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The Crucible to be performed on stage at Wells High School

posted Oct 20, 2017, 4:21 AM by Michael Richards

The Wells Players will present the Arthur Miller drama “The Crucible,” opening Tuesday, November 14th with a 3:30 p.m. performance.  Seats for the matinee are $5 with free admission offered to students and senior citizens.  The show will continue with evening performances on Wednesday, November 15th and Thursday, November 16th beginning at 6:30 p.m.  The final production will be on Friday, November 17th at 7:00 p.m.  Ticket prices for the evening performances are $8 for the general public and $5 for students and senior citizens.

This gripping Tony Award-winning drama tells the story of the Puritan purge of witchcraft in historic Salem, Massachusetts.  The Crucible reveals the paranoia caused by the fervent accusations of witchcraft.  Flames of hysteria consume Salem as the villagers wait to find out who will be accused next.  

The production is directed by Andrew Lopez and features a cast of twenty-seven high school performers, some new and some seasoned.  The Crucible is produced with special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 440 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016.   

Members of cast
Costumed members of the Wells High School cast of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible (from left to right) Katie Reidy, Paige Tremblay, Alexis Howes, Kate Perry and Olivia Pagliarulo.  (photo by: Betsy Littlefield)

The Redemption of Gertie Greene presented on stage at WJHS

posted Oct 18, 2017, 4:59 AM by Michael Richards

This month, Wells Junior High School students will perform the play, The Redemption of Gertie Greene, a drama mixed with comedy written by Taryn Temple.  The curtain will open to three performances, Thursday, October 26th and Friday, October 27th both at 7 p.m., and on Saturday, a matinee at 2 p.m. in the Ward Gymnasium of Wells Junior High School located on Route One in Wells. Tickets are available at the door at a cost of $5.00.  Refreshments and snacks will be available.  FMI, contact WJHS at 207-646-5142.

The play’s setting is a modern day junior high school, best described as a “play within a play”. Most students at WJHS can easily relate to the challenges faced by the main character herself, Gertie Greene.  Specifically, Gertie is a new student of the drama class and, “thanks” to this school’s overheated rumor mill, she is believed by many in the school to be much more of a trouble maker and bully than she actually is.  From the teachers’ viewpoint and fellow students, she is felt to perhaps be a “monster bully”.  But is she?

This play reflects typical adolescent dilemmas and anxieties, yet yields an important message relevant to all ages as the play’s central question is answered: “Is Gertie really what everyone calls her: a freak, strange, stupid, clumsy, and mean? … As fact from fiction is separated, these students bring to light the transforming power of kindness, and the importance of standing up for people who can’t defend themselves.”  (Source of quote: Theatrefolk.com)

The 50-minute production packs a bold and big punch to society, all by a cast of 24 performers and a tech crew of six, representing grades 6th, 7th and 8th.  Several actors portray multiple characters and the typical stereotype students are surely visible as in the roles of “jocks”, “gossipers”, and “pigs”. And what would a classroom be without teachers?  No worries. This show has them also portrayed along with a cameo appearance from one (or more) of the WJHS administration; so come and find out who!

Josie Lynn Perkins is the play’s Director, Chris Milliken the Assistant Director and Jo-Ann Bazata the Costumer/Production Assistant.

Although a small group, both cast and crew have accomplished many aspects of theater production including stage management, make-up, lights and sound, costumes, set design, and acting. As with other WJHS productions, a must see and your support is appreciated by all. 

Director Perkins indicated, because of this play choice, her drama students have gained more self-confidence and have made new connections and relationships with one another which is not always possible in a regular classroom setting.  Perkins points out that there are interesting parallels between her drama students and the fictitious drama students that they depict on stage. As quoted by Assistant Director Milliken, “a central theme of the play is the power of the arts."   

