Faster Than the Speed of Light: WJHS Track
This year many new track and field records were set, thanks to great effort by both the team and the coaches Mr. Feron, Mr. Winn, and Mr. MacLeod. Ms. Bernard also assisted, and was a huge help. On Saturday, May 11th, the boys high jump record was set by eighth grader Keegan Reidy. The new record is 5ft 6in. The girls 100 meter dash (now 13.1 sec.) and 200 meter dash (now 28.3 sec.) records were all set by Caroline Ford. She also tied with Bella White for the long jump record, which is now 13 f.t 7 inches. Madison Szczygiel broke the girls 800 meter run record. Mitch Libby broke the boys 80 meter hurdles record bringing it to 13.9 seconds. The 7th grade girls relay team (Caroline Ford, Madison Szczygiel, Dalainie McDonald, and Megan Schneider) set the new record which is 57.1 seconds. Although there were many school records broken, there were also many personal records broken as well. This year has been a great year for the Wells track team, with an amazing effort all around. There were also a record number of students who participated on the track team this year, which really showed other teams our Wellʼs Junior High spirit and competitive strength! By: Tom Crothers

Cover: Faster Than the Speed of Light: WJHS Track Page 1: Travels With the Sixth Grade! Page 2: Sixth grade trip college. Page 3: Book Review Page 4: Eighth grade trip: Holy Cow Page 5: Eighth grade trip picture college. Page 6: Graduation poems Page 7: Poems Page 8: and.. more poems Page 9: Poem contest information Page 10: Autograph Page Newspaper Crew: Sydney Foss, Allison Jarvis, Dani Jarosz, Serria Daney,, Tom Crothers, Emiley Jarvis, Grace Campenella, Theresa Goodwin, and Gabby Remillard. Advisors: Mrs. Esch & Mrs. Zotos

Travels With the Sixth Grade!
Churning butter, weaving and exploring a variety of habitats by hiking through local trails were just some of learning experiences the WJHS sixth graders had during their three days of field trips recently. One of the field trips tied into units connected to American farm life in the early 19th Century when students went to the New Hampshire Farm Museum in Milton, NH. We had the opportunity to see how farm life in our region changed from the early colonial days through to the present, as the museum is also a working organic farm. Students had three rotations to explore three key areas: The Jones Farmstead, the massive 3-story barn, and the farm and animals currently on the property. We toured the historic farmhouse where our tour guide told us interesting stories about the Jonesʼ family and how they lived, we had a scavenger hunt for artifacts used by farmers each season in the barn, and finally, we actually participated in some chores which were needed to be accomplished. Who would have thought that a bunch of sixth graders would actually like to shell and grind corn, feed chickens, haul water, do laundry with a washboard and wringer, and make butter! I think we all agree that eating the homemade butter was a great reward for doing all of those chores! On another day, groups boarded busses and headed for Lowell, Massachusetts to visit the world famous Lowell Textile Mills to see how our nation began the transition from simple farm life to factory life which began during the period of the Industrial Revolution.

Changes were coming to American life, but most did not realize that these changes would result in another type of revolution, one where girls, women and immigrants could make a living working in the first city designed to house textile mills. The city of Lowell is so different than Wells is today, so I can only imagine what the city felt for those farm girls who arrived at the mills back in 1830! We looked at how the invention of the Cotton Gin allowed southern plantation owners to plant even more cotton, and unfortunately, how that increased the work of those people who were slaves. Then we visited the room filled with power looms, and we could not believe how noisy it was as we tried to imagine all the girls and women who ran the machines who were known as “Mill Girls.” We visited the Boardinghouse to see how the Mill Girls lived, what they may have eaten, and where they slept as well as what they may have done for fun in the city. I think all the sixth grade students would agree that the best part of the day was when each of us had the chance to sit at our power loom to weave our own piece of fabric! It was so fun to learn how to use the machine by coordinating how we moved our feet and the loom bar to make the type of stitching pattern we wanted on the piece of material we were making. It was interesting to see how focused everyone was on their work. Lastly, the visit to the Wells Reserve brought the 6th grade ecology unit to life. Students were able to explore this local treasure and observe estuaries, the ocean, forest, barrier beach and river. All kids had a great time sharing the work and experience with each other! By: Gabby Remillard, Theresa Goodwin, and Grace Campenella

Sixth grade Travels... (see if you’re in one of these photos!)

