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WPS Superintendent's Bulletin 1-8-10

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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 #16 Superintendent of Schools January 8, 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, Following the presentation in early in light of decreased elementary enrollment. December of my recommendations for a level service On January 6 the School Committee voted these budget, advancements for improvement, and the gap changes: between level service and the Advisory guideline for •reduce high school buses from 6 to 4 FY11, members of the School Committee •cap K-12 bus fees at $500 accompanied by liaisons of the Advisory Committee •withdraw from one educational collaborative then embarked on their review of all parts of the •reduce $6000 from professional development budget. Principals and Central Office staff participated •reduce preschool and WINGS van transportation in these late December meetings and answered many •add .2 FTE for High School Advanced Strings questions generated by the review. Last Tuesday, •add expenses to offer High School courses in AP January 5, I presented more specific impact Economics and Engineering statements regarding the reductions that might be •add .2 FTE for Grade 7 Mandarin necessary in order to achieve a budget to meet the •add concussion testing for Middle School student Advisory Guideline. On both Tuesday and Wednesday athletes night many parents, representing school age children •increase Middle School athletic student fees from across all grade levels, came to address School $100 to 125 Committee in support of the level service budget. The remarks were eloquent and clearly heartfelt. The resulting budget is an increase of 5.08% over the FY10 budget. Following additional public discussion and budget review presentations, the School Committee voted The Advisory Guideline allowed for a 1% increase on Wednesday night to approve a level service budget, that portion of the school budget that does not though modified slightly from the original address special education tuition and transportation. recommendation. The adjustments made by the The gap is $976,674. The Advisory Guideline allowed committee included some reductions, some for an increase of $343,805 in the special education advancements, and some modifications to service. The tuition and transportation portion of the budget. With Committee's actions did reduce, but did not eliminate, stimulus funds, there is still a gap of $618,625. the difference between my recommended level service Following the formal action by the School Committee and Advisory's guideline recommendation. While the this week, the budget has transitioned to the School Committee did approve some reductions on Committee's recommended FY11 budget. Annual Wednesday night, I do very much appreciate the effort Town Meeting will convene on April 5. That is when the School Committee invested in its review and am the outcome of FY11 budgets will be finally very pleased by its strong, unanimous formal support determined. Wednesday night's action by School of the budget as it was finally approved. Committee was an important first hurdle, but the My original recommended level service budget budget will now go through various presentations represented a 5.35% increase over FY10, plus before Advisory and other public hearings. School advancements. The gap between level service and Committee has taken the first step, but approval of Advisory's guideline was $1,087,347. On January 5, I this budget requires town-wide support. The effort to presented a revised recommended level service educate the community and garner support has only budget which called for an increase of 5.32%. This just begun. was possible because we were able to identify some savings through reallocation of elementary specialists
  • 2. Calendar Monday 01/11 WTA Rep Council, 3:30 pm at Hunnewell Wednesday 01/13 Seasonal and H1N1 Flu Clinic, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, at Wellesley Hills Congregational Church Monday 01/18 Martin Luther King Day -- No School Tuesday 01/26 School Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm, Town Hall Sunday 01/31 Deadline to submit HRA (Healthcare Reimbursement Account) receipts for 2009 Professional Development Slots still available in these upcoming Wellesley Public Schools professional development courses (See our website for descriptions): • ELL Category 1 Training with Laura English - Saturdays, March 6 and March 20, 2010 - 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. • iMovie with Brian Allieri - March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; and April 6, 2010 - 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. • Microsoft Office Part B: PowerPoint with Jackie Hoglund - February 25; March 4, 11, 18, & 25; and April 1, 2010 - 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Teaching with Technology Series Courses - All run from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the Middle School Mac Lab 300 • FirstClass Publishing with Ranjani Sriram - February 24, 2010 • Flip Video with Rosey McQuillan - March 17, 2010 • Create a Wiki with Sondra Hamilton - March 24, 2010 • iPhoto with Jackie Hoglund - March 31, 2010 • Podcasting and iPods with Jackie Hoglund - April 28, 2010 Other Professional Development Opportunities New course postings for winter/spring from EDCO and TEC are now up on the Wellesley website. Share your Expertise with your Colleagues Teach a course this summer or in 2010-11 Do you have expertise in the area of Classroom Management, Differentiated Instruction, Looking at Student Work, or a specific content area? Consider sharing your knowledge by teaching a course. Proposals are currently being accepted. The rate of pay for one instructor is $60 per course hour or $100 per course hour if the course is approved for graduate credit through an accredited institution. The rate of pay is adjusted for multiple instructors. ***Follow this link to our *Proposal Form. Complete and submit it to Janice Gross in the Central Office by February 11.*** Criteria for Graduate Credit Approval (Framingham State College) Instructors must have a minimum of a master's degree and two years of work experience in the area they will be presenting. Potential Instructors must submit: • A current resume • Copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts • Two current letters of recommendation • A complete, detailed course syllabus • . . . Criteria info continued next page ...2...
