Wellesley Public Schools
40 Kingsbury Street Superintendent’s Bulletin
Wellesley, Massachusetts 02481
Bella T. Wong Bulletin #17
Superintendent of Schools January 15, 2010
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, With permission from the author, I am pleased to share with you a letter I received recently from
an alumnus of Wellesley High School.
WHS in the 21st Century
Every few weeks I journey from New York City to the romantic poets like William Blake and she
Sherborn to visit my mother, Elizabeth Ferguson Barell. challenged me to imagine and create fictional worlds
She is now 94 and, thankfully, still doing NY Times where characters had to solve real problems.
crosswork puzzles in ink.
I looked up toward the third floor where Mr. Herlin and
On Thanksgiving Day my wife Nancy and I decided to Miss Johnson helped us explore the wonders of sub-
attend the 122nd playing of the annual Wellesley- atomic particles in Chemistry and Physics; and where
Needham football classic. After last season we were Mr. Bateman struggled mightily, with me at least, to
hoping for a better outcome to the game. help us understand the mysteries of Mr. Newton’s
My sister Robin Beck (‘69, Boothbay, ME) had recently
told me that during her 40th reunion she learned of As we neared the field and I thought I heard a band
the town’s decision to build a new 21st century high playing Beethoven’s, “Ode to Joy,” I remembered Ray
school. As Nancy and I passed the front entrance, Chapman’s room. In Modern Problems he taught us
many wonderful memories came to mind -- of splendid twenty propaganda techniques, such as the use of
teachers, good friends, exceptional educational Glittering Generalities; Bandwagon, Transfer,
experiences and life-long lessons learned. Testimonials, Either/Or, Loaded Words (and there
were so many in the newspapers!) and post hoc ergo
I searched the facade for my old classrooms. There propter hoc. It is this emphasis on critical inquiry and
was our senior English 41 room where Wilbury A. the need for concrete evidence to support claims that
Crockett held forth challenging us to delve deeply into stands us in good stead today when confronted with
the classics of western civilization, Plato’s Republic, unsubstantiated claims by politicians and marketing
Tolstoy’s War and Peace, Dostoevsky’s Crime and agents (e.g. “The fastest 3G network.”)
Punishment and the book that made the deepest
impression on me Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a And, finally, I looked up at the tall gymnasium
Young Man (“the artist forging...out of the sluggish windows and recalled how Bud Hines had
matter of the earth a new soaring impalpable engendered in me a reverence for athletic agility,
imperishable being.”). Mr. Crockett expected us to balance and flexibility. Sound body, sound mind.
become inquirers, not only responding to his questions
but also disturbing existing universes by posing our We entered the game at the beginning of the second
own good, sometimes rude questions. half and stood by the Wellesley goal line amidst so
many young and older graduates greeting each other
As we walked toward the game I remembered being in warmly. The teams were evenly matched, each
Claire Slattery Heffernan’s room just down the hall, scoring in response to the other. And with about 90
where she introduced her sophomores and juniors to seconds to play Wellesley pulled within one point of
Needham and I wondered if the Raiders would play it I envision my old four walled classrooms being
conservatively, and kick an extra point. Would there be transformed into wide open domains of instant access
overtime? to the riches of eastern and western civilizations where
teachers and students are teaching and learning from
But coach Bill Tracey played guts ball, sending in the each other. And I trust that students in this new edifice
two point conversion play. Quarterback Brendan will thrive on the spirit of critical inquiry, soaring
Brooks and Michael Janey executed it perfectly and expectations, and explorations of imaginative daring
Wellesley won. They took a risk and it paid off. where taking calculated risks for success is the norm.
As Nancy and I strolled back toward our car, we These are the skills that will ensure their intellectual
noticed that the ground had already been broken in flexibility and agility in the globalized world of the 21st
the parking lot for the new high school. I haven’t seen century.
the design but imagine it will reflect the latest in wi-fi
internet technologies where we can learn
collaboratively with students from all over the world via John Barell
video conferencing. I see the iPhone, Nexus One, WHS ‘56
Tablet and Blackberry being but four of many platforms Professor, Emeritus
for multi-dimensional learning replacing the texbooks of Montclair State University (NJ)
Monday 01/18 Martin Luther King Day -- No School
Tuesday 01/26 School Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm, Town Hall
Sunday 01/31 Deadline to submit HRA (Healthcare Reimbursement Account)
receipts for 2009
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 5th 8:30 - 4:00
Tuesday March 9th 3:30 - 6:30
Friday March 19th 8:30 - 4:00
Wednesday March 31st 3:30 - 6:30
Friday April 9th 8:30 - 4:00
Wednesday April 14th 3:30 - 6:30
Friday May 7th 8:30 - 4:00
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.