Cast of the WJHS Fall 2017 Drama Production
Cast and crew of WJHS’s fall play presentation, The Redemption of Gertie Greene

Cam Cousins receives ‘Student-Athlete of the Month’ at WHS

posted Oct 18, 2017, 4:52 AM by Michael Richards

Earlier this fall, Wells High School senior Cameren Cousins was named WHS’s “Student-Athlete of the Month” for June of 2017.   His selection was based on his academics, sportsmanship and participation on the WHS Boys Varsity Baseball team as pitcher and first baseman. 

Presenting a plaque to Cousins on October 4th was Pam Moody-Maxon of Moody Maxon Real Estate and John C. Kreie of Cole Harrison Insurance Agency.  Both companies are the sponsors of Student-Athlete of the Month at WHS.

“It’s a great honor to get this,” said Cousins upon receiving the award.  “The team definitely helped out on this one because I was not a big strikeout pitcher.  I pitched to contact and the team was there to help me out.”  

According to WHS Baseball Coach Todd Day, Cousins was voted the team’s MVP for 2017.  During the season, Cousins pitched 8-0 games, batted 10 runs in and achieved a .396 batting average which turned out to be the highest among his teammates. 

Regarding Cousins’ award for June, Dodd commented, “Cam was a team captain and pitched a shutout in leading Wells to a 3-0 victory in a June playoff game.  He is outstanding in all facets of the game of baseball and represents Wells High School, the community and his team with class, integrity and pride.” 

"Cam comes from a big athletic family where all the kids have excelled in sports,” noted John Kreie, a former athlete at Wells High School.  “Cam plays each sport with a ton of passion, pride and enthusiasm. That, along with natural talent, makes him the athlete he is today.”
June 2017 Student Athlete of the Month posing with plaque
From left to right is Pam Moody-Maxon, Cameren Cousins and John Kreie

‘ALL-4-KIDS’ Fall Consignment Sale at WES on October 21st

posted Oct 11, 2017, 8:59 AM by Michael Richards

The Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) for Wells Elementary School is holding their ‘All-4-Kids Consignment Sale’ on Saturday, October 21st from 8 a.m. until 12 noon. Parents and others in the general public are invited to browse and shop for great bargains. The sale will take place inside the Wells Elementary School gymnasium, rain or shine.

Everything for sale is appropriately tagged and sorted by size and gender, so shoppers can quickly find what they are looking for.  All items are inspected for the sale by PTSA members and everything is in great condition. Clothing is fall and winter, both girls and boys, with sizes from newborn to 18.  There will be children’s shoes, toys, puzzles, books, games, DVDs , sports equipment, baby items and children’s furniture.  So shop early for the best selection.  

This is a great opportunity to get kids items at very reasonable prices while supporting the Wells Elementary School PTSA.  The PTSA is able to sponsor popular annual events at Wells Elementary School like Colors Day and Starz for Broadway. They also grant money to teachers for special classroom needs, field trips and other items.  

Large-item donations for the sale are accepted on October 20th before noon.  Please note that “small items” donations for the sale can be brought in early Thursday, October 19th from 3 to 6 p.m. and on October 20th from 8-11:30 a.m.   Community consignors are welcome and volunteers are needed to work on the sale.  For consignor, volunteer or general sale information please email to:  WESAll4kids@gmail.com.  Please do not call Wells Elementary School for information on the All-f-Kids sale.  

Wells Elementary school is located at 279 Sanford Road (Rte. 109) in Wells.  This sales event is sponsored twice a year (fall and spring) by the Parent Teacher Student Association at WES. 

PTSA Consignment Sale Photo

Submitted photo from a previous PTSA All-4-Kids Consignment Sale. A fall sale will take place on Saturday, October 21st from 8:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. at Wells Elementary School on Route 109 in Wells

WES community gathers together a donation for damaged Houston elementary

posted Oct 3, 2017, 11:31 AM by Michael Richards

The Wells Elementary School community recently reached into their wallets, and piggy banks to donate whatever they could to help a Houston elementary school recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey.

