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Superintendent's Bulletin 9-25-09

  1. 1. Wellesley Public Schools 40 Kingsbury Street Superintendent’s Bulletin Wellesley, Massachusetts 02481 Bella T. Wong Bulletin #4 Superintendent of Schools September 25, 2009 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 love to read but admit, I have never paid much attention to poetry. Last spring Amanda Brown, English teacher at the high school , wrote to ask if I'd like to submit a “favorite poem” to the collection she was putting together in anticipation of Robert Pinsky's visit for this fall. Mr. Pinsky was the United States poet laureate from 1997 to 2000 and was coming to speak to our high school students. Clearly, this was to be a special event. I wanted very much to honor Amanda's request, but was at a loss about how to start. I was dwelling on this when a parent came to see me and I mentioned to her that I had this task on my mind. To my surprise, she pondered for just a moment and offered an idea. Within an hour she returned with her own copy of A Family of Poems, a book of poems put together by Caroline Kennedy. She even marked a particular poem she thought might be the one I would like best! After looking through the poems in the book, I found she was right. The one she marked was the one I liked and suited me best. Caroline Kennedy was few years ahead of me in college. Growing up and maturing “alongside” her, she has always been a noted role model of my generation. She created this book for children. Back when I was younger when summers were truly free, as soon as the school year closed, my favorite thing to do was to read. I would go to the fiction section of the library and start with the A's. I loved to read and would read all day and night. This poem reminds and brings me back to that time. While listening to Mr. Pinsky speak to our students yesterday morning I reflected on how this poem found its way to me. Because Amanda thought to ask me the question, that I happened to share with a parent, I ended up with this gift that warms my heart and make me smile. A gift borne out an unexpected generous gesture that made its way to me because Mr. Pinsky agreed to speak to our students. The House Was Quiet The summer night is like the perfection of thought. The House Was Calm The house was quiet because it had to be. The house was quiet and the world was calm The quiet was part of the meaning, part of the mind: The reader became the books; and summer night The access of perfection to the page. Was like the conscious being of the book. And the world was calm. The truth in a calm world. The house was quiet and the world was calm. n which ther is no other meaning, itself The words were spoken as if there was no book, Is calm, itself is summer and night, itself Except that the reader leaned above the page, Is the reader learning lte and reading there. Wanted to lean, wanted much most to be Wallace Stevens The scholar to whom his book is true, to whom
  2. 2. Calendar Monday 09/21 Kindergarten begins 2 stay days Tuesday 09/22 School Committee Meeting, Town Hall, 7:30 pm Wednesday 09/23 Back to School at Hardy Thursday 09/24 Back to School at Upham, 6:30 pm Monday 09/28 Yom Kippur -- No School Tuesday 09/29 School Committee Meeting, Town Hall, 7:30 pm Friday 10/02 Night High School Football Game Friday 10/09 Deadline: Fall Grant Applications to WEF School Committee Agenda Complete School Committee Minutes are posted at September 29, 2009 2010 7:00 pm Executive Session - 7:30 pm Personnel Announcements 7:50 pm School Committee/Superintendent’s Reports 7:55 pm Citizen Speak 8:00 pm Action/Discussion Items: School Improvement Plans, 2008/Reports 2009-2010 • 8:30 Flu Planning Update • 8:35 pm Middle School Space Professional Development Wellesley Inservice Courses 2009-10 Our full catalog of Inservice Courses for Fall, Winter and Spring is posted as a downloadable pdf on the Wellesley Public Schools website. Professional Development through TEC and through EDCO Catalogs of 2009 professional development opportunities through TEC have been delivered to each school. Information about the fall offerings is also posted at Professional Development opportunities through EDCO are posted on the Wellesley Public Schools website: 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, 2010 - June 30, 2011, must send formal notification of intent to change salary lanes to Mary Wolf c/o the Superintendent’s Office no later than November 1, 2009. This early notification deadline is required so that provisions for anticipated salary lane changes may be made within the new fiscal year budget. nb The list does not carry forward. Teachers must provide written notice each year until they have received their new degree.
