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Parent group raises $2,500 for music program at WHS

posted Apr 10, 2018, 4:12 AM by Michael Richards

The results are in from the Wells-Ogunquit Music Booster’s 2018 Textile Drive.  Over the month of February, the parent volunteer group collected 12,800 pounds of textiles (clothing, bedding, etc.) thereby raising over $2,500 for the Music Program at Wells High School.   The drive began three years ago and is planned to continue annually.

Over the past three years, the textile drive has motivated many area residents to clean out their closets and, in doing so, donate to two great causes – the WHS Music Boosters and the Epilepsy Foundation of New England.

Ashley Breton has been the organizer of this textile drive since its inception. “This couldn’t have been accomplished without the support of our textile drop locations (WOCSD schools, Wells Town Hall, WOCSD Superintendent’s office, Prime Storage, Matt’s Barbershop and the Wells Transfer Station), the local papers printing our press release, all of the volunteers that worked on the drive and, of course, the community who so generously donated their gently worn textiles,” commented Breton who added, “It takes a village!” 

The Music Boosters would like to thank everyone in York County that had a part in this year’s drive.   Funds generated from these collections are vital to the WHS Music Program.   For example, funds raised from collecting unwanted clothing and so forth helped to make a trip to New York City this year possible for the WHS “A cappella” group which performed at Lincoln Center. 
Students on a textile pickup
On March 11th, all of the collected textiles stored in bags were loaded onto a truck belonging to Goodwill at Prime Storage in Wells.  In the photo are many of the WHS student volunteers and parents who helped with this year’s textile drive.  Clothing Drive Manager with Epilepsy Foundation New England Emma Catanzaro is second from the left and Ashley Breton is sixth from the left.  The two gentlemen on the back of the truck are driver Phil Clawson (left) and Phuong Thai (standing) at right. 

Dads, daughters and others step out for a night of dancing and socializing

posted Apr 6, 2018, 4:14 AM by Michael Richards

Based on the theme “An Enchanted Forest”, Wells Elementary School held its annual Girls Gala on March 24th.   According to the sponsor and organizer of the event, the school’s PTSA, 175 girls attended with their dads or other male relatives bringing the total attendance to 343, the highest attendance for one of these events in years.   

Kindergarten through 4th-grade girls in gowns with their hair done up nicely began arriving with their escorts shortly before 6 pm.  Before long, the school’s parking lot was overflowing.  After registering in the lobby, guests traveled down a hallway resembling a lush forest with hanging vines leading to the gymnasium that, for the night, resembled an enormous magical ballroom.  

“This event is a tradition and a way to celebrate time with family or loved ones,” commented WES Principal April Noble who noted that a similar dance event is held in the fall for moms (or other female relatives) and sons in the fall.  “Each year the theme changes for the girls.”    

According to PTSA member Alison Pucciarelli, several PTSA members and parents helped with this two-month project which culminated with a rush to decorate after school in the final days.   She said a theme had to be formulated, research done and props built leading up to this special night. 

"We…would really like to thank our generous community of people, families, and businesses who volunteered their time, donated food, supplies, and raffle items,” commented Loran Townsend on behalf of the PTSA.  “We couldn't do it without their support.”  The Girls Gala Committee consisted of Alison Pucciarelli, Kim Bohn, Loran Townsend and Jennie Lawson.

Another PTSA member, Marcia Ciorra, noted the hard work a hand full of volunteers did in the last two days assembling the decorations and then, following the dance, working several more hours removing the decorations and props. “That’s an amazing amount of work for so few people to do,” commented Ciorra.  “Alison Pucciarelli, her husband Gary, and Kim Bohn did an unbelievable job…giving our girls as close to a magical experience they could get.”

But, according to April Noble, it was worth all the effort.  “I know many girls felt very special getting all dressed up and seeing the school gym transformed into a magical enchanted forest,” commented the principal.  “This is truly one of the family fun events that will hold lasting memories for parents and children.”

There were refreshments for the guests in the school’s lunchroom, portraits of the couples provided by Everlasting Photos by Sasha and music provided by DJ Mike Bacon.  In addition, twenty-eight business donated items for a basket raffle and a combination of individuals and six businesses donated supplies, donations, and assistance constructing props. 

Father and Daughter entering the dance
Casey Chick with daughter Emily about to enter the Enchanted Forest at Wells Elementary School on March 24th

Entering the Enchanted Forest
At the entrance to the Enchanted Forest are (Front Row, l to r) Cami Townsend, Addison Townsend, Halle Bohn, and Stella Pucciarelli.  Back Row (l to r) Loran Townsend, Kim Bohn, and Alison Pucciarelli.

