WES Program Participants
From left to right are elementary students Jessica Palmer, Cooper Bourque, Cali Leighton and Librarian, Karen Westerberg.  

Wells Elementary School PTSA to Hold ‘ALL-4-KIDS Consignment Sale’ at Wells Elementary School on Saturday, October 15th

posted Oct 11, 2016, 12:10 PM by Michael Richards

The Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) for Wells Elementary School is holding their Fall Annual ‘All-4-Kids Consignment Sale’ on Saturday, October 15th from 8 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   Parents and others in the general public are invited to browse and shop for bargains in the WES gymnasium. The sale will take place inside the Wells Elementary School gymnasium rain or shine.

Items for sale include girls’ and boys’ Fall/Winter clothing with sizes from newborn to size 18; children’s shoes and boots; toys; books; games; sports equipment; baby items and children’s furniture.  

This is a great opportunity to get some great kids’ items at very reasonable prices while supporting Wells Elementary School.  Those who plan on attending should consider shopping early for the best selection.  

With funds generated from events like the ALL-4-KIDS Consignment Sale, the PTSA is able to sponsor popular annual events at WES including Colors Day and Starz for Broadway.  PTSA money is also granted to teachers for requested classroom items not covered in the district’s budget.

Wells Elementary School is located at 279 Sanford Road (Rte.109) in Wells.  For more information, please contact the PTSA at 646-5953 EXT 4330, or e-mail  
Photo of previous sale
A previous ALL-4-KIDS Consignment Sale at Wells Elementary School. This is where the next sale will be held on Saturday, October 15th  from 8 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Finley named ‘Commended Student’ in National Merit Scholarship Program

posted Oct 7, 2016, 3:49 AM by Michael Richards   [ updated Oct 11, 2016, 12:08 PM ]

Wells High School principal Eileen Sheehy, has announced that senior Kevin S. Finley has been named a Commended Student in the 2017 National Merit® Scholarship Program.   A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit® Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, was presented by Principal Sheehy to this scholastically talented senior.

According to the NMSC, about 34,000 ‘Commended Students’ throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.  These Commended Students scored in the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who took the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) last fall.  

“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC.  “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation.  We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

Principal Sheehy commented, “Kevin Finley is an outstanding student.  He works hard and always puts in his best effort.  His future is bright as he is a very talented young man whose skills and capacity for learning will surely be sought by many.  We are extremely proud of Kevin’s significant accomplishment and recognition by the College Board.  This achievement is exceptional!”

Finley was also recognized for this high academic achievement by the WOCSD School Committee at its October 5th meeting.   Kevin Finley is the son of Marcia Finley of Wells and Scott Finley of Newburyport, Massachusetts

Finley's presentation at the School Committee Meeting
From left to right is WHS Principal Eileen Sheehy, Superintendent Jim Daly, WHS senior Kevin Finley and WOCSD School Committee Chair Helena Ackerson at the WOCSD School Committee Meeting on October 5, 2016.

Once again, Wells Students invited to perform in Macy’s Day Parade

posted Oct 5, 2016, 2:29 PM by Michael Richards

Following a lengthy audition process, three Wells High School students and members of the WHS Color Guard, Bella White, Jessica Bacon, and Mallory Cashman have been selected to be members of the Macy’s Great American Marching Band set to perform in the 2016 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.  This makes the third consecutive year color guard members from Wells have been invited to perform in the famous parade in NYC watched annually by millions on network television.   

“I'm extremely proud that this has become somewhat of a tradition for Wells performers to be accepted into this elite group,” commented Color Guard Coach, Bailey Smith. 

The Macy’s Great American Marching Band is an all-star band comprised of the best musicians, flags and dancers from all over the United States.  Each year, approximately 185 musicians plus 40 flags (color guard) and dancers pass an audition to be accepted into this prestigious group. 

While Bella White (flag) and Jessica Bacon (dancer) are new to this event, Cashman will perform as a flag for her second year.  

“It’s really awesome,” said White about being selected. “It’s huge,” she added of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.  “It’s really exciting to be selected one of the three, not just of the State of Maine, but in our color guard in general. It’s really cool”.

“It’s just amazing overall traveling to New York with two of my best friends and my coach to experience this,” commented Bacon. 