According to teachers who organized the collection, Pam Lear, Marty Cryer and Melissa Stapleton, $2,569 in coins, bills and checks was raised over a five day period ending September 22nd.  “This was a whole school effort,” summed up Cryer. 

Remarkably, a significant portion of that amount, $1,421, or 55 percent, was raised by a couple of dozen first through fourth grade students who gave freely of their pennies, dimes, nickels and quarters stashed away in coin jars and piggy banks all for Moore Elementary School.

“We picked Moore because it was one of the hardest hit schools and one of our teachers has a connection to a teacher there,” commented Cryer.  Since the hurricane, a few, including Cryer, have been in contact with some from the Houston school via email and/or Skype.  

In 2015, Moore Elementary had a student population of 1075, twenty-nine percent of which was categorized then as “economically disadvantaged”.  Students and staff of Moore Elementary are now studying and teaching elsewhere in schools within their district.  

“It was impressive to hear children talking about donating their personal accounts,” recalled WES Principal April Noble.  “One child even said, ‘I'm giving them all my savings for a trip to Disney because they need this money more than I need to go to Disney.’” 

Noble continued, “I'm impressed at how quickly staff responded to the disaster that occurred and how they embraced the school community to take part in this service learning.” 

“It’s really sad that Texas just got hit and (some of) my family is down there...” said Abraham Medrano, a fourth grade student at WES who used to live in Dallas and once visited Moore Elementary School with his mother about two years ago.   

According to collection organizers, the money will be converted into gift cards that Moore staff specifically requested in order to replenish needed school supplies and other items lost in the flooding.   

“They’re in tough straits,” said teacher Pam Lear about the Houston school.  Lear, whose 4th grade son Aiden was in the group of students to gather up their coins, indicated that the student coin collection was an exercise in “paying it forward” and learning more about showing kindness to others.  “Compassion” is one of WES’s core values demonstrated and reinforced with students in assemblies and, often with real life situations in school and community. 

WES Students Helping Texas
A mix of 1st through 4th grade students who gave their coin savings for hurricane-damaged Moore Elementary School in Houston, Texas.   As a result of Hurricane Harvey, Moore Elementary will be closed to students for up to a year for repairs. 

Area Rotary clubs create unique map for outdoor learning

posted Sep 27, 2017, 4:31 AM by Michael Richards

When students returned to Wells Elementary School in early September, many were greeted by a surprising sight on the pavement near their playground/recess area.  Covering a large section of asphalt behind the school, was an 18 x 27 ft. colorful rendition of the United States created in late June by members of the Ogunquit and Wells Rotary Clubs. 

“It was a fun project to plan and complete,” commented former president of Wells Rotary Club, Terry Hodskins who sought approval for the map project from WOCSD administrators and the District’s school committee.  Hodskins, who was pleased with the way the local Rotary clubs came together for this effort, added, “This was truly a community project.”

For example, a Rotarian from North Berwick provided the stencil for the map, the Rotary Club of Sanford offered assistance including the loan of large handles for paint brushes, Sherwin-Williams in Wells filled the special painting needs and the Wells Fire Department prepared the pavement for painting on June 24th by power washing the designated area. 

“We appreciate all the support from the Wells and Ogunquit Rotary for our students,” commented WOCSD Superintendent Jim Daly. “They are always willing to assist our students and schools whenever needed.  The map project is just another example of them going the extra mile for our kids!”

Rotary International makes this map project available to local Rotary clubs as part of its Literacy Project.   To create the map, an enormous stencil with many holes was placed down on the pavement.  The holes were then sprayed over with paint.  After the stencil was removed, the dots that remained were connected with various paint colors specified by a Rotary color code chart to distinguish each state and making the map coordinate with an accompanying booklet of games.  

