Wellesley Public Schools
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Superintendent’s Bulletin

 
March 27, 2015Dear Colleagues,
With Annual Town Meeting beginning on Monday, we are entering the final leg of our budget journey that began last September.   The School Department’s FY16 request totals $66,689,159, which represents a 4.98 percent increase over our FY15 budget.  Most of this request is to maintain our current high level of service to our students.  At the same time, we are making new investments in areas such as an elementary World Language Program and the new High School “Evolutions” program. A key element in bringing this budget forward was controlling health care costs through the new health insurance agreement forged between the Town of Wellesley and all of the collective bargaining units present in town.  In particular, I want to thank the union leadership of the WTA and WEPSA for their work to reach a new agreement.  Informational sessions will be scheduled in the next few weeks to provide all staff with additional detail on their health insurance options moving forward. Finally, don’t forget to stop by the STEM Expo at Wellesley High School from 10am-4pm on Saturday, March 28th!Thank you for all that you do in support of our students and enjoy the weekend. Best regards,
David

​Calendar

3/28/15 – STEM Expo – WHS – 10 am – 4 pm
3/30/15 – Annual Town Meeting Begins – 7:30 pm
4/3/15 – Good Friday – No School
4/20-4/24/15 – Spring Break!
​4/28/15 – School Committee Mtg – 7 pm

Congratulations to Tefta Checola (WHS TA in Special Education) on the birth of her son, Louis (Luke) Ronald, on March 24, 2015.   ATTENTION WELLESLEY WALKERS!!You are invited to join the Wellesley Walkers for our spring walking program.  The kick off meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 8th at 3:30 pm in the Selectman’s meeting room in the Wellesley Town Hall.  The program will run from April 13th through May 22nd, and is free, fun and filled with benefits.  All program participants will receive a goody bag at the start of the program and will be eligible for random prize drawings throughout the program.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 spring walking program.Proven benefits of walking include the following:

  • Weight management by boosting metabolism
  • Blood pressure control
  • Reduced heart attack risk
  • Boost of  “good” cholesterol
  • Relief from arthritis and back pain
  • Lowered stress levels
  • Improved sleep
  • Improved mood and sense of well-being
  • Lengthened lifespan
  • Improved ability to focus, make decisions and solve problems

If interested in participating but unable to come to the kick off meeting, please let Cheryl Daebritz know by Monday, April 6th, 2015.  (But, late enrollment is always accepted!)  cdaebritz@wellesleyma.gov or (781) 431-1019, ext. 2246
The West Suburban Health Group (Wellesley’s joint purchasing group for health insurance) is announcing its first ever “West Suburban Witness the Fitness” walking program.  “Witness the Fitness” is a friendly competition among the Towns in the West Suburban Health Group to see which Town can log the most minutes walked.As a participant in the Wellesley Walkers Spring 2015 Program, you are also a member of the Wellesley team.  The Town and individual participants are eligible to win prizes.  When you enroll in the Wellesley Walkers Spring 2015 Program, I will send you instructions on how to submit your time walked.

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 pmApril 7, April 16, May 11, May 21, and June 1, 2015 (which is a presentation during school ato Admin Council, tent. 9 am start)