Chaos Walking: By: Patrick Ness A Book Review
“I think the whole trilogy is unbelievable. Itʼs some of the best Science Fiction Iʼve read!” -Mrs Esch, 8th grade English teacher

“I normally donʼt enjoy sci-fi, but these books were phenomenal. The concluding book, Monsters of Men, was heart-stopping, heartbreaking, tragic, and triumphant all at once.” Savannah Martin, 8th grade student

Chaos Walking is a sci-fi trilogy. For ages 14 and up. Thereʼs The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer, and Monsters of Men. Itʼs about a boy named Todd, who lives in a town called Prentisstown. In Prentisstown, boys become men at age thirteen. Todd is the last of the boys since he turns thirteen in a month. In Prentisstown, there are no women, animals can talk, and everyone can hear eachothersʼ thoughts. Thereʼs no privacy for anyone when Todd walks down the streets, listening to every manʼs thoughts. Every man listening to his. Toddʼs parents are dead and he lives with friends of his parents, Ben and Cillian. But thereʼs

something about Prentisstown that Todd doesnʼt know about. Secrets that Ben and Cillian are just now telling him. Terrible secrets and things that will get Todd in trouble. Todd needs to leave town, as soon as possible. Todd takes his faithful dog, Manchee, with him on this perilous road trip. He learns things about Prentisstown that he never dreamed of, and on his way he meets something heʼs never expected to meet; a girl. Chaos Walking is a book that youʼll want to stay up all night reading. Itʼs action-packed, filled with tragedy, and struggle for survival in the midst of war. No one knows who to trust, who can be saved, and who should die. Teenagers will love it, and I promise you that. By: Allison Jarvis

Eighth Grade Rafting Trip: Holy Cow!
What do most schools do to celebrate the graduation of their eighth graders? Do they have an ice cream social? Do they bring them to a museum? How about taking your amazing, deserving, brilliant, and above-all perfect students to a one-night White Water Rafting trip?! Well, thatʼs what Wells Junior High School has done for the last two years! They had done it in previous years, but it consecutively has been two years counting this year. “You might ask, White water rafting? Whatʼs so great about that?” Well, let me break it down for you in some activities that we eighth graders did there. One thing we did while we were there was a giant ropes course. We were split into groups, and then split again. One half of the groups went to the high ropes, the other went to the low ones. The higher ones consisted of a giant swing called “Holy Cow!” and then the “Leap of Faith” was jumping from a very high platform to a slippery trapeze. After that, you would head down to more challenging high ropes course areas. There was a giant vertical playpen, a slippery log connecting two trees, and a tightrope connecting two trees. All were scary, but all were fun. “Enter quote from someone” “If cafeteria food is gross in general, I donʼt even WANT to think about how gross the food there is!” You might think. Think no further. The lunch was actually quite enjoyable. “The food was awesome! I really honestly didnʼt expect that,” said Anna Coffin, Grade 8. No one complained too much because everyone enjoyed it. Another part of the ropes course was the low ropes. There were many small activities, all very challenging and requiring much teamwork. One of the most memorable was the wall where you had to hoist everyone over it. The wall was at least 10 feet high. ʻQuoteʼ Others were almost virtually the same as some of the activities in our gym class “Project Adventure.” The ropes course was amazingly fun, but the rafting is where everyone had a blast! There were multiple rapids that were all different levels of difficulty. The hardest ones were ʻWhite Wash,ʼ ʻ Big Mama,ʼ and ʻMagic Falls.ʼ Everyone has different opinions, but we all agree that they were all fun. Not many people fell out, so donʼt worry! Deandre Woods did though. “It was scary, but I was rescued quickly. It almost didnʼt feel like it happened,” he says. The rushing water, the sticky wet suits, the blaring sun, all were apart of the fun time WJHS eighth graders had on Friday, May 31st. The only night the eighth graders stayed, there was a dance and also a campfire. The dance with filled with crazy music and dancing students. The campfire burned brightly as the eighth graders were allowed to mill around and chat amongst themselves. “The trip was so worth it. It made me feel appreciated as a graduating eighth grader. I hope they keep doing this with future eighth graders. This made my year,” says eighth grader, Bailey Marsh. The trip brought students together and allowed them to be excited for High School, knowing Junior High was coming to an end, but sad too. The eighth graders reflect on their individual memories, and the eighth grade trip, as one of the most special and cherished! By: Dani Jarosz

Try to find You.....

