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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!

Strike Up The Band

posted Apr 14, 2017, 10:04 AM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated May 8, 2017, 9:29 AM ]

It was a very special day and concert for the entire community, but especially so for the more than 60 band students who were able to learn and play with these excellent musicians. Enjoy a few snaps from during the day. 
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Mark your calendars because you won't want to miss this! On Thursday, April 27th, at 7:00 PM, the Navy Band of the Northeast is coming to Waterville High.  This event is FREE and open to the public, there has been advertising and already folks there is an exciting buzz around the State. Please don't miss this outstanding ensemble's performance. In addition to the special evening concert our All-State Band students Aubrey Fossett, Katey Caron and Sarah Barre will be performing a piece with the band, "Semper Fidelis".

However, this is not just a concert opportunity, earlier in the day Waterville students will work with the Navy band members in music clinics from 12:45 to 2:00 PM. This is such an outstanding opportunity for the students to work and perform with professionals.

Navy Band Northeast
The band was originally formed In the 1840s at the US Naval Academy, had its first brief stay in New England (Newport, RI) during the Civil War. When the Naval Acadamy returned to Annapolis, MD, at the end of the war, the band continued on its own for a number of years before finding a permanent presence with active military, veteran, and some civilian members in the 1880s.  The Navy Band Northeast was placed under the operational control of the President, Naval War College in October 2006. The Navy Band Northeast is proud to serve civilian and military communities throughout the Northeastern United States.

Waterville Science Olympian Go On To Nationals

posted Mar 31, 2017, 6:57 AM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Apr 14, 2017, 11:30 AM ]

Updated 4/14/17:
Waterville Sr High School steps in to represent Maine at the National Science Olympiad in Indiana after Waynflete declined. Coach Ramgren says the team has to work doubly hard to both refine their science and problem-solving skills while raising the considerable funds needed to get everyone to Indianapolis.  The team will leave Waterville on May 17th and return on the 22nd. 

Updated 4/3/17:
After a hard-fought match, Waterville High's Science Olympiad Team came found itself in 2nd place at the Maine State Science Olympiad Tournament held Saturday, April 1st. The team came into the competition ready to be challenged, and they proved that.  Out of the 23 events, Waterville finished first in six (6) events. In another five (5), they finished in second place and third in nine (9) more. This outstanding showing meant Waterville finished with a total score of 56 on the day (lowest score wins). Waynflete's Green team managed a total score of only 37 giving them this year's championship. Coach Ramgren praised the team by saying, "Our team members conducted themselves well and were great representatives of our school.  I am very proud of their efforts."

Science Olympiad Team 2016-2017
Bridger Holly, Katie Lopes, Cecilia Morin, Anthony Pinnette, Nathan Pinnette, John Violette, Clio Bazakas, Natalia Fuentes, Nora Green, Merline Feero, Maddie Hallen, Jones, Carter, Adam Livshits, Ella Ruehsen, and David Ramgren. 
Brock Jolicoeur, Jess Bazakas, Abi Bloom, Jordan Perkins, and Kevin Chen.

Coach Ramgren expressed his thanks to everyone for the support the team has received from the Waterville school community. 

Neither rain nor snow... While we might think of this as the US Post Office's unofficial motto, it can aptly be applied to this year's Science Olympiad team.  National and local meteorologists are warning of a serious early spring snow storm for this weekend. Some educators wonder if the event will be delayed as much as two hours or even postponed. Faced with the warnings of as much as a foot of new snow tonight and tomorrow morning, the team is leaving this afternoon for Portland. Coach Ramgren said, "The kids have worked too hard to miss this, so if it is going to happen, we will be there!"   

The annual Maine Science Olympiad seems to have found a permanent home on the campus of the University of Southern Maine's, Gorham campus. This year's competition will be held in Bailey Hall and the gymnasium. Some events will begin as early as 7:45 a.m.; however, the official schedule reports events beginning after a short 8:30 opening ceremony (official schedule). Waterville's Olympic hopefuls have been preparing almost from the end of last year's national meet. A complete list of events and our competitors can be found by following this link.  

