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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 #27 Superintendent of Schools April 1, 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, In the fall of 2008, we experienced the dramatic beginnings of deteriorating global financial markets, and we are still working toward recovery. The spring of 2009 brought the surprise advent of the H1N1 flu. I remember clearly my deep concern over the first reports of flu-related deaths in Mexico sweeping the media after April vacation, the prior predictions of an imminent pandemic flu appearing to come to fruition. As we anticipated winter, we anxiously awaited replenished supplies of flu vaccine and hand sanitizer. Fortunately, the flu season has been much milder than anticipated, and we look forward to improved vaccine supplies and more planful dissemination of it in the next season. But now, just as many of us were anticipating what might be a very much appreciated early end to the school year because of lack of snow this winter... we got rain ... in fact, lots and lots of record-breaking rain. Fortunately, the school buildings have held up pretty well, with minimal permanent damage. Unfortunately, I know many of you have been dealing with wet basements, loss of heat or electricity, and destruction and loss of personal property. It does seem we've been digging down, deep and often, into our own personal wells of resiliency. It is especially at times like these when I think taking the time to acknowledge, thank, or compliment someone for good work, for taking the time to listen to you or for being your friend, can go a very long way and, hopefully, may come back all around many times over. Enjoy the sun this weekend. Calendar Friday 04/02 Good Friday -- No School Monday 04/05 Annual Town Meeting Begins Friday 04/16 Primary Source Registration Deadline April 19 - 24 April Vacation Week Tuesday 04/27 EMI Registration Deadline Thursday 04/30 C&I Proposal Deadline May 1 - 21 Open Enrollment Period for Employee Benefits Wednesday 05/05 Annual Health Fair, Town Hall, 1:00 - 4:00 pm Thursday 05/06 Summer Professional Development Registration Deadline Are You Interested in Administrative Initial Licensure? TEC (The Education Cooperative) offers a district-based Administrative Initial Licensure Program that is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. A new cohort begins in May. Classes meet Wednesday evenings during the school year. No summer courses are required. An information session will take place Monday, April 5, 4:-00 pm, at The Education Cooperative, 1112 High Street (Route 109), Dedham. More Information: www.tec-coop.org/PDL_Admin.html
    • Professional Development Primary Source Summer Institutes 2010 As members of Primary Source, we have the opportunity to participate in a variety of summer institutes that are described below. We are guaranteed ten reserved seats in the institutes. This means ten total seats, NOT ten seats for each institute. If you are interested in attending an institute, please contact Janice Gross indicating which institute you are interested in attending. Spaces will be filled on a first come, first served basis. The registration deadline is April 16, but earlier is always better. Full course descriptions and pertinent information were published in Bulletins 23, 24, and 25 (March 5, 12, 19). Course titles appear below. The Enduring Legacy of Ancient China Open to all K-12 educators Latin American Rhythms: History, Culture, and Politics Especially for educators in grades 6-12 East Asian Stories and Places: China, Japan, and Korea Especially for educators in grades K-7 Teaching for Global Understanding in the 21st Century Open to all K-12 educators Democratic Vistas: Civic Life, History, and American Art Inquiring Minds Project 2010 For K-8 Teachers: Two four-credit graduate courses through the Boston University School of Education. Coursees are intended to improve participants’ science content knowledge, provide a model for how to use inquiry-based methods for instruction, and help build participants’ confidence in their ability to teach science. SC 533: Immersion in Green Energy SC 534: Immersion in Global Energy Distribution Pre-immersion sessions Fridays, 4:30-7:30 pm Pre-Immersion sessions Mondays, 4:30 - 7:30 pm May 14, 21, and June 11, 18, 25 May 17, 24, and June 7, 14, 21 Immersion session: Immersion Session: July 12-23, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm