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  • Wellesley Public Schools 40 Kingsbury Street Superintendent’s Bulletin Wellesley, Massachusetts 02481 http://www.wellesley.k12.ma.us/district/bulletins.htm Bella T. Wong Bulletin #5 Superintendent of Schools October 2, 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, As many of you know, fencing now surrounds what was the high school parking lot and a covered pedestrian walkway has been erected between that area and the current building. This fenced area has become quite a busy site. Through the fencing one can hear and watch how the former parking lot is being transformed and prepped for placement of the construction trailers and for true excavation to begin for the new Wellesley High School. While site preparation for construction is well underway, on Tuesday morning Turner Construction paused its trucks, and workers cleared a path in the emerging rubble so that a brief ceremonial ground breaking ceremony could occur. Mindful that construction activity was paused to allow for the ceremony, the speeches were very brief and the whole event ended within a half hour. Brief as it was, I thought it provided a meaningful snapshot of how many people played a role into getting us to this moment: school administrators, School Committee, School Building Committee, Permanent Building Committee, Board of Selectmen, Natural Resources, Wetlands, Wellesley Historical Society, Police Department, Municipal Light Plant, our local legislators, and, of course, the Massachusetts School Building Authority. Among the attendees on Tuesday morning were many past and present incumbents from these several entities, spanning back to 2002. Retired Wellesley High School Principal Rena Mirkin responded from Beijing to her invitation with the word, “Yippee!” While some of the individuals present clearly spent much more time on the project’s development than others who were there, the importance of the moment was really about acknowledging that we would not have a project at all if everyone present hadn't done their part -- small or large. The planners of this simple event deliberately decided not to recognize the contributions of specific individuals. This was magnanimous of them, for they both played very significant roles in developing the project, but it was a fitting gesture to acknowledge the collective effort of all. As construction proceeds I anticipate that the same spirit of collective hard work will culminate, in a few short years, in a festive ribbon cutting at the entry of our new building. Calendar Friday 10/02 Night High School Football Game Saturday 10/03 Sports Carnival, Upham School Monday 10/05 WTA Rep Council, 3:30 pm at Fiske Tuesday 10/06 School Committee Meeting, Town Hall, 7:30 pm Wednesday 10/07 System Wide Early Release Friday 10/09 Deadline: Fall Grant Applications to WEF Monday 10/12 Columbus Day -- No School Saturday 10/17 Pumpkin Fair, Bates School
  • School Committee Report September 29, 2009 Personnel Announcements Leave of Absence: Caroline Bell, High School Mathematics Teacher, 1.0FTE leave January 4 - April 1, 2010 Recognitions Suzy Littlefield, Gig Babson, Karen Archambault, and Kathy Loring, planners of the ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Wellesley High School, which occurred Tuesday, September 29. Discussion/Action School Committee discussed with principals their 2008-09 School Improvement Reports and approved 2009-10 School Improvement Plans. The committee heard update reports regarding preparations and planning for flu season and continued discussion regarding options for accommodating increasing enrollment at the middle school. School Committee Agenda Complete School Committee Minutes are posted at October 6, 2009 www.wellesley.K12.ma.us/schoolcom/PAGES/MINUTES/2009-2010 7:30 pm Personnel Announcements, Consent Agenda, Reports, Citizen Speak Action/Discussion: • Technology Update • Flu Immunization Planning • Middle School Statement of Interest 8:50 pm Citizen Speak Professional Development 2009-10 Our full catalog of Wellesley Inservice courses for Fall, Winter and Spring is posted as a downloadable pdf on the Wellesley Public Schools website. www.wellesley.k12.ma.us Catalogs of 2009 professional development opportunities through TEC have been delivered to each school. Information about the fall offerings is also posted at www.tec-coop.org Professional Development opportunities through EDCO are posted on the Wellesley Public Schools website: www.wellesley.k12.ma.us ...2...
  • Wellesley Education Foundation Grants Applications for the first round of grant funding are due Friday, October 9. Use only application forms from the WEF website. Please send applications to Janice Gross in the Central Office. Applications received after the due date will be reviewed in February. Up to 20% of the grant budget may be allocated to individual elementary school grants providing they have potential for replication. Application instructions, criteria for funding, and some examples of well written grants are all posted on the WEF website, www.wellesleyeducationfoundation.org. Choose the Grants to Educators link. Be sure to include shipping and handling expenses in your cost analysis. Please check with Lynn Moore-Benson when ordering technology and science equipment, as she is aware of numerous vendors and options for the lowest cost equipment. Questions about potential grant ideas or the application are welcome. Please send email or telephone the co- chairs, whose names appear on WEF’s website. Have you always wondered how WEF grants get funded? Would you like to learn about the process first hand? We are looking for volunteers to sit on the WEF Grant Review Committee this year. One representative is needed from the High School, Middle School, and e ementary levels. Responsibilities: Read all grant proposals, participate in four grant review meetings -- two in the fall and two in the spring -- discuss grants, gather information and vote on grants. Fall meetings will be held November 2 and 9, 7:00 - 9:00 pm. The spring meeting dates are to be determined. If you would like to participate, please contact Becky_McFall@wellesley.k12.ma.us New Payroll Option Effective with the October 5, 2009 pay check the Town of Wellesley will be able to provide your weekly direct deposit pay stub to you via e-mail instead of by paper. By making this choice employees can help the town save money and reduce the amount of paper that finds its way into the trash. If you choose this option, you will receive your pay stub via e-mail on Friday when payroll is run instead of waiting to the following Tuesday for the manual distribution. The e-mail will be password protected for confidentiality purposes. The pay date and actual funds distribution date will not change and will remain on Tuesday. This program is voluntary so you can continue to receive the paper copy if you prefer. If you did not receive the form in the mail and would like to select this new option, please contact the Treasurer’s Office at Town Hall. (781.431.1019, Ext. 2266) ...3...