  • 3. One graduate credit is awarded for a minimum of twelve hours of classroom instruction. A maximum of 3 credits will be awarded to new courses. All new courses are submitted to the university Graduate Education Council for approval. Syllabus Requirements: • Course information: course title, meeting times and dates, and instructor's name, telephone number and email. • Course description: with the exception of the opening lines, descriptions should be written in complete sentences. The description should be clear and brief. • Course objectives: clearly state what the student is expected to gain upon completion of the course. • Course expectations: clearly state your expectations regarding attendance, class participation, missed exams, and assignment due dates. • Course content/outline: schedule of the topics that will be covered, homework assignments and due dates. • Course text and materials: required course text(s) with full bibliographic citation(s), and other readings required or suggested for the course. • Course Requirements: descriptions of papers, projects, exams, assignments, and any other requirements to successfully complete the course. • Grading Criteria-be very specific. The grading breakdown should be shown in percentages Congratulations to Joan Cussen, secretary at Hardy School, upon the birth of a grandson, James Frederick, December 29. ... to Caroline Bell, High School Mathematics Teacher, upon the birth of Riley Kathryn January 2, 2010. ... and to Bevin Hale, Elementary Teacher at Sprague, upon the birth of Vivian January 8, 2010 Positions Available -- Immediate Openings Elementary Special Educator Mild to HS Mathematics Long-Term Substitute Moderate Needs ($166.76/day) to teach Algebra 2 at the ACP level, Algebra 2 and Personal Finance 1 at the CP level and Board Certified Behavior Analysts Introduction to Statistics and Personal Finance 2 at (BCBA) the CP level. starting mid-February 2010. Applicants must have a math background. Send cover letter, Extensive training in Applied Behavorial Analysis, resume, licensure, and three letters of reference to data collection and management, and Functional Personnel, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury BehavorialAssessments mandatory. School and or Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 home based experience working with elementary and middleschool-aged children necessary. Teaching Assistant Full-time teaching Therapeutic Tutor Therapeutic tutor needed assistant needed for student included in a 2nd grade for a middle school student eight hours per week. classroom. Early elementary curriculum experience Salary $25.76/hr. required. Salary $17.53 - $21.31/hr. plus medical and dental benefits. Teaching Assistant After school support for a second grader two hours on Monday and Friday afternoons. Please contact Beth Brown 781 446 6210 ext 4525 Send cover letter, resume, three letters of reference to Personnel Wellesley Public Schools ...3... 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481
  • 4. Positions Available 2010 - 2011 Elementary Principal Seeking a principal to Special Education Department Head lead the Sprague Elementary (K-5) School. The for K-12 District-Wide Programs Wellesley community strongly supports its public Start Date Negotiable schools. Core values are academic excellence, cooperative and caring relationships, respect for Wellesley Public Schools seeks an educator with a human differences, commitment to community. range of instructional and leadership experiences to Candidates must have a Master's degree and be join our special education administration team and to certified as an elementary school principal. Work oversee multiple K-12 district-wide programs for year is 214 days effective July 1, 2010. Current FY students with significant special needs. MA 10 salary range is $109,829 - $126,147. administrator of Special Education, Supervisor/Director Please send cover letter, resume, three letters of PPS All Levels, or eligibility for those licenses required. reference, transcripts, and certification by January Competitive salary and benefits. Please send a letter of 13, 2010 to Carol Gregory, Asst. Supt., 40 Kingsbury interest, resume, three letters of reference by January Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 29, 2010 to Carol A. Gregory, Asst. Supt., Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 Director of Educational Technologies Beginning July 1, 2010. The Director is responsible for administering the educational technology program as an integral part of the instructional and administrative program, supporting the curriculum with appropriate equipment, materials and services. Also accountable for creating and implementing a vision, which prepares all staff in the Wellesley Public Schools to confidently and effectively use educational technologies to extend student and adult learning. Salary $105,228 - $121,213. Please send cover letter, resume, three letters of reference, transcripts, and licensure by January 29, 2010 to Carol A. Gregory, Asst. Supt., Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481. Coaching Positions - Spring Season Assistant Coach, High School Girls Lacrosse Assistant Coach, High School Girls Softball Contact Athletic Director John_Brown@wellesley.k12.ma.us Wellesley Public Schools Actively Seeks to Increase the Diversity of its Workforce A reminder about Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) and Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRA) deadlines HRA January 31, 2010 is the deadline for submitting HRA receipts for 2009. FSA March 31, 2010 is the deadline for submitting FSA receipts for 2009. ...4...

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