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  1. 1. Wellesley Public Schools Superintendent’s 40 Kingsbury Street Bulletin Wellesley, Massachusetts 02481 Bella T. Wong Bulletin #20 Superintendent of Schools February 4, 2011 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,Well, this winter has just been a hum dinger! In my household we have beenchipping at the ice on the roof to no real avail and mopping up the water that hasbeen edging in through the windows. We are somewhat grimly bracing ourselves forwhen the thaw comes and what that will bring. This is reminiscent of my first winter assuperintendent when there were seven possible weather events over a three-week period. Iremember there were a lot of flooded basements (forget the snow blower, you should get your sumppump now!) and my sleep deprivation from waking early to check the morning precipitation and roadconditions. From where I sit I see that everyone is working very, very hard doing the best they canto manage the complications the weather has wrought on our personal and professional lives. It hasbeen hard, and I can also see that we are tired dealing with cranky people and maybe a tad bitcranky ourselves.Well, here is some excellent news to share and celebrate… no less than three babies were bornduring Wednesday’s snow day, one each to Dara Gaul, Sprague School teacher, Jamie Chisum,High School Assistant Principal, and Lindsey Yamaguchi, High School Adjustment Counselor! Howgreat is that?Take care this weekend,Calendar Tuesday 02/08 School Committee Meeting – 7:30 pm Town Hall Wednesday 02/16 Teachers for Safe Schools – 3:30 pm WMS Rm 245 February 21 – 25 February Vacation Week – no school Monday, 3/7 Spring Grant Applications Due to WEF
  2. 2. Are you interested in a job share? Would you like to be considered for atransfer?Teachers with professional teacher status who would like to request a job share position or atransfer in the 2011-2012 school year must notify Salvatore Petralia in writing by May 2, 2011.Requests should be sent to: Teachers for Safe SchoolsTeachers for Safe Schools will meet at the Middle School in Room 245, from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. on thefollowing Wednesdays: February 16, March 16, April 27, and May 18, 2011. The mission ofTeachers for Safe Schools is to consciously create, support and encourage a safe professional andemotional school climate that allows for staff of all sexual orientations to be acknowledged andrespected.Graduate Course ReimbursementCourse reimbursement funding of $22,500 is available to distribute in FY12 amongqualified teachers for graduate course work which is done as part of a master’sdegree program to fulfill a teacher’s obligations for the Massachusetts EducatorsProfessional License and for course work required to achieve the next stage oflicensure culminating in a professional license. To apply for this coursereimbrusement, please send, by June 1, 2011, your name, evidence of your enrollment in anapplicable master/doctoral degree program, name and description of the course, evidence of coursecost, proof of payment, and transcript to Valerie Spruill, Administrative Assistant to the AssistantSuperintendent, You will be notified of the amount awardedto you by July 1, 2011. Apply Now to Enroll Children of Non-Resident WTA Members in Wellesley Schools. Children of teachers or nurses residing outside Wellesley shall be entitled to attend Wellesley Public Schools without charge for tuition on a space available basis. (Article 12, WTA Unit A Contract). If you are interested in this benefit in the 2011-12 school year, please, include your child/ren’s name, birth date, and current gradelevel. Application Deadline: May 2, 2011 2
  3. 3. Wellesley Education Foundation (WEF) Grants WEF Spring Grant Applications – Proposals due Monday, March 7, 2011. WEF is now accepting grantproposals from all Wellesley Public Schools teachers, administrators and specialists. For elementary schoolgrants: up to 20% of the WEF grant budget may be allocated to individual elementary school grants providingthey have potential for replication. Be sure to include shipping and handling expenses in your cost estimate.Note: All technology requests must be reviewed by Rob Ford, Director, Technology.Ruth S. Walter Environmental Education Fund – Proposals due Monday, March 7, 2011. WEF makesadditional funds available for projects related to science and the environment. Through the generosity of thefamily and friends of Ruth S. Walter, a fund for environmental