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WHS’s Nolan Potter receives Student-Athlete of the Month for November

posted Jan 9, 2018, 12:25 PM by Michael Richards

Wells High School senior Nolan Potter was recognized in December as Student-Athlete of the Month for November of 2017.   He received this award for his academics, sportsmanship and performance on the WHS Warriors Football team in the fall of 2017. 

Presenting a plaque to Potter on December 18th was Wells-Ogunquit CSD Director of Athletics 6-12 Pierce Cole, John C. Kreie of Cole Harrison Insurance, Pamela Moody-Maxon of Moody Maxon Real Estate, and WHS Warriors Head Coach Tim Roche.  

“Nolan was an integral part of our team,” said Coach Roche who added that Potter was “a big part” of the Warriors winning the State Class D Championship in November.    

According to Director Cole, Potter, as a fullback, helped lead the team to an 11-0 undefeated season by rushing for 1550 yards, scoring 28 touchdowns, making 100 plus tackles and recovering four fumbles. 

“It is huge. There is no better way to go out,” said Potter about this award and how the season ended so spectacularly for him and his team which has won a state championship for the second year in a row. “With that group of guys, it was so much fun,” said Potter.  As of this writing, Potter is one of three finalists for the 47th James J. Fitzpatrick Trophy to be awarded January 14th. 

Both Kreie and Moody-Maxon represent businesses that sponsor the Student-Athlete of the Month award at WHS. "I have had the pleasure of watching Nolan play both football and wrestling since he was in elementary school.  He is a hard working kid on the field,” commented Moody-Maxon.  “He was a force on both offense and defense this year and would run the ball effectively, even with other players hanging off him."   

"Nolan is a true role model not only to his peers, but the more than 150 kids in our youth football program, some of whom you'd find tracking him down for autographs (and photographs) after a game," commented Kreie.  

“As the oldest of three boys and coming from a family rich in athletic success, Nolan has been taught from a young age hard work, determination, and respect,” noted Moody-Maxon.  Potter also received Student-Athlete of the Month for March of 2017 in wrestling.
Potter accepting his award
Left to right:  Pierce Cole, Pam Moody-Maxon, Nolan Potter, Tim Roche and John C. Kreie.

“Hour of Code” observed in WOCSD schools

posted Dec 20, 2017, 4:33 AM by Michael Richards

Elementary and 5th grade students in the Wells-Ogunquit CSD recently experienced one hour of computer science instruction in coding referred to as an “Hour of Code”, an annual event which takes place during Computer Science Week, observed this year from December 4th through the 10th.   The Hour of Code is for students totally new to coding and those at more advanced levels. 

With the goal of reaching all of Wells Elementary School’s 500 plus students with an Hour of Code is WES computer teacher and tech integrator Marty Cryer.  “Hour of Code is a worldwide opportunity to get kids learning about computer programing,” said Cryer.  “Kids all around the world are doing this.” On December 4th, Cryer began Hour of Code with kindergarten students in the school’s computer lab where they learned beginning steps in writing code.  

“We are fortunate to have Marty Cryer, our computer teacher, spend time implementing the Hour of Code, a global movement, reaching millions of students with the intent of de-mystifying coding, a computer science,” commented WES Principal April Noble.  “Each of our grade levels will have a different focus and will use tools that are grade level appropriate.  I have had parents and students expressing their excitement about this project!” 

Working with 5th grade students at Wells Junior High School was resource teacher Beth Goodwin who facilitated several coding sessions after school and during Friday math classes that she co-teaches. 

“Students came to my room at dismissal with their laptops and used the Hour of Code website ( to create games with code until the late bus was called,” commented Goodwin. “Word spread and the number of students participating doubled each day. Hour of Code activities are a unique combination of problem solving, math, visual perception, and persistence and it is very gratifying to see students’ excitement using these skills.”  

The value of expanding the teaching of computer coding to more and more students is becoming widely recognized as exampled in a December 13, 2017 article in USA Today about Apple Inc.’s (formerly Apple Computer) plans to partner in 2018 with Chicago’s public school system to bring coding instruction to the hundreds of thousands of students enrolled there.  According to the article, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook views “coding as the most important ‘second language’ you can learn to thrive in the U.S. economy”.  

Elementary Students Coding
Sitting before computer screens are two kindergarten students of WES teacher Cathy Fox with teacher Marty Cryer at right.  They are taking first steps in learning about computer coding.  

