PTO PIE in the FACE Fundraiser The PTO recently held a fundraiser at Mellette Elementary by having students bring coins and deposit them in a container of their choosing. You see there were six candidates: Mr. Heiser, Mr. Decker, Mr. Dahl. Mrs. Koll, Mrs. Martenson, and Mrs. Kantrud. The top two money earners would be the recipients of five pies in their face. One student was chosen by each teacher to throw the pie. Many were on target, but some veered left or right. There were a couple of unexpected pies that hit Mr. Decker. In all, it was a fun event and raised $796.89.
The Watertown School District will have no school on Thursday, March 11. Due to the fact that we already had a planned 12:30 dismissal, a late start wasn't an option for today. All activities for Thursday, will either be postponed or canceled.
From the Watertown School District: The Watertown School District will have no school on Friday, January 15. This is a change from last evening. Activities for Friday have been either postponed or canceled.
From the Watertown School District: The Watertown School District will start two hours late on Friday, January 15th. Conditions will be assessed again in the morning.
From the Watertown School District: We will be dismissing school on January 14 at 2:30 PM. All evening activities have been postponed or canceled. Thank you, and have a good evening.
PLEASE dress your child for the weather conditions. Gloves, mittens, and a winter coat are needed to wear outside. With the snow accumulating, boots and snow pants are needed to play in those areas. Please contact the school if you are in need f any clothing supplies(882-6385)
The Watertown School District announces free breakfast and lunch for all students beginning October 1 and continuing through December or until federal funding runs out. Any enrolled student in K-12 is eligible for these meals. We have also changed our student close contact procedures. Beginning on October 5, if a student is masked, they would have the option of following the recommended 14-day close contact quarantine or choose to quarantine for 72 hours and come back to school masked, temp checked and socially distanced where permitted. School principals will notify you should this happen in your child's school. We are also changing the language with regards to masking from "highly recommended" to "expected." All students were given a mask to start the year, and we ask that you make sure your child has one with them each day. More details on the close contact procedures can be found at: https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/949702/Close_Contact_Student_Leave_Procedure.pdf. With this change, WHS will resume in-person classes on Mon. Oct. 5, and 7-12 activities will resume as well next week.
The Watertown School District announces free breakfast and lunch for all students beginning October 1 and continuing through December or until federal funding runs out. Any enrolled student in K-12 is eligible for these meals. We have also changed our student close contact procedures. Beginning on October 5, if a student is masked, they would have the option of following the recommended 14-day close contact quarantine or choose to quarantine for 72 hours and come back to school masked, temp checked and socially distanced where permitted. School principals will notify you should this happen in your child's school. We are also changing the language with regards to masking from "highly recommended" to "expected." All students were given a mask to start they year, and we ask that you make sure your child has one with them each day. More details on the close contact procedures can be found at: https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/949702/Close_Contact_Student_Leave_Procedure.pdf. With this change, WHS will resume in-person classes on Mon. Oct. 5, and 7-12 activities will resume as well next week.
Picture will be taken tomorrow morning for K-4 students. This year we will not be allowing younger non-school age children to have their pictures taken due to our COVID restrictions. PTO meeting next Tuesday, September 8th @ 6:30 PM @ Mellette
Parents: We are so excited for the kids to return to school!! The staff has been working hard to prepare the safest and best learning environment for your kids. As they return we ask that you respect some basic guidelines. 1. Your child may be dropped off prior to 8:25 AM. We will have supervision on the East side of the building at 7:45 AM. 2. Students who are eating breakfast may enter the East playground doors to eat breakfast at 7:50 AM. 3. Grades 3 and 4 students who are not eating breakfast will remain outside in designated areas on the playground. 4. Grade K-2 will enter the school at 8:05 and go to the gymnasium area. 5. Parents may not enter the building when students go inside for breakfast or at the 8:05 bell. If you need to meet with the principal or teacher, please contact the office to set up a meeting time or a phone message can be taken and returned. 6. Please prepare your child for hydration. You may send a clear water bottle to school. Please have it full upon arrival. We have only one bottle filler fountain. Push-bar fountains inn the classrooms will not be accessible. 7. Last, we ask for some grace during this time of adjustment and adaptation. We will not be perfect. BUT we will do our Best!! We are excited to have your kids back in school!!!!
In an effort to welcome families back to school, the Mellette will be hosting Back to School Conferences. Please click on the link below, then your teacher's link, and sign up for a fifteen minute conference. Hope to see you soon!!! https://tinyurl.com/yyagjpds
Please be sure to let us know your plans for return of the 2020-2021 school year. Access the info by clicking below. Thank you to the 50% of you who have completed this. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdGsm2XxQw1kPSlygzknu-7CFTnQs8Tiun3xZr_fl8EYnuIVQ/viewform
From the Watertown School District: Parents have been notified of the "Return to School Plans" in a call and text on July 17. Here is the link to the parent letter on the Watertown Webpage. https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/805240/Return_to_School_Parent_Letter.pdf. Here is a link to the district's planning document, https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/805241/Return_to_School_for_Board.pdf. You can find more information at the district's Coronavirus website, https://www.watertown.k12.sd.us/o/watertown-school-district/page/covid-19-resources--13.
Summer Academy registration is open. Click on the link to register. http://wtnacademy2020.weebly.com
From the Watertown School District: Remodel work has begun at WHS. The high school offices can be found in the 500 hallway of WHS near the student entrance, and the district offices are now located at Garfield Elementary. This will remain in place for the summer.
From the Watertown School District: A big thank you to all of you for your work getting us through the 4th quarter. Report cards will be mailed out on Friday, May 29. A reminder that the Boys and Girls Club will be starting lunches for the summer on Tues. May 26. Watch for details on the start of school scheduled for Aug. 27. We don't know what this will look like yet, but we are anxious for a return to school this Fall. Please check out the 2020 Graduation Ceremony on Sun. May 24 at 2:00 PM. Links for viewing can be found at http://watertown.k12.sd.us. Have a great summer!!
