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Superintendent's Bulletin 1-28-11


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Superintendent's Bulletin 1-28-11

  1. 1. Wellesley Public Schools Superintendent’s 40 Kingsbury Street Bulletin Wellesley, Massachusetts 02481 Bella T. Wong Bulletin #19 Superintendent of Schools January 28, 2011 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, The School Committee voted an FY12 Operating Budget and an FY12 STTI Budget on January 24. Positive news from the Governor’s proposed FY12 budget supported the School Committee’s decision to forestall voting on deeper cuts to the school budget than might have happened. The Governor has proposed an increase in Chapter 70 funds. These are monies that go directly to the town to support school budgets. The Governor has also proposed an increase in circuit breaker funding from 40 percent to a 60 percent level. It is important to remember that there are many months before the Governor’s Budget will become finalized, but it is indeed good news. However, keeping in mind that there is a sizeable funding gap to close, after much deliberation, the School Committee did vote additional reductions and increased fees. Many of these votes were split. This goes to show how there are no good choices, and these were difficult choices for the Committee to make. The additional changes voted by the School Committee are as follows. Expense reductions 24,500 TEC Collaborative Professional Development Increase MS athletic fee from $125 to $150 10,375 Increase HS activity fee from $100 to $125 12,434 Increase HS athletic fee from $230 to $250 27,920 Salary adjustments/turnover 583,965 Salary freeze for day substitutes 6,015 Total 665,209 If the Education Job Grant is prorated between the Operating and STTI Budgets, the projected increase for the Operating Budget is now 1.73 percent, and the gap from the Advisory guideline is $107,137. If the Education Job Grant is applied 100 percent to the STTI Budget, the gap from the Advisory guideline is $540,284. This last Wednesday evening, the School Committee presented its budgets to the Advisory Committee. The budget process will likely remain fluid over the next few months until the Annual Town Meeting at the end of March. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions along the way. .
  2. 2. Calendar Monday 01/31 Deadline to Submit HRA (Healthcare Reimbursement Account) Receipts for 2010 Tuesday 02/01 School Committee Meeting – 7:30 pm Town Hall Wednesday 02/16 Teachers for Safe Schools – 3:30 pm WMS Rm 245 Feb. 21 – 25 February Vacation Week – no schoolAre you interested in a job share? Would you like to be considered for atransfer?Teachers with professional teacher status who would like to request a job share position or atransfer in the 2011-2012 school year must notify Salvatore Petralia in writing by May 2, 2011.Requests should be sent to: Teachers for Safe SchoolsTeachers for Safe Schools will meet at the Middle School in Room 245, from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. on thefollowing Wednesdays: February 16, March 16, April 27, and May 18, 2011. The mission ofTeachers for Safe Schools is to consciously create, support and encourage a safe professional andemotional school climate that allows for staff of all sexual orientations to be acknowledged andrespected.Graduate Course ReimbursementCourse reimbursement funding of $22,500 is available to distribute in FY12 amongqualified teachers for graduate course work which is done as part of a master’sdegree program to fulfill a teacher’s obligations for the Massachusetts EducatorsProfessional License and for course work required to achieve the next stage oflicensure culminating in a professional license. To apply for this coursereimbrusement, please send, by June 1, 2011, your name, evidence of your enrollment in anapplicable master/doctoral degree program, name and description of the course, evidence of coursecost, proof of payment, and transcript to Valerie Spruill, Administrative Assistant to the AssistantSuperintendent, You will be notified of the amount awardedto you by July 1, 2011. 2
  3. 3. Apply Now to Enroll Children of Non-Resident WTA Members inWellesley Schools. Children of teachers or nurses residing outside Wellesley shall beentitled to attend Wellesley Public Schools without charge for tuition on a space available basis.(Article 12, WTA Unit A Contract). If you are interested in this benefit in the 2011-12 school year,please contact, include your child/ren’s name, birth date, andcurrent grade level. Application Deadline: May 1, 2011 2010‐2011 Professional Development Opportunities    Professional Development opportunities for 2010- 2011 are posted at Course descriptions and registration instructions are included. This link can also be found on the WPS website under 2010-2011 Professional Development Offerings.CPI Refresher TrainingPrerequisite: Full CPI Training during the 2009-2010 School Year. The cornerstone of CPIsince 1980, this program is considered the worldwide standard for crisis prevention andintervention training. With a core philosophy of providing for the care, welfare, safety, and securityof everyone involved in a crisis situation, the program’s proven strategies give human serviceproviders and educators the skills to safely and effectively respond to anxious, hostile, or violentbehavior while balancing the responsibilities of care.Spring Offering: March 15, 2011 Time: 3:00–6:00 pm Instructor: Adam DilibertoPDPs: 3 Information regarding location will be posted on Wiki.To register, go to to the online registration form. This islisted as a new course under “School Safety.” BABY NEWS !! . . . . . CONGRATULATIONS to Amanda & Jeff Brown on the birth of their child, Lee Scott, on January 16, 2011. 3
