Wellesley Public Schools
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Superintendent’s Bulletin

January 8, 2016

Dear Colleagues,Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a restful vacation and that your first week back was productive.  This is an important month in our budget process as we continue to work with the School Committee to analyze our proposals for next year and move toward approving a budget for Town Meeting.  Thanks again to all of our staff who contributed to the development of our recommended FY17 Budget.Another key topic for WPS this month will be the facilities recommendation for Hardy, Hunnewell, and Upham (HHU).  The Parent Advisory Group created by our School Committee has been reviewing this proposal and will provide a recommendation to the School Committee at its January 21st meeting.  All of the HHU materials are posted on the Town’s website:  http://wellesleyma.gov/Pages/WellesleyMA_HHU/indexAs you head into the weekend, I encourage you take a few minutes to complete the Wellesley Education Foundation (WEF) survey I forwarded earlier today.   The feedback you provide will be invaluable in supporting the development of WEF’s strategic plan.  Thanks for all that you do for our students and have a great weekend!  Best regards,David​​Calendar
01/18/16 – MLK Day – No School
01/26/16 – School Committee Meeting –  7 pm Town Hall
02/04/16 – School Committee Meeting – 7 pm Town Hall

CONGRATULATIONS TO Jen Stabnick (Sprague Art Teacher) on the birth of her son, Harper Thomas, on December 25, 2015; AND TO Molly Perkins (Bates Gr 5 Teacher) on the birth of her twins, Luke Minor and Neil Perkins Hinterman, on December 30, 2015; AND TO Anna McGrath, (Hunnewell Gr 3 Teacher), on the birth of her daughter, Greta Marie, on December 31, 2015!!!
WEF SURVEY:  REQUEST FOR PARTICIPATIONDear Wellesley Public School Educators,We are contacting you to request your participation in a brief survey that will inform the future direction of the Wellesley Education Foundation (WEF). As many of you know, WEF is a non-profit, volunteer-run community organization that works to enrich and support the Wellesley Public School system. This year, WEF has undertaken a strategic planning process through which we will identify our goals and priorities for the next five years. We are soliciting input from a variety of key stakeholders to ensure that our assessment incorporates the diverse perspectives of the community we serve.The survey should take you no more than 5–15 minutes. Please complete the survey by Tue., Jan. 19th at 6 PM.  If you have any questions about this survey or the strategic planning process, please contact Lisa Hicks (lhicksconsulting@gmail.com), chair of the WEF Strategic Planning Committee.Please click here to take the survey: http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07ec3246gaij4gmnw4/start Your input, as an educator, is of great value to us. We appreciate your participation. Thanks in advance!Professional Development OpportunitiesWellesleyPDRegistration is open for the following winter courses through WellesleyPD:Teaching Second Languages to Students with Learning Disabilities

  • Instructor: Pedro Carrasquillo
  • Participants: K-12 Educators, Special Educators
  • Date/Times: 02/24/16, 03/02/16, 03/09/16, 03/16/16, 03/23/16, 03/30/16, 3:15pm – 5:45pm

Advanced iPad

  • Instructors: Rosey McQuillan & Ranjani Sriram
  • Participants: PreK-12 Educators
  • Date/Times: Online Only, 03/07/16 – 04/11/16

Introduction to the WIDA Standards and Differentiated Instruction for ELLs

  • Instructors: Jenn Hannon & Jenn Eramo
  • Participants: K-12 Educators, Specialists, Special Educators
  • Date/Times: 03/12/16, 8:30am – 3:30pm; 03/22/16 & 04/05/16, 3:30pm – 6:30pm

Other OpportunitiesTEC Online, Self-Paced Courses Free to WPS EducatorsWPS has partnered with The Education Cooperative (TEC) to offer two online, self-paced courses free of charge to Wellesley educators. Please note that the ELL course is NOT an endorsement course.

  • Engaging All Students with Differentiated Instruction    (Click here for more details.)
  • Strategies to Enhance Instruction for English Language Learners in the Classroom    (Click here for more details.)

    To Register: Go to tec.registration.etlo.org and complete the registration page. You’ll receive an email with a URL for the course you’ve selected, as well as instructions on enrolling in the course.

PDPs: Upon completion of the course, participants will receive a certificate of completion. Submit the certificate to Chelsea Bailow, Professional Development Coordinator, in order for the course to appear in your WellesleyPD records.
Spring IDEAS CoursesIn 2014, EDCO announced the launch of Initiatives for Developing Equity and Achievement for Students (IDEAS), a merger of two past EDCO programs – Empowering Multicultural Initiatives (EMI) and Greater Boston Students of Color Achievement Network (GBSOCAN). WPS is a member district of IDEAS.IDEAS1 Anti-Racist Practices to Support the Success of All StudentsCourse dates: 2/27/16, 3/12/16, 4/2/16, and 4/9/16, 8:30am – 3:30pm
Instructors: JoAnne Kazis and Johnny Cole
Location: Needham High School
Cost: Free to WPS Educators who have not yet taken EMI 1 or IDEAS 1
IDEAS1 Anti-Racist Practices to Support the Success of All StudentsCourse dates: 2/9/16, 4/5/16, 8:30am – 3:30pm; 2/23/16, 3/8/16, 3/22/16, 4/26/16, 3:45pm -6:45pm
Instructors: Leslie Smart and Rebecca Smoler
Location: Lincoln-Sudbury Regional HS
Cost: Free to WPS Educators who have not yet taken EMI 1 or IDEAS 1
Strategies for Examining the Academic Achievement GapCourse dates: 4/16/16, 4/30/16, 8:30am – 3:30pm
Instructors: Claudia Fox Tree and Jennifer Wolfrum
Location: EDCO offices
Cost: $225
Difficult Conversations: Talking about Race and Racism with Students, Colleagues and Parents/GuardiansCourse dates: 2/25/16, 8:30am – 3:30pm, 3/10/16, 3/17/16, 3:45pm – 6:45pm
Instructors: Melissa Patrick and Doug Weinstock
Location: Wayland HS
Cost: $225To Register: Submit the IDEAS Registration form to Chelsea Bailow, Professional Development Coordinator
SEI Endorsement Course for AdministratorsSEI Endorsement Course for Administrators

  • Audience: K-12 Administrators
  • Instructor: Dr. Margaret Harrington
  • Dates & Times: 1/28, 2/4, 3/10, 3/24 & 3/31; 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Location: TEC Professional Learning Center in E. Walpole
  • Cost: $320
  • Earn: 15 PDPs; 1 credit from Worcester State University for an additional $100

​​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 www.wellesley.k12.ma.us/district/superintendent David Lussier, Superintendent

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