I hope you each had a productive week as we prepare to enter the final days of our school year next week. I know these last days are often very busy and fraught with emotion as we say farewell to departing colleagues and students, complete end of year grading and prepare our buildings for summer cleaning. Thanks for the extra effort I know these final days require and have a great weekend!
June 15 – Last Day for Students
June 16 – Last Day for Teachers
From the Office of the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
We are grateful for the outstanding work of Karsten Cash, who served as our interim METCO director. Karsten’s hard work and dedication have significantly impacted the relationship between our district and the Wellesley METCO program. We greatly appreciate his efforts in fostering a culture of collaboration. When the need arose for a leader during the transition, Karsten stepped up gracefully and competently. He has been exceptional in his open-door policy, approachability, and willingness to listen. Karsten’s ability to remain calm and composed during difficult situations has been commendable, providing reassurance during times of uncertainty. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors and look forward to continued success.
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.