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Concert Canceled - University of Maine Singers Open Concert

posted Mar 5, 2018, 5:54 AM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Mar 12, 2018, 11:49 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. 

8th Grade Night

posted Feb 12, 2018, 12:51 PM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Feb 12, 2018, 12:52 PM ]

Spaghetti Dinner Graphic
th Grade Parent Night
Tuesday Night, Feb 13
– 5:30 p.m. tours available
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– 6:00 p.m. dinner and official program begins

Music Booster Night - Feb 3

posted Feb 2, 2018, 5:38 AM by Floyd Wygant

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.


Sue Barre Accorded “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” Award

posted Jan 8, 2018, 7:03 AM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Jan 8, 2018, 7:04 AM ]

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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:


Special Seniors Adulting Workshop - Jan 23rd

posted Jan 5, 2018, 10:40 AM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Jan 8, 2018, 7:04 AM ]

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.

Warm Welcome Back

posted Dec 26, 2017, 12:05 PM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Jan 3, 2018, 11:00 AM ]

The staff and faculty are so glad to have you back, and boy is it cold outside?

Many students had a happy surprise returning to Waterville High on the first day after the holiday break....Hot Cocoa!  Students were greeted in the rotunda by members of the ACEs committee and treated to both the warmth of a cup and the warmth of our hearts.

Welcome Back, and Happy 2018!


Bag It -Documentary Film Showing

posted Dec 18, 2017, 6:40 PM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Dec 18, 2017, 6:40 PM ]

Have you ever thought about how much plastic our society consumes? Scientists predict that by 2050, plastic in the ocean will outweigh fish. Plastic bags, straws, food wrappers, cups, utensils, and other "disposable" single-use plastics made from oil are filling our landfills and polluting our oceans. How can we all take steps in our own lives to reduce our plastic consumption?

This epidiemic is the focus of "Bag It", an eye opening documentary film. Please join us in Waterville for a free screening on Tuesday, December 19th from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. at Waterville High School. Free and open to the public. All are welcome.

NRCM and Sustain Mid Maine are working together to ban plastic shopping bags at stores in Waterville that sell food. A dozen Maine towns have already banned or placed a five cent fee on plastic bags. 

"Bag It" follows Jeb Berrier as he navigates our plastic world. Jeb is an average American who decides to take a closer look at our cultural love affair with plastic. Jeb's journey starts with simple questions: Are plastic bags really necessary? What are plastic bags made from? What happens to plastic bags after they are discarded?

He looks beyond plastic bags and discovers that virtually everything in modern society-from baby bottles, to sports equipment, to dental sealants, to personal care products-is made with plastic or contains potentially harmful chemical additives used in the plastic-making process. When Jeb's journey takes a personal twist, we see how our crazy-for-plastic world has finally caught up with us and what we can do about it. Today. Right now.

Please join us in Waterville for a free screening of "Bag It" on Tuesday, December 19th from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. at Waterville High School. Free and open to the public. All are welcome. I hope to see you there.


Todd Martin
NRCM Outreach Coordinator

Math Team

posted Dec 5, 2017, 11:56 AM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Dec 5, 2017, 11:58 AM ]

We had our first meet back on Oct 4th and our second meet Nov 1st. The WSHS math team competes in the Central Maine Math League where there are 23 teams and we compete in the Inland Division against 7 other teams at our first 4 meets.
We placed 2nd to Messalonskee at both the first and second meet.
4th place Skowhegan 108 points
3rd place Lawrence 125 points
2nd place WSHS 208 points, and
1st place Messalonskee 259 points.

Everyone on the team scored at the Nov 1st meet, and the matheletes had a lot of fun. Some of them returned to the high school at 6:30 and went directly to Science Olympiad practice!! We have the best students!!

Soren Nyhus is the highest ranked senior in the 23 team Central Maine Math League. 

Thank you,
Mr. Scott F. Rivard  M. Ed. Mathematics
Chair, Waterville Senior High School Mathematics 
Math Team Coach

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…

Image result for pink breast cancer ribbonPINK OUTImage result for pink breast cancer ribbon

for Breast Cancer Awareness!

October 20th

$1 for your pink

All proceeds go to breast cancer awareness programs

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