The three color guard members, along with Smith as chaperone, will leave for New Jersey and New York City on November 18th.   They will spend much of the following week in rehearsals with time allotted for sightseeing, including a visit to the 9/11 Museum.  They will also take in the Broadway presentation of Something Rotten.  Other chaperones with Smith, are Larry and Julie Downing. 

According to Smith, there is a financial obligation for the students and chaperones to meet in order to travel to New York and perform.  If any business or individual wishes to contribute to this trip, a donation check can be made payable to “Wells Color Guard” with “Macy’s” in the memo line.  Donations can be mailed to:  Bailey Smith; Wells High School; 200 Sanford Rd; Wells, ME 04090
WOCSD-WHS Color Guard Macy’s Parade 2016
From left to right is Bailey Smith, Bella White and Jessica Bacon

Wells High School nurse becomes “School Nurse of the Year”

posted Aug 10, 2016, 3:41 AM by Michael Richards

Wells High School’s school nurse, Patricia Endsley, was selected School Nurse of the Year for 2016-17 on July 27th by the Maine Association of School Nurses at the Maine Department of Education’s 2016 School Nurse Summer Institute at Bates College.

According to the Maine Association of School Nurses (MASN), Pat Endsley, RN MSN, NCSN, is a 14-year veteran of school nursing who has spent the past 11 years working in the Wells-Ogunquit Community School District (WOCSD) at Wells High School.  

Former Principal of Wells High School, now WOCSD Superintendent James Daly commented in a recent newsletter to WOCSD staff that Endsley, “…is extremely deserving of this honor.” 

“I love the contact with kids every day,” commented Endsley about this honor and her work.  “School nurses are seeing more medically complex children these days, and I love the challenge.”

According to MASN, Endsley has served over six years on the Maine Association of School Nurses Board of Directors. She was also the Maine Director for the National Association of School Nurses from 2010 to 2014. 

Endsley, who resides in Lebanon, Maine, served from 2010 to 2013 on the MSAD 60 School Board. She continues to participate in local civic and church activities. 

“In 2015, I celebrated 30 years as an RN starting in obstetrics  and the nursery; school nursing has taken that to the next level,” commented Endsley who is currently enrolled in a doctoral program for nursing education with the University of Missouri in Kansas City.  Upon graduation from this program Endsley plans to work on developing nursing curriculum.

Endsley receiving her award
Honoring Endsley with the Nurse of the Year for 2016-2017 award is School Nurse of the Year Coordinator Deborah Braxton of the Maine Association of School Nurses

Dufort selected Assistant Principal of Wells Junior High School

posted Aug 2, 2016, 10:51 AM by Michael Richards

Effective July 28, 2016, Mr. Roland “AJ” Dufort becomes the new assistant principal of Wells Junior High School.  This according to WOCSD Superintendent James Daly who approved an interview committee’s recommendation to hire Mr. Dufort in this capacity. 

The search process began in July after the position became vacant by the appointment of Bob Griffin to principal at WJHS.  The Interview Committee then selected four outstanding candidates to interview.  After a round of extensive interviews, Mr. Dufort emerged as the unanimous top choice by the Committee. 

“Mr, Dufort demonstrated the exceptional skills and leadership traits sought after by the interviewing committee,” commented Superintendent Daly.  “He will be an extraordinary addition to the WOCSD Administrative Team.”

For the past two years, Mr. Dufort was the Dean of Students at Noble High School.  Prior to that, he was a math teacher at Noble High School for 14 years.  

Dufort earned his M.S.Ed. from the University of New England and his B.S. in Secondary Education from the University of Maine at Farmington.  Mr. Dufort is also an alumnus of Wells High School. 

Mr. Dufort and family

Roland “AJ” Dufort with wife “JJ” Dufort and children 
(l to r) Caroline, Caden, and Covy

Parrott selected ‘Student-Athlete of the Month’ for May at WHS

posted Jul 21, 2016, 3:39 AM by Michael Richards

In late June, Wells High School graduate Nick Parrott was picked by school administrators as the Student-Athlete of the Month for May 2016.  This award is in recognition of his academics, sportsmanship-on and off the field-and excellence in the sport of ‘racewalking’ or ‘race walking’.   This year Parrott was one of three race walkers participating on the WHS Boys Track and Field Team.   Racewalking is unlike running in that one foot must appear to be completely on the ground at all times during competition. 

