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Wells Elementary School recognizes its “core value” champs

posted by Michael Richards

On November 15th, Wells Elementary School held its first Breakfast of Champions event for the 2019-20 school year.  At that time, 24 first through fourth-grade students were recognized for demonstrating one or more of the school’s core values of honesty, responsibility, respect, and compassion.  

In alphabetical order, students selected were:  Blake Barker, Halle Bohn, Nia Borberg, Jordyn Chadbourne, Mason Colbeth, Michael Colbeth, Joshua Corbett, Colin Cournoyer, Logan Desper, Molly Firmin, Antwan Green, Annaliese Latulippe, Hannah Levy, Cameron Lucey, Lucas Madsen, Liam Moody, Riley Pendergast, Tim Perry, Robert Roche, Rusty Rousseau, Jasper Roy, Michael Sargent, Levi Soucie-Libby, and Joshua Tarabia.  

According to WES Principal April Noble, any WES staff member observing a student who often 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 for their accomplishment.   One can also be nominated for even one “above and beyond” instance of employing a core value.

After she calls each nominee to the stage, Principal Noble reads aloud why that student was selected from a statement written by the staff member who nominated them.  Then, before they leave the stage for a group photo, honorees are presented with a Certificate of Achievement by WES Assistant Principal Theresa Curran.  

Food for the Breakfast of Champions is prepared by the WES’s Nutrition Services.  “We are thankful to work with (them) on this breakfast,” added Principal Noble. 

WES Breakfast of Champs November 2019 Recipients
Most of the first through fourth-grade students recognized November 15th for incorporating the use of one or more of WES’s core values during the school day. 

Project Graduation to host special breakfast on December 8th in Wells

posted Nov 25, 2019, 5:17 AM by Michael Richards

Project Graduation at Wells High School is currently raising funds to help provide fun activities within a safe environment for seniors in the Class of 2020 following their graduation on June 7th.
 
Although Project Graduation is no longer taking orders for its familiar fall “Flocking” campaign, the group is hosting a breakfast at Mike’s Clam Shack located at 1150 Post Road in Wells on December 8th from 8 am until 11 am.   Admission is $12 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under.   On the buffet-style menu will be 12 or more items including pancakes, scrambled eggs, French toast, fruit, and assorted pastries including homemade doughnuts.   This public event is sponsored by Condon’s Restaurant, the Molly Corporation, and Mike’s Clam Shack. 
 
The breakfast will also feature another way to donate to Project Graduation by participating in a raffle to win a ride for a youngster in a police car, fire truck or ambulance during the 34th Annual Wells Christmas Parade on December 15th.  Ticket prices are $1 for a single ticket, $5 for three, $10 for six and $20 for an “arms-length” of tickets.  Raffle winners do not need to be present to win. 
 
Project Graduation is also selling 30-ounce, double-insulated mugs for $25 apiece.  These extra-large, hot and cold mugs come with the familiar red “W” (for Wells Warriors) printed on them.  

For more information on Project Graduation at WHS, please contact Amy Moody at 207-251-0146.  

WOCSD-WHS Project Graduation 2019 Flock of Flamingos
A flock of flamingos planted firmly on the lawn of the Wells-Ogunquit CSD Superintendent’s office in Wells in October by Project Graduation.  During this fundraiser, one could donate and have Project Graduation place from 20 to 50 flamingos on, for example, a friend’s lawn for a day or so. 

Junior high students and their families honor related veterans

posted Nov 20, 2019, 10:04 AM by Michael Richards

For Veterans Day 2019, Wells Junior High School students created a unique display of photos with brief descriptions of veterans related to them and school staff.  According to WJHS Assistant Principal Doug Perley, this effort began modestly with a few exhibits but soon spread quickly filling a major section of a hallway wall and then some.

