Superintendent's Bulletin 5-20-11


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Superintendent's Bulletin 5-20-11

  1. 1. Wellesley Public Schools Superintendent’s 40 Kingsbury Street Bulletin Wellesley, Massachusetts 02481 Bella T. Wong Bulletin #33 Superintendent of Schools May 20, 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, On opening day I introduced a District-wide Equity Action Plan to narrow documented student achievement gaps by race, gender, disability or socio-economic status. The plans objective was to create a bridge for the pertinent work already happening across the schools, as well as to help make clear where next steps should be taken. There are eleven sections to the Action Plan: • Documentation of gap data • Develop and implement common assessments • Develop tiered intervention strategies • Review curriculum and instruction for relevancy • Monitor and support student engagement • Create culture to support appropriate and important intellectual risk taking • Prepare a technology plan to support instruction • Professional development • Apply research • Monitor progress and adjust strategies until success is achieved While our work in this area is just beginning, there is already some particularly good news. With federal stimulus funds, we were able to pilot an initiative using AIMSWeb technology to support increased frequency of formative assessments of reading levels in Grade 2. Based on those assessments, we were able to apply targeted interventions, which we continue to develop, check for impact and adjust if no improvement was noted. We have just now been able to summarize the year-to-date data compiled across the seven elementary schools. Although this is the result of still less than a year, the results are so truly remarkable, they merit being shared even now with all of you. There were 412 Grade 2 students who participated in this pilot. The pilot was implemented by each of the Grade 2 teachers with the support of our literacy specialists, elementary principals, and consultant Leslie Laud, under the oversight of Becky McFall. As of mid-May, all but four students have met or exceeded second grade level benchmarks. With appropriate RTI assessments and applied interventions, research provides that typically 5 percent of students may still need Tier 3 interventions and possible SPED referral. Our data for this year is below 1 percent. This certainly qualifies for a hoot, a holler and a yahoo! These are amazing results for ALL of our students. Frankly, they are so amazing, it may be difficult to maintain on an annual basis. However, they give us much to look forward to. Congratulations to our students. Kudos to our educators who have helped us embark on this important work toward narrowing achievement gaps and improving outcomes for all of our students. Your work inspires and encourages us all.
  2. 2. Calendar Fri., 5/20 Deadline: Medical & Dental Open Enrollment Tues., 5/24 School Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm Town Hall Wed., 6/1 Deadline: Graduate Course Reimbursement Fri., 6/3 WHS Class of 2011 Graduation Tues., 6/7 School Committee Meeting Tues., 6/14 School Committee Meeting Mon., 6/20 Last Day of School StudentsReminder for Part Time Employees:As a part time employee of the Wellesley Public Schools, the days and hours you work may be subjectto change from year to year based on department and/or school based needs. Principals, directors anddepartment heads are in the process of building school and department schedules for next year.Please check with your principal, director or department head in the next few weeks to confirm yourschedule for next year. Thank you in advance for your flexibility as we prepare for the 2011-2012school year. WHS GRADUATION NEWS Wellesley High School Graduation Ceremony will be held June 3 at 5 p.m. on Hunnewell Field. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be at the Webster Athletic Center on the campus of Babson College. Faculty and staff will need a ticket for admission to the ceremony. Please e-mail by Wednesday, May 25, if you plan to attend so she can send you a ticket.Graduate Course ReimbursementCourse reimbursement funding of $22,500 is available to distribute in FY12 among qualified teachers for graduate course work which is done as part of a master’s degree program to fulfill a teacher’s obligations for the Massachusetts Educators Professional License and for course work required to achieve the next stage of licensure culminating in a professional license. To apply for this course reimbursement, please send, by June 1, 2011, your name, evidence of your enrollment in an applicable master/doctoral degree program, name and description of the course, evidence ofcourse cost, proof of payment, and transcript to Valerie Spruill, Administrative Assistant to the AssistantSuperintendent, You will be notified of the amount awarded toyou by July 1, 2011. Professional Development WellesleyPD Launched!WellesleyPD was launched on Monday, May 2, 2011. If you have not already done so, please log onand change the default password to one of your choosing. All courses for June 2011 and the 2011-2012 school year are posted on the WellesleyPD website. Registration for courses will be donethrough only through this site. Please contact Janice Grossif you have questions. 2
  3. 3. ELL Category TrainingThe following ELL Category Training is being offered by WPS. To register for any of these courses, loginto WellesleyPD: If you experience any difficulty, contactJanice Gross. 2011 Summer Institute for Teachers: Forest Ecology Research in the Schoolyard See information at back of Bulletin  Coaching Positions  Fall Season 2011 Head Coach – Varsity Cross Country Coach Assistant Coach – Varsity Cross Country Coach Assistant Coach - Football Head Coach – Varsity Field Hockey Head Coach – Girls Volleyball Winter Season 2011-12 Head Coach – WHS Dance Team Contact Athletic Director: 3
