Westfield Public Schools
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Paper Mill Elementary School
Westfield Public Schools
Westfield, Massachusetts

Job Details
Job ID: 4272007 Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Posted: May 23, 2023 Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description
Seeking qualified applicants for the following

To assist the teachers achieve teaching objectives by working with individual students or small groups in an effort to provide them with the physical and emotional support needed to meet the program goals.

  1. Assist the student(s) to whom assigned in such physical tasks as putting on and taking off of clothing, moving from room to room, using the lavatory, feeding and so on.
  2. Works with individual students or small groups of students to reinforce learning of material or skills initially introduced by the teacher.
  3. Assists the teacher in devising special strategies for reinforcing material or skills based on a sympathetic understanding of individual students, their needs, interests or abilities.
  4. Establishes as fully as possible a supportive and sympathetic relationship with the student(s) without fostering or encouraging intense emotional involvement.
  5. Assists with the supervision of students during emergency drills, assemblies, play periods, and field trips.
  6. Assist teacher in duties relating to the supervision of playground, lavatories, cafeteria, and bus loading activities.
  7. Assists with lunch, snack, and clean-up routines.
  8. Participates in in-service training programs.
  9. Any other duties as assigned by the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee.
REPORTS TO: Teacher/Special Education Supervisor and Building Principal

The terms of employment and salary schedule will be commensurate with the Westfield Public Schools Unit D contract.

Performance in this position will be evaluated in accordance with the provisions of the Westfield School Committee policy on evaluation.

This position subject to funding

Position Type: Full-time
Positions Available: 1

Welcome to Paper Mill Elementary School!

Welcome to Paper Mill Elementary School. Our school is one of the newest and largest elementary schools in the city, educating more than 330 students in grades K-4. Nestled among playing fields and residential neighborhoods, we are adjacent to the park on Papermill Road in the northeast corner of the city. When you enter our school, you will see students actively engaged in their learning, staff members collaborating to enhance their practice, and parents supporting the educational program with their involvement. The Paper Mill School community is a strong one, effectively bridging the home-school connection in order to allow student to reach their fullest potential. You will experience students practicing character traits such as honesty, respect, and responsibility. Through a program of character education the social curriculum is joined with the academic to support the development of the whole child. You will know you are in a special place. The Westfield Public School curriculum is challenging, and our teachers are dedicated to meeting the needs of all learners through differentiation of instruction. By holding students to high standards and providing opportunities for enrichment, we prepare our students for success as they meet the challenges of their school years and beyond. I encourage you to visit our school. I am sure that if you spend some time with us, you will agree that Paper Mill Elementary is a wonderful place to learn.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Westfield Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws.

Job Requirements
<b>QUALIFICATIONS:</b> <ul><li> Possession of Associates degree or higher; or 48 credit hours from higher education institution; or passage of the ParaPro or Work Keys assessment. <li>Demonstrated interest in children and education. <li>Evidence of the emotional maturity and stability necessary for the specialized work involved. <li>Ability to communicate and work successfully with staff and students. <li>Some positions may require diapering, toileting, lifting and/or feeding. Please inquire at interview. </ul> <b>ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:</b> Work is generally conducted within school building. Ability to travel throughout the school building is necessary. Position involves sitting and the ability to travel from one place to another within the office. Work is moderate in nature with regular lifting of up to 25 pounds and occasional lifting of up to 50 pounds with some pulling and pushing or reaching above, generally of desk and file drawers. Frequent use of hands to operate keyboards and telephones and other office equipment. Regular attendance is an essential function of this job.
  • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

  • Application Questions
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    1. Please explain how your past personal and professional experience make you a quality candidate for the position for which you are applying.
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    2. Describe the impact you expect a 1:1 paraprofessional to have on a student.
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    Contact Information
    James O'Neilll
    94 North Elm Street
    Suite 101
    Westfield, Massachusetts 01085
    Phone: 413-572-6550
    Email: james.oneill@schoolsofwestfield.org