Watertown-Mayer Public Schools

Royal News!
April 2015
Why I Participate...
Most WM students participate in at least one extracurricular activity each year. What do they love about their WM activities? You might be surprised to know that it's not all about winning and awards: 

Superintendent Finalists

After an extensive vetting and interview process, and with the help of a large community interview panel, the school board selected three finalists for the WM superintendent position.

  • Greg Winter (Braham Superintendent)
  • Bob Hennen (WM High School Principal)
  • Ron Wilke (La Crescent-Hokah Superintendent)

All students, parents, staff and community members are invited to participate in the finalist forum. Interact with the finalists, ask them questions, and provide feedback to the board before the final interviews. 


Meet the Finalists!

Monday, April 13


Middle School Media Center

Math Modeling Class Visits U

The WMHS College in the Schools (CIS) Math Modeling class visited the University of Minnesota for a field day in March. WMHS students collaborated with CIS Math Modeling students from across the state to create and present mathematical models. 


Kenny Thurk, Christian Donovan and Logan Vanwatermulen presented their model on the spread of disease. They researched three different diseases and used simulation software to determine which disease was most dangerous. The class instructors voted on the presentations, and these young men received 1st place! They did an outstanding job and worked very hard to earn this award. Go Royals!


Mock Trial Places Eighth At State!
Members of the Watertown-Mayer Mock Trail team placed eighth during the State Tournament held March 5-6, 2015. Charles Chadwick, a WM sophomore, was selected as an All State Attorney. Nine WM state participants will return next year, with five members graduating. Congratulations team!
Band Trip
The WM band performed in Lincoln Center, enjoyed The Lion King on Broadway, made it to the top of the Empire State Building and so much more during their spring break trip to New York City. Students strengthened their friendships and will enjoy the memories of this trip for many years to come!
ECFE Birthday Party!

Celebrate the 40th birthday of ECFE with the Bazillions! The kid-friendly rock band will perform at the WM Primary School on Thursday, April 16, from 6:30-7:15 p.m. Admission is FREE for this great event sponsored by the ECFE Advisory Council!

Knowledge Bowl


The WM varsity Knowledge Bowl team recently competed at the sub-region in Sartell. Team members consisting of Alex Gillette, Luke Juusola, Ryan Johnson and Madison Daniels won the subregional meet and placed third at regionals, just missing a trip to the state tournament. Great job, Royals!

Spring Sports Underway

Even when the weather won't cooperate, Royal athletes find creative ways to prepare for their upcoming spring seasons! Royal POWER!

BPA Competes At State
Nineteen students from WMHS attended the Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference in Minneapolis last month. The various competitions help students apply skills needed for business and information technology careers. Check out the highlights below and the full  results!
Charles Saing
Region 1 President
2nd place Parliamentary Procedures Team
3rd place Parliamentary Procedures Team
NHS Inductees

WMHS National Honor Society inducted 17 new members to the local chapter, chosen on the basis of character, leadership, scholarship and service. Students in grades 10-12 must maintain a GPA of at least 3.3 to be eligible for membership. 


Math Madness At Markeplace
First graders and their families recently participated in Math Madness night at the Watertown Marketplace grocery store. The second annual math scavenger hunt encouraged kids to answer tricky math questions about Marketplace products. Thanks to first grade teacher, Mrs. Johnson, and Marketplace foods for hosting this great community event!
Human Hungry Hippos
Kindergarten students (and Ms. Slipka) have a blast pretending to be Hungry Hippos during Mr. Nace's gym class!

Upcoming Events
  • April 13: Community Forum with Superintendent Finalists, WMMS Media Center, 5:30pm
  • April 16: Softball vs. Belle Plaine @ WMHS, 5pm
  • April 16: Baseball vs. Belle Plaine @ Highland Park, 5pm
  • April 16: ECFE Birthday Party with the Bazillions @ WM Primary School, 6:30pm, FREE
  • April 16, 17, and 18: Spring play, Hans Christian Anderson's, The Little Mermaid @ WMHS Performing Arts Center, 7pm.
  • April 21: Boys' Golf Meet @ Timber Creek, 4pm
  • April 21, WMHS Fine Arts Night, featuring outstanding performers from band, choir, speech, art and mock trial @ WMHS Performing Arts Center, 7pm

Visit the school calendar for more event info! 

Superior Singing
WMHS concert choir received straight superior ratings at a recent choir contest, and the varsity choir also earned a high excellent overall rating. Choir students competed in the Solo Ensemble Contest Sub Section in Maple Lake with all earning superior or excellent ratings. Great job Royal singers!

Land O' Lakes treated many FFA chapters from around the state to a recent Timberwolves game. The students were invited onto the court after the game.
Hennen Testifies At The State Capitol

State legislators invited WMHS Principal Bob Hennen to testify about the benefits of College in the Schools courses. Several legislators hope to make more funding available to all Minnesota high schools for CIS classes.

WMHS has one of the top 10 CIS programs in the state. Our 2014 graduates left WMHS with more than 1188 college credits. Nearly 70% of the Class of 2014 left with college credits in hand. 
Learning Little By Little

WMES 4th graders recently gathered to watch a Baaken Museum presentation called "Small Stuff, Big Deal." Students participated in exciting and surprising demonstrations and experiments that encouraged them to consider both the power and the potential problems with nanoscience. 


All State Gymnasts
Nine Royal Gymnasts recently received recognition for their great season! Caitlin Duske, Caitlin Kammerer, Katie Heilman, Tina Scanlon and Ailsa Gilbert were named All State gymnasts.  Teagan Schmidt, Taylor Hix, Emma Strom and Grace Wagner were honorable mentions.
German Student Receives Scholarship

Grace Kroeger was recently awarded the College in the Schools German Award from the University of Minnesota. Her dedication and enthusiasm in German class over the past 4 years, including a month spent in Germany, helped her earn the $3000 per year scholarship for 4 years. Grace plans to major in German and Film & Theater. Congratulations, Grace!
Check out the power generator built by students in Ms. Jayne's class.
Preschool Registration Time!

Register today for 2015-2016 Young Royals Preschool!

Young Royals is designed to meet the needs of all children, featuring curriculum like OWL (Opening the World of Learning) and Handwriting Without Tears. iPads and Smartboards enhance learning with technology. 

Please click here for more information or call Community Ed at 952-955-0280.
Vendor Fair

The ECFE Advisory Council will host a vendor/craft fair next month. All your favorite direct sales vendors, crafters and local small businesses will be in one spot with cash and carry products available just in time for Mother's Day, graduations, weddings and baby showers!


Saturday, May 2, 10am-2pm

Watertown-Mayer Middle School Gym

Wood Lathes For Sale

Watertown-Mayer schools will conduct a silent auction for two wood lathes that have been taken out of service. These lathes are operational, but may need some servicing to put into top shape. The silent auction will be conducted on May 8 from 3-5 p.m. You may proxy bid by email. Contact Jim Erickson for more information at 955-0638 or jerickson@wm.k12.mn.us.

Mystery Photo Reveal

The most popular mystery photo in the history of the Royal News! Twenty-nine people (parents, staff and students) correctly identified this strong and flexible WM student. Yes, of course, it's 5th grader Hans Anderson!
New Mystery Photo

Which WM teacher is on the Buffalo High School Wall of Fame with a sheep? Submit  your guess to royalnews@wm.k12.mn.us! The answer will be revealed next month!

4th grade boys blue team: MYAS Grade C State Champions!
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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.