Wellesley Public Schools Superintendent’s
40 Kingsbury Street Bulletin
Wellesley, Massachusetts 02481
Bella T. Wong Bulletin #16
Superintendent of Schools January 7, 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.
School Committee completed its preliminary review of the proposed budget earlier this week. Based on this review
and following the public hearing held on January 5, the School Committee voted the following reductions:
Elementary Art reduced from 50 to 45 minute blocks (.9 FTE)
Eliminate funding of new library books from the budget
Reduce high school fitness and health requirement from 5 to 4 semesters (.8 FTE)
Eliminate the dedicated bus for private schools
Resulting in an aggregate reduction of $188,145.
The School Committee did not vote to add any advancements to the recommended budget and has yet to vote an
FY12 budget. The Committee has further requested that I create three alternate gap lists to consider that will total
the following aggregate amounts:
These are sizable amounts and School Administration is working through the difficult process of meeting this
request. I expect to present this information to staff at a meeting to be held in Room 204 of the Middle School on
January 13 prior to my presentation to School Committee on the evening of January 18. Any interested staff is
welcome to attend. I will also make this information available through the Bulletin of January 21. School
Committee expects to vote a FY12 budget on January 18.
I understand the substance of this information is troubling to receive at best. This will prove to be a challenging
budget year, as hard as any year prior if not more, but there are several months before a final budget will be
resolved. The administrative team and I will be working hard with the School Committee and with the support of the
larger community for the best outcome. It is my hope to keep you informed throughout. Please do not hesitate to
contact me directly if you have additional questions.
Tuesday 01/11 School Committee Meeting – 7:30 pm Town Hall
Monday 01/17 Martin Luther King Day – No School
Tuesday 01/18 School Committee Meeting – 7:30 pm Town Hall
Wednesday 01/19 Teachers for Safe Schools Mtg – 3:30 pm WMS Rm 245
Thursday 01/20 Affordable Housing Units Info Session – 7:30 pm Town Hall
Monday 01/31 Deadline to Submit HRA (Healthcare Reimbursement
Account) Receipts for 2009
Teachers for Safe Schools
Teachers for Safe Schools will meet at the Middle School in Room 245, from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. on the following
Wednesdays: January 19, February 16, March 16, April 27, and May 18, 2011. The mission of Teachers for Safe
Schools is to consciously create, support and encourage a safe professional and emotional school climate that
allows for staff of all sexual orientations to be acknowledged and respected.
Graduate Course Reimbursement
Course 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 reimbrusement, 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, and transcript to Valerie Spruill,
Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Superintendent, Valerie_Spruill@wellesley.k12.ma.us. You will
be notified of the amount awarded to you by July 1, 2011.
Apply Now to Enroll Children of Non-Resident WTA Members in Wellesley
Schools. Children of teachers or nurses residing outside Wellesley shall be entitled to attend
Wellesley Public Schools without charge for tuition on a space available basis. (Article 12, WTA Unit A
Contract). If you are interested in this benefit in the 2011-12 school year, please contact
Valerie_Spruill@wellesley.k12.ma.us. Include your child/ren’s name, birth date, and current grade level.
Three affordable housing units are being offered by the Wellesley Housing Development
Corporation on a lottery basis for eligible applicants. Two are condominium units and one is a
single-family house; all in Wellesley; all three-bedroom. WELLESLEY EMPLOYEES who
meet other eligibility requirements will be given PREFERENCE for one of the condominiums
and the single-family house. The Wellesley preference also applies to a current resident and to a parent or
guardian of a child in the Wellesley schools. This is primarily for FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS.
Applications are available at the Town Clerk's Office or the Planning Board, or from the lottery agent
(Sudbury Housing Trust) at www.sudbury.ma.us.
There will be an information session on THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011 at 7:30 pm in the GREAT
2010‐2011 Professional Development Opportunities
Professional Development opportunities for 2010- 2011 are posted at
http://wps-professionaldev.wikispaces.com. Course descriptions and
registration instructions are included. This link can also be found on the WPS
website under 2010-2011 Professional Development Offerings.