What came to be referred to as “the Wall” is located close to the school’s main office. The display was planned and assembled as a classroom community initiative and consists of over 200 individual exhibits highlighting veterans primarily from the World II era up to the present time including some former students of WJHS.  The display consists of engaging photos, both black and white and color, of fathers, sisters, grandfathers, and other relationships. 

“Every photo is of a person who has some direct connection to a student or a staff member in this building,” said Perley who pointed out that the display “has led to so many great conversations” among students and others.     

The community groups at WJHS meet once a week and are composed of students grouped primarily by classroom.  Topics discussed and activities planned generally center around the school’s core values of Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, Compassion, and Trustworthiness. 

Among the wall postings is a section devoted to residents of “Avita of Wells” who served in the military.   A few days after the wall went up, some of these veterans along with hundreds of other community members were able to view the display during WJHS’s annual Thanksgiving Dinner on November 17th.   In recent years, WJHS has developed a strong relationship with Avita as numerous student volunteers have visited this facility routinely in the past three years to help serve lunch and visit with residents. 

Perley pointed out that many students who didn’t have relatives who are veterans still contributed to the wall with their own imaginative writings and drawings. 

“It was such a collaborative building-wide effort,” said Perley who stressed that it was “truly” a combined 5th through the 8th-grade endeavor.   Perley and Principal AJ Dufort are part of the 
WJHS’s Leadership team that approved and encouraged this school-wide project.

Wall Display Honor Veterans
A display to honor veterans related to students and staff at Wells Junior High School.

One of the Honorees at WJHS
WJHS staff member Deb Sheppard displayed a photo and brief description of her father-in-law, Master Sargent James A. Sheppard who was part of the famed Tuskegee Airmen serving in the US Army Air Corps (now the Air Force) during World War II.   

WJHS presents its 25th holiday dinner for area seniors

posted Nov 12, 2019, 3:36 AM by Michael Richards

Eighth-grade students and staff at Wells Junior High School will present the 25th Annual Turkey Dinner for area seniors on November 17th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.  The dinner will consist of turkey with all the fixings plus coffee and dessert.  This popular event serves about 400 annually.  It is not only a gesture of goodwill offered to the community but a major “service learning” project for all eighth-grade students.  Wells Junior High School is located at 1470 Post Road (Route One) in Wells.  For more information, please call WJHS at 646-5142.   


WOCSD-WJHS Thanksgiving Dinner 2014
Caption: A scene from the 2014 Annual Thanksgiving Dinner at Wells Junior High School.

Woodward named Student-Athlete of the Month for September

posted Nov 12, 2019, 3:33 AM by Michael Richards

Wells High School sophomore Connor Woodward has been selected WHS Student-Athlete of the Month for September of 2019.  He received this award for his academics and sportsmanship on the WHS Golf team.  

According to Wells-Ogunquit CSD Director of Athletics 6-12 Pierce Cole, Woodward qualified for the Class B Individual Golf State Championship held at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro on October 12th.  Cole pointed out that Connor faced “some tough playing conditions (but) shot an 84 to finish 7th overall in the state in Class B.”  

Presenting a plaque to Woodward on October 28th was Cole, Pamela Moody-Maxon, John C. Kreie, and WHS Golf Coach, Charley LaFlamme.    

“I feel like it’s a big accomplishment, especially from a golfer’s point of view,” said Woodward of his receiving this award, something that is rarely awarded to WHS golf players.  “I am really proud of that.”  Because of his demonstrated leadership with the other players, Woodward was handed the responsibility of being the junior assistant coach for the team this year.
"He has lead the golf team both on and off the course by the way he interacts with teammates, opponents, officials, and coaches, not to mention his stellar performance during his matches,” commented Coach LaFlamme.  “Connor is very intent on improving his game while at the same time displaying a respect and love for the sport as well as those that play and coach.”  
The WHS Golf Team currently has ten members.   This season they finished with four wins and eight losses, hosting home matches at Old Marsh Country Club in Wells.  

