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Superintendent's Bulletin 2-12-10


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Superintendent's Bulletin 2-12-10

  1. 1. Wellesley Public Schools 40 Kingsbury Street Superintendent’s Bulletin Wellesley, Massachusetts 02481 Bella T. Wong Bulletin #21 Superintendent of Schools February 12, 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, I always find that the school week before February vacation is highly stressful. To manage the stress, I have deferred items in my to do pile for next week, when it will be "quiet" and there will be no meetings. As the pile of "to do’s" gets higher, I realize that only in my dreams surrounded by magic elves will this work get done! When I was growing up my father used to say, "Don't do as I do but do as I say." Hmm. That didn't work for me then either. So I will make the pile smaller and say to you as much as to myself, “Enjoy the break, take time to indulge and refresh.” Calendar February 15-19 February Vacation Week Tuesday 02/23 School Committee Meeting, Town Hall, 7:30 pm Friday 02/26 Deadline: Spring Grant Applications to WEF Children of teachers or nurses residing outside Wellesley shall be entitled to attend Wellesley Public Schools without charge for Apply Now to Enroll tuition on a space available basis. (Article 12, WTA Unit A Children of Non Contract). Resident WTA Members If you are interested in this benefit in the 2010-11 school year, in Wellesley Schools please contact Include your child/ren’s name, birth date, and current grade level. Application deadline: May 1, 2010.
  2. 2. School Committee Agenda Complete School Committee Minutes are posted at February 23, 2010 7:30 pm Personnel Announcements, Consent Agenda, Reports, Citizen Speak Action/Discussion: • FY11 Operating Budget Update • Gifts and Naming Rights Policy Update 9:00 pm Citizen Speak Wellesley Education Foundation Grants Spring 2010 Applications   Applications for the second round of grant funding are due Friday, February 26. (Note the deadline has been extended from February 12.) Use only application forms from the WEF website. Please send applications to Janice Gross in the Central Office. 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. Please check with Lynn Moore-Benson when ordering technology and science equipment, as she is aware of numerous vendors and options for the lowest cost equipment. Questions about potential grant ideas or the application are welcome. Please send email or telephone the co- chairs, whose names appear on WEF’s website. Professional Development Mindfulness in Education Study Group Open to all WPS Teachers K-12 Dates: Wednesdays, Feb. 24, Mar. 10 & 24, Apr. 14 & 28, May 12, 3:15-5:15 pm WMS Room 306 and WMS Library 12 PDPs Only - Not Eligible for Inservice Credits Teaching and learning is multi-dimensional and requires constant vigilance to attend to curriculum pressures and diverse individual needs. Mindfulness is an amazing tool that can be used at virtually any time and can bring measurable benefits into the classroom for teachers and students alike. Documented benefits of Mindfulness include increased •emotional regulation •social skills •ability to orient attention •working memory and planning and organization, increased self esteem, increased sense of calmness, relaxation, self acceptance, •quality of sleep, and decreased •test anxiety •ADHD behaviors, specifically hyperactivity and impulsivity •negative affect/ emotions •anxiety •depression, and fewer conduct and anger management problems. These benefits directly correlate to productive instructional practices, student-teacher relationships, and classroom resilience. Book Study: Using as a study guide Mindful Teaching and Teaching Mindfulness (2009), A guide for Anyone Who Teaches Anything, by Deborah Schoeberlein, participants will explore mindfulness techniques to use personally as well as in their classrooms. Each study group class period will include open discussion and sharing, mindfulness practice, and a 'mindful' activity. Participants should purchase the book prior to the first meeting Feb. 24 (approx. $11. on Facilitators Laura Palin and Lynne Johnson, WMS staff, recently participated in the “Educating World Citizens for the 21st Century” conference Oct 2009 sponsored by Mind and Life Institute, Boulder, CO To register: Contact ...2...
  3. 3. Other Professional Development Opportunities Slots still available in these 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 Brian Allieri - 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 New course postings for winter/spring from EDCO and TEC are now up on the Wellesley website. Anticipated Openings 2010 - 2011 Preschool Middle School Special Educator (1.0 FTE) (Moderate SPED) Special Educator (1.0 FTE) (Moderate SPED) Special Educator (1.0 FTE) (Moderate/ Severe Sped) Elementary K-2 and 3-5 High School Special Educator (1.0 FTE) (Moderate/Severe SPED) Chemistry ( 1.0FTE) English (1.0 FTE) Speech and Language Pathologist Literacy Specialist Please send a cover letter, resume, three letters of reference, transcripts, and licensure by February 26, 2010 to Carol A. Gregory, Asst. Supt., Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481. Positions Available Immediate Openings Elementary Special Educator Mild to Physical Therapy Moderate Needs Assistant/Paraprofessional Board Certified Behavior Analysts PTA needed six hours a week to assist a physical therapist with treatment of students with modertate to (BCBA) severe special needs. Experience working with Extensive training in Applied Behavorial Analysis, students in school-based therapy at the preschool data collection and management, and Functional and elementary level required and appropriate BehavorialAssessments mandatory. School and or license required. home based experience working with elementary and middleschool-aged children necessary. Send cover letter, resume, three letters of reference to Personnel Wellesley Public Schools 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 ...3...
  4. 4. Immediate Openings cont’d Paraprofessional Long Term Substitute Paraprofessional (.85FTE) with restraint training to work in a self-contained middle school program. Send cover Elementary Physical Education letter, resume, three letters of reference, transcripts and Teacher licensure to or mail May 3 to June 30, 2010. to: Personnel, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Salary is $166.76 per day. Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 Send cover letter, resume, three letters of reference, transcripts, and licensure to Long Term Substitute or mail to: Personnel, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Teaching Assistant Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 Long-term substitute (twelve weeks) teaching assistant position for first or second grade classroom. Experience with inclusion practices and primary based Long Term Substitute curriculum. Salary $133.41/day. Send cover letter, resume, and three letters of reference to High School Spanish or mail to April through June 2010 Personnel, Wellelsey Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, MA 02481 Send cover letter, resume, transcripts, licensure and three letters of reference to or mail to Personnel, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Long Term Substitute Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 Elementary Special Educator March through June 2010. Send cover letter, resume, transcripts, licensure and three letters of Long Term Substitute reference to Carol A. Gregory, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 Elementary Teacher Grade 1 long-term substitute starting mid-April 2010 until the end of the school year. Salary is $166.76/day. Please send cover letter, resume, three letters of reference, transcripts and licensure to or mail to Personnel, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481. Wellesley Public Schools Actively Seeks to Increase the Diversity of its Workforce ...4...