This week we lost a dear member of the WPS family. Rosanne Sannicandro, a WHS Guidance Counselor, had been battling cancer and had taken a leave this fall to attend to her medical treatment. We recently learned that her condition had turned for the worse, leading up to yesterday’s sad news. This would have been Rosanne’s 30th year in WPS.

It’s impossible to overstate the impact that Rosanne had on students, families and our staff during this time. Among the many staff reflections shared yesterday at WHS was that, despite her illness, she still managed to write recommendations for all of her seniors this year. An amazing act that is perhaps not surprising to those who knew her.

I know many of our colleagues at the high school and throughout the district are grieving right now. This is also true for many of our current students and alumni who are learning about this news.

One of the aspects of our district that I value the most is the degree to which we rally around each other during times of tragedy. This was certainly evident yesterday, with WMS counselors and elementary school psychologists immediately coming to WHS to support students and staff. Given that Rosanne was always on call to help at moments like these in the past, it seems appropriate that we were all rallying around each other in her memory yesterday.

Godspeed Rosanne, your presence will be missed but your impact will long be felt.

With deepest sympathy,


Rosanne Sannicandro

10/25/16 – Exploring the Legacy and Promise of METCO’s 50 Years in Wellesley – 7 pm – WHS- See details below
10/26/16 – Lane Change 101 – 3:15 pm – Supt. Conf Room
10/26/16 – Flu Clinic – Health Dept. 2:30 – 4 pm – See details below
11/01/16 – School Committee Meeting – 7 pm – Town Hall
11/03/16 – Flu Clinic – Health Dept. 2:30 – 4 pm – See details below
11/15/16 – School Committee Meeting – 7 pm – Town Hall
11/29/16 – School Committee Meeting – 7 pm – Town Hall

Revisiting History: Exploring the Legacy and Promise of METCO’s 50 Years in Wellesley

What: An evening featuring keynote speaker Dr. Ted Landsmark, distinguished educator and civil rights advocate immediately followed by a panel discussion with METCO alumni.

When: Tuesday, October 25 Time: 7 pm

Place: Wellesley High School Auditorium. Free admission.

Please join us as Wellesley METCO welcomes Dr. Ted Landsmark. Dr. Landsmark holds degrees in law and environmental design from Yale University and a doctorate in American Studies from Boston University. His keynote speech, an exploration on the role of educatiion in combating income inequality, will be followed by a panel of METCO alumni from each decade who will reflect upon their time in Wellesley. This evening promises to be a powerful and historic examination of Wellesley METCO’s early days and the program’s lasting impact on its participants and the wider
community. A brief time for questions and answers will follow. Alumni Panelists: John Wornum 1971, Bill Craft 1987, Karsten Cash 1991, KeAndra Dennis, 2009

Faculty Art Show 2016

Flu Season is Here!!!


Wednesday October 26, 2016 and Thursday November 3, 2016: 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Wellesley Health Department – 90 Washington Street
Bring your insurance card and a donation to the Healthy Wellesley Fund would be greatly appreciated.

You do not need to call ahead for an appointment for the above days. Questions? Call Linda Corridan 781-446-6210 x 5710
Be a Volunteer for the WGBH High School Quiz Show!
WGBH is hosting its annual High School Quiz Show Super Sunday testing day on Sunday, November 13 from 9am-5pm. We’re looking for 80 volunteers to help moderate and score the quiz, and teachers of any grade or discipline are ideal candidates. This is the perfect opportunity for educators from around the Commonwealth to join together for the sake of learning and rewarding academic achievement, regardless of whether your district is competing.

Please contact Jaime Reese at for additional information or to register as a volunteer.


Working Toward a Lane Change and Have Questions About the Process?

Join us for Lane Change 101:

  • Wednesday, October 26th at 3:15pm
  • Superintendent’s Conference Room, lower level of the Middle School
  • Co-Hosted by Chelsea Bailow and Addie Doherty

This 30-minute information session will provide an overview of the steps you need to take to change lanes, as well as provide an orientation to WellesleyPD, the District’s professional development website.

Please click here to RSVP.

Please note that lane changes are applicable only to those members of WTA Unit A.

More Lane Change News: Letters of Intent to Change Lanes Next School Year Are Due by November 1st

All professional staff who expect to receive a Master’s degree, M+30, or M+60/Doctorate at the beginning of the next school year 2017-18, must send formal notification of intent to change salary lanes to Addie Doherty dohertya, no later than November 1, 2016. The notification should include: current lane, proposed lane, and the school year (2016-17) in which you hope to change lanes. This early notification deadline is required so that provisions for anticipated salary lane changes may be included within the new fiscal year budget. Please note: The list does not carry forward. You must provide written notice each year until you have achieved the desired lane change.

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.

Superintendent’s Bulletin 10/21/16
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