5th Graders Coding
During an Hour of Code at WJHS with resource teacher Beth Goodwin are (l to r) 5th grade students Kendall Ball, Kylie Corbett and Kayla Rollins.

Toys collected by area students for Puerto Rican children

posted Dec 12, 2017, 3:26 AM by Michael Richards   [ updated Dec 13, 2017, 11:39 AM ]

On December 4th, Wells Junior High School health class students and others completed a one-week collection of unwrapped toys to be part of a larger toy collection (a community service project) initiated and spearheaded by an 8th grade student at Middle School of the Kennebunks, Andrea Collin.  All of these toys, primarily for ages 4-12, were then packed by Andrea and delivered free of charge by FedEx to children living in shelter conditions this holiday season in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria.   
“These students that specifically went above and beyond in communications around the collection, bringing their own toys in, but also encouraging others…have done it with great energy and great kindness,” said WJHS Health Ellen Rodman.  

Student donating toys
Pictured are WJHS eighth grade students of Health teacher Ellen Rodman who worked on a toy collection for Puerto Rican children. They are (l to r) Nathan Coleman, Erin Davis, Kira Littlefield, and Delia Bailey.  Missing from the photo are WJHS students Owen Neville and JJ Licardo.

Senator King Meets with Wells High School students

posted Dec 8, 2017, 3:49 AM by Michael Richards

About two dozen Wells High School students had the opportunity to video conference in class for about 50 minutes with Maine’s Independent U.S. Senator Angus King on December 5th.   His appearance on Skype was part of the Capital Class project King began shortly after taking office in 2013 to connect and interact with students at one high school monthly, sometimes weekly, eventually reaching every high school in Maine.   

Shortly after 9:15 a.m., King appeared before students on a large screen situated at the front of Ann Bechan’s classroom.  The Senator indicated that he was speaking to them from a room with broadcasting capabilities in the Senate office building in Washington, D.C.   

King described his role as senator in writing legislation which involves homework, hearings, bill markup sessions, meetings with staff and various experts plus time spent back in Maine on weekends meeting with constituents, touring the state and family time on Sundays in Brunswick.  He then accepted student questions which related to a variety of topics including Medicaid, training for jobs of the future, rising tensions between North Korea and the U.S., reasons why he choose to be an Independent and even a question about his favorite food.  King was Independent Governor of Maine from 1994 to 2002.

One of the questions came from Junior Kiah Holdsworth who sought King’s views on Israel including the idea of moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Avi to Jerusalem.  “The entire experience was enlightening,” said Holdsworth afterwards. “It was great to hear from the senator.  I am sure all my classmates were really excited to talk to an actual senator because very few people actually get the chance to do that.” 

“Well listen,” King said before signing off and heading back to work. “You had great questions. I’m glad to have a chance to meet you.  I hope, if you see me around in Maine, you’ll come up and introduce yourself and say ‘I was one of those Wells Warriors that spoke to you that morning.’”  

WHS Principal Sheehy later commented, “It was a great opportunity for our students to have the occasion to explore and discuss ideas related to government in an authentic way. They had some excellent questions and Senator King was open to whatever they had on their mind. We are appreciative of the time he spent with our students.”

King’s appearance was arranged by Regional Representative Bonita Pothier who is based in King’s Scarborough office.   “This morning’s session was excellent,” said Pothier.  “(Senator King) has said over and over again that the (student) questions, from his perspective, are even stronger and better than he can anticipate.”  Pothier and 14 other in-state King staff members are responsible for assisting Maine people individually with problems or issues with the federal government.  “People like Bonnie (Pothier) are my eyes and ears in the community,” said King at one point to the WHS students.  

English and Social Studies teacher Ann Bechan, Technology Coordinator Michael Richards and WHS Principal Eileen Sheehy also helped make this event possible.

Students participating in King interview
Senator Angus King meeting with a group of WHS students on December 5, 2017

Wells Elementary School recognizes its “champions”

posted Nov 30, 2017, 4:28 AM by Michael Richards

On November 17th, Wells Elementary School held its first of the school year “Breakfast of Champions” to recognize 49 of its K-4 students for demonstrating or modeling one or more of the school’s core values while interacting with fellow students or school staff during October.  According to WES Principal April Noble these values include respect, responsibility, honesty, trustworthiness, and compassion towards others.  Parents and guests also attended the event.  Following the breakfast, these honorees received a certificate of recognition and a special sticker to wear throughout the school day.

