Watertown-Mayer Public Schools

Royal NewsDecember 2013
In This Issue
Royals Make a Difference
Gymnast Yogis
Marble Masters
Kindergartener's Deck the Halls
School District Financial Health
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Royals Make a Difference

'Tis the season! Watertown-Mayer students and staff find many ways to serve others during each holiday season.
Food Shelf Donations 
The annual WMES donation to the Watertown Friends For Life Food Shelf is a team effort. 
The process starts with the Great Pumpkin Chase, an annual race organized by our WMES physical education teachers. Coach Julie and Coach Traen challenge students to find sponsors to pledge food donations for each lap the students run around the school grounds.
After the chase, students report their results to their sponsors and bring their donations to school.
Then, WMES student council gathers the donations, loads them on a bus and delivers the food to the food shelf.
This year our students and their sponsors donated 3473 pounds of food and $470! 
Care Packages for Soldiers 

As part of Community Education's Make a Difference Day, WMHS students collected supplies for soldiers serving overseas. Donations included toiletries, snacks, books, soccer balls and card games.


The items collected by WMHS were combined with contributions from Watertown American Legion, Women's Auxiliary, Volunteers of America-RSVP, local churches and community service groups.


Volunteers of all ages packed 74 care packages!

Upcoming Service Projects

In December, students across the district will participate in several community service projects including a used children's book sale, holiday gift collection for local families in need and Toys for Tots.    

Cross Training
Will yoga give our high school gymnasts a competitive edge this year?
The optional, weekly yoga class, taught by WM alumna Hannah (Sieling) Rosholt, complements gymnastics practice by developing flexibility, balance and core strength.  
Your first opportunity to see the gymnasts compete at home will be on January 4 at 1:00 p.m.
You can find schedule information for all of our winter activities on the district calendar.
Go Royals!
Marble Masters

Check out the Main Street Marble Machine Company (aka Mrs. Angela Johnson's mixed 1st and 2nd grade class)!


The entire class worked together to build a machine that moved a marble from one end of the classroom all the way out the door to the hallway.


One student described the project perfectly, "This is really hard, but really fun!"


Students learned critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration skills. They also discussed engineering and physics concepts like force, friction and ramps.


Deck the Hall

If the snow doesn't get you in the holiday spirit, then take a walk down the Kindergarten hallway at the primary school. With lots of help from teachers and volunteers, students move room-to-room creating six crafts each--that's more that 700 decorations lining the hallway.


School District Finances 

If you love pie charts and balance sheets, you can find current and past school district financial documents here, including the 2013 Financial Audit.


Source: WM 2013 Financial Audit prepared by Wipfli,LLP
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