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Parrott selected ‘Student-Athlete of the Month’ for May at WHS

posted Jul 21, 2016, 3:39 AM by Michael Richards

In late June, Wells High School graduate Nick Parrott was picked by school administrators as the Student-Athlete of the Month for May 2016.  This award is in recognition of his academics, sportsmanship-on and off the field-and excellence in the sport of ‘racewalking’ or ‘race walking’.   This year Parrott was one of three race walkers participating on the WHS Boys Track and Field Team.   Racewalking is unlike running in that one foot must appear to be completely on the ground at all times during competition. 

In 2015, the Western Maine Conference ranked Parrott second in racewalking.   On June 4th of this year, Parrott placed 2nd in the 1600mm racewalk at the State Class B track and field State championship held at Mount Desert Island High School.  At the New Balance Nationals track meet in Greensboro, North Carolina on June 17th, Parrott finished 13th in the 1600mm racewalking competition.  

Presenting a plaque to Parrott on June 15th was WHS Director of Student Activities Jack Molloy, Pamela Moody-Maxon of Moody Maxon Real Estate and John C. Kreie of Cole Harrison Insurance Agency.    

“He even taught us to speed walk (race walk)…,” said Moody-Maxon about herself, Molloy and Kreie when Parrott received his award from them.  “There really is a lot of technical aspects of speed walking.  You have to have a lot of discipline with your legs and foot placement.  And you don’t realize how much of a sport and skill it truly is until you see it and learn the intricacies of the sport,” added Moody-Maxon.  

“It’s great to know that people know what I am doing and appreciated,” said Parrott shortly after receiving the Athlete of the Month distinction. “It feels really good to be recognized by everyone.”  Parrott also acknowledged his coaches, Jason Hludik and Robert Winn for their support.  “He did a really good job this year,” said Hludik of Parrott’s racing accomplishments in 2016.    

The son of Cheryl Figliolini and Francis Parrott, Nick Parrott plans to study Anthropology and International Relations at Brandeis University in the fall.  Being interested in politics, he has the goal to become a U.S. ambassador someday.  One of his favorite countries is the Dominican Republic.  Later in June, he traveled there for a vacation and to do community service volunteering with a group in reforestation there. 

The Student-Athlete of the Month award program at Wells High School is sponsored by Cole Harrison Insurance Agency and Moody Maxon Real Estate.  The Student-Athlete of the Month Award has recognized student-athletes at WHS since 2007.

May Student Athlete of the Month
On the track between Wells High School and Wells Junior High School is (left to right) John C. Kreie, Nick Parrott, Jack Molloy and Pam Moody-Maxon

WES student places highly in State and regional levels of national art contest

posted Jul 12, 2016, 2:31 PM by Michael Richards

Wells Elementary School student Madison Webb received first place locally and at state level competition in the second-grade category of the Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl Poster Contest for 2016.  And, in June, it was announced at a convention of the Garden Club Federation of Maine in Bar Harbor that Webb’s artwork also finished second at the New England regional level. 

Shortly before school break for summer, Webb’s art teacher, Sandy Brennan, presented certificates to Webb at WES for her high achievements on behalf of the Seacoast Garden Club, sponsor of the contest locally.   

Delta Fuller of Kennebunk is a member of that club. “Sandy has contributed many winners in this contest and we appreciate her enthusiasm,” commented Fuller of Brennan.  “Her students do wonderful work and we always enjoy receiving their entries.”  In 2014, one of Brennan’s art students, Logan Blanchard received first place in the State and regional portions of the Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl Poster Contest

The Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl Poster Contest began in 1961.  It is open to all first through fifth-grade students.  This contest is sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Forest Service and National Garden Clubs, Inc.  The contest seeks to encourage children and adults to be involved with natural resource conservation and wildfire prevention.  

Familiar to generations around the world, the shovel-carrying and folksy Smokey the Bear first appeared to the public in 1944.  His 1947 message of “Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires” was updated in 2001 with the sentence ending in “Wildfires”.   In 1970, the year of the first Earth Day,  Woodsy Owl” appeared with the conservationist message of “Lend a Hand – Care for the Land.”  
Student holding up artwork
Madison Webb with her “Only You Can Prevent Wildfires” themed award winning poster

Wells High School Planning to Destroy Older Student Health Records

posted Jul 12, 2016, 2:22 PM by Michael Richards

The Health Office at Wells High School is preparing to confidentially dispose of student health records for the classes of 2005 through 2008 in accordance with 255 Maine State Archives, Chapter10. If any former student would like their health folder please request so in writing to Pat Endsley, RN at pendsley@wocsd.org or at Wells High School; 200 Sanford Rd.; Wells, ME 04090 before August 1, 2016.

