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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 #24 Superintendent of Schools March 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. Dear Colleagues, I am pleased to share that the Advisory Committee voted unanimously on Wednedsay night to support the FY11 Operating and Cash Capital Budgets voted by School Committee on February 23. The bulk of the particulars of these budgets are as I presented them to you in January with the modifications of additions and reductions as outlined to you in the Superintendent's Bulletin #22, dated February 26. Given the strong favorable vote of the Advisory Committee, it is likely the school budgets will be approved by Town Meeting, which this year commences on April 5. With Advisory’s vote, uncertainty about the budget for next year has greatly diminished, but it does still require final approval by Town Meeting. It has been almost a year and half since the fall 2008 financial meltdown and subsequent substantial downturn in the economy. Many economists are now reporting that the downturn has bottomed out and that things will improve moving forward. This big picture analysis of aggregate factors is very good news. But as things stand currently, for many of us the pain caused by the downturn, whether it directly affects those of us in schools, residents of the town, or other people we care about, remains very present and personal. We are living and working in an environment with an unprecedented level of generalized anxiety about one's own personal financial security, which is further heightened if one has any financial dependents. This anxiety is all too palpable and stresses everyone. Too many people have been affected, and none of us is immune from the impact. A clear result is the higher than usual level of emotion that currently permeates any discussion around financial planning, whether it be about creating a school budget, the state budget on Beacon Hill, or even your own household budget. The FY11 Operating Budget as it stands represents a 3.28% increase. This is a very good result given the context in which it was created. Yes, there were reductions. But there were also some additions. And yes, there are, regrettably, new student fees. In the end, existing programs remain intact, enrollment adjustments for increased student population remain in the budget, and students will have a few more course options. Administrators and School Committee worked extremely hard to support this budget. And the Advisory Committee worked very hard in its review. Their final unanimous approval is much appreciated. As always, parents, staff and other community support helped buoy us through this process. I thank you all for whatever role you played in helping us get to this point. Calendar Monday 03/15 First Day of Practice: High School Spring Athletic Teams Wednesday 03/31 Deadline for submitting Flexible Spending Account receipts from 2009 Friday 04/02 Good Friday -- No School Monday 04/05 Annual Town Meeting Begins
  • 2. 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. The Enduring Legacy of Ancient China Dates: June 16 – August 17 2 graduate credits ($200) The remarkable richness and endurance of Chinese civilization will be the central focus for this online course, which will explore the long period from the emergence of China's earliest civilizations to the end of the dynastic phase in 1911. The course will mirror the thematic approach taken by Primary Source's own sourcebook, The Enduring Legacy of Ancient China. Topics will include geography, belief systems, the arts, and China's relationship with the world. The online course will feature supplemental readings, scholar podcasts, and web- based activities to engage teachers in some of the most current scholarship, while exploring student-friendly tools and resources. This course will be offered completely online and will require a basic comfort level and interest in the use of computer technology as a medium for learning. Open to all K-12 educators Latin American Rhythms: History, Culture, and Politics Orientation: May 26, 2010 (4:00 – 7:00 pm) plus three hours of online work Institute Dates: July 19 – 23, 2010 Location: Primary Source, Watertown, MA Follow-up Date: October 20, 2010 (4:00 – 7:00 pm) PDPs/Credits: 67.5 PDPs; 3 graduate credits ($300) The rhythms of Latin American life extend well beyond its captivating music and dance.This course will explore key regional patterns of Latin American history and culture through an examination of its historical, geographical, economic, artistic, and ethnic/racial rhythms. It will highlight the many forces—internal and external—that have affected this dynamic region, and will include opportunities to experience the rhythms of Latin American language, food, and dance firsthand. Especially for educators in grades 6-12 East Asian Stories and Places: China, Japan, and Korea Orientation dates: May 25, 2010 (4:00 – 7:00 pm) plus three hours of online work Institute Dates: August 2 - 6, 2010 Location: Primary Source, Watertown, MA Follow-up Date: September 30, 2010 (4:00 – 7:00 pm) PDPs/Credits: 67.5 PDPs; 3 graduate credits ($300) This course will focus upon teaching about culture and daily life in China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam through the literacy curriculum. Teachers will use stories from and about East Asia as avenues for understanding places, peoples and ways of thinking, and will have opportunities to experience and explore other cultural elements such as storytelling, music and visual arts. The course will also touch on East Asian schoolchildren and their cultures in the U.S. Topics will include stereotypes and geography, common and divergent traditions, and the lives of East Asian children. Especially for educators in grades K-7 ...2...