Games such as “The Louisiana Purchase” and “Bean Bag Toss” from the booklet can be played on the map as a game board.  The games are designed to stimulate student interest in the geography of the USA including learning the names and placement of the 50 states.   

Rotarians posing on the map
Standing on an enormous outdoor map of the USA created by them and other local Rotarians on the pavement behind Wells Elementary School is (l to r) past president of the Wells Rotary Club, Terry Hodskins, current president of Wells Rotary Club, Rick Coyne and past president of the Ogunquit Rotary Club, Erin Haye.  

Art students brighten up dock area with murals

posted Sep 13, 2017, 12:31 PM by Michael Richards

In the late afternoon of August 7th, nine former Wells High School AP Studio Art students and their teacher, Vanessa White-Capelluti, gathered on the dock at Wells Harbor for a group photo in front of murals painted by them in June.   They were also there to sign the murals and attend a celebratory dinner at Hobbs Harborside Restaurant in recognition of their accomplishment.
 
Also present for the photo op and dinner was Wells Town Manager Jonathan Carter and founding member of the newly formed Friends of Wells Harbor, Ryan Liberty.   Both Carter and Liberty greeted students and offered comments with thanks to the group for their artistic contributions.   
 
The idea for the mural project took shape earlier in 2017 when Liberty met with Wells Harbor Master Chris Mayo to discuss various ways his organization could contribute to the dock area.  One of the ideas Mayo suggested was creating three large murals to cover the bait coolers that occupy space near Mayo’s office.  
 
Liberty took the idea to Carter to see if the town would support a contest to generate student designs to cover the coolers.  With assurance of town support for a contest, Liberty proceeded to Wells High School with the idea eventually meeting with the school’s art teachers White-Capelluti and Emily Knight who, in turn, sought design submissions from students.  About two months later a judging committee of Liberty, Mayo and Carter met.  They selected three designs submitted from White-Capelluti's AP Studio Art class by Nick Maynard, Savannah Martin, and Olivia Sciulli.   In June, all students in the class collaborated on the job of painting the murals from the winning entries.
 
Today, sea gulls, a large whale and other creatures live in these latex colored paintings for tourists and other harbor visitors to enjoy and have their pictures taken in front of.

According to Sydnie Sayward, she and the other students often received encouraging comments from fishermen, workers on the dock plus visitors as they painted away on the murals.  “Oh this is such a nice touch to the harbor,” was a comment Sayward recalled hearing from one.
 
Nick Maynard, a current senior at WHS, was one of the students to work on the mural project.  “We had a lot of help,” said Maynard.  “We are all thankful for how much everyone has participated; because if this was not a group effort, then it would not have been done on time.”   Those part of this group effort included Harbor Master Mayo who furnished the materials for the murals and art teachers White-Capelluti and Knight, who helped guide the project to completion.

The question remaining is how long will the murals last.  “The life of the murals may depend on how they survive the elements,” commented White-Capelluti.  “If they deteriorate over time, I'm sure we will replace them with new ones.”  And that, according to Ryan Liberty, may result in future art contests at WHS.      

Student Mural Project
At left is Emma Mercier and Savannah Martin signing two of the three student-created murals now located for all to see on the dock at Wells Harbor. 


Artisans posing for photo

On the dock at Wells Harbor is a recent class of WHS AP Art students who created the murals behind them in the spring and early summer of 2017.  They are (front row, left to right) Vanessa White Capelluti, Sam Livingston, Wells Town Manager Jonathan Carter, Emma Mercier, Olivia Sciulli, Wansley Demos, Savannah Martin, Elana Fortin, Sydnie Sayward, and Nick Maynard.  In the back row (l to r) are Channing Wang and Friends of Wells Harbor member Ryan Liberty.  Other students who contributed to the mural project but not present for the photo and dinner included A.J. Connolly-Pelletier, Alyssa Loukola, and Blair Tweed.  Also absent for the photo was Emily Knight and Wells Harbor Master Chris Mayo. 

