Superintendent's Bulletin 4-29-11

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Superintendent's Bulletin 4-29-11

  1. 1. Wellesley Public Schools Superintendent’s 40 Kingsbury Street Bulletin Wellesley, Massachusetts 02481 www.wellesley.k12.ma.us/district/bulletins. Bella T. Wong Bulletin #30 Superintendent of Schools April 29, 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, I admit, I couldnt help but wait to catch a glimpse of the wedding happening in London before rushing into work this morning. As I walk the halls in the middle school there are smiles and exclamations of, "Wasnt she beautiful!", along with staff sporting elaborate hats in celebration. So I guess many of us have been caught up in the giddiness of this event occurring abroad. April was a heavy month around the devastating aftermath of natural disasters, tornados down South and the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Celebration of a couples vows of commitment to one another is a hopeful event and evokes optimism for the future. All in all, it is not a bad way to start the day and the weekend. Enjoy the spring weather and rest up as we gear up for the busy, busy month of May -- end of year evaluations, MCAS, celebrations, retirements, interviewing and hiring! Calendar Fri., 4/29 Deadline: C&I Proposal Submissions Sun., 5/1 Household Hazardous Waste Day, Wellesley RDF Mon., 5/2 Deadline: Job Share/Transfer Requests Apply to Attend WPS in 2011-12 (non-resident children of WTA) Tues., 5/10 School Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm Town Hall Wed., 5/18 Teachers for Safe Schools, 3:30 pm, WMS Room 245 Tues., 5/24 School Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm Town Hall Wed., 6/1 Deadline: Graduate Course Reimbursement
  2. 2. Graduate Course Reimbursement Course reimbursement funding of $22,500 is available to distribute in FY12 among qualified teachers for graduate course work which is done as part of a master’s degree program to fulfill a 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, 2011, your name, evidence of yourenrollment in an applicable master/doctoral degree program, name and description of the course, evidence ofcourse cost, proof of payment, and transcript to Valerie Spruill, Administrative Assistant to the AssistantSuperintendent, Valerie_Spruill@wellesley.k12.ma.us. You will be notified of the amount awarded to you by July1, 2011.LOOKING AHEAD . . . . . . . . . Are you interested in a job share? Would you like to be considered for a transfer in 2011-12 School Year?Teachers with professional teacher status who would like to request a job share position or a transfer in the2011-2012 school year must notify Salvatore Petralia in writing by May 2, 2011. Requests should be sent to:Salvatore_Petralia@wellesley.k12.ma.us 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 spaceavailable basis. (Article 12, WTA Unit A Contract). If you are interested in this benefit in the 2011-12 schoolyear, please contact Valerie_Spruill@wellesley.k12.ma.us, include your child/ren’s name, birth date, andcurrent grade level. Application Deadline: May 2, 2011 2
  3. 3. Teachers for Safe SchoolsTeachers for Safe Schools will meet at the Middle School in Room 245, from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. on the followingWednesdays: April 27, and May 18, 2011. The mission of Teachers for Safe Schools is to consciously create,support and encourage a safe professional and emotional school climate that allows for staff of all sexualorientations to be acknowledged and respected Professional
Development
Opportunities
 
 Professional Development opportunities for 2010- 2011 are posted at http://wps-professionaldev.wikispaces.com. Course descriptions and registration instructions are included. This link can also be found on the WPSwebsite under 2010-2011 Professional Development Offerings. WellesleyPD is coming! WellesleyPD is coming!WellesleyPD is a web based, professional development management system. This application hasfeatures that can be utilized by faculty and administration. It enables all aspects of a districts professionaldevelopment program to be found in one easily accessible, online location.Using WellesleyPD, you will be able to:• view the professional development resource information provided by the district (mission, vision, goals,procedures, etc.),;• view available courses;• register for courses online for PDPs/inservice/college credit options;• receive automated confirmation of enrollment;• be placed on a waitlist if a course is full;• find course/class locations and descriptions;• verify training history;• utilize online forms;• print out your own PDP/inservice transcripts;• evaluate courses; and• create your own individualized professional development plan, and more.Watch your email in the coming weeks for more details. 3
  4. 4. Special Education Seminars 4
  5. 5. A series of five seminar sessions is being offered to cover various topics regarding special education. Eachsession covers a specific topic allowing participants to attend one or more sessions as desired. The intent ofeach session is to provide background information to generate active discussions. Participants attending all fivesessions will be awarded 10 PDPs.All sessions will be held at the Middle School in Room 251 from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.To participate, go to this link and register online: http://wps-professionaldev.wikispaces.com/ Session 4 – May 3, 2011: Bullying and Session 5 – May 10, 2011: Transition Planning Students with Disabilities for Students with Disabilities Age 14+The new Bullying Law in Massachusetts requires The requirements of IDEA specific to the issue ofeach school district to provide training about transition planning for life after high school or agebullying and its specific impact on students with 21 are vast. Transition has been the focus of manydisabilities. The law also requires that special special education court hearings and cases acrosseducation students who are at-risk for bullying have the country and is considered the current “hottheir IEPS specifically address this concern. This topic”. This session will address the requirementssession will provide an overview of issues and of the law and review the components of effectivediscuss how Wellesley can respond to the transition planning.requirements of the law. Requesting C & I ProposalsProposals for C&I projects are currently being accepted. There are two funding sources available, one thatrequires projects to be completed by June 30, 2011 and the other that will fund projects that take placebeginning July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012.C&I compensation is granted for curriculum development projects or task force members to work on building-basedor 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 29, 2011.BABY NEWS!!Congratulations to Katy & Tony Cavallo, on the birth of their fourthchild, a son William Edward Boyd Cavallo, born on April 23, 2011. 5
  6. 6. You are invited to join the Wellesley Walkers for our spring walking programbeginning on May 2nd, 2011. Kick off meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, April 27,2011 at 12:15pm and 3:30pm in the Selectman’s meeting room in the Wellesley TownHall. The program will run for six weeks and is free, fun and filled with benefits.Program participants must be Town employees. Participants will receive a goodie bag atthe start of the program and will be eligible for random prize drawings throughout theprogram. Sponsored by the Wellesley Health Department and the Human ResourcesDepartment, the walking program is geared for individuals from all walks of life. If you area serious walker, a casual walker or a walker “wanna be”, please consider joining theWellesley Walkers for our spring walking program. Proven benefits of walking include the following:  Weight management by boosting  Lowered stress levels metabolism  Improved sleep  Blood pressure control  Improved mood and sense of well-being  Reduced heart attack risk  Lengthened lifespan  Boost of “good” cholesterol  Improved ability to focus, make decisions  Relief from arthritis and back pain and solve problems If interested in participating but unable to come to either of the kick off meetings, please let Bahiya Sauer know by Friday, April 29th, 2011 (bsauer@wellesleyma.gov or (781) 431-1019, ext. 2248). ~Commit to be fit~ 6
  7. 7. Coaching
Positions
 Fall Season 2011 Head Coach – Varsity Field Hockey Head Coach – Girls Volleyball Winter Season 2011-12 Head Coach – WHS Dance Team Contact Athletic Director: John_Brown@wellesley.k12.ma.us 7

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