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I Love To Read!
February will be packed with fun reading activities for I Love to Read Month at WMES. Students and staff will celebrate literacy with a short story contest, mystery readers, a Skype visit with author Dan Gutman, dress-up days and lots of great books! The month will wrap up with the 2nd annual WMES talent show on March 2.
All About Dinosaurs
Our kindergartners recently discovered a giant mystery object in their classroom! The surprise inside ignited student curiosity that delivered amazing lessons in math, science, reading and writing.

As part of this thematic unit, students recorded observations in journals, investigated fossils and turned the lunchroom into a dinosaur exhibit.
"Thematic units provide one of the best vehicles for integrating content areas in a way that makes sense to children and helps them make connections to transfer knowledge they learn and apply it in a meaningful way. Thematic units also address the diverse learning styles of the students we serve." -PBS Teachers: Integrated Teaching Units
Growth Through Connections and Opportunities
WMMS students experienced our district mission in action during their winter exploratory day. They spent the day learning with their teachers through sports, service and creativity.

Exploratory choices included tie dying, volunteer work at the primary school, a visit to Feed My Starving Children, robotics, skiing, graffiti art and more.

Special thanks to all of the parents and community members who create an amazing ice fishing opportunity for our middle school students every winter.
The Future of the Primary School
Our school district is more than halfway through a  2-year reorganization plan . One large component of the plan includes exploring options for additional programs and services at the primary school.

Community members and district staff gathered on December 14 at WMPS for a visioning session.

The agenda included a collaborative effort to identify strategic advantages and challenges and to brainstorm and prioritize opportunities .
Attendees showed strong support for opportunities including infant and toddler care, senior programs and teen programs. District leaders will evaluate these options in coming months.

Got questions, ideas or concerns? Please email  wm.twoyearplan@wm.k12.mn.us  or call 952-955-0480.
Mass Choir at Luther College
Six outstanding WMHS vocalists joined forces with students from five other states to create a mass choir of 1,100 at Luther College's Dorian Festival.
PTO Movie Night - The Boss Baby
Date: Friday, February 23, 2018
Time: 7:00pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)
Location: Watertown-Mayer Elementary School Gym

Join the WM PTO for a FREE family event. Refreshments and snacks will be available for purchase throughout the movie and CAN be brought into the gym. Bring blankets, sleeping bags, pillows, etc. and get cozied up for a fun family night! All children must be accompanied by an adult or someone age 16 or older.
WM Business Professionals of America
Congratulations to our WMHS BPA students who competed at the Region 1 Leadership Conference in Buffalo on Friday, January 28. Students placed in multiple events including Advanced Interviewing Skills, Administrative Support Research Project, Prepared Speech, Diagnostic Coding, Parliamentary Procedures and Presentation Management.

Twelve students will advance to the state leadership conference in Minneapolis in March. Good luck Royals!
Upcoming Events
  • Sadie Hawkins Dance: Sat Feb 10, 8pm, Watertown Community Center
  • Booster Club Meeting: Sun Feb 11, 7pm, HS Media Center
  • 6th Grade Trip to Wolf Ridge: Mon Feb 12 - Friday Feb 16
  • No School: Mon Feb 19th, Presidents Day
  • WMHS Parent-Teacher Conferences: Thurs Feb 22, 3:30pm-7:30pm, HS Lunchroom and Media Center
  • PTO Movie Night: Fri Feb 23, 6:30pm, WMES Gym
  • School Board Meeting: Mon Feb 26, 6pm, Watertown Community Center
  • 8th-12th Grade Choir Concert: Mon Feb 26, 7pm PAC
  • 7th Grade Choir Concert: Tues Feb 27, 7pm, PAC
  • Early Release: Fri Mar 2, 1pm
Upcoming Activities
There's still plenty of time to get out and cheer on our Royals as they compete in winter activities! 

  • Mock Trial: Thurs Feb 8, 1pm @ Anoka County Courthouse
  • Wrestling: Thurs Feb 8, 6pm vs Scott West @ WMHS Competition Gym
  • Gymnastics: Thurs Feb 8, 6pm @ Glencoe-Silver Lake
  • Girls' Hockey Sections: Thurs Feb 8, 7pm @ Mound Thaler Hockey Arena
  • Unified Soccer: Fri Feb 9, 9:45am @ West St. Paul Sports Dome
  • Girls' Basketball: Fri Feb 9, 7pm vs Annandale @ WMHS Competition Gym
  • Academic Challenge: Sat Feb 10, 9am @ Glencoe-Silver Lake
  • Speech: Sat Feb 10, 9am @ Jordan
  • Swimming and Diving: Sat Feb 10, 1pm, Conference Meet @ Hutchinson Middle School
  • Boys' Basketball: Tues Feb 13, 7pm vs Glencoe-Silver Lake @ WMHS Competition 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.
PacerTalks About Bullying
Check out PACERTalks latest PSA on bullying where they ask the question, “What Should You Do?”

Pacer explores insights and advice from some of our very own WM students, as they respond to situations about bullying.
Dance Team Wrap Up
The Mayer Lutheran/Watertown-Mayer dance team completed their season with a 2nd place finish in jazz, 3rd in high kick, and 2nd overall at the Minnesota River Conference Championship!

All conference award winners included Abigale Bowyer, Lexi Eggers, Lanie Lundgren and Grace Stauffer. Kortney Anderson received all conference honorable mention and coach Maryann Porter was named Jazz Coach of the Year. Congrats to all! Great season!
Watertown's Got Talent
Attention all local singers, dancers, musicians, actors, actresses, comedians or anyone with a unique talent they would like to share!

We are looking for local acts for "WATERTOWN'S GOT TALENT".

This family friendly talent show is being held on Thursday, March 15 at 7pm in the PAC. Proceeds will benefit Watertown-Mayer's Post Prom and WM Student News.
Anyone interested in performing should send an email to kendall.nowlan@wmroyals.net or kendall.nowlan@gmail.com with your name and talent by Monday, March 5.There will be a prize awarded to the top three contestants. All ages welcome!

Please help us spread the word to all your family and friends! We want to "pack the PAC" for this fun community event!
WMMS Shout Outs
Geography Bee
Congrats to our WMMS Geography Bee participants! Albert Rundell finished first and Jonah Hamberger claimed the runner up position.

Mathletes
The WMMS Mathletes wrapped up their season by claiming the third place trophy for overall team scores! Great job!
Spelling Bee
WMMS recently held their annual spelling bee. Congrats to all participants including winner, Rylan Maas, and runner up, Takyla Sorrell-Horton!
Mystery Pic Reveal
Last month we asked you where part of the original Watertown High School is still standing.

We had quite a few correct answers this month but the fastest replies came from:

  • Jessie Billiet
  • Susanne Derner
  • Traci Bergstrom
The lower level of the original 1911 high school still stands as the middle section of the west end of the primary school (the boiler room, part of the cafeteria and the old boys locker room).

If you look at the picture above, the current primary school playground would be on the back side of the building. Dirt was backfilled to raise the grade of the building which means part of the original first floor is now underground.The original front entrance is now in the back hallway.

The top two floors of the original building were removed in the mid 1980s. Alumni, like Jessie Billiet, remember that students in grades 4-6 were transported to the Waverly Elementary School (which was vacant at the time) for an entire school year during the demolition and remodel.

The current square shape with the center courtyard came together in a series of additions in 1938, 1952, 1974, 1987 and 1990.
This Month's Mystery Pic
Email royalnews@wm.k12.mn.us if you know the current location of this random rack of coats and why oh why we are hoarding them.
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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