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Superintendent's Bulletin 4-1-11


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Superintendent's Bulletin 4-1-11

  1. 1. Wellesley Public Schools Superintendent’s 40 Kingsbury Street Bulletin Wellesley, Massachusetts 02481 Bella T. Wong Bulletin #27 Superintendent of Schools April 1, 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 am pleased to share that the FY12 General Operating, Special Transportation Tuition and Inclusion (STTI) and Cash Capital Budgets were formally approved by Town Meeting Members last Tuesday evening. Since there have been several variations of the budget over the past few months, a descriptive summary of the final outcome follows. General Operating Budget 48,035,684 1.4% STTI 11,318,128 13.3% Aggregate Total 59,723,892 4.1% Overall changes to staffing: Cost Savings 1 HS Library secretary reduction 1 HS Library Teaching Assistant increase 1 New vision specialist Expansion of elementary therapeutic program Enrollment Driven Net Reduction of 2 elementary sections (+1, -3) .2 MS English increase .2 MS Art increase .2 MS Math increase .2 MS Social Studies increase .2 MS Science increase .2 MS Industrial Technology increase .3 MS Language increase .5 MS Guidance increase .4 HS Language increase .4 HS Math increase .4 HS Social Studies increase .5 HS Science increase .6 HS English increase 1.00 HS Guidance increase Reductions to Program .8 HS Fitness reduction 1 HS Librarian reduction 1 HS Library Teaching Assistant increase
  2. 2. Changes to expenses: Eliminate library book budget Resume "Hub & Spoke" transportation for private school Increase MS and HS activity fees to $150 Increase MS athletic fee to $150 Increase HS athletic fee to $250 Eliminate TEC Collaborative affiliationIn addition, the FY12 Capital Budget was approved in the aggregate amount of $1,025,618. This amount representsa 1.5 percent increase over FY11 plus an additional $200,000 for a pre-K through Middle School facilities study.With the inclusion of the $200,000 study, the aggregate increase over FY11 is 2.6 percent.It was indeed a very challenging budget process with a generally far more positive outcome than expected. Thiswas due in significant part to the Governors commitment to funding of general education through Chapter 70 andcircuit breaker for the benefit of special education services. It is due no less to the hard work and advocacy oflegislators, School Committee, school administration, school staff and the Towns diverse citizenry. We would belooking at a far different level of service without that collective commitment.To each and every one of the contributors and participants to this years budget effort, for the benefit of ourstudents, I extend my sincerest gratitude.Calendar Tues., 4/5 Health Dept. QPR Training – See Flyer Wed., 4/6 Deadline for EMI Summer Course Registration Thurs., 4/7 WHS Presentation: Footnotes -7 p.m. April 7-28 WPS K-12 Art Show – Wellesley Free Library Thurs., 4/14 Boston Gay Men’s & WHS Choral Concert, 7:30 p.m. Mon-Fri, 4/18-22 Vacation Week Wed., 4/27 Teachers for Safe Schools, WMS Rm 245, 3:30 pm Fri., 4/29 Deadline for C&I Proposal SubmissionsWorking on a Lane Change? Revised Course Approval Form Available OnlineA revised version of the Course Approval Form is available on the WPS website under “ProfessionalDevelopment”. Please use this version when submitting courses for consideration. A change of note is therequest for a copy of the actual course description from the catalogue or website.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, Administrative Assistantto the Assistant Superintendent, You will be notified of the amountawarded to you by July 1, 2011. 2
  3. 3. LOOKING AHEAD . . . . . . . . . Are you interested in a job share? Would you like to be considered for a transfer in 2011-12 School Year?Teachers with professional teacher status who would like to request a job share position or a transfer in the2011-2012 school year must notify Salvatore Petralia in writing by May 2, 2011. Requests should be sent 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 spaceavailable basis. (Article 12, WTA Unit A Contract). If you are interested in this benefit in the 2011-12 schoolyear, please contact, include your child/ren’s name, birth date, andcurrent grade level. Application Deadline: May 2, 2011 Teachers for Safe SchoolsTeachers for Safe Schools will meet at the Middle School in Room 245, from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. on the followingWednesdays: April 27, and May 18, 2011. The mission of Teachers for Safe Schools is to consciously create,support and encourage a safe professional and emotional school climate that allows for staff of all sexualorientations to be acknowledged and respected 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. 3
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  5. 5. Special Education SeminarsA series of five seminar sessions is being offered to cover various topics regarding special education. Eachsession covers a specific topic allowing participants to attend one or more sessions as desired. The intent ofeach session is to provide background information to generate active discussions. Participants attending all fivesessions will be awarded 10 PDPs.All sessions will be held at the Middle School in Room 251 from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.To participate, go to this link and register online: 1 - March 22, 2011: The Special session will clarify definitions, review instructionalEducation Journey practices, and discuss the challenges of implementation.This session will cover the history and developmentof special education law stemming from the late1800s to the present. The session will provide a Session 4 – May 3, 2011: Bullying andcontext for the federal special education law, IDEA,as it stands today. Students with Disabilities The new Bullying Law in Massachusetts requires each school district to provide training about Session 2 - March 29, 2011: Special