Teacher and Administrative Licensure Programs
Teacher Program: For secondary (5-12) subject area teachers with a Preliminary license who wish to
gain an Initial license (not for Special Education teachers)
Administrative Program: For teachers at all levels who wish to gain a license as superintendent/
assistant superintendent, Special Education administrator, principal/ assistant principal or
Date: January 13, 2011 (check website for snow cancellation) Time: 4:00 - 5:00 pm
For additional information, go to the following websites:
Administrative Licensure: http://www.tec-coop.org/PDL_Admin.html
Teacher Licensure: http://www.tec-coop.org/PDL_Initial.html
News from the Collaborative for Educational Services . . . .
The Collaborative for Educational Services (formerly known as the Hampshire Educational Collaborative)
will be hosting a discussion and information session for individuals interested in becoming licensed as
educational leaders on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 from 4:00-5:00 PM at the Cary Memorial Library in
The Collaborative offers programs leading to the Initial License as Superintendent/Assistant
Superintendent, Principal/Assistant Principal, and Supervisor/Director. The programs can be completed in
12-18 months and are offered in a hybrid online format with experienced practitioners as instructors. The
tuition is affordable and graduate options are available as well. For further information, please contact
Penny Rhodes at email@example.com
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.
Spring Offering: March 15, 2011 Time: 3:00–6:00 pm
Instructor: Adam Diliberto
Information regarding location will be posted on Wiki.
To register, go to http://wps-professionaldev.wikispaces.com/ to the online registration form. This is listed as a new
course under “School Safety.”
BABY NEWS !! . . . . . CONGRATULATIONS to:
Christina Gerst on the adoption of her son, Hugo, who was born on December 27, 2010,
at 8 lbs, 9 oz.
Trisha Hart on the birth of her baby, Regan, on December 30, 2010, at 7 lbs., 8 oz..
Wellesley Education Foundation Fall 2010 Awards
The Wellesley Education Foundation (WEF) is pleased to award $63,600 in Fall 2010 grants to
benefit the Wellesley Public Schools. Grants will fund new programs and class offerings as well as
expand and enhance Wellesley Public School’s core curriculum. In the Sciences, grant awards will
challenge our students by providing advanced equipment for the High School Physics, Chemistry
and Earth Science laboratories. In Visual and Performing Arts, WEF will fund new instruments and
technology to sustain the excellence of these award winning programs. In the Social Sciences, a
WEF award was approved for documentary film training and online research databases to enrich our current 10th
grade social studies program.
WEF’s stated mission is to enrich, enhance and maintain excellence in the Wellesley Public Schools, and grant
awards are the primary vehicle for fulfilling this important mission. The spring grant cycle begins in early March, to
learn more about WEF please visit our website at wellesleyeducationfoundation.org.
District-wide Elementary Award Middle School Awards
Art Appreciation Goes Digital “Reading Rocks” Grade 6 Literacy Program
WEF will help to expand and improve the delivery of This grant will provide funding for the launch of a
the parent-led Art Appreciation Program, by funding Grade 6 Literacy Day in Spring 2011. In an effort to
the purchase of seven iPads, one for each elementary promote literacy and encourage independent reading,
school. The iPads will store digital portfolios for Art students will choose a book and sign up for a book
Appreciation presentations. All images can be group. Across the entire 6th grade class, teachers will
projected onto SMART boards or screens in the lead small group discussions. At the end, the books
classrooms, offering a much larger view of the artwork will then be donated to a pre-selected school to
for the entire class. The technology will also facilitate encourage another “Reading Rocks” program,
the use of newer, more varied portfolios to represent emphasizing the importance of responsibility to the
diverse cultures and artists. entire world community.
Elementary School Awards Technology and Engineering Equipment
WEF is funding the purchase of a newer, more
iPod Touches: A Tool Toward Literacy efficient, and safer woodworking machine which will
This grant will enhance the balanced literary program allow greater numbers of students to produce more
at Upham School and improve access to books for complex and challenging projects. This larger scale
struggling readers with the addition of five iPod Touch stationary mortiser, which is a combination of a drill
devices for the school library. The hand held devices and a chisel, is considerably safer than the current
support audio books, eBooks and podcasts and will bench top model.
play an important role in motivating students to
become part of a community of readers. Flipping for Video Technology
Turn Up the Hearing This grant will provide additional access to the newest
and easiest to use video technology for school wide
WEF will fund the purchase of a sound field
projects. WEF will add twelve new Flip Video cameras
amplification system with cordless microphones for for use by all students in the Middle School. The
one Bates classroom. The system improves auditory heavily used, in-demand cameras will be shared
clarity and encourages student participation during across all classes and subjects for recording student
discussions. The technology benefits all students, presentations and speeches, newscasts and literacy
especially hearing impaired and English Language workshops.
