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Superintendent's Bulletin 2-18-11


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Superintendent's Bulletin 2-18-11

  1. 1. Wellesley Public Schools Superintendent’s 40 Kingsbury Street Bulletin Wellesley, Massachusetts 02481 Bella T. Wong Bulletin #22 Superintendent of Schools February 18, 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, I’ve always thought the tough weeks were those between February and April school vacation. But what a stretch of various challenges weve had between December break and today! Tuesday evening I dreamt that the next day was Saturday and was planning the day out in my mind. When I realized in the morning that not only was it not Saturday but only Wednesday, I thought to myself, Ive either become accustomed to having four day work weeks or it might just be time for a break to re-boot. Congratulations to all of you on the great assemblies Ive seen, and the numerous and various student accomplishments and awards that have been achieved these past few months. I know many of you are on field trips this weekend and next week. To you, take good care and to the rest of us, have a nice break! Calendar February 21 – 25 February Vacation Week – no school Monday, 3/7 Spring Grant Applications Due to WEF
  2. 2. A Note from the Health Department . . . . . . .Dear Wellesley Public Schools Faculty and Staff:As if we don’t have enough headaches with disruptions in our lives caused bysnow and ice, it is now apparent that flu season has kicked into high gear. Youmay have heard that students at a college in Cape Cod have been diagnosed withthe H1N1 flu virus. As is typical with seasonal flu, the number of cases has risen in recent weeks, andwill continue to increase and peak in the weeks to come.The good news is that it’s not too late to get your flu vaccine, which offers the best protection againstthe flu viruses that are now circulating. This year’s seasonal flu vaccine protects you from three strainsof flu virus, including H1N1. Flu vaccine is in abundant supply at the Wellesley Health Department,health care provider offices, and at pharmacies, and I strongly encourage everyone to now take thetime to be vaccinated if you missed our clinics in the fall.There are also everyday preventive measures that you can take to keep yourself well, as outlined inthe information included on the last pages of the bulletin.For further information or to make an appointment for a free flu shot, please call me at the HealthDepartment at 781- 235-0135.Thank you, and take care.Mary Suresh, Director, Wellesley Health 781-235-0135Are you interested in a job share? Would you like to beconsidered for a transfer?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 of Teachersfor Safe Schools is to consciously create, support and encourage a safe professional and emotionalschool climate that allows for staff of all sexual orientations to be acknowledged and respected.Graduate Course ReimbursementCourse reimbursement funding of $22,500 is available to distribute in FY12 among qualifiedteachers for graduate course work which is done as part of a master’s degree program to fulfilla teacher’s obligations for the Massachusetts Educators Professional License and for coursework required to achieve the next stage of licensure culminating in a professional license. Toapply for this course reimbrusement, please send, by June 1, 2011, your name, evidence ofyour enrollment in an applicable master/doctoral degree program, name and description ofthe course, evidence of course cost, proof of payment, and transcript to Valerie Spruill, AdministrativeAssistant to the Assistant Superintendent, You will be notified of theamount awarded to you by July 1, 2011. 2
  3. 3. Apply Now to Enroll Children of Non-Resident WTA Members in Wellesley Schools. Children of teachers or nurses residing outside Wellesley shall be entitled 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, include your child/ren’s name, birth date, and current grade level.Application Deadline: May 2, 2011 Wellesley Education Foundation (WEF) Grants WEF Spring Grant Applications – Proposals due Monday, March 7, 2011. WEF is nowaccepting grant proposals from all Wellesley Public Schools teachers, administrators and specialists. Forelementary school grants: up to 20% of the WEF grant budget may be allocated to individual elementaryschool grants providing they have potential for replication. Be sure to include shipping and handlingexpenses in your cost estimate. Note: All technology requests must be reviewed by Rob Ford,Director, Technology.Ruth S. Walter Environmental Education Fund – Proposals due Monday, March 7, 2011. WEFmakes additional funds available for projects related to science and the environment. Through thegenerosity of the family and friends of Ruth S. Walter, a fund for environmental education, was establishedto award grants to educators for innovative projects and teacher travel that focus on environmentaleducation. Please apply using the general application form and see the WEF website for more details.Please only use the application form from the WEF website, (The WEF website can also be found on the WellesleyPublic Schools website under District Information – Wellesley Education Foundation.) Applicationinstructions, criteria for funding, and some examples of well written grants are also posted on the WEFwebsite under "Grants to Educators."Send applications to Janice Gross in the Central Office of the Superintendent by Monday, March 7,2011.Questions about potential grant ideas or the application are welcome. Feel free to email WEF Grant Chair,Beverly Donovan, at with any questions. 3
  4. 4. 2010‐2011 Professional Development  Opportunities    Professional Development opportunities for 2010- 2011 are posted at Course descriptions andregistration instructions are included. This link can also be found on the WPS website under 2010-2011Professional Development Offerings.News from the Collaborative for Educational Services:Discussion and Information Session rescheduled (again) toWednesday, March 2, 2011, from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. at the Cary Memorial Library (Learning Center),1874 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington. MA. COURSE AVAILABLE: Understanding Basic Statistics (note time change for sessions)Intended Audience: Internet, Elections)Anyone interested in learning about statistics. Sources of Bias – Random Rectangle Activity Interpreting Survey Results (WHS and ChiPre-assessments for Participants: None Running) Meaning of Confidence Intervals (Flipping TacksOutcomes: Activity)After taking this course, participants will know: Meaning of Margin of Error (Polling Results)• the differences between mean, median and Experiments vs. Studies mode and how those different measures of Good Statistics (Sports and Medicine) center can be used to distort conclusions; Needs of the Class (Manufacturing Quality Control• the different ways you can take a sample Example) (random, convenience, voluntary response) or Requirements: census and what conclusions, if any, can be • class participation; drawn from these sampling techniques; • completion of in-class and out-of-class• the meanings of margin of error and confidence worksheets and problems; and interval; • completion of two assignments (finding graphs or• how to read and interpret graphs; and surveys in the media and interpreting those• how to correctly use and interpret the language findings) of statistics.Sessions: Instructors: Caroline Bell and Jill LapatoMean/Median and Mode Dates: Mondays, February 28 – May 9, 2011;Scale, Source and Types of Graphs (Newspapers, Time: 3:00 – 4:30 pmAdvertising) Location: WHS Room 237 or 229Survey Types and Sampling Techniques (TV, PDPs: 15 Inservice Credit(s): 1 4
