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A major event at Wells Elementary School each year is
Colors Day which coincides with the last day of school and the start of the
summer break. This year Colors Day
occurred on a sunny June 19th with over 450 students participating.
Begun modestly in 1988 by
Physical Education Teacher Kathy Calo, Colors Day has evolved into an event
designed to bring the entire student body together for a few hours to celebrate
the school’s core values of cooperation, honesty, respect, responsibility,
sharing and trustworthiness. This outdoor
get-together features a parade that winds around the school, an awards
ceremony, a display of art work, a song and banner contest, a slide show of the
year’s school happenings and outside games such as “Tug of Color” and the
The parade consists of students grouped by classroom with
each unit distinguished by the color of t-shirt students wear and a unique
classroom banner. This year’s Colors
Day t-shirt with an owl on the front was designed by fourth grade student Kara
Borkowski. The idea to use the
‘owl’ as the mascot for this year's Colors Day originated with third grade
student T.J. Gadomski. The
hundreds of t-shirts worn were purchased by the PTSA and printed by Ocean
The Parent Teacher Student
Association (PTSA) at Wells Elementary School sponsors and coordinates Colors
Day but does so with lots of support from many others in the community. The PTSA would like to thank the following area businesses
for their contributions and support:
Alexandre's Garage, Aroma Joe's Coffee, Atlantic Oceanfront
Motel, Best of Everything, Billy's Chowder House, Chase Tree Service, Cluff
Coastline Painting &
Maintenance, Cocoons Day School, Cole Harrison Agency, Cole Harrison Insurance,
Cut.Rite Landscaping, David Elwell
Custom Builder, Fetch'n Fun Doggie Daycare & Boarding, Hayden Excavating,
Inc, Hollywood Plumbing & Heating, Jonathan's Restaurant,
Kennebunk Savings, Mariner Resort Motel, Misty Harbor Resort, Morse Hardware
& Lumber, Nadeau Orthodontics, Nor-Easter Construction, Inc., Ocean
Graphics, Ogunquit Lobster Pound, Pediatric Associates of York Hospital,
Peoples Choice Credit Union, Peoples Insurance Agency, Perkins Cove Lobster
Shack, Seacoast Pizza, Seagull Inn & Condominiums, Sea Mist Resort, Sea-Vu
South Campground, Sevigney-Lyons Insurance, State Farm, The Dunes on the
Waterfront, the Steakhouse, Wells-Ogunquit Little League, Wells Seacoast Cab,
Wells Storage Solutions, Wild Blueberry Café, Spiller Farm, and York Hospital
Family Medicine in Wells
Caption: First grade’s ‘Purple Pandas” marching in Colors
Day parade on June 19th. Waiving at the left side of the banner is teacher Michelle
Caption: Hundreds of students sit in the courtyard of WES
for an awards ceremony at Wells Elementary School on June 19th
Caption: A kindergarten student from the Kindergarten
Purple Pandas carries water held in a large sponge to a bucket in the
Bucket Brigade competition among classrooms.
Wells High Graduation took place this year on June 15th
with 107 seniors receiving diplomas.
Commencement exercises were video recorded and will be shown on Time
Warner Cable Channel 3 in Wells and Ogunquit at the following times: Thursdays through Sundays at 9:00 am and 8:00
pm for two weeks ending July 13th.
The program runs for 58 minutes.
Colin Sevigney sang the The Star-Spangled Banner, Nicole
Moody provided the Salutatorian address and Cassidy Healey made the Valedictory
address. This year’s commencement
speaker was U.S. Olympian Julia Clukey who spoke about her career and believing
in one’s self to achieve personal dreams and goals. In the Principal’s address, Jim Daly focused
on the topic of courage by reflecting on one particular soldier's courage on
At the beginning of the ceremony Mr. Daly was awarded a
plaque by Wells Police Chief Jo-Ann Putnam on behalf of the Wells Board of
Selectman in recognition of Wells High School’s recent achievements including
receiving an “A” with the Maine Department of Education’s Maine School
Performance Grading System.
