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Superintendent's Bulletin 10 23 09

  1. 1. Wellesley Public Schools 40 Kingsbury Street Superintendent’s Bulletin Wellesley, Massachusetts 02481 Bella T. Wong Bulletin #8 Superintendent of Schools October 23, 2009 The Superintendent’s Bulletin is posted weekly on Fridays on our website. It provides timely, relevant information about meetings, professional development opportunities, curriculum and program development, grant awards, and school committee news. The bulletin is also the official vehicle for job postings. Please read the bulletin regularly and use it to inform colleagues of meetings and other school news. Dear Colleagues, There has been much in the media lately about the availability of flu vaccine, or lack thereof. Given the heightened concern around this year’s flu season, I want to share an update of where we stand in the Wellesley Public Schools. Earlier this month, working with the schools, the Wellesley Health Department offered to arrange voluntary in-school H1N1 vaccination clinics for students in the middle school and high school. We surveyed our middle and high school families last week to gauge interest and to help in our planning, and the response from families in support of this proposal was extremely positive. The Health Department then filed its request for H1N1 vaccine, and we began to plan possible dates. This week the Health Department was notified that new delivery of H1N1 vaccine was indeterminate and that no broadbased in-school clinics for students should be planned for the month of November. We are continuing to work with the Health Department to determine whether in-school clinics in December will be feasible. Like many other communities, our local Health Department has received a limited, modest supply of H1N1 vaccine. On advice from the state Department of Public Health, we are working with local health officials to determine how to best make this limited supply of H1N1 vaccine available to students who are at the highest risk for complications from the flu. I know that news of limited availability of flu vaccine has raised anxiety levels in our community. Please remember there are other effective strategies to prevent the spread of illness. Stay home when you are ill; exercise appropriate hygiene; and know when it is appropriate to return to work after you have been ill. As we nativage these changing scenarios, I remain confident in the strength and competence of the collaboration between our local Health Department and our school nursing staff under the leadership of Anne Prinn. Calendar Monday 11/02 WTA Rep Council, 3:30 pm at Hardy Tuesday 11/03 Early Dismissal -- K-5 Parent Conferences Wednesday 11/04 System Wide Early Release Tuesday 11/10 School Committee Meeting, Juliani Room , 7:30 pm Wednesday 11/11 Veteran’s Day -- No School
  2. 2. School Committee Report October 20, 2009 Personnel Announcements Leave of Absence: Bevin Hale, Elementary Teacher, 1.0FTE leave January 27 - April 26, 2010 Discussion/Action School Committee received reports regarding enrollment and planning for use of stimulus fund monies. The committee also received presentations of the proposed FY11 capital budget and five year capital plan. Are You Working Toward a Higher Salary Lane? All teachers who expect to receive a Master’s degree, M+30, or M+60/Doctorate during the 12 month period July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2011, must send formal notification of intent to change salary lanes to Mary Wolf c/o the Superintendent’s Office no later than November 1, 2009. This early notification deadline is required so that provisions for anticipated salary lane changes may be made within the new fiscal year budget. nb The list does not carry forward. Teachers must provide written notice each year until they have received their new degree. Primary Source Summer China Study Tour Ancient and Modern China - July 9-23 Includes a visit to the traditional village of Huangcun, the hometown of the Peabody Essex Museum's Yin Yu Tang House Only those teachers who have taken one of Primary Source's one-week summer institutes, five-day seminar series, or 2-credit online courses on China are eligible to apply. Recent pre-requisite programs include: - China: Enduring Legacies and Radical Transformations (08/09 seminar series) - Understanding Modern China (09 summer institute) - China: Centuries of Tradition and Change (09-10 seminar series) - The Enduring Legacy of Ancient China (09-10 online course) Similar courses from prior years provide eligibility as well. Cost to the participating Teacher is $1950. Participants should expect some additional expenses for visas, travel insurance, and occasional meals. Eligible teachers should go to to download an application. (By clicking the tour name, teachers will be taken to a longer description and a link to the application). Completed forms should be submitted to Becky McFall by November 20. ...2...
  3. 3. Attention MTRS members retiring in 2010! If you are retiring within the next year, please come to one of our “Ready for Retirement” seminars! “Ready for Retirement” will be presented across the Commonwealth in November and December. During this nuts- and-bolts seminar, you will learn exactly what to do—and expect—as you go through the retirement process. This free, optional program is designed for members retiring in 2010, and is held after school, from 4–6 p.m. For program dates, locations and a link to our online registration information, please see below. Joan Schloss Executive Director Massachusetts Teachers’ Retirement System One Charles Park, Cambridge, MA 02142-1206 Main phone: 617-679-MTRS (6877) Fax: 617-679-1661 Hastings Village 66 Hastings Street, Suite 107, Wellesley, MA 02481 T 781-235-0500 FAX 781-235-3003 TDD 711 Hastings Village is now accepting applications for the 13 affordable apartment homes available to income eligible families. Monthly rent for a 2 bedroom/2 bath unit is $1316. Gas and electric are paid by the resident. The minimum gross annual household income is $45,120. Maximum gross annual household income is based on family size: 2 person household- maximum is $52,950 3 person household- maximum is $59,550 4 person household- maximum is $66,150 Wall to wall carpeting, private decks or patios, central air, gourmet kitchens, deeded parking and washers & dryers in each apartment. Hastings Village abuts the Wellesley Town Forest Trail, Longfellow Pond Park and is convenient to Rt. 9, Rt. 16 and Rt. 128 and the Fiske Elementary School. Please call 781-235-0500 for an application. ...3...
  4. 4. Positions Available Middle School Paraprofessional The Wellesley Middle School is looking for a paraprofessional with some applied behavioral analysis experience to work in a self-contained public school program. The position is for 27-1/2 a week teaching students on the autism spectrum. Salary is $22.53 - $27.39/hr. Send cover letter, resume, and three letters of reference to Personnel, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481. Teaching Assistant Full-time teaching assistant needed for 5th grade inclusive classroom. Experience in supporting students in reading, writing, and math. Salary $17.53 - $21.31/hr. Send cover letter, resume, and three letters of reference to Personnel, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481. Preschool Paraprofessional ABA Therapist Immediate opening to work in integrated preschool classrooms. Extensive training in using Applied Behavioral Analysis and data collection mandatory. School and/or home based experience working with primary-aged children necessary. Salary $22.53 - $27.39/hr. Position includes health benefits. Please send cover letter, resume, three letters of reference, and transcripts to Personnel, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481. Long-Term Substitute Opportunities Teaching Positions ($166.76/day) • High School Mathematics Long-term substitute needed to teach Algebra 2 at the ACP level, Algebra 2 and Personal Finance 1 at the CP level and Introduction to Statistics and Personal Finance 2 at the CP level. starting mid-February 2010. Applicants must have a math background. • High School Geometry Long-term substitute needed to teach Geometry at the honors and advanced college preparation levels and Analysis at the advanced college preparation level starting the end of December 2009. • Grade 7 Biology Long-term substitute needed from February 5 to April 26, 2010. Teacher should be comfortable using technology in the classroom and be familiar with using a SmartBoard. • Grade 2 (Bates School) Long-term substitute needed from 1/25/10 - 4/30/10. Please send cover letter, resume, three letters of reference, transcripts and licensure to Personnel, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481. Van Driver Immediate opening 32-35 hrs./week full year. 7D license preferred (not necessary; will train). $12.41 - $15.29/hr. depending on experience. Benefits available (health, dental, disability, and retirement). Please email or call Deane McGoldrick at 781-446-6210, Ext. 4514 between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. ...4...