Watertown-Mayer Public Schools

Royal NewsJune 2014
In This Issue
Congrats Class of 2014
Hittle Retires
Motocrossin' Royals
Mentorship Program
Seniors leave with 1188 College Credits
Valedictorian Legacy
Rubik's Cube Champs
Literacy Morning
Spring Sports Highlights
WMES Field Days
Preschool Playtime
Knowledge Bowl
WMES raises $6880 for JDRF
Straw Rockets
WMES Book Bowl
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Moving Up


Kindergarten moving up party.

Kindergarteners, fifth graders and eighth graders will be "moving up" to new buildings next year. On their last day as building leaders, each class found a unique way to celebrate:

  • Kindergartners enjoyed a moving up celebration with music, poems and snacks.

  • 5th graders led the Macarena during the elementary school assembly and then spent the day at Minnetonka Regional Park.

  • 8th graders spent their afternoon watching a movie in the PAC.


5th graders ready to Macarena.


The next time these 8th graders eat lunch in the cafeteria, they will be freshman.
Ms. Dockendorf's 5th grade class counts down the last few days of school with daily surprises on puzzle pieces.






Congratulations Class of 2014!

"The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."

-Steve Jobs




Hittle retires after 34 years

Ms. Hittle made it through her last day of school with lots of hugs, a little dancing and a few happy tears. She will retire later this month, after 34 years of service. 


WMES staff surprised Ms.Hittle with a "Happy" flash mob and fifth grade students presented her with a gift and thanked her for her kindness.  

Hittle's "Happy" Flash Mob


Hittle's Thank You! 
Students thank Ms. Hittle
Motocrossin' Royals
L-R: Mackenzie Dalheimer, Tyler Otterdahl, Emmalee Otterdahl, Mitchell Dalheimer, Michael Dalheimer 

What are your plans this summer?


These five students will spend many of their summer weekends at the track.


Motocross weekends include family camping, lots of motocross practice and many races.






WMHS Mentorship Program
by Justin Stohs, Mentorship Program Leader 


Nine WMHS seniors participated in the Professional Mentorship Program this year. 


These students were mentored in a variety of medical fields, video production, liturgical music, and in historical preservation at the Minnesota Historical Society.


Each student spends a minimum of five hours per week with their mentors during the second semester. They get to experience a career in their chosen field and see how professionals handle the day to day activities.

Seniors Leave with 1188 College Credits

Nearly 70% of our outgoing senior class will start their first day of college with several credits already completed.


During high school, many of our students earn FREE College in the Schools (CIS) credits through the University of Minnesota and St. Cloud State University.


Students who maximize their CIS course load during high school leave WMHS with a full year of college completed. Some use those credits to finish college early. Others study abroad or double major and still finish college on time.


WMHS offers 17 CIS classes in subject areas like Math, Science, English, Social Studies, Foreign Language and Animal Science.  


Classes are taught at WMHS by WMHS teachers. Our CIS teachers receive special training to teach these classes with the rigor and expertise of a college professor.


The credits transfer to most colleges and universities and save thousands of tuition dollars for our students and their families.

Valedictorian Legacy


WMHS valedictorians run in the Campbell family.


Megan Campbell carries on the family tradition started by her  Royal alumnae aunts Jeanne Campbell (1973) and Phyllis (Campbell) Federbusch (1970).


Rubik's Cube Champions  
by Karla Engeldinger     

WMMS eighth graders, Mica Snyder (team captain), Josh Stender and Nic Engeldinger won first place at the Minnesota Rubik's Cube Tourney Regional competition on April 14 at Delano Middle School. The team raced to solve 13 messed-up, old type cubes. They blew away the competition by completing three rounds, all in less than 7 minutes. Way to go Royals!




WMES Literacy Morning

WMES invited parents to enjoy donuts, muffins and reading time with their kids before school on May 22.


Students pledged to read every day this summer and several teachers provided summer literacy tips for parents.


You can also get great book recommendations from your local librarian or participate in the Carver County summer reading programs.





Spring Sports Highlights

The crazy spring weather made it difficult for our athletic teams to get started this year. Despite the cancellations, rescheduling, double headers and back-to-back meets, our athletes played well and enjoyed their seasons. Here are few highlights:

  • The girls' golf team won their April 22 meet in LeSueur, ending a 20-year stretch without a team victory.

  • The girls' softball team finished their season as section 5AA runner-ups.

  • Several track and field athletes will represent WM at the state meet at Hamline on Friday and Saturday: Katie Heilman (400 and triple jump) Liz Miller (800), Tyarra English-Paulson (300 hurdles), Hunter Hulley (high jump), Ethan Thonn (shot put), Luke Sandquist (discus), Nick Hix (4x200), Jesse Bushman (4x200), Trae Berhow (4x200) and Tyler Nelson (4x200).

Like us on facebook to find out if any of our athletes place at the state track meet..



WMES Field Days

A tradition at WMES for more than 30 years, students participated in field day events including the 50-yard dash, kickball, cup stacking, high jump, long jump and more.


Special thanks to WMHS National Honor Society students who managed stations for the 3rd-5th grade field day and to the 5th grade students who managed

stations for the 1st and 2nd grade field day.




Preschool Playtime

Playing equals learning for our preschool students. Playtime gives them so many opportunities to demonstrate creativity and practice problem solving skills.


Knowledge Bowl Season Summary
by Craig Johnson, Knowledge Bowl Advisor

Twenty-two students participated in Knowledge Bowl this year. Knowledge Bowl starts after Thanksgiving and continues to Spring Break.


The season consists of eight to ten meets, usually on Saturdays. Students compete in teams of four to complete one written round of 60 questions and four oral rounds of 45 questions each.


WM's top team won the 96-team Big Lake Invitational in January and narrowly missed their bid to qualify for the 2014 State Tournament.





WMES Students Raise Money for Juvenile Diabetes Research

Students at WMES raised an amazing $6880 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research foundation. They sold colorful paper shoes and asked families and friends to sponsor the first annual WMES JDRF walk.


The students and staff appreciate the generous community support!


WMPS Straw Rockets
Kindergarten gym class has changed a lot in the last 30 years. The parachutes are still around, but now teachers like Mr. Nace, offer a wide variety of creative activities.

Check out the WMPS students launching straw rockets across the gym. Their goal--blow the paper cover into the center of the standing hula hoop.

This skill might come in handy the next time they go out to eat!



WMES Book Bowl

Fourth and fifth grade students who read at least six of the 2013-14 Maude Hart Lovelace award-winning books, were invited to participate in the WMES Book Bowl. The teams answered questions about the books and the winners received a certificate and a medal. Nice work Royal readers!

The winners!


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