WINGS’15 Regular Education Program PositionsRegular Education Teaching Assistants Needed for 4 Weeks 7/6/15-7/31/15 AM Academic Courses
Teaching Assistants for the academic classes ($18.88/hr or your current FY15 TA rate if you are currently working as a TA) are needed to teach in the AM (work hours 8:15-11:45) session. Candidates must have experience teaching literacy, math, or the writing process.  Preference will be given to candidates who are familiar with WPS grade level learning goals and who have experience working with students with special needs.  Student Assistants Needed for 4 Weeks 7/6/15-7/31/15
A limited number of Student Assistants ($10/hr) are needed to work in enrichment classes in the AM (work hours 8:15-11:45) and/or the PM (work hours 11:45-3:15) sessions.  Students must be 16 or older and preference will be given to high school and college students who have worked in WINGS in the past or who are children of Wellesley staff.  Read the description of the WINGS’15 courses at www.wellesley.k12.ma.us (click on programs) and indicate in your letter of application which courses you think your skills/talents/experience match.Nursing coverage needed to cover all preschool and elementary summer programs 7/1/15-8/11/15
Registered nurse(s) needed ($41.91/hr.)  Preference will be given to current WPS nurses and others who have worked in WINGS in the past.  CURRENT WPS NURSES PLEASE LET LINDA CORRIDAN, DEPT HEAD OF NURSING, KNOW OF YOUR INTEREST.Secretary 7/6/15-7/31/15
Secretary responsibilities will include tracking and recording student attendance for each of the four time periods a day, managing all incoming phone calls, helping to maintain attendance and weekly time sheets, and helping to support the needs of up to 70 adults. Interested candidates should send a formal letter of application and current resume to Dr. Gretchen Bravacos, 40 Kingsbury St., Wellesley, MA 02481 or via email at wings@wellesleyps.orgElementary Special Education PositionsSpecial Education Teacher Positions 7/1/15-8/11/15
Special Education Teachers ($41.91/hr) are needed to teach students with language-based learning disabilities in grades 2-5.  The position is part-time (8:30-11:30) each morning for six weeks.  Training and experience teaching reading, written language and math skills to students with disabilities is necessary and Moderate Special Needs certification is required.Lead Teachers for Full-Day Six Week Program 7/1/15-8/11/15
Lead Teachers  ($41.91/hr) are needed to lead small-group lessons for students with intensive special needs.  Other duties include consulting with academic and enrichment teachers, providing guidance to teaching assistants, overseeing students’ schedules, etc. Training and experience teaching students with intensive disabilities is necessary and Severe Needs license is preferred.Lead Teachers for Full-Day Six Week Program 7/1/15-8/11/15
Lead Teachers  ($41.91/hr) with training and experience using ABA as the teaching methodology are needed to lead small-group lessons for students on the Autism Spectrum. Other duties include consulting with academic and enrichment teachers, providing guidance to teaching assistants, overseeing students’ schedules, etc. Training and experience teaching students with autism is necessary and Severe Needs license is preferred.Lead Teachers for Half-Day Four Week Program 7/6/15-7/31/15
Primary Learning Center teacher and Intermediate Learning Center teacher positions.  Must be a licensed special educator, familiar with planning content lessons in reading, writing and math to support students with a variety of needs.Paraprofessionals for Six-Week Programs 7/1/15-8/11/15
Paraprofessionals ($24.27/hr or your current FY15 rate if you are currently working as a para) with training and experience using ABA as the teaching methodology are needed to work with children with Autism under the direction of the Lead Teacher.  Preference will be given to candidates who are currently working in WPS, with training in elementary education, special education, or related field and/or experience with students with disabilities.Teaching Assistants for Four and Six Week Programs
Teaching assistants ($18.88/hr or your current FY15 rate of pay if you are currently working as a TA) are needed to support students with disabilities in special education classes and in some academic, enrichment, and recreational activities for both the AM (work hours 8:15-11:45) and the PM (work hours 11:45-3:15) sessions.  Preference will be given to candidates who are currently working in WPS, with training in elementary education, special education, or related field and/or experience with students with disabilities.Elementary Therapists  7/1/15-8/11/15
Speech/Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapists, Social Worker  ($45/hr) are needed.   Appropriate licenses and/or certification and experience required.  Preference will be given to current and former WPS employees. Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and a current resume to Ms. Joanne Naso, 40 Kingsbury St, Wellesley, MA, 02481 or to nasoj@wellesleyps.org
​Preschool Special Education Positions for Summer ProgramsLead Preschool Teachers for P.A.W.S. Summer ’15
Lead teachers ($41.91/hr) are needed for both the four (7/6/15-7/30/15, MTW&Th, work hours 8:30 am – 12:00 pm) and six-week programs (7/1/15-8/11/15, MTW&Th, work hours 8:30 am – 2:00 pm)  Appropriate licenses are required for all teacher positions, and expertise in using Applied Behavior Analysis as a teaching methodology is required for the six-week long programs.  Preference will be given to current WPS employees. Preschool Teaching Assistants and Paraprofessionals Needed for P.A.W.S. Summer’15
Teaching assistants ($18.88/hr or your current FY15 rate of pay if you are currently working as a TA) and paraprofessionals ($24.27/hr or your current FY15 rate if you are currently working as a para) needed for the four (7/6/15-7/30/15, MTW&Th, work hours 8:30 am – 12:00 pm) and six-week programs (7/1/15-8/11/15, MTW&Th, work hours 8:30 am – 2:00 pm). Candidates must have experience working with preschool-aged children with special needs. Preschool Therapists 7/1/15-8/11/15
Speech/Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapists ($45/hr) are needed.   Appropriate licenses and/or certification and experience required.  Preference will be given to current and former WPS employees. Interested candidates should send a formal letter of application and current resume to Rebecca Zieminski, 63 Hastings St., Wellesley, MA 02481 or via email at zieminskir@wellesleyps.org
​WellesleyPD Summer 2015 Course OfferingsInstructions for RegistrationAll WellesleyPD course offerings and information is available online:

To login to WellesleyPD, select “Login” at the left side of the screen

  • Username: firstname_lastname
  • The default password is wellesleypd; you can click “Forgot Your Password?” for reset information to be sent to your WPS email address

Registration for courses closes 2 weeks prior to the date of the first scheduled session of the course. Early registration is encouraged, as class size for each course is limited and a minimum number of participants is required in order for a course to run.If the minimum number of participants is not reached 2 weeks prior to the date of the first scheduled session of the course, the course will be cancelled. Participants will be notified of course cancellations at least 10 days prior to the date of the first scheduled session of the course.The array of instructional workshops and courses scheduled to be offered this summer promises to engage teachers in opportunities that promote continuous inquiry leading to the advancement of student learning and improved practice.Content-Based Courses

  • Using Thinking Maps to Enhance Student Performance

Instructors: Lizzy Floyd & Sarah Fontaine
Participants: PreK-12 Classroom Teachers & Special Educators
June 23, June 24, 8:00am – 5:00pm & June 25, 8:00am – 4:30pm

  • Understanding and Applying Differentiated Instruction

Instructor: Keriann McLaughlin
Participants: PreK-12 Educators
August 10, August 11, August 12, August 13, 8:00am – 3:00pmArt

  • Wheel Throwing for Educators

Instructor: Amie Larson
Participants: PreK-12 Educators
June 23, June 24, June 25, June 26, 9:00am – 3:00pm & June 29, 9:00am – 12:00pm

  • Discovering the Artist Within: Fostering Creativity in the Classroom

Instructors: Lynne Johnson & Diane Redfield
Participants: PreK-12 Educators, Non-Art Specialists
July 1, July 13, July 15 & August 26, 9:00am – 3:45pmLiteracy

  • Close Reading

Instructor: Rachel McGregor
Participants: Grades 3-6 Classroom Teachers & Special Educators
July 13 & July 14, 8:30am – 3:30pm

  • Writing Workshop K-5

Instructors: Christina Cooney & Megan Reilly Padilla
Participants: K-5 Educators
August 4 & August 5, 8:30am – 3:30pm; September 26, 9:00am – 3:30pm; October 7 & October 14, 3:30pm – 6:30pmScience

  • Being Scientists & Engineers: Integrating Science & Engineering Practices in the Elementary Classroom

Instructor: Carolyn Collins
Participants: PreK-5 Educators
August 19, August 20, August 21 & October 3, 8:00am – 3:00pmTechnology

  • iPad Boot Camp

         Instructors: Rosey McQuillan & Amy Jankins
         Participants: PreK-5 Educators
        June 24 & June 25, 8:00am – 1:30pm; October 21, 3:30pm – 6:00pm

  • Designing Blended Curriculum Units for the Classroom in Canvas

         Instructors: Brian Allieri & Ranjani Sriram
         Participants: Grades 8-12 Educators
         Face-to-Face Sessions: June 25 & August 17, 8:30am – 12:00pm;
         Online Sessions June 25 – August 17

  • Google Apps for Education

Instructors: Rosey McQuillan & Jackie Hoglund
Participants: PreK-12 Educators
Online Only; Weeks of July 6 – August 10CPI Restraint Training

  • Full Course

         Instructors: Adam Diliberto, Elisa Buchsbaum & Jody Steinhilber
         Participants: PreK-12 Educators, TAs & Paras
        June 24 & June 25, 8:00am – 3:00pmPrimary SourceWPS has an annual membership with Primary Source through which we are allotted a certain number of seats in their courses. Click here for a listing of Primary Source’s 2015 summer courses.  A hard copy of the course catalogue has been sent to schools. To submit your registration request, please click here. Registration deadline is April 24, 2015.

WPS Upham Before School Program Coordinator needed to start immediately.  The hours are 7:15 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. Monday through Friday.  Salary $13.88/hr for one hour per day.  If interested, please contact Human Resources Director Gayle McCracken:  mccrackeng@wellesleyps.org.

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 β€’ Wellesley, Massachusetts www.wellesley.k12.ma.us/district/superintendent David Lussier, Superintendent

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