Hundreds come see the Wizard at WJHS

posted Mar 30, 2018, 5:35 AM by Michael Richards

On the afternoon of March 24th, Wells Junior High School presented the last of three performances of The Wizard of Oz-Young Performers Edition.   This musical featured 60, 5th through 8th-grade students as cast and crew.  Gretchen Graffam played the central character of Dorothy and Jackson Meagher played OZ.  The musical contained 8 classic songs including If I Only Had a Brain and Over the Rainbow.

Josie Perkins was the director of this musical.  “We had close to 800 in attendance over the 3-day run of our show,” commented Perkins, who added, “The overall production was a huge success and I couldn’t be happier with student, parent, community and teacher response.”  Perkins went on to express gratitude for “…everything from the process we went through to get to the end product, to the number of parent volunteers, community support, and school support.”

Perkins indicated that she is not sure of what she will direct for the junior high’s play in the fall but commented, “ I am looking forward to working with all the ‘munchkins’ again and can’t wait to see what the future holds for the graduating 8th-grade students.”

This one-hour adaption of the Wizard of Oz is written especially for middle schoolers by L. Frank Baum with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Hamburg licensed by TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC.

The cast of the Wizard of Oz
From the last moments of Wells Junior High School’s 2018 production of The Wizard of Oz.

Some of the "Main" characters
From left to right are just “some” of the main cast members from this production. Those pictured at the end of the last show are (left to right) Isabella Bazata (Lion), Sam Coleman (Tin Man), Charlotte Allaire (Scarecrow), Gretchen Graffam (Dorothy), and Ella Richard (Wicked Witch of the West).  Not pictured is Anna Franks who played Glinda the Good Witch.

WJHS singers participate in music festival

posted Mar 21, 2018, 11:36 AM by Michael Richards   [ updated Mar 21, 2018, 11:36 AM ]

Thirteen Wells Junior High School students participated in the Southern Maine Middle School Honors Festival for 7th and 8th-grade students on March 2nd and 3rd at South Portland High School.  Students from about a dozen middle schools participated in this annual event that highlights talented junior high singers.   This festival for 6th-grade singers and band members was held the following week.

Those who want to attend first audition in October.  The top scores in the auditions are accepted to sing in either the Soprano, Alto, or Baritone section.  Near the end of the year they are provided music so that they can begin working with their music teachers to learn and practice the parts that they will be performing at the festival.  

When all the students come together on the festival’s first day, they team up with a guest conductor and accompanist to perfect the music.   At this time they also learn some new musical techniques.  On the following day, they perform in public before a large audience with a concert band. 

“The students most enjoy being with other like-minded students who have a passion and a talent for music,” commented WJHS music teacher and choral director Katie Mercier. “Being able to work together with other singers who have similar goals, ambitions, and talents is an extremely rewarding experience.”   According to Mercier, students learn “…a wealth of vocal techniques that they could bring back to use in their musical careers moving forward.”

Those from WJHS who attended included (in alphabetical order) Delia Bailey, Isabella Bazata, Lucy Breton, Anavi Curtiss, Gretchen Graffam, Riley Hansen, Evyn Lally, Jackson Meagher, Aaron Patnaude, Hunter Roberts, Alaina Stivaletta, Tamia Tomlinson and Tiffany Vevmany. 
Members of the Music Festival
WJHS students who performed in the Southern Maine Middle School Honors Festival for 2018.  In the back row (l to r) is Hunter Roberts, Aaron Patnaude, Tamia Tomlinson, Gretchen Graffam, Delia Bailey, and Riley Hansen.  In the front row (l to r) is Jackson Meagher, Anavi Curtiss, Tiffany Vevmany, Isabella Bazata, Alaina Stivaletta, and Lucy Breton

Autism Safety Education and Training at Wells High School on March 27th

posted Mar 21, 2018, 11:31 AM by Michael Richards

The Wells-Ogunquit Community School District is presenting "Autism Safety and Education Training" on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. This will be held in the auditorium at Wells High School.

This is an important, “free” educational opportunity for police officers, firefighters, EMS, educators, families and any other interested community members needing a better understanding of how to prevent, recognize, and respond to crisis situations involving persons on the autism spectrum and with other developmental disabilities.  This event seeks to build partnerships between first responders and community members to address safety issues with this population, including bolting and wandering.

The presenter is Matt Brown   Mr. Brown is a parent of a child on the autism spectrum and is a 25 year veteran of law enforcement.  Since 2012, he has trained over 6,000 police officers, firefighters, first responders, parents and educators.   For more information visit his website at www.aset911.com.   No registration is necessary to attend this seminar and CEU hours available.

