Watertown-Mayer Public Schools

Royal NewsMay 2014
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Upcoming Events
MS Fine Arts Day
Crazy for Butterflies
Video: Grade 4/5 Concert
Miller Wins Athena Award
Regional Science Fair
Ironing Underwear
State FFA Convention
Mock Crash
Mock Trial Season Wrap-Up
Mystery Photo
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The Countdown Begins


As we round the corner to the final stretch of the school year, teachers find creative ways to count the remaining days. In Ms. Singsank's classroom, 5th graders will take turns popping one balloon each day until summer vacation.    


Is your classroom celebrating the end of the school year in a creative way? If so, send a picture and a description to royalnews@wm.k12.mn.us.                    

Upcoming Events
Activities Director Mary Haugen reported that more than 80 events have been cancelled or postponed due to rainy, cold weather and poor field conditions this spring.


You can see updated dates and times for most activities on the school district calendar. If you have questions, call 952-955-0606.

May Event Sampler

May 6: Royals Softball Tailgate, 5PM, HS

May 8: Baseball, 7PM, Highland City Park 
May 12: Track Invitational, 4PM, HS
May 13: Boys Golf, 4PM, Montgomery
May 15: Track and Field Day, grades 3-5, ES
May 16: MS Track Tournament, 4:15PM, HS
May 19: School Board Meeting, 7PM, Watertown Community Center
May 20: HS Band Concert, 7PM, HS
May 22: 4th Grade Poetry Caf´┐Ż, 6:30PM, ES
May 23: Graduation, 7PM, HS 
Go Royals!
WMMS Fine Arts Day
by Karen Veches, WMMS English Teacher


On Friday, May 2, the Watertown-Mayer Middle School had the amazing privilege to be immersed in art for the entire day. 


Fine Arts Day, included a full schedule of presenters who shared their crafts and urged students to find their inner passion.


Students were entertained and inspired by the motivational speaker and painter, Eric Samuel Timm, accompanied by the Minnesota band Parnell. Mr. Timm's presentation focused on character building and completely captured the attention of the student body. While addressing the students, Eric created two different paintings, which he generously donated to the middle school as reminders of his message.


During small group sessions, the students explored musical history, painting, clogging, pottery, advertising design, fiber scapes, and more. Many of the presenters had a personal tie to the school and the students. 


Doug Voerding, a retired middle school English teacher, returned to WMMS to share his craft of journalism. Pat and Joe McDonald, both artists who grew up in the area, presented their sculpture and photography masterpieces. Another local artist, Patricia Reinert, demonstrated the process of encaustic painting, in which students were guided through the fascinating creation of an original piece made of a combination of oil paints and beeswax.  


Thanks to those who made WM Fine Arts Day possible including the Watertown-Mayer PTO, a private donor, the WM Student Council, Vicki Tam-Anderson, Brittany Wilkens, Shannon Gleason, and Rochelle Lindberg.


Fine Arts Day continued a WMMS tradition of exposing students to a wide variety of career opportunities. In past years, students explored careers in science, technology, health and wellness.

Crazy for Butterflies
by Primary School Principal Pauly 


Primary school students came back from spring break and observed caterpillars turning into a chrysalis, which triggered the life cycle study of our Painted Ladies (butterflies). 


Students created observation logs and learned about caterpillar/butterfly nutrition and habitats.




WMES 4th and 5th Grade Concert
Mrs. Windsperger chose "Around the World in Harmony" as the theme for this year's 4th and 5th grade spring concert. Students performed songs from Australia, France, England, Germany, West Indies, Brazil, Isreal, Jamaica and more. Click on the picture to watch a few clips from the concert.
WMES 4th and 5th Grade Spring Concert Sampler
WMES 4th and 5th Grade Spring Concert Sampler

WM Athena Award Winner


Miller and girls' basketball coach, Mr. Rosholt, at the Athena Award banquet.

Liz Miller represented WMHS at the 2014 Athena Award banquet.


The Athena Award recognizes athletic and academic success of one senior female student from each participating school.


Among her many accomplishments, Miller recently competed in the Hamline Elite track meet and broke two WM records.


She moved her one mile record from 5:12 to 5:08 and her 2:16 in the 800 broke the 2:19 record set by WMHS physical education teacher Andrea (Dressel) Raser in 2001. 


Success at the Regional Science Fair
by Jodi Maas, Science Fair Coordinator      

20 WMES students participated in the Southern Minnesota Regional Science & Engineering Fair held at Minnesota State University Mankato. 

There were over 900 projects entered in the competition. Students remained next to their projects to answer questions and discuss their experiments during a three hour judging process.  

Albert Rundell earned top honors in the 3rd grade Family Consumer Science category by receiving a Gold Grand Award for his project called "My Own Soda."
Ironing Underwear
In the 1860s, people ironed everything including their pantalets (underwear)!

Second graders recently learned all about life in the 1860s during a field trip to Oliver Kelly farm in Elk River.


Students prepared seeds for the garden, brushed giant horses, scrubbed vegetables and made dolls from corn husks.



State FFA Convention
by Jim Kocherer and Sara Marquette, FFA Advisors


WM FFA members recently attended the State FFA convention in St. Paul.


Competitive teams advancing from Region VII included the Small Animal Vet Science Team made up of Moriah Bauck, Michael Burns, Jon Brummer-Stumpf, and Taylor Preston. The team placed 20th out of 54 teams, with honors going to Michael Burns who scored 6th overall out of 208 participants!!


The Forestry Team, made up of  Troy Scheuble, Allan Janikula, Cole Thaemert, and Hayden Swanson placed 17th out of 42 teams, with honorable mention going to first-time participant Troy Scheuble 42nd out of 143 competitors.


Alexus Heldt received the Gold Award Scholarship for her goat-themed Profiency project and is advancing to Nationals in October. The Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) is a members on-going agricultural-themed project outside of school, for which Lexy managed her dairy goat herd.  

Michael Burns and Alexus Heldt also received their State FFA Degree at the convention. Only 2% of the FFA membership accomplish this task, which includes managing a project, taking 360 credit hours in Ag classes, volunteering for community service, and being involved in a minimum number of events above the chapter level. 
Congratulations FFA members! 
Mock Crash
Student actors and local emergency personnel demonstrate the consequences of drunk driving, texting while driving and not wearing seatbelts.

Juniors and seniors watched and participated in a thought-provoking and emotional mock crash program on the Friday morning before prom.


Observers watched personnel in ambulances, fire trucks, police cars, and even the Life Link helicopter arrive to assist mock crash victims. 


Special thanks to local emergency personnel (including our awesome Watertown and Mayer firefighters), for reminding us to make good choices, especially when driving.
Mock Trial Season Summary
by Lori Sieling, Mock Trial Advisor

This year's Mock Trial team argued the case of The Edmund Fitzgerald, a freighter ship that sank on Lake Superior in 1975.


The students started out the year well with a 1st place finish out of 24 teams at the St. Cloud Apollo Invitational.


They then advanced to the semi-finals of region competition but were unable to return to the state tournament this year. Senior captains Lily Chadwick and Josh Oak had a great season, and will certainly be missed next year.

Mystery Photo MysteryPhoto

Do you recognize any faces in this Mock Trial team photo from the 1992-1993 yearbook?


Do you have something to celebrate or a mystery photo to share?
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