July 12-23, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Call back sessions (2 fall; 2 spring) Call back sessions (2 fall; 2 spring) Course meetings held at Boston University. Except for registration fee, tuition is funded (from a Massachusetts State STEM initiative) and a stipend provided. This is a collaborative project between Boston University, Northeastern University, and Wheelock College. For more information, contact Peter Garick (617/353-4735) garik@bu.edu or Diana Cheng, dianasc@bu.edu Spring Social Studies Seminar Series 1 Inservice Credit or 15 PDPs Seminars designed to enrich content understanding and model use of thematic approaches to social studies. Teachers will participate in post-seminar discussions to utilize content and pedagogy in preparation for the system-wide curriculum review. Remaining seminars in this year’s series: Thursday, April 8, 2010 Race in Latin America Zach Morgan 3:00 pm Boston College Thursday, April 15, 2010 TBD 3:00 pm Each three-hour seminar will be held in the Wellesley High School library -- followed by discussion for an additional 45 - 60 minutes. Teachers may choose how they will earn 1 in-service credit or 15 PDPs: • Pathway 1 = attend three (3) seminars and discussion, complete homework assignments and create a project or lesson plan utilizing the materials or information presented during the seminar. • Pathway 2 = attend all four (4) seminars and discussion, and complete homework readings. To Register for each seminar, please contact Janice_Gross@wellesley.k12.ma.us. ...2...
    • Additional Teaching With Technology Series Offerings The SMART Board interactive whiteboard is a touch-sensitive display that connects to your computer and digital projector. Using a finger, you can control computer applications, write notes, search the Internet, and annotate and save your work. The SMART Notebook software is an application that lets you add interactivity to lessons through an array of powerful education tools and resources. Attend this three-hour workshop to learn the basics of how to use the SMART Board and the Notebook software in your classroom to engage students in hands-on interactive learning. This is an Intro Workshop. Beginning SMART Board Training Beginning SMART Board Training for Elementary Teachers for Middle School and High School Teachers May 5, 2010, 3:30 - 6:30 pm April 14, 2010, 3:30 - 6:30 pm Middle School Mac Lab 300 Middle School Mac Lab 300 Instructor: Jackie Hoglund Instructor: Sondra Hamilton Advanced Workshop: Prerequisite: Previous hands-on training using basic SMART Board tools and Notebook software. Attend this three-hour workshop to learn advanced skills and online resources for using the SMART Board toolbar and for creating SMART Notebooks incorporating media, graphics, links, etc., to enhance a lesson or unit of study. Advanced SMART Board Training Advanced SMART Board Training for Elementary Teachers for Middle School and High School Teachers May 12, 2010, 3:30 - 6:30 pm May 19, 2010, 3:30 - 6:30 pm Middle School Mac Lab 300 Middle School Mac Lab 300 Instructor: Brian Allieri Instructor: Ranjani Sriram Summer 2010 Professional Development Our full catalog of Professional Development Courses offered during Summer 2010 is posted as a downloadable pdf from the Professional Development section of the Wellesley Public Schools website. www.wellesley.k12.ma.us Registration Deadline: May 6, 2010 The full catalog of 2010-2011 courses for fall, winter and spring will be posted separately before the end of this school year. Requesting C&I Proposals Proposals for C&I projects are currently being accepted. There are two funding sources available, one that requires projects to be completed by June 30, 2010 and the other that will fund projects that take place beginning July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2011. C&I compensation is granted for curriculum development projects or task force members to work on building based or system-wide initiatives. Priority will be given to proposals designed to meet system goals. Request proposal form from Janice_Gross@wellesley.k12.ma.us. Due Date: April 30 ...3...
    • Empowering Multicultural Initiatives (E.M.I.) Summer 2010 Course Schedule EMI
One:
Anti‐Racist
Teaching
Practices
‐
Talking
about
Race
 This
36
hour
‐
3
credit
graduate
course
is
designed
for
educators
who
want
to
expand
their
understanding
of
 how
race,
ethnicity
and
other
forms
of
marginalization
impact
learning
and
achievement.