Waterville Drama Brings Home Class A Regional Drama Championship!

posted Mar 31, 2017, 5:41 AM by Floyd Wygant

2017 Class A Drama Champs

On Act Dessert Theater - On For Wednesday (if the parking lot gets plowed)

posted Mar 13, 2017, 8:19 AM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Mar 14, 2017, 5:16 AM ]

Dessert Theater Show

Wednesday, March 15, 7 p.m

Waterville High School Drama presents the gruesome comedy Chemical Imbalance a Jekyll and Hyde Tale by Lauren Wilson and adapted to a one act by director Gayle Giguere. The play is set in a steampunk inspired Victorian, England in and around the Jekyll mansion. The play will be performed in Waterville High School’s auditorium followed by delicious desserts in the cafeteria.

Front row left to right: Lisa Huard, Susan Melanson, Hannah Comfort, Jon Thompson, Emma Jones, Estephanie Baez.
Back row left to right: Kolby Lovett, Elwin Moss, Ty Lecrone, Alexandria Lecrone, Jasmine Liberty
Tickets $10, 13yrs and under $5

Proceeds to benefit WSHS Drama Troupe 2926

For more information, please contact Paula Pooler at 873-4281 Tickets will be available at the door

Performed with permission from Dramatic Play Service Inc.

The show will go on even if the school day is canceled for snow as long as the parking lot gets plowed by 7:00 pm.

Science Competitions in the News

posted Feb 6, 2017, 7:57 AM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Feb 6, 2017, 7:58 AM ]

Late January and early February focus heavily on science, and Waterville High School was there in the thick of the competition.  First up was the Waterville Senior High School Science Olympiad team competing in the MIT Invitational Tournament on Saturday, January 21st. The MIT Invitational is an exclusive tournament featuring only the best teams from around the nation, and Waterville placed 41st out of 71 teams. You can see our results for every event at the following link: https://app.avogadro.ws/mit/mit2017/results/school/65
To give you all an idea of the level of competition, the following are the results for the top finishers tournament.
The winner was Troy, California. They have won the National Tournament several times.  
Second Place - Steven Lakes High School, Texas. 
Third Place - Harriton High School, Pennsylvania.
With New England making a showing at Tenth Place - Acton-Boxborough Regional High School A, Massachusetts

All of our students represented us very well throughout the weekend. They had a positive attitude throughout the day and each team member gained ideas on how to prepare for the State Tournament that will occur on April 1stOur team members are as follows:
Seniors: Bridger Holly, Katie Lopes, Cecilia Morin, Anthony Pinnette, Nathan Pinnette, John Violette
Juniors: Clio Bazakas, Natalia Fuentes, Nora Greene
Sophomores: Merline Feero, Maddie Hallen, Brock Jolicoeur, Jones Carter, Adam Livshits, Ella Ruehsen.
Freshmaen: Jess Bazkas, Abi Bloom, Kevin Chen, Jordan Perkins, David Ramgren
Thank you all for your efforts to educate our students and help them begin to achieve their potential. I am proud of their accomplishments so far and I am looking forward to the State tournament in April.

Then just two weeks later, the science students are again in the fray for scholarly honors. Saturday, Feb 4th, found the Waterville High Ocean Bowl team competing at the University of New Hampshire in the 2017 Nor'Easter Bowl.  The team came in 7th put of 21 teams (Full results: https://nosb.ccom.unh.edu/)  The members of the team are:
 Ashely Melanson, 
Juliana Vanegas, 
Briana Quirion, and 
Chay Phelps.  
They were wonderful representatives of  Waterville Senior High School.  Thank you all for your work with our students that prepares them to succeed.

Jon Ramgren
Coach of Science Olympiad & Ocean Bowl teams

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