Thurston Middle School

Westwood Public Schools

Westwood, Massachusetts ( map )

Job Details

  • Job ID: 3050525
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : February 5, 2019
  • Starting Date: April 1, 2019

Job Description

Thurston Middle School seeks an ELA teacher to join a collegial team as a long term substitute from April - the end of the school year.


The teacher plans, delivers, and implements effective instruction and assesses student learning in accordance with state curriculum frameworks and district goals. The teacher creates an educational environment in which all students are safe and achieve. The teacher collaborates with other professionals and students' families to help students succeed.


- Plan engaging lessons with clear and measurable objectives that are relevant to the appropriate curriculum and the students in the class.
- Manage class operation by enforcing high academic and behavioral expectations, implementing routines, anticipating potential problems and taking appropriate preventative measures, and treating all students with respect.
- Create a positive class environment by building a relationship with each student, encouraging students to build relationships with one another, treating all students fairly, promoting students' self-discipline and responsibility for learning, and not tolerating dangerous or destructive behaviors.
- Deliver instruction effectively by establishing high expectations for all students, presenting new material explicitly and in a developmentally appropriate manner, connecting new learning to students' prior knowledge, helping students understand the relevance of what they are learning, differentiating based on students' needs, and using a variety of pedagogic approaches.
- Assess student understanding of learning objectives with student self-assessments, frequent formative measures, and periodic summative measures.
- Collaborate with other professionals to analyze student work, draw conclusions, develop interventions and extensions, and implement new teaching strategies based on assessment data.
- Understand the Individual Education Programs and 504 Accommodation Plans of students in the class, participate in team meetings, and collaborate with specials education and support staff members.
- Communicate the students' academic, social, and behavioral progress to their parents or guardians in a respectful and responsive manner.
- Fulfill professional responsibilities by collaborating with other professionals and students' parents or guardians, using good judgment, participating in professional development, reflecting on performance and making positive changes to improve student learning, being receptive to feedback, and completing assigned duties.
- Assuming other responsibilities assigned by the building principal in accordance with collective bargaining provisions.
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Category : Classroom Teacher > English & Language Arts
  • Welcome to Thurston Middle School!

    Narrative Statement of Beliefs

    The E.W. Thurston Middle School addresses the academic, social, emotional and physical needs of the emerging adolescent. Central to the school’s mission is its challenging and rigorous curriculum. The school’s program of studies builds on children’s natural curiosity about the world to enable them to become more critical, creative, sensitive and ethical thinkers. The curriculum is designed to develop students’ ability to read with insight and purpose; to speak and write with clarity and precision; to ask pertinent questions; and to listen carefully. The curriculum presumes that students are well served if they: can see the events of today in the light of history; can reason mathematically and solve problems with accuracy; understand the methods and principles of science; can begin to communicate in a language other than English and are familiar with cultures other than their own; are knowledgeable about health and fitness; understand and can apply essential life skills; can use computers to enhance their learning and to communicate with others; and can engage in musical, artistic and dramatic endeavors.

    Thurston students are expected to work hard as they are supported in their efforts by teachers who are caring and who know them well. Students are encouraged to take increased responsibility for their learning and to grow in their ability to work independently, as well as in collaboration with others. Within the classroom, there is an emphasis not only on fundamental knowledge and skills, but on exploration and risk-taking as well, which is appropriate to a time when children are discovering and confirming their own personal strengths.

    Thurston has a “team” structure that includes sixth, seventh, and eighth grade teams, as well as a cross-grade level arts team. Teachers and counselors meet several times each week to discuss student progress and to plan team activities. This structure affords early adolescents a sense of physical and emotional security and enables students, teachers and parents to work together and to know each other well. It also facilitates interdisciplinary instruction, which invites students to discover connections and relationships among content areas.

    Thurston is a place for students to grow intellectually, socially and emotionally. As students mature and become more self-sufficient, they learn to make informed choices regarding their health and well-being. Treating themselves — and others — with respect is a core value at Thurston. Accordingly, the school regards civility as essential. As students gain self-confidence, it is expected that they will learn to stand up for what they believe and to listen respectfully to the beliefs of others. A dedication to these values — respect for oneself and others, civility and the courage of one’s convictions — prepares students to exercise their rights and fulfill their responsibilities as citizens in a school community and, ultimately, in a democracy. Learn more about us...

    Equal Opportunity Employer

    The Westwood Public Schools prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin or sexual orientation and is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

    Job Requirements


      Massachusetts teaching certification in relevant area
      Bachelor's degree, Master's degree preferred


      - Knowledge of the standards set forth in the MA curriculum frameworks and the Westwood learning expectations.
      - Knowledge of the relevant content.
      - Knowledge of relevant School Committee Policies, district and building goals, needs of the students in the class, and relevant state and federal laws.
      - Ability to execute the performance standards set forth in the WPS teaching rubric.
      - Strong oral and written communication skills.
      - Strong organizational and planning skills.
      - Ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues.
      - Ability to forge effective working relationships with students and parents.
      - Technological proficiency, both in the use of technology for communication and for instruction.
      - Ability to work under time constraints and meet deadlines.


      - Demonstrates caring and concern for all students.
      - Conveys a love of learning to students.
      - Makes positive contributions to the larger school community.
      - Communicates clearly.
      - Uses good judgment.


      Work takes place in classrooms and other building rooms/areas, including offices, auditorium, gym, lunchroom and hallways, within a school building setting, primarily indoors. Job takes place in a high-performing school district with high expectations.


      - Requires sufficient vision to read printed documents and to view detail on a computer screen for extended periods.
      - Requires frequent standing, walking, sitting, bending, and reaching, as well as carrying and occasionally lifting up to 30 lbs.
      - Ability to speak in an understandable voice with sufficient volume to be heard in normal conversation, on the telephone, and in the classroom.
      - Ability to hear sounds clearly up to twenty feet.
      - Travel among buildings may be required.

      The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
    • Bachelor degree preferred
    • Citizenship, residency or work visa required

    Application Questions

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    Contact Information

    • Michael Redmon , Principal
    • 850 High Street
    • Westwood, Massachusetts 02090

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