ROBERT GRIFFIN APPROVED AS NEW PRINCIPAL OF WELLS JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL

posted Jul 6, 2016, 11:41 AM by Michael Richards   [ updated Jul 7, 2016, 4:49 AM ]

WOCSD Superintendent Jim Daly has approved the recommendation of an interview committee and appointed Robert Griffin as the next principal of Wells Junior High School, effective July 6, 2016,

Mr. Griffin is a true middle level educator.  He has been the assistant principal of Wells Junior High for the past four years and acted as interim principal of WJHS for the last 8 weeks of the school year.  Previously, Mr. Griffin was assistant principal of Westbrook Middle School for three years and, two years before that, principal of Sacopee Valley Middle School in Hiram, Maine.  Mr. Griffin began his career in education as an educational technician in 1997 and was a classroom teacher at Noble and Falmouth Middle Schools.  He has taught classes at USM, UNE, and SMCC.  Mr. Griffin is President-Elect of the Maine Association for Middle Level Education. 

Mr. Griffin demonstrated the attributes the Wells Junior High community sought – student focused; collaborative leadership style; strong communicator; ability to promote positive school culture and climate and understanding of middle level students. 

A colleague stated, “Mr. Griffin believes in a model of shared leadership and will use this paradigm of collaboration to ensure that there is an environment that supports the learning, social, and emotional needs of each and every student. “

The search process began on June 1st with a faculty meeting to gather input about the attributes desired in a new principal.  Two committees were formed of highly respected teachers, parents, a school committee member, and administrators.  The selection committee met on June 22nd to review applications and selected three candidates to interview.  After a round of interviews with highly qualified candidates by a separate committee on June 29th, one finalist was forwarded to Superintendent Daly.


School Committee recognizes Wells High School’s ranking in national magazine

posted Jul 5, 2016, 4:52 AM by Michael Richards

This past spring Wells High School was awarded a “Silver Award” by U.S. News & World Report and ranked 5th Best High School in Maine.  This is the fifth year in a row that WHS has attained a top ranking from this national online magazine.   

On May 4th, the WOCSD School Committee recognized Wells High School students and staff for this achievement.  At the meeting Superintendent Daly stated that the current ranking was based on 2015 data.   He expressed how proud he was that the students maintained this high standard given the fact they were in the midst of building construction.  

WHS Assistant Principal, Josh Gould, accepted a Certificate of Achievement from the School Committee on behalf of the school and Principal Eileen Sheehy.  

"We're extremely proud of the recognition received for the hard work of our students and teachers and extremely thankful to the parents and community members for the tremendous support we receive," commented Gould.

Once a printed weekly newsmagazine, US News and World Report now maintains primarily an online presence (usnews.com).  Besides news, opinion and consumer advice, the magazine is known for its college, high school and hospital rankings. 
Presentation of Award

From left to right is Superintendent Jim Daly, Josh Gould and School Committee Chair Helena Ackerson. 

Wells High School to Cull Student Records

posted Jun 30, 2016, 10:21 AM by Michael Richards

The Wells High School Guidance Department will be culling student files for the Class of 2015 beginning October 1, 2016.  If you would like to obtain your file, please send your request with your name and mailing address to Karen Quint by September 30, 2016. 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

Wells High School’s 2016 Graduation to be Cablecast

posted Jun 30, 2016, 5:34 AM by Michael Richards

Wells High School held its 113th Commencement at Warrior Memorial Field on June 12th.  One hundred and ten students received their diplomas in a graduation ceremony that was video recorded.  

In July, the recording will be featured on Time Warner Channels 3 in Wells and Ogunquit.  The cablecast will begin July 5th and will run through Sunday the 17th on the following days and times:  Friday thru Sunday at 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 4:00 pm. 

At the graduation ceremony Harrison Woodman sang the nation’s national anthem, the Star- Spangled Banner, WHS Principal Eileen Sheehy welcomed audience members with opening remarks and Class President Anna Furness and Class Vice President Mikaela Littlefield introduced speakers including Salutatorian Tamar Cimenian, Valedictorian Kate Macolini and Class of 2016 advisors Kristen Thompson and Paula Brayson who, together, provided the Commencement Address.

Conferral of diplomas was by School Committee Chair Helena Ackerson, School Committee Vice Chair Jason Vennard, Superintendent Jim Daly, Principal Sheehy and Assistant Principal Josh Gould.
Students Celebrating
Tossing caps into the air is a section of graduates from the Class of 2016 

Chase named Student-Athlete of the Month for April

posted Jun 28, 2016, 11:37 AM by Michael Richards

Wells High School sophomore Anya Chase has been selected Student- Athlete of the Month for April 2016.  This award is in recognition of her academics, sportsmanship, on and off the field, and excellence in school sports including her role as pitcher and her impressive batting record with the WHS Girls Softball Team. 

Presenting a plaque to Chase on June 15th was WHS Director of Student Activities Jack Molloy, Pamela Moody-Maxon of Moody Maxon Real Estate and John C. Kreie of Cole Harrison Insurance Agency.    

"Anya is the epitome of what I believe a scholar athlete should be,” said Moody-Maxon.  “She is a great kid with a lot of work ethic both on and off the field.  She plays softball year-round and is very driven to be the very best at what she does.  We are proud to present this award to such a fine, deserving scholar-athlete.” Moody-Maxon also praised Chase for routinely receiving high honors in high school. 

