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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 #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 calculus. 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) old. Calendar 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 Professional Development Empowering Multicultural Initiatives (E.M.I.) Spring 2010 Course Schedule EMI One: Anti-Racist Teaching Practices - Talking about Race Wellesley Section 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 ...2...
  • Other Professional Development Opportunities Slots still available in these upcoming Wellesley Public Schools professional development courses (See our website for descriptions): • 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 grade. 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 Stipend: $1200 Graduate credit available through UMass Lowell Further information: www.uml.edu/tsongas/NEH -- OR contact Ellen Anstey (978/970-5080) ...3... View slide
  • 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 presenting. 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. Syllabus Requirements: • Course information: course title, meeting times and dates, and instructor's name, telephone number and email. • 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 dates. • 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 ...4... View slide
  • 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 Positions Available Immediate Openings Elementary Special Educator Mild to Long Term Substitute Moderate Needs 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. Salary $25.76/hr. 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 Physical Therapy Assistant/Paraprofessional 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 license required. Send cover letter, resume, three letters of reference to Personnel Wellesley Public Schools 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 ..5...
  • 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. ..6...