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The First of Many Memories; The Senior Sunrise

posted Aug 16, 2018, 11:37 AM by William Backman   [ updated Sep 18, 2018, 7:21 PM by Floyd Wygant ]

By Gabe Ferris

It is said that a student’s senior year is his most important year of high school. After all, twelfth grade is the cumulation of everything you have learned, both socially and in the classroom. Although a student’s senior year is filled with college applications, heavy coursework, and sports and clubs, there is always time for friends and class-bonding. This was especially true on August 30, the first day of school for upperclassmen at Waterville Senior High School.

Organized by Student Council advisor “Ms. Razz,” approximately 45 senior students participated in the first annual Senior Sunrise which took place at 5:59:46 am. This new back-to-school ritual allowed seniors to watch the sunrise together on the bleachers directly in front of the softball field at the High School. Senior class advisors Mrs. Forkey and Ms. Letourneau, Mr. Laramee, and homeroom advisors/advisees joined the students to watch the sunrise on the very warm and humid morning.

Not only did the “first annual” aspect make the event special, but the unique nature of the Senior Sunrise was meaningful: “It was a means of getting the seniors together to experience something we will remember after high school. Our high school career is almost over and soon we won’t be making memories together anymore--it was just really nice to be able to spend that time together,” explains Waterville Senior Emily Caron.

The event ensured seniors celebrated their “first last day of high school… [with] fun, friendship, photos, crowns and donuts,” according to Ms. Razz. After the sun rose, students returned home so their parents could take photos of their first last day of K12 school. Then, students headed back to WSHS for the start of Purple day block 1 class at 7:50. The first annual Senior Sunrise ties nicely with both the annual Senior Sunset that always takes place at the end of the year and the very last sunrise seniors will have the chance to see together after Project Grad concludes on the morning of June 8, 2019.

Ukuleles Needed

posted Jun 13, 2018, 8:23 AM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Jun 13, 2018, 8:23 AM ]

Ukulele graphic

The life skills program will be learning about Hawaii over the summer, and we are on a mission to acquire 15 ukuleles and cases for the students.  Down Home Music Shop is working with us on this and has ukuleles for us at $65.00 each, and cases for $15.00 each.  

If you would like to donate a ukulele, a case, or both, please email or come see me. Donations can be brought to me in room 114 here at Waterville Sr. High (cash or check made out to Mykayla Shaw) or you are welcome to go directly to Down Home Music Shop and tell them you are purchasing a ukulele/case for Waterville Senior High Special Education Department.

1 Case = $15
1 Ukulele = $65
1 Combo = $80
Note: Any donation is appreciated, no matter how small!

Thank you for making this happen! Please contact me with any questions.

Mykayla Shaw, B.M.E.
Special Education Teacher
Waterville Senior High School

JMG “Adrian’s Swing” Community Fundraiser

posted May 11, 2018, 8:20 AM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Jun 13, 2018, 8:32 AM ]


JMG begins “Adrian’s Swing” Fundraiser

Nora Greene   

Do you remember going to the playground as a little kid? I can remember how the monkey bars seemed so tall I was scared to fall; how the slide always filled my stomach with giggles. I remember swinging so high it felt like I maybe, one day, I could let go and fly. I was lucky enough to be able to run around in the freedom of my imagination, letting the obstacles take me wherever my heart wanted. I was lucky enough, but not all of us are.

    Adrian Mazerolle, a 6 year old Waterville local and George J. Mitchell Student, loves to swing. He has been living with a neurological condition, called Schizencephaly, which has made him visually impaired, unable to walk without aid, and susceptible to epileptic seizures. But, like any other kid, Adrian has grown, and no longer fits it in the North Street Playground baby swing.

Unfortunately, buying a specialized swing is not a cheap ordeal, so JMG teamed up with  Waterville Parks and Recreation to help budget the cost of equipment for Aidan and other kids with conditions like him. In such a short amount of time, the $1000 goal was met! JMG was able to present the check to Matt Skehan, Parks and Recreation Director, as well as Aidan and his mother, Sybil Mazerolle. The swing will be installed on Friday, June 1st, along side JMG students and administrators.     