  • 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. Condolences to Ann Hoffman, Fitness Congratulations to Rebecca & Health Teacher at Hunnewell School, Crosby, Teaching Assistant at Bates upon the death of her brother Michael School, upon the birth of Jacob MacDonald, September 14, 2009. Michael, September 26, 2009. 403B Enrollment Employees are eligible to participate in the Wellesley Public Schools voluntary 403b plan with Lincoln Financial Group. All employees are eligible to participate and the deadline to enroll for the 2009-10 school See last page for year is December 1, 2009. Enrollment meetings and opportunities for an individual consultation with a Lincoln Financial group advisor will be Schedule of 403B available at each school location during the months of September and Information Sessions October. Employees should see their school Principal if interested in and signing up for an individual appointment with a financial consultant. The Fall 2009 schedule of meetings at each location is also posted below. Individual Appointment Enrollment can be done online at https://myretirement.lfg.com or by Opportunities contacting the 24 hour Lincoln Financial Group hot line 800-234-3500. Employees will need their pin number in order to enroll, which is mailed directly to employees' addresses from Lincoln Financial Group. Employees can contact Assistant Business Manager Liam Hurley (781- 446-6210 ext. 4515) if they would like to request a hard copy of the enrollment kit. ...4...
  • Positions Available Elementary Teaching Assistant Immediate opening for a teaching assistant to join a team of educators supporting students with severe disabilities in inclusive settings at the elementary level. Must have experience working with nonverbal students and toileting programs. Salary $17.53 - $21.31/hr. plus benefits. Send cover letter, resume, and three letters of reference to Personnel, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481. ABA Trained Paraprofessional Provide up to five hours of after school home training for elementary level students. Salary $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 Long-Term Substitute Opportunities Teaching Positions ($166.76/day) • Middle School ELL (.6FTE) long-term substitute to work with students in a pullout model and with students in their English and Social Studies classes from end of October, 2009 to end of January, 2010. ELL certification required. • High School Mathematics (Anticipated Opening) Long-term substitute mathematics teacher needed starting the beginning of October 2009 to teach Discrete Mathematics, Analysis at the honors level, and BC Calculus. 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. • Kindergarten Long-Term Substitute Available November 2009-June 2010. Salary per teachers' contract. Experience with primary aged students and knowledge of early literacy and math curriculums required. Please send cover letter, resume, three letters of reference, transcripts and licensure to Personnel, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481. Associate Supervisors To proctor PSATs and SATs for the 2009-2010 school year. This is a paid position. The dates are as follows: PSATs October 17, 2009 SATs • November 7, 2009 • May 1, 2010 • June 5, 2010 Associate Supervisors need to report to the test site at 7:45 a.m. A brief training for those who have never proctored the PSAT or SAT will be held at 7:30 a.m. on each test date. The length of the day will depend on the proctoring assignment. Opportunities to proctor students with special accommodations may be available as well (a longer day, but more pay!). Please note: All tests will be administered at the Middle School this year so parking will not be an issue. If you are interested in any or all of the dates, please contact Janet Yukna (x5139) or Barb Dutko (x5130) at the high school via email or phone. Please also indicate if you are interested in proctoring students with special accommodations. ...5...
  • 403B Enrollment Meeting Schedule Fall 2009 School Based Schedule -- Individual Meetings Monday, September 14 7:30 AM -4:00 PM Middle School Individual Appointments Tuesday, September 22 Tuesday, September 22 7:30 AM - 11:00 AM 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM Fiske School Preschool Individual Appointments Individual Appointments Wednesday, September 23 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Hunnewell School Individual Appointments Tuesday, September 29 Tuesday, September 29 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Upham School Hardy School Individual Appointments Individual Appointments Tuesday, October 6 Tuesday, October 6 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM 12:15 PM - 1:00 pm and Sprague School 3:05 PM - 5:30 PM Individual Appointments Schofield School Individual Appointments Thursday, October 8 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM Wellesley High School Individual Appointments Tuesday, October 13 Tuesday, October 13 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM Bates School Middle School Individual Appointments (OPEN TO ALL WHO COULD NOT ATTEND INDIVIDUAL SCHOOL APPOINTMENTS) Individual Appointments The above schedule is based on feedback provided by school principals. Every effort was made to accommodate each school's request and schedule. If needed, additional days for individual appointments may be scheduled in October. Sign-Up sheets will be made available at each school. The deadline to enroll during this school year is December 1, 2009. All staff members are eligible to participate and enroll in the 403b plan.