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WMHS Spanish Students Explore Costa Rica
By: Shayna Anderson
Over spring break, seven students from Spanish 3 and Spanish 4 boarded a plane and headed outside of the country to Costa Rica. I was one of those students. When we stepped out of the airport around 11:30 a.m., we immediately knew we had left our small town of Watertown.

Throughout the duration of nine days, my fellow classmates and I experienced things such as ziplining, swimming in a waterfall, seeing crocodiles, touring a coffee plantation and kayaking. Some of us also experienced termites in our hotel, dehydration, rolled ankles and wild monkeys trying to steal our things.
Even more interesting than those activities, however, we witnessed first hand a completely different culture. We were able to take dance lessons to see how Costa Ricans dance, we talked with locals to learn more about the country, and we dove into a whole different way of life.

As a student, I know it can sometimes be difficult to find the motivation to learn a completely different language. I also understand that committing oneself to four years of something is a lot of pressure. However, I have never felt more alive as when I was in Costa Rica.
It was such an amazing opportunity to experience another place without necessarily being a complete tourist. Also, it was a great way to hang out with people you may not usually hang out with during the school day.

Our trip consisted of five senior girls and two junior boys. A special shoutout goes to Greg Jansen, Nick Juncewski, Monika Czinano, Anna Trucke, Katie Larkin, Elsa Thonn, and of course Prof and Ms. Vogel for making it the most adventurous trip I have ever been on. By the end of the trip, we had all made memories together that we will never forget.
I would really recommend to any students who are on the fence about going on their language trip or even about taking a language class in general to just GO FOR IT! It is something that has taught me so much about our culture as well as a different one. So, as they say in Costa Rica, Pura Vida.
7th Grade March Math Madness
The 7th graders spent ten fun days working on a March Math Madness unit. Students learned about probability, statistics and size by playing with mascots. 

Students were able to see the correlation between math and the real world, which deepened understanding and sparked engagement. #growththroughconnections
Drama Students to Perform
Please join the Watertown-Mayer High School Drama students for their double feature performances of James and the Giant Peach and Fantastic Mr. Fox, based on the books by Roald Dahl.

Performances will be April 19 - 21 in the PAC. Show times are 7pm on all three dates with an additional 2pm matinee on Saturday, April 21.

Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students and available at the ticket booth 30 minutes before show time.
Speech Team Finishes Second at Sections
It's been another great year for the Watertown-Mayer speech team! Congratulations on taking home 2nd place in the section!

And congratulations and good luck to our state-bound speechers: Hunter Remington, Danielle Peterson, Madeline Peterson, Isabella Fritz, Gracelynn Ferguson and Madelyn Tax!
Watertown-Mayer Schools Increase Focus on Social and Emotional Learning
A Message from Superintendent Ron Wilke
Guided by the district mission, "Growth Through Connections and Opportunities," we maintain a strong commitment to a vision that seeks to ensure all students are engaged in authentic and intentional learning experiences for future success. We also seek to ensure that all students experience a safe, welcoming, and inclusive school environment that takes into account social, emotional and physical well-being.
As we work to deliver on our mission, our schools recognize the need to take a “whole child” approach through increased support for the social and emotional learning needs of our students. The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning ( CASEL) defines social and emotional learning as: “the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.”

In addition to utilizing teacher classroom assessments to guide work to support the needs of our students, we've started using student, parent and teacher perception surveys. Data from these surveys is being utilized to inform ongoing improvement work across the district.

Earlier this school year, parents and guardians were surveyed on their perceptions of how well their students are doing in the areas of grit and learning behaviors. The survey also asked parents and guardians their perceptions of how well our schools fit the needs of their students.

Click here to review a report summarizing the results. If you have questions or insights about the results, p lease contact me at ron.wilke@wm.k12.mn.us or 952-955-0480.

Thank you to parents and guardians who completed the survey. Your participation and support for the continual growth and improvement at Watertown-Mayer Schools is greatly appreciated. Please w atch for additional opportunities to provide feedback in the future.
WMES Composting Update
WMES has been awarded a grant through Carver County Environmental Services Department which will help us move into the second phase of our waste reduction initiative and to roll out the composting/waste reduction program school wide!

