Watertown-Mayer Public Schools

Royal NewsJanuary 2014
In This Issue
Youth Sports
Mat Man!
Green Book Sale
Geography Bee Results
Technology Leaders
January Events
Winter Choir Concert
Prime Time Door Decorations
Mystery Photo
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What do you do after school?

Our students learn a lot in school, but their experiences outside the classroom are valuable too. Many of our students occupy their after-school hours with creative hobbies and interesting jobs.  

Emma and Grant Hausladen with their cousins Austin and Alex Hausladen.


Agriculture provides many of these after-school learning opportunities for our students.


Need to know how to feed a calf or make soap from goat's milk?--One of these students might be able to help. 


The Hausladens

Everyone works hard on a family dairy farm, including the kids. Chores might include feeding calves, washing cows or fixing equipment.  


The Schumachers 

The Schumacher girls have long chore lists too. They feed kids (baby goats), gather duck and chicken eggs, and collect goat milk for the family soap business.


Sophia Schumacher
Anna Schumacher










Youth Sports 
At Watertown-Mayer, most of our official
70 kids from Pre-K-6th grade will participate in youth wrestling this year.
school district athletic programs do not start until 7th grade. Until then, we rely on community-sponsored youth sports programs to train our athletes. 

Youth sports provide a strong foundation for success in middle school and high school. 

These organizations teach fundamental skills and provide opportunities for
Sixth grade girls' basketball team shows off their tournament trophies.
regular practice and quality competition. They build character by encouraging friendships, sportsmanship and perseverance.

To learn more about youth sports opportunities in the Watertown-Mayer area, click on the links below. 




JO Volleyball 

Baseball and Softball  

Kindergarten through 2nd grade youth baseball celebrates after their game.





Watertown-Mayer Community Education

sponsors additional youth sports including gymnastics, football, competitive

swimming and more. 

Mat Man!


Check out Ms. Jayne's Young Royals preschool class! They want you to see their awesome writing skills. Each student is holding their creative version of Mat Man. 

Mat Man is part of a Handwriting Curriculum for early childhood learners titled Handwriting Without Tears. Mat Man is made from a series of lines and curves just like letters. Students learn proper pencil grasp, letter knowledge, formation and sounds. 
Green Book Sale

Students at the elementary school collected, sorted and sold more than 1500 used books during their green book sale. In the process, they sharpened their money management skills and explored many business topics including advertising, marketing, profits and more. The sale generated a profit of $400, which will be used to purchase new books for the media center.


Geography Bee Results
2013 WMMS Geography Bee winner Nick Steuernagel with Ms.Lindberg

Each year, our middle school students

show off their geography knowledge by competing in the annual Watertown-Mayer Geography Bee. This year's winner: sixth-grader Nick Steuernagel


This was his final question:


These two islands, Sumatra and Borneo, are part of which country?


If you want to know the answer, you'll have to ask Nick! 

Technology Leaders
Ms. Fiscus, WMHS Math teacher, shares her TIES presentation with the high school staff on the early release day before Christmas break.
As we enter year two of our 1:1 iPad initiative, our teachers and administrators continue to share their knowledge with other school districts.

In December, three of our teachers presented at the annual TIES (Technology and Information Education Services) conference. This conference attracts teachers and administrators who want to learn about the latest developments in educational technology.

Ms. Fiscus and Mr. Janikula, who frequently use a flipped classroom model to teach math and social studies, shared their struggles and successes with TIES attendees.

Ms. Brisse shared the pros and cons of various whiteboard apps like Educreations and ShowMe. She discussed innovative and practical ways to use these apps in the classroom. 
January Event Sampler
1/7-Boys' varsity basketball at home versus Sibley East, 7:30pm 
1/9-Muffins with Mom at the primary school starting at 7:20am
1/10-Gymnastics Quad at home, 6:30pm
1/12-Special Olympics Poly Hockey Tournament, 7am-4pm
1/11-Boys' swimming at home, 12:30pm
1/14-Girls' varsity basketball at home versus Sibley East, 7:30pm
1/17-Varsity wrestling at home versus Scott West, 7pm
1/20-Martin Luther King Day (no school for students)
1/22-Elementary school science fair begins
1/23-Kindergarten round-up at the primary school in the evening
1/23-Boys' swimming at home versus Orono
1/23-Girls' varsity basketball at home versus Jordan, 7:30pm
1/24-Gymnastics meet at home versus Orono, 6pm
1/25-Watertown Idol, 7pm
1/28-Boys' varsity basketball at home versus Minneapolis Edison, 7:30pm
1/31-Varsity wrestling triangular at home, 5pm
2/1-Maiden Dixie (country rock septet) at the PAC, 8pm



To find all upcoming middle school and high school athletic events by sport, check out the new winter sports page on the WM website.

Also, visit the cube for online video coverage of select Watertown-Mayer athletics and activities! 
Go Royals!
Winter Choir Concert
Since it still looks and feels like Christmas, here's a small sample from the December choral concert. The concert featured more than 150 middle school and high school singers.
Winter Choir Concert Duet 
Meagan Campbell and Kathryn Jorgenson sing "White Christmas" at the winter choir concert.
Prime Time Door Decorations
The middle school doors (and walls) were decked for the holidays as part of the annual Prime Time Door Decoration Contest. The 20-year tradition offers bragging rights and breakfast to the prime time class with the most creative design. Ryan Jepma's class won this year's contest. 
Mystery Photo 

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


Source: MN Basketball News, November 1996
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