From the Watertown School District: The year is coming to a close with a materials turn-in on May 20-21. Please have the devices charged and turned on for return. Details will come from the building. Please join us in recognizing the Class of 2020 with a parade on May 20 at 7:30 PM. Graduation will be broadcast on Sunday, May 24 at 2:00 PM. Summer school will not take place until August, and Driver's Eduction will start in July. These students will be contacted separately about attendance. Thanks for all of your help. Have a great weekend!
From the Watertown School District: Happy Mother's Day to all our Moms!! The final materials exchange will take place at all buildings on Monday, May 11 from 8-5. We will be getting details out to families about end-of-year turn in to be held on May 20-21. Graduation ceremonies will be broadcast on Sunday, May 24 at 2:00 PM on the local Government channel, KXLG, KWAT, and Public Opinion websites. We are also aiming for an in-person graduation celebration on Sunday, July 26. Thanks again for all your help during this time. We appreciate it. Have a great weekend.
From the Watertown School District: Thank you parents for filling out the survey on our Flex Learning. We appreciate the feedback. Please note that we are closing off our playground equipment according to CDC guidelines. We intend to continue the Flex Learning until Thursday, May 21. We will have another materials exchange day on Monday, May 4 from 8-5 at all buildings. Graduation details were emailed to seniors this afternoon. We still intend to recognize the Class of 2020 on Sunday, May 24 and hope for an in person ceremony in July. Have a great weekend.
From the Watertown School District: We will have another materials exchange on Monday, April 27 from 8-5 at all buildings. Senior students have been surveyed about graduation, and we will make an announcement soon about the May 24 ceremony. Parents, please help us gather feedback about our flexible learning by filling out the survey at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1xMsy5tXrHP91hK7R_BZoC98A-SpCw-iyMRjq-sUUxVs/edit. Please continue to take advantage of the free student lunches served daily. Have a great weekend.
From the Watertown School District: Materials Exchange will take place on Mon., April 20 from 8-5 at all buildings. The final day of school for students will be Thurs. May 21. The PACH program will no longer have a separate distribution and will instead be included in the Community Food Distribution held at the Boys & Girls Club on Thursdays at 4:00 PM. More information coming soon on graduation. Have a great weekend.
From the Watertown School District: No school or lunches served on Fri. April 10 and Mon. April 13. We will continue with flex learning on Tues. April 14. Our next materials exchange will be on Mon. April 20. Thanks for your continued help with all of our school needs. One tip to keep in mind is to remember to login to the filter each day on the school device. Enjoy the long weekend.
From the Watertown School District: Thank you for your cooperation with our materials handout on Monday. It went very well!! I also wanted to remind you of the free lunches available for K-12 students at all 5 elementary schools and the intermediate school each day. The Governor has asked all schools to close until Friday, May 1. We will remain closed to students until that time and continue to work with students through online means as we have already started. More communication will follow about turning in work and other learning elated items. All activities until May 1 will be postponed until we know more information.
From the Watertown School District: Governor Noem has declared no school throughout the state during the week of March 23-27. We have been working on alternative learning materials for all students. Please click on this link for a letter with more details about materials, free meals for all students, and free Internet access for families. https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/627317/Parent_Update_3-19-20.pdf We will continue to update you through the usual means as more details are known. Best wishes on the health and safety of your family.
From the Watertown School District: The Governor has announced another week of school closures for March 23-27. This means we will not have students physically attending school; however, we are working on alternative learning plans for the week at home. We are also working on a plan to offer school breakfast and lunch. More details to follow before the end of the day on Friday.
From the Watertown School District: Following the Governor’s recommendation to close schools for students the week of March 16-20, the Watertown School District will be closed. All facilities will be off-limits to students and the public beginning at 6:00 PM tonight until Monday, March 23rd. This will include practices as well as school activities and outside use of our facilities. Conditions will continue to be evaluated during this week in the event there would need to be a need for further closure to students and the public.
From the Watertown School District: It has come to our attention that a phony Facebook page is stating there is no school. That is false. There will be school in Watertown on Friday, March 13. Please watch for further updates from this account or the school webpage.
From the Watertown School District: The Watertown School District is having Kindergarten screening this Thurs. Mar. 12 & Fri. Mar. 13. If you have a child who turns 5 on or before Sept. 1, 2020, please call Garfield School at 605-882-6398.
From the Watertown School District: Please follow this link for information on the Coronovirus. https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/612500/Coronavirus.pdf
From the Watertown School District: The Watertown School District will start two hours late on Thursday, February 13. All morning practices and activities will also start two hours late.
From the Watertown School District: There will be no school on Wednesday, February 12. All activities will be postponed or canceled.
From the Watertown School District: We will be running two hours late on Friday, January 31. All morning activities and practices will also be two hours late.
Jersey Day this Friday! Wear your favorite team's jersey this Friday!
From the Watertown School District: There will be no school on Friday, January 17. All activities will be postponed or canceled for Friday.
From the Watertown School District: Public meeting in the WHS Arrow Academy Room 307 to view the plans for a remodel of WHS. Session is on Thurs. Jan. 9 at 5:30 PM.
Happy New Year from the Watertown School District. A reminder that school will resume on Thursday, January 2nd.
Thanks for a great First Day of School!! See you again tomorrow at all buildings.
Pay for your students meals through MealTime at no charge! Food service deposits will no longer be charged a processing fee for paying online. Go to MyMealTime.com to register. Contact your school for the required student code. Save time, pay online!
Welcome to the new website and app for the Watertown School District!