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Ann Bouchard named Maine School Nurse of the Year

posted Nov 3, 2017, 9:01 AM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Nov 3, 2017, 9:02 AM ]

Ann Bouchard
The Maine Association of School Nurses has named Ann Bouchard Maine’s 2017-2018 School Nurse of the Year. A registered nurse for 40 years, the last 17 of them as a school nurse at Waterville Senior High School in AOS 92.

In addition to working full time, Ann is an active volunteer in her community, an experienced lecturer and has published some of her written work. She serves on several school committees, in addition to the Kennebec Valley Community Action, Hardy Girls, Healthy Women, Alfond Youth Center Board of Directors, docent for Colby College museum and has been a clinical supervisor for University of Maine Orono nursing students.

Ms. Bouchard has received numerous awards including awards from the Waterville Board of Education, Faculty Renaissance Award, Outstanding Educator, United States Air Force Air National Guard Nurse of the Year, Air Force Commendation Medals with Oak Leaf Cluster, as well as a Yearbook dedication from the Waterville HS Class of 2005.

Her colleagues frequently describe her as “dedicated, unselfish, committed to the needs of all students, and willing to help with anything at a moment’s notice.” According to the nurses who nominated her, “Her leadership style is transformational and defined by deep and authentic connections.”

Pictured: Left- Deborah Braxton, Maine Association of School Nurses, SNOY Chair Center- Ann Bouchard, Maine School Nurse of the Year 2017-18 Right-Patricia Endsley, SNOY 2016-17

See the entire Maine Department of Education article here:

Pink Out for Breast Cancer Awareness!

posted Oct 17, 2017, 4:35 PM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Nov 3, 2017, 9:02 AM ]

WSHS Junior Classical League proudly sponsors…

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for Breast Cancer Awareness!

October 20th

$1 for your pink

All proceeds go to breast cancer awareness programs

Junior Classical League Sponsors Softball Tournament To Aid Waterville Student

posted Jul 6, 2017, 3:07 PM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Nov 3, 2017, 9:02 AM ]

Thank you to everyone who helped/donated to this awesome event.  JCL was able to raise over $250 to help Bryce Dyer and his family. Just another reminder that WSHS is more than a school... it's family.


posted Jul 6, 2017, 2:53 PM by Floyd Wygant

For those of you who were unable to attend or wish to review the Waterville Board of Education's community educational forum on March 22, 2017, we provide this recorded stream as well as Mr. Haley's handouts for your use.


Handout: https://goo.gl/oH6xuO

Mr. Haley's invitational letter:  Superintendent's Invitation Link

Do you know an Inspiring Educator?

posted Jul 6, 2017, 2:48 PM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Nov 3, 2017, 9:03 AM ]

   We do, and you do too! Please join us in congratulating, Heather Casoria, one of MEA/WCSH6's Inspiring Educators!.  

If you missed the broadcast, check out the"MEA/WCSH6 Inspiring Educator Award" website, for all the award winners at:

Originally ran June 6, 2017

National Ranking in the Science Olympiad

posted May 21, 2017, 1:55 PM by Floyd Wygant

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.

French Trip to Québec! - 2017

posted May 19, 2017, 11:54 AM by Floyd Wygant

The words, "Wish you were here" ring through my head. Waterville High students look like they are having a très bon time in Québec! 

Science Olympiad Team Heads for Ohio

posted May 17, 2017, 11:56 AM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated May 21, 2017, 1:36 PM ]

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

Waterville Kids Rock

posted May 8, 2017, 9:41 AM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated May 12, 2017, 2:24 PM ]

The national nonprofit, Little Kids Rock Maine Kids Rock(http://www.littlekidsrock.org/), 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.

Waterville Alternative School In The News

posted May 5, 2017, 8:26 AM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated May 7, 2017, 8:21 AM ]

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!

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