Recent School News

  • National Ranking in the Science Olympiad
    RobotMr. Ramgren reports from Ohio that Waterville is holding its own with some of the top schools in the United States. Bridger and Nathan compete in Robot Arm they came in 15th. What a tremendous finish in this event!

    Mr. Ramgren and the whole team begins the long journey home after finishing 50th out of 62 teams. This is the same place we finished last year. What a great day for science at Waterville.

    Posted May 21, 2017, 1:55 PM by Floyd Wygant
  • French Trip to Québec! - 2017
    The words, "Wish you were here" ring through my head. Waterville High students look like they are having a très bon time in Québec! 

    Posted May 19, 2017, 11:54 AM by Floyd Wygant
  • Science Olympiad Team Heads for Ohio
    AC/DC may have said it best, It's a Long Way to the Top. If you don't remember the classic rock hit, then you might want to consider joining the Science Olympiad team (in spirit) with a little traveling music this weekend.

    The Science Olympiad National Tournament is being held at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. This year's team is:

    Bridger Holly, Katie Lopes, Anthony Pinnette, Nathan Pinnette, John Violette,  Merline Feero, Maddie Hallen, Brock Jolicoeur, Carter Jones, Adam Livshits, Ella Ruehsen, Abi Bloom, Kevin Chen, Jordan Perkins, and David Ramgren.

    The road trip leaves Waterville Thursday, May 18th, driving straight through the night. A changeover driver will meet the bus at the mid-way point to finish the journey to Ohio. The same is true for their return, expected on Monday, May 22nd.

    Mr. Ramgren says that while this is incredibly tough national competition, his team is really well prepared. Mr. Ramgren is hopeful for an individual medal even though many of the competing schools have ten times the population and resources to draw upon.  

    We wish them all great luck and a safe trip. We are very proud of you all.
    Safe arrival!
    We arrived on campus at 4. Checked into the dorm. Sat down for dinner at 5:30. Stopped at grocery store for breakfast supplies.  Kids swimming and playing frisbee by 7. In their rooms by 10:15. All going well. - Jon Ramgren

    Posted May 21, 2017, 1:36 PM by Floyd Wygant
  • Waterville Kids Rock
    The national nonprofit, Little Kids Rock Maine Kids Rock(, has a mission to build a world where children can live rich, purposeful lives by ensuring that all public school children have the opportunity to unlock their inner music makers. This collaboration is the first time the organization has partnered with a state department of education. As part of the 2017-2018 Maine Kids Rock pilot program, 10 schools, including Waterville, will receive $5,000 worth of musical instruments as part of the program’s $50,000 investment in Maine. The intent of the pilot program is to expand and innovate current music programs throughout Maine. To be eligible for the pilot, school districts must have enrollments in which 50 percent or more of the students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, and they must agree to offer modern band during the 2017-2018 school year, taught by certified music teachers, according to the state education department.
    Ms. Barre

    Sue Barre, president of the Maine Music Educators Association and a teacher at Waterville, said teachers will be trained to offer classes using modern band methods and materials. Teachers will use methods rooted in children’s knowledge of popular music forms including rock, pop, blues, hip-hop, country, reggae, and R&B.

    A three-piece band from Waterville performed before and after the event, and Adan Lawlor, a junior, said via email that music education has shaped who he is as a musician and person. In the 2017-18 School Year, Modern Band will be offered next fall in place of the traditional music theory class. In the new Modern Band course, students will learn to play keyboard, guitar, bass and drums.

    Posted May 12, 2017, 2:24 PM by Floyd Wygant
  • Waterville Alternative School In The News

    Independent Living: “Being Green” Class Awarded Grant and Builds Compost Bin


    Last fall our “Being Green” class welcomed ecomaine’s Katrina Venhuizen to address our school on the importance of recycling.  During her visit, she informed the “Being Green” teacher, Linda Nichols, about ecomaine’s School Recycling Grant.  In addition to taking responsibility for the existing recycling program at the Alt School, our class decided that addressing the food waste that our cafeteria produces was equally as important.  Together, we wrote a detailed project outline describing our plans for the grant money and applied for the grant.  

    We Won The Grant!

    In December we received the news that the Waterville Alternative School was one of several Maine schools to be awarded an ecomaine School Recycling Grant.  We received a grant in the amount of $1,000.00!  After a field trip to Home Depot to buy materials to build our own three-compartment compost bin, our class began construction.  Because of the lack of power tools in our building, Mark Champagne and students at the Mid-Maine Technical Center helped us out by cutting all of the lumber and the corrugated fiberglass that Alt students measured in preparation.  Thanks, guys!

    Winter Blues

    This winter posed quite the challenge for our compost project - most of the construction had to take place in sections in our small classroom.  Also, because of the depth of the snow, we had to wait for melting to occur before we could place the bin in the chosen location on campus.  The building process proved to be a blast!  The students loved the hands-on experience, and those with carpentry skills really had the opportunity to shine!  We finished the construction the day before April vacation, and on the day we returned, we were finally able to place the bin in the desired location.  We officially began composting our food waste this week!

    Working with the Preschoolers from The Children’s Place

    Our ultimate goals for our compost project is to decrease the amount of food waste we generate at the Alt School and to eventually produce fertile compost material to add to the existing Children’s Place organic raised bed gardens on our campus at The Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers on Silver Street.  In addition, we have been working with Becky Judd, director of the Teen Parent Program, and Mandi Howard, director of The Children’s Place, to bring together preschoolers and our alt students in a cooperative learning opportunity focusing on growing our own healthy and organic foods from seed.  Thanks to a Healthy Waterville Mini Grant that Becky and Mandi were awarded, and our ecomaine grant, we have been able to join forces and resources in an effort to build several additional raised bed gardens and to purchase gardening supplies and classroom greenhouses.

    One of our collaborative activities involved our students reading stories about planting seeds to the preschoolers and creating artwork based on the stories’ themes.  Since then, we have purchased seeds from the Hall School, and have been fortunate to have the assistance of representatives from Johnny’s Selected Seeds who joined us last week in planting seeds (some of which they donated).  The preschoolers and the high schoolers worked side-by-side planting a variety of organic vegetable seeds, as well as flowers, in trays to germinate in our classroom greenhouses.  Some have already started to sprout!

    Building and Planting Our New Gardens

    Currently, we are getting materials together to build our larger raised bed gardens.  We are hoping to finish the construction project within the next week or two.  Again, we will be assisted by master gardeners from Johnny’s Selected Seeds when we direct seed our gardens and when we plant our seedlings.  

    Building Community

    Not only have we been building structures for our organic gardening endeavor, but we have also been building a sense of community at our Silver Street campus.  Staff from the various organizations are collaborating, and students of all ages are working together in an effort to grow our own organic food.  In addition, we are beautifying the grounds in the process.  It has been a win-win situation for all!

    Posted May 7, 2017, 8:21 AM by Floyd Wygant
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----- 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."


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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!

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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