Wellesley Public Schools
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Superintendent’s Bulletin
March 13, 2015

3/15/15 – Girls Varsity Hockey State Championship Game – Boston Garden – 11 am
3/13/15 – DCAP Registration Deadline (extended)
3/19/15 – School Committee Working Meeting – Supt. Conf. Room 8:30 am
3/20/15 – First Day of Spring!
3/24/15 – School Committee Meeting – Selectmen’s Meeting Room – 7 pm
3/30/15 – Annual Town Meeting Begins – 7:30 pm

Congratulations to Mellisa Zweig (Gr 3 Teacher – Hardy School) on the birth of her daughter, Scarlett Avery, on March 4, 2015.

Condolences to the Family of John Hanlon who was WMS Assistant Principal from July 1980 to June 1990.  Mr. Hanlon
passed away on March 7, 2015.
Recruiting General Education Teachers for RTI and Accommodations Work!
We are in the process of creating a resource document, listing accommodations, supports and services that can assist a general education teacher in supporting the needs of diverse learners. This document, coupled with the ideas for classroom support and professional development will make up Wellesley’s new District Curriculum Accommodation Plan (DCAP). If you would like to join this committee (teachers will be compensated for their time), please send Lori Cimeno, Director of Student Services an email at cimenol@wellesleyps.org.
Dates of Committee Meetings: 3:30 to 5:30 pm
April 7, April 16, May 11, May 21, and June 1, 2015 (which is a presentation during school ato Admin Council, tent. 9 am start)

“Project Moves Dance Company is a Non-Profit Organization committed to sharing a powerful message of human respect and acceptance, dedicated to generating positive social change through dance art.  The dancers, ages 10-18, celebrate the ever-challenging journey to self-love and self-respect through a dynamic performance. Using the vehicle of dance as an artistic voice, The Project Moves Dance Company holds as its core mission the advocacy for, and the empowerment of, our youth. 
The Project Moves dance performance will be held at the Katherine L. Babson, Jr. Auditorium at Wellesley High School in Wellesley, MA on Thursday, March 26, 2015 beginning at 7:00 PM. 
Admission:  Free to all. Reserve your free ticket(s) at bit.ly/projectmoveswellesley   Please note, if online reservations are “sold out” there will be “day of show” seating available until the theatre is at capacity.
For more information about Project Moves, visit their website at www.projectmoves.org

WHS French Exchange Program In Need of Host

The Wellesley High French Exchange is looking for someone to host one of the French teachers coming to WHS from April 8 to April 24, 2015.  He is a physical education teacher and speaks English.  If you are interested or would like more information, please contact
Christine Laborde-Casterot at labordecasterotc@wellesleyps.org​​

Friends of Wellesley METCO Annual Appeal
Please support Friends of Wellesley METCO’s Annual Appeal:  Friends of Wellesley METCO, Inc. is very grateful for the tremendous support of our teachers, staff, and administrators each day in the schools. We also count on donations to our annual appeal, in order to fund a broad range of educational support programs and enriching experiences for our Boston students.  Please click here for our 2014-15 Annual Appeal letter, or you can donate online. Thank you!

2014-15 Professional Development Opportunities

​C&I Proposals
Proposals for C&I projects are now being accepted for work beginning June 2015 thru June 2016.   The rate for work completed prior to July 1, 2015 is $223 per six-hour day; the rate for work completed on or after July1, 2015 is $228.  To access a C&I Proposal Form, go to the Curriculum & Instruction Workshops page on the WellesleyPD website.

Regular Education C&I Proposals
C&I compensation is granted for curriculum development projects or task force members to work on planned Curriculum Review Cycles or Strategic Plan Initiatives as outlined on WellesleyPD.  Proposals must be submitted to Anne Allieri, Asst. to Assistant Superintendent, Teaching & Learning, no later than March 9th (*extended deadline). Approval notifications will be emailed before April vacation.
Special Education C&I Proposals
C & I Proposals that focus on specialized instructional inclusive practices, e.g., co-teaching models, and/or emotional/social/behavioral support systems will be given priority for approval.  Proposals should be submitted to Lori Cimeno, Director of Student Services, no later than
March 9th.  Approval notifications will be emailed before April vacation.

Information Session for SEI MTEL Candidates

  • Wednesday, March 18th, 2:30pm-3:00pm
  • WMS Faculty Dining Room
  • Co-Hosted by Anne Higgins, Director of ELL & Chelsea Bailow, PD Coordinator

Passing the Sheltered English Instruction MTEL (Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure) is one route to attaining your SEI endorsement. This information session will provide details on the logistics and materials for preparing for the test, as well as how PDPs may be earned for your time.
Please click here to RSVP.

Register now for Spring Professional Development Offerings on WellesleyPD
WellesleyPD can be accessed from the WPS website. Under the “Faculty” tab, select “Professional Development”.

  • 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 SPRING
    Instructors: Adam Diliberto, Elisa Buchsbaum & Jody Steinhilber
    Participants: PreK-12 Educators, TAs & Paras
    Dates/Times: 6/24/15, 6/25/15, 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​ 

To register for EDCO Collaborative courses, go to WellesleyPD and click “EDCO Collaborative”.

  • Neurological Strategies for Building Students’ Growth Mindset, Perseverance, and Long-term Concept Memory

         Date: July 8, 2015               Audience: K-5 classroom teachers, administrators, special educators and specialists

  • Building Students’ Enduring Understanding: Neurological Strategies for Engagement, Perseverance, and Transferable Knowledge

         Date: July 9, 2015               Audience: Grade 6-12 classroom teachers, administrators, special educators and specialists

Primary Source has announced their 2015 summer courses.  To view course offerings and to register, go to WellesleyPD and click “Primary Source”.

Are you interested in a Job Share? Would you like to be considered for a Transfer in the
2015-16 School Year?
Teachers with Professional Teacher Status who would like to request a job share position or a transfer in the 2014-2015 school year must notify Gaylle McCracken in writing by May 1, 2015.  Requests should be sent to:  mccrackeng@wellesleyps.org .

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 for the 2015-16 school year, please contact spruillv@wellesleyps.org include your child/ren’s name, birth date, and current grade level.  Application Deadline:  May 1, 2015

Graduate Course Reimbursement
 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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