“Make no mistake about his competitiveness,” added Coach LaFlamme about Woodward, “There are very few amateur golfers in the state who can score lower."   In one match this year, Woodward shot an impressive 39 on a 9-hole course.   

The Student-Athlete of the Month program is sponsored by Wells High School, the Cole Harrison Insurance Agency and Moody Maxon Real Estate. 


WOCSD-WHS Athlete of the Month September 2019
Left to right Charley LaFlamme, John C. Kreie, Connor Woodward, Pamela Moody-Maxon and Pierce Cole.

“Our Town” on stage at Wells High School, November 19th-22nd

posted Nov 12, 2019, 3:29 AM by Michael Richards

The Wells Players production of Thornton Wilder's Our Town will run from Tuesday, November 19th through Friday, November 22nd in the Olenn Performing Arts Center at Wells High School.  Seats for the 3:30 matinee on Tuesday are $5, free for students and senior citizens.  Wednesday and Thursday performances begin at 6:30, Friday's at 7:00.  The price for all evening shows is $5 for students and senior citizens, all others $8.  

Andrew Lopez returns as the artistic director.  He is supported by assistant director Andrea Hernandez, producer Betsy Littlefield, costumer Judi Dion and tech crew volunteers, Paul Goyette and Tony LaPenna.  Wells High School’s production includes a cast of twenty-three students and a technical crew of twelve.  Rehearsals and set construction have been ongoing since the end of September.

Our Town is one of the world's most popular plays.  Written in 1938, it is set in the early part of the 20th century in the fictional town of Grover's Corners, New Hampshire.  The play follows the day-to-day activities of the townspeople, especially the lives of the Webb family and the Gibbs family.  It is the developing, and ultimately, enduring relationship between Emily Webb and George Gibbs that is the focus of the play.

WOCSD-WHS Fall play 2019
Caption: The Wells Players prepare for their performance of Our Town by Thornton Wilder. In the back row (l to r): Katy Cafaro, Noel Spofford, Paige Tremblay.  Front: Sam Jones, Hunter Roberts, Alexis Howes, Ella Poulin, Garner Holdsworth and Anna Gould. 

‘ALL-4-KIDS’ Consignment Sale at WES on Saturday, November 9th

posted Oct 31, 2019, 12:10 PM by Michael Richards

The Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) for Wells Elementary School is holding their only ‘All-4-Kids Consignment Sale’ for this school year on Saturday, November 9th from 8 am to 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.  Girls and boys clothing in a variety of fall, winter, spring and summer with sizes from newborn to age 18.  Other items for sale include children’s toys, puzzles, books, games, DVD’s, sports equipment, baby items and children’s furniture.   Please note: Other than clothing and footwear, all other items donated for this sale must be picked up if they don’t sell. 

This event supports the PTSA at Wells Elementary School.  This allows the parent organization to sponsor large, popular annual events at WES such as Colors Day and Starz for Broadway. The PTSA also grants funding to teachers for special classroom needs, field trips and other items.  

Clothing and footwear donations can be accepted November 7th from 3:30 to 7pm and Friday, November 8th from noon to 5pm at Wells Elementary School located at 276 Sanford Road (Rte. 109) in Wells.   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 sale.  For best selection shop early and remember to bring your reusable bags! 

Previous consignment sale
Submitted photo from a previous PTSA All-4-Kids Consignment Sale. 

Appreciated school bus drivers celebrated

posted Oct 31, 2019, 4:12 AM by Michael Richards

Drivers who transport the K-12 students of the Wells-Ogunquit CSD were recognized for their work and dedication during School Bus Driver Appreciation Week, October 21-25.  There are currently 19 drivers who work out of the Ledgemere bus barn in Wells.  On an average school day, they collectively transport approximately 800 of the District’s students over hundreds of miles.   