To enroll, contact Janice_Gross@wellesley.k12.ma.us
Other Professional Development Opportunities
Slots still available in these upcoming Wellesley Public Schools professional development courses (See our website
• ELL Category 1 Training with Laura English - Saturdays, March 6 and March 20, 2010 - 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
• iMovie with Brian Allieri - March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; and April 6, 2010 - 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
• Microsoft Office Part B: PowerPoint with Jackie Hoglund - February 25; March 4, 11, 18, & 25; and April 1,
2010 - 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Teaching with Technology Series Courses - All run from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the Middle School Mac Lab 300
• FirstClass Publishing with Ranjani Sriram - February 24, 2010
• Flip Video with Sondra Hamilton - March 17, 2010
• Create a Wiki with Sondra Hamilton - March 24, 2010
• iPhoto with Jackie Hoglund - March 31, 2010
• Podcasting and iPods with Jackie Hoglund - April 28, 2010
New course postings for winter/spring from EDCO and TEC are now up on the Wellesley website.
The Tsongas Industrial History Center, an educational partnership of
UMass Lowell and Lowell National Historical Park, serves about 60,000
teachers and students each year through hands-on workshops and tours
of park sites and through teacher institutes that bring history and science
alive. The center has received funding from the National Endowment for
the Humanities to offer two Landmarks Workshops for teachers in the
summer of 2010. Participants in these week-long workshops will actively
explore the topic Inventing America: Lowell and the Industrial Revolution.
Teachers receive a $1,200 stipend if they complete all requirements,
including the development of lessons that address curriculum standards
in their school. Teachers also receive 40-80 pdp’s and may register and
pay for graduate credit from UMass Lowell. Administrators are also
eligible to apply.
Teachers, particularly those who teach US history or and/or use an interdisciplinary approach that integrates
history with language arts, literature, science and technology, and mathematics are encouraged to apply.
Using teaching resources provided by the Center, a team of teachers could create a unit of study for the whole
Inventing America: Lowell and the Industrial Revolution combines scholarly presentations with
investigations of the canals, mills, worker housing, and exhibits of Lowell National Historical Park. Participants
will access Lowell’s landmark resources, and will use drama, hands-on simulations, historical fiction, and field
studies at Old Sturbridge Village, Walden Pond, and Concord, MA, to bring history to life.
When: Choose one of two options: Week of June 27 - July 2 -- OR -- Week of July 11 - 16, 2010
Application Deadline: March 2, 2010
Where: Tsongas Industrial History Center at the historic Boott Cotton Mills, Lowell
Housing Available: UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center
Graduate credit available through UMass Lowell
Further information: www.uml.edu/tsongas/NEH -- OR contact Ellen Anstey (978/970-5080)
Children of teachers or nurses residing outside Wellesley shall be
entitled to attend Wellesley Public Schools without charge for
Apply Now to Enroll tuition on a space available basis. (Article 12, WTA Unit A
Children of Non Contract).
Resident WTA Members If you are interested in this benefit in the 2010-11 school year,
in Wellesley Schools please contact Valerie_Spruill@wellesley.k12.ma.us. Include
your child/ren’s name, birth date, and current grade level.
Application deadline: May 1, 2010.
Share your Expertise with your Colleagues
Teach a course this summer or in 2010-11
Do you have expertise in the area of Classroom Management, Differentiated
Instruction, Looking at Student Work, or a specific content area? Consider
sharing your knowledge by teaching a course. Proposals are currently being
accepted. The rate of pay for one instructor is $60 per course hour or $100 per
course hour if the course is approved for graduate credit through an accredited
institution. The rate of pay is adjusted for multiple instructors.
***Please contact Janice_Gross@wellesley.k12.ma.us for a Proposal Form. Deadline: February 11, 2010***
Criteria for Graduate Credit Approval (Framingham State College)
Instructors must have a minimum of a master's degree and two years of work experience in the area they will be
Potential Instructors must submit:
• A current resume
• Copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts
• Two current letters of recommendation
• A complete, detailed course syllabus
One graduate credit is awarded for a minimum of twelve hours of classroom instruction. A maximum of 3
credits will be awarded to new courses. All new courses are submitted to the university Graduate Education
Council for approval.
• Course information: course title, meeting times and dates, and instructor's name, telephone number and
• Course description: with the exception of the opening lines, descriptions should be written in complete
sentences. The description should be clear and brief.
