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Superintendent's Bulletin 10-15-10

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Superintendent's Bulletin 10-15-10

  1. 1. Wellesley Public Schools Superintendent’s 40 Kingsbury Street Bulletin Wellesley, Massachusetts 02481 www.wellesley.k12.ma.us/district/bulletins.htm Bella T. Wong Bulletin #7 Superintendent of Schools October 15, 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, Some of you have asked how last weekend¹s camping trip in New Hampshire went. I am happy to report that those sleeping bag liners (actually rated for zero to ten degrees I learned when I re-checked the label) really did the trick. They kept us warm as the temperatures dipped into the mid-thirties both nights. By the way, the evening stars were breathtaking. I thought they were the best ever, but it might be just that my brain doesn¹t hold onto how truly brilliant they are between the times I am able to see them away from urban light. From the sampling of comments from friends and colleagues, it is clear family camping is not so common and not even on most people¹s wish list! For us the highlight is definitely building and then gathering around the campfire. I know the school year pace is now barreling along, but I encourage you to find brief respite when you can and in ways you enjoy.   Calendar Saturday 10/16 Bates Pumpkin Fair Monday 10/18 WEF Fall Grant Application Deadline Tuesday 10/19 School Committee Meeting Thursday 10/28 Teachers for Safe Schools Meeting   Teachers for Safe Schools Meeting  Teachers for Safe Schools will hold a meeting open to all Wellesley Public School staff on  Thursday, October 28th, in Room 245 at the Middle School from 3 ‐ 4:15pm.  Teachers for Safe  Schools is a group of WPS staff that are interested in supporting all WPS staff around issues of  sexual orientation. Questions ‐ please contact Ilene Sharpe x2450   
  2. 2.   2010‐2011 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 WPS website under 2010-2011 Professional Development Offerings.   Full CPI Training Target Audience: Special Educators, Specialists, TAs, and Regular Education Teachers The cornerstone of CPI since 1980, this program is considered the worldwide standard for crisis prevention and intervention training. With a core philosophy of providing for the Care, Welfare, Safety, and SecuritySM of everyone involved in a crisis situation, the program’s proven strategies give human service providers and educators the skills to safely and effectively respond to anxious, hostile, or violent behavior while balancing the responsibilities of care. Attendance at all three sessions is required for participation in this course. Dates: Fall Offering: November 16, 23 and 30, 2010 Time: 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. Location: Sprague School Library Instructor: Adam Diliberto PDPs: 12 Inservice Credit: 1 or C&I pay at the rate of $215/day for a 6 hour day Summer Offering: June 28 and 29, 2011 Time: 8:00 am to 3 pm Location: TBD Instructor: Elisa Buchsbaum PDPs: 12 Inservice Credit: 1 or C&I pay at the rate of $215/day for a 6 hour day To register, go to http://wps-professionaldev.wikispaces.com/ to the online registration form. This is listed as a new course under “School Safety.” CPI Refresher Training  Prerequisite: Full CPI Training During the 2009-2010 School Year. The cornerstone of CPI since 1980, this program is considered the worldwide standard for crisis prevention and intervention training. With a core philosophy of providing for the care, welfare, safety, and security of everyone involved in a crisis situation, the program’s proven strategies give human service providers and educators the skills to safely and effectively respond to anxious, hostile, or violent behavior while balancing the responsibilities of care. Dates: Fall Offering: October 20, 2010, Time: 12:30-3:30 pm, Instructor: Elisa Buchsbaum, PDPs: 3 Spring Offering: March 15, 2011 Time: 3:00–6:00 pm Instructor: Adam Diliberto PDPs: 3 Information regarding location will be posted on Wiki. To register, go to http://wps-professionaldev.wikispaces.com/ to the online registration form. This is listed as a new course under “School Safety.” 2
  3. 3.   Are You Working Toward   a Higher Salary Lane?    All teachers who expect to receive a Master’s degree, M+30, or M+60/Doctorate during the 12 month period July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012, must send formal notification of intent to change salary lanes to Addie Doherty, c/o the Superintendent’s Office, no later than November 1, 2010. This early notification deadline is required so that provisions for anticipated salary lane changes may be made within the new fiscal year budget. Please note: The list does not carry forward. Teachers must provide written notice each year until they have received their new degree.   Wellesley Education Foundation Grants Applications for the first round of grant funding are due Monday, October 18, 2010. Grant brochures will be distributed to all schools during the week ending September 17th. Use only application forms from the WEF website, www.wellesleyeducationfoundation.org. The WEF website can also be found on the Wellesley Public Schools website under District Information – Wellesley Education Foundation. Send applications to Janice Gross, Curriculum & Instruction Administrative Assistant, in the Central Office of the Superintendent. We welcome grant proposals from all teachers, administrators and specialists at all Wellesley public schools. For elementary school grants: up to 20% of the grant budget may be allocated to individual elementary school grants providing they have potential for replication. Application instructions, criteria for funding, and some examples of well written grants are all posted on the WEF website. Choose the Grants to Educators link. Be sure to include shipping and handling expenses in your cost analysis. Any technology requests must be reviewed by Rob Ford, Director, Technology. Questions about potential grant ideas or the application are welcome. Feel free to