I hope you each had a restful April break and that your first week back was productive. The final two months of our school year always feel like a sprint and I’m guessing this year will be no different. After several years when many end-of-year activities were either cancelled or modified, this feels like the first spring in which our students can engage in year-end activities that will feel normal once again. Another sign of this transition are the many field trip requests that have come forward for trips overseas, throughout the country and in the local area. I love the many opportunities we provide for students to extend their learning outside of the four walls of our schools.
Thanks for all that you do each day to support our students and have a great weekend!
May 29 – Memorial Day – Offices/Schools Closed
From the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
WMS METCO Academic Coordinator Deedra Moore and WPS Director of Curriculum, Assessment, and Accountability Dr. Hannah Tolla attended the 18th Annual Women’s Education Leadership Network (WELN) Conference. The Conference luncheon speaker was Dr. Kalise Wornum, former WPS METCO Director and now President of KW Diversity, who addressed the important issue of Who Owns This Work.
Employment Opportunities: Summer Learning Support Program
Dates: July 10 – August 3, 2023
Teachers and Para openings
Positions are listed in TalentEd, internal postings section.
Tuition Reimbursement Deadline
Just a reminder that Unit A members seeking tuition reimbursement for graduate coursework in accordance with the Unit A collective bargaining agreement must submit the completed application for reimbursement along with evidence of enrollment into a program and course cost, proof of payment and transcript no later than June 1, 2023. The Tuition Reimbursement form can be found on the HR page of the WPS website (wellesleyps.org/hr/general-forms/).
The contract states:
Course reimbursement for graduate courses taken by staff who are without master’s degrees and/or who are seeking professional licensure as required by the Massachusetts Department of Education or when a specialist teacher’s immediate supervisor, subject to the approval of the Assistant Superintendent, verifies that there are no further in‐district courses available for recertification in that specialist’s field, that specialist may apply for tuition reimbursement. Any Unit A member for whom no DESE license exists, including but not limited to occupational and physical therapists, so long as that member maintains appropriate certification and/or licensure required to perform his or her duties, shall be eligible to apply for tuition reimbursement.
Human Relation 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.