Brainology: Cultivating a Growth Mindset
Mounted Projection System WEF will fund an innovative new on-line program to
In continued support of a system-wide initiative to offer instruction about the basic functions of the brain.
provide technological parity among schools, a WEF The Brainology program is especially attractive
grant will fund the permanent installation of one ceiling because it helps students think about their intelligence
mounted projector with sound system in a Fiske as something they can develop through study rather
Kindergarten classroom. This will replace the existing than something that is fixed. WEF will purchase
projector on a cart in the classroom and will allow the individual licenses for this interactive, web based
teacher to more efficiently utilize the projection system curriculum. The program will be used in one of the 6th
as an important tool for the efficient delivery of high Grade Houses.
quality educational instruction.
Smart Response PE Interactive Response System for use with dynamic tracks. Also, a heat engine/gas
WEF will fund added numbers of interactive handheld law apparatus, a pressure sensor, and a temperature
devices, which allow teachers to get immediate sensor will be added for the thermodynamics labs.
feedback during classroom assessments. The devices This lab equipment will be an integral part of the core
also promote opportunities for teachers to challenge curriculum used by all Physics students, benefiting
students, primarily in math classrooms. WEF’s grant more than 200 students.
will add thirty-two Smart Responders to be used with
the SMART Boards at the Middle School. These Adobe Creative Suite 5
devices allow students to enter text, numbers and Funding from WEF will allow high school students to
multiple choice questions from their seats. Answers use the newest industry standard software to deliver
are anonymously projected immediately onto the innovative ideas in print and web design. WEF will
SMART Board. fund the purchase of a new site license for the
Adobe Creative Suite 5 software. Programs include
SMART Document Camera Photoshop, InDesign, Flash and Dreamweaver. While
WEF will fund the purchase of a SMART document primarily used within the Art Department, Adobe will
camera for the WMS auditorium to be used in Chorus be used by many other students and departments,
and other classes. With teaching space a precious including the newspaper and the yearbook.
commodity in the Middle School, the addition of a
SMART camera for the auditorium transforms it into a Printer Upgrade for Photography
viable teaching space now and in the future. WEF will fund the purchase of a newer, high precision
printer for use by all Photography students and for
SMART Board: Interactive Lessons for English school wide programs. The grant will fund the
Language Learners purchase of an Epson Stylus 3880 inkjet printer.
This grant will bring the latest interactive technology, a Access to this printer will enhance the new class
SMART Board, to aid our English Language Learners offering, Photography Intensive, an honors level class.
(ELL). Students in the ELL class best learn with The printer will also be used for school exhibits and
interactive activities that include visual and audio submissions to art competitions.
support that can be provided by a SMART Board.
The technology will be used daily and included in all
lessons. Lights, Camera: A Call to Action
This exciting new grant enhances the new 10th Grade
Audiobooks for the Classroom Social Studies core project—Lights, Camera: Take
This grant will provide audiobooks for struggling Action—piloted in 2009-2010. WEF will fund the
readers. It will allow students to access material and purchase of online CQ Researcher and CQ Global
participate in instruction alongside their peers. Researcher to provide access to higher quality
resources for students to use for researching their
selected history topic. WEF will also fund the hiring of
an experienced film instructor to work with students
High School Awards
and teachers to launch the project inception and
provide on-going documentary film instruction. As a
Physics Sensors and Equipment
third enrichment component, WEF will provide funds
WEF funds will expand the opportunities for all
for the purchase of six video cameras and
Physics students to observe firsthand the principles of
accessories to be used for this program and
mechanics and thermodynamics in lab experiments.
throughout the High School as needed.