This year, drivers received gift bags that included personalized cards of appreciation from elementary students and Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards.  They were also served a Monday breakfast and a Friday lunch with food donated by parents of students and Hannaford in Wells.  Beginning Monday they were greeted with “thank you” signs along their routes.  This annual event is sponsored by the PTSA at Wells Elementary School with Nicole Iannillo and Kelli Madsen heading the parent organization’s Bus Driver Appreciation Week committee.

"It feels nice to be acknowledged,” commented longtime bus driver Paul Littlefield. “Getting students on and off the bus can be tricky sometimes - especially on busy roads.  Safety is always the top priority.  The cards and treats from the kids and PTSA are great!"

Lauren Clark is the manager of the Ledgemere bus barn in Wells.  She thought this year’s week of appreciation went “very well”.   She added, “We especially loved the cards that we get from the students.”  Clark said that anyone interested in a part-time job driving a school bus should contact her at 207-646-5502.  

According to Clark, one dangerous situation for her drivers to encounter continues to be the occasional vehicles that attempt to or actually pass a school bus that is picking up or dropping off passengers.  She said that she currently receives reports from her drivers (up to 12 total per day) of vehicles illegally passing the busses she manages.  She stressed that it is critical for drivers not to pass a school bus when they see it stopped and showing warning indicators, including flashing lights and a raised stop sign.  

Ledgemere Transportation Inc. is a subsidiary of Student Transportation of America. 

Bus Drivers posing
Caption: At the Ledgemere bus barn location in Wells are some of Ledgemere’s bus drivers who transport Wells-Ogunquit CSD students.  From left to right are Tammy Bissell, Paul Littlefield, Cassie Durham, Connie Hilton, Bill Grant, Jean LaRiviere, Maurice Viollette, Gene Sledzieski, Christine Towne, Rochelle Greenwood, Tabitha Bergeron and Lauren Clark. 

Wells Junior High recognizes its youngest students demonstrating school values

posted Oct 30, 2019, 4:35 AM by Michael Richards   [ updated Nov 4, 2019, 12:17 PM ]

In early October, twelve 5th grade students at Wells Junior High School were recognized by their school for being selected Students of the Month for September 2019.  They were chosen for this distinction by their teachers for demonstrating the school’s core values of Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, Compassion, and Trustworthiness. 

“These are attributes that we want to see from our students each and every day,” commented WJHS Principal Roland (AJ) Dufort.   “The 5th-Grade has been recognizing students for a number of years and it helps students to see that displaying our core values and modeling them daily pays dividends.  We are really lucky that we have such a large percentage of our students who set the bar for everyone to follow.”
  
Dufort explained why 5th-grade students at WJHS transition so well to the junior high environment.  “We have a great 5th-grade team of teachers who make students feel welcome and comfortable.  Our 5th-graders have their own wing in our building and still spend lots of time with their homeroom teachers.”


5th Grade Students of the Month-September
WJHS’s newest Students of the Month: Kaitlyn Daly, Mattie Carpentier, Sahil Altaf, Jesse Pullen,  Livia DiDomenicantonio, Regan Bedell, Jason Noble, Connor Brown, Ben Brown, Carys Ramsey, Mila Mustacka, and Gauge Shepard.

Football coaches recognized for organizing ceremony honoring veterans

posted Oct 22, 2019, 4:07 AM by Michael Richards

Members of the Warriors Football team coaching staff were recognized by the Wells-Ogunquit CSD School Committee on October 2nd for their efforts organizing this year’s Armed Forces Salute held prior to Wells High School’s homecoming game with Morse High School on September 20th.   Over fifty veterans and several current military personnel were honored.   “What a tremendous day…,” said Superintendent Jim Daly. “You folks do a great job.” 

WHS Football Coaches Recognized
Caption: (left to right) Mark Lewia, Jim Daly (behind Lewia), John Bucci, Kevin Fox (behind Bucci), Cindy Roche, and Tim Roche.  Missing from this photo are coaches Carmen Perri, Shane Daly and Chad Daly.

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