Watertown-Mayer Public Schools

Royal NewsApril 2014
In This Issue
Students win SDSU computer programming competition
Murder's in the Heir
Upcoming Events
Recess Relaxation
State BPA Success
Building Relationships
Speech Season Update
New Primary School Dean
Award-Winning Kiss
Award-Winning Finances
Mystery Photo
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Spring Break in Spain


Several WMHS junior and senior Spanish students recently returned from a 12-day trip to Spain. 


The trip included nine days with host families near Barcelona and a 3-day tour of southern Spain including stops in Granada (right), Sevilla (above) and Cordoba.


The students were amazed by the beautiful architecture and the depth of history noted trip organizer Jen Pfeffer-Dittes.   


WMHS students win SDSU computer programming competition
by Chris Fiscus, HS Math and Technology teacher

Five students represented WMHS at the 2014 SDSU Program Design Competition: Luke Juusoa, Isaac Vraspir, Nick DeNomme, Dillon Derner and Cody Wagner.

The students put many hours into the project over the past 20 weeks and on April 3, presented their final product to a panel of judges at SDSU.

Both teams had great programs and Team #1 (Luke & Isaac) took first place overall in the competition.  

It was an excellent experience for them to participate with other students who are interested in programming and to put their programming and problem-solving skills to the test.    
Murder's in the Heir
The audience gets to choose the ending of this year's spring play, Murder's in the Heir!
It's a murder mystery--like a living version of the popular board game, Clue. During intermission, the audience will vote and, based on the results, the cast and crew will modify the murderous conclusion.
Three nights only at the Watertown-Mayer Performing Arts Center! 
Thursday, April 10, 7PM
Friday, April 11, 7PM
Saturday, April 12, 7PM
$7 Adults
$5 Students 
Upcoming Events

Friday, April 4: Light up the Night: PTO Family Fun Night, 5PM-8PM, HS
Monday, April 7: Baseball Home Opener?, 5PM, Highland City Park 
April 10, 11, 12: Murder's in the Heir, Spring Play, 7PM, HS
Sunday, April 13: Dad's Belgian Waffle Breakfast, 9AM-1PM, HS 
Tuesday, April 15: Girls' Varsity Golf Meet, 3PM, Timber Creek
Tuesday, April 22: Varsity Softball, 5PM HS
Saturday, April 26: Prom Grand March, 5PM, HS
Thursday, May 1: Fine Arts Night, 7PM, HS
You can find more events on the Watertown-Mayer Calendar.
Pep Band fires up the crowd at the girls' basketball section playoff game.
Recess Relaxation

Indoor recess seemed to be the norm at the elementary school during this long, cold winter.


While most kids were happy to have a bit of free time in their classrooms, a few students joined Nurse Tamie for recess yoga.


Success at State BPA

by Brittany Wilkens, BPA Advisor


The WMHS Business Professionals of America students attended the BPA State Leadership Conference in Minneapolis March 6-8.  BPA is a national organization for students preparing for careers in business and information technology.


Several students qualified to compete in the National Leadership Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana April 30 - May 4, 2014.


Here are the highlights: 

  • 2nd place in Extemporaneous Speech: Zachary Iten
  • 3rd place in Parliamentary Procedure Concepts Individual: Hailey Smith
  • 1st place in Parliamentary Procedures: Team B (Sydney Lague, Teague Shaw, Alyssa Kolb, Hannah Hulley, Ashley Wiswell, Lacey Sullivan, Hailey Smith, and Olivia Nolan)
  • 2nd place in Parliamentary Procedures: Team A (Kailey Carrabre, Abigail Hatling, Devyn Giese, Ashley Kelzer, Allyson Matrella, Jordan Berrios, Aaron Sweeney, and Ethan Thonn)

Special thanks to WM teacher, Russ Runck for volunteering his time to coach the Parliamentary Procedures teams and to WM alumnus, Steve Razer for chaperoning and volunteering as a judge at the state conference.


Go Royals!                              

Building Relationships
Interns help elementary school students practice their reading skills.

Our internal internship program is one of the many ways we build student-to-student and student-to-staff relationships.  


The high school interns grow in their leadership skills while assisting faculty and students across the district.


Juniors and seniors are eligible for the quarter-long internship opportunities. Students can complete two internships in their high school career for credit.


Please contact Ms. Stifter, WMHS Guidance Counselor, for more information. 

Speech Season Update
by Amy Mandt, Speech Advisor
This year's speech team roster consists of 15 "Super Speechers" and three students who love speech, but don't enjoy the competition. There is room for everyone on the team.
Here are few highlights:
  • Senior and Captain, Moriah Bauck, placed 4th in Original Oratory in the MN River Valley Conference.
  • Junior, Jamie McDonald, placed 7th in Creative Expression in the MN River Valley Conference. She also received Honorable Mention All Conference.
  • Freshman, Coralie Swedburg, was named All Conference in the Great Speeches category.
  • 8th grader, Howard Simar, placed 5th in Discussion in the MN River Valley Conference.
  • 8th grader, Danielle Peterson placed 7th in the MN River Valley Conference in Extemporaneous Reading. 

The speech season begins officially in January and runs through April. It is open to grades 7-12 and there are 13 competition categories.


Contact Ms. Mandt for more information about how you can be part of the team as a supporter, participant or competitor.


Also, several speech team members will perform their pieces during Fine Arts Night, May 1, 7PM at WMHS.

New Primary School Dean
Katie Thompson, who currently teaches 8th grade English at WMMS, has been chosen from an amazing field of candidates to be the new Dean of Students at WMPS.

She will be a great addition to the awesome team at our primary school!

Current primary school principal, Marnie Pauly will take the reigns at the elementary school when Pat Hittle retires this summer.  
Award-Winning Llama Kiss
WMPS Nurse Kelly does a great job making the annual Pennies for Patients fundraiser exciting for the students and staff.

This year Nurse Kelly submitted our llama kiss picture to the fundraiser photo contest

Our llama kiss won first prize in the Best Pennies Prank category!  

Pennies for Patients benefits the MN, SD & ND Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 
Award-Winning Finances
Our District recently received the Minnesota Department of Education's "Educational School Finance Award."  

This award is given to districts that are fiscally strong and maintain positive fund balances in all accounts.

Some criteria for this award includes submitting financial information on time, showing great fiscal health, and demonstrating accurate financial reporting. 
Mystery Photo 

Do you see any familiar faces in this 1994-95 middle school staff photo?


Source: Russ Runck
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