Caption: Left to
right: Class Vice President and Salutatorian Nicole Moody, Class President
Clayton Martin, Principal Jim Daly and WOCSD Superintendent Ellen
Schneider. Speaking at the podium is
U.S. Olympian Julia Clukey.
graduating senior Grace Wright shakes hands with School Committee Chair Marc
Saulnier. To the right and above Wright
is WOCSD Superintendent Ellen Schneider and Class Advisor Lee McGlashan. At the podium is WHS Assistant Principal
March, Wells Elementary School student Logan Blanchard received first place in
the second grade category at the local level of the Smokey Bear & Woodsy
Owl Poster Contest for 2014. Since that
time her poster has moved on to even greater heights by receiving first place
in State and New England regional competition.
was amazed,” said Blanchard’s Art Teacher Sandy Brennan. “She is a great little
artist and she works hard.” Brennan
said that Blanchard’s poster is currently being judged at the national level.
in 1961, the Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl Poster Contest is open to all first
through fifth grade students. This
annual contest is sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture
(USDA), the U.S. Forest Service and National Garden Clubs, Inc. Locally it is sponsored by the Seacoast
contest seeks to encourage children to be involved with natural resource
conservation and wildfire prevention.
According to the USDA, this contest gives “students the opportunity to
demonstrate their understanding of wildfire prevention and basic environmental
conservation principles through original drawings of Smokey Bear or Woodsy
place winners in national level competition will receive an all-expenses paid
trip for four to Washington, D.C. where they will attend a Recognition Ceremony
and each receive $50 from National Garden Clubs.
year the contest stipulated that students incorporate an image of the iconic 70
year-old bear park ranger with his familiar fire prevention slogan, “Only You
Can Prevent Wildfires”. Smokey the Bear
first appeared in 1944 to reinforce the notion that individuals can help
prevent forest fires. Woodsy Owl appeared
in 1971 with the conservation message of “Lend a Hand, Care for the Land”.
year, 86 WES second grade students along with elementary students from
Kennebunk entered the contest.
Caption: Logan Blanchard and WES Art teacher Sandy
Maine’s First Lady Ann Le Page visited Wells Junior
High School on May 20th to receive 11 student-made lap quilts on
behalf of the Veterans Strong Program and quadruple amputee Staff Sargent Travis
Mills. The quilts are bound for Mills’ new
National Veterans Family Center in Belgrade.
Mrs. Le Page was invited to WJHS by fifth grade
teacher Rachel Kilbride who, along with other fifth grade staff, guided the 87 fifth
graders who worked on the five month service learning project. Accompanying the Governor’s wife to WJHS was
Lynn Harvey, Director of the Blaine House and Executive Assistant to Maine’s
First Lady and Christina Toriello Project Manager for the National Veterans
State lawmakers who attended included Representative
Kathleen Chase and Senator Ron Collins.
In the school’s multipurpose room, Mrs. Le Page,
WOCSD Superintendent Ellen Schneider and other attendees including school staff
and fifth grade students watched a slide show featuring students at work on the
quilts, each with a distinctive “lone-star” design. During
the event, Mrs. Le Page, Principal Chessie and Superintendent Schneider made
brief comments about the fifth grade project.
After the slide show, groups of students lined up to
pose with quilts that they had worked on with the First Lady. The idea for the quilt project formed in
Kilbride’s mind after she attended a presentation by Carole Carroll, a creator
of ‘Miracle Quilts’, an effort to provide
quilts for those (especially those wounded) who served in the armed forces; all
in honor of Pfc. Joseph Miracle who was killed in Afghanistan in 2007.
“This fall I asked the other fifth grade teachers on
my team if we could do something like this as part of our Geometry Unit,”
commented Kilbride. “They thought it was
a good way to help students understand the geometry skills and give back.”
In December of 2013 the quilt project began. The
squares for the quilts were designed with triangles. Each fifth grader created a star quilt
square from nine squares creating a distinct look.
Kilbride wishes to thank teachers Cindy Roche, Alice
Meader, Cheryl Turner, Donny Abbott, Beth Goodwin, Linda Gaidimas and school volunteer
Carol Dalton who assisted with the project.