  4. 4. WINGS Summer Openings 2011.Registrar- March 1- July 5: Responsibilities grades 2/3 or grades 4/5) mathinclude entering all registrations in the (skills/strategies for grades 1/2, 2/3 or 4/5), andFileMaker Pro database, honoring parent written language (grades 3-5).requests while creating equitable classes,answering parent questions via the WINGS Academic teachers will teach two sections aemail address, creating class lists and the morning of the same grade level and content.other documents necessary to begin Week 1 Teaching experience and license required andclasses. $3500 stipend familiarity with WPS learning goals is a plus. Applicants for positions within the academicData Manager 7/5/11-7/29/11: Maintain strand must state their preferred grade levelaccurate registration information on a daily and whether they are interested in teachingbasis; create weekly class lists and daily literacy, math, or written language. Academicstudent nametags. Must be present at WINGS courses are not dependent on enrollment.from 8:15-9:00 each day with additional workand copying to be completed off site. $18/hr Enrichment teachers will teach two sections afor 7 hrs. /wk morning or an afternoon. You will define courses as the applicant so feel free to shareElementary Summer Lead Teacher your passions, special interests, and talentsOpenings 7/5/11-7/29/11: The WINGS’11 with students! Applicants must write anAcademic and Enrichment Summer Program is enticing description of their proposed courseseeking Lead teachers ($39.49 hr based on ’10 listing the grade levels (K-2, 3-5). Therare) for both the morning (8:30-11:30) and enrichment courses will not be run withoutafternoon (12:00-3:00) sessions. Academic sufficient enrollment so make your coursecourses are offered in the AM only and description enticing. Enrichment teachersteachers must commit to all four weeks. wishing to work a half-day must teach at leastEnrichment courses are offered in both the AM two different courses for the four- week period.and PM and teachers must commit to at least Applicants wishing to work both the AM andtwo of the four weeks. the PM sessions must submit proposals for at least four different courses for the four-weekAcademic courses will include concentrated period. Courses must be written to targetcourses in reading (basic literacy for either students in grades K-2 or 3-5.grade 1 or grade 2; comprehension/fluency for2/4/11 is the deadline for Registrar, Data Manager and Lead Teacher applications. Preferencewill be given to returning WINGS staff, and to current WPS employees. Send you letter of interestexplaining why your are qualified and your enrichment course descriptions to Dr. Gretchen Bravacos,WINGS Director, 63 Hastings St. Wellesley, MA 02481, or email DO NOT USE Dr. Bravacos’ WPS email address to respond to this ad. 4
  5. 5.  Coaching Positions  Spring Season 2011 Head Coach - Boys Outdoor Track Assistant Coach - Varsity Boys and Girls Tennis Junior Varsity – Baseball Coach Fall Season 2011 Head Coach – Varsity Boys Soccer Head Coach – Varsity Field Hockey Contact Athletic Director :         POSITIONS AVAILABLE  2010‐2011 OPENINGS  LONG TERM SUBSTITUTES NEEDED:  Long-Term Substitute Grade 8 History Teacher needed starting March 4, 2011 until end of school year. Curriculum includes the Civil War and Reconstruction and experience with the “Facing History and Ourselves” curriculum is beneficial.  Long Term Substitute Preschool Special Educator needed to teach a substantially separate preschool class beginning May 2, 2011 until the end of the school year and a six-week summer program, experience working with children with moderate to significant special needs using the principals of ABA required. Master’s degree and licenses in both early childhood and special education required. BCBA preferred. (Salary from May 2 to June 2011 $170.10/day). (Salary for the six-week summer program to be determined).  Long Term Substitute Preschool Special Educator needed mid-March to early June 2011 to teach two integrated preschool classes and to function as a member of an assessment team. Must have experience assessing and teaching young children with special needs, Master’s degree and licenses in both early childhood and special education required.Salary for Long Term Substitute Teachers is $170.10/day. Send letter of interest, resume, college transcripts,copy of license, and three letters of reference to Salvatore Petralia, Assistant Superintendent, Wellesley PublicSchools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 or via email to
  6. 6. TRANSPORTATIONSpecial Needs Van Monitor needed for approximately 20-22 hours per week. This is a split shift a.m.-p.m. Musthave current CPR and First Aid certification. Salary range $12.17-$13.80 per hr. Must be able to start A.S.A.P.Candidates who wish to be considered for this position should send letter of interest and resume to SalvatorePetralia, Assistant Superintendent, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 or Driver needed (35-38 hr./week) full year, less hours in summer to transport special education students. Theschedule is a split shift: am./mid./pm. 7D license preferred (not necessary; will train). $12.66 -$15.60 /hr. dependingon experience. Benefits available (health, dental, disability, and retirement). Please send letter of interest toSalvatore Petralia, Assistant Superintendent, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481or e-mail Wellesley Public Schools Actively Seeks to Increase the Diversity of its Workforce 6