Wellesley Public Schools
40 Kingsbury Street Superintendent’s Bulletin
Wellesley, Massachusetts 02481
Bella T. Wong Bulletin #9
Superintendent of Schools October 30, 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.
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
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.
Workshops Planned: Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRA)
and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
The Town of Wellesley Human Resources Department plans to offer workshops soon on two important benefits:
Health Reimbursement Accounts and Flexible Spending Accounts. The workshop will review how the HRA works to
reduce some out‐of‐pocket health insurance co‐pays and it will explain how the FSA works and how it can reduce
the amount of your federal and state income taxes. The workshop will further review how the HRA and the FSA can
work together to maximize savings for you.
Workshops are planned for the week of November 9. Specific information about dates and times will follow.
From the Desk of Bernie Darcy, Food Service Director
TO: Faculty and Staff, WPS
DATE: October 30, 2009
SUBJECT: Staff/Faculty Potential Price Increase
The State legislature voted to increase the meals tax from 5.0% to 6.25% effective August 1, 2009 as part of
the FY10 budget. In addition, each city and town has the option to access an additional 0.75% for the meals
tax. On November 16, the Town of Wellesley will hold a Special Town Meeting to consider implementing this
local option meals tax. By law, meals tax is charged on all non-student meals. For ease of accounting, the
meals tax has always been and will continue to be folded into the cost of your meal.
Should Town Meeting vote this additional tax, it will be implemented effective January 1, 2010. We
believed we could absorb the initial tax increase this year without raising meal prices. However, that will not be
possible should the additional local option meals tax be adopted by Town Meeting.
The purpose of this letter is to inform you of the potential for an increase in the price of your meal. No price
increase will occur prior to January, 2010. As soon as Town Meeting takes action on this item, I will let you
know the result.
Thank you for your understanding. Should you have any questions, please contact me at CL6210 ext 4108.
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
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 http://www.primarysource.org/2010-study-tours 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.
Empowering Multicultural Initiatives (E.M.I.)
Spring 2010 Course Schedule
EMI One: Anti‐Racist Teaching Practices ‐ Talking about Race
A course designed for educators who want to expand their understanding of how race, ethnicity and other forms of
marginalization impact learning and achievement.
Friday March 5 8:30 am
Tuesday March 9 3:30 pm
Friday March 19 8:30 am
Wednesday March 31 3:30 pm
Friday April 9 8:30 am
Wednesday April 14 3:30 pm
Friday May 7 8:30 am
Snow date 4/28 if needed
This 36 hour graduate course focuses on the transformation of curriculum within the pedagogy, and overall school
climate in an effort to improve academic achievement and provide equity for ALL students.
Anti‐racist Action Research
A course designed for educators interested in action research
Saturday January 23 8:30 ‐ 4:00
Saturday February 6 8:30 ‐ 4:00
Saturday March 13 8:30 ‐ 4:00
Saturday April 10 8:30 ‐ 4:00
Saturday May 1 8:30 ‐ 4:00
Wednesday May 5 3:30 ‐ 6:30
This 36 hour graduate course focuses on conceptualizing, organizing, planning, conducting, and disseminating
educational research on academic achievement, racial disparity, and issues of privilege, equity and access.
For those who have already taken the first EMI Action Research course there is an Advanced Action Research
Course that will meet on these same dates.
These courses will equip participants with resources and skills that will increase their ability to engage
with students, parents, other educators and administrators around topics related to race and academic
To register, please contact the representative from your district. Registration deadline is December 11, 2009.
Optional 3 graduate credits are available from Framingham State College for $195 per EMI course.
For additional information contact Elli Stern at email@example.com
Condolences to Harriet Freedman,
Speech and Language Pathologist at Hardy
School, on the death of her father, George
Marcus, October 23, 2009.
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.
Massachusetts Teachers’ Retirement System
One Charles Park, Cambridge, MA 02142-1206
Main phone: 617-679-MTRS (6877)
66 Hastings Street, Suite 107,
Wellesley, MA 02481
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.
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.
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
• 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.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org or call Deane McGoldrick at 781-446-6210, Ext. 4514 between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.
• Assistant Coach -- Indoor Track (2-positions)
• Coach -- Middle School Basketball
• Assistant Coach -- Outdoor Track (2-positions)
Please contact Athletic Director John_Brown@wellesley.k12.ma.us