I hope you each had a productive week. On Tuesday and Wednesday, we held vaccination clinics for students ages 5-11. The response was overwhelming and approximately 700 slots across both days were reserved within a matter of hours. Thanks to our amazing WPS nurses and Pelmeds Pharmacy team, these clinics were a huge success and we are hoping to run a third clinic to help meet the ongoing demand. Vaccinations are an absolutely critical component of transitioning out of the pandemic, particularly as we head into the holiday season and winter months. With that in mind, it’s also important that we have accurate data on the vaccination rates of our staff within each building. If you have not yet completed the staff vaccination survey for this school year, please do so as soon as possible as these data will help us continue to assess our collective safety. (Staff survey link.)
Our Staff Professional Development day is coming up on Monday, November 29th. We are very excited to reinforce our theme of “Equity and Excellence” for the day, which will be kicked off with keynote speaker Zaretta Hammond. Please see the important details for the day that have been sent out from the Office of Teaching and Learning. We have few opportunities to come together as a PreK-12 staff during the year, and a great deal of time and preparation has gone into making this day both safe and responsive to our key areas of focus. Thanks in advance for everyone’s full participation in what I know will be an important day of learning for our entire team.
Finally, as we head into the Thanksgiving holiday next week, I wanted to express my sincere thanks to you all for your tireless work each day in support of our students. I hope you each have a safe and restful holiday with family and friends.
11/24/21 – Early Release – Thanksgiving Break Begins
11/29/21 – WPS Professional Day – No school for students
11/30/21 – SC Meeting – 6:30 pm
12/14/21 – SC Meeting – 6:30 pm
METCO Directors’ Association Annual Educators Conference Friday, December 3, 2021 | 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM – Seats Are Limited!
Four Points Sheraton Norwood Hotel, 1125 Boston-Providence Turnpike, Norwood, MA 02062
For more information click on the following link: 36 Annual METCO Directors Conference.
Announcing 2021-2022 ACCEPT’s Educator Leadership Institute (ELI):
Part-Time Preparation for Administrative Leadership and Licensure Program for Educators (Pr/AP at one of two levels: Pre-K-8, 5-12).
Classes begin January 12, 2022 . Application deadline: December 15, 2021
Last information session is scheduled for Wednesday, December 1st, 5:00 – 6:30 pm at ACCEPT headquarters, 4 Tech Circle, Natick, MA 01760. Sessions will provide sample classroom activities and an opportunity to discuss the program with current students, graduates and faculty. To register for the Information Session email: email@example.com
The 18-month part-time program includes:
·High engagement pedagogy with extensive fieldwork opportunities
·Firsthand involvement with practicing administrators
·Optional Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Management (Financial Aid Available)
·Excellent placement record
·Strong peer and faculty Support Network
For more information, please go to: ELI Website or Click Professional Development tab at Accept.org.
Human Relations Services
The Human Relation Services (HRS) can help. Wellesley Public Schools has contracted with HRS to provide up to ten free counseling visits for you and/or your family members. This program is designed to help you deal with stresses of life and work –including personal and family issues, drug or alcohol problems, and job related tension. It offers prevention and intervention to reduce these stresses and improve coping skills.
HRS is located at 11 Chapel Place in Wellesley and can be reached at 781-235-4950. This is a confidential service. Wellesley Public Schools is not aware of the names of employees or their family members who utilize this service.
Do you have a question for the WPS Human Resources Department? Email AskHR@Wellesleyps.org. The Human Resources Department is happy to assist you.
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.