With this grant we will be installing a water fountain with a water bottle filler in the cafeteria, adding color-coded trash sorting stations in the main hallway, and additional bins in the classrooms to allow for compostable materials, like tissues and paper towels, to be separated.

We will also be purchasing reusable cups and bowls for the cafeteria which will save money and eliminate about 2,000 styrofoam cups per month from going into the landfill!  
4th Annual Strides For Students Walk-a-Thon
Help support Watertown-Mayer Elementary School by participating in the 4th Annual Strides for Students Walk-a-Thon. The event will be held May 5 from 10am-12:30pm at WMES.

Activities include a 2-mile walk, face painting, crazy hair, balloon designs, bouncy house, obstacle course, silent auction and the "Royal Flush Tank." Mario's Italian Kitchen will be on hand selling Coney Island dogs and pizza.

All money raised goes directly to WMES!
Bakken Museum Electricity Presentation
Fourth graders were recently visited by representatives from the Bakken Museum and were treated to a presentation about electricity focused on the difference between alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC). They also learned about the schism between inventors Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla.
Upcoming Events
  • MS PTO Meeting: Mon April 16, 7-8:30pm, MS Room 132 (Media Center)
  • HS Parent Teacher Conference: Mon Apr 23, 3:30-7:30, HS Lunch Room
  • School Board Meeting: Mon Apr 23, 6pm, Watertown Community Center
  • Fine Arts Recital: Tues Apr 24, 7pm, PAC
  • HS Prom Grand March: Sat Apr 28, 4:30, PAC
When is Spring Break 2019?
The 2018-19 school district calendar is set. If you want to plan ahead, you'll find vacation days, early releases, conference dates and more.
Upcoming Activities
Oh the weather! Mother Nature is holding on to winter. Only a few of our student athletes have been able to get outside for practice. With fields covered in snow, no one really knows when competitions will begin.

Our activities department is regularly updating the district activity calendar.  If you see a "cancelled" event, you can assume it will NOT be rescheduled. If the event is marked "postponed," then we are hoping to reschedule. 
Meanwhile, our softball players are so done with indoor practice!
BPA Students Headed to Nationals
By: Natalya Wells
Eleven students from Watertown-Mayer High School, along with their advisor, Brittany Misuraca, attended the Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis in March.

Business Professionals of America is a national student organization for students interested in pursuing Business and IT-related careers. Students compete in over 60 different events at the regional, state and national levels.

Of the 11 students that competed at the State Leadership Conference, 5 will go on to nationals.

Larissa Holmgren received 1 st place in Presentation Management- Individual. Danielle Peterson received 2 nd place in Interview Skills and 3 rd place in Administrative Support Research Project. Madeline Peterson received 3 rd place in Advanced Interview Skills and was a finalist in Prepared Speech. Kiron Crayton received 3 rd place in Parliamentary Procedures Concepts and was a finalist in Extemporaneous Speech. Our Parliamentary Procedures Team (Wesley Burns, Kiron Crayton, Cameron Daniels, Will Elskamp, Grace Hertzog, Noah Schermann, and Jadon Schmidt-Gilchrist) was a finalist. Wesley Burns was a finalist in Parliamentary Procedures Concepts. Grace Hertzog was a finalist in Advanced Interview Skills. Natalya Wells was a finalist in Medical Office Procedures and Advanced Interview Skills.

Congratulations to Danielle Peterson, Madeline Peterson, and Natalya Wells who received the Statesman Torch Award.

The students that placed at the State Leadership Conference will advance to compete at the National Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas in May.  
Mystery Pic Reveal
Last month we asked if you knew the name of the historic food these students were tasting.

It's called hardtack--a food staple for Union soldiers during the Civil War.

Sixth grade students sampled these tough, bland survival crackers during Mr. Dave Richter's Civil War presentation.They also tried on military gear from the Civil War era and learned about local connections to the war.

Check out this interesting article from the Washington Post describing what Union soldiers thought about the survival biscuits. (Hint: Jawbreakers and worm castles!)

These people provided the speediest correct answers:

  • Albert Rundell
  • Bryn Domjahn
  • Megan Martin
This Month's Mystery Pic
Email royalnews@wm.k12.mn.us if you know the name of the volcano our WMHS Spanish students got to see and learn about during their spring break trip to Costa Rica.
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