'ALL-4-KIDS' consignment sale at WES on April 7th

posted Mar 12, 2018, 3:59 AM by Michael Richards

The Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) for Wells Elementary School is holding their springtime 'All-4-Kids Consignment Sale' on Saturday, April 7th t 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 sale items are inspected by PTSA members and everything is in great condition.  Clothing is spring/summer for 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.  This support allows the parent organization to sponsor popular annual events at WES like Colors Day and Starz for Broadway. The PTSA also grants funding to teachers for special classroom needs, field trips and other items.  

"Small-item" donations for the sale can be brought in to WES Thursday, April 5th from 3:30 to 6 pm.  Large-item donations for the sale are accepted on Friday, April 6th by noon.  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 directly for information on the All-4-Kids sale.  

Wells Elementary school is located at 279 Sanford Road (Rte. 109) in Wells.  This event is sponsored twice a year (fall and spring) by the Parent Teacher Student Association at WES. 
Submitted photo from a previous PTSA All-4-Kids Consignment Sale

The WIZARD of OZ - Young Performers' Edition presented on stage at WJHS

posted Mar 12, 2018, 3:54 AM by Michael Richards

Wells Junior High School students invite you to their production of "The Wizard of Oz - Young Performers' Edition" later this month.   A combined cast of actors and tech crew represents over 60 students from grades 5-8.  This interpretation of the classic 1899 children's story became a Broadway play in 1903 and toured for nine months before becoming a major motion picture.  Performances will be held Thursday, March 22nd and Friday, March 23rd at 7pm.  A Saturday matinee will take place on March 24th at 2pm.  All shows take place on the WJHS stage, Ward Gymnasium, Route 1, Wells, Maine.

Skip down the yellow-brick road as Dorothy begins her journey.   Dorothy leaves her aunt and uncle in Kansas in hopes of finding what is on the "other side of the rainbow".   While falling into a dream state, she visits the Emerald City and its many colorful characters.  Along the way to find the Wizard of Oz, she and her dog, Toto, befriend the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion.   Their travels lead them into many adventures in their search for Wicked Witch's broom.  

The show's director is Josie Lynn Perkins with Chris Milliken as assistant director.  Alison Graichen is the music director.  The production team also includes many dedicated community members who assist with choreography, costuming, technical support, and photography.

Director Perkins shared this play has a strong message and is a reminder to all that a true friend will help you on your life's journey and will get you through all the problems 'big and small' that may arise. Remember that when in doubt, look within for the answer. For Assistant Director Milliken, within this production the power of fascination is in the air, which is a central theme of the power of the arts.

Mark your calendar; tickets are available at the door at a cost of $5.00.  Refreshments and snacks will be for sale.  FMI, contact WJHS at 207-646-5142.  Based from THE WIZARD of OZ, this one-hour adaption is written especially for middle schoolers by L. Frank Baum with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Hamburg licensed by TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC.
The Cast of the Wizard of Oz
WJHS cast and crew of WJHS spring musical, "The Wizard of Oz -Young Performers' Edition".

Michael Wrigley selected Student-Athlete of the Month at WHS

posted Mar 12, 2018, 3:50 AM by Michael Richards

Wells High School has awarded senior Michael Wrigley the Student-Athlete of the Month Award for December 2017.   Wrigley received this distinction for his academics and performance on the WHS Wrestling Team.  This is his second time receiving this award in wrestling, the first in December of 2016.
 
Presenting a plaque to Wrigley on February 16h was WOCSD Director of Athletics 6-12 Pierce Cole,  John C. Kreie of Cole Harrison Insurance Agency and Pamela Moody-Maxon of Moody Maxon Real Estate. 

"It's great to get recognized twice for this but I look at wrestling more as a team sport…," said Wrigley after the award presentation.

"Arguably the best three-sport athlete Wells has seen in many years," commented John Kreie. "Being part of four state championship teams in the last year says a lot about this kid's talent and leadership ability."

Scott Lewia is coach of the WHS Wrestling Team. "Michael is a very smart technical wrestler," commented Lewia.  "He became the second Wells wrestler to record a 100th career pin.  Michael was a big part of our second consecutive State championship win here at Wells High School, winning the 195-pound weight class becoming the 43rd Wells wrestler to capture a State Title."  

Wrigley was a runner-up in the South Regional Championship in the 195-pound category before winning the Class B State title.  He also qualified for the New England Wrestling Championships.   

"Michael strives to be the best in whatever he is doing both on and off the mat," commented Moody-Maxon who has followed Wrigley since he was a fourth-grade student participating in Pee Wee Wrestling. "He is a true warrior who is a great example for the younger kids.  He is a fan favorite and takes time to get pictures with the younger athletes.  And I've even seen him signing autographs after games and meets." 
 