 Section # A: July 6, 8, 13, 15, 20 and 22, from 8:30 - 3:30 - Course
#
S10ARTPA Section # B: July 26 and 28, August 2, 4, 9 and 11, from 8:30 - 3:30 - Course
#
S10ARTPB EMI
Course
for
Administrators:
Understanding
Discrimination
and
Its
Effects
on
Academic
Achievement This
24
hour
‐
2
credit
course
is
designed
to
bring
together
administrators
(new
and
experienced)
to
form
a
 cohort
group
to
share
ideas
on
creating/supporting
school
environments
that
support
the
academic
 achievement
and
engagement
of
all
students.

 June 28, June 30, July 7, from 8:30-4:00, and October 6 from 12:00 - 4:00 - Course
#
S10CA New 12-hour (1 credit) courses for summer 2010 Anti‐racist/Anti‐bias
Curriculum
and
Conversations This
course
is
for
educators
interested
in
providing
a
course,
a
mini
unit
and/or
a
concentrated
 examination
of
anti‐racism/anti
bias
for
their
students.
 July 20 and 22 from 8:30 - 3:30 - Course
#
S10ARABC Difficult
Conversations:
Talking
About
Race
and
Racism
with
Students,
Colleagues,
and
Parents/Guardians This
course
designed
to
help
educators
develop
a
better
understanding
of
ways
to
address
and
respond
to
 issues
of
race
and
racism
on
a
personal
and
professional
level. July 6 and 9 from 8:30 - 3:30 -
Course
#
S10DC Understanding
Self‐Efficacy:
Helping
Students
Do
Their
Best
Work This
course
will
provide
participants
with
an
opportunity
to
explore
concepts
such
as
praise,
feedback,
 effective
effort
and
self‐confidence
with
particular
attention
to
the
impact
on
students
of
color. July 12 and 15 from 8:30 - 3:30 - Course
#
S10USE Using
Multicultural
Literature
and
Media
to
Affirm
Identity This
course
is
designed
to
encourage
K‐12
educators
to
recognize
the
connection
between
a
positive
sense
 of
self
and
academic
achievement.










 July 6 and 8 from 8:30 - 3:30 - Course
#
S10UML These
courses
will
equip
participants
with
resources
and
skills
that
will
increase
their
ability
to
engage
with
 students,
parents,
other
educators
and
administrators
around
topics
related
to
race
and
academic
 achievement. To
register,
please
contact
Janice
Gross.
Registration deadline is April 27. Optional
graduate
credits
are
available
from
Framingham
State
College
for
$65
per
credit. A
course
may
be
canceled
due
to
low
enrollment.
For
additional
information
contact
Elli
Stern
at
 elli.stern@comcast.net ...4...
    • Graduate Course Reimbursement Course reimbursement funding of $22,500 is available to distribute in FY11 among qualified teachers for graduate course work which is done as part of a master's degree program to fulfill that teacher's obligations for the Massachusetts educators professional license and for course work required to achieve the next stage of licensure culminating in a professional license. To apply for this course reimbursement, please send--by June 1, 2010--the following to Valerie Spruill: •your name •evidence of your enrollment in an applicable master/doctoral degree program •name and description of the course •evidence of cost of the course •proof of payment (VISA/MC) •transcript. You will be notified of the amount awarded to you by July 1, 2010. Apply Now to Enroll Children of teachers or nurses residing outside Wellesley shall be entitled to Children of Non attend Wellesley Public Schools without charge for tuition on a space available basis. (Article 12, WTA Unit A Contract). Resident WTA Members If you are interested in this benefit in the 2010-11 school year, please in Wellesley Schools contact Valerie_Spruill@wellesley.k12.ma.us. Include your child/ren’s name, birth date, and current grade level. Deadline: May 1, 2010 Looking Ahead to 2010-11 Are you Interested in a Job Share? a Transfer? Teachers with PTS who would like to request a job share position or a transfer in the 2010-2011 school year must notify Carol Gregory (carol_gregory@wellesley.k12.ma.us) in writing by May 1. Saturday, May 8, 2010, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm An all-day, comprehensive retirement planning program, Massachusetts Teachers The Next Chapter is designed for MTRS members who Retirement System are planning to retire in the next 5 to 15 years, but is open to all interested members. Expert speakers will address Spring Information Seminars retirement issues, including financial and estate planning, Social Security and Medicare, your MTRS benefits. Congratulations to Kristen Grant, Inclusion Teaching Assistant at the High School, upon the birth of Drew Patrick Grant, March 26, 2010 ... to Rebecca Blouwolff, Middle School French Teacher, upon the birth of baby girl, March 25, 2010 ... to Julie Spilka, High School TV/Video Teacher, upon the birth of Hailey Jean Positions Available Guidance Counselor (.4FTE) Wellesley Middle School, for 2010-2011 school year. LT Substitute (.6FTE) Guidance Counselor Middle School August 30 - late November 2010. Please send cover letter, resume three letters of reference, transcripts and licensure to: Personnel, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 ...5...
