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Superintendent's Bulletin 5-6-11


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Superintendent's Bulletin 5-6-11

  1. 1. Wellesley Public Schools Superintendent’s 40 Kingsbury Street Bulletin Wellesley, Massachusetts 02481 Bella T. Wong Bulletin #31 Superintendent of Schools May 6, 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 9/11 when one plane and then another flew into the World Trade Center towers in New York City, I was at my desk working in the Middle School. My sons were 6-months old at the time and at home with a babysitter. My husband had left early that morning for a flight out of Logan airport. People in the Central Office were quiet as we watched the replay of the impact and heard the news from New York and then the Pentagon. The news seemed to be coming in too fast as my ability to comprehend seemed to slow down. Then it was reported that the planes came out of Logan airport. I went back into my office and tried to reach my husband by cell phone, but the call wouldnt go through and I hoped it was because the circuits were overloaded. Irrationally rational, saying nothing to anyone, I went back to work on my computer thinking I had work to finish if I was going to need to take time off from work. Two Wellesley Public School families lost their husbands and fathers that day. One mother, similar to me, had a husband who flew out of Logan Airport that day and must have been waiting like me that morning for the news to evolve. She had a five year old and was pregnant with her second child. Unfortunately, her husband was flying to California and was on one of the planes that crashed. Mine was traveling to and landed safely in Canada. He arrived at home a week later in a rental car because all planes were still grounded but at least the borders had re-opened. A mere inconvenience in light of what had just happened. The first call I made the morning after Osama Bin Laden was killed was to this mother to let her know I was thinking of her, remarking how strange it might be to wake up to this news after all these years. She responded by email and wrote she was saddened to hear people were celebrating the killing of another. Coincidentally, over the past few months I have been sharing a discourse with her about the development of a Wellesley Public School vision for 21st Century skills. At the end of our email exchange we agreed that the Wellesley Public Schools should be so bold as to aspire to 21st Century Skills that will foster World Peace. Enjoy the weekend, Calendar Tues., 5/10 School Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm Town Hall Wed., 5/18 Teachers for Safe Schools, 3:30 pm, WMS Room 245 Fri., 5/20 Deadline: Open Enrollment – Medical & Dental Tues., 5/24 School Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm Town Hall Wed., 6/1 Deadline: Graduate Course Reimbursement
  2. 2. 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 of course cost, proof of payment, andtranscript to Valerie Spruill, Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Superintendent, You will be notified of the amount awarded to you by July 1, 2011. Teachers for Safe Schools – Final MeetingTeachers for Safe Schools will meet at the Middle School in Room 245, from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday,May 18, 2011. The mission of Teachers for Safe Schools is to consciously create, support and encourage asafe professional and emotional school climate that allows for staff of all sexual orientations to beacknowledged and respected. Professional Development Opportunities    Professional Development opportunities for 2010- 2011 are posted at Course descriptions and registration instructions are included. This link can also be found on theWPS website under 2010-2011 Professional Development Offerings. WellesleyPD Launched! WellesleyPD was launched on Monday, May 2, 2011. If you have not already done so, please log on and change the default password to one of your choosing. As were sent out within the last week with directions. If you did not receive these emails, please contact Janice Gross inCentral Office.All courses for June 2011 and the 2011-2012 school year are posted on the WellesleyPD website.Registration for courses will be done through this site only. 2
  3. 3. 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 intentof each session is to provide background information to generate active discussions. Participants attendingall five sessions 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: 5 – May 10, 2011: Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities Age 14+The requirements of IDEA specific to the issue of transition planning for life after high school or age 21 arevast. Transition has been the focus of many special education court hearings and cases across the countryand is considered the current “hot topic”. This session will address the requirements of the law and review thecomponents of effective transition planning.BABY NEWS!!Congratulations to Caryn Berkowitz and her husband Joe on the birth of theirsecond child, Maya, on April 14, 2011. She joins big brother, Max. Condolences to the family and former colleagues of Sherry Birkholz who passedaway on Monday, May 2, 2011. Sherry was a long time second grade teacher at Fiske School. She retired fouryears ago. Wellesley Education Foundation Spring 2011 Awards The Wellesley Education Foundation (WEF) is pleased to award $86,850 in Spring 2011 grants to benefit the Wellesley Public Schools. Approved grants will provide widespread benefits to large numbers of students across entire grades: at WHS in ninth grade Earth Science classrooms and tenth grade Chemistry labs, and at WMS in sixth grade Music and Woodworkingclasses. In addition, grants approved for elective courses will offer opportunities for students to work on morecomplex projects: at WHS in Jewelry, Woodworking, and Photography courses, and at WMS in Robotics andWoodworking. At the elementary level, several new initiatives in the areas of math and engineering will serve aspilot programs for the future. On a district level, WEF funds will spearhead the launch of a new pilot Tabletprogram. 3
