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Superintendent's Bulletin 9-24-10

  1. 1. Wellesley Public Schools Superintendent’s 40 Kingsbury Street Bulletin Wellesley, Massachusetts 02481 Bella T. Wong Bulletin # 4 Superintendent of Schools September 24, 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.     Dear Colleagues: Just a reminder to send in your comments to me about the Action Plan for Equity and Excellence posted with last week's Bulletin. Have a nice weekend!   Calendar Friday 9/24 Night High School Football Game Saturday 9/25 Fiske Wild West Roundup Wednesday 9/29 Hardy Back to School Night Thursday, 9/30 WHS Back to School Night Saturday 10/2 Upham Sports Carnival Tuesday 10/5 School Committee Meeting Monday 10/11 Columbus Day – No School Monday 10/18 WEF Fall Grant Application Deadline   2010‐2011 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 the WPS website under 2010-2011 Professional Development Offerings.
  2. 2.   CPI Refresher Training  Prerequisite: Full CPI Training During the 2009-2010 School Year. The cornerstone of CPI since 1980, this program is considered the worldwide standard for crisis prevention and intervention training. With a core philosophy of providing for the care, welfare, safety, and security of everyone involved in a crisis situation, the program’s proven strategies give human service providers and educators the skills to safely and effectively respond to anxious, hostile, or violent behavior while balancing the responsibilities of care. Date: October 20, 2010, Time: 12:30-3:30 pm, Instructor: TBD, PDPs: 3 To register, go to http://wps- to the online registration form. This is listed as a new course under “School Safety.”   Are You Working Toward   a Higher Salary Lane?    All teachers who expect to receive a Master’s degree, M+30, or M+60/Doctorate during the 12 month period July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012, must send formal notification of intent to change salary lanes to Addie Doherty, c/o the Superintendent’s Office, no later than November 1, 2010. This early notification deadline is required so that provisions for anticipated salary lane changes may be made within the new fiscal year budget. Please note: The list does not carry forward. Teachers must provide written notice each year until they have received their new degree.     Condolences to Alee Rogers on the death of her mother, Mary Rogers.     Congratulations to new dad Jesse Davis and his wife Juli on the birth of their son, Teddy Walter Davis, on September 22nd. . . and to first time grandmother Meg Davis on the birth of her grandson!    REMINDER TO NEW BENEFIT‐ELIGIBLE EMPLOYEES: You must complete all the paperwork to enroll in any/all of the employee insurance programs (health, dental, life, long-term disability) before September 30. Late forms will not be accepted. If you have not made an appointment for an initial benefits orientation with the Human Resources (HR) Department in Town Hall, call them as soon as possible at 781- 431-1019 x2244. If you do not wish to enroll in health, dental, and/or life insurance, please notify HR in writing or by e-mail at   2
  3. 3. Wellesley Education Foundation Grants Applications for the first round of grant funding are due Monday, October 18, 2010. Grant brochures will be distributed to all schools during the week ending September 17th. Use only application forms from the WEF website, The WEF website can also be found on the Wellesley Public Schools website under District Information – Wellesley Education Foundation. Send applications to Janice Gross, Curriculum & Instruction Administrative Assistant, in the Central Office of the Superintendent. We welcome grant proposals from all teachers, administrators and specialists at all Wellesley public schools. For elementary school grants: up to 20% of the grant budget may be allocated to individual elementary school grants providing they have potential for replication. Application instructions, criteria for funding, and some examples of well written grants are all posted on the WEF website. Choose the Grants to Educators link. Be sure to include shipping and handling expenses in your cost analysis. Any technology requests must be reviewed by Rob Ford, Director, Technology. Questions about potential grant ideas or the application are welcome. Feel free to email WEF Grant Chair, Beverly Donovan, at with any questions. PERFORMING ARTS:  Help Wanted  The Performing Arts Department is looking for accompanists, set builders, and production managers for the Middle School shows this year. If you are interested please contact: Elizabeth Perry, Director of Performing Arts, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481, x4120   WHS FITNESS CENTER  Thank you for your interest in the Wellesley High School Fitness Center. As a school year resident member, you may use the Fitness Center during the scheduled hours, which are currently 6:00 am-7:15 am, Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 2:45 pm - 5:30 pm, Monday through Thursday; and 2:45 pm - 4:30 pm on Friday . Please note: Due to construction, morning parking will be limited to visitor spaces in the front of the high school and MUST leave by 7 a.m. The afternoon parking will be in the various parking lots around the school after 4 p.m. Questions? Contact Stephanie Boggs, 781-446-6250, extension 4694.    SUBSTITUTE COORDINATOR/PROCEDURE FOR REPORTING ABSENCES  Nancy Finn is our Substitute Coordinator.      The phone number for calling in your absences is:   781.446.6210, Ext. 4550  Please remember:   Report ALL absences, even absences that do not require a substitute.   Please utilize email to Nancy for your substitute requests whenever possible to cut  down on the number of calls to the sub line.   If you find a substitute on your own, please notify Nancy by email ( or  on the sub line so that the substitute can be paid.     If you have questions or concerns, please call Valerie Spruill, Central Office, (Centrex 6210, ext. 4503)  3
