Wellesley Public Schools
40 Kingsbury Street
Wellesley, Massachusetts 02481 Superintendent’s Bulletin
Bella T. Wong Bulletin # 33
Superintendent of Schools May 21, 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.
Although Matt Brown is not a Wellesley student, many of our students, families, and staff have been deeply impacted by
the news of Matt's accident and have closely followed his progress since. Even if you do not know Matt personally, you
cannot help but be moved by his strength of character and find yourself rooting for him. The following article, "Injured
Hockey Player, Buoyed by Friends, Returns to School", written by Travis Andersen, published in the Boston Globe on
May 13, 2010, tells about Matt's return to school last week. The story so nicely captures Matt's youthful celebration of
life and the importance of community. I thought it was a story very much worth repeating in case you haven't heard it
NORWOOD - Norwood High School hockey player Matt Brown received a warm welcome when he returned to school
yesterday to visit friends and teachers, four months after an injury during a game left him paralyzed.
It was the 16-year-old sophomore’s first time back at the school. About a dozen students and administrators greeted
Brown and his mother, Susan, as they exited the van. They applauded and shouted, “Welcome back, Matty!”
After laughing with his sister, Kelley, 14, and three teammates in the parking lot, he went to the school’s audiovisual
room, where he delivered a message to the student body on the school’s closed-circuit television system. “Hello,
Norwood High”, he said. “I just wanted to say thank you to everyone.” Brown told his classmates that their outpouring
of support has given him strength during his rehabilitation. “It’s good to be back. Thanks, guys”, he said.
Susan Brown also thanked the students and told them to encourage her son to continue his stretching exercises as he
works to regain mobility. “It’s up to you guys”, she said. “If he needs a kick, give him a kick.” She then helped Brown to
move his left hand slightly to show the progress that he has made.
She later told reporters that she cried on the night of May 6, when he son said he could feel the bottom of his left foot for
the first time since the injury. “He said, ‘Do that again; touch it again.’” she said.
Brown also visited his Spanish class yesterday, where he was mobbed by friends, including sophomore Jackie Walsh,
16, who put her arm around him and said, “You look so good!” Teacher Katlyn Bohan told Brown the class has missed
him terribly. “Class is just not the same,” she said. Sophomore Kyle Dolan, 15, one of Brown’s teammates, said the
best part about having him back is “just being able to hang out and talk with him.”
Sophomore Andrew Stover, 16, said he was happy to see Brown’s smile again. “I’ve been kind of missing ‘the flow’” he
said, referring to Brown’s formerly puffy hairstyle. And Brown has been missing his friends and teachers. He told
reporters after visiting class that his friends have helped him reach the point where he can return to school. “There’s so
much going through my mind right now,” he said. “It’s kind of amazing.”
His sister, Kelley, a freshman at the school, said she was not surprised by the dozens of friends who greeted him
yesterday, sometimes with a kiss on the cheek.
Residents have rallied behind Brown and his family since the injury, raising money for his medical care and sending
countless cards and messages. George Usevich, Norwood High principal, said yesterday that community support
“Matty is a special young man”, Usevich said, calling attention to the pin on his suit jacket bearing the number 3, which
Brown wore on his hockey jersey. Usevich said he wears the pin every day.
Brown plans to alternate between attending classes and home tutoring, beginning this fall at the latest, his mother said.
Her eyes welled up when she told reporters what she has learned from her son since his injury. “The statement that
we’re stronger than we thing we are is really true,” she said.
Enjoy the weekend.
May 1 – 21 Open Enrollment Period for Employee Benefits
Friday 05/21 Peebles Scholarship Application Deadline
Monday 05/31 Memorial Day – No School
Professional Development from TEC
The Education Cooperative (TEC) will soon be recruiting the third cohort for the Teaching American History program.
This will be an exciting year focused on “The Story of American Freedom: Citizenship and the Changing Meaning of
Democracy.” Courses begin in the fall of 2010.
This grant funded professional development program includes:
• 3 Free graduate credits (3 additional credits available
• A $500 Stipend
• 135 PDPs
Loads of resource materials, including free and forever access to WebLessons
Historians from Harvard University, MIT and Holy Cross College
We encourage applications from TEC district teams of 2‐5. Applications will be distributed after April vacation week.
Please take a look at the TEC TAH wiki: http://industrialrevolution09.pbworks.com/
The side show featured on the home page highlights some of the historical field experiences of last summer.
Michelle LeBlanc, TEC’s Teaching American History Project Director, would be delighted to come and talk in detail about
this intensive program and to share the amazing wealth of resources created by participating teachers. Contact Michelle
directly at 781‐326‐2473 x 107.