  4. 4. Wellesley Public Schools Positions Available Immediate Opening Administrative Assistant to the Director of Facilities and Grounds MaintenanceWORK YEAR: 12 month position SALARY RANGE: $40,013 - $59,858Reporting the to the Director of Facilities and Grounds Maintenance, the Administrative Assistantoversees the day-to-day operation of the office. The work involves managing the time commitments ofthe Director, and processing documents containing time sensitive, financial and/or procurement-relatedinformation. The incumbent will interact with school and town administrators and staff, federal andstate officials, vendors and contractors, and the general public, requiring superior interpersonal andcommunication skills. Duties include: Managing day-to-day operations of Director’s office. Maintainingthe department’s budget by assisting in preparation of the budget. Monitor the budget trackingexpenditures, evaluate and analyze current expenses, provide budgetary reports and project year-endexpenses. Assist in determining timely response to any and all emergency situations and dispatchingpersonnel. Interview, hire, supervise and evaluate all summer custodial staff. Maintain department filesand personnel records. Produce a variety of correspondence.MINIMUM OF QUALIFICATIONS:Strong organizational and problem-solving skills. Excellent telephone, computer and interpersonalskills required. Associate degree or equivalent experience required.Employees who wish to be considered for this position should notify, in writing, Salvatore Petralia,Assistant Superintendent, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 by May 27, 2011. 2011-2012 School OpeningsDistrict Wide1.0FTE Network Manager is responsible for the configuration, administration, management, and security of thedistricts wired and wireless networks. The Network Manager works with the technology team to integratesystems and deliver network services to students and staff. Candidates should have a strong understanding ofnetwork fundamentals and security, experience with a managed wireless network, the ability to troubleshootcomplex problems involving multiple systems and strong communication skills.ElementaryReading Intervention Paraprofessional to work with first grade students. Knowledge of early readingacquisition is essential for this position. Onsite training provided. Mornings – 19.50 hours/week. Salary $22.53 -$27.39/hr. (salary will be increased when FY12 salaries are voted). Not a benefit-eligible position.Reading Intervention Paraprofessional to work with first grade students. Knowledge of early readingacquisition is essential for this position. Onsite training provided. Mornings: 16.25 hours/week. Salary$22.53 - $27.39/hr. (salary will be increased when FY 12 salaries are voted). Not a benefit eligible position.High School1.0FTE High School Library Teaching Assistant needed for SY11-12. Under the supervision of theBuilding Principal and the Director of Libraries, the Instructional Library Assistant is responsible forperforming technical tasks as well as positively interacting with students, faculty, and staff to ensure theefficient and effective delivery of information services; handling print and media circulation; operating,understanding, and demonstrating to others the online library automation system; working to ensurestudent compliance with library policies and procedures, and providing routine assistance to ensure thesmooth and efficient operation of the library. Salary: $17.88 - $21.74/hr (FY11 Rates). 4
  5. 5. 1.0FTE High School Notetaker (c-print knowledge preferred) beginning September, 2011 to support a studentat the high school level. Salary $22.98 - $27.93 (FY11 Rates). Equipment and technology support will beprovided. Benefits included.1.0 FTE High School Math Specialist reports to the High School Mathematics Department Head. Thespecialist works as assigned with individual students or small groups of students providing replacementmathematics curriculum for young people who cannot access the high school core curriculum. In addition, thespecialist provides tutorial mathematics instruction to students with unique needs. Start date: August 29, 2011.Salary $22.98 -$27.93/hr plus medical and dental benefits (salary will be increased when FY12 salaries arevoted). Qualifications: Degree in Mathematics or Mathematics Education required.Send cover letter, resume, and three letters of reference to or mail toPersonnel, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481. Position Available – School Year 2011-12Middle School – Speech and Language Pathologist (1.0FTE)Long Term Substitute for School Year 2011-12Elementary Long-term Substitute K-5 Instructional Technology Specialist (1.0FTE) needed to supporttechnology integration in K-5 classrooms at the elementary schools across the district through professionaldevelopment workshops, small group training, team teaching, and other ongoing supports. Please sendcover letter, resume, three letters of reference, transcripts and licensure by 4 p.m. on June 3, 2011 toSalvatore Petralia, Assistant Superintendent, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley,MA 02481 or mail to 2011-2012 Anticipated OpeningsDistrict WideTeacher of Visually Impaired (0.6 FTE) Gr. 8 Mathematics Teacher (1.0FTE)(Search Re-opened) Special Educator (1.0FTE) (Moderate)Elementary K-2 and 3-5 High School (9-12)Literacy Specialist (1.0 FTE) T. V. Video Teacher (.5 FTE)ELL Teacher (0.8FTE) Latin (0.2FTE) Spanish (1.0FTE)Middle School (6-8) Special Educator (1.0 FTE) (Moderate)Mathematics Teachers (0.5FTE) (dual certified in Math & Sped preferred)Please send a cover letter, resume, three letters of reference, transcripts, and licensure by June 3, 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 5
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