The Student-Athlete of the Month awards program at Wells High School is in its 12th year.  It is sponsored by the Cole Harrison Insurance Agency and Moody Maxon Real Estate.  Recipients of the award are chosen by the administration at Wells High School.  
Wrigley accepting his award
From left to right: Pierce Cole, John Kreie, Michael Wrigley and Pam Moody-Maxon

Wells Elementary School recognizes its compassionate "champions"

posted Mar 1, 2018, 4:31 AM by Michael Richards   [ updated Mar 16, 2018, 6:50 PM ]

On February 15th, Wells Elementary School held its second "Breakfast of Champions" for the 2017-18 school year.  This time around, 61 first through fourth-grade students were recognized for demonstrating in school one or more of the school's core values. 

According to WES Principal April Noble, these values include honesty, responsibility, respect, and compassion.  Parents and guests also attended the event.  Following the breakfast, the honorees received a certificate of recognition and a special sticker to wear throughout the school day.  

After the event, Principal Noble indicated that "compassion" seemed to be the dominant value highlighted and honored among this group of students.  

"I think overall, there as a lot of compassion," said Noble. "I think one of the things happening in a lot of our classrooms is recognizing kindness.  Students are going above and beyond to be kind.  That is something we hope children will just intrinsically have as a value, but, in order to boost and increase that, we've decided to recognize that one as appropriate."  

According to Noble, any WES staff member witnessing a student who routinely employs one or more of the school's core values in interaction with others can select that student to attend the breakfast and be recognized.  Selection may also be based on just one "above and beyond" instance of genuinely demonstrating one of the core values.  The next Breakfast of Champions will be held later in the spring towards the end of the school's third trimester. 

Those honored as champions included Owen Avery, Kevin Bolduc, Calob Brouillard, Jacy Brown, Willliam Burke,  Madelyn Campbell, Juliette Carbonneau, Ella Caron, London Chadwick, Emily Chick, Luke Chrimes, Zoe Coleman, Alivia Collin, Isla Collins, Amelia Connor, Ben Copleman,  Joshua Corbett, Arianna Cote, Thomas Cote, Lilly Desmarais, Mia DeMauro, Livia DiDomenicantonio, Adriana Ducharme, Isabella Fagle, Payton Fazzina, Hazel Graffam, Ben Gross, Lily Hamilton,  Hayden Hludik, Andrew Hubacz,  Devan Jones, Trevor Knight, Maddox Koh, Scarlett Lantz, Helen Lee, Amelia Lucas, Evelina Lucas, Matti Mattuchio,  Elliott Meggs,  Megyn Mertens, Cal Moody, Caleb Moody, Carter Moody, Camden Mosher, Grayson Mosher, Ashley Morrell, Mila Mustacka, Joseph Nawfel, Kaelyn Newman, Jacob Ouellet, Lincoln Polacke, Jackson Pollard, Bohdan Reeck, Jasper Roy, Jacoby Ryder, Gauge Shepard, Ariella Springer, Colin Vaillancourt, Lexi Webb, Arlo Worcester, Hailey Worthing and Nicole Yandell.
Students recognized
First through fourth-grade students recognized recently for demonstrating Wells Elementary School's core values. 

GREASE to open on stage at Well High School March 14th

posted Feb 28, 2018, 11:54 AM by Michael Richards

The Wells Players will present the musical "Grease", opening Wednesday, March 14th with a 3:30 performance.  Seats for Wednesday's matinee are $5.00 with free admission offered to students and senior citizens.  The show will continue with evening performances on Thursday, March 15th beginning at 6:30 and Friday, March 16th beginning at 7:00.  The final production will be on Saturday afternoon, March 17th at 1:00.  Tickets prices are $8.00 for the general public and $5.00 for students and senior citizens.  There will be reserve seating for Friday and Saturday's shows.  Reserve tickets will be sold in advance at the Wells High School Front Office and at the door the night of the show.

It's 1959, and the too-cool-for-school "Burger Palace Boys" and "Pink Ladies" are stealing hub-caps and acting tough.  This rollicking musical is both a homage to the idealism of the fifties and a satire of high-schoolers' age-old desire to be rebellious.  At the heart of the story is the romance between hot-rodding Danny Zuko and the sweet new girl in town, Sandy Dumbrowski. Their secret summer romance becomes complicated now that school is back in session.  The whole gang sings and dances around Danny and Sandy's romance, through such hit songs as "Greased Lightnin'", "We Go Together", and "You're the One That I Want". Starting off with an eight-year Broadway run, "Grease" is among the world's most popular musicals with an almost cult-like following.

The production is directed by Andrew Lopez and involves over 60 cast and crew members.  "Grease" book, music and lyrics are written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey and it is presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Cast of Grease

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