Watertown-Mayer Public Schools

Royal NewsMarch 2014
In This Issue
Kids Against Hunger
Alex Scores
Kindergarten Art at DQ
WMHS in Top 10 for CIS Class Registrations
March Madness
A Few Pies in a Few Faces
Mystery Photo
Hittle to Retire
Phearman wins ExCEL Award
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Musical Smorgasbord
New HS Jazz Choir

The WM Choral and Band departments offer a  series of free concerts at the Performing Arts Center in March.


The 8th through 12th grade choirs kicked off the series on March 3 with a concert featuring a variety of songs they have been practicing for their competition season.

You can watch a replay of their concert and video
WMMS 8th Grade Choir and Percussion 
Video: WM Choir with Percussion
from their recent competition at HLWW by visiting the cube.


Join us for the remaining concerts at the PAC:

MS Band Concert, Thursday, March 6, 7:30pm
MS Band and Choir Concert, March 11, 7:30pm
HS Band Concert, March 13, 7:30pm 
Kids Against Hunger 

Students at Watertown-Mayer Elementary School recently raised almost $5500 for Kids Against Hunger and packed 24,408 meals for families in Haiti.


"I am overwhelmingly proud to be a part of this school and community," said 5th grade teacher Mrs. Singsank, who initiated the month-long project.


"Our kids gained so much from this experience - they made efforts to provide a better life for people living thousands of miles away."


Kids Against Hunger brought the meal packing supplies to WMES. About 500 kids helped pack meals. By the end of the day, they packed 4068 bags in 113 boxes which amounts to 24,408 meals to be delivered to Haiti. Go Royals!



Alex Scores

Did you read the great article in the Carver County News about 8th grader, Alex Lewandowski? Well, here's the video of her awesome play and perfect shot! Enjoy Alex's excitement, which she shares with the team and Coach Erickson. A great celebration of Royal Pride!


Alex Scores 
Kindergarten Art at DQ

Spring flowers by students in

 Mrs. Sorenson's and

Mrs. Guetzkow's class.

Dairy Queen in Delano has a long tradition of supporting Watertown-Mayer schools.
Every other Wednesday, we decorate the DQ walls with student art projects and in return DQ donates 10% of their dinner profits (about $2000 each year) to our Parent Teacher Organization. 
Many of our Watertown-Mayer families visit DQ for dinner on these special Wednesday nights. The students love seeing their  art on display!
A few kindergarteners from Mrs. Hanson's class show their awesome art work to their family members at Dairy Queen in Delano. 
WMHS Ranks in Top 10 for CIS Class Registrations 

Watertown-Mayer High School ranks in the top ten for the logomost student registrations in the University of Minnesota CIS program.


WMHS offers 17 CIS classes in subjects like animal science, calculus, literature, American history and German. Students who complete these classes earn free college credits and experience the rigor of college curriculum.


Other schools in the top ten include Burnsville, Shakopee and Eden Prairie which have total student populations 4-7 times larger than Watertown-Mayer.


What does this mean? Our diverse CIS offerings allow a large percent of our students to participate in this great opportunity to earn free college credits during high school. Almost half of our Class of 2014 will earn college credits before they graduate from Watertown-Mayer.   


Check out the 2014-2015 High School Registration Handbook to read our CIS class descriptions. 

March Madness
Bearded fans celebrate senior night at a girls' basketball game.
It's hard to believe that spring sports start in a few days! (How long will it take for the snow to melt off the the track and the ball fields?)

But first, we have so much to celebrate as our winter sports and activities wrap up!

Here are a few highlights:
  • Ailsa Gilbert, 7th-grader, placed 4th on Floor at the State Gymnastics Meet with a score of 9.50.
  • Aaron Sweeny ended his Royal wrestling career with a 5th place finish at the State Wrestling Tournament.
  • Zach Holman placed 7th at the State Swimming and Diving Competition in the 100-yard butterfly.
  • Tristan Gens placed 13th in diving at the State Swimming and Diving Competition.  

Go Royals!

WM gymnasts celebrate their 2nd place finish at sections. (Courtesty of the Royal Boosters)
A collage of our swimmers and divers courtesy of Dave Nace.





I Love to Read Month
Students at our elementary school met their reading goal for I Love to Read Month in February. A few lucky teachers got a sweet reward--a pie in the face from their top readers!

Mrs. Singsank uses swim goggles and a shower cap to minimize

the mess!

Mmmm, looks like chocolate for fourth grade teacher Ms. Marquette!
Mystery Photo 

Which members of the Class of 2014 can you identify from Lori Otterson's 2nd grade class in 2003-2004? 


Source: Sheryl Heidorn
WMES' Hittle to Retire
Ms. Hittle distributes character crowns to first graders.


After 34 years of service as a physical education teacher, gymnastics coach, track coach, leader of our elementary school and more, Pat Hittle announced she will retire at the end of the school year.  


Let's overwhelm her with gratitude and good wishes in the coming months! 

Marnie Pauly, our current primary school principal, will be the next leader of WMES.

In addition to her principal duties, Pauly has served our district as a teacher and a reading specialist since 2007.

Pauly will build on Hittle's strong foundation by promoting collaboration, communication, problem solving and creativity.
WMHS Junior Wins State ExCEL Award


Out of hundreds of nominations, 32 students, including Watertown-Mayer's Anna Phearman, received the prestigious ExCEL award this year.


Every winter high schools across the state nominate one female and one male student for the Minnesota State High School League's ExCEL award.  


The award recognizes Minnesota high school juniors who demonstrate "Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership." Way to go Anna!


Upcoming Events





PTO Movie Night at the Elementary School

The Watertown-Mayer PTO will host Family Movie Night on Friday, March 14 at the Elementary School. Doors open at 6:30PM. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 will begin at 7PM. FREE Entry. Reasonably priced concessions. Open to the public. All students must be supervised by a parent or a sibling who is 16 or older.




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