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  1. 1. Wellesley Public Schools 40 Kingsbury Street Superintendent’s Bulletin Wellesley, Massachusetts 02481 Bella T. Wong Bulletin #19 Superintendent of Schools January 29, 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. Calendar Sunday 01/31 Deadline to submit HRA (Healthcare Reimbursement Account) receipts for 2009 Monday 02/08 WTA Rep Council, 3:30 pm at Middle School Tuesday 02/09 School Committee Meeting, Town Hall, 7:30 pm February 15-19 February Vacation Week Friday 02/26 Deadline: Spring Grant Applications to WEF Wellesley Education Foundation Grants Spring 2010 Applications   Applications for the second round of grant funding are due Friday, February 26. (Note the deadline has been extended from February 12.) Use only application forms from the WEF website. Please send applications to Janice Gross in the Central Office. 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, 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. 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 Include your child/ren’s name, birth date, and current grade level. Application deadline: May 1, 2010.
  2. 2. Professional Development Mindfulness in Education Study Group Open to all WPS Teachers K-12 Dates: Wednesdays, Feb. 24, Mar. 10 & 24, Apr. 14 & 28, May 12, 3:15-5:15 pm WMS Room 306 and WMS Library 12 PDPs Only - Not Eligible for Inservice Credits Teaching and learning is multi-dimensional and requires constant vigilance to attend to curriculum pressures and diverse individual needs. Mindfulness is an amazing tool that can be used at virtually any time and can bring measurable benefits into the classroom for teachers and students alike. Documented benefits of Mindfulness include increased •emotional regulation •social skills •ability to orient attention •working memory and planning and organization, increased self esteem, increased sense of calmness, relaxation, self acceptance, •quality of sleep, and decreased •test anxiety •ADHD behaviors, specifically hyperactivity and impulsivity •negative affect/ emotions •anxiety •depression, and fewer conduct and anger management problems. These benefits directly correlate to productive instructional practices, student-teacher relationships, and classroom resilience. Book Study: Using as a study guide Mindful Teaching and Teaching Mindfulness (2009), A guide for Anyone Who Teaches Anything, by Deborah Schoeberlein, participants will explore mindfulness techniques to use personally as well as in their classrooms. Each study group class period will include open discussion and sharing, mindfulness practice, and a 'mindful' activity. Participants should purchase the book prior to the first meeting Feb. 24 (approx. $11. on Facilitators Laura Palin and Lynne Johnson, WMS staff, recently participated in the “Educating World Citizens for the 21st Century” conference Oct 2009 sponsored by Mind and Life Institute, Boulder, CO To register: Contact 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: -- OR contact Ellen Anstey (978/970-5080) ...2...
  3. 3. Other Professional Development Opportunities Slots still available in these 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 Brian Allieri - February 24, 2010 • Flip Video with Rosey McQuillan - 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. 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 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 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 ...3...
  4. 4. • 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 School Committee Report January 26, 2010 Personnel Announcements:Appointment Beka Shane Denter, 0.4FTE English Teacher, effective January 4, 2010 Resignations effective June 30, 2010 • Andra Charland, Elementary Teacher on leave of absence • Susan Connolly, High School Spanish Teacher on leave of absence Retirements • Carol Gregory, Assistant Superintendent, effective July 1, 2010 • Lynn Moore-Benson, Director of Technology, effective June 30, 2010 • Beth Pullman, Elementary Special Educator, effective June 30, 2010 Leave of Absence • Katherine Feldman, Elementary Teacher, 1.0FTE leave April 26 - June 30, 2010 • Sylvia Kaczmarek, High School Science Teacher, 1.0FTE leave, 2010-11 school year • JJ Kelleher, Spanish Teacher, 0.2FTE leave, 2010-11 school year • Rosey McQuillan, Special Educator, 0.5FTE leave, 2010-11 school year • Jennifer Milne, High School Mathematics Teacher, 1.0FTE leave February 22 - May 21, 2010 • Nicole Putnam, 0.5FTE Elementary Technology Curriculum Specialist, 0.5FTE leave March 31 - June 30, 2010 • Julie Spilka, High School TV/Video Teacher, 1.0FTE leave March 3 - June 30, 2010 • Kristen Walsh, Fitness & Health Teacher, 1.0FTE leave, May 3 - June 30, 2010 Returning from Leave of Absence (effective 2010-2011 school year) • Lisa Cannon, 1.0FTE Elementary Teacher • Jennifer Desautels, 1.0FTE High School Spanish Teacher• Kara Gelormini, 0.5FTE Middle School English Teacher• Alyson Lajeunesse, 1.0FTE Speech/Language Pathologist Increase in Teaching Time• Jackie Hoglund, Elementary Technology Curriculum Specialist, from 0.5FTE to 1.0FTE, effective April 5, 2010 • Alison McCormick, High School English Teacher, from 0.8FTE to 1.0FTE, effective January 4, 2010 •Zaidee Rose, High School English Teacher, from 0.4FTE to 0.8FTE, effective January 4, 2010 Discussion/Action The committee reviewed the first State of Schools report covering FY09 and heard about ongoing activity to address capacity issues at the middle school. In accord with the Health Department recommendation, the committee restored $10,000 into the FY11 facilities budget for hand sanitizers in schools. The committee discussed possible changes to the configuration of safety nets at the Sprague fields. Congratulations to Ilene Sharpe of the Middle School Fitness and Health staff, recognized as the 2010 Health Teacher of the Year by Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD). The purpose of this award is to publicly recognize an outstanding hands- on practitioner who has made valuable contributions in the area of health education. ...4...
