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Strides for Students
Strides for Students was an amazing celebration of community! Thanks to our students, staff, families, PTO and local businesses & organizations for supporting our schools. The event raised more than $18,000 for educational programs at WMES. But even more importantly, Strides for Students brings everyone together to celebrate what makes WM great--personal connections!
Senior Sampler
With graduation approaching quickly, seniors at Watertown-Mayer are starting to look back on their high school years and reminisce about everything they’ve experienced. WM senior, Shayna Anderson, captured a handful of memories, regrets, advice and thank yous in interviews with ten members of the Class of 2018.

Congrats to all of our 2018 graduates. No matter where you go, you'll always be part of our Royal community!
Feed My Starving Children
The National Honor Society hosted a night of service at Feed My Starving Children, with over 100 students and staff in attendance. Volunteers assembled and packed meal pouches, enough to feed 75 kids for one year! Check out the video to see the volunteers in action. 

And a HUGE THANK YOU to Koch for donating the bus transportation.
Preschool Leaders
A few of our Young Royals preschool students had the opportunity to lead the Pledge of Allegiance at a recent Watertown City Council meeting.

Great job little leaders! 
Mock Crash
The Watertown Fire Department recently coordinated a mock crash for WMHS juniors and seniors. The mock crash used local emergency personnel and WMHS actors to help students see the consequences of distracted and drunk driving.

Following the mock crash, Tom Goeltz shared the tragic story of his daughter Megan and her unborn son, who died as a result of these actions by another driver.

It was a somber day for all who watched and participated, but we're thankful for the opportunity to share this life-saving lesson with our students.
2nd Grade Oliver Kelly Farm Field Trip
Our second graders recently spent a snowy day at Oliver Kelly Farm learning how the farm operated in the 1860's. The students were able to knead dough, learn about seed identification and do a few chores around the farm.

A crowd favorite is always pitching manure!
FFA Convention
WM FFA students gathered with nearly 3,500 other FFA members and guests from across Minnesota at the annual state convention in April.

Students participated in general sessions, competitive events, educational tours, leadership workshops, visits with colleges and more.

Congrats to Wesley Burns and Wyatt Tesch who received their State FFA Degree at the convention. The State Degree recognizes the top FFA members in Minnesota for their leadership and service.

4th Grade Duct Tape Economics
Duct tape is always fun! Our 4th grade students recently finished a duct tape economics project that included:

  • Engineering a duct tape product that solves a problem.
  • Determining ways to increase the productivity of the product, keeping in mind the impact the product and waste materials may have on the natural world. 
  • Determining the price of the product in order to make fair trades or profit in a supply/demand market.
  • Creating an advertisement to market the product. 
  • Participating in a trade market, making and then evaluating their economic decisions.

What a great real-world application of design, math, engineering, science and business skills. Nice work, Royals!
Art History or History Art?
Do you remember when former WM teacher Mr. Tom Dressen allowed students to paint the walls in his classroom?

Well that's what inspired Mr. Jempa to encourage students to paint the ceiling tiles in his classroom. All tiles have US history and Minnesota history themes. Completed tiles include depictions of Mount Rushmore and a Dakota camp. Works in progress include the White House and a rendering of the Cherry and Spoon with the Basilica in the background.
Upcoming Events
  • HS Band Concert: Mon May 14, 7pm, PAC
  • Kindergarten Concert (Mahoney and Hanson): Tues May 15, 1:45pm WMPS
  • Incoming 5th Grade Parent Meeting: Tues May 15, 7pm, PAC
  • HS Awards Night: Wed May 16, 7pm, PAC
  • Kindergarten Concert (Libra, Shaw and Tax): Thurs May 17, 1:45pm WMPS
  • MS Band Concert: Thurs May 17, 7:30pm, PAC
  • School Board Meeting: Mon May 21, 6pm, Watertown Community Center
  • 7th-12th Grade Choir Concert: Mon May 21, 7pm, PAC
  • Incoming 6th Grade Parent Meeting: Tues May 22, 7pm, PAC
  • Graduation: Fri May 25, 7pm, WMHS Gym
  • American Legion Memorial Day Celebration: Mon May 28, 10am, PAC
  • 6th Grade Choir Concert: Tue May 29, 7pm, PAC
  • Last Day of School: Thurs May 31
Archery
WMMS students recently completed their annual archery competition. Congrats to this year's winner, Charlotte Becker, and runner up, Rylan Maas.
Upcoming Activities
There are still lots of Royal activities the calendar before the school year ends. Get out and enjoy one event, or all of them, and cheer on our students!

Below we've listed a few, but you can find even more on the district activity calendar

  • Baseball: Thurs May 10, 4pm vs Rockford @ Watertown Highland City Park
  • Track and Field Invitational: Thurs May 10, 4pm @ WMHS Stadium
  • Boys' Golf: Mon May 14, 3pm @ Timber Creek Golf Course
  • Softball: Tues May 14, 3pm vs Litchfield @WMHS
  • Girls' Golf: Tues May 15, 2pm @ Mound-Westonka
  • Unified Track: Wed May 18, 3:15pm @ Orono
Donation Provides Opportunities for 3D Printing
Thanks to a donation from Stratasys, a 3D printing company, each student in Mrs. Misuraca’s 6th grade technology class and 7th grade programming & game design class will have a chance to explore 3D modeling and 3D printing.  

The students’ interest in 3D printing sparked earlier this year when Stratasys employee Rob Winkerwas a guest speaker in the classroom. Rob taught students about the 3D printing process and showed them real-world 3D printing examples. Thank you Rob and Stratasys!
Alumni Update: Isaac Vraspir
WM alum Isaac Vraspir has taken advantage of two key WM opportunities to kick start his future.

Thanks his hard work in WM College in the Schools (CIS) classes and some proactive planning with his college adviser, Vraspir completed his Computer Science degree at the University of St. Thomas in just three years.

And even more importantly, Vraspir already has a job lined up! He accepted a position as a music software developer with Zivix (the creators of Jamstik). His first connection with Zivix came from a mentorship arranged by WMHS teacher Mr. Stohs during Vraspir's senior year at WM.

Vraspir's main focus at Zivix will be working on the new Jamstik 7 and 12 fret models that just launched on Indiegogo.
Mystery Pic Reveal
Last month we asked 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.

The correct answer is the Arenal volcano and you can learn more about it here.

These Royals provided the speediest correct answers:

  • Kendyl Olson
  • Madeline Peterson
  • Alexa Fischer
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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