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  • Wellesley Public Schools 40 Kingsbury Street Wellesley, Massachusetts 02481 Superintendent’s Bulletin www.wellesley.k12.ma.us/district/bulletins.htm Bella T. Wong Bulletin # 33 Superintendent of Schools May 21, 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. Although Matt Brown is not a Wellesley student, many of our students, families, and staff have been deeply impacted by the news of Matt's accident and have closely followed his progress since. Even if you do not know Matt personally, you cannot help but be moved by his strength of character and find yourself rooting for him. The following article, "Injured Hockey Player, Buoyed by Friends, Returns to School", written by Travis Andersen, published in the Boston Globe on May 13, 2010, tells about Matt's return to school last week. The story so nicely captures Matt's youthful celebration of life and the importance of community. I thought it was a story very much worth repeating in case you haven't heard it already. NORWOOD - Norwood High School hockey player Matt Brown received a warm welcome when he returned to school yesterday to visit friends and teachers, four months after an injury during a game left him paralyzed. It was the 16-year-old sophomore’s first time back at the school. About a dozen students and administrators greeted Brown and his mother, Susan, as they exited the van. They applauded and shouted, “Welcome back, Matty!” After laughing with his sister, Kelley, 14, and three teammates in the parking lot, he went to the school’s audiovisual room, where he delivered a message to the student body on the school’s closed-circuit television system. “Hello, Norwood High”, he said. “I just wanted to say thank you to everyone.” Brown told his classmates that their outpouring of support has given him strength during his rehabilitation. “It’s good to be back. Thanks, guys”, he said. Susan Brown also thanked the students and told them to encourage her son to continue his stretching exercises as he works to regain mobility. “It’s up to you guys”, she said. “If he needs a kick, give him a kick.” She then helped Brown to move his left hand slightly to show the progress that he has made. She later told reporters that she cried on the night of May 6, when he son said he could feel the bottom of his left foot for the first time since the injury. “He said, ‘Do that again; touch it again.’” she said. Brown also visited his Spanish class yesterday, where he was mobbed by friends, including sophomore Jackie Walsh, 16, who put her arm around him and said, “You look so good!” Teacher Katlyn Bohan told Brown the class has missed him terribly. “Class is just not the same,” she said. Sophomore Kyle Dolan, 15, one of Brown’s teammates, said the best part about having him back is “just being able to hang out and talk with him.” Sophomore Andrew Stover, 16, said he was happy to see Brown’s smile again. “I’ve been kind of missing ‘the flow’” he said, referring to Brown’s formerly puffy hairstyle. And Brown has been missing his friends and teachers. He told reporters after visiting class that his friends have helped him reach the point where he can return to school. “There’s so much going through my mind right now,” he said. “It’s kind of amazing.” His sister, Kelley, a freshman at the school, said she was not surprised by the dozens of friends who greeted him yesterday, sometimes with a kiss on the cheek.
  • Residents have rallied behind Brown and his family since the injury, raising money for his medical care and sending countless cards and messages. George Usevich, Norwood High principal, said yesterday that community support remains strong. “Matty is a special young man”, Usevich said, calling attention to the pin on his suit jacket bearing the number 3, which Brown wore on his hockey jersey. Usevich said he wears the pin every day. Brown plans to alternate between attending classes and home tutoring, beginning this fall at the latest, his mother said. Her eyes welled up when she told reporters what she has learned from her son since his injury. “The statement that we’re stronger than we thing we are is really true,” she said. Enjoy the weekend. 
 CALENDAR
 
 
 
 
 May
1
–
21
Open
Enrollment
Period
for
Employee
Benefits
 Friday
05/21
Peebles
Scholarship
Application
Deadline
 Monday
05/31

Memorial
Day
–
No
School
 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 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
the
fall
of
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
side
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
x
107.
 2
  • 
 
 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.
 
 
 
 Interested
in
visiting
Tanglewood
for
five
days
this
summer
and
getting
$200.00
to
do
so?

The
 Performing
and
Visual
Arts
Departments
are
looking
for
a
chaperone
to
accompany
15
Wellesley
 5th
graders
to
a
summer
arts
camp.

Responsibilities
are
light,
meals
and
trips‐no
teaching‐and
 you
get
to
visit
all
the
great
cultural
centers
in
the
Berkshires.

The
dates
are
7/19‐7/23.

Please
 contact
Thom
Carter
or
Beth
Perry
if
you’d
like
to
go!
 
 
 CONGRATULATIONS
to
Kristen
Walsh,
Fitness
&
Health
Teacher
at
Upham
School,
on
 
the
birth
of
Cooper
Findlay
Walsh,
May
10,
2010.
 
 
 
 WHS
GRADUATION
NEWS:

In
the
event
of
rain,
the
graduation
ceremony
will
be
held
at
the
Webster
Athletic
 Center
on
the
campus
of
Babson
College.

All
faculty
and
staff
will
require
a
ticket
for
admission
to
the
 ceremony.

Please
email
Mary_Donahue@wellesley.k12.ma.us

by
Wednesday,
May
26,
if
you
plan
to
attend
 so
she
can
send
you
a
ticket.


 
 POSITIONS
AVAILABLE
 2010‐2011
OPENINGS
 
 MIDDLE
SCHOOL
 French
Teacher
(.4
FTE)
 Please
send
a
cover
letter,
resume,
three
letters
of
reference,
transcripts,
and
licensure
by
4
p.m.
on

June
4,
2010

to

 Carol
A.
Gregory,
Asst.
Supt.,
Wellesley
Public
Schools,
40
Kingsbury
Street,
Wellesley,
MA

02481.

 Full‐
time
Speech
and
Language
Pathologist
needed
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,
Wellesley,
MA
02481
 
 3
  • 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
 
 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.
 
 .8FTE
Elementary
Library
Teaching
Assistant
needed
for
SY
10‐11
to
work
with
elementary
students;
assist
librarian
with
classes;
 assist
teachers
with
classes;
manage
circulation,
collection
and
database;
conduct
inventory;
troubleshoot
technology
problems;
 instruct
students
in
library
computer
lab;
order
technology
supplies;
manage
circulation
of
technology
equipment
(i.e.
IBooks,
 cameras)
and
assist
with
building
duties.
Please
send
cover
letter,
resume,
three
letters
of
reference,
and
transcripts
to

 Carol
A.
Gregory,
Assistant
Superintendent,
Wellesley
Public
Schools,
40
Kingsbury
Street,
Wellesley,
MA
02481
by
4
p.m.
on
June
4,
 2010
 
 Paraprofessional’s
with
ABA
experience
needed
to
work
with
adolescents
in
a
functional
skills
summer
school
program
at
the
 middle
school.

Summer
school
begins
on
July
1
to
August
6,
2010.

Hours
are
from
9:00
a.m.
to
3:00
p.m.

Salary
$25.00/hr.
Please
 send
cover
letter,
resume,
three
letters
of
reference,
licensure
and
transcripts
to
Jeff_Williams@wellesley.k12.ma.us
 
 WELLESLEY
PUBLIC
SCHOOLS
ACTIVELY
SEEKS
TO
INCREASE
THE
DIVERSITY
OF
ITS
WORKFORCE
 4
  • Are you taking a maintenance medication? Do you want to lower your prescri ption costs? Are you tired of running to the p harmacy every 30 days? If yo u a nsw ered “YES” to a ny of th e abo v e que stio ns, he lp i s o n 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 pos s ibl y e l imina te, 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. 5