  5. 5. Wellesley Education Foundation Fall 2009 Awards Elementary The Wellesley Education Foundation (WEF) is Turning Information into Knowledge: Library- pleased to announce its Fall 2009 grants totaling Dedicated Netbooks $68,966-all of which benefit the students and Funds will provide technology resources (12 mini educators of the Wellesley Public Schools. Many of NetBooks) for a pilot program for students at Hardy the approved grants will fund new programs and Elementary School. Library teachers and classroom technology to be used directly in the classrooms in teachers will partner to instruct students in grades 1-5 the form of interactive white boards, interactive on how to find and evaluate internet-based cameras, mini computers, mounted projectors and information and also how to use these resources in a audio devices. Other approved grants will allocate meaningful way to expand their knowledge. Improved funds for Fitness and Health classes, Robotics, access to the internet along with digital writing tools Visual Arts and Special Education programs. will allow students to have hands-on practice. The 12 Spanning a wide range of disciplines, WEF funding NetBook computers will be dedicated to library class will continue to help promote excellence in the instruction. Wellesley Public Schools. iPods: Mobile Learning on the Go System Wide Four iPod Nanos will be purchased for the Learning Center at Sprague School. Teachers will work with Social Thinking Special Educators to create podcasts and audio WEF will fund the purchase of curriculum books and study guides, and to record brainstorming sessions. resources for K-8 Special Education teachers to This will allow students to work independently in order develop lesson plans about social thinking and to reinforce basic concepts such as reading related social skills. The program will service children comprehension and narrative writing. Also, students with social pragmatic language difficulties and reduce will be able to review and practice classroom work. outside provider consultation fees. Set of Books for Struggling Readers SMART Elmos for Classrooms A WEF grant will purchase curriculum-related non- WEF will fund the purchase of two SMART Elmos fiction books for students who struggle with reading (document cameras) for Sprague Elementary School. skills and participate in the system-wide Inclusion These Elmos will be shared among the classrooms Services (ISS) program at Sprague Elementary and will allow teachers to visually project student work, School's. The goal will be to provide students with maps, photos, and texts. age-appropriate texts so they are fully able to participate in the general educational curriculum at developmentally appropriate levels. Mounted Projectors with Sound System In support of a system-wide initiative to provide technological parity among schools, WEF will fund the Pre-School sound systems and installation of two ceiling mounted projectors at two elementary schools. Ceiling Violence Prevention Program and Assessment mounted projectors are important tools in the efficient WEF's grant to the Preschool at Wellesley Schools delivery of high quality educational instruction and (P.A.W.S.) will fund the implementation of the Second Fiske and Hardy Elementary Schools will each benefit Step Violence Prevention Program, a universal from WEF's funding. evidence-based prevention program that is designed to promote positive behavior and reduce aggression. The project will enhance the development of young children's ability to see themselves as learners, friends, and responsible individuals and will also support parents as they reinforce these life skills. ...5...
