Watertown-Mayer Public Schools
Superintendent: David Marlette; ISD number: 111; enrollment: 1,698; number of schools: four; district office: 1001 Highway 25, Watertown, MN 55388; phone number: (952) 955-0480; website: www.wm.k12.mn.us
Watertown-Mayer High School
Principal: Bob Hennen; grades: nine through 12; enrollment: 469; athletic conference: Minnesota River; phone number: (952) 955-0600
Watertown-Mayer Middle School
Principal: Nick Guertin; grades: six through eight; enrollment: 372; phone number: (952) 955-0400
Dean of students: Pat Hittle; grades: one through five; enrollment: 631; phone number: (952) 955-0300
Director of special education: Mike Piersak; dean of students: Marnie Pauly; grades: pre-k through kindergarten; enrollment: 226; Phone: (952) 955-0200; community education department: (952) 955-0280
Watertown-Mayer is proud of its quality school system, which provides excellent academic and extracurricular programs for students in Mayer, Minnetrista, Watertown, and neighboring areas. An iPad Initiative was established in 2012-13, where each student in grades kindergarten through 12 were given a personal iPad.
The primary school is focused on providing a safe, nurturing environment for students, with various class options available for parents of preschool students. Kindergarten students may participate in either an all-day, everyday fee-based program, or a four-day-per-week program.
Acknowledged statewide for quality, the state-of-the-art elementary school serves students in grades one through five, with special efforts made to maintain effective class sizes. All students participate in art, physical education, and music programs taught by licensed specialists.
Emphasizing the development of the whole child at the middle school level, WM includes a wide variety of exploratory experiences that help children develop more mature interests, academic capabilities, and athletic skills. The middle school curriculum features special education programs, computer skill development opportunities, integrated curricular units, advisory experiences, exploratory days, and numerous support opportunities.
Co-curricular activities include band, choir, drama, athletics, student government, and community service projects. A team-teaching model, which allows for coordinated planning and intervention, supports these successful programs.
The high school offers a comprehensive curriculum in a four-period block schedule that includes College in the Schools, a mentor program, vocational programs, advanced math and science classes, and four years of Spanish and German.
The high school also offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities, including drama, speech, music, athletics, FFA, Business Professionals of America, Knowledge Bowl, Mock Trial, and others.
Athletic programs are supported by quality facilities, such as an all-weather lighted track and field complex, lighted football and softball fields, a remodeled indoor swimming pool, and new gyms and gymnastics areas.
Community education programs include Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE), adult and youth enrichment classes, Kids’ Company school-age childcare, a Red Cross swimming program, and other recreational opportunities.