Wells High School to Cull Student Records

posted Sep 5, 2017, 6:18 AM by Michael Richards

The Wells High School Guidance Department will be culling student files for the Class of 2016 beginning October 1, 2017. If you would like to obtain your file, please send your request with your name and mailing address to Karen Quint by September 30, 2017. You may either email her at kquint@wocsd.org or mail your request addressed to Karen Quint, Wells High School, Guidance Office, 200 Sanford Rd, Wells, ME 04090.

Anya Chase named Student-Athlete of the Month for May

posted Jul 13, 2017, 4:06 AM by Michael Richards

Wells High School junior Anya Chase has been honored with the distinction of Student-Athlete of the Month for May of 2017.   Her selection was based on her academics, sportsmanship and role as starting pitcher and hitter on the WHS Girls Softball team.   This makes the second time for Chase receiving Student-Athlete of the Month.  The first was awarded to her for similar softball accomplishments for April of 2016.

“It’s awesome,” said Chase about this honor.  “It’s really nice being recognized by my community.  It’s a team sport but individual recognition feels good.”  
Presenting a plaque to Chase on June 8th was softball coach Kevin Fox and Pam Moody-Maxon of Moody Maxon Real Estate which, along with Cole Harrison Insurance Agency, is a sponsor of Student-Athlete of the Month at WHS.

“I think it is well deserved,” said Fox of Chase’s award.  “Anya is an outstanding softball player and teammate on this team.  Fox went on to add, “She has done a fantastic job on the mound. She has got us out of some sticky situations and dominated a lot of teams.  Offensively, she leads off for us and is hitting over .500 which is amazing.  She’s definitely a big part of us scoring runs and keeping the other team from scoring runs.”  

“Anya Chase is an amazing pitcher but also a fabulous hitter making her a force on the field,” commented Moody-Maxon who once pitched for WHS.  “She has been dedicated to softball both during the season and in the offseason, working with pitching coaches…”  

“Not only can she pitch but she can run and she can hit.” said Chase family friend Ernest Tarling who once unofficially coached Chase before she entered high school.  Tarling said that Anya’s father Matt built a batting cage for her inside the family barn with chain link fencing on the windows.  This allowed Chase and several of her friends to keep practicing their pitching and hitting skills during the winter months. Tarling observed that Chase had a certain drive to be a good pitcher.   
Chase accepting her award
From left to right, Pam Moody Maxon, Anya Chase, and Kevin Fox

Emily Cottis selected Student-Athlete of the Month at Wells High School

posted Jul 6, 2017, 12:00 PM by Michael Richards

Wells High School senior Emily Cottis has been named the school’s “Student- Athlete of the Month” for April of 2017.   Her selection was based on her academics, sportsmanship and participation on the WHS Girls Track and Field team including breaking a long-standing school track record.   

“I wasn’t expecting it really,” said Cottis of receiving this award. “It’s a big honor.” 

Presenting a plaque to Cottis on June 8th was WHS Activities Director Jack Molloy and Pam Moody-Maxon of Moody Maxon Real Estate which, with Cole Harrison Insurance Agency, sponsors Athlete of the Month at WHS.

"Emily Cottis did a tremendous job this season for the girls’ outdoor track and field team,” commented Molloy. “She led them to the WMC championships, set a school record…and was one of only three girls to score points at the state meet."

According to Molloy, Cottis’ track achievements were numerous this year.  Notable among them was breaking a 15 year-old Wells High School record in the 300 meter hurdles.  She accomplished this feat with a time of 50.00 running the 300 meter hurdles during the team’s second home meet. 

This year, the WHS Girls Track and Field team, led by head coach Cynthia McDonnell, won the Western Maine Conference Championship at Lake Region High School.  At this event, Emily Cottis won the 100 meter hurdles in 16.57 seconds and was second in the 300 meter hurdles.

Cottis accepting her award


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