email WEF Grant Chair, Beverly Donovan, at beverly99@comcast.net with any questions. POSITIONS AVAILABLE  2010‐2011 OPENINGS    Elementary Long-Term Substitute. Grade 1 long-term substitute needed to start around January 3, 2011 until April 1, 2011. Salary $170.10/day. Please send cover letter, resume, and three letters of reference, licensure and transcripts to Salvatore Petralia, Assistant Superintendent, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 or e-mail Personnel@wellesley.k12.ma.us Elementary Long-Term Substitute. Grade 1 long-term substitute needed to start around March 13, 2011 until end of the school year. Salary $170.10/day. Please send cover letter, resume, and three letters of reference, licensure and transcripts to Salvatore Petralia, Assistant Superintendent, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 or e-mail Personnel@wellesley.k12.ma.us Long-Term Substitute High School History Teacher needed to teach U.S. History and World History starting January 3, 2011 until April 1, 2011. Salary $170.10/day. Please send cover letter, resume, three letters of reference, licensure and transcripts to Salvatore Petralia, Assistant Superintendent, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 or e-mail Personnel@wellesley.k12.ma.us 3
  4. 4. Long-Term Substitute Elementary Physical Education Teacher needed from November 8, 2010 until Mid- February, 2011. Full-time. Must be P.E. certified. Some APE (adapted physical education) assignment with this position. Some travel to the M.S. every other day. Please send Letter of Interest, Resume, Three Letters of Reference, Transcripts and Licensure to Salvatore Petralia, Assistant Superintendent, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 and/or e-mail Personnel@wellesley.k12.ma.us.   Special Education Teaching Assistant needed beginning November 29, 2010. Must have elementary experience working with students with special needs, including; accommodating curriculum, supporting students in the general education classroom, and providing repetition and review of reading, writing and math skills. Please send cover letter, resume, three letters of reference, to Salvatore Petralia, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481.   Long Term Substitute Cafeteria Worker needed immediately. Candidate will work under the supervision of the Cook/Manger, the general worker will operate kitchen equipment, provide routine cleaning of the kitchen, and any other tasks that pertain to the food service department. Salary - $11.74/hr. Work hours are Monday; Tuesday; Thursday and Friday -7:30 am to 12:30 pm. Candidate should possess good physical stamina; neat appearance and like to work with people. Candidates who wish to be considered for this position should send applications to, Salvatore Petralia, Asst. Superintendent, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 or e-mail Personnel@Wellesley.k12.ma.us Application form: http://wellesleyma.virtualtownhall.net/Pages/WellesleyMA_HR/ApplicationForEmployment.pdf   Special Needs Van Monitor needed for approximately 20-22 hrs. per week. This is a split shift a.m.-p.m. Must have current CPR and First Aid certification. Salary range $12.17-$13.80 per hr. Must be able to start A.S.A.P. Please email rmcgoldrick@wellesleyma.gov. Please no phone calls.   Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technician Rate Range: $26.11-$29.71 STARTING DATE: To Be Determined Description of Duties: Under the supervision of the Facilities Department, the HVAC technician is responsible for maintenance of all heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. The HVAC Technician complies with School Committee policies pertaining to use of buildings and grounds. Minimum Qualifications: The employee must have a thorough understanding of the trade and be knowledgeable in the use of all tools and instruments of the trade. The employee will work closely with the Town building department and consultants and will assist other maintenance personnel as requested. In addition, the HVAC technician will help to develop budgets and sign off on all purchased items. The HVAC technician will assist the Facilities director in long range planning and will be responsible for energy conservation equipment if or when it is installed. This employee must be in outstanding physical condition and capable of working tiring and uncomfortable positions. Must be capable of lifting 75 pounds and be able to work in high areas of buildings, i.e., auditorium and gymnasium ceilings, catwalks, etc. Candidates who wish to be considered for this position should send applications to, Salvatore Petralia, Assistant Superintendent, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 or e-mail Personnel@Wellesley.k12.ma.us by 3 p.m. on October 13, 2010. Application form: http://wellesleyma.virtualtownhall.net/Pages/WellesleyMA_HR/ApplicationForEmployment.pdf     Wellesley Public Schools Actively Seeks to Increase the Diversity of its Workforce  4
  5. 5. Schedule of 403B  Final Meeting:  Wednesday,  October 20, 2010  Hunnewell School 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. 403B Enrollment Information Employees are eligible to participate in the Wellesley Public School's voluntary 403b plan with Lincoln Financial Group. All employees are eligible to participate and the deadline to enroll for the 2010-11 school year is December 1, 2010. You will not be allowed to enroll after the December 1, 2010 deadline. Employees should see their school Principal if interested in signing up for an individual appointment with a financial consultant. Enrollment can be done online at https://myretirement.lfg.com/ or over the phone by contacting the 24 hour Lincoln Financial Group hot line at 800-234-3500. Employees will need their pin number in order to enroll which is mailed directly to employees' addresses from Lincoln Financial Group. Employees can contact Liam Hurley at the business office at 781-446-6210 ext. 4515 if they would like a hard copy of the enrollment kit sent to them.   5

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