Watertown-Mayer Public Schools

Royal News!
June 2015
Congrats Class of 2015!
Congratulations to the 2015 graduating Royal Seniors! We're proud of your accomplishments, and we wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors!


Royal Collaboration
Have you seen the elementary school garden? Funded by grants and donations, this amazing team effort  will provide a great outdoor classroom for many years to come! 

Thank you to:
  • WMHS Landscape Design and Construction Class for construction and installation of the planters.
  • WMHS Plant Science Class for helping Ms. Marquette's 4th grade class grow and plant beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchini, beets and so much more!
  • Coordinating teachers: Ms. Marquette (4th grade teacher), Mr. Tauchen (WMHS Agriculture and FFA student teacher) and Mr. Kocherer (WMHS Agriculture teacher)
  • Burns Excavating for the soil and sand.
  • City of Watertown for the compost and mulch.
  • Minnesota Ag in the Classroom, Food For All (National FFA), Watertown-Mayer FFA and the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) for funding.

Supermileage Success
The Supermileage Club, advised by Jim Erickson, participated in the 27th annual High School Supermileage Challenge at the Brainerd International Raceway. Students combine classroom experience with ingenuity and teamwork to produce the most fuel-efficient one-person vehicle. Despite the wet, raw weather and some mechanical breakdowns, WM earned 2nd place in the stock division and 3rd in the modified division. Congratulations!
Erickson Retires

After 35 years as a coach, advisor, and industrial arts teacher, Mr. Jim Erickson will retire at the end of the school year.

Royal News asked Erickson  about his favorite classroom projects over the years: 

"It's very hard to pick favorite projects, because each is so unique. I've always been of the idea that a student should make something practical for them. It's always a pleasure for me to see the 'Ah Ha!' moment in a student's eyes when they see the fruits of their labors."

Despite his hesitancy to choose favorites, a few projects stand out in Erickson's memory, including middle school Christmas sleds, a student-built grandfather clock with a $2,200 movement in it, and a student-built dining room table. 

Congratulations Mr. Erickson, and thank you for the positive impact you've had on thousands of WM students!  
Little Red Hen

Kindergarten students demonstrated their hard work in music class this year with excellent performances of "Little Red Hen," directed by Hannah Rosholt. Family and friends packed the Primary School Auditorium to watch the delightful production. 

Little Red Hen
Little Red Hen
Track And Field Days
WMMS and WMES celebrated the end of the year with track and field days. Students participated in fun activities including launching marshmallows, crazy kickball, shoe kicking, and running and jumping competitions.
Community Ed Summer Book

There's no excuse to be bored this summer! Community Ed offers numerous classes and activities for all ages. Check out the summer catalog here!



Field Dedication

Activities director, Mary Haugen, recently hosted a dedication ceremony to thank those who helped upgrade the baseball field on the WMMS/HS campus.

The baseball field received a complete makeover (dugouts, grass infield and more) thanks to a grant from the Minnesota Twins Community Fund and numerous local donors, including Watertown-Mayer Royal Boosters, Killian Masonry and Concrete, Inc., Watertown Lions Club, Mayer Baseball Club, Watertown-Mayer Youth Baseball, the WMHS Baseball Team and the WMHS Building Design and Construction Class.


What a great way to see collaboration and teamwork in action!


Guetzkow Retires

Jan Guetzkow recently retired after 25 years of service to our WM Early Childhood and Family Education (ECFE) program. She truly enjoyed the awesome rewards of working with our youngest Royals and their parents. Thank you Jan! We will miss you! 


Field Trip Fun

First graders pack in the excitement on their fun-filled field trip to the Minnesota Children's Museum and the Como Zoo. A beautiful, sunny day helped make their adventures even more enjoyable! 
Mentorship Program

Eleven seniors participated in WM's professional mentorship program, which provides first-hand, real life experiences in various occupations. 

Some of this year's mentors included Judge Geoffrey Tenney at Wright County Courthouse, Sue Berger at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Leah Erickson at Presbyterian Homes and Services, BJ Buckland at Ridgeview Medical Clinic, Mrs. Kayla Lian at WMMS, and Allen Heidorn and Mike Green at Zivix, LLC. 

Thank you to all the mentors for providing a unique and valuable opportunity for students!
Music On The Cube

WM music programs finished off the year with concerts that highlighted the creativity and dedication of our students.  If you missed these great performances, watch them on the Cube: WMHS and MS choir concert, WMHS band concert.
WMHS band concert included an original piece composed by student Dustin Koehnen.
Perhaps the first time Mr. Werdon's face has been displayed on a t-shirt!?!
Think You Can Dance?

WM students will have the opportunity to participate on a dance team next winter thanks to a partnership with Mayer Lutheran! Summer training and conditioning programs start soon! To learn more, contact coach Kristie Nelson at 320-282-5286 or kristie.nelson@optum.com.
Track And Field Athletes Finish Strong
The Royal track and field team enjoyed a great 2015 season.  Congratulations to our athletes who qualified for the Varsity State Track Tournament on June 5-6 at Hamline University!
  • Monica Czinano, discus
  • Caitlin Duske, 100 meter hurdles
  • Tyarra English-Paulson, 300 meter hurdles
  • Ailsa Gilbert, triple jump 
Season Wrap-Up: Girls' Golf
Our Royal girls' golfers wrapped up their season last week. The team enjoyed many beautiful days on the course this spring and showed steady improvement through the season. Go Royals!
The home track meet timing crew! Thank you!

Thank You Volunteers!

We rely on hundreds of volunteers to support our academic and extracurricular programs. From classroom helpers to concession stand workers to event officials, we thank all of our volunteers for making WM a great place for our students and visitors!




Floats And Fun
The youngest Royals celebrated a successful school year during the ECFE End of Year Party. Festive, fun and delicious--the kids and their families enjoyed root beer floats, face painting and free time in the gym.

Movin' Up!
Kindergarten students will be saying good-bye to WMPS when they graduate at the end of the year. To prepare them for the transition to their new school, kindergarteners recently traveled to WMES for a tour of the school and a chance to meet the teachers. First graders were their expert tour guides!
Hands-On Anatomy
Fifth graders learned about anatomy by examining a cow's heart, eyeball and esophagus. They even inflated the lungs with a straw!
Students Improve Landscaping
The WMHS Landscape Design and Construction Class finds many ways to beautify our campus while applying skills learned in the classroom. Most recently, they updated landscaping around the concession stand and Stacy Vanderlinde field. Way to go Royals!

Mystery Photo

Last month we asked you to identify the Royal in this photo and promised an  especially awesome (maybe embarrassing?) throwback photo reveal.

Here's the throwback photo:
Got it yet? Yes! It's Mr. Janikula--with mostly blond hair? He still holds the WM school record for the 3200 meter (9:40.12) and  the fastest average 5k cross country time (16:50).

Send us your mystery pics for next year's Royal News! If you have a photo we could use to celebrate a WM student or staff member, send it to royalnews@wm.k12.mn.us.
Do You Have Royal News?
Royal News celebrates the amazing things happening in our WM community. If you have something to celebrate, please send a photo and a few sentences about your event/activity to royalnews@wm.k12.mn.us .

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.