Watertown-Mayer Public Schools

Royal News!
December 2014
       
School Board Vacancies
 
Are you interested in serving our students and our community as a school board member?

Watertown-Mayer School District is currently seeking candidates to fill two vacancies on the school board. The terms for these positions begin on Monday, January 5, 2015 and expire on December 31, 2016.
 
Interested candidates should complete and submit an application to the District Office no later than December 9, 2014.

Any questions can be directed to Interim Superintendent Dr. Charles Rick @ 952-955-0480.
Field Trip Fun
WMES students venture from the classroom to explore some of Minnesota's outstanding museums and theaters:
  • 1st graders were captivated by the Children's Theatre Company's production of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
  • 4th graders explored the Minnesota History Center and enjoyed a presentation about fur trading.
  • 5th grade students learned about erosion and renewable energy at the Carver County Historical Society.
Senator Visits WMHS
State Senator Greg Clausen recently visited WMHS to learn about our successful College in the Schools (CIS) program. Senator Clausen, a member of the State Senate Education committee, will work on CIS legislation in the upcoming session with goals to have CIS funding become more prevalent and consistent in schools. Watertown-Mayer offers more than 60 CIS credits and is one of the top ten CIS programs in Minnesota.
Mr. Janikula, Senator Clausen, Principal Hennen, Ms. Sieling, and District Finance Officer, Ms. Raiter
Beyond The Textbook

Creativity. Innovation. Collaboration. Fifth grade students practiced these important skills during a recent wind turbine project. They formed "companies" and competed to see who could design the fastest spinning wind turbine. Students designed, built and tested their wind turbines while learning about physics, engineering and team dynamics. Go Royals!
WMMS Clubs Build Community
Middle school students meet with their "Club" every other Wednesday morning during Prime Time. The clubs allow students to explore current interests or discover new hobbies. Students connect and build relationships based on shared personal interests, which strengthens the WMMS community. 

Clubs include: reading, student council, yearbook, pinterest, drawing, movies, sports and such, football pick 'ems, peer advocates, hunting, card club, and golf.
Peer Advocate Club unites against bullying.

Hunting Club searches for deer sign.
Sports and Such Club plays basketball.
Creativity in the Drawing Club
 
ECFE Celebrates 40 Years

"Come for your children, stay for yourself" is the mantra for Watertown-Mayer's Early Childhood Family Education programs. Unique to Minnesota, the ECFE program is celebrating 40 years of educating families. Serving children from birth to age five, ECFE offers weekly classes, one-time specials, drop-by playtimes, parenting speakers and program field trips. Winter ECFE classes will begin the week of January 12, 2015.
Making A Difference
The WM 7-12 grade wrestling team and managers recently volunteered at Feed My Starving Children. The community service and team building activity provided 19,656 meals to children in Haiti - enough to feed 54 children for a year! The WM Wrestling Club contributed funds to pay for the meals, with the money coming from the team's softener salt fundraiser.

Several community members, including WM employees and FFA students, served dinner to senior citizens at the Watertown Community Center this week. WM band and choir students also provided musical entertainment. The annual holiday dinner is sponsored by the Watertown Commission on Aging. Photos provided by Michael Burns.
Deck The Halls

Need a bit of holiday cheer? Take a walk down the Kindergarten hallway at WMPS. The Kindergarteners, with the help of their teachers and many volunteers, spent a day rotating through each classroom to create more than 700 festive, hand-made decorations.  
Royal Shopping
Support WM while you finish your Christmas shopping! Many organizations are selling items that make great gifts and stocking stuffers:
Mathletes!
The WMMS Math Team has been steadily improving in their first year in the Minnesota Junior High School Math League. The team, advised by WMMS math teacher, Mr. Singer-Towns, placed 3rd at their last meet and have two meets remaining this season. Go Royals!
A few of the math team members ready to show off their serious math skills.
Upcoming Athletic Events
Home varsity sporting events: 
  • Wrestling: 5:00pm, Dec 4, triangular vs Glencoe-Silver Lake and St. Peter
  • Boys hockey: 7:00pm, Dec 4 vs Rochester Lourdes
  • Girls hockey: 7:00pm, Dec 5 vs Mankato East
  • Girls basketball: 7:30pm, Dec 5 vs Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted
  • Boys basketball: 5:30pm, Dec 6 vs Mound Westonka
  • Gymnastics: 6:00pm, Dec 18, vs New London-Spicer
  • Swimming: 12:30pm, Jan 10, Invitational
Visit the school's activity calendar for more upcoming events.

WMHS Band Concert Highlights
The recent WMHS Band Concert included soft solos, winter favorites and lots of unique percussion instruments. At the end of the highlight reel below, you will see Senior Dustin Koehnen performing his arrangement of Silent Night when the PAC goes dark. After the clip ends, hundreds of twinkling stars were projected throughout the PAC. In darkness, the entire band surrounded the audience and joined Dustin to conclude the song. It was a beautiful moment!
WMHS Band Concert, November 25, 2014
WMHS Band Concert clips, November 25, 2014

Upcoming concerts at the PAC:
  • MS band, 7th and 8th grade concert: 7:00pm, Dec 9
  • MS band, 6th grade concert: 7:00pm, Dec 11
  • MS and HS choir concert: 7:00pm, Dec 15
Donuts With Dads
Dads experienced a flashback to Kindergarten during the Donuts with Dads festivities at WMPS. Students helped their dads with a classroom activity and enjoyed a donut breakfast before the school day started.
FFA Team Qualifies For State
Congrats to our WM FFA Dairy Foods team! They recently qualified to compete at the State FFA Convention at the University of Minnesota in April. Team members score points based on their ability to identify types of cheese, determine the fat content of milk samples, and detect contaminants in milk.


  
WM teachers recognized for Leadership in Education Excellence.
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