Watertown-Mayer Public Schools

Royal News!
May 2015
Let 'em Go!
During the month of April, Kindergarten students watched caterpillars grow into butterflies as part of their science curriculum. Mrs. Sorensen's class spontaneously held hands around the butterflies before releasing them.
54th Recipient of the Bud Hahn Memorial Award
Brett Johnson thanks the Hahn family.

Brett Johnson became the 54th recipient of the Bud Hahn Memorial Award at the Senior Athletic Banquet on May 6. 

The annual award honors one senior who shows outstanding scholarship, leadership, sportsmanship and commitment. The entire Hahn family reunites in Watertown each spring to present the award which promotes the strong values of their patriarch.

Celebrating Fine Arts
WMHS Fine Arts Night showcased band, choir, speech and mock trial performances and included an art display during intermission. Congrats to all of these talented Royals!

Fine Arts Night Sampler
2015 Grand March: Be Enchanted
If you missed Prom Grand March, you can still watch it on The Cube! Everyone looked amazing!
Birthday Bash!

The Bazillions were a huge hit at ECFE's 40th birthday party! Kids danced and sang with this popular kids' rock band!


Best Pennies Prank


The Pennies for Patients program celebrates fundraising creativity with Fun & Funky Awards. WMPS's photo submission in the "Best Pennies Prank" category featured Principal Katie Thompson getting slimed. The photo was posted on Facebook with the other finalists, and the photo that received the most Facebook votes won the award. WM was the champion, winning a $25 gift card! Thank you to all who voted for WM!

Students contemplate how to remove popovers from their baking dishes.

Miller Hangs Up Her Apron


After 36 years (32 at WM), Ms. Miller plans to retire from teaching food, child psychology and human relations. Though she will not miss almost daily trips to the grocery store, she will miss students and staff dearly! 

Foods students compete to see if their finished product is good enough (or bad enough) to get memorialized on Ms. Miller's office window.
Clay Target Team
The new WM Clay Target Team took 3rd place out of 8 teams in their first week of competition.

25 students registered for our Royal clay target team this spring. They join more than 8,600 boys and girls in grades 7-12 in this rapidly growing Minnesota State High School League sport. To learn more, like the WM Clay Target Team facebook page or visit the State High School League Clay Target website


Special thanks to the Lions Club, the Watertown Gun Club, and many volunteers for supporting our team this season!


Math Minds

Six math students traveled to Mankato to compete in Minnesota State University's annual math competition. All students had a fun time! Two WM students scored within the top 30% of scorers: Sierra Lhotka and Luke Juusola. Way to go Royals!


Awesome Art

Ms. Jayne and her WMES artists have been quite busy filling the hallways with awesome art! Check out these projects based on the work of painter George Rodrigue and sculptor Will Kurtz.


Also, take a look at how art and academics combine in these linoleum block prints of historical figures from the American Revolution. 

Science Superstars

Eighteen WMES students participated in the Regional Science Fair in Mankato. The Royals presented 15 of the nearly 1000 projects on display.

WM projects received 10 purple and 5 blue ribbons. Anja Gilbert and Hans Anderson earned a gold trophy in their division, and Allyana Leitch received a CSET photography award. Way to go, Royals!
Spring Sports In Full Swing
WM athletes are making the most of this beautiful, but short spring season. Cheer them on at one of the remaining home events!  

Upcoming Events
  • May 8: Softball vs. Jordan @ WMHS, 5pm
  • May 8: Baseball vs. Mound Westonka @ Highland Park, 7pm
  • May 13: WMHS Senior Awards Night @ WMHS Performing Arts Center, 7pm
  • May 14: Track Varsity Conference Tournament @ Tri-City United, 3pm
  • May 19: Boys and Girls Golf Varsity Conference Tournament @ LeSueur, 9am
  • May 19: WMHS Band Concert @ WMHS Performing Arts Center, 7pm
  • May 21: WMHS and MS Choir Concert @ WMHS Performing Arts Center, 7pm
  • May 22: Graduation, WMHS Competition Gym, 7pm
  • May 28: WMMS Band Concert @ WMHS Performing Arts Center, 7pm

Visit the school calendar for more event info! 

Touring the USA in Song
Fourth and fifth grade students from WMES recently performed their spring concert featuring songs about the United States "from sea to shining sea."
FFA News
Several members of the WM FFA chapter attended a state-wide "Women in Agriculture" conference at the U of M Arboretum. The conference aims at empowering and motivating young women to work in the agricultural field.

FFA members and students from the WMHS plant science class kicked off the crop plot season by picking rock on their 70 acres. The prize for the largest rock found mid-field went to Sam Egan, Ryan Dressel and Garrett Hilgers.

FFA members represented WM at the State Convention.

Mermaid Makes A Splash

Great job to the WMHS Spring Play participants! The production of The Little Mermaid was a huge hit, with excellent acting, beautiful costumes, and extraordinary lighting and effects. Congratulations!

State Speech Qualifier


Congratulations to Kendra O'Brien for qualifying for the Speech State Tournament! She competed in the Extemporaneous Speaking category. Kendra (on right) is pictured with Speech Captain Jamie McDonald. 


Great job, Kendra! 

Night Out For Music

Coming May 9th! This fun dinner concert and award ceremony will feature WMHS instrumental and vocal ensembles. 

On May 16, enjoy a similar event with our WMMS students. Instead of dinner, a dessert intermission will compliment the wonderful music.

Reserve your tickets by sending an email to Ryan Werdon or Ian McKnight .

Mapping Continents

8th grade students recently studied the geography of Europe. The map started out with puzzle-like assembly. Then students identified countries, land forms and more.



WM on Instagram

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Mystery Photo Reveal

We had a few interesting guesses this month including Mr. Hangartner, Ms. Pauly and Michael Burns, but the correct answer is Ms. Sara Marquette! 

Both Ms. Marquette and her sister, Amy, are on the Buffalo High School Wall of Fame because they were State FFA Supervised Agricultural Experience Champions for sheep production. 
New Mystery Photo

Which Royal is standing on this state track and field podium? S ubmit  your guess to royalnews@wm.k12.mn.us! The answer will be revealed next month with an especially awesome (maybe embarrassing?) throwback photo reveal.

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.