Education bullying and its specific impact on students with Eligibility–Who’s In? Who’s out? disabilities. The law also requires that special education students who are at-risk for bullying haveEligibility for special education in Massachusetts is their IEPS specifically address this concern. Thisa thorough and complex process with a multi- session will provide an overview of issues andpronged approach. This seminar will review the discuss how Wellesley can respond to theprocess and discuss relevant issues that influence requirements of the law.eligibility decision-making. Session 5 – May 10, 2011: Transition Planning Session 3 – April 12, 2011: for Students with Disabilities Age 14+ Accommodations and Modifications – The requirements of IDEA specific to the issue of Who, What, When, Where, and How? transition planning for life after high school or ageMost special education students have some type of 21 are vast. Transition has been the focus of manyaccommodation and/or modification requirement on special education court hearings and cases acrosstheir IEPs. and yet, there continues to be much the country and is considered the current “hotconfusion over what the difference is between the topic”. This session will address the requirementstwo terms and how each affects student of the law and review the components of effectiveperformance, assessment, and grading. This transition planning. 5
  6. 6. Full CPI Training – Revised Dates!Target Audience: Special Educators, Specialists, TAs, and Regular Education TeachersThe cornerstone of CPI since 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 Security SM ofeveryone involved in a crisis situation, the program’s proven strategies give human service providers andeducators the skills to safely and effectively respond to anxious, hostile, or violent behavior while balancing theresponsibilities of care. Attendance at all three sessions is required for participation in this course.Instructors: Elisa Buchsbaum and Adam DilibertoDates: June 28 and 29, 2011 Time: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.Location: Sprague School LibraryPDPs: 12 Inservice Credit: 1 or C&I pay at the rate of $215/day for a 6-hour dayTo register, go to to the online registration form. This is listed as a newcourse under “School Safety.” EMI SUMMER 2011 COURSE SCHEDULE NOW POSTED ON WPS WEBSITETo register for courses:1. Go to the following link: Under "Professional Development" choose "EDCO Course Offerings" and go to the area shown below.3. Click on the online registration form and complete it.4. Hit "Submit." Requesting C & I ProposalsProposals for C&I projects are currently being accepted. There are two funding sources available, one thatrequires projects to be completed by June 30, 2011 and the other that will fund projects that take placebeginning July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012. 6
  7. 7. C&I compensation is granted for curriculum development projects or task force members to work on building-basedor system wide initiatives. Priority will be given to proposals designed to meet system goals.Request proposal form from Due date: April 29, 2011.BABY NEWS!!Congratulations to Tap van Geel on the birth of his second child, Isla, onMarch 28, 2011. Boston’s Gay Men’s Choir and WHS Choral Department Concert: Here to Stay! April 14, 2011, 7:30 p.m. at WMS The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus is one of New England’s largest and most successful community-based choruses. Now in its 28th season, the175-voice ensemble is celebrated for its outstanding musicianship, creative programming, and groundbreaking communityoutreach. Under the dynamic leadership of Music Director Reuben M. Reynolds III, the BGMC sings a widespectrum of classical and popular music with excellence and builds bridges to all people by providing a positive,affirming image of the gay and lesbian community. Each year the Chorus offers a subscription concert series ofthree programs, performed in the city’s most prestigious venues including Jordan Hall, the Cutler MajesticTheatre, and Symphony Hall. The Chorus is heard live by more than12,000 people each season and thousandsmore through recordings and television broadcasts. The Boston Business Journal consistently ranks the BGMC inits list of the top 25 performing arts organizations in greater Boston. Tickets: $5 Students and Seniors, $8Parents, $3 Teachers News from Performing Arts The Wellesley High School Performing Arts Department presents the Moving Company in “Footnotes” acollaborative performance which brings together dancers from local schools and professional dance companies ina sharing and informative setting. A variety of dance styles will be featured. Student and faculty choreographieswill be showcased. The Wellesley Middle School group, Junior Moving Company directed by Lauren Schneider,will also return for a ninth season performance, and the WMS Step Squad will join the program for its secondyear. In addition, Bright Pearl Dance Company, one of Boston’s premiere Chinese Dance groups under thedirection of Na Zhou, will present works of authentic Chinese dance.Members of the Wellesley High School Moving Company will be performing a dance piece choreographed bycompany director, Janet Sozio: Singin’ and Dancin’ a funky twist on an old classic. Also the WHS RhythmProject will perform for a second year featuring the work of Danny Hoctor, an influential jazz and tap artist whofounded Dance Caravan. Perfidia, a lating tap number, was created by Mr. Hoctor in the 1950’s. Student worksinclude pieces by Seniors Michelle Abrams and Carolina Rocha. With a wide variety of dance styles represented,this year’s concert will provide the audience an evening of entertaining performance.“Footnotes” will be held at the Wellesley Middle School Auditorium on Thursday, April 7, 2011 beginningat 7 PM. Admission $8.00. WPS faculty and staff as well as senior citizens admitted at no charge. For moreinformation, contact the Wellesley High School Performing Arts Department at (781) 446-6250 X4120. 7
