Wellesley Public Schools
40 Kingsbury Street Superintendent’s Bulletin
Wellesley, Massachusetts 02481
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.
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
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
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
Our full catalog of Wellesley Inservice courses for Fall, Winter and Spring is
posted as a downloadable pdf on the Wellesley Public Schools website.
Catalogs of 2009 professional development opportunities through TEC have
been delivered to each school. Information about the fall offerings is also posted
Professional Development opportunities through EDCO are posted on the
Wellesley Public Schools website: www.wellesley.k12.ma.us
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
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)
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.
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
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
• 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
• 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.
To proctor PSATs and SATs for the 2009-2010 school year. This is a paid position. The dates are as follows:
October 17, 2009
• 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
403B Enrollment Meeting Schedule
School Based Schedule -- Individual Meetings
Monday, September 14
7:30 AM -4:00 PM
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
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
Thursday, October 8
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wellesley High School
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
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.