  4. 4. Every Spring grants are awarded under the Ruth Walter Environmental Education Fund. Recipients this yearinclude two new garden projects, at Sprague School and WMS.WEF’s stated mission is to enrich, enhance and maintain excellence in the Wellesley Public Schools, and grantawards are the primary vehicle for fulfilling this important mission. To learn more about WEF please visit ourwebsite at District-wide Awards LEGOS Robotics: A Science, Technology, Engineering andTablet Pilot Program Mathematics (STEM) InitiativeWEF will fund a pilot Tablet program in one classroom to help assess WEF will help enhance a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering,this new technology and to determine the potential for wider use within and Mathematics) initiative at Sprague Elementary School by providingour school system. Participation in the pilot will be determined on a funds for a new LEGOS Robotics program. LEGOS roboticblind application process. The technology department will work programming will be introduced into all the K-5 classes and will also bealongside the teacher to help prepare an implementation plan and to offered as an after school activity. Purchases of NXT and Simpletrain students. Critical assessments throughout the year will enable the Machine kits are the tools that students will use to construct variousschool district to gain greater insight into the value that this new models and devices that will improve their understanding oftechnology can provide to our learning environment. The pilot funding engineering principles and supporting science, math, and technicalcovers twenty-seven Tablets, a variety of educational apps, a storage skills.cart, and related professional development.Teachers as Scholars Snowshoeing in WPSWEF funding will ensure the continuation of this highly popular WEF funds will help diversify the winter physical education curriculumprofessional development program for teachers. The program provides and change its focus to outdoor aerobic activities, by introducingapproximately thirty teachers a year the opportunity to attend snowshoes. To offer access to this lifelong sport, forty sets ofworkshops and classes in a variety of topics, all taught by experts in snowshoes will be shared by Hardy and Hunnewell Elementarythe field primarily at the university level. While not always in the Schools.teacher’s subject matter, the classes receive extremely high marksfrom teachers who find the immersion in these scholarly subjects to bereinvigorating. Sprague School’s Edible Garden & Outdoor ClassroomEMI – Empowering Multicultural Recipient of a Ruth S. Walter Environmental Educational FundInitiatives Award This Environmental Grant will support a Sprague School initiative toThis WEF grant will help to strengthen the WHS and WMS bring the school community together in a garden on the grounds ofcommunities’ understanding of racial challenges by offering training School. The goal is to develop a community of students, teachers, andsession for fifty students at the middle school and high school levels. administrators working together to learn about plants, insects, andEMI is a highly praised, powerful anti-racism course that has been healthy food. The Sprague School staff plan to incorporate the gardenoffered to teachers as part of professional development offerings. in all aspects of the curriculum across all grade levels, includingWEF will fund this leadership course for a selected group of middle Fitness and Health, Science, Social Studies and and high school students. In turn, these students can take thelead to share their stories and help educate their peers. Middle School Awards Elementary School Awards Percussion Equipment for WMS BandDo the Math & Music ClassesWEF funds will enable the expansion of an existing mathematics early This grant will help to replace old equipment in need of repair, willintervention skills program to all grade levels at the Fiske Elementary engage more students playing percussion in band activities, and willSchool. Struggling students will be chosen for this training to improve allow the band to perform music written for a wider range of percussiontheir critical foundation of conceptual mathematics. “Do the Math” is a instruments. In addition, percussion instrument purchases will be usedseries of modules that reinforce basic math skills. Module topics range widely by all sixth grade students who take a required general musicfrom basic multiplication/division to numbers greater than 100, class. Purchases will include several varieties of cymbals, winddividends to 1,000, factors greater than 12. The program will serve as chimes, tambourines, orchestra bells, and triangle beaters. A smalla pilot, with potential future expansion to other elementary schools. portion of this grant funded percussion instruments to be used by an after school rhythmic music gathering. 4
  5. 5. Fundamentals of Wood Carving Earth Science Lab EquipmentWEF ‘s grant will add another dimension to the sixth and seventh A WEF grant will provide extra equipment to insure that all ninth gradegrade Technology and Engineering classes, by funding a new initiative earth science students incorporate hands-on inquiry based labfor projects that are dominated by the use of carving and other hand investigations. Due to higher enrollments and tighter schedulingtools. New activities will include carving wooden spoons, small boxes requirements, the extra sets of equipment will also help teachers useand low relief decorative projects. their time more efficiently and lessen the need to transport heavy lab equipment among classrooms on different floors. Lab equipmentEquipment for Robotics Classroom purchases include astronomy power boxes and gas tubes for spectroscopy; ring stands and lamps for meteorology; beakers,WEF