  8. 8.  Coaching Positions  Spring Season 2011 Coach – Varsity Boys Volleyball Coach – JV Boys Volleyball Fall Season 2011 Head Coach – Varsity Field Hockey Contact Athletic Director:     POSITIONS AVAILABLE  2010‐2011 OPENINGS Elementary PrincipalWellesley Public Schools seeks an elementary principal to lead a 356 student K-5 school in a community thatstrongly supports its public schools. Our core values are academic excellence, cooperative and caringrelationships, respect for human differences and commitment to community.Candidates must have a Master’s Degree and be certifiable as an elementary school principal. Previousadministrative experience at the building or district level is preferred. The work year is 214 days effective July 1,2011. Current salary range for FY 2011 is $111,927 - $128,408. Please send a cover letter, resume, three lettersof reference, transcripts, and licensure by April 22, 2011 to: Salvatore Petralia, Assistant Superintendent,Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481Department Head of Nursing ServicesReporting to the Director of Student Services, the Department Head will be responsible for the ongoingmonitoring, assessment, and improvement of a comprehensive health program for the school district as well ascompliance with Massachusetts Department of Public Health regulations. The Department Head oversees themanagement of health-related data and ensures that clinical nursing services meet the standard set by theWellesley Public Schools. The Department Head is responsible for the supervision and evaluation of nursing staffdistrict-wide.Candidates must have a Master’s Degree in Nursing or related field. Previous experience as a school nurse andsupervisory experience is preferred. The work year is 189 days, effective July 1, 2011. Current salary range is$92,098 - $106,090. Please send cover letter, resume, three letters of reference, transcripts, and licensure byApril 15, 2011 to: Salvatore Petralia, Assistant Superintendent, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street,Wellesley, MA 02481 Scheduler for Powerschool at Wellesley Middle School. Beginning April 11th andcontinuing until scheduling is complete. Responsibilities include data entry and hand scheduling usingPowerScheduler in PowerSchool, and meeting with Department Heads, Guidance Counselors and Principals asnecessary to ensure timely and accurate data entry and hand scheduling. Some training is available, butknowledge of PowerScheduler a plus. Stipend is $7,119. This rate will be adjusted at the completion of salarynegotiations. Send a statement of interest via e-mail by April 1, 2011 to 8
  9. 9. Cafeteria Worker Under the supervision of the Cook/Manager, the general worker will operate kitchenequipment, provide routine cleaning of the kitchen, and any other tasks that pertain to the food servicedepartment. Rate Range: $11.74-14.22; Work Hours: Monday thru Friday 7:30 am to 12:30 pm. Benefit Eligible.Minimum Qualifications: Good physical stamina, neat appearance, likes working with people.Please send letter of interest to: Salvatore Petralia, Assistant Superintendent, Wellesley Public Schools, 40Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 or e-mail Wellesley Public Schools 2011 Summer Program Special Educator – Summer ProgramSpecial Educator with Moderate to Severe Certification to teach in a summer program for students needingacademic, social, and functional skills. Salary is $39.49/hr. The six-week program is June 27, 2011 – August 5,2011, Mon - Thu 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and Fri 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Send cover letter, resume, college transcript,licensure and three letters of reference to: or mail to: Personnel, Wellesley PublicSchools, 40 Kingsbury St., Wellesley, MA 02481 Special Educator – Summer ProgramSpecial Educator with Moderate Certification to teach an academic/social program at the middle school for studentsgrades 5-8. Salary is $39.49/hr. The four-week program is July 5, 2011 – July 29, 2011, Mon – Fri 9:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m. Send cover letter, resume, college transcript, licensure and three letters of reference or mail to: Personnel, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury St., Wellesley, MA02481 Special Education Paraprofessional – Summer ProgramParaprofessionals with ABA experience needed to work with adolescents in a functional skills summer schoolprogram at the middle school. The six-week program is June 27, 2011 – August 5, 2011, Mon - Thu 9:00 a.m. - 3:00p.m. and Fri 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Send cover letter, resume, college transcript, licensure and three letters ofreference to: or mail to: Personnel, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury St.,Wellesley, MA 02481 Special Education Teacher Assistant – Summer ProgramTeacher Assistants needed to work in an academic/social summer school program for grades 5-8 at the middleschool. The four-week program is scheduled for July 5, 2011 – July 29, 2011, Mon – Fri 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Sendcover letter, resume, college transcript, licensure and three letters of reference to: mail to: Personnel, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury St., Wellesley, MA 02481 Positions Available 2011-2012Middle SchoolGr. 8 Introductory Physical Science Teacher (1.0FTE) 9
  10. 10. Anticipated Openings 2011 - 2012District WideTeacher of Visually Impaired (0.6 FTE)ElementarySpecial Education Teacher/Therapeutic Class (1.0FTE)Middle SchoolGr. 8 Physical Science Teacher (0.8FTE)High School (9-12)Chemistry (.75FTE)Fitness & Health (0.2 FTE)Please send a cover letter, resume, three letters of reference, transcripts, and licensure by April 15, 2011 toSalvatore Petralia, Asst. Supt., Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481. Wellesley Public Schools Actively Seeks to Increase the Diversity of its Workforce 10
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