  3. 3. News and Information Substitute Coordinator Nancy Finn is our substitute coordinator. The phone number for calling in your absences is: 781.446.6210, Ext. 4550 Please remember: 1. Report ALL absences, even absences that do not require a substitute. 2. Please utilize email to Nancy for your substitute requests whenever possible to cut down on the number of calls to the sub line. 3. 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. Please call me if you have any questions or concerns. Kathy Riley Central Office (Centrex 6210, Ext. 4503) High School Fitness Center Beginning in the fall of 2009, the fee policy for use of the High School Fitness Center (HS FC) will change. There will be no charge to use the HS FC for WPS Faculty, Staff and Town of Wellesley employees. However, the procedure to register and train to use the Fitness Center has changed. These careful guidelines are in place to ensure safe and proper use of the equipment in the HS FC. The certification process is as follows: 1. Registration form and doctor’s note – a current or updated doctor’s note stating that you are in proper physical condition to work out is a requirement. It must be signed by your physician. ALL users of the HS FC will be required to complete an updated HS FC registration sheet. 2. Training – You must attend an orientation and training session with a member of the Fitness and Health staff in order to learn how to use the equipment properly and safely. This will cover general training guidelines and HS FC rules. The training schedule will be determined throughout the school year. Please contact Stephanie Boggs (Centrex 6210, Ext. 4694) to make your appointment beginning in the fall. Staff who have been trained previously do not need to attend again. 3. When steps 1 and 2 are completed, a current High School Fitness Center workout card will be provided and must be presented every time you use the HS FC. FYI- Parking at the high school will be limited and located further from the building, so please plan accordingly. New Payroll Option Effective with the October 5, 2009 pay check the Town of Wellesley will be able to provide your weekly direct deposit pay stub to you via e-mail instead of by paper. By making this choice employees can help the town save money and reduce the amount of paper that finds its way into the trash. If you choose this option, you will receive your pay stub via e-mail on Friday when payroll is run instead of waiting to the following Tuesday for the manual distribution. The e-mail will be password protected for confidentiality purposes. The pay date and actual funds distribution date will not change and will remain on Tuesday. This program is voluntary so you can continue to receive the paper copy if you prefer. If you did not receive the form in the mail and would like to select this new option, please contact the Treasurer’s Office at Town Hall. (781.431.1019, Ext. 2266)
  4. 4. Wellesley Education Foundation Grants Applications for the first round of grant funding are due Friday, October 9. Use only application forms from the WEF website. Please send applications to Janice Gross in the Central Office. Applications received after the due date will be reviewed in February. 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. Please check with Lynn Moore-Benson when ordering technology and science equipment, as she is aware of numerous vendors and options for the lowest cost equipment. Questions about potential grant ideas or the application are welcome. Please send email or telephone the co- chairs, whose names appear on WEF’s website. Have you always wondered how WEF grants get funded? Would you like to learn about the process first hand? We are looking for volunteers to sit on the WEF Grant Review Committee this year. One representative is needed from the High School, Middle School, and Elementary levels. Responsibilities: Read all grant proposals, participate in four grant review meetings -- two in the fall and two in the spring, discuss grants, gather information and vote on grants. Fall Meetings will be held from 7pm - 9pm on November 2nd and 9th. Spring dates to be determined If interested, please send a message to Becky McFall stating your interest in participating. 403B Enrollment Employees are eligible to participate in the Wellesley Public Schools voluntary 403b plan with Lincoln Financial Group. All employees are eligible to participate and the deadline to enroll for the 2009-10 school See last page for year is December 1, 2009. Enrollment meetings and opportunities for an individual consultation with a Lincoln Financial group advisor will be Schedule of 403B available at each school location during the months of September and Information Sessions October. Employees should see their school Principal if interested in and signing up for an individual appointment with a financial consultant. The Fall 2009 schedule of meetings at each location is also posted below. Individual Appointment Enrollment can be done online at or by Opportunities contacting the 24 hour Lincoln Financial Group hot line 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 Assistant Business Manager Liam Hurley (781- 446-6210 ext. 4515) if they would like to request a hard copy of the enrollment kit. Condolences To Lauren Oliver, Schofield Reading Intervention Teacher, on the recent death of her sister Tina McQuiggan.
  5. 5. Positions Available Elementary Teaching Assistant Immediate opening for a teaching assistant to join a team of educators supporting students with severe disabilities in inclusive settings at the elementary level. Must have experience working with nonverbal students and toileting programs. Salary $17.53 - $21.31/hr. plus benefits. Send cover letter, resume, and three letters of reference to Personnel, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481. Anticipated Opening Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Superintendent 12 month position (starting November 19, 2009) Salary $39,228 - $58,684. Send cover letter, resume, and three letters of reference to Carol Gregory, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481. Application deadline: September 28, 2009. Long-Term Substitute Opportunities Teaching Positions ($166.76/day) • Middle School ELL (.6FTE) long-term substitute to work with students in a pullout model and with students in their English and Social Studies classes from end of October, 2009 to end of January, 2010. ELL certification required. • Grade 4 Long-term substitute beginning mid October, 2009 until end of January, 2010. • High School Mathematics (Anticipated Opening) Long-term substitute mathematics teacher needed starting the beginning of October 2009 to teach Discrete Mathematics, Analysis at the honors level, and BC Calculus. Applicants must have a math background. • High School Geometry Long-term substitute needed to teach Geometry at the honors and advanced college preparation levels and Analysis at the advanced college preparation level starting the end of December 2009. • Kindergarten Long-Term Substitute Available November 2009-June 2010. Salary per teachers' contract. Experience with primary aged students and knowledge of early literacy and math curriculums required. Teaching Assistant Position ($133.41/day) Teaching assistant position for a student in fifth grade. Need experience with children on the spectrum and inclusion practices. Please send cover letter, resume, three letters of reference, transcripts and licensure to Personnel, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481. Coaching Positions Winter Season High School Varsity DanceTeam Coach Please contact Athletic Director
  6. 6. 403B Enrollment Meeting Schedule Fall 2009 School Based Schedule -- Individual Meetings Tuesday, September 29 Tuesday, September 29 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Upham School Hardy School Individual Appointments Individual Appointments Tuesday, October 6 Tuesday, October 6 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM 12:15 PM - 1:00 pm and Sprague School 3:05 PM - 5:30 PM Individual Appointments Schofield School Individual Appointments Thursday, October 8 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM Wellesley High School Individual Appointments Tuesday, October 13 Tuesday, October 13 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM Bates School Middle School Individual Appointments (OPEN TO ALL WHO COULD NOT ATTEND INDIVIDUAL SCHOOL APPOINTMENTS) 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, 2009. All staff members are eligible to participate and enroll in the 403b plan.