    Skehan remarked that he was “so impressed by how quickly the students raised the money for the swing”, and plans to fund the purchase of a second swing to be installed at the Moor Street Park.



JMG Kicks Off “Adrian’s Swing” Community Fundraiser

JMG students at Waterville Senior High School kicked off a $1,000 fundraiser to purchase a handicap accessible swing for the Judge Morton A. Brody Playground on North Street.

The fundraiser "Adrian's Swing" is named after Adrian Mazerolle, a sweet 6-year-old kindergartener from the George J. Mitchell School who loves to swing, but recently outgrew the baby swings and needs a specialized swing installed. Adrian was born with a neurological condition known as Schizencephaly due to having a stroke in utero. He is visually impaired, not able to walk without a walker, is non-verbal, and has intractable epilepsy.

“Adrian has an infectious laugh and smile, works hard every day at school, and really enjoys his play time--especially when he gets to swing at the local playground!” said Adrian’s mother, Sybil Mazerolle. “We just don’t want him to lose the ability to swing next to his friends, but he will be unable to this summer without a new swing.”

Matt Skehan, the Director of Waterville’s Parks and Recreation Department, researched the costs of installing a handicap swing for older children after being approached by Adrian’s family. He said due to budget constraints, he was unable to afford the swing immediately.

“Unfortunately, the price tag was too substantial for the current budget, but we are excited that JMG is taking this project on,” Skehan said. “It’s really a perfect location for the new swing and will be used by many families for years to come, I’m sure.”

After hearing Adrian’s story from their JMG Specialist, students in the multi-year JMG program jumped into action and planned a gofundme page, a school-wide fundraiser announcement, and brainstormed several small events such as a car wash, movie night, squirt gun battle, and bake sale to raise funds.

“In JMG, we teach students to overcome their barriers in life and give back to their community. This story really called to them on both levels,” said Dana Bushee, JMG Specialist at WSHS. “The students decided this was a barrier that they could beat for this little boy and others like him. I’m really proud of them!”

The school-wide fundraiser will kick off May 10th (Thursday) at the high school in a community homeroom event, said WSHS senior Sage Hafenecker, President of the JMG Career Association.

“I can’t imagine going to the park as a child, and not being able to swing,” Hafenecker said. “In Adrian’s honor, we are asking our school community for help to raise $1,000 so that all children can swing this summer!”

The North Street playground is the most popular playground in Waterville due to its proximity to the Alfond Youth Center and the neighboring soccer fields, trails, and public pool, which serves thousands of families all over Central Maine, Skehan said. Currently, there is not a handicap accessible swing at any of the city’s playgrounds.

The gofundme page is located at: https://www.gofundme.com/adrianswing

JMG (jmg.org) partners with public education and private businesses to offer results-driven solutions to ensure all Maine students graduate, attain post-secondary credentials, and pursue meaningful careers.

Modern Band/Maine

posted May 8, 2018, 11:58 AM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated May 8, 2018, 12:02 PM ]

Take a look for Morgan Folsom and Sarah Barre being interviewed about Modern Band/Maine Kids Rock.  Channel 5 or 13 tonight ....
Modern Band/Maine
Sue Barre

Latin Week 2018

posted May 8, 2018, 11:49 AM by Floyd Wygant

April 23rd - 27th

Please Participate & Enjoy the following events & Challenges:

Monday, April 23rd: Mythology Monday - do you have what it takes to tackle Rome’s Greatest Gods? Show Off Your Creativity & Your Advisor!

1st place- Creeley, 2nd - Cobb, 3rd - Rasmussen, 4th - Brown, & 5th - Letourneau


Tuesday, April 24th: Toga Tuesday - ShowYourspiritbyshowinguptoschoolIn your Best Roman Toga! Individual prizes & homeroom points!

Lindsey Allen and Ben Bernier  were the best dressed
Ms. Duquette's Advisory won with 10 advisees dressed in togas.
Individual winners

Wednesday, April 25th: Wild Wednesday - Test Your Latin Knowledge with Animal Games to drive you Wild!


