Watertown-Mayer Public Schools

Royal NewsFebruary 2014
In This Issue
Muffins with Moms
Science Fair
WM Strategic Plan
Athletics and Activities
Llama Kisses
Exploratory Day
Mystery Photo
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Last summer's construction project brought many great changes to our primary school. (Oh, new parking lot, we love you so!)


We added new tile, lights, paint, heating and air conditioning. The school looks great, but it's always the people that make a building shine.  


The construction project created space for a new group of people: the staff and students who participate in the Possibilities Program.   


The program provides work and learning opportunities for many of our students in middle school, high school and includes the 18-21 year olds our district serves.


The students take advantage  of opportunities at the primary school and in the larger community.


They read to our Kindergarteners and manage the media center. They help with recycling and mange district mail. The students support special district and community endeavors such as hanging posters, collecting/distributing items for Make a Difference, Mitten Tree, Book Fair and Post Prom.


Some students participate in Post Secondary options. Many look forward to their weekly interaction with residents at Elim Home or assisting younger students at Freedom Farm through the Hope with Horses program.


The students are starting a new business called, "Manufacturing Possibilities." They will learn bookkeeping skills as they manufacture, package and sell survival bracelets. Please call (952)955-0262 to order your bracelets! 

Sydney Hules (center), Abby Hules (center) and Morgan Tatge (wing and defense)
These Royals transform to White Hawks during hockey season.
Watertown-Mayer partners with the Mound-Westonka school district to offer competitive hockey each winter.
The varsity girls' team plays their first section playoff game tonight, Feb 7, against Totino-Grace at 7:30 p.m. at Parade Ice Arena in Minneapolis.               
Click here to learn more about our girls' hockey team.
Noah Henderson (goalie), Wyatt Tatge (forward) and Dustin Koehnen (forward)
The varsity boys' team has four regular season games remaining this season. Tomorrow, Feb 8, they play Hutchinson at 3 p.m. at Thaler Sports Center in Mound.
Click here to see a schedule of remaining games and to learn more about our boys' hockey team.
Muffins with Moms
Our annual Muffins with Mom event took place in early February. Our Kindergarteners invited moms and grandmas to join them for juice, muffins and activities before school.  


Science Fair

More than 50 students from our elementary school competed in the annual science fair this year. Our esteemed high school judges awarded first place  to:  


Corey Bimberg, 5th grade
Trent Steuernagel, 4th grade
Peyton Feltmann and Claire Brandenburg, tied for 1st place in 3rd grade



WM Strategic Plan

Administrators and school board officials recently created and approved a strategic plan for the school district.


The plan includes a mission statement and several core values that will help all of us--students, staff and community--set district priorities for the next five years.


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


Read more here.

Athletics and Activities
Many of our winter sports and activities will wrap up regular season competition within the next week or two.


Stay up to date on post season excitement by following @royalsad111 on Twitter or checking the winter sports page on the WM website.


Also, visit the cube for online video coverage of select Watertown-Mayer athletics and activities including a replay of Watertown Idol! 
Go Royals!
Ms. Pauly Kisses a Llama
Primary school principal Ms. Pauly promised her students that she would kiss a llama if they raised $1500 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Of course, the kids met the challenge and Ms. Pauly was forced to
pucker up!
WMMS Exploratory Day
Each fall and winter our middle school students take part in an exploratory day. They expand current interests or try new hobbies. This year's winter activities included ice fishing, snow tubing, swimming, crayon art and more.
Mystery Photo 

Which Watertown-Mayer teacher helped his high school basketball team win the Class A boys' basketball championship in the 1996-97 season?


Answer: Of course it's #21, WMMS social studies teacher Mr. Jepma!


Source: MN Basketball News, November 1996
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