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Student Groups Sponsor A Mental Health Awareness Night

posted Feb 5, 2019, 10:52 AM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Feb 5, 2019, 10:53 AM ]

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The mental health of teens has been a growing concern in our society. There is a stigma surrounding this topic, and it is seldom discussed causing many teens to struggle in silence. That’s why on February 8th, there will be a mental health awareness night, to help smash the stigma surrounding mental health. This event is available to all students and staff at WSHS. It will take place Waterville Senior High School’s Trask Auditorium from 7-9 pm. There will be trivia on mental health, prizes, short presentations, and personal stories followed by a group discussion. There will also be resources for all who attend. Let’s start a conversation! We hope to see you there! This event is sponsored by Waterville High’s G.R.I.T group, Waterville High STAND, The Yellow Tulip Project, and Seeds of Peace.

Updated With Medal Winner - Mid-Maine Technical Center Local Skills Competition & Open House

posted Dec 20, 2018, 10:40 AM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Jan 30, 2019, 3:56 PM ]

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Please congratulate them as you see them.  Gold medalists will be competing at States later in March.

Mackenzie Ferreira, Bronze, preschool teaching assistant

Lily Foster, Gold, Preschool Teaching Assistant

Nicholas Gage, Gold, Automotive Technology

Nicholas Gage, Silver, Automotive Tool ID

Caleb Heaton-Jones, Bronze, Collision Repair Technology

Sabrina Hinkledire, Bronze, Television/Video Production

Jennasea Hubbard, Silver, Firefighting

Desiree Loring, Gold, Culinary Arts

Lucas Pelotte, Bronze, Digital Photography

Lucas Pelotte, Gold, Television/Video Production

Sam Pike, Gold, Urban Search & Rescue

Allison Weiner, Gold, Medical Math

Allison Weiner, Bronze, Medical Terminology

Ariana Znajmiecka, Silver, Collision Repair Technology

*Dakota Libby, Gold, Audio/Radio Production *Sabrina Hinkledire, Gold, Audio/Radio Production

*list update:  additional events were held after the initial list was published
Please join our Waterville students on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, as they compete with students from Winslow High, Lawrence High, and Messolonskee High in the 53rd Local Skills Competition & Open House!!

Families and visitors are welcome to come and watch the individual competitions in all of the skills areas from Child Care & Nursing through Culinary Arts & Computer Tech to Building Trades & Automotive Trades. 

Student competitors please arrive at your designated contest start time.  The awards ceremony will immediately follow the competitions.

Good luck to our Waterville competitors and all the area high school students competing to go to States.

Mole Day

posted Oct 24, 2018, 5:43 PM by Floyd Wygant

By: Hannah LeClair

Early in the morning on November 23, at 6:02 a.m. to be exact, WSHS celebrated the annual Mole Day. Mole Day is a celebration of science, it being a basic measuring unit of chemistry. The equation itself looks like this: (6.02 x 10^23). The morning contained many different colors, gasses, and taste testings.

The summary of events goes as follows: magic potion clock reaction, blue glowing reaction, burning buck alcohol and water, woosh bottle, candle in the beaker, elephant toothpaste in pumpkin, freezing things in liquid n-ball including the marshmallows that could be eaten, tea kettle, and then the famous liquid nitrogen ice cream.

Not only were students and staff there, but students from Colby College as well. Waterville alum Kyle McGadney who attends Colby was there and says; “My professor for general Chemistry earlier in the semester asked me if I wanted to volunteer for it,  and I said yes. I’m not getting extra credit for it or anything, I just wanted to come.”

Spirit Week Kick Off

posted Sep 27, 2018, 10:43 AM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Sep 28, 2018, 11:57 AM ]

By: Elliot Demo

Spirit week is something very serious at Waterville Senior High. This year the senior class of 2019 is shooting for their fourth straight win. The fun began with our traditional color day. Seniors stole the show wearing their blue, Juniors brought in the flames in red, Sophomores left with grass stains with all the green, and freshman started off right in bright yellow. The week continued with twin day on Tuesday, Wednesday was left to the imagination 
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because of a delay, so senior had a beach day theme while juniors decided on a blackout. Thursday began with a tacky and wacky atmosphere as students mixed colors and patterns. Spirit week will end with a traditional Panther Pride purple and white day, and finish with the Almost Anything Goes Games. Will the class of 2019 be able to take the crown? By the looks of the points, they may just have it in the bag--or maybe not?

Picture below: (Left to Right) Sophomores Jaci Richards, Mya Wasilewski, Jessica Mayo, and Emma Fogg posing for a selfie on color day. Photo courtesy of Emma Fogg.

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Pictured above: (Left to Right) Sophomore Morgan Folsom poses with seniors Mackenzie Ferreira and Isaiah Bernier. Photo Courtesy Elliot Demo

Top Picture: WSHS gym decorated for color day. Photo Courtesy of Emma Fogg.

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File photos: Spirit Day - Panther Post Staff


Ukuleles Needed

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

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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

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.

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

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!
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Waterville's own Alex Misner ('17) is a member of this group of fabulous musicians. 

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 Apr 10, 2018, 5:43 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.

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