education, was established to award grants toeducators for innovative projects and teacher travel that focus on environmental education. Please applyusing the general application form and see the WEF website for more details.Please only use the application form from the WEF website, (The WEF website can also be found on the WellesleyPublic Schools website under District Information – Wellesley Education Foundation.) Applicationinstructions, criteria for funding, and some examples of well written grants are also posted on the WEFwebsite under "Grants to Educators."Send applications to Janice Gross in the Central Office of the Superintendent by Monday, March 7,2011.Questions about potential grant ideas or the application are welcome. Feel free to email WEF Grant Chair,Beverly Donovan, at with any questions. 2010-2011 Professional Development Opportunities Professional Development opportunities for 2010- 2011 are posted at Course descriptions and registration instructions are included. This link can also be found on theWPS website under 2010-2011 Professional Development Offerings. COURSE AVAILABLE: 3
  4. 4. Understanding Basic StatisticsIntended Audience: Internet, Elections)Anyone interested in learning about statistics. Sources of Bias – Random Rectangle Activity Interpreting Survey Results (WHS and ChiPre-assessments for Participants: None Running) Meaning of Confidence Intervals (Flipping TacksOutcomes: Activity)After taking this course, participants will know: Meaning of Margin of Error (Polling Results)• the differences between mean, median and Experiments vs. Studies mode and how those different measures of Good Statistics (Sports and Medicine) center can be used to distort conclusions; Needs of the Class (Manufacturing Quality Control• the different ways you can take a sample Example) (random, convenience, voluntary response) or census and what conclusions, if any, can be Requirements: drawn from these sampling techniques; • class participation;• the meanings of margin of error and • completion of in-class and out-of-class confidence interval; worksheets and problems; and• how to read and interpret graphs; and • completion of two assignments (finding graphs• how to correctly use and interpret the language or surveys in the media and interpreting thoseof statistics. findings)Sessions: Instructors: Caroline Bell and Jill LapatoMean/Median and Mode Dates: Mondays, February 28 – May 9, 2011;Scale, Source and Types of Graphs (Newspapers, Time: 3:00 – 5:30Advertising) Location: WHS Room 237 or 229Survey Types and Sampling Techniques (TV, PDPs: 15 Inservice Credit(s): 1CPI Refresher TrainingPrerequisite: Full CPI Training during the 2009-2010 School Year. The cornerstone of CPIsince 1980, this program is considered the worldwide standard for crisis prevention andintervention training. With a core philosophy of providing for the care, welfare, safety, and securityof everyone involved in a crisis situation, the program’s proven strategies give human serviceproviders and educators the skills to safely and effectively respond to anxious, hostile, or violentbehavior while balancing the responsibilities of care.Spring Offering: March 15, 2011 Time: 3:00–6:00 pm Instructor: Adam DilibertoPDPs: 3 Information regarding location will be posted on Wiki.To register, go to to the online registration form. This islisted as a new course under “School Safety.” LOTS OF BABY NEWS !! . . . . . CONGRATULATIONS to Patty Bird and her husband Cameron on the birth of their son, Alexander, on 4
  5. 5. January 25, 2011. . . . .Katie Bender and her husband Mike on the birth of their daughter,Brooke Elizabeth, on January 30, 2011 . . . . .Travis Taylor and his wife Vicky on the birth of theirson, Patrick, on February 1, 2011 . . . .Jamie Chisum and his wife Kristen on thebirth of their daughter, Hadley Nichole, on February 2, 2011 . . .Dara Gaul and herhusband, Nathan, on the birth of their son, Asher Robert, on February 2, 2011 . . . .and Lindsey Yamaguchi and her husband Yuhgo on the birth of their daughter,Mia Jolie, on February 2, 2011. WINGS Summer Openings 2011.Registrar- March 1- July 5: Responsibilities (skills/strategies for grades 1/2, 2/3 or 4/5), andinclude entering all registrations in the written language (grades 3-5).FileMaker Pro database, honoring parentrequests while creating equitable classes, Academic teachers will teach two sections aanswering parent questions via the WINGS morning of the same grade level and address, creating class lists and the Teaching experience