Wellesley Public Schools
40 Kingsbury Street Superintendent’s Bulletin
Wellesley, Massachusetts 02481
Bella T. Wong Bulletin #11
Superintendent of Schools November 13, 2009
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.
Wednesday 11/25 Early release -- Thanksgiving recess
Monday 11/30 Professional Day -- No School for Students
First Day of Practice: High School Winter Athletic Teams
Report November 10, 2009
Personnel Announcements Appointments: Jessica Greatsinger, 1.0FTE long term substitute Elementary
Teacher, effective November 2, 2009 Lindsey Sullivan, 1.0FTE long term substitute Elementary Teacher,
effective November 2, 2009 Leave of Absence: Jennifer DiStefano, Elementary Teacher, 1.0FTE leave January
25 - April 30, 2010
Recognitions: •Madeline Dean (WHS ‘10) and •Soomi Kim (WHS ‘10), recipients of the 2009 Certificate of
Academic Excellence, presented by Superintendent Bella Wong in behalf of the Massachusetts Association of
School Superintendents •Wellesley High School Athletes, selected as recipients of the 2009 MIAA
Sportsmanship Award • Athletic Director John Brown, recipient of the 2009 MIAA/MSSADA Ted Damko Award.
Discussion/Action School Committee received reports regarding the results of the 2008 Metro West Risk
Behavior Survey and 2009 MCAS results. The Committee approved a Capital Budget for FY11 and reviewed the
updated Five Year Capital Plan. The Committee voted to submit a statement of interest to the Massachusetts
School Building Authority, for potential funding of construction needs to address increased enrollment at Wellesley
From the Desk of Bernie Darcy, Food Service Director
TO: Faculty and Staff, WPS
DATE: October 30, 2009
SUBJECT: Staff/Faculty Potential Price Increase
The State legislature voted to increase the meals tax from 5.0% to 6.25% effective August 1, 2009 as part of
the FY10 budget. In addition, each city and town has the option to access an additional 0.75% for the meals
tax. On November 16, the Town of Wellesley will hold a Special Town Meeting to consider implementing this
local option meals tax. By law, meals tax is charged on all non-student meals. For ease of accounting, the
meals tax has always been and will continue to be folded into the cost of your meal.
Should Town Meeting vote this additional tax, it will be implemented effective January 1, 2010. We
believed we could absorb the initial tax increase this year without raising meal prices. However, that will not be
possible should the additional local option meals tax be adopted by Town Meeting.
The purpose of this letter is to inform you of the potential for an increase in the price of your meal. No price
increase will occur prior to January, 2010. As soon as Town Meeting takes action on this item, I will let you
know the result.
Thank you for your understanding. Should you have any questions, please contact me at CL6210 ext 4108.
Primary Source Summer China Study Tour
Ancient and Modern China - July 9-23
Includes a visit to the traditional village of Huangcun, the hometown of the Peabody Essex Museum's Yin Yu
Only those teachers who have taken one of Primary Source's one-week summer institutes, five-day seminar
series, or 2-credit online courses on China are eligible to apply. Recent pre-requisite programs include:
- China: Enduring Legacies and Radical Transformations (08/09 seminar series)
- Understanding Modern China (09 summer institute)
- China: Centuries of Tradition and Change (09-10 seminar series)
- The Enduring Legacy of Ancient China (09-10 online course)
Similar courses from prior years provide eligibility as well.
Cost to the participating Teacher is $1950. Participants should expect some additional expenses for visas,
travel insurance, and occasional meals.
Eligible teachers should go to http://www.primarysource.org/2010-study-tours to download an application. (By
clicking the tour name, teachers will be taken to a longer description and a link to the application). Completed
forms should be submitted to Becky McFall by November 20.
Empowering Multicultural Initiatives (E.M.I.)
Spring 2010 Course Schedule
EMI One: Anti‐Racist Teaching Practices ‐ Talking about Race
A course designed for educators who want to expand their understanding of how race, ethnicity and other forms of
marginalization impact learning and achievement.
Friday March 5 8:30 am
Tuesday March 9 3:30 pm
Friday March 19 8:30 am
Wednesday March 31 3:30 pm
Friday April 9 8:30 am
Wednesday April 14 3:30 pm
Friday May 7 8:30 am
Snow date 4/28 if needed
This 36 hour graduate course focuses on the transformation of curriculum within the pedagogy, and overall school
climate in an effort to improve academic achievement and provide equity for ALL students.
Anti‐racist Action Research
A course designed for educators interested in action research
Saturday January 23 8:30 ‐ 4:00
Saturday February 6 8:30 ‐ 4:00
Saturday March 13 8:30 ‐ 4:00
Saturday April 10 8:30 ‐ 4:00
Saturday May 1 8:30 ‐ 4:00
Wednesday May 5 3:30 ‐ 6:30
This 36 hour graduate course focuses on conceptualizing, organizing, planning, conducting, and disseminating
educational research on academic achievement, racial disparity, and issues of privilege, equity and access.
For those who have already taken the first EMI Action Research course there is an Advanced Action Research
Course that will meet on these same dates.
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
To register, please contact the representative from your district. Registration deadline is December 11, 2009.
Optional 3 graduate credits are available from Framingham State College for $195 per EMI course.
For additional information contact Elli Stern at email@example.com
Megan Kamm, Elementary Condolences to Elisa Buchsbaum,
Teacher at Fiske, upon the Preschool Special Educator, upon the deaths
birth of Lucy Elizabeth, of her mother-in-law, Selma Buchsbaum,
November 9, 2009. October 16, 2009, and her grandfather, Dr.
Irwin Showstack (age 103), November 7, 2009.
Full-time teaching assistant needed for student included in a 2nd grade classroom. Early elementary curriculum
experience required. Salary $17.53 - $21.31/hr. plus medical and dental benefits. Send cover letter, resume,
and three letters of reference to Personnel, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481.
Preschool Paraprofessional ABA Therapist
Immediate opening to work in integrated preschool classrooms. Extensive training in using Applied Behavioral
Analysis and data collection mandatory. School and/or home based experience working with primary-aged
children necessary. Salary $22.53 - $27.39/hr. Position includes health benefits. Please send cover letter,
resume, three letters of reference, and transcripts to Personnel, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street,
Wellesley, MA 02481.
Long-Term Substitute Opportunities Teaching Positions ($166.76/day)
• High School Mathematics Long-term substitute needed to teach Algebra 2 at the ACP level, Algebra 2
and Personal Finance 1 at the CP level and Introduction to Statistics and Personal Finance 2 at the CP level.
starting mid-February 2010. Applicants must have a math background.
• High School Geometry Long-term substitute needed to teach Geometry at the honors and advanced
college preparation levels and Analysis at the advanced college preparation level starting the end of December
• Grade 7 Biology Long-term substitute needed from February 5 to April 26, 2010. Teacher should be
comfortable using technology in the classroom and be familiar with using a SmartBoard.
• Grade 2 (Bates School) Long-term substitute needed from 1/25/10 - 4/30/10.
Please send cover letter, resume, three letters of reference, transcripts and licensure to Personnel,
Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481.
• Assistant Coach -- Indoor Track (2-positions)
• Coach -- Middle School Basketball
• Assistant Coach -- Outdoor Track (2-positions)
Please contact Athletic Director John_Brown@wellesley.k12.ma.us