This week the state released the 2017 MCAS results from the spring administration of the exams. There was more attention than usual this year as this was the first administration of the next-generation MCAS exam. (The previous version is now known as the “Legacy version.”) With a more rigorous exam and a computer-based platform for some grades, it was anticipated that scores across the state would drop, which was confirmed upon receipt of our official results. Not only was the test different, but the scaling and score reporting were also different. The new scale is defined by “Exceeding Expectations, Meeting Expectations, Partially Meeting Expectations, and Not Meeting Expectations.” With all of these changes, it is difficult to compare our year-over-year progress as we have done in the past, as the new and previous versions of the exam are not comparable. In short, 2017 is a new baseline year.
With all of this as context, it will undoubtedly be more challenging to convey the meaning of these exams to students, parents, and our community. We are fortunate that WPS has never been a district that has been hyper-focused on MCAS or any other individual assessment. Regardless of the new or future versions of this test, we should always put these results in the proper context, which is that they do provide some useful longitudinal data for the District, particularly as we monitor gaps in achievement between student groups that can inform our equity agenda and actions. At the same time, we will never measure our progress based on a single exam that does not assess many of the elements of our work that we value as much or more than what is assessed on MCAS.
Thanks to each of you for the important work you do each day to support our students and have a great weekend.
10/24/17 – SC Meeting – 6:30 pm – Town Hall
10/30/17 – SC Meeting – 6:30 pm – Town Hall
11/10/17 – Veterans’ Day – No School
11/15/17 – SC Meeting – 4 pm – Town Hall
11/22/17 – Thanksgiving Break Begins – Early Release
11/27/17 – Prof. Development Day – No School for Students
11/28/17 – SC Meeting – 6:30 pm – Town Hall
4th Annual Wellesley Community Diversity Summit
Saturday, October 21, 2017, from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
World of Wellesley’s annual diversity summits provide an opportunity for community leaders, neighbors, educators, students, and parents to collectively learn, discuss, and celebrate diversity. This years’ summit will focus on the local, national and global impact of diversity issues. Click here to register.
Letters of Intent to Change Lanes for SY2018-19 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 2018-19, must send formal notification of intent (email is fine) to change salary lanes to Addie Doherty dohertya@wellesleyps.
28TH Annual Wellesley Spelling Bee
Thursday, November 2nd at 7:00 PM
The Wellesley Education Foundation is buzzing away preparing for the Spelling Bee — which is an old school community spelling bee which brings the whole town together for an evening of fun and fundraising. Over 50 teams participate in the Bee and represent local businesses, law firms, alumni groups, community organizations, and school PTOs, as well as student teams from Wellesley High School and Wellesley Middle School.
On Thursday, November 2nd, 7pm at the Sprague School Gym our community adult spelling contest and fundraising event is back for the 28th time! This high spirited community event is right around the corner! How to catch the buzz:
- Support the Bee — CLICK HERE to make a donation or sponsor a high school, middle school or community team. Many levels are available for sponsorship from $125 to $2500. The Bee is our biggest fundraiser of the year! Any amount is appreciated.
- Bee a Team — CLICK HERE to register a team of three spellers for $500. Who knows whom you may be spelling against that night? Last year 55 teams participated in the Bee! Deadline for registering a team is October 19.
WEF is now Accepting Grant Applications online at www.
Deadline for Applications is Friday, January 5, 2018
- See info on our website – Grants and Grants History menu tabs
- Apply: GRANTS and LOGIN TO GRANT APPLICATIONS menu tabs
- Complete ALL required ﬁelds on your application
- Upload any additional info relevant to your grant request
- Provide the name and email of administrators required to sign oﬀ on your application – please check for correct emails
- REMEMBER TO CLICK SUBMIT to complete your application
Email questions to: grants@
Note: Notifications of decisions will be sent in early April and All applicants awarded funding are to complete a WEFGrant Evaluation form.
MTRS Ready For Retirement Seminars
For Members Retiring in 2018
The MTRS staff will be presenting its popular seminar, “Ready for Retirement,” across the Commonwealth this fall. “Ready for Retirement” is a free, optional, two-hour program (4-6 p.m.) designed for members retiring in 2018.
- the retirement application process and the benefit calculation formula,
- timelines and service expectations,
- first payment information,
- health insurance, tax and working after retirement issues, and
- cost-of-living adjustments after you retire.
Please note: Personalized account information and pension estimates are not offered during these sessions.
To attend, simply choose the date and location that is best for you, and then register online. We hope to see you soon!
LUDLOW, Tuesday, October 24; Ludlow High School auditorium
PEABODY, Wednesday, November 1; Peabody High School auditorium
CHARLESTOWN, Thursday, November 2; MTRS Main Office, Presentation Room, 2nd Floor
AUBURN, Tuesday, November 14; Auburn High School auditorium
NORTON, Tuesday, November 14; Norton Middle School auditorium
CHARLESTOWN, Thursday, November 16; MTRS Main Office, Presentation Room, 2nd Floor
SOUTH YARMOUTH, Tuesday, November 28; Dennis Yarmouth High School auditorium
WOBURN, Thursday, November 30; Woburn High School auditorium
HANOVER: Coming soon–check our website for details
Insurance Benefits Information
Health and Dental Insurance Benefits information is handled by the Town Hall Benefits Office. Inquiries should be directed to Joanne Liburd at JLiburd@wellesleyma.gov or by calling 781-431-1019 extension 2244.
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.