and license required andother documents necessary to begin Week 1 familiarity with WPS learning goals is a plus.classes. $3500 stipend Applicants for positions within the academicData Manager 7/5/11-7/29/11: Maintain strand must state their preferred grade levelaccurate registration information on a daily and whether they are interested in teachingbasis; create weekly class lists and daily literacy, math, or written language. Academicstudent nametags. Must be present at WINGS courses are not dependent on enrollment.from 8:15-9:00 each day with additional workand copying to be completed off site. $18/hr Enrichment teachers will teach two sections afor 7 hrs. /wk morning or an afternoon. You will define courses as the applicant so feel free to shareElementary Summer Lead Teacher your passions, special interests, and talentsOpenings 7/5/11-7/29/11: The WINGS’11 with students! Applicants must write anAcademic and Enrichment Summer Program is enticing description of their proposed courseseeking Lead teachers ($39.49 hr based on ’10 listing the grade levels (K-2, 3-5). Therare) for both the morning (8:30-11:30) and enrichment courses will not be run withoutafternoon (12:00-3:00) sessions. Academic sufficient enrollment so make your coursecourses are offered in the AM only and description enticing. Enrichment teachersteachers must commit to all four weeks. wishing to work a half-day must teach at leastEnrichment courses are offered in both the AM two different courses for the four- week period.and PM and teachers must commit to at least Applicants wishing to work both the AM andtwo of the four weeks. the PM sessions must submit proposals for at least four different courses for the four-weekAcademic courses will include concentrated period. Courses must be written to targetcourses in reading (basic literacy for either students in grades K-2 or 3-5.grade 1 or grade 2; comprehension/fluency forgrades 2/3 or grades 4/5) math 5
  6. 6. 2/4/11 is the deadline for Registrar, Data Manager and Lead Teacher applications. Preferencewill be given to returning WINGS staff, and to current WPS employees. Send you letter of interestexplaining why your 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’ WPS email address to respond to this ad.Coaching Positions Spring Season 2011 Head Coach - Boys Outdoor Track Fall Season 2011 Head Coach – Varsity Boys Soccer Head Coach – Varsity Field Hockey Contact Athletic Director : POSITIONS AVAILABLE 2010-2011 O PENINGS LONG TERM SUBSTITUTES NEEDED:  Long-Term Substitute Grade 8 English Teacher needed starting March 28, 2011 until end of school year.  Long-Term Substitute Grade 8 History Teacher needed starting March 4, 2011 until end of school year. Curriculum includes the Civil War and Reconstruction and experience with the “Facing History and Ourselves” curriculum is beneficial.  Long Term Substitute Preschool Special Educator needed to teach a substantially separate preschool class beginning May 2, 2011 until the end of the school year and a six-week summer program, experience working with children with moderate to significant special needs using the principals of ABA required. Master’s degree and licenses in both early childhood and special education required. BCBA preferred. (Salary from May 2 to June 2011 $170.10/day). (Salary for the six-week summer program to be determined).  Long Term Substitute Preschool Special Educator needed mid-March to early June 2011 to teach two integrated preschool classes and to function as a member of an assessment team. Must have experience assessing and teaching young children with special needs, Master’s degree and licenses in both early childhood and special education required. 6
  7. 7. Salary for Long Term Substitute Teachers is $170.10/day. Send letter of interest, resume, college transcripts,copy of license, and three letters of reference to Salvatore Petralia, Assistant Superintendent, Wellesley PublicSchools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 or via email to Driver needed (35-38 hr./week) full year, less hours in summer to transport special education students. Theschedule is a split shift: am./mid./pm. 7D license preferred (not necessary; will train). $12.66 -$15.60 /hr. dependingon experience. Benefits available (health, dental, disability, and retirement). Please send letter of interest toSalvatore Petralia, Assistant Superintendent, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481or e-mail Wellesley Public Schools Actively Seeks to Increase the Diversity of its Workforce 7