  5. 5. Coaching Positions  Spring Season 2011 Assistant Coach – Varsity Boys Outdoor Track Assistant Coach - Sailing Sub Varsity Coach – Boys Lacrosse Sub Varsity Coach – Girls Lacrosse Fall Season 2011 Head Coach – Varsity Boys Soccer Head Coach – Varsity Field Hockey Contact Athletic Director :     POSITIONS AVAILABLE  2010‐2011 OPENINGS Elementary Clerk/Lunch Monitor needed. Position includes morning and lunch time recesses, covering alunch duty and doing some light office work such as copying and laminating. Interested parties should valuethe benefits of physical activity for young children; appreciate the importance of pro-social skill buildingthrough practical application of Open Circle strategies; and most of all, enjoy working with children. The hoursare 9:30 am to 1:30 p.m., Monday; Tuesday; Thursday and Friday. Salary $10.95/hr. Please send coverletter, resume, and three letters of reference to Salvatore Petralia, Assistant Superintendent, Wellesley PublicSchools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 or e-mail Substitute Grade 8 English Teacher needed starting March 28, 2011 until end of school year.Salary is $170.10/day. Send letter of interest, resume, college transcripts, copy of license, and three letters ofreference to Salvatore Petralia, Assistant Superintendent, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street,Wellesley, MA 02481 or via email to Driver needed (35-38 hr./week) full year, less hours in summer to transport special education students.The schedule is a split shift: am./mid./pm. 7D license preferred (not necessary; will train). $12.66 -$15.60 /hr.depending on experience. Benefits available (health, dental, disability, and retirement). Please send letter ofinterest to Salvatore Petralia, Assistant Superintendent, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street,Wellesley, MA 02481 or e-mail Wellesley Public Schools Actively Seeks to Increase the Diversity of its Workforce 5
  6. 6. Everyday Preventive ActionsThat Can Help Fight Germs, Like FluCDC recommends a three-step approach to fighting the flu.CDC recommends a three-step approach to fighting influenza(flu). The first and most important step is to get a flu vaccinationeach year. But if you get the flu, there are prescription antiviraldrugs that can treat your illness. Early treatment is especiallyimportant for the elderly, the very young, people with certainchronic health conditions, and pregnant women. Finally, everydaypreventive actions may slow the spread of germs that causerespiratory (nose, throat, and lungs) illnesses, like flu. This flyercontains information about everyday preventive actions.How does the flu spread?Flu viruses are thought to spread mainly from person to personthrough the coughing, sneezing, or talking of someone with the flu.Flu viruses also may spread when people touch something withflu virus on it and then touch their mouth, eyes, or nose. Manyother viruses spread these ways too.People infected with flu may be able to infect others beginning1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5-7 days after becoming sick. That means you may be able tospread the flu to someone else before you know you are sick as well as while you are sick. Young children,those who are severely ill, and those who have severely weakened immune systems may be able to infectothers for longer than 5-7 days.What are everyday preventive actions?Everyday preventive actions are steps thatpeople can take to help slow the spread ofgerms that cause respiratory illness, like flu.These include the following personal andcommunity actions: y Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. This will block the spread of droplets from your mouth or nose that could contain germs. y Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. y Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs spread this way. y Try to avoid close contact with sick people. y If you or your child gets sick with a respiratory illness, like flu, limit contact with others as much as possible to help prevent spreading illness. Stay home (or keep your child home) for at least 24 hours after fever is gone except to seek medical care or for other necessities. Fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine. y If an outbreak of flu or another illness occurs, follow public health advice. This may include information about how to increase distance between people and other measures.
  7. 7. What additional steps can I take at work to help stop the spread of germs that can cause respiratory illness, like flu? y Find out about your employer’s plans if an outbreak of flu or another illness occurs and whether flu vaccinations are offered on-site. y Routinely clean frequently touched objects and surfaces, including doorknobs, keyboards, and phones, to help remove germs. y Make sure your workplace has an adequate supply of tissues, soap, paper towels, alcohol-based hand rubs, and disposable wipes. y Train others on how to do your job so they can cover for you in case you or a family member gets sick and you have to stay home. y If you begin to feel sick while at work, go home as soon as possible. What additional preventive actions can I take to protect my child from germs that can cause respiratory illness, like flu? y Find out about plans your child’s school, child care program, or college has if an outbreak of flu or another illness occurs and whether flu vaccinations are offered on-site. y Make sure your child’s school, child care program, or college routinely cleans frequently touched objects and surfaces, and that they have a good supply of tissues, soap, paper towels, alcohol-based hand rubs, and disposable wipes on-site. y Ask how sick students and staff are separated from others and who will care for them until they can go home. Everyday preventive actions can help slow the spread of germs that can cause many different illnesses and may offer some protection against the flu. For more information, visit , or, or call 1-800-CDC-INFO.CS211793-A 03/19/2010