  • 3. Teaching for Global Understanding in the 21st Century Online Orientation dates: June 18 – 27, 2010 (6 hours to be completed flexibly) Institute Dates: July 26 – 30, 2010 Location: Boston College Follow-up Date: Saturday, October 16, 2010 (10:00 am – 3:00 pm) PDPs/Credits: 67.5 PDPs; 3 graduate credits ($300) Educators are increasingly aware that the challenges of our changing world will require students to think and learn in new ways. In addition
 to teaching core academic content, our schools need to cultivate key skills: global awareness, critical thinking, media literacy, collaboration, intercultural communication, technological ability, and civic engagement. This course will explore the importance of such skills and will build a case for re-envisioning how we prepare students for an interconnected world. Participants will examine the global economy, the environment, health, social justice, education, and the globalization of culture. Interested participants should be willing to take on a leadership role in their districts and to be advocates for global education across disciplines and grade levels. Open to all K-12 educators. Democratic Vistas: Civic Life, History, and American Art National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Course (pending funding) Institute Dates: August 12 & 13, 2010 Location: Emerson College, Museum of Fine Arts, other Boston locations PDPs/Credits: 13 PDPs Open to New England educators from schools that have received the Picturing America art portfolio. Contact lina@primarysource.org to request an application. How can American art be used to deepen your students’ understanding of democracy in American life? This two- day conference, offered in conjunction with the NEH “Picturing America” program, will show you new ways to incorporate important works of visual art in the core humanities curriculum. The conference explores democratic values and aesthetics as a theme in American art and highlights the “art of the people”—folk and traditional art-- as an expression of American creativity. Lectures and workshops by leading scholars and classroom practitioners will examine Picturing America selections spanning three centuries. Participants will experience Boston’s unique artistic and historical treasures with a downtown walking tour of public and civic art (including Saint-Gaudens's Robert Gould Shaw /Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memorial) and a tour of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. 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 ...3...
  • 4. 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 Spring Social Studies Seminar Series 1 Inservice Credit or 15 PDPs The following seminars are 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. Thursday, March 18, 2010 Religion and Politics in Africa Timothy Longman 3:00 pm Boston University Wednesday, March 24, 2010 Refugee Trajectories Susan Akram 3:00 pm Boston University 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. ...4...
  • 5. 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 ...5...
  • 6. 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. 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. Conflict of Interest Training -- Part 2 The recently enacted Ethics Reform Law applies to all public employees in Massachusetts and seeks to "prevent conflicts between private interests and public duties" by informing and training public employees about the content of the law. You received a copy of the Summary of the Conflict of Interest Law in the fall. The next requirement is to complete the Ethic Commission Online Training at http://db.state.ma.us/ethics/quiz_MEthics/index.asp and submit a printed confirmation you have completed the training to your school or department office by Monday, March 22, 2010. Looking Ahead to 2010-11 Are you Interested in a Job Share? Would you like to 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. 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 The full catalog of 2010-2011 courses for fall, winter and spring will be posted separately before the end of this school year.
  • 7. H1N1 IS STILL A CONCERN! It’s Not Too Late to Get Your Flu Shot WHEN: Wed. & Thurs., March 17 & 18, 2010 TIME: 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM (Walk-in) and WHEN: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 TIME: 5:00 – 7:00 PM (Walk-in) WHERE: Wellesley Health Department Annie F. Warren Recreation and Health Bldg 90 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 You do not have to be a Wellesley resident to attend GUIDELINES: H1N1 vaccine - 3 and older Seasonal flu vaccine available - 18 an d older Questions? Contact the Wellesley H ealth Department 781-235-0135, website: www.wellesleyma.gov/health
  • 8. Positions Available Assistant Superintendent Starting July 1, 2010. We are seeking an energetic, bright, and articulate educational candidate to oversee human resources, recruitment and hiring of all faculty and staff. Coordinates student assessment data and analysis, and all other student and personnel database information management. Responsible for collective bargaining, technology planning, and other assignments as determined by the Superintendent of Schools with extensive interface with town boards. Licensure required. Salary commensurate with experience. Please send a cover letter, resume, three letters of reference, transcripts, and licensure by March 17, 2010 to Bella Wong, Supt., 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481.     Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent 12 month position (starting Mid April 2010) Start date negotiable. Salary $39,228 - $58,684. Send cover letter, resume, and three letters of reference by March 17, 2010 to Bella Wong, Superintendent, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 Long Term Substitute Board Certified Behavior Analysts Elementary Physical Education (BCBA) 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 Send cover letter, resume, three letters of and middleschool-aged children necessary. Send reference, transcripts, and licensure to cover letter, resume, three letters of reference to Toni_Duval@wellesley.k12.ma.us Personnel, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury or mail to: Personnel, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 Anticipated Openings 2010 - 2011 District Wide K-12 Director of Fitness and Health Elementary Special Educator for Social/Emotional Therapeutic Program Social Worker Math Specialist Special Educator (Moderate) School Psychologist Fitness and Health Teacher Middle School Department Head for Special Education Special Educator (Moderate) Skilled in Math Instruction High School Chemistry Earth Science/Physics or Earth Science/Chemistry Speech and Language Pathologist Spanish Please send a cover letter, resume, three letters of reference, transcripts, and licensure by March 19, 2010, to Carol A. Gregory, Asst. Supt., Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481. Wellesley Public Schools Actively Seeks to Increase the Diversity of its Workforce