ENJOY THE WEEKEND!!!

Calendar
03/25/16 No School – Good Friday
03/28/16 – Annual Town Meeting Begins – 7 pm – WMS
03/31/16 – Deadline for C & I Proposals
03/31/16 – Deadline for WellesleyPD Course Proposals
04/12/16 – School Committee Meeting – 7 pm – Town Hall
04/18-22 – School Vacation
04/26/16 – School Committee Meeting – 7 pm – Town Hall


Condolences to Kristen Lueken (Schofield Secretary) on the loss of her mother, Marjory Hellebust, on March 15, 2016.


Special Education Strategic Plan Focus Groups

Members of the Wellesley Public Schools community have begun the important work of establishing a Strategic Plan for Special Education. A critical step of this planning is to check in with our stakeholders and capture their feedback. We value the input of educators in this process. Regardless of your current involvement with the Special Education Department, we invite you to join us for a focus group to help strengthen our District programming.

April 7, 2016
3:30 pm Wellesley Middle School Library

April 13, 2016
3:00 pm Wellesley Middle School Library

Should you have questions, please contact Lori Cimeno, Director of Student Services via email cimenol@wellesleyps.org. Light refreshments will be served.

We look forward to the conversation!


‚ÄčPRESCHOOL- P.A.W.S. POSITIONS
SUMMER PROGRAM 2016

Job requirements for Lead Teachers:
Teaching experience and license within content area required. Familiarity with WPS learning goals preferred. Applicants for positions within academic strands must state their preferred grade level and content area.  Applicants must have dual certification in Special Education and Early Childhood Education.
Special Education Lead Teachers: 7/5/16 through 8/4/16

  • $41.91 per hour
  • Morning Session: 8:30 – 12:00
  • Extended Day Session: 8:30-2:00
  • Programs: 5 week program
  • M-T or W-TH 9-11:30
  • M-Th 9:00-1:30

Teaching Assistants Five Weeks:  7/5/16 through 8/4/16

  • $18.88 per hour (or current FY16 TA rate)
  • M-T or W-TH 8:45-11:45
  • M-TH 8:45-1:45

Paraprofessionals: 7/5/6 through 8/4/16

  • $24.27 per hour (or current FY16 Para rate)
  • Programs: 5 week program M-T or W-TH 9-11:30
  • M-Th 8:45-1:45
  • Must have ABA experience and training.

Send your application to:
Rebecca Zieminski, Director of Early Childhood
45 Hastings Street, Wellesley, MA 02481
or by email to: zieminskir@wellesleyps.org
Click Here for Application


MIDDLE SCHOOL POSITIONS
SUMMER PROGRAM 2016
Job requirements for Lead Teachers:
Teaching experience and license within content area required. Familiarity with WPS learning goals preferred.
Special Education Lead Teachers for ISS  and Skills program :  5 week programs -7/5/16 through 8/4/16
  • $41.91 per hour
  • M-Th 8:30-1:00
  • Skills Program: ¬†grade 6,7,8
  • ISS Program: ¬†¬†¬†¬†grade 6,7,8
Special Education Lead Teacher for the Language Based Program, Learning Center and TLC program: 4 week Programs July 5th through July 28th
  • $41.91 per hour
  • T-Th 8:30-11 (2.5 hours)
  • Language Based Teacher: grades 6, 7, 8
  • Learning Center Teacher: grades 6, 7, 8
  • Therapeutic Learning Center Teacher: grades 6,7,8
Paraprofessionals:
  • $24.27 per hour (or current FY16 Para rate)
  • 4 week program (T-Th 8:30-11:00)
  • 5 week program (M-Th 8:30-1:00)
  • Must have ABA experience and training.
Related Service Providers: 7/5/16 through 8/4/16
  • $45 per hour
  • Hours: 8:30-3:00
  • Speech and Language Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist

Send your application to:
Mimi Feerick
Department Head of Special Education
Wellesley Middle School
50 Kingsbury St. Wellesley, MA 02481
or by email: feerickm@wellesleyps.org
Click Here for Application


HIGH SCHOOLPOSITIONS
SUMMER PROGRAM 2016

Job requirements for Lead Teachers:

Teaching experience and license within content area required. Familiarity with WPS learning goals preferred. Applicants for positions within academic strands must state their preferred grade level and content area.  Applicants must have Special Education and ABA certification.