Those honored included Gabby Adams, Nia Borberg, Liam Chase, Jameson Russell, Michael Sargent, Khloe Tardif, Emily Chick, Emily Bolduc, Zoe Chabot, Gabby Hussey, Colin Moody, Camden Springer, Eva Talevi, Coleman Hubbard, Lucas Madsen, LilyBeth Ward, Kaylee Webber, Reid Brogan, Mason Colbeth, Baylee Heath, Cody Lockard, Dyllan Gaines, Carter Moody, Alexis Chase, Isabella Fagle, Annaliese Latulippe, Autumn Leslie, Carolyn Nichols, Madelyn Nichols, Mia Foley, Kayana Jacobson-Theriault, Dominic Lorello, Rusty Rousseau, Evelyn Videtto, Michael Curtis, Emily Finch, Jesse Pullen, Megan Roberts, Gauge Shepard, Kailyne Twombley, Devyn Woodman, Chase Pullen, Devan Jones, Aiden Lear-Lapierre, Evelina Lucas, Kevin Bolduc, Evan Chase, Paul Stair, and Joey Nawfel.

Students honored
Wells Elementary School’s K-4 students recognized recently for demonstrating WES’s core values

Runner Mitch Libby receives Athlete of Month for second consecutive October

posted Nov 28, 2017, 4:09 AM by Michael Richards

Wells High School has selected senior Mitch Libby to receive Student-Athlete of the Month for October of 2017.  He received this award for his academics and excellence in running on the school’s boys cross country team during the championship month of October.  This is Libby’s second time receiving this award, the first awarded for October of 2016. 

I’m excited about it,” said Libby.  “I am glad that the school and other people who are in charge of this award recognize what I did in those championship meets in October and it feels good.”    In November, Libby represented WHS in the 2017 New England Cross Country Championships.

According to boys cross country coach, Bob Winn, Libby “ran undefeated” for the regular season then continued to win the Western Maine Conference Division II Championship.  Following this event, Libby finished 2nd in the state Class B championship.  At this state meet the WHS team finished 4th in Class B and earlier won the Western Maine Conference Division II championship.

Presenting a plaque to Libby on November 20th was Wells-Ogunquit CSD Director of Athletics 6-12 Pierce Cole, John C. Kreie of Cole Harrison Insurance and Pamela Moody-Maxon of Moody Maxon Real Estate.  

“We had a really successful season as a team…,”   said Libby who indicated that he runs about 8 miles a day during the offseason depending on weather.  He credits Coach Bob Winn for his team’s successes.  “Our team would be nothing without Bob,” said Libby who has been running since the sixth grade. 

According to Coach Winn, Libby qualified to compete in the New England championships “placing one of the highest spots of any XC runner from Wells High School.  As a coach, I would have to say that speaks volumes and (he is) a great student on top of that! Well deserved!” commented Winn.  
Libby accepting his award
From left to right is Pierce Cole, Pam Moody-Maxon, Mitch Libby, and John Kreie.

WES student recognized by school committee

posted Nov 21, 2017, 4:37 AM by Michael Richards

At its October 4th meeting, the Wells-Ogunquit CSD School Committee recognized Wells Elementary School third grade student Lee Rollins for becoming the 2017 State and New England Regional first place winner in the second grade category of the annual Smokey Bear & Woodsey Owl Poster Contest.  Presenting Rollins with a certificate recognizing his achievement was School Committee Chair Helena Ackerson and Superintendent James Daly who is holding the winning entry.   Rollins’ poster was created in class under the direction of WES Art teacher Sandy Brennan who, in recent years, has had five other students place at either the state or New England regional level of this contest.  Open to all first through fifth grade students, this national art contest strives to encourage children to be involved with natural resource conservation and wildfire prevention.   It is sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Forest Service, National Garden Clubs, Inc. and locally by the Seacoast Garden Club of Kennebunk.  

Lee Rollins accepting his award

Wells High School recognizes its “champions” at breakfast

posted Nov 17, 2017, 4:19 AM by Michael Richards

Wells High School hosted a “Breakfast of Champions” award event on November 3rd.   This event is held three times a school year to honor students, staff and community members whose service and generosity have contributed to the educational and social environment of the Wells High School community.  At this time, nine students and six staff members were recognized. 