  6. 6. Middle School Urban Rebounders for Fitness and Health Books for Boys for Reading Class WEF will fund the purchase of 24 mini trampolines. This grant will provide fictional, young-adult novels This new exercise program will provide students with a that will specifically appeal to boys in which they can non-impact exercise regimen that is not only fun, but effectively practice reading strategies taught in beneficial for cardiovascular and muscular fitness. Reading Class at their independent reading level. While books that appeal to girls are widely available, WMS educators feel that boys need more appropriate Sound Field for 7th Grade Science Classroom books that appeal to them. These quality novels will WEF will provide funds for a sound field amplification encourage reluctant readers to read more and system with cordless microphones for a Science independently improve their progress. classroom. The system will improve auditory clarity, heighten student attention, and encourage participation during discussions and direct instruction. The technology will benefit all students, especially SMART Board and SMART Elmo for 7th Grade hearing impaired students and English Language Science Classroom Learners (ELL). A SMART Elmo (document camera) and a SMART Board for a 7th grade Science classroom will be funded by WEF. The technology will be used daily and will help students be more engaged with the High School curriculum materials. The Smart Board allows the instructor to interact with visual displays on the 3-D Photo Studio classroom screen. The document camera displays With the purchase of a camera, lighting, and studio images of student work, lab demonstrations and box, the Art Department will be able to photograph textbook images. large, three-dimensional student art. Many colleges require students to submit photographs of their artwork electronically in the admissions process, and Technology Enhancement for Industrial this studio will allow students to learn how to Technology Classes showcase their work. The studio will become a part of WEF funding is for the purchase of a large monitor to the ceramics curriculum and will be used by jewelry provide students with classroom internet access to students and others who are required to create new evolving technologies in the field of engineering, digital portfolios for art competitions, college robotics and web based modeling programs. The admissions, etc. monitor will be moved between rooms as needed and support students in numerous IT classes. Low Voltage Power Supplies for Senior Physics Funding will provide parts for low voltage power Equipment Upgrade for 8th Grade Robotics supplies. Students in three Physics classes will Building upon previous WEF grants, this new grant construct and test 18-20 power supplies as part of will fund four new sets of robotic building components their unit on electricity. The electronics in these power to equip two full classes. Classes will benefit both supplies are similar to power adapters used in from the newer technology and smaller work groups. computers, cell phones, and many electronic devices. The new kits will enrich the potential problem-solving Students will learn how to test and evaluate the experiences for students in Robotics classes. performance of a finished product. In addition, these completed power supplies will be used in all Physics classes for electricity experiments. SMART Elmos for Science Classrooms This grant will fund SMART Elmos (document cameras) for two 6th grade and two 8th grade Mini Computers to Support Vernier Sensor Series Science classrooms. This newest technology will allow WEF will purchase 12 mini computers on a cart to be these teachers to use the cameras as interactive used in all Chemistry classes to enhance students' tools with SMART Boards that are already in place in hands-on quantitative lab experiences. While the the classrooms. The cameras are not only capable of department has collected sufficient probes for all taking printed materials and projecting it onto the students, learning opportunities are limited by the SMART Board, but the camera technology then number of computers available to collect and analyze enables the users to manipulate and analyze the the data. The mini computers being purchased are a projected data. cost-effective, versatile option as they can provide interfaces for students to collect and analyze the data and to complete background research on the ...6... internet.
  7. 7. iPod Nanos for High School Curriculum High School Challenge Course WEF will fund the purchase of ten iPod nanos with WEF will contribute to the funding of the headphones and microphones to enable students construction of a new Challenge Course in a new who struggle with reading to access audio-based location near the High School grounds. Funding is curriculum support. Core curriculum material such as contingent upon securing the remaining financing novels and textbooks will be downloaded to the and developing a complete construction plan. The iPods. Students will have the opportunity to learn in WHS Fitness and Health program has included an both oral and visual modes. The microphones will Adventure/Challenge program since the 1970s increase opportunities for expression for students with and it continues to be a popular course offering. written language limitations. In addition to physical activity, students acquire leadership training, practice team building skills, L'aquila Earthquake Photography Project and gain self-confidence. WEF will support a Photography class initiative to connect with a school in L'aquila, Italy, near the site of a devastating earthquake in April 2009. Students will print and frame their best photographs and subsequently hold an exhibit and auction. All students will be given pen pals and will exchange photo essays with L'aquila students. Positions Available 2010 - 2011 Director of Educational Technologies Special Education Department Head Beginning July 1, 2010. for K-12 District-Wide Programs The Director is responsible for administering the Start Date Negotiable educational technology program as an integral part of Wellesley Public Schools seeks an educator with a the instructional and administrative program, range of instructional and leadership experiences to supporting the curriculum with appropriate equipment, join our special education administration team and to materials and services. Also accountable for creating oversee multiple K-12 district-wide programs for and implementing a vision, which prepares all staff in students with significant special needs. MA the Wellesley Public Schools to confidently and administrator of Special Education, Supervisor/Director effectively use educational technologies to extend PPS All Levels, or eligibility for those licenses required. student and adult learning. Salary $105,228 - Competitive salary and benefits. Please send a letter of $121,213. Please send cover letter, resume, three interest, resume, three letters of reference by January letters of reference, transcripts, and licensure by 29, 2010 to Carol A. Gregory, Asst. Supt., Wellesley January 29, 2010 to Carol A. Gregory, Asst. Supt., Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, 02481 Wellesley, MA 02481. Anticipated Openings 2010 - 2011 Preschool Middle School Special Educator (1.0 FTE) (Moderate SPED) Special Educator (1.0 FTE) (Moderate SPED) Special Educator (1.0 FTE) (Moderate/ Severe Sped) Elementary K-2 and 3-5 High School Special Educator (1.0 FTE) (Moderate/Severe SPED) Chemistry ( 1.0FTE) English (1.0 FTE) Literacy Specialist Please send a cover letter, resume, three letters of reference, transcripts, and licensure by February 26, 2010 to Carol A. Gregory, Asst. Supt., Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481. ...7...
