Wellesley Public Schools
40 Kingsbury Street Superintendent’s Bulletin
Wellesley, Massachusetts 02481
Bella T. Wong Bulletin #21
Superintendent of Schools February 12, 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.
I always find that the school week before February vacation is highly stressful. To manage the
stress, I have deferred items in my to do pile for next week, when it will be "quiet" and there will
be no meetings. As the pile of "to do’s" gets higher, I realize that only in my dreams surrounded
by magic elves will this work get done! When I was growing up my father used to say, "Don't do
as I do but do as I say." Hmm. That didn't work for me then either. So I will make the pile
smaller and say to you as much as to myself, “Enjoy the break, take time to indulge and refresh.”
February 15-19 February Vacation Week
Tuesday 02/23 School Committee Meeting, Town Hall, 7:30 pm
Friday 02/26 Deadline: Spring Grant Applications to WEF
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.
School Committee Agenda Complete School Committee Minutes are posted at
February 23, 2010 www.wellesley.K12.ma.us/schoolcom/PAGES/MINUTES/2009-2010
7:30 pm Personnel Announcements, Consent Agenda, Reports, Citizen Speak Action/Discussion: • FY11
Operating Budget Update • Gifts and Naming Rights Policy Update 9:00 pm Citizen Speak
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, www.wellesleyeducationfoundation.org. 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
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.
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 Amazon.com)
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 Janice_Gross@wellesley.k12.ma.us
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.
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)
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
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.
Elementary Special Educator Mild to Physical Therapy
Moderate Needs Assistant/Paraprofessional
Board Certified Behavior Analysts PTA needed six hours a week to assist a physical
therapist with treatment of students with modertate to
(BCBA) severe special needs. Experience working with
Extensive training in Applied Behavorial Analysis, students in school-based therapy at the preschool
data collection and management, and Functional and elementary level required and appropriate
BehavorialAssessments mandatory. School and or license required.
home based experience working with elementary
and middleschool-aged children necessary.
Send cover letter, resume, three letters of reference to
Wellesley Public Schools
40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481
Paraprofessional Long Term Substitute
Paraprofessional (.85FTE) with restraint training to work
in a self-contained middle school program. Send cover Elementary Physical Education
letter, resume, three letters of reference, transcripts and Teacher
licensure to Jeff_Williams@wellesley.k12.ma.us or mail May 3 to June 30, 2010.
to: Personnel, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Salary is $166.76 per day.
Street, Wellesley, MA 02481
Send cover letter, resume, three letters of
reference, transcripts, and licensure to
Long Term Substitute or mail to: Personnel, Wellesley Public Schools, 40
Teaching Assistant Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481
Long-term substitute (twelve weeks) teaching
assistant position for first or second grade classroom.
Experience with inclusion practices and primary based Long Term Substitute
curriculum. Salary $133.41/day. Send cover letter,
resume, and three letters of reference to High School Spanish
Marie_Slyva@Wellesley.k12.ma.us or mail to April through June 2010
Personnel, Wellelsey Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury
Street, MA 02481 Send cover letter, resume, transcripts, licensure
and three letters of reference to
or mail to Personnel, Wellesley Public Schools, 40
Long Term Substitute Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481
Elementary Special Educator
March through June 2010. Send cover letter,
resume, transcripts, licensure and three letters of Long Term Substitute
reference to Carol A. Gregory, Wellesley Public
Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 Elementary Teacher
Grade 1 long-term substitute starting mid-April 2010
until the end of the school year. Salary is
$166.76/day. Please send cover letter, resume,
three letters of reference, transcripts and licensure
to Sheryl_Boris-Schacter@Wellesley.k12.ma.us or
mail to Personnel, Wellesley Public Schools, 40
Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481.
Wellesley Public Schools Actively Seeks to Increase the Diversity of its Workforce