“It’s just nice to be recognized by my community,” said Chase when asked for a comment.  “We had a great team season.  Softball is a team sport but it was really nice to be recognized for my accomplishments.”  Chase said the team had a record this past season of 10 wins and 6 losses for the regular season.  She added that the team went on to the Class B playoffs where her team won one game but lost another.

Kevin Fox is the WHS Girls Softball coach, “Anya is a fantastic choice for Student-Athlete of the Month,” said Fox. “She is one of the top players in the league and has set many individual records while her focus is always on team goals and successes.  She is a strong pitcher and one of the best hitters I have ever seen on any team.”  

Fox continued, “Anya had a .690 batting average with 49 hits, 15 doubles, 5 triples, 13 RBI, 37 runs, and only struck out once.  Her outstanding stats have all been accomplished with a humble, unselfish attitude.  Anya is the perfect teammate, always supportive, encouraging, and ready to take on anything.”

Director Molloy commented that “Anya (in April) went 14 for 17 with 6 doubles, 1 triple, 3 rbi and 11 runs scored.  She had an .824 batting average and an .833 on-base percentage.”   

The Student-Athlete of the Month award program at Wells High School is sponsored by Cole Harrison Insurance Agency and Moody Maxon Real Estate.  The Student-Athlete of the Month Award has recognized student-athletes at WHS since 2007.
Student-Athlete of the Month
On the softball field at WHS is (left to right) John C. Kreie, Anya Chase, Pam Moody-Maxon and Jack Molloy.

Winning participants in “Bikes for Books” program receive their bikes

posted Jun 27, 2016, 9:32 AM by Michael Richards   [ updated Jun 28, 2016, 10:52 AM ]

On June 15th, Wells Elementary School held an assembly to draw winners in the “Bikes for Books” reading incentive program sponsored by the Grand Lodge of Masons in Maine and the Maine Masonic Charitable Foundation.   In the drawing, nine boys and nine girls each went home for the summer with new Huffy bicycles plus helmets and t-shirts.  

Since April, WES students from nine first and second grade classrooms participated in the two-month program coordinated by Literacy teacher Bonnie Esty and Dr. Claire Tusch of Ocean Lodge #142.

According to a program brochure, Bikes for Books is a statewide initiative “to foster literacy programs in schools and encourage healthy exercise.”  Since 2007, the program has awarded 1,200 bicycles.  

Over a two-month period, WES students read books, filled out accompanying tickets and wrote brief book reports then deposited their entries into a box in their classrooms.  The more books they read, the greater the chance they had for winning a bike  

“The children were very excited and very enthusiastic,” commented Assistant Principal of WES Ken Spinney after the drawing.   “When they had their names called, they had big smiles on their faces.”  According to Principal Marianne Horne the books read by the students totaled 2,090.

Representing Wells Ocean Lodge #142 at the drawing were Ben Davis, John Howarth, Claire Tusch, Ken Creed, Danny Fink, Jake Wiggin, and Wayne Smith.  

“I think it speaks for itself,” said Smith when asked about the success of the reading incentive program that has generated numerous heartwarming stories.  Smith added, “It is a fantastic program.”  
Bikers
Adults in the back row of the photo are (l to r) Bonnie Esty, Ken Creed, John Howarth, Wayne Smith Jake Wiggin (Master at Wells Ocean Lodge #142), Ben Davis, Dr. Claire Tusch (past Grand Master of the Masons in Maine), and Marianne Horne who drew the names of students in the Bikes for Books drawing at WES.  

Jenkins becomes ‘Exemplary Volunteer of the Year’

posted Jun 21, 2016, 12:05 PM by Michael Richards

The Wells-Ogunquit CSD held its Annual Volunteer Appreciation Strawberry Shortcake Social on June 9th.  This event is held near the close of school for summer recess to thank school volunteers for their service throughout the school year.   In addition, one person from the volunteer group is recognized at the social for being Exemplary Volunteer of the Year.  This year, Barbara Jenkins received the Exemplary Volunteer Award for 2015-2016.  

Approximately 40 volunteers attended the event hosted by Maryanne Foley, Community Resource Coordinator for the District.  According to Foley, volunteers as a whole contribute “thousands” of hours of time assisting teachers and students in the District’s schools. 

At one point, Jenkins was presented with a strawberry plant from Foley as a token of appreciation.  “Barbara has been a volunteer at Wells Elementary School since the fall of 2012,” commented Foley later.  “Her background in special education, and experience with struggling readers was valuable assistance to teachers at WES. Her dedication to the School Volunteer Program and willingness to support children’s learning has benefited many students and teachers.”  

Also speaking to the group of volunteers on the 9th was WOCSD Superintendent Jim Daly and retiring Principal of Wells Elementary School Marianne Horne. 

Anyone interested in becoming involved in the WOCSD School Volunteer Program in the fall of 2016 should contact Maryanne Foley at her school email address mfoley@wocsd.org.  The District’s website is at;   www.K12wocsd.net.
Volunteer Award
From left to right is Marianne Horne, Barbara Jenkins and Maryanne Foley

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