WEF will purchase a series of sensors, including
motion and force sensors, a smart pulley and a cable
WHS Band Tuba previous grant requests for this equipment, larger sets
WEF funds will improve the depth of the Music of equipment are needed to meet higher enrollment
Department’s program by purchasing one tuba for the and the expanded use of these labs to all Chemistry
high school band. Currently there are multiple classes. The equipment will also support a new class
students studying tuba and only one tuba at the high offering, Environmental Chemistry.
school. The new tuba will also be used to accompany Projectors for Science Classrooms
existing student music ensembles. Use of a mounted overhead projection system allows
teachers to bring the world into their classrooms by
Sunspotters for Earth Science accessing internet sites and displaying instructional
WEF’s grant will provide students in 9th Grade Earth material such as class notes and student work. The
Science more opportunities to engage first hand in image displayed by a projection system is larger and
data gathering techniques. WEF will provide funding more clearly viewed by all students. WEF is mounting
for the purchase of four Sunspotter telescopes, which two overhead projectors for the Science Department
will allow students to go outside on sunny days to do which will result in all Science classrooms having a
hands-on measurements. The Sunspotters will be mounted projector system. Over the past few years,
used in curriculum units on climate change, the WEF has purchased mounted projector systems for
atmosphere, and scientific methods. They will also be the WHS Classical and Modern Language, English,
available for student independent research projects Social Studies, Science, and Visual Arts departments.
(IRPs). Once the new High School is in use, these projectors
can be used at other locations.
Vernier Sensor Series Equipment
WEF will continue to support the expansion of
Chemistry lab experiments with Vernier sensors by
purchasing additional probes and sensors. Adding to
Spring Season 2011
Head Coach - Boys Outdoor Track
Assistant Coach - Varsity Boys and Girls Tennis
Junior Varsity – Baseball Coach
Fall Season 2011
Head Coach – Varsity Boys Soccer
Head Coach – Varsity Field Hockey
Contact Athletic Director
Immediate Opening: WPS Assistant Business Administrator
Under the supervision of the School Business Administrator, the Assistant Business Administrator is
responsible for assisting in the development and administration of the budget, providing support on building
and capital projects, preparing monthly financial reports, maintaining accurate and audit-able financial records
for all grants, managing procurement of district supplies, materials and services, and providing general support
to the Business Administrator in all operational areas.
Bachelor's Degree, in Business Administration, Finance, Accounting or other finance-related field from
an accredited educational institution.
Financial and budgeting skills and experience.
Understanding of financial and business operations within a school district including, but not limited to,
School Finances, Purchasing, Payroll, Accounting, Food Service, Grant Management, Facilities, and
Excellent communication skills
Demonstrated ability to structure large amounts of information in a written document that is clear and
easy to understand
Extensive knowledge of spreadsheets, database and accounting software applications.
Ability to analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
MUNIS software and school finance experience preferred.
Salary commensurate with experience.
Submit cover letter, resume, and three letters of reference to Salvatore Petralia, Assistant Superintendent,
Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 by Friday, January 21, 2011.
LONG TERM SUBSTITUTES NEEDED:
Long-Term Substitute Grade 8 History Teacher needed starting March 4, 2011 until end of
school year. Curriculum includes the Civil War and Reconstruction and experience with the
“Facing History and Ourselves” curriculum is beneficial.
Long Term Substitute Preschool Special Educator needed to teach a substantially separate
preschool class beginning May 2, 2011 until the end of the school year and a six-week summer
program, experience working with children with moderate to significant special needs using the
principals of ABA required. Master’s degree and licenses in both early childhood and special
education required. BCBA preferred. (Salary from May 2 to June 2011 $170.10/day). (Salary for the
six-week summer program to be determined).
Long Term Substitute Preschool Special Educator needed mid-March to early June 2011 to
teach two integrated preschool classes and to function as a member of an assessment team. Must
have experience assessing and teaching young children with special needs, Master’s degree and
licenses in both early childhood and special education required.
Long-Term Substitute Special Educator needed to teach in moderate special needs classroom
beginning February 28 2011 until May 27, 2011. Certification required Grades K-3, in an elementary
Salary for Long Term Substitute Teachers is $170.10/day. Send letter of interest, resume, college transcripts,
copy of license, and three letters of reference to Salvatore Petralia, Assistant Superintendent, Wellesley Public
Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 or via email to Personnel@wellesley.k12.ma.us.
Special Needs Van Monitor needed for approximately 20-22 hours 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. Candidates who wish to be considered for this position should send letter of interest and resume to
Salvatore Petralia, Assistant Superintendent, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA
02481 or e-mail Personnel@Wellesley.k12.ma.us.
Wellesley Public Schools Actively Seeks to Increase the Diversity of its Workforce