What a great first week for WPS! I enjoyed greeting you all at our kickoff on Monday. Weren’t our Performing Arts Students amazing? Special thanks to Mike LaCava and his staff for all of their efforts to plan and rehearse during the spring and summer.
We also lucked out with fabulous weather for our opening day. I’m hoping we continue to be this fortunate for a while longer!
I was excited this week to announce the appointment of Dr. Charmie Curry as our new Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Dr. Curry joins us from the Boston Public Schools where she has held a number of roles as a teacher, principal, and administrator. Charmie officially joins us on September 16th.
Thanks to everyone for a great opening this week and I hope you each enjoy the Labor Day weekend.
09/02/19 – Labor Day – No School
09/03/19 – School Committee Meeting – Police Station – 6:30 pm
09/17/19 – School Committee Meeting – Town Hall – 6:30 pm
09/30/19 – Rosh Hashanah – No School
Suzanne Rabinovitz (Bates Special Educator) on the birth of her son, Ethan Kannon, on July 12, 2019
Katy Sullivan (Schofield Gr. 5 Teacher) on the birth of her son, Derek, on July 17, 2019
Sheri Landers-Jones (PAWS Teacher) on the birth of her son, Zachary Milagro, on August 17, 2019
Carolyn Collins (PreK-5 Dept. Head Science & Technology/Engineering) on the loss of her mother, Julie Collins, on July 5, 2019
Renee Silva (Upham Reading Intervention Teacher) on the loss of her mother, Pearl Marber, on August 6, 2019
Are You Interested in After School Work?
The Fitness & Health Department is seeking teachers, paraprofessionals and teaching assistants who are interested in working in the Intramural Program at Wellesley Middle School. Responsibilities include running sessions and after school activities for a stipend. Specific assignments and activities vary and are organized by the WMS Intramural Coordinator. We are also seeking qualified faculty and staff members to monitor the High School Fitness Center, before and after school. A background in Exercise Science, Human Physiology or Personal Training is preferred.
If you are interested in either of these positions, please email Joanne Grant, Director of Fitness and Health, at: GrantJ@wellesleyps.org. Immediate openings are available.
2020 WEF Grant Applications
Deadline: Monday, January 6th Decision Notifications: Early April
Did you know??
● WEF funded over $224,000 through 29 grants last year!
● Grants funded at all WPS levels – elementary, middle and high school.
● WEF has a grant history 2010-2019 for review.
We welcome your inspiring and innovative applications. Please start the process at https://www.wellesleyeducationfoundation.org/ > the menu bar > Educators Tab > Apply for a Grant tab
Jessamy Harrington, Lisa Hicks, and Carrie Reepmeyer
WEF Grants Co-Chairs, 2019-2020
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.
Renewing Your Educator’s License?
Information about requirements to renew your educator license is available on the WPS website. Click here to go to the HR Licensure tab. When you apply for your license on the DESE website under ELAR, the DESE will send you an electronic communication about what is missing from your licensure file in order to renew. The HR licensure tab and your ELAR account are two tools to assist you with information about licensure renewal.
WPS Internal Job Postings on District Website
For all Internal Job Postings, please go to “Internal Job Postings” under the Faculty tab of the District’s website.