She also wishes to thank the WJHS Parent Teachers Organization (PTO) for
providing snacks for the First Lady’s visit and funding for batting and fabric
and parent volunteers who donated fabric and time helping students on days
there was in-class sewing.
From left to right are State Senator Ron Collins, Rachel Kilbride, Ann Le Page,
and State Representative Kathleen Chase with quilts made for the National
Veterans Family Center in Belgrade.
It takes many to help a school run smoothly. Three times each school year Wells High
School holds a ‘Breakfast of Champions’ to
recognize those students and staff who contributed in productive and
positive ways to the learning and social environments of WHS.
On May 23rd, nineteen students, and five staff
members were invited to the third Breakfast of Champions to be recognized for
their work with a certificate and a t-shirt.
Students honored were (in alphabetical order) Talia
Auen, Tyler Bartlett, Michael Curtis, Sierra Daney, Caleb Heyland, Angela
Leone, Anna Libby, Hannah Moody, Natasha Nugent, Allyson O’Brien, David
Osterday, Adrienne Perron, Ivy Pevear, Al Ramsdell, Matthew Rogers, Colin
Sevigney, Harold Weaver, Harrison Woodman, and Emilee Wooldridge.
WHS staff honored included Jay Audet, Elisa Beriau,
Becca Follansbee, Emily Neville, and Karen Quint.
Special guests State Senator Ron Collins and State
Representative Kathleen Chase attended the award breakfast to recognize State
wrestling champions (and school champs) Michael Curtis and Colin Sevigney.
Senator Collins, who received an honorary Breakfast
of Champions Award, read the following “Expressions of Legislative Sentiment” from
the legislature’s Advance Journal and Calendar of the 34th
“(4-1) Michael Curtis, of Wells, a member of the
Wells High School Wrestling Team, who won the State Class B Wrestling
Championship in the 195-pound weight class.
Michael was also named the State Champion in the first ever All-State
wrestling competition. We send Michael
our congratulations and best wishes on these achievements." Sponsored by Senator Collins of York. Co-sponsored by Representatives: Chase of
Wells and McGowan of York.
“(4-2) Colin Sevigney, of Wells, a member of the
Wells High School Wrestling Team, who won the State Class B Wrestling Championship in the 138-pound weight
class. Colin also placed 3rd in the
first ever All-State wrestling competition.
We send Colin our congratulations and best wishes in these
achievements." Sponsored by Senator
Collins of York, co-sponsored by Representatives: Chase of Wells and McGowan of
Breakfast of Champions was instituted at WHS in 2007
by Principal Daly to recognize student and staff contributions to WHS. Each of these events is organized by Daly
and school secretary Lil Lagasse.
caption: Students and staff recognized
at a ‘Breakfast of Champions’ on May 23rd at Wells High School. Student wrestlers Michael Curtis and Colin
Sevigney are in the back rows just to the right of the American flag. Sevigney is below Curtis.
High School juniors and Color Guard members Anna Libby and Adrienne Perron have
been chosen to perform in the 2014 Macy’s Great American Marching Band for the
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. They are the only two high school students
selected from Maine.
a really big deal,” commented Color Guard Instructor Bailey Smith. “These girls are going to represent the
Wells-Ogunquit Guard Program, Wells High School, the Town of Wells, and the
entire state of Maine.”
to Smith, who nominated both for the selection process, the Macy’s marching
band has about 185 musicians with 40 color guards and dancers from all over the
United States. The selection from each
state is based upon a state’s population in which Maine is represented each
year by only two.
indicated that it will be expensive to get Libby and Perron to New York for this
event. She estimates that the costs will
run about $2000 for each student. Such
an amount will have to come from business and individual donations as well as from
a large fundraiser planned for August 16th in the Wells Junior High
School parking lot called ‘Seacoast Market Day’.
day event will feature crafters and vendors making their crafts and products
available. In addition, the WHS Color
Guard will perform plus there will be activities planned for children.
selection process for the Macy’s marching band included a written application and
a video audition. Anna Libby auditioned as a dancer and Adrienne Perron auditioned
for color guard.
selected is a huge honor, and these girls are very deserving...” commented
Smith. “We are glad the judges thought so, too.”
by businesses and individuals can be made payable by check to "Wells Color
Guard" with "Macy's" in the memo line. Please mail to: Bailey Smith, Wells High
School, 200 Sanford Road, Wells ME 04090. Vendors interested in being a part of
Seacoast Market Day will need to contact Smith well ahead of time at email@example.com.
