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  • 1. 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 #32 Superintendent of Schools May 14, 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 and Friends, In the spring of 1988 a two-line ad in The Townsman caught my attention. The school committee was on the hunt for a per diem secretary to record the minutes of its meetings. At the time, one of the focal centers for our family was, of course, the elementary school where our children were enrolled - Bates. I had back burnered my professional life at Houghton Mifflin Company a few years earlier, and was immersed in the Bates community as a room parent, art appreciation volunteer, environmental aide, and PTO secretary. I didn't answer the ad. When the ad reappeared in The Townsman in September, I became more interested in it. As the recorder of minutes for boards at Houghton and several non profits, I certainly knew the task. The shorthand I had learned as a teen was not rusty. This time, I did reply and was hired. Since that date, the opus of my record in behalf of the school committee has covered the growth and development of a system under the watch of five superintendents (two of them interim). In the mid-1990's, as Wellesley was searching for a new superintendent, I too was ready to resume full time employment. Serendipitously, the opening developed for the position I am now preparing to leave. Matt hired me as his administrative assistant, and melded the school committee work into my new full time role. It was the beginning of a fourteen-year professional ride of a lifetime. The multi faceted nature of this position in its interface with the public, with other town entities, and with the many branches of our school communities is simultaneously challenging and fulfilling. Among routine and varied tasks, my chief pleasures have been in greeting and helping initiate newly appointed faculty, assisting hundreds of you mark your progress to advanced salary lanes, brokering the transfer of course vouchers, and coordinating and facilitating events that occur within the cycle of each school year. We have worked together in a common purpose. I have delighted in discovering mutual shared interests with many of you. We have laughed together. We have cried together. Now in this spring of 2010, other matters are drawing my attention. The retirement chapter of life beckons, with its promise of greater freedom to pursue my personal passions for choral music, birding, needlepoint and quilting, and travel - and we hope that two little ones will be able more frequently to visit “Camp Grammy and Grampy.” In recent weeks many of you have taken a moment to speak with me in acknowledgment of my retirement milestone. I have appreciated every one of these encounters. As I bid you farewell, my memory bank overflows with recollections of our time together. With joy, Mary
  • 2. Calendar May 1 - 21 Open Enrollment Period for Employee Benefits Friday 05/21 Deadline: Peebles Scholarship Application Deadline Monday 05/31 Memorial Day -- No School Professional Development NEW Professional Development from TEC The Education Cooperative (TEC) will soon be recruiting the third cohort for the Teaching American History program. This will be an exciting year focused on "The Story of American Freedom: Citizenship and the Changing Meaning of Democracy." Courses begin in fall 2010. This grant funded professional development program includes: • 3 Free graduate credits (3 additional credits available) • A $500 stipend • 135 PDPs • Loads of resource materials, including free and forever access to WebLessons • Historians from Harvard University, MIT and Holy Cross College. We encourage applications from TEC district teams of 2-5. Applications will be distributed after April vacation week. Please take a look at the TEC TAH wiki: http://industrialrevolution09.pbworks.com/ The slide show featured on the home page highlights some of the historical field experiences of last summer. Michelle LeBlanc, TEC’s Teaching American History Project Director, would be delighted to come and talk in detail about this intensive program and to share the amazing wealth of resources created by participating teachers. Contact Michelle directly at 781-326-2473 x107 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. James Peebles Scholarship Sons and daughters of members of the WTA are eligible for financial assistance for their first year of college or specialized school. Applications are available from Jonathan Simon, WTA President. Application Deadline: May 21 ....2...
  • 3. Condolences to Kim Kaufman, High School Spanish Teacher, on the recent death of her father, Peter Sevenoff Positions Available Wellesley Public Schools 2010-2011 Openings Elementary Math Specialist (1.0 FTE) (Search Re-opened) Middle School French Teacher (.2FTE) High School Guidance Counselor (1.0 FTE) Special Educator (1.0 FTE) (Moderate SPED) History Teacher (.4 FTE) Art Teacher (.1FTE) Please send a cover letter, resume, three letters of reference, transcripts, and licensure by 4 p.m. on May 21, 2010 to Carol A. Gregory, Asst. Supt., Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481. Full- time Speech and Language Pathologist at Middle School to fill a maternity leave for school year 2010-11. Responsibilities include evaluation, providing direct services to individuals and small groups of students, consultation to teachers, and social skills instruction. Please send cover letter, resume, three letters of reference, licensure and transcripts to Jeff_Williams@wellesley.k12.ma.us and/or Personnel, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellelsey, MA 02481 Long-Term Substitute Art Teacher Full-time, high school ceramics teacher for maternity leave from Late Aug to Mid Nov 2010. Duties included teaching ceramic courses; hand building; wheel throwing; and ceramics Intensive; as well as Introduction to Drawing & Painting, and Creative Journal. Must have experience teaching ceramics. Send cover letter, resume, college transcript, licensure and three letters of reference to: Thom_Carter@wellesley.k12.ma.us or mail to Personnel, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 Reading Intervention Paraprofessional to work with first grade students. Knowledge of early reading acquisition is essential for this position. Onsite training provided. Mornings - 16.25 hours/week. Salary $22.53 - $27.39/hr. (salary will be increased when FY 11 salaries are voted). Not a benefit eligible position. Send cover letter, resume, and three letters of reference to Karen_Goulet @wellesley.k12.ma.us or mail to Personnel, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481. Paraprofessional to support a third grade student with autism. Student receives support within a substantially separate classroom with opportunities for inclusion in general education classroom. Must have ABA experience. CPI training preferred. Start dates is negotiable. Send Cover letter, resume, three letters of reference, licensure and transcripts to Marie_Slyva@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 Coaching Position Winter Season 2010-11 Coach: High School Boys Basketball Contact Athletic Director John_Brown@wellesley.k12.ma.us ...3...
  • 4. Are you taking a maintenance medication? Do you want to lower your prescription costs? Are you tired of running to the pharmacy every 30 days? If you answered “YES” to any of the above questions, help is on the way! As part of your health insurance benefit, Town employees can have generic and brand name prescriptions filled (and refilled) by mail order. The Human Resources Department will be offering workshops to explain these benefits to you and how you can take advantage of them to lower, and possibly eliminate, your prescription costs. Please plan to attend one of the following workshops: ** Wednesday, May 26th at 3:30 in the Arnold Room, second floor, Wellesley Free Library Wednesday, June 2nd at 3:30 in the Arnold Room, second floor, Wellesley Free Library Thursday, June 3rd at 3:30 in the Arnold Room, second floor, Wellesley Free Library To enroll or for further information, call 781-431-1019, ext. 2246 or e-mail to hr@wellesleyma.gov. ** Other sessions can be scheduled for larger departments, departments working on shifts, etc. ...4...