• Course objectives: clearly state what the student is expected to gain upon completion of the course.
• Course expectations: clearly state your expectations regarding attendance, class participation, missed
exams, and assignment due dates.
• Course content/outline: schedule of the topics that will be covered, homework assignments and due
• Course text and materials: required course text(s) with full bibliographic citation(s), and other readings
required or suggested for the course.
• Course Requirements: descriptions of papers, projects, exams, assignments, and any other
requirements to successfully complete the course.
• Grading Criteria-be very specific. The grading breakdown should be shown in percentages
Congratulations to Jenn and Mark
DiStefano, Elementary Teacher at Bates
(Jenn), and Middle School Social Studies
Teacher (Mark), upon the birth of Grace
Charlotte, January 12, 2010
Elementary Special Educator Mild to Long Term Substitute
TV Video Manager/Teacher
Board Certified Behavior Analysts March - June 2010 1.0FTE long term substitute
opportunity at Wellesley High School. DESE licensure
(BCBA) required. Filming and teaching experience editing
Extensive training in Applied Behavorial Analysis, footage in FinalCutPro. Ability to inspire creativity and
data collection and management, and Functional manage TV studio. Send cover letter, resume,
BehavorialAssessments mandatory. School and or transcripts, licensure and three letters of reference to
home based experience working with elementary Carol A. Gregory, Wellesley Public Schools, 40
and middleschool-aged children necessary. Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481
Therapeutic Tutor Therapeutic tutor needed
for a middle school student eight hours per week.
Long Term Substitute
Teaching Assistant After school support for a Elementary Special Educator
second grader two hours on Monday and Friday March through June 2010. Send cover letter,
afternoons. Please contact Beth Brown 781 446 resume, transcripts, licensure and three letters of
6210 ext 4525 reference to Carol A. Gregory, Wellesley Public
Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481
PTA needed six hours a week to assist a physical
therapist with treatment of students with modertate to
severe special needs. Experience working with
students in school-based therapy at the preschool
and elementary level required and appropriate
Send cover letter, resume, three letters of reference to
Wellesley Public Schools
40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481
Positions Available 2010 - 2011
Elementary Principal Seeking a principal to Special Education Department Head
lead the Sprague Elementary (K-5) School. The
Wellesley community strongly supports its public for K-12 District-Wide Programs
schools. Core values are academic excellence, Start Date Negotiable
cooperative and caring relationships, respect for
human differences, commitment to community. Wellesley Public Schools seeks an educator with a
Candidates must have a Master's degree and be range of instructional and leadership experiences to
certified as an elementary school principal. Work join our special education administration team and to
year is 214 days effective July 1, 2010. Current FY oversee multiple K-12 district-wide programs for
10 salary range is $109,829 - $126,147. students with significant special needs. MA
Please send cover letter, resume, three letters of administrator of Special Education, Supervisor/Director
reference, transcripts, and certification by January PPS All Levels, or eligibility for those licenses required.
13, 2010 to Carol Gregory, Asst. Supt., 40 Kingsbury Competitive salary and benefits. Please send a letter of
Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 interest, resume, three letters of reference by January
29, 2010 to Carol A. Gregory, Asst. Supt., Wellesley
Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA
Director of Educational Technologies 02481
Beginning July 1, 2010.
The Director is responsible for administering the
educational technology program as an integral part of
the instructional and administrative program,
supporting the curriculum with appropriate equipment,
materials and services. Also accountable for creating
and implementing a vision, which prepares all staff in
the Wellesley Public Schools to confidently and
effectively use educational technologies to extend
student and adult learning. Salary $105,228 -
$121,213. Please send cover letter, resume, three
letters of reference, transcripts, and licensure by
January 29, 2010 to Carol A. Gregory, Asst. Supt.,
Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street,
Wellesley, MA 02481.
Coaching Positions - Spring Season
High School Athletics
Girls Lacrosse -- Assistant Coach (2 openings)
Girls Softball -- Assistant Coach
Boys Lacrosse -- Assistant Coach
Sailing -- Part Time Assistant Coach
Track -- Part Time Assistant Coach
Contact Athletic Director John_Brown@wellesley.k12.ma.us
Wellesley Public Schools Actively Seeks to Increase the Diversity of its Workforce
A reminder about Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) and
Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRA) deadlines
HRA January 31, 2010 is the deadline for submitting HRA receipts for 2009.
FSA March 31, 2010 is the deadline for submitting FSA receipts for 2009.