I hope you each had a productive week. We had a wonderful parade and fireworks on Sunday as well our METCO awards for K-12 students. The beautiful weather we’ve been having has been well-timed for the many field trips underway. Additionally, our Seniors have now officially completed their classes and have been enjoying a number of activities—including the prom last night—in the run-up to graduation a week from today.
I also wanted to highlight that this week the School Committee began discussing a proposal to add a non-voting, METCO parent representative to the School Committee moving forward. We fully support this idea and think it will be another way we can be more inclusive of our Boston-resident families within WPS.
I hope you each enjoy the holiday weekend, in which we honor the men and women who have given their lives in service of our nation in the armed forces.
Thank for all that you do each day to support our students and have a great Memorial Day weekend!
May 29 – Memorial Day – Offices/Schools Closed
June 15 – Last Day for Students
June 16 – Last Day for Teachers
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.