    • Immediate Opening: Preschool Teaching Assistant Full -Time Teaching Assistant is needed to work in a NAEYC accredited integrated preschool, experience working with preschool aged children with special needs preferred, documentation of relevant early childhood college level course work. Please send cover letter, resume, college transcript, and three letters of reference to: gretchen_bravacos@wellesley.k12.ma.us or mail to Personnel, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 Board Certified Behavior Analysts Long Term Substitute (BCBA) Elementary Physical Education Extensive training in Applied Behavorial Analysis, Teacher data collection and management, and Functional May 3 to June 30, 2010. BehavorialAssessments mandatory. School and or Salary is $166.76 per day. home based experience working with elementary and middleschool-aged children necessary. Send Send cover letter, resume, three letters of cover letter, resume, three letters of reference to reference, transcripts, and licensure to Personnel, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Toni_Duval@wellesley.k12.ma.us Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 or mail to: Personnel, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 Elementary Special Education Summer Positions Special Education Teacher Positions 7/1/10-8/6/10 Special Education Teachers ($39.49/hr) to teach students with language-based learning disabilities in grades 2- 5. The position is part-time (8:30-11:30) each morning for six weeks. Training and experience teaching reading, written language and math skills to students with disabilities is necessary and Moderate Special Needs certification is preferred. Lead Teachers for Full Day Six Week Program 7/1/10-8/6/10 Lead Teachers ($39.49/hr) to lead small group lessons for students with intensive special needs. Other duties include consulting with academic and enrichment teachers, providing guidance to teaching assistants, overseeing students' schedules, etc. Training and experience teaching students with intensive disabilities is necessary and Severe Needs certification is preferred. Lead Teachers for Full Day Six Week Program 7/1/10-8/6/10 Lead Teachers ($39.49/hr) to lead small group lessons for students on the Autism Spectrum. Other duties include consulting with academic and enrichment teachers, providing guidance to teaching assistants, overseeing students' schedules, etc. Training and experience teaching students with autism is necessary and Severe Needs certification is preferred. Teaching Assistants for Four and Six Week Programs Teaching assistants ($18 an hour or current rate of pay) to support students with disabilities in special education classes and in some academic, enrichment, and recreational activities for both the AM (8:30-11:30) and the PM (12:00-3:00) sessions. Preference will be given to candidates who are currently working in WPS, with training in elementary education, special education, or related field and/or experience with students with disabilities. Send a letter of interest and a current resume to Ms. Beth Brown, 40 Kingsbury St, Wellesley, MA, 02481 Middle School Summer School July 1 - August 6, 2010 The Wellesley Middle School would like to hire a speech and language pathologist for its summer school. The speech and language pathologist would work with individuals and groups of middle school students on their language and social skill development. The summer school runs from July 1 to August 6. This is a 20 hour a week position. The rate for this position is $45/hr. Please send cover letter, resume, and three letters of reference to: Jeff_Williams@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 ...6...