Watertown-Mayer Public Schools

Royal News!
February 2015
Royal Celebrations!

There are so many great things happening in our Royal community! Send your pictures of creative classrooms and awesome activities to

Mr. Hangartner's students learning about physics, engineering and collaboration.
Chasing a Record

WM alumni Tim Nesvold stopped by the pool recently to support Jack Dalluge, the WMHS junior who is only 0.78 seconds away from breaking Nesvold's 1980 school record for the 200 freestyle (1:48:30).

After 35 years, Nesvold holds the longest standing swimming record on the big board near the pool. Perhaps that's why Dalluge set his sights on the 200 free record more than 3 years ago.


With every practice and every meet, Dalluge has been gaining on Nesvold. In January, Dalluge broke the 2010 pool record for the 200 free with a a time of 1:49:07. Dalluge has three more opportunities to break the school record this season and appreciates Nesvold's support!

Kindergarten Round-Up
The class of 2028 got a taste of school-life at Kindergarten Round-Up. The future Kindergarteners met teachers, toured classrooms, and learned a little bit about their upcoming school year.
Continued Tradition
Members of the varsity wrestling team volunteered at WMES for a morning of wrestling during gym class. Meanwhile, gymnasts perform their routines for their classmates. 
Snow Week
WMHS celebrated "Snow Week" during the last week of January. Festivities included dress-up days and a pep fest, where seniors challenged WM staff in a competitive game of basketball.


Vikings Quest To S.T.O.P. Bullying
A Vikings cheerleader and Viktor, the Vikings mascot, visited WMES in a quest to S.T.O.P. bullying. The interactive program discussed four types of bullying and the ways students should respond: Stand up, Take action, Open up, and Protect!



Busy Bees
Middle school students displayed their academic skills in the school's annual Spelling Bee and Geography Bee. Finalists competed at school assemblies where the field was narrowed down to one champion. Way to go Royals!

Spelling Bee Champion: Grant Cohrs
Geography Bee Champion: Corey Bimberg

1000 Point Club!
Two royal girls' basketball players recently scored their 1000th career point, and they're only sophomores! Congrats Kirstin Klitzke and Claire Killian!
Exploratory Day
WMMS students had a blast during their winter Exploratory Day! Activities included trips to a skating rink, snow tubing, swimming, ice fishing and more! 
Finishing Strong
Upcoming varsity sporting events: 
  • Girls Hockey: Feb 6, Sectional Tournament, 7:30pm vs. Princeton/Big Lake/Becker at the Parade Ice Gardens in Minneapolis
  • Boys basketball: Feb 7, 3:30pm vs. Brooklyn Center at home
  • Boys hockey: Feb 10, 7:00pm vs. New Prague at Thaler Sports Center in Mound 
  • Girls basketball: Feb 10, 7:30pm vs. Mayer Lutheran at home
  • Wrestling: Feb 12, Sectional Tournament, location and team TBD
  • Gymnastics: Feb 13, Sectional Tournament @ New Prague
  • Boys Swimming and Diving: Feb 14, Conference Tournament, 1:00pm @ Hutchinson middle school 
Visit the school's activity calendar for more upcoming events.
Hockey Highlights

Six Royals transformed into White Hawks this winter when WM partnered with Mound Westonka for boys' and girls' hockey. Pictured below you will find Captain Dustin Koehnen #24, Wyatt Tatge #26, Noah Henderson #40, Jordan Koehnen #30, Sydney Hules #6, and Morgan Tatge #29.


The girls finished 2nd in their conference and start section playoffs against Princeton on February 6. The boys will wrap up their regular season play when they compete against Delano/Rockford on February 13th.  


Thank you for representing WM! Go Royal White Hawks!








Photos courtesy of Denise Koehnen and Morgan Tatge. Thanks!

Triple Threats

Celebrating success in arts, athletics and academics, WM seniors Anna Phearman and Zackary Eliason were selected as our 2014-15 AAA award winners! The students were honored at the annual regional banquet in Maple Lake. Principal Hennen and Activities Director Haugen joined Anna, Zackery and their parents at the banquet.    

Dallas Brass
On February 24 at 7:00pm, the internationally acclaimed Dallas Brass will be performing at the Watertown-Mayer High School Performing Arts Center.
The evening will include famous and familiar American songs played by expert musicians and will feature a special performance by WM band students in grades 8-12!
This can't miss concert will be a thrill for adults and kids of all ages! We anticipate a sold out auditorium, so get your tickets now! Tickets can be picked up at Will Call starting at 6:30 the night of the event. You may also contact the box office at (952) 955-0617 to pick up your tickets earlier.
Two FFA Teams Headed to State!
WM FFA sent two teams to compete in regional Career Development Events (CDE's) on January 30th. Both teams, the Small Animals Team (left) and the Forestry team (right), qualified for State. They will be competing at the University of Minnesota in April during the Minnesota FFA State Convention. Go Royals!
Pippin Receives Honors
The WMHS production of Pippin was recently recognized with several honors from Hennepin Theatre Trust's Spotlight Musical Theater Program. Top honors went to Grace Kroeger for Outstanding Lighting Design and Video Mapping. Read The Carver County News article for details!
Photo courtesy of Ethan Groothius, Carver County News.
Super Power Party!
ECFE and Young Royals hosted a Super Power Party where children dressed up as their favorite Superhero while dancing, playing games and enjoying an ice cream sundae. 
Science Fair Registration

WMES Science Fair will take place on March 4th-5th, with registration open until February 20th. The informational packet, including the registration form, is available on the school's website.

Students in grades 1-5 are invited to participate individually or in groups of up to 3 students. All participants will receive a medal, and the top scoring projects in grades 3-5 will qualify for the Regional Science Fair at Mankato State University in April.

Mystery Tradition

We have many wonderful traditions at WM, but do you know which coveted award senior Brent Unowsky has won at almost every home meet during his 6-year swimming career? If you know the answer, email royalnews@wm.k12.mn.us. We'll reveal the results next month.  
6th grade girls win Delano basketball tournament.
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Youth wrestlers place 3rd at Orono tournament.

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