funds will augment current stocks of Lego NXT processors and cylinders and scales for measurements; rock sets for geology; andparts as well as replenish damaged items for eight grade Robotics globes, carts and hotplates.classroom. Greater stocks will allow more flexibility in team formationand will make it possible to develop more complex projects. B&W Photography and DigitalWellesley Middle School Community Photography CamerasGarden A WEF grant will enable this popular elective to expand the program’s strengths in traditional black and white photography by adding fourRecipient of a Ruth S. Walter Environmental Educational Fund additional Pentax cameras. In addition, the purchase of four CanonAward digital cameras will launch the program into the future with digitalFunds will support the Wellesley Middle School Green Teams efforts photography create a school-wide community garden. The first phase of theproject is to construct a raised bed box to locate the garden which willallow the Green Team and interested students to grow, maintain and iPod Touch for WHS Study Skillsharvest vegetables, herbs and flowers. The team hopes to promote a WEF funds will help special education students develop new strategiesmore complete educational experience by enhancing the health for organization and test preparation by using new mobile technologycurriculum and offering useful agricultural skills that are currently not techniques. Ten iPod touch devices will be used in the learning centeroffered. to aid students by using applications to help them access the curriculum such as study guides, flash cards, vocabulary development, and math practice. High School Awards Purchase of SnapScan Scanner toNetbooks to Support Vernier Sensor Allow Digitization of Documents WEF funds will help science teachers’ improve efficiency within theirSeries Chemistry Labs office space by converting paper documents to electronic copies. AFollowing previous WEF grants for Chemistry Vernier Series lab SnapScan machine will allow paper copies to be converted easily intoprobes, sensors, and computers, WEF funds will continue to provide PDF files. Teachers can then make documents available to studentscritical financial support to ensure that all Chemistry students have the online, benefiting students who may be absent. Also, digitalization willopportunity to be engaged in these quantitative lab experiences. Again, help free up filing cabinets and create a larger office work space.due to higher enrollments and expansion to all class levels, WEF willfund twelve additional netbook computers along with a storage cart tohelp alleviate current shortages. The Color of Fire Funding from WEF will enhance the jewelry curriculum by adding a new dimension, the design of color on metal. The kiln, torches, tanks and material funded by this grant will enable students in advancedPurchase of a Modern Woodworking jewelry classes to create flame worked glass beads to enhance theirLathe for the Wood Shop creative designs.This WEF grant will allow woodworking students to create a widerrange of products using advanced turning techniques. The purchase of Books on Demand with Kindlesa newer, safer and more intricate lathe will replace an existing forty Funding was approved to purchase these electronic devices in order toyear old model currently in use. A lathe is used for turning wood, deepen the library’s collection and to improve library service. Addingcreating anything from a bowl to a table leg. twelve Kindles to the library will enhance the fiction collection at a lower cost per e-book, provide immediate access to books in demand,Hydraulic Press Techniques give reading specialists access to special listening/reading features, and will better support the tenth grade American author thesis project.WEF funds will expand the opportunities in jewelry/metals courses byenabling students, using the hydraulic press, to produce a series ofrelated works for a theme based project. The press will allow studentsto create a die that can be repeated in multiples of the same basicshape, thereby creating more complex designs. 5
  6. 6.  Coaching Positions  Fall Season 2011 Head Coach – Varsity Field Hockey Head Coach – Girls Volleyball Winter Season 2011-12 Head Coach – WHS Dance Team Contact Athletic Director: Wellesley Public Schools 2011-2012 Anticipated Openings Middle School (6-8)District Wide English Teacher (1.0 FTE)Network Manager (1.0 FTE)Teacher of Visually Impaired (0.6 FTE) Gr. 8 Mathematics Teacher (1.0 FTE)(Search Re-opened) (dual certification in Math and Special Education)Elementary High School (9-12)Fitness/Health Teacher (1.0 FTE) Special Educator (1.0 FTE) (Moderate Sped)Literacy Specialist (1.0 FTE) T. V. Video Teacher (.5 FTE) Mathematics Paraprofessional (1.0FTE)Please send a cover letter, resume, three letters of reference, transcripts, and licensure by May 20, 2011 toSalvatore Petralia, Asst. Supt., Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481.Elementary Reading Intervention ParaprofessionalReading Intervention Paraprofessional to work with first grade students. Knowledge of early reading acquisition isessential for this position. Onsite training provided. Mornings – 19.50 hours/week. Salary $22.53 - $27.39/hr.(salary will be increased when FY 12 salaries are voted). Not a benefit eligible position. Send cover letter, resume,and three letters of reference to Personnel or mail to Personnel, Wellesley Public Schools, 40Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481.Wellesley Public Schools High School NotetakerAnticipated full time notetaker position (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 be provided. Benefits included.Send cover letter, resume, and three letters of reference or mail to Salvatore Petralia, Assistant Superintendent,Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellelsey, MA 02481 Wellesley Public Schools Actively Seeks to Increase the Diversity of its Workforce 6
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