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Community Connections
Approximately 150 seniors enjoyed the annual Senior Holiday Dinner at the Watertown Community Center on Tuesday. The event is a wonderful example of community partnerships including support from the Watertown Commission on Aging, the City of Watertown and Watertown-Mayer Community Education.

Special thanks to the servers who included WM staff and FFA students, and to the WMHS Choir and Band members who provided entertainment before dinner.
Elementary Artists
Next time you visit the elementary school be sure to admire the art galleries hanging in the halls. Students have been exploring perspective, proportions and creativity by studying the work of famous artists with WMES art teacher, Ms. DeMars.
Learning Through Service
WM students, staff and families are participating in a variety of service projects to help those in need this holiday season:

  • WMES and WMMS students collected more than 3000 pounds of food and $1,172 for the Friends for Life Food Shelf in Watertown.
  • WMHS students are participating in Adopt-A-Child, Toys for Tots and are collecting items to send in care packages to our military troops.
  • Students in grades 1 - 5 are supporting Toys for Tots, Project Linus, Adopt-a-Family, Green Book sale, JDRF and Books for Africa.
  • Students in our Possibilities program collected and sorted items for Make a Difference Day, which creates care packages for community members who serve in the military.
  • Students in our 18+ Transition program served as bell ringers for the Salvation Army.

THANK YOU everyone for your donations of time, treasure and talent! These service projects help people in need, keep our schools connected to the community and provide meaningful learning opportunities for our students. #RoyalsWhoCare
Music's in the Air
It's concert season at Watertown-Mayer! Students and teachers have been working hard to prepare a wide variety of music. Join us for one or all of these great performances! 

  • Mon, Dec 11, WMHS choir concert @ 7pm in the PAC
  • Tues, Dec 12, WMMS choir concert @ 7pm in the PAC
  • Fri, Dec 15, 3rd grade choir concert @ 1:30pm at WMES
  • Mon, Dec 18, WMHS band concert @ 7pm in the PAC
7th and 8th grade band students performed their winter concert on December 4.
Connecting with Veterans
Thank you to our local veterans who shared their stories with WMHS students on Veterans Day. This meaningful learning experience was an excellent example of our mission to help students grow through connections and opportunities.
Middle School Pipeline Challenge
Middle school students in Ms. Neaton's algebra class recently worked on a "Pipeline Challenge."

The class worked in small groups to engineer, design and build a pipeline across the classroom to transport a golf ball and ping pong ball. 

They also had to manage a $1 million expense budget. The materials needed to build the pipeline (yardsticks, tape, paper, cardboard, etc.) were very expensive!
Unified Sports
WM will be expanding opportunities to participate in unified sports this year. Unified sports partner people with and without intellectual disabilities competing together on the same team.

If you're interested in being an athlete or a partner for indoor soccer or basketball, please contact Shawn Perez (shawn.perez@wm.k12.mn.us).

Good luck to our WM unified bowling team! They will compete at the AMF Southtown Lanes on Friday at 10am. #GoWMRoyals
Exploring Archery
WM Community Education recently hosted an indoor archery series at WMPS with instructors from Carver County Parks.

Participants ages 8-12 had the opportunity to unlock their inner Robin Hood during this exciting class. They learned range safety and practiced stance, aim and release techniques through fun games and challenges.

The next series begins in March. Watch your mailbox or the Community Education website for the winter catalog. Then sign up and join in the fun!
Upcoming Events
  • Christmas Angel Ballet: Sun Dec 10, @ 3pm or 6pm in the PAC. Visit http://www.rivervalleydanceac.com/ for details.
  • School Board Meeting: Mon Dec 18, @ 6pm, Watertown Community Center
  • Winter Break: 1pm dismissal on Dec 21 through Jan 1
Upcoming Activities
Our Royal athletes have been hard at work preparing for the winter sports season. Come out, cheer them on and show your ROYAL PRIDE!

  • Girls' Basketball: Thurs Dec 7, 7pm vs Delano @ WMHS Competition Gym
  • Unified Bowling: Fri Dec 8, 10am @ AMF Southtown Lanes
  • Boys' Basketball: Fri Dec 8, 7pm vs Belle Plaine @ WMHS Competition Gym
  • Girls' Hockey: Sat Dec 9, 3pm vs St. Francis @ Thaler Hockey Arena
  • Wrestling Triangular: Thurs Dec 14, 5pm @ WMHS Competition Gym
  • Dance: Thurs Dec 14, 7pm @ Jordan MS
  • Swimming and Diving: Tues Dec 19, 5:30pm vs St. Louis Park @WMHS Pool
  • Gymnastics: Thurs Dec 21, 6pm vs Dassel Cokato @ DCMS Gym
You can see the full activity schedule by viewing the district activities calendar. When you visit the calendar, check out the menu below the calendar to set up text/email notifications.
Shout out to Monika Czinano for scoring 1,000 points! She is the 12th member of this elite club since 1980! Thank you for your hard work, effort and passion for the game of basketball!
Kindergarten Round Up
All incoming fall 2018 kindergarten families are highly encouraged to attend our Kindergarten Round-Up and Registration event on Thursday, January 18, at Watertown-Mayer Elementary School.

We will have two sessions to choose from: 4pm - 5pm and 6pm - 7pm. Visit the Kindergarten Round-Up website for more information.
Annual Financial Report
The WM School Board reviewed the annual school district audit during its November meeting. One key indicator of school district financial health is measured by financial reserves as a percentage of expenditures on programs supporting students and school district operations. The current state of the district in this regard is presented in the following chart:
The district continues to work as efficiently as possible to deliver on its mission in support of students, aligned with strategic directions that include long term fiscal sustainability. However, as the following charts indicate, the district continues to operate with less revenue than like-size districts, as well as that of the average for all districts in the State of Minnesota.
Revenue per Student (ADM)
Expenditures per Student (ADM)
As the district’s administration and school board plan for the future, careful consideration will be given to all options to continue to make wise use of taxpayer dollars in support of our students. Want to know more? Watch the November school board meeting, review the audit presentation or contact Superintendent Wilke at 952-955-0480 .
Don't Forget the Panorama Survey!
Panorama survey responses are due by December 11. In the event you missed the first email containing the survey, please check your inbox for a follow-up email from Panorama.

As part of an ongoing commitment to our mission, “Growth Through Connections and Opportunities,” Watertown-Mayer Schools value strong partnerships between families and our schools. To that point, we would like to hear from you!

The topics included in the current survey will support planning for student learning in the areas of grit and learning behaviors. The survey also includes questions about school fit.

Thank you in advance for your thoughtful responses in support of our students and schools.
Mystery Pic Reveal
Last month we asked you to identify this masked Royal.
It's Royal super fan and local Realtor, Kevin Butcher! The first three people to respond with the correct answer were:

  • Rachel Watne
  • Julie Berrios
  • Trisha Ragner
This Month's Mystery Pic
This month's question is tough! Which Royal staff member was recently inducted into their high school Hall of Fame for their athletic accomplishments especially in baseball?
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WMPS: Watertown-Mayer Primary School, 313 Angel Ave NW, Watertown, MN 55388, 952-955-0200
WMES: Watertown-Mayer Elementary School, 500 Paul Ave, Watertown, MN 55388, 952-955-0300
WMMS: Watertown-Mayer Middle School, 1001 Hwy 25 NW, Watertown, MN 55388, 952-955-0400
WMHS: Watertown-Mayer High School, 1001 Hwy 25 NW, Watertown, MN 55388, 952-955-0600
PAC: Watertown-Mayer Performing Arts Center, 1001 Hwy 25 NW, Watertown, MN 55388, 952-955-0600