Recent School News

  • Concert Canceled - University of Maine Singers Open Concert
    Unfortunately, the UMaine Singers concert has been canceled due to the impending snow storm -
    Waterville High School is honored to host The University of Maine Singers in an open (free) concert here at Trask Auditorium on March 13th at 7 pm.  

    Come on out and hear wonderful music by this group as well as our own WSHS Chorus!
    UMaine Singers
    Waterville's own Alex Misner ('17) is a member of this group of fabulous musicians. 
    Posted Mar 12, 2018, 11:49 AM by Floyd Wygant
  • 8th Grade Night
    Spaghetti Dinner Graphic
    th Grade Parent Night
    Tuesday Night, Feb 13
    – 5:30 p.m. tours available
    School Graphic
    – 6:00 p.m. dinner and official program begins
    Posted Feb 12, 2018, 12:52 PM by Floyd Wygant
  • Music Booster Night - Feb 3
    Looking for a place to eat after the KV Festival?

    Come out and enjoy a meal and support the Music Boosters with a meal at the Cancun Mexican Bar & Grill in Waterville.


    Posted Feb 2, 2018, 5:38 AM by Floyd Wygant
  • Sue Barre Accorded “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” Award
    SBO Cover
    For two decades, School Band and Orchestra Magazine’s “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” has focused the spotlight on outstanding music educators from each of these United States.

    Honored directors were nominated by students, former and current colleagues, band parents, administrators, friends, former band directors who might have even taught them, and sometimes a spouse of a director who admires the hard work and dedication their other half gives to their school music programs.

    This year, SB&O pored over 880 nominations, and narrowing it down was as difficult as ever. With the selections made, and with letters and emails sent, we asked each director to tell us of their proudest teaching moments, how they hope to make a difference in students’ lives, and the most important lessons they try to teach their students. Their answers are as varied and wonderful as the words spoken about them by those who submitted them for this recognition.

    And with that, SBO presents the 2017 Class of 50 Directors Who Make a Difference.


    Susan Brady Barre

    Mrs. Barre

    Waterville Public Schools, Band 5-12

    Waterville, Maine

    Total Years Teaching: 26 years

    What is your proudest moment as an educator?

    My proudest moments are the “light bulb” moments. The opportunity to see students make a discovery and realize the significance. Over just the last week, I think of the student in 5th grade who began to develop the skill of practicing resulting in measurable improvement or the magic of tech week when the sophomore performs with the pit orchestra for the first time and everything comes together. The spark in the eye that says, “I just did that.” Those moments are my proudest moments, those moments are the reason I teach.

    How do you hope to make a difference in your students’ lives?

    It is my hope that the lessons that students learn in band, musical and others, result in each one of them becoming lifelong advocates and consumers of and for music and music education. Music Education is a venue to refine musical skills and so many other skills. Students learn to work together towards a common goal, compromise, deal with conflict, overcome disappointment and celebrate success and at times and comfort each other in times of sorrow. Students learn the importance of civic engagement through parades and performances and the significance one person can have within an organization and as an organization. If these lessons are carried forward into their adult lives I feel I have made a difference.

    What’s the most important lesson that you try to teach your students?

    The most important lesson I try to teach my students is to follow their passion. When we talk about careers after high school I speak to finding something they love to do and then finding a way to get paid for it. I am fortunate enough to still love my job after twenty-eight years. If through my words and action I can teach students that if you love your work it does not feel like work and more importantly that beyond work, family always comes first, then I feel that I have succeeded.

    Read more about each state's influential directer at this link:

    Posted Jan 8, 2018, 7:04 AM by Floyd Wygant
  • Special Seniors Adulting Workshop - Jan 23rd
    Seniors from Waterville Senior High School will get a real-life adulting lesson this month. The JMG Career Association is partnering with the Kennebec Valley of Credit Unions Committee to host a regional Financial Fitness Fair for ALL Waterville-area seniors on Tuesday, January 23rd.
    Hundreds of seniors from Lawrence, Winslow, and Waterville will be attending this morning event taught by local business leaders in the community and will be learning about real-life financial planning and budgeting decisions on housing, food, transportation, and other topics. This is a great life skills session they will put into action by visiting various booths and all students will be entered into a raffle for cash prizes. The event will be held from 9:10-11:10 a.m. in the WSHS gymnasium.
    Posted Jan 8, 2018, 7:04 AM by Floyd Wygant
Showing posts 1 - 5 of 42. View more »

----- 03/24/16
Waterville Students Campaign at the State Capital in Augusta

Arts Advocacy Day finds five Waterville High School students campaigning in the State House. The Arts, visual and performing, have been shown to not only help in creating an environment to bring students to school but an important in developing academic skills. Student ambassadors like these are a credit to our school, community, and country.

