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  1. 1. Wellesley Public Schools 40 Kingsbury Street Superintendent’s Bulletin Wellesley, Massachusetts 02481 Bella T. Wong Bulletin #20 Superintendent of Schools February 5, 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, We continue to work through the This same information will be shared with School process to resolve the budgets for FY11. As I shared Committee the following Tuesday evening in public with you last month, the FY11 Operating Budget, as session. I will re-publish the list in the next issue of voted by School Committee on January 6, does not the Superintendent's Bulletin. meet the budget guideline received from the town's I know this is sobering news to receive. The Advisory Committee. The gap in relation to the administrative team and I will continue our efforts to Advisory Committee’s guideline is $976,674 for non- further reduce the gap while minimizing impact on Special Tuition and Transportation, and $618,625 in delivery of services and program. The final version of the Special Tuition and Transportation portion of the the FY11 Operating Budget is by no means resolved. budget. The Central Office team has been working The public hearing for all town budgets occurs hard to find ways to reduce this gap. While we have Wednesday, February 10. School Committee will been able to reduce the gap somewhat, it is continue to discuss the budget and receive public impossible for us to eliminate it completely without input through the start of the Annual Town Meeting impact to current instructional and non-instructional that begins on April 5. Please do not hesitate to staff positions, and thus impact to program. On contact me with questions. Monday afternoon, I will present the gap list to interested school staff at 3:30 p.m. in the Wakelin Room at the Wellesley Free library. Calendar 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
  2. 2. 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. 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. 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 ...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. 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 • 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 ...3...
  4. 4. School Committee Agenda Complete School Committee Minutes are posted at February 9, 2010 7:30 pm Personnel Announcements, Consent Agenda, Reports, Citizen Speak and Public Discussion: Sprague Nets Action/Discussion: •METCO Program Update • Virtual High School Update • Sprague Nets • Lunch Survey Results • High School Bus Survey Results • Middle School Space/Capacity Update • FY11 Operating Budget Update 9:25 pm Citizen Speak 9:30 Executive Session Congratulations to Lauren Schneider of the Middle School Fitness and Health staff, recognized as the 2010 Dance Educator 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 dance. 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) Speech and Language Pathologist Spanish (1.0 FTE) 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. Positions Available Immediate Openings ...continued next page ...4...
  5. 5. 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 Coaching Positions - Spring Season High School Athletics Girls Lacrosse -- Assistant Coach (2 openings) Girls Softball -- Assistant Coach Contact Athletic Director ...5...