  4. 4. POSITIONS AVAILABLE  2010‐2011 OPENINGS  Elementary Special Educator needed at the Upham School, for grades 3-5, beginning Nov. 29, 2010. Responsibilities include: direct instruction to students, consultation with staff, evaluations, report writing, and IEP meetings. Please send cover letter, resume, three letters of reference, licensure and transcripts to Salvatore Petralia, Assistant Superintendent, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 by 4 p.m. on October 1, 2010.   Special Education Teaching Assistant needed beginning November 29, 2010. Must have elementary experience working with students with special needs, including; accommodating curriculum, supporting students in the general education classroom, and providing repetition and review of reading, writing and math skills. Please send cover letter, resume, three letters of reference, to Salvatore Petralia, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481.   Elementary Teaching Assistant needed for a student in third grade with significant learning and medical disabilities. Must have elementary school special education experience. Please send cover letter, resume, three letters of reference to Salvatore Petralia, Assistant Superintendent, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 Special Needs Van Monitor needed for approximately 20-22 hrs. per week. This is a split shift a.m.-p.m. Must have current CPR and First Aid certification. Salary range $12.17-$13.80 per hr. Must be able to start A.S.A.P. Please email Please no phone calls.   Van Driver needed - immediate opening 30-32 hrs/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 e-mail or call Deane McGoldrick at 781-446-6210, ext. 4514   Wellesley Public Schools Actively Seeks to Increase the Diversity of its Workforce    Coaching Positions       Winter/Spring Seasons 2010-11 Coach: Boys Varsity Indoor Track Position – Winter Boys Varsity Outdoor Track Position – Spring Contact Athletic Director     Associate Supervisors and Proctors Needed!  Associate Supervisors are needed to administer PSATs and SATs for the 2010-2011 school year. Proctors are needed to monitor the halls, direct students to their classrooms and assist the Main Office staff with running the test center, as needed. Both positions are paid positions so you will be compensated for your time. The dates are as follows: 4
  5. 5. PSATs SATs October 16, 2010 November 6, 2010 May 7, 2011 June 4, 2011 Associate Supervisors and Proctors need to report to the test site at 7:30 a.m. A brief training for those who have never administered the PSAT or SAT will be held earlier in the week before each test date. The length of the test day will vary depending on the proctoring assignment. Please note the following:  All tests will be administered at the Middle School this year so parking will not be an issue.  According to College Board guidelines, Associate Supervisors and Proctors must be current or retired faculty or other professional staff of WPS or from a neighboring institution or a graduate student.  Also, according to College Board guidelines, an Associate Supervisor or Proctor cannot administer any SAT Program test that will be taken by a member of their household or immediate family at any test center nation wide. If you are interested in any or all of the dates and are eligible according to the College Board guidelines, please contact Janet Sozio (x5139) at the high school via email or phone. In your correspondence, please indicate which position you would be most interested in filling. Please also indicate what dates you are available. IMPORTANT: Indicating interest doesn’t guarantee a position as the number of Associate Supervisors and Proctors required to run the test center is based on the number of students testing as well as their needs. Every effort will be made to make positions available to as many people as possible. Schedule of 403B Individual Appointment Opportunities (See end of bulletin for schedule) 403B Enrollment Information Employees are eligible to participate in the Wellesley Public School's voluntary 403b plan with Lincoln Financial Group. All employees are eligible to participate and the deadline to enroll for the 2010-11 school year is December 1, 2010. You will not be allowed to enroll after the December 1, 2010 deadline. Enrollment meetings and opportunities for an individual consultation with a Lincoln Financial group advisor will be available at each school location during the month of September and October. Employees should see their school Principal if interested in signing up for an individual appointment with a financial consultant. The Fall 2010 schedule of meetings at each location is also posted below. Enrollment can be done online at or over the phone by contacting the 24 hour Lincoln Financial Group hot line at 800-234-3500. Employees will need their pin number in order to enroll which is mailed directly to employees' addresses from Lincoln Financial Group. Employees can contact Liam Hurley at the business office at 781-446-6210 ext. 4515 if they would like a hard copy of the enrollment kit sent to them. 5
  6. 6.   403B Enrollment Meeting Schedule Fall 2010 School Based Schedule – Individual Meetings Tuesday, September 28 Tuesday, September 28 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Upham School Hardy School Individual Appointments Individual Appointments Tuesday, October 5 Tuesday, October 5 7:30 AM -12:00 PM 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM & 3:05 PM - 5:30 PM Sprague School Schofield School Individual Appointments Individual Appointments Thursday, October 7 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM Wellesley High School Individual Appointments Wednesday, October 13 Wednesday, October 13 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM 1:00 PM – 5:30 PM Bates School Middle School Individual Appointments (OPEN TO ALL WHO CANNOT ATTEND INDIVIDUAL SCHOOL APPOINTMENTS) Individual Appointment Thursday, October 14 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM Fiske School Individual Appointments Wednesday, October 20 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM Hunnewell School Individual Appointments The above schedule is based on feedback provided by school principals. Every effort was made to accommodate each school's request and schedule. If needed, additional days for individual appointments may be scheduled in October. Sign-Up sheets will be made available at each school. The deadline to enroll during this school year is December 1, 2010. All staff members are eligible to participate and enroll.                  6
  7. 7.   Commit to be fit. You are invited to join the Wellesley Walkers for our fall walking program beginning on October 4th, 2010 and ending on October 29th, 2010. The program will run for four weeks, is free, fun and filled with benefits. All program participants will receive a goodie bag at the start of the program and will be eligible for random prize drawings throughout the program. All Town employees are eligible to participate. Sponsored by the Wellesley Health Department and the Human Resources Department, the walking program is geared for individuals from all walks of life. If you are a serious walker, a casual walker or a walker “wanna be”, please consider joining the Wellesley Walkers for our fall walking program. Proven benefits of walking include the following:  Weight management by boosting  Lowered stress levels metabolism  Improved sleep  Blood pressure control  Improved mood and sense of well-being  Reduced heart attack risk  Lengthened lifespan  Boost of “good” cholesterol  Improved ability to focus, make decisions  Relief from arthritis and back pain and solve problems If interested in participating but unable to come to either of the kick off meetings, please let Bahiya Sauer know by Friday, September 24th, 2010 ( or (781) 431-1019, ext. 2248). Why Walk? Because you’re worth it! 7