Wellesley Public Schools
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Superintendent’s Bulletin
January 9, 2015

1/15/15 – School Committee Meeting – WHS Library – 7 pm
1/27/15 – School Committee Meeting & Public Hearing – FY16 Budget – Selectmen’s Meeting Room – 7 pm
2/1/15 – Deadline:  WHJWC Grant Applications Due

School Committee Meeting Agenda – January 15, 2015 

  • Report: WHS Standardized Assessments
  • Reports:  FY16 Ops & Capital Budgets Subcommittees
  • Update:  Supt. Advisory Committees (SACs) the WMS Program of Studies and the WHS Program of Studies

The documents presented at School Committee meetings may be found on the School Committee page of the District’s website.

WHS One-Of-A-Kind Exclusive Silent Auction
Hurry!  Bidding ends at 12 noon on January 15th!

Purchase a photo and help establish a travel scholarship fund for future high school art department European trips. It’s simple. Simply scan the QR Code, or click here to look at the 26 amazing student photos from our Central European Trip, and bid on your favorite photos. The highest bid wins that photo. Hurry, bidding ends at 12 noon, January 15!

Save-A-Date: January 20, 2015

Please join us to learn more about Social Security and how it relates to benefits offered through Massachusetts’ public retirement systems. Presented by Kurt Czarnowski, principal of Czarnowski Consulting, a retirement planning company which provides expert answers to your Social Security questions
Session 1: Tuesday, January 20th, 12:00 – 1:15
Lunch and Learn (feel free to brown bag it)
Wellesley Library, Wakelin Room, 1st Floor
Session 2: Tuesday, January 20th, 3:30 – 5:00
Includes 457 Deferred Compensation Plan Update
Great Hall, Wellesley Town Hall, 2nd Floor
Who should attend?
All Wellesley Town and School Employees, including members of the Wellesley Contributory Retirement System and the Massachusetts Teachers’ Retirement System, interested in learning more about Social Security Benefits.
Please RSVP to Caitlin Russo at crusso@wellesleyma.gov and indicate which session you plan to attend. 


January 30th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at WHS
Come have a refreshment and perform or watch!
Featuring performances by:
Wellesley High School’s Improv Troupe Robot and The Ready Readys
Wellesley High School Acapella Groups
Thunder Step Squad
All are welcome. No sign up necessary. Contact Alison Joyce at ali11896@yahoo.com with questions

Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club:  Call for Grant Applications

The Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club is beginning its annual review of applications for grants.  Each year we award grants to a variety of educational, elderly, healthcare, recreational, civic and community programs, with particular emphasis on those programs that have a significant impact on the Wellesley community as a whole and its individual residents.  An application is available on our website: www.whjwc.org.   If you are unable to download the application, please contact us at whjwcdonations@gmail.com. Please note this is a new email.
Applications must be completed in full before submission.  Please be sure to identify the specific activity or program for which you are requesting funding and the dollar amount corresponding to your request.  Please feel free to include any supplemental information you feel will support your request.  If your organization produces an annual report, we request that you submit a copy with your application. 
Please email your application by February 1, 2015 to: whjwcdonations@gmail.com

We will inform you of the Donations Committee’s decision in writing by mid-May 2015. You will receive a letter whether or not you have been awarded a grant. Our committee looks forward to your application.

Lesley Robertson
2014 -2015 Donations Committee
Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club

2014-15 Professional Development Opportunities

RETELL SEI Endorsement Course: Spring 2015
There is a new opportunity for eligible educators to enroll in the no-cost RETELL SEI Endorsement course in the Spring.

Participants must meet all eligibility requirements at the time of the SEI course:

  • Must be a Core Academic Teacher
  • Must currently be teaching in a classroom
  • Must have at least one ELL enrolled in one or more courses being taught

Click here to register.  Registration closes on January 15, 2015.
Please note that you will need your MEPID (Massachusetts Ed Personnel ID) number in order to register.   
Register now for Winter/Spring Professional Development Offerings on WellesleyPD
WellesleyPD can be accessed from the WPS website. Under the “Faculty” tab, select “Professional Development”.

  • iPad Boot Camp
    Instructors: Amy Jankins & Jackie Hoglund
    Participants: PreK-12 Educators
    Dates/Times:   2/25/15, 3:30 pm – 7 pm;   3/4, 3/11, 3/18/15, 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm 
  • Advanced iPad: 2nd Offering
    Instructors:  Rosey McQuillan & Ranjani Sriram
    Participants:  PreK-12 Educators
    Dates/Times:  Online Only – Weeks of 4/6/15 – 5/10/15
  • Using Thinking Maps to Enhance Student Performance
    Instructors:  Lizzy Floyd & Sarah Fontaine
    Participants:  PreK-12 Classroom Teachers & Special Educators
    Dates/Times:  6/23/15 and 6/24/15, 8 am – 5 pm;   6/25/15, 8 am – 4:30 pm
  • CPI Restraint Training – Full Course WINTER
    Instructors: Adam Diliberto, Elisa Buchsbaum & Jody Steinhilber
    Participants: PreK-12 Educators, TAs & Paras
    Dates/Times: 1/20/15, 1/21/15, 1/22/15, 3:45p – 6:45p
  • CPI Restraint Training – Full Course SPRING
    Instructors: Adam Diliberto, Elisa Buchsbaum & Jody Steinhilber
    Participants: PreK-12 Educators, TAs & Paras
    Dates/Times: 6/15/15, 6/16/15, 8:00a – 3:00p
  • CPI Restraint Training – Refresher Course SPRING
    Instructors: Adam Diliberto, Elisa Buchsbaum & Jody Steinhilber
    Participants: PreK-12 Educators, TAs & Paras
    Dates/Times: 3/31/15, 3:45p – 6:45p​

 Course reimbursement funding of $30,000 is available to distribute in FY15 among qualified teachers.  This funding is for graduate course work 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, 2015, your name, evidence of your enrollment in an applicable master/doctoral degree program, name and description of the course, evidence of course cost (a billing statement), proof of payment (i.e. credit card statement, canceled check or receipt of payment), and transcript to Valerie Spruill, Administrative Assistant to the Human Resources Director, spruillv@wellesleyps.org   You will be notified of the amount awarded to you sometime prior to the first paycheck in September 2015.  Please note:  all information must be received by June 1, 2015 or you will be disqualified for reimbursement.  All courses must have occurred in the summer of 2014, fall of 2014 and spring of 2015 and have been completed by June 1, 2015.   Any courses taken prior to the summer of 2014 will not count for reimbursement.

WPS Internal Job Postings on District Website
Please be aware that we added a new feature called “Internal Job Postings” under the Faculty tab of the District’s website.  We will post all of our internal jobs under this website tab. Therefore, you will no longer see internal job postings in the bulletin. This new way of posting will allow us to post internal positions any day of the week.
Wellesley Public Schools • Wellesley, Massachusetts
David Lussier, Superintendent

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