Watertown-Mayer Public Schools

Royal News!
March 2015
Gymnasts Take 3rd At State
Congratulations to the girls' gymnastics team! Not only did the team qualify for state for the first time since 1998, they finished 3rd! What a season!



Winter Season Highlights
Photo by James Stitt

The entire community shares the excitement when our students and coaches work hard and represent us well in their extracurricular classroom. Here are a few highlights from the winter season:

  • Jackson Sweeney finished his season in the #2 spot on the podium at the state wrestling meet!
  • 8th grader Ailsa Gilbert returned to the individual competition at the state gymnastics meet again this year and capped-off her season with a 4th place finish on floor!
  • Coach Hangartner won the Section 2A Gymnastics Coach of the Year award!
  • Tristan Gens finished his WM diving career in 7th place at the state swimming and diving meet!
  • Jack Dalluge, Jake Weber, Ben DeSutter, and Zach Holman represented our combined WM-Delano swim team in two relays at state. They placed 7th in the 200-yard freestyle relay and 10th in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
  • Zach Holman wrapped up his senior swimming season with a 6th place finish in the 100-yard butterfly at state. He also qualified to swim at junior nationals in Florida at the end of March! 
  • Girls' basketball won their first section game and hope to advance to the section final with a victory over Providence Academy on Tuesday, March 10 at 8:00 pm at St. Michael-Albertville High School. Go Royals! 

Congrats to all of our ROYAL students and coaches!


Every Penny Counts
Students at the Primary School exceeded their Pennies for Patients fundraising goals! Incentives included:
  • $1000 - Mr. Nace took a pie in his face for each class (10 total)
  • $1200 - Mrs. Thompson got slimed
  • $1500 - Mrs. Shaw hugged a snake
Total amount raised for cancer patients: $1542! 
Great job making a difference in the community!
Wolf Ridge: Nature's Classroom
Did you buy a candy bar from a WM 6th grader last fall? If so, you supported a week of fun, hands-on learning at Wolf Ridge Environmental Center in Finland, MN. Cold weather didn't stop the students from enjoying a wide range of activities. The experiences will last them a lifetime!
ECFE Feedback

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) is conducting a Community Needs Assessment Survey to better serve you and your families. If you have children between the ages of birth to Kindergarten, please complete this survey by March 27. 

Support For Parents With Babies And Toddlers

Our awesome Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) team recently updated their website to include an amazing variety of resources for parents with babies and toddlers.   


Parents can use milestone lists to monitor their little one's development and learn more about district support services for our youngest learners.


Parents concerned about their child's development can contact our WM early intervention specialists.


40 Years And Counting

Celebrating 40 years of WM girls' basketball, dozens of former players and coaches were recognized during halftime at a recent Royals varsity game.


Mock Trial
WM's mock trial team won sections by 24 points to qualify for state! The state competition wrapped up on Saturday, and though the results will not be posted until later this week, we heard a rumor that Charlie Chadwick was named an All-State attorney! Congratulations team! Go Royals!
Royal Pep
High schoolers celebrated the success of the winter athletics and activities during their Pep Fest, which included a friendly handstand competition dominated by the gymnasts.
Wubble Bubble Fun!
When it's too cold to play outside, kindergartners are happy to stay indoors and play some Wubble Bubble Ball!
Returning: The Cat's Pajamas
After rave reviews last year, The Cat's Pajamas will be returning to WM as part of their 2015 Music in the Schools tour.

As part of this special tour, the vocal group will spend the day working with students in the 6-12th grade choir program. To finish the day of workshops, the group presents a full concert to the community, similar to the shows they perform in Branson.

The Cat's Pajamas Concert will take place at 7:00pm on Thursday, March 12th in the PAC. Tickets are $6 for students and $10 for adults, and are available at Marketplace Foods, on the WM website or by calling vocal music teacher Ryan Werdon at 952-955-0671.
Other Upcoming PAC Events
  • Monday, March 9: 7th and 8th grade band concert at 7:00 pm. 
  • Tuesday, March 10: 6th grade choir "Informance" at 6:30 pm, and 7th grade Choir "Informance" at 7:30 pm.
  • April 16, 17, and 18: High school spring play production of Hans Christian Anderson's, The Little Mermaid.
Dallas Brass Workshop
The Dallas Brass, a professional brass ensemble group, recently spent a day working with band students from WM and Waconia at the PAC. The awesome experience included workshop sessions during school hours and a community concert in the evening.
Dallas Brass visit WMHS
Dallas Brass visit WMHS
Sit. Stay. Read!

Volunteers from R.E.A.D. Dogs MN and licensed therapy dogs visited WMES during I Love To Read Month. Students were rewarded with fun activities for meeting their reading goals each week.
Speech Season Underway

WM Speech team placed 1st at the Norwood Young America tournament in February. The team also placed 2nd at the Maple Lake speech meet, with many individuals placing at the meets. The speech season continues into April. Go Royal Speechers!
Science Fair Results

Awesome job WMES scientists!!! The Elementary Science Fair displayed a variety of impressive projects! 49 students participated with 38 different projects.


Big shout-out to the 11 WMHS students who volunteered to judge the students' work. The highest scoring projects will compete at the Regional Science Fair at the Minnesota State University Mankato in April. Congratulations!

Broken Record!

Last month, we explained how Jack Dalluge was chasing Tim Nesvold's 35-year-old school swimming record in the 200 freestyle. Well, Dalluge finally achieved his goal...he broke the oldest record on the big board during the section meet on February 26. 
Mystery Photos
Last month's mystery photo reveal: 
Both Dave Nace and Jeannie Juusola submitted the correct answer...The Plunge! Three swimmers from each team dive off the starting blocks to see who can float the farthest underwater, without moving or breathing. Senior Brent Unowsky dominated this event by winning the golden plunger award at almost every home swimming meet during his 6-year WM swimming career.

New mystery photo:
T his strong and flexible WM student was named outstanding male dancer at a recent regional competition in Minneapolis. The reward for his awesome performance included a free trip to New York City! Can you guess who he is? Email royalnews@wm.k12.mn.us with your guess!
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 .

5th grade girls: Royal Shootout Champions!
6th grade boys' basketball celebrates their 1st place finish at a the Westonka White Hawks tournament.
8th grade boys' basketball wins 1st place at a recent tournament!
Kips Blue finishes 2nd in a recent competition in Minnetonka.
4th grade boys' basketball white team placed 2nd in the Minnesota Sports Federation state tournament.
8th grade girls' basketball team wins 1st place in the Waconia tournament.
Royal youth wrestlers place 1st at Mound tournament.

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.