Students honored included Tyler Carpenter, Olivia Durfee, Liliana Farias, Megan LaChance, Kate Pinette, Grace Stevens, Ashton Jacobson-Theriault, Logan Worthley and Hannah Wrigley. Teachers and other staff honored included Joshua Adams, Noȅl Curcio, Brenda Dyer, Gail Moulton, Cheryl Oakes, and Michael Richards.  After the breakfast, each received a certificate and tee-shirt.

Those selected to receive this honor are generally nominated by a coach, teacher or staff member based upon a variety of criteria including accomplishments, academic progress, positive contributions and/or demonstrations of excellence in the classroom or on the job.   
Breakfast of Champions at WHS
In the photo are those recognized in November as “champions” at Wells High School. Recipients are (back row, l-r): Megan LaChance, Liliana Farias, Hannah Wrigley, Joshua Adams, Logan Worthley, Noel Curcio, Cheryl Oakes and Gail Moulton.  Front Row (l-r) Tyler Carpenter, Kate Pinette, Ashton Jacobson-Theriault and Grace Stevens.  Missing from photo are Olivia Durfee, Brenda Dyer and Michael Richards.

WHS students receive award from the National School Development Council

posted Nov 16, 2017, 4:38 AM by Michael Richards

Wells High School Principal Eileen Sheehy has announced that seniors Olivia Durfee and Kylie Belanger are the recipients of the 2017 National School Development Council’s Award for Academic Growth and Student Leadership.   Formed in 1969, the NSDC seeks to acknowledge the positive contributions students make to schools.  Recipients of this award exemplify admirable character and accomplishment.  

“Over the years here at Wells High School Olivia and Kylie have abundantly contributed to the culture of pride and service in our entire school community,” stated Principal Sheehy.  Their leadership comes naturally as they model commitment, compassion, and citizenship. Their dedication to academics is commendable and their positive and enthusiastic presence is contagious,”

“Olivia and Kylie are wonderful examples of the many positive ways students can influence a school,” added Assistant Principal Gould.    

Olivia has been involved in numerous community service projects including volunteering at soup kitchens, and children's hospitals.  Individually, she has raised over $3,000 while participating in the school’s annual "Shootin' for a Cure" breast cancer fundraiser.   Olivia is a three-sport student-athlete on the soccer, basketball and softball teams.  She is a member of the Interact Club, Student Council, FEMS in STEM, and National Honor Society.  Olivia is the daughter of James and Tracy Durfee.  

Kylie has been a member of the basketball, soccer, and Lacrosse teams plus involved in school plays and musicals.  In addition, she was an inaugural member of the school’s “a Capella group”. Kylie holds leadership roles in National Honor Society, Interact Club and Student Council.  She is a key member of the FEMS in STEM club, Philosophy club, as well as in her church’s youth group.   Kylie has participated in numerous community service opportunities including the annual “Shootin’ for a Cure” breast cancer fundraiser and Tour de Cure for Diabetes.  She also volunteers her time with the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital.  Kylie is the daughter of Lili & Todd Belanger.

Awardee recipients
Olivia Durfee and Kylie Belanger

WHS Cross Country team recognized at school committee meeting

posted Nov 16, 2017, 4:33 AM by Michael Richards

At its November 2nd meeting the Wells-Ogunquit CSD School Committee recognized the WHS Boys Cross Country team for winning the Western Maine Conference (WMC) Championship for the third consecutive year.  The team had 14 wins with one loss in the regular season and placed 3rd in regional and 4th in the state competition.   

Chair Helena Ackerson and Superintendent Jim Daly congratulated Coach Bob Winn and team members for being named Western Maine Conference Champions one more time.  

Team members include Matt Chase, Mitchel Stapleton, Brian McMahon, Mitch Libby, Tyler Stapleton, Noah McAvoy, Brian Niznik, Griffin Allaire, Everette Allen, Guss Madsen, Wes Moody, Mathew Buonanno, Quentin Curtiss, Jacob Jarman, Tyler Evans, and Tim Martell.  Team members were each presented with a certificate.   Coach Winn was presented with a certificate for his leadership.   

“They were a tremendous team (and) worked a bit past their abilities,” said Winn who added, “We had our struggles.”  One of the problems the team faced included the temporary loss of a crucial team member due to an injury. 

Boys Team Recognized at School Committee Meeting
Among a few audience members at the November 2nd meeting of the WOCSD School Committee are many of the WHS Boys Cross Country team, Superintendent Daly at the far left and Chair Ackerson at far right. 

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