Sue Barre

Band Leader

Student Ambassadors

----- 03/07/16

Waterville Drama Wins Class A Regional Drama and Ensemble Awards

In addition to the Class A Drama Regional and the Ensemble Awards, all Cast Awards were given for outstanding performance to Jon Thompson and Callie Rogers, and Olivia Jones won the lighting award. 
One Act Regional Win

The cast excelled, and special recognition goes to two students missing from the photo (who were taken home after the performance by parents); as well as, many other who also did their jobs and helped us win even though they were "sick kiddos the entire festival...hacking coughs, fevers etc."  We have amazing students at Waterville High School. Get and stay healthy. States in 2 weeks!

Gayle Giguere
Drama Coach/Director

----- 01/19/16

School Music Boosters Sponsor Spaghetti Dinner & Swing Dance

Swing Dance

Where: Elks Lodge 76 Industrial Way, Waterville

Time: 5:30-7:00 Spaghetti Supper, 

Time: 7:00-10:00 Dance with Live Swing Band Music
Dinner and dancing all for just $10 per person.

Sue Barre

----- 11/30/15

Student Artist Work on Display in the Capital Complex

Nine Waterville students to represent Waterville Senior High School in the Hall of Flags at the capital on Friday Dec 4, beginning at 2pm. The display of their work is part of the Excellence in Art exhibition that is displayed throughout the State House Complex through February 2016. 

Please take some time to view the exhibit at the capital and don't forget to congratulate the student artists:

CJ Gaunce
Sarah Brown
Megan Dickenson
Sydney Dumont
Julie Fortin
Sarah Joler
Cecilia Morin
Tiana Poirier
Molly Wasilewski

----- 10/23/15

Waterville Senior High School Celebrate Mole Day

At 6:02 AM on Friday morning, (October 23), we will be celebrating Mole Day in the cafeteria.  We usually get over 100 kids and have a great time celebrating chemistry and extreme nerdiness (word??).  Please stop in if you get a chance.  We are usually done a little after 7.

Mole Day

Mole Day

Mole Day

Mole Day Brew

----- 10/20/15
Waterville Senior High School Musician Gains National Attention and Concert Premier

 The public is invited attend a concert this Saturday, October 24, 2015 - 7:30 p.m. in the Lorimer Chapel   The concerted, conducted by Eric Thomas, director of Colby's Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band, includes Waterville High's Soren Nyhus's "Bittersweet Victory" (2014), written for the note flight video game composition competition. 

----- 6/2/15
Waterville Junior High School’s Hoop House Garden Project awarded $1,872 Fast Track Grant

The Directors of the Maine Community Foundation, at the recommendation of Dr. and Mrs. David Perloff, approved the middle school’s request for funding for the 2015-2016 academic year to support their Alternative Education Program. The expenditure of grant funds will be used to purchase garden
hoop house
supplies to help 
sustain the Hoop House extended classroom and to construct hydroponic and aquaponic grow systems. 

The school’s Katahdin neighborhood, a multi-grade level community for students who need alternative learning environments, offers the standards-based Common Core curriculum in smaller class sizes for academically referred students in grades 7& 8. Teachers Patrick Henyan and Deb Strout utilize existing classrooms for content area learning with access to the school garden to supplement educational lessons. 

“We’re so excited,” says Strout, “to have the financial support to keep the program going. Students built the Hoop House in 2012 with funding made possible through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math), but we’ve relied on community support and agricultural groups to maintain the program’s operation. This money will continue to extend our classrooms for more learning options for students who learn in different ways and at different times.” 

According to Foundation Associate, Helen McCain, the Perloffs are looking forward to visiting the school and meeting with the students to take photos and videos for the Fast Track website.  For more information on the Maine-based organization, visit

3/19/15 -----
Third Annul Tech Night

Five Waterville High and about a dozen Winslow High students answered the invitaiton form Maine Office of Information Technology to participate in what has become an exciting and rewarding look into technology in Maine.  In addition to a great evening of activities and prizes, our students were able to collaborate with Stakeholders at all level: educators, students, parents, technology professionals, colleges, and vendors. This small, invitation only,event involves students in activities where they meet members of various Maine agencies, learn about some of the technology that the different agencies use throughout the State and give them a chance to experience some of those technologies directly through hands-on activities.  

ABOUT TECHNOLOGY NIGHT: Even with the proliferation of technology in our society, high school students often lack a full understanding of Information Technology careers. The exploding world of technology requires resources with a wide range of skills, from management to analysis to problem solving to curiosity. OIT’s goal is to educate students to the possibilities of Information Technology as an exciting and very viable career path. In addition to talking about the technology aspects, we also stress the importance of teamwork, collaboration, creative problem solving and endless learning opportunities. This event is fun and interactive.


OIT letter:

We appreciate your support and participation in our Third Annul Tech Fair held on March 19, 2015.  Our event would not have been a success without your contributions.