Anna Libby and Adrienne Perron
The end of the 2013-2014 school year in the Wells-Ogunquit
Community School District (WOCSD) finds nine staff members retiring. In addition, four staff members have reached
the 20 year milestone in their service to the District.
All of these individuals were honored in a ‘Celebration of Service
to Education’ ceremony on June 20th at the end of a staff luncheon at
Wells Junior High School.
At the ceremony, WOCSD Superintendent Ellen Schneider and the
District’s three school principals Marianne Horne (WES), Chris Chessie (WJHS)
and Jim Daly (WHS) recognized these individuals with comments and colorful gift
Those retiring include Victoria Asquini (retiring with 35 years
of service), Arlene Haskell (32 years), Carol Perry (13. 5 years), Barbara
Stirk (25 years), Linda Tipping (25 years), Raylene Grant (18 years), Rachel
Kilbride (21 years), Lucille Pisano (32 years), and Jacqueline Sukalas (31
Rachel Kilbride, Lillian Lagasse, Sally Marchand, and Diane
Norton were recognized for 20 years of service to the WOCSD.
staff are (l to r) Rachel Kilbride, Jacqueline Sukalas, Raylene Grant, Linda
Tipping, Diane Norton, Lillian Lagasse, Sally Marchand and Barbara Stirk.
retiring staff member Raylene Grant (left) is greeted by WOCSD Superintendent
Ellen Schneider (center) and Principal Marianne Horne at the Districts Annual
Celebration of Service to Education.
Grant is retiring after 18 years of service at WES.
Wells-Ogunquit Community School District (WOCSD) held its annual Volunteer Appreciation
event on June 12th with a barbeque in the Wells Elementary School
gymnasium. Those who volunteered a
combined total of 3,000 hours working at various tasks throughout the
District’s three schools during the 2013-2014 school year attended.
The highlight of the luncheon was the
announcement of this year’s Exemplary Volunteer of the Year, Brody Johnson who
was selected based on his work with “terracycling” at Wells Elementary
School. Terracycling is the “upcycling”
of certain hard-to-recycle items such as empty yogurt containers, juice pouches
and glue sticks.
Royal is an aid to Johnson and volunteers time helping Johnson collect, sort,
count, and ship all the plastic items to TerraCycle, a recycling company.
Brody helping with this project, we would not be participating,” commented
Community Resource Coordinator Maryanne Foley who recruits and manages the
District’s volunteers. According to
Foley, WES receives compensation to buy school items from the recycled plastic
shipped to TerraCycle.
At the BBQ, Marianne Horne and Pat Hayden
spoke and thanked the assembled volunteers.
There was a contest to estimate the number of candies in jars, and
winners got to take home the candy.
a 2011 graduate of WHS, has volunteered in the District for five years. At Wells Elementary he has collected,
shredded and prepared used paper for recycling and assisted students at
lunchtime sort food to be composted.
Foley wishes to thank Hannaford and Subway in
Wells for donations to the Volunteer Appreciation Barbeque.
interested in becoming involved in the WOCSD School Volunteer Program in the
fall should contact Mrs. Foley at 646-5953 x 4204 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caption: Community Resource Coordinator Maryanne
Foley and Exemplary Volunteer of the Year Brody Johnson.
Wells High School senior Bennie McMinis has been
selected Athlete of the Month for April 2014.
This award is in recognition of McMinis’s academics, sportsmanship, and participation
on the WHS Warriors Boys Baseball Team.
“I was definitely surprised,” said McMinis about
receiving this student-athlete award.