GRADUATE COURSE REIMBURSEMENT
Course reimbursement funding of $22,500 is available to distribute in FY11 among qualified teachers for graduate
course work which is done as part of a master’s degree program to fulfill that 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, 2010‐the
following to Valerie Spruill:
Your name, evidence of your enrollment in an applicable master/doctoral degree program, name and description of the
course, evidence of cost of the course, proof of payment (VISA/MC), transcript. You will be notified of the amount
awarded to you by July 1, 2010.
Interested in visiting Tanglewood for five days this summer and getting $200.00 to do so? The
Performing and Visual Arts Departments are looking for a chaperone to accompany 15 Wellesley
5th graders to a summer arts camp. Responsibilities are light, meals and trips‐no teaching‐and
you get to visit all the great cultural centers in the Berkshires. The dates are 7/19‐7/23. Please
contact Thom Carter or Beth Perry if you’d like to go!
CONGRATULATIONS to Kristen Walsh, Fitness & Health Teacher at Upham School, on
the birth of Cooper Findlay Walsh, May 10, 2010.
WHS GRADUATION NEWS: In the event of rain, the graduation ceremony will be held at the Webster Athletic
Center on the campus of Babson College. All faculty and staff will require a ticket for admission to the
ceremony. Please email Mary_Donahue@wellesley.k12.ma.us by Wednesday, May 26, if you plan to attend
so she can send you a ticket.
French Teacher (.4 FTE)
Please send a cover letter, resume, three letters of reference, transcripts, and licensure by 4 p.m. on June 4, 2010 to
Carol A. Gregory, Asst. Supt., Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481.
Full‐ time Speech and Language Pathologist needed at Middle School to fill a maternity leave for school year 2010‐11.
Responsibilities include evaluation, providing direct services to individuals and small groups of students, consultation to teachers,
and social skills instruction. Please send cover letter, resume, three letters of reference, licensure and transcripts to
Jeff_Williams@wellesley.k12.ma.us and/or Personnel, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481
Reading Intervention Paraprofessional to work with first grade students. Knowledge of early reading acquisition 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 11
salaries are voted). Not a benefit eligible position. Send cover letter, resume, and three letters of reference to Karen Goulet
@wellesley.k12.ma.us or mail to Personnel, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481
Long‐Term Substitute Art Teacher full‐time high school ceramics teacher for maternity leave from Late Aug to Mid Nov 2010. Duties
included teaching ceramic courses; hand building; wheel throwing; and ceramics intensive; as well as Introduction to Drawing &
Painting, and Creative Journal. Must have experience teaching ceramics. Send cover letter, resume, college transcript, licensure and
three letters of reference to Thom_Carter@wellesley.k12.ma.us or mail to Personnel, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street,
Wellesley, MA 02481.
.8FTE Elementary Library Teaching Assistant needed for SY 10‐11 to work with elementary students; assist librarian with classes;
assist teachers with classes; manage circulation, collection and database; conduct inventory; troubleshoot technology problems;
instruct students in library computer lab; order technology supplies; manage circulation of technology equipment (i.e. IBooks,
cameras) and assist with building duties. Please send cover letter, resume, three letters of reference, and transcripts to
Carol A. Gregory, Assistant Superintendent, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 by 4 p.m. on June 4,
Paraprofessional’s with ABA experience needed to work with adolescents in a functional skills summer school program at the
middle school. Summer school begins on July 1 to August 6, 2010. Hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Salary $25.00/hr. Please
send cover letter, resume, three letters of reference, licensure and transcripts to Jeff_Williams@wellesley.k12.ma.us
WELLESLEY PUBLIC SCHOOLS ACTIVELY SEEKS TO INCREASE THE DIVERSITY OF ITS WORKFORCE
Are you taking a maintenance medication?
Do you want to lower your prescri ption costs?
Are you tired of running to the p harmacy every 30 days?
If yo u a nsw ered “YES” to a ny of th e abo v e que stio ns, he lp i s o n the way !
As part of your health insurance benefit, Town employees can have generic and brand name
prescriptions filled (and refilled) by mail order.
The Human Resources Department will be offering workshops to explain these benefits to
you and how you can take advantage of them to lower, and pos s ibl y e l imina te, your
Please plan to attend one of the following workshops: **
Wednesday, May 26th at 3:30 in the Arnold Room, second floor, Wellesley Free Library
Wednesday, June 2nd at 3:30 in the Arnold Room, second floor, Wellesley Free Library
Thursday, June 3rd at 3:30 in the Arnold Room, second floor, Wellesley Free Library
To enroll or for further information, call 781-431-1019, ext. 2246 or e-mail to