1. Bear _______

2. Horse _______

3. Cat _______

4. Bull _______

5. Fish _______

6. Pig _______

7. Mouse _______

8. Dog _______

9. Frog _______

10. Owl _______

11. Goat _______

12. Crab _______

13. Wolf _______

14. Lion _______

15. Bird _______

A. Lupus

B. Ursa

C. Caper

D. Avis

E. Equus


G. Feles

H. Taurus

I. Rana

J. Mus

K. Cancer

L. Piscis

M. Canis

N. Porcus

O. Leo

Answers at the bottom of the page.

Have Fun, Compete Responsibly, and enjoy celebrating latin culture!

Thursday, April 26th: Catapult Thursday -Work with your homeroom to create the ultimate catapult & Be prepared to toast the competition in the gym with your skills! 

Today's CATAPULT WINNING Homeroom -

Ms. Douquette!

 castle catapult
 catapult catapult

Friday, April 27th: Food Friday - One member of each homeroom will gain points by indulging in Roman delights & Mysteries in the media center!


Wild Wednesday Matching Answers

1. B

2. E

3. G

4. H

5. L

6. N

7. J

8. M

9. I

10. F

11. C

12. K

13. A

14. O

15. D

Feeding The Hungry And Having Fun!

posted Apr 23, 2018, 9:15 AM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Apr 23, 2018, 9:16 AM ]

The Spring Fling was all about having fun, raising class spirit, and building a better community within Waterville Senior High School, ....but hidden in amongst all that fun was also a component of helping those less fortunate than ourselves!  During the week-long inter-class activities, each homeroom was asked to bring in boxes of macaroni and cheese to support the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter. AND, boy did we!

The recount is done, all the total have been rechecked, and we collected not 300, not 325, but 350 boxes of Mac & Cheese!   For those of us who love this comfort food, we know the average 7.5 oz box provides three serving, which means Waterville students provided about 1050 servings of goodness to the community.

Juniors with Mac and Cheese

Mac n Cheese Competition:
1st Place:Juniors   2nd Place: Sophomores   3rd Place: Freshmen   4th Place: Seniors

Walk for Warmth

posted Apr 13, 2018, 8:47 AM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Apr 23, 2018, 8:49 AM ]

Members of WSHS's Jobs for Maine Graduates (JMG), Key Club, and National Honor Society presented Waterville City Manager Mike Roy with a check for $1450 as part of their "Walk For Warmth" fundraiser. Since 2015, more than $4500 has been raised to help support the heating needs of Waterville residents.

Walk for Warmth Picture

From left to right - Waterville City Manager Mike Roy, Natalia Fuentes, Sage Hafenecker, & Sofie Weston

Four Waterville Senior High School Juniors Recognized for Superior Academic Performance

posted Apr 10, 2018, 5:41 AM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Apr 10, 2018, 5:41 AM ]

In 2017, approximately 1.6 million students took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).  From the 1.6 million students that took the PSAT/NMSQT, 50,000 of the highest-scoring students were recognized.  

Waterville Senior High School Juniors Merline Feero, Madeleine Hallen, Carter Jones, and Kai Rabideau are among the 3% nationally that will be recognized for their superior performance on the PSAT/ NMSQT.   An announcement will be made in September whether they will advance to the Semifinalist phase of the recognition.  Details about the National Merit Scholarship Program can be found on the NMSC’s website, www.nationalmerit.org

Congratulations Merline, Madeleine, Carter, and Kai!

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

posted Mar 26, 2018, 9:44 AM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Apr 10, 2018, 5:42 AM ]

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

Tuesday, March 27

Dinner begins at 5 PM


Proceeds to benefit the

Justin Currier Memorial Scholarship


Waterville High School cafeteria


Adults $6

Kids Under 12 $4


Sponsored by NHS and Tri-M

Concert Canceled - University of Maine Singers Open Concert

posted Mar 5, 2018, 5:54 AM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Apr 10, 2018, 5:42 AM ]

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. 

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