“It was nice to get some good news after last week (when) I tore my
ACL,” McMinis said on May 28th. The ACL
or anterior cruciate ligament is a major ligament of the knee. Tearing
the ACL is a common sports injury.
McMinis started on the WHS Boys Baseball Team during
his sophomore year. In his first two
games this season he pitched to just one hit in 13 innings striking out 25 batters.
This year the Wells team played in the Western Maine
Conference Class B playoffs. According
to WHS Activities director Jack Molloy, McMinis became the winning pitcher in a
preliminary round game with Freeport which ended in a score of 8 to 3. McMinis “struck out 11, walked three and
didn’t allow an earned run in a three-hitter,” commented Molloy.
Presenting McMinis with an Athlete of the Month plaque
on May 28th was Jack Molloy, John C. Kreie of Cole Harrison
Insurance Agency and Pamela Moody-Maxon of Moody Maxon Real Estate.
“Bennie McMinis is not just a great athlete on the
baseball field but he also is a great person who leads by example,” commented Moody-Maxon. “Even with a leg injury which would sideline
most athletes, he continues to play and contribute to his team. It is my pleasure to provide this award to
The Athlete of the Month award at Wells High School
is sponsored by Cole Harrison Insurance Agency and Moody Maxon Real Estate. Athletes
picked to receive this honor are selected by WHS’s Activities Director Jack
Molloy and Principal Jim Daly.
“He is passionate about not only baseball, but his
academics and his community,” commented Kreie.
“He is the core of the Warriors pitching staff and I hope to see him
play in college. He is simply one of the best well rounded kids I have met and
I wish him luck with his future endeavors.”
In the fall, McMinnis plans to study Electrical
Engineering at the University of Maine at Orono.
Caption: From left to right is Jack Molloy, Bennie
McMinis, John Kreie, and Pam Moody-Maxon
On May 30th, Olympic swimmer Ian Crocker paid a visit
to Wells Elementary School and spoke to an assembly of students in the school’s
gymnasium. Crocker was introduced to
the audience by a very excited third grade student, Isabella Bazata of Ogunquit,
who had the vision and rather lofty goal to bring the three-time Olympic gold
medal winner to her school as part of a school project.
This spring, for social studies, all third grade students were
assigned to study a famous Maine person of their choosing. Bazata, a swimmer at the Sanford-Springvale YMCA,
selected Ian Crocker who once attended Cheverus High School in Portland.
“They had to have the visual,” said Isabella’s mother Jo-Ann
Bazata about the third grade multi-phase, project. “Her idea and her dream was ‘why not have Ian
himself be my visual’ and how can we do it.”
Mrs. Bazata said that her
daughter went on a four week search in trying to contact Crocker. As a result, Crocker himself ended up calling
to speak with Isabella.
In his talk Crocker mixed in the core values of WES
including respect, trustworthiness, and honesty as he spoke about his 10-year dream
to be an Olympian, his coach who laid out the steps needed to reach his Olympic
goals, his rigorous training regimen, his three gold medals and future plans
which include training those with similar Olympic dreams. Crocker, who now lives in Texas, brought along
his medals to show students during his presentation. With the exception of the fourth grade which
was at WJHS for orientation, the entire WES student body attended the assembly.
“I am still a kid at heart anyway so it’s a lot of fun for
me to be able to talk to them and share my experiences,” said Crocker after the
Isabella’s parents, Jo-Ann and Jerry Bazata, and Ian
Crocker’s parents, Gail and Richard Crocker, were present at the special
Recognized before Crocker spoke were students who recently
participated in the WOCSD Special Olympics.
Principal of Wells Elementary School, Marianne Horne thanked
the PTSA for their financial support in making this special assembly
possible. “We would not have been able
to hold this wonderful and enriching assembly for our students without their
support,” said Horne.
Gold Medal winner Ian Crocker with the WES third grade class of Michelle
Boucher (sitting at top left). Isabella Bazata, holding three Olympic Gold
Medals, is sitting below Ian Crocker.
Caption: Speaking to students at WES is Olympic Gold
Medal winner Ian Crocker. To his right
is third grade student Isabella Bazata.