Over 60 high school aged students and their chaperones from seven local schools, and a home school group attended the event.  There were over 20 exhibits demonstrating the use of technology and promoting careers in IT.

Learning about the local college and university IT programs is so valuable to our Maine students. This was a valuable part of the evening and we were pleased you dedicated time to the event.

The Kennebec Journal highlighted the event on the front page. Here is the link to the article:

Thank you for making this such a spectacular event for the high school students and sharing in this successful event!

Our very best,

The Tech Night Team

3/21/15 -----
Science Olympiad 2nd in State

The Waterville Senior High School Science Olympiad Team competed in the state Science Olympiad tournament at University of Southern Maine, Gorham, on Saturday, 3/21. The lowest score wins, and we had a score of 76 for 23 events.  This is the lowest score Waterville's team has ever had, but Waynefleet scored a 69, so we ended up in second place.  Coach Ramgren, "I am very proud of the team's efforts, and how they conducted themselves throughout the competition. Thank you to all of you who work so hard to prepare our students for success.  We improved our score by 5 points from last year."


4/7/13 --------

More Music!  Waterville Senior High School Vocal Traction had a great season which ended last Saturday. We took home a Number One Rating along with a gold award for our efforts. Although we did not make it into night finals, we had our best performance at states on Saturday. We are so proud of all of our students. Thanks to everyone for your support our music this year.  --Ciara Hargrove

Read more about our musical student body below. »

------ links to this article also appeared  in the MEARTSED (Maine Arts Education) blog by Argy Nester ---------

3/25/13 ----------------------

Waterville Music Students Experience the Nations Capital And Giant Music Gathering

Seventy-seven "traveler" from Waterville schools swooped down on Washington DC and left with memories to last a life time as well as the prestigious Spirit of Washington DC Award.  The five-day trip and tours included many of our national capital's most famous landmarks, to include: the Capitol, Arlington National Cemetery (to include the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and a funeral fly-by performing the missing-man formation), the Korean and Vietnam War Memorials, the Lincoln Memorial, Holocaust museum, and the Smithsonian Museums. 

This was a tremendous opportunity to share musically and socially.  In addition to all the cultural sightseeing, our talented musicians got down to some serious work with musical exchanged and performances with all types of ensembles: jazz bands, bands, choirs, show choirs, a guitar ensemble, marching bands, auxiliary units (flags, etc from the marching bands, and percussions ensembles.  All three Waterville ensembles performed to their fullest potential: earning 3 excellent ratings, silver awards; as well as, being selected by the judges, tour guides and all the event officials for the Spirit of DC award.    The trip culminated with a huge banquet for 1200 music students from 40 schools representing 11 states (CA, FL, IL, KY, ME, NC, NY, SC, TX, VA, and WI).  A great opportunity, a great performance -- GO Panthers!

3/6/13 --------


Math team competition began in October with 24 teams in the Central Maine Math League.   Last month at our 4th meet, we placed second behind perennial powerhouse, Lawrence High School; who hasn't lost an Inland Division meet in recent memory. 

    Today at our fifth meet, all 24 Central Maine Math League Teams competed at Cony High School (the first 4 meets were solely with the Inland Division consisting of 8 teams).  I am proud to say that at today's meet Waterville beat the odds and scored 191 points to Lawrence's 152 !  This score was so impressive that it vaulted WSHS Math Team into 2nd place for the year behind Lawrence in the Inland Division and 3rd place overall for the Central Maine Math League large school division behind Lawrence and Cony for which we took home a beautiful plaque. 

Waterville also had individual standouts today for the entire League.  Max Burger-Roy won an award for placing in the top 6 freshmen.  Ursula Hebert-Johnson came in first place for highest total points by a junior--she also won another award for the 3rd-highest scoring mathlete in the League overall.

Words cannot express how proud Ted and I are of these students, all of them, who contributed throughout the year to our success.  And remember, this is the first year WSHS has had a Math Team and competed in a very, very, long time.  

Next up -- Maine State Championship at the Bangor Auditorium on April 9 against 138 teams.  We thank you for your encouragement and support!  

Scott Rivard & Ted Brown - Math Team Coaches

11/17/14 ----------

Kudos to Gayle, Sue, the students and all the faculty that helped make the musical so successful. It was a great show! We have so many talented musicians, singers and actors... It is remarkable. I am already looking forward to next year!
Brian Laramee
Assistant Principal

Waterville Senior High School
Thespian Troupe #2926

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Friday, November 21, 2014
Saturday, November 22, 2014

Waterville Senior High School Trask Auditorium
7:00 P.M.

Ticket Prices:
Adults $8.00
Students & Seniors (60+) $5.00

To Purchase Tickets in Advance: Please call Paula Pooler @ 873-4281