  8. 8. Positions Available Immediate Openings Elementary Special Educator Mild to Long Term Substitute Moderate Needs Elementary Physical Education Board Certified Behavior Analysts Teacher May 3 to June 30, 2010. (BCBA) Salary is $166.76 per day. Extensive training in Applied Behavorial Analysis, Send cover letter, resume, three letters of data collection and management, and Functional reference, transcripts, and licensure to BehavorialAssessments mandatory. School and or home based experience working with elementary or mail to: Personnel, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 and middleschool-aged children necessary. Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 Physical Therapy Assistant/Paraprofessional Long Term Substitute PTA needed six hours a week to assist a physical Elementary Special Educator therapist with treatment of students with modertate to March through June 2010. Send cover letter, severe special needs. Experience working with resume, transcripts, licensure and three letters of students in school-based therapy at the preschool reference to Carol A. Gregory, Wellesley Public and elementary level required and appropriate Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 license required. Send cover letter, resume, three letters of reference to Personnel Wellesley Public Schools 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 Wellesley Public Schools Actively Seeks to Increase the Diversity of its Workforce WINGS Summer Openings 2010 Registrar- March 1- July 2: Responsibilities include entering all registrations in the FileMaker Pro database, honoring parent requests while creating equitable classes, answering parent questions via the WINGS' email address, creating class lists and the other documents necessary to begin Week 1 classes. $3500 stipend Data Manager 7/6/10-7/31/10: Maintain accurate registration information on a daily basis; create weekly class lists and daily student nametags. Must be present at WINGS from 8:15-9:00 each day with additional work and coping to be completed off site. $18/hr for 7 hrs. /wk more WINGS opportunities appear next page ...8...
  9. 9. Elementary Summer Lead Teacher Openings 7/6/09-7/31/09: The WINGS'10 Academic and Enrichment Summer Program is seeking Lead teachers ($39.49 hr) for both the morning (8:30-11:30) and afternoon (12:00-3:00) sessions. Academic courses are offered in the AM only and teachers must commit to all four weeks. Enrichment courses are offered in both the AM and PM and teachers must commit to at least two of the four weeks. Academic courses will include concentrated courses in reading (basic literacy for either grade 1 or grade 2; comprehension/fluency for grades 2/3 or grades 4/5) math (skills/strategies for grades 1/2, 2/3 or 4/5), and written language (grades 3-5). Academic teachers will teach two sections a morning of the same grade level and content. Teaching experience and license required and familiarity with WPS learning goals is a plus. Applicants for positions within the academic strand must state their preferred grade level and whether they are interested in teaching literacy, math, or written language. Academic courses are not dependent on enrollment. Enrichment teachers will teach two sections a morning or an afternoon. You will define courses as the applicant so feel free to share your passions, special interests, and talents with students! Applicants must write an enticing description of their proposed course listing the grade levels (K-2, 3-5). The enrichment courses will not be run without sufficient enrollment so make your course description enticing. Enrichment teachers wishing to work a half-day must teach at least two different courses a week. Applicants wishing to work full time enrichment must submit proposals for at least four different courses a week. Courses must be written to target students in grades K-2 or 3-5. 1/29/10 is the deadline for Registrar, Data Manager and Lead Teacher applications. Preference will be given to returning WINGS staff, and to current WPS employees. Send letter of interest explaining why you are qualified and your enrichment course descriptions to Dr. Gretchen Bravacos, WINGS Director, 63 Hastings St. Wellesley, MA 02481, or email DO NOT USE Dr. Bravacos's WPS email address to respond to this ad 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 ...9...