Watertown-Mayer Public Schools

Royal News!
October 2014

The Results Are In!
155 community members participated in WM's Community Survey to evaluate the performance of the school district.
The school district received a 73% approval rating from survey respondents. 
The results showed that community members value our commitment to "21st century skills" like collaboration, creativity and critical thinking. Respondents also support increased communication to parents and increased rigor for students.

District leaders will use the survey data to make decisions throughout the school year. Please contact your building administrator or the district office (952-955-0480) any time with feedback, questions or concerns.

Hail, Queen Caitlin And King Zack!
King Zack Eliason and Queen Caitlin Duske reigned over the Royals during Homecoming. The week was packed with activities, including dress-up days, coronation, bonfire, pep fests, and multiple sporting events. The celebration concluded on Friday with a parade, tail-gate party, football game and Homecoming dance. You can see more great Homecoming photos on our facebook page.

Superintendent Marlette Retires
Pat Hittle, recently retired WMES Dean, congratulates Mr. Marlette.
After more than 30 years as an educator, WM Superintendent Dave Marlette retired on September 30.
District staff gathered last week to thank Marlette for his inspirational leadership and commitment to WM students.  

Dr. Charles Rick will serve as our interim Superintendent through the end of the school year.
The school board will initiate the search for Marlette's permanent replacement in November.
If you would like to participate in the superintendent search process, please email Jennifer Janikula.
Middle Schoolers In Their Prime
Similar to "Homeroom," the first 20 minutes of each middle school day are spent at "Prime Time." Students are assigned a Prime Time teacher for all three years of middle school, with students from grades 6-8 intermixed.

During Prime Time, students participate in a research-based character education curriculum, Developmental Designs. The goal of the program is to increase a feeling of belonging, and to build relationships between students and teachers. 

Students participate in group activities and games meant to build a tightly-bonded, compassionate Royal community.
Ready for Prime Time
Students greet each other, sometimes in different languages!
School Spirit

WM athletes and fans appreciate the support of the pep band, especially during Homecoming week!

The band boosts school spirit and adds to the excitement of every game. Thank you, pep band!

WM Elementary Receives "Reward" Rating
Watertown-Mayer Elementary School was recently identified as a books-apple-icon2.jpg "Reward School," the highest tier rated by the Minnesota Department of Education.

Reward Schools are the top 15 percent of Title I schools based on the Multiple Measurements Rating (MMR). These schools have demonstrated exceptional student outcomes and success in closing achievement gaps.

Congratulations WM Elementary staff and students!
The Apple Of My Eye
Every other week in Kindergarten, classes focus on a different theme. In September, apple week is a favorite theme, concluding with a field trip to Minnetonka Orchards. Students enjoyed informative presentations and a hayride!

Join WM PTO!
Attention K-8 parents! Looking for a way to connect with other
WM PTO needs you!
parents and teachers at your school? Check out the WM PTO. The organization offers critical financial and volunteer support for the WM primary, elementary and middle schools.  
New members are needed to help sustain fundraising activities and contribute ideas on how to best support our schools going forward.

The WM PTO usually meets at 7pm on the first Monday of each school month in the Elementary School Media Center. (Due to school vacations, the November meeting will be on Nov. 10 and the January meeting will be on Jan. 12.) Childcare is available upon request. Contact Judy Costello or Sarah Tronnes for more information. 

Royal Pride
It's hard to believe the fall sports seasons are already wrapping up! Playoffs start Tuesday, October 7, for both boys' and girls' soccer. 
Girls' soccer sections: WM vs. Delano @ Delano HS at 5:00
Boys' soccer sections: WM vs. Holy Family @ Holy Family HS at 5:00
Cross country, volleyball and girls' swimming teams compete at home on Thursday, October 9, as follows:
Cross Country Varsity Conference Meet: 3:30
Volleyball vs. TCU: 6:00 JV and C-Squad, 7:00 Varsity 
Swimming vs. Hutchinson: 6:00 
Good luck Royals!


WM To Perform Pippin
WM students in grades 8-12 have been diligently rehearsing for their upcoming production of Pippin. This fun musical tells the story of the young prince, Pippin, in search for the secret to true happiness and fulfillment.

Performances will be at 7:00 pm on November 13, 14, and 15 in the WM Performing Arts Center. 

The cast of Pippin took time off from rehearsals to usher and sell tickets in costume for Cirque De Watertown. Behind the Scenes students assisted with tech for the show. The student volunteers were rewarded with a fun and interactive post-show Q&A with Cirque performers Sean-Paul, Sean Emery and Caitlin Marion.
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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.

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