Special Education Lead Teachers:

  • $41.91 per hour
LAUNCH Lead Teacher:  5 week programs -7/5/16 through 8/4/16
  • M-Th (8:3-2:30)
  • Must have Special Education and ABA
Skills Lead Teacher:  5 week program -7/5/16 through 8/4/16
  • M-Th (8:30-1:00)
Language Based Program Lead Teacher: 4 week program -7/5/16-7/28/16
  • T-TH (8:30-11:00)

Gateways Adjustment Counselor/Special Educator:  4 weeks (servicing students by appointments)

  • Teaching Assistants four weeks: 7/5/16 through 7/28/16
  • Teaching Assistants for five weeks: ¬†7/5/16-8/4/16
  • $18.88 per hour (or current FY16 TA rate)

Send your application to:
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Deb Levine
Special Education Department Head
Wellesley High School
50 Rice St, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481

or by email: levined@wellesleyps.org

Professional Development Opportunities

WellesleyPD
Registration is open for the following  courses through WellesleyPD:
New Dates! ‚Äď “Special Education for General Educators: A 5 Part Series”

  • Instructors: Astrid Mazariegos & Kristen Stacy
  • Participants: K-5¬†Educators
  • Dates/Times: 04/30/16, 8:30am ‚Äď 3:00pm; 05/02/16, 05/09/16 & 05/17/16, 3:30pm ‚Äď 6:30pm
  • To Register: Login to WellesleyPD and select “Offerings” from the menu on the left, then select “Special Education Courses” from the pull-down menu.

‚ÄčNew Online ELL Course
“Promoting Mastery of ESL Standards with Technology Usage”
This course provides 45 PDPs, fulfilling the DESE requirement of at least 15 PDPs related to SEI or ESL (effective July 1, 2016 for professional licensure renewal. The cost of the course is $99.   Go to www.quikitech.com/mass to enroll.

Share Your Expertise with Colleagues
Teach a WellesleyPD course this summer or during the 2016-2017 school year! The rate of pay is $60 per course hour for non-graduate level courses or $100 per course hour if the course is approved for graduate credit. The rate of pay is adjusted for multiple instructors.
We are especially interested in courses that align with and support the WPS Strategic Plan and District goals in the following areas:

  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • Differentiation
  • The 4 Cs

To propose a course, please submit a completed WellesleyPD Course Proposal to Chelsea Bailow, Professional Development Coordinator, no later than Thursday, March 31st.
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C&I Proposals Now Being Accepted for Summer 2016 and the 2016-2017 School Year
Regular Education
We are seeking C&I proposals whose focus is to develop curricula and/or innovative teaching practices resulting in products that can be shared with colleagues. Priority will be given to Proposals related to current Curriculum Review Cycles or aligned to the Strategic Plan and District goals.
Special Education
We are seeking C&I Proposals whose focus is on specialized instructional inclusive practices, e.g., co-teaching models, and/or emotional/social/behavioral support systems.
To access a fillable C&I Proposal Form, please click C&I Proposal.  Proposals can be initiated by administrators or by teacher groups who have worked with your department head.
C&I Proposals are due no later than Thursday, March 31, 2016.  For Regular Educationproposals, please submit to Anne Allieri, Teaching & Learning Department.  For Special Education proposals, please submit to Lori Cimeno, Director of Student Services.
Approval notifications will be sent prior to April Vacation.
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Other Opportunities
TEC Online, Self-Paced Courses Free to WPS Educators
WPS 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.‚Äč‚Äč

BU Leadership Program
Boston University launched its Institute for Creative Educational Leadership in the summer of 2015.  An extraordinary and diverse cohort of aspiring education leaders are now engaged in a unique 16-credit Certificate of Educational Leadership program that can, with additional coursework, lead to Ed.M. and CAGS degrees in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.  The initial reviews by the students have been extremely positive.  For additional information on this program, please click here.


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 2016-17 school year, please click here to access the form.  Once complete, please return it to District Registrar Nancy Costigliola in Central Office or email it back to her at registrar@wellesleyps.org.  The Application Deadline is May 1, 2016.


Graduate Course Reimbursement

Course reimbursement funding of $30,000 is available to distribute in FY17 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 the following information to Valerie Spruill, Administrative Assistant to the HR Director,spruillv@wellesleyps.org:¬† ¬†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.¬† The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2016.¬† You will be notified of the amount awarded to you some time prior to the first paycheck in September 2016.¬† Please note:¬† all information must be received by June 1, 2016 or you will be disqualified for reimbursement.¬† All courses must have occurred in the summer of 2015, fall of 2015 and spring of 2016 and have been completed by June 1, 2016.¬†¬† Any courses taken prior to the summer of 2015 will not be considered reimbursement.


Thinking About Retirement?

For WTA members interested in retiring in 2016: Contact a representative from MTRS at 617-679-6877.

For further information to determine eligibility for retirement benefits visit:http://www.mass.gov/mtrs; to calculate your retirement benefits, go to http://www.mass.gov/mtrs/active-and-inactive-members/retiring-from-the-mtrs/regular-superannuation/estimate-your-retirement-benefits.html and tohttp://www.mass.gov/mtrs/forms-and-general-resources/downloadable-forms/
If you plan to retire this year, please send a signed letter (four months prior to retirement) indicating your intention to Director of Human Resources Gayle McCracken, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, Massachusetts 02481.


‚Äč‚ÄčWPS 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.
Superintendent’s Bulletin 3/25/16
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