In 2015, the Western Maine Conference ranked Parrott second in racewalking.   On June 4th of this year, Parrott placed 2nd in the 1600mm racewalk at the State Class B track and field State championship held at Mount Desert Island High School.  At the New Balance Nationals track meet in Greensboro, North Carolina on June 17th, Parrott finished 13th in the 1600mm racewalking competition.  

Presenting a plaque to Parrott on June 15th was WHS Director of Student Activities Jack Molloy, Pamela Moody-Maxon of Moody Maxon Real Estate and John C. Kreie of Cole Harrison Insurance Agency.    

“He even taught us to speed walk (race walk)…,” said Moody-Maxon about herself, Molloy and Kreie when Parrott received his award from them.  “There really is a lot of technical aspects of speed walking.  You have to have a lot of discipline with your legs and foot placement.  And you don’t realize how much of a sport and skill it truly is until you see it and learn the intricacies of the sport,” added Moody-Maxon.  

“It’s great to know that people know what I am doing and appreciated,” said Parrott shortly after receiving the Athlete of the Month distinction. “It feels really good to be recognized by everyone.”  Parrott also acknowledged his coaches, Jason Hludik and Robert Winn for their support.  “He did a really good job this year,” said Hludik of Parrott’s racing accomplishments in 2016.    

The son of Cheryl Figliolini and Francis Parrott, Nick Parrott plans to study Anthropology and International Relations at Brandeis University in the fall.  Being interested in politics, he has the goal to become a U.S. ambassador someday.  One of his favorite countries is the Dominican Republic.  Later in June, he traveled there for a vacation and to do community service volunteering with a group in reforestation there. 

The Student-Athlete of the Month award program at Wells High School is sponsored by Cole Harrison Insurance Agency and Moody Maxon Real Estate.  The Student-Athlete of the Month Award has recognized student-athletes at WHS since 2007.

May Student Athlete of the Month
On the track between Wells High School and Wells Junior High School is (left to right) John C. Kreie, Nick Parrott, Jack Molloy and Pam Moody-Maxon

WES student places highly in State and regional levels of national art contest

posted Jul 12, 2016, 2:31 PM by Michael Richards

Wells Elementary School student Madison Webb received first place locally and at state level competition in the second-grade category of the Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl Poster Contest for 2016.  And, in June, it was announced at a convention of the Garden Club Federation of Maine in Bar Harbor that Webb’s artwork also finished second at the New England regional level. 

Shortly before school break for summer, Webb’s art teacher, Sandy Brennan, presented certificates to Webb at WES for her high achievements on behalf of the Seacoast Garden Club, sponsor of the contest locally.   

Delta Fuller of Kennebunk is a member of that club. “Sandy has contributed many winners in this contest and we appreciate her enthusiasm,” commented Fuller of Brennan.  “Her students do wonderful work and we always enjoy receiving their entries.”  In 2014, one of Brennan’s art students, Logan Blanchard received first place in the State and regional portions of the Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl Poster Contest

The Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl Poster Contest began in 1961.  It is open to all first through fifth-grade students.  This contest is sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Forest Service and National Garden Clubs, Inc.  The contest seeks to encourage children and adults to be involved with natural resource conservation and wildfire prevention.  

Familiar to generations around the world, the shovel-carrying and folksy Smokey the Bear first appeared to the public in 1944.  His 1947 message of “Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires” was updated in 2001 with the sentence ending in “Wildfires”.   In 1970, the year of the first Earth Day,  Woodsy Owl” appeared with the conservationist message of “Lend a Hand – Care for the Land.”  
Student holding up artwork
Madison Webb with her “Only You Can Prevent Wildfires” themed award winning poster

Wells High School Planning to Destroy Older Student Health Records

posted Jul 12, 2016, 2:22 PM by Michael Richards

The Health Office at Wells High School is preparing to confidentially dispose of student health records for the classes of 2005 through 2008 in accordance with 255 Maine State Archives, Chapter10. If any former student would like their health folder please request so in writing to Pat Endsley, RN at or at Wells High School; 200 Sanford Rd.; Wells, ME 04090 before August 1, 2016.

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