Watertown-Mayer Public Schools

Royal News!
November 2014
       
Visitors From Germany
Twenty-five students and two teachers from Lahr, Germany spent two weeks in the WM area learning about everyday American life. The German visitors stayed with WMHS students and their families and enjoyed Royal football play-off excitement, toured a dairy farm, took golf lessons and visited the Mall of America.
News From The FFA National Convention
Our FFA students just returned from the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. The annual conference promotes leadership and agricultural education.
 
Congratulations to our WM alumni, Lexi Heldt and Matt Fritzke, who received awards this year. Heldt won the top goat proficiency award, and Fritzke received his American FFA Degree.
 
Go Royals!

Uniting Against Bullying!
WMPS, WMES and WMMS students unite against bullying. Students wore orange in recognition of Unity Day, and WMPS and WMES students painted their pinkie fingers orange as a promise to help stop bullying.

            
Not Your Typical Dance Class
The Watertown Mayer Dance Crew performed during halftime of the Homecoming football game again this year.
 
The program offers girls in grades 3-8 the opportunity to learn the techniques of a high school dance team: sharpness, pointing their toes, facial expressions, splits, turns, jumps, and rolls. 

Coach Kristie Nelson hopes to grow this thriving program and one day start a WMHS competitive dance team. If you're interested in learning more about the program, contact Kristie Nelson.
 
On The Bandwagon

The fall is off to a great start in the middle school band program!
  • 6th graders are getting to know their instruments.
  • 7th and 8th grade bands are busy getting ready for festivals and honor bands, in addition to preparing exciting music for the December concert.
  • 8th graders also traveled to see the Minnesota Orchestra at the end of October.
     

Landscaping Improvements
Mr. Kocherer's Landscape Design and Construction class wrapped up their outdoor labs recently. One lab project included this boulder retaining wall and pond-less waterfall system in the high school courtyard.
Share Your Photos

Anyone can contribute photos to the WMHS yearbook!

Download the app, "ReplayIt," to your device, then upload photos for use in the yearbook.

All pictures uploaded to ReplayIt will be included in the yearbook's digital time capsule.

Upcoming Events

Thirty-three students in grades 8-12 will perform in Pippin.
Upcoming Performing Arts Center events:
  • WMHS presents Pippin, November 13, 14 and 15 at 7:00 pm
  • High School Band Concert, Nov 25 at 7:00 pm
Swim team Section 3A Tournament:
  • November 6 & 8, Hutchinson High School

Winter sports registration information is now available.
Problem-Based Learning
Students across our district have many opportunities to practice critical thinking and problem solving skills with a variety of science and engineering projects. Here are just a few examples:
Duck Race Course
The Watertown Chamber of Commerce asked Mr. Erickson's Intro to Engineering class to design a new duck race course for the annual Rails to Trails celebration. Students created designs, built a prototype and presented proposals to chamber members. 
Keepin' It Cool
Mrs. Steuernagel challenged her mixed 4th and 5th grade class to find the best way to insulate their "house" to keep it cool in the summer. Using supplies like orange juice cartons, construction paper, cotton balls, and aluminum foil, student teams competed to build a house that would keep a Dixie cup full of ice frozen for the longest time. They evaluated their designs and discussed why some materials and strategies worked better than others.
Stomp Rockets
Students from Carver County 4-H helped second graders build stomp rockets this week. Students worked in teams to design and build a rocket capable of delivering food (raisins) to a storm-damaged island (a laundry basket). After their first test launch, students went back inside to modify their rockets for better performance. They enjoyed sharing ideas about the many variables that affected their rocket's performance.  
Hovercrafts
Watch this video to see if you can figure out how the students in Mr. Erickson's Intro to Engineering class powered their hovercrafts.
WMHS Intro to Engineering Hovercrafts
WMHS Intro to Engineering Hovercrafts
Exploratory Day
This fall's Middle School Exploratory Day was a huge hit! Students chose from a list of many different activities to explore:
  • Pheasant hunting and trap shooting
  • University of Minnesota and the Bell Museum of Natural History
  • Mall of America
  • Waterpark of America
  • 3 on 3 basketball tournament
  • Plus many more exploratory options!
Students learned about hunter safety, then participated in a successful pheasant hunt.
 
Celebrating Royal Pride
From the always standing parents at the top of the bleachers to the cheering kids with signs and face paint, our Royal football coaches and athletes appreciated the awesome fan support this season! 
Creative Costumes
Students and teachers at WMPS and WMES dress up for costume parades! 

        
Humphrey Lives!

Despite rumors to the contrary, Humphrey the Hamster is alive and well! The star of last year's WMES I Love to Read Month, Humphrey will be making occasional Wednesday morning visits to the WMES Media Center.
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Royal News celebrates the amazing things happening in our WM community. If you have something to celebrate, please send a photo and a few sentences about your event/activity to royalnews@wm.k12.mn.us.

Our Mission: To create an environment where each student feels connected and experiences multiple educational opportunities that will encourage and facilitate a lifelong desire to learn.

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