Truly, the only two graduation poems for the Wells Junior High class of 2017!
“Never Forgetting Moments” I have sang, built and cherished memories in Wells Junior High school. I have seen smiles and swept away tears of joy. I have felt sadness and bittersweet moments as I have watched my classmates grow upchanging in front of my eyes. I have felt the excitement roaming the halls, teamwork in the making, lasting friendships created, blossoming like a garden of perennials. Our home away from home. But, this isnʼt what makes Wells Junior High one of the best schools, it is the faculty that comes with it, encouraging us to work hard and be the best we can be. It is the schooling that the teachersʼ have brought to our lives day after day, teaching us to understand and interpret papers, problems, and writings, knowledge that will effect our futures. Before we all officially call ourselves Freshmen, lets thank our faculty, families, and friends without whom we would not be standing here tonight. On the count of three: One, Two, Three Thank You! ~ Sydney Foss “New Beginnings” Daylight is over. The new day will dawn, A New Beginning. The new day will bring, More promises. The new day will pass, Just as quickly as the last. The new day will be gone, Slipping through your fingertips again, But thereʼs always tomorrow. For a New Beginning. It may be the end of one thing, But itʼs the beginning of another. Just like the sun in the morning, Dawning and Setting each day. Moving on with our future, Moving on with strength and hope. Itʼs over. But itʼs only just begun. By: Dani Jarosz

"Ocean" Waves crash like cute laughs. I look in the past I can see clearly. diving into the waves playing in the sand. looking back at my mom for a smile or laugh. "Waters coming in," said mom. "time to go." the waves crash like cute little laughs

“Humans” Forgets to open the garage door and backs up into it Walks into screen door Falls down the stairs Spit on by a cow Decides that skateboard would hold him and his pogo stick Gets braces stuck to the rug Drops the cell phone in the pool Egg blows up in the microwave New roof caves in Falls out of the tree Gets hit with a piñata stick Tree falls on the house Brakes neighborʼs window with a baseball Makes a sandwich bomb and runs towards it instead of away from it Drops phone in the toilet Walks into a pole Sometimes I think humans are so stupid, I wonder why another species hasnʼt dominated us yet

by Sierra Daney June 2013

By Allison Jarvis

And More Poems...
“Dell” Love is only a four lettered word that will always describe how we all feel about you. Four Letters, one word that brings back so many memories. Though you may be lying on a white, fluffy bed looking down on us, dropping water to keep our garden of perennials alive, giving me strength to fight through another day, we will always thank the things you do. Though the angels in heaven will guide your heart and soul, we will never forget you while the bittersweet days pass by. We thank you for all the love that you have brought to our lives. So, when the grass is green, the sky is blue, we will always think of you, through and through. ~ Sydney Foss Aunt Dellʼs passing: 6/2/13 “The Horrendous Life of an Apple” Rotten, snap, free, picking, drips, fruit, juicy. The life of an apple is so heartbreaking. Commotion running through the paths of hay. Rotten brown apples lying on the ground, sad, dead, and lonely. Everyone coming close, real close to apple trees to reach up high. People gathered on their tippy toes to get that perfect apple all red and juicy. I hear a snap of a stem while I walk by the biggest tree in the field, someone is picking the apples on the right side. I look around, reach up to grab the big round redness of fruit, but my hand hits a leaf, as water drips onto my face. I look in my empty hand and then up at the tree where my apple still is attached. I shake my head and laugh as I walk to the car to go home. My hands are apple free. ~ Sydney Foss

Poem Contest in Kennebunk!
Kennebunk- Beginning of May 28, amateur poets of all ages are invited to submit an original poem to the “Words of the Ocean” poetry contest. This summer- long challenge is sponsored by the Brick Store Museum and the Kennebunk Free Library for the joint “Our Shared History” program. Contestant may submit one original poem about the ocean, maritime history, or anything with a nautical theme. The poem may encompass any style, but limited to one page of text. Please send .word or .pdf documents containing your poem to research@brickstoremuseum.or g, or drop off a printed version at the Brick Store Museum. Submissions will be accepted through to Aug.9. “Our Shared History”events include a reading program; field trips to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (June 24) and Bath Iron Works and the Maine Maritime Museum (July 22) to learn more about modern-day shipbuilding; a stage play written by the museum; author lectures; and special Monday movie nights with maritime themes. For details of the special events, visit http;// oursharedhistory, or call the Library at 985-2173 or the museum at 985-4802. Winning selections will be chosen by the library and museum staff members. Winners will be announced at the “Our Shared HIstory” chowder festival on Sept. 14, and will receive certificates signed by the museum and library leaders.