Transition Plus January 27th

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Trouble Viewing your Memo?

If you are having trouble viewing your Memo- try using Chrome Browser. Throughout the memo there will be multiple places you can click a link to link you to other documents. It's important to check those out or you will miss information that may be important!

If you are having trouble with a link - make sure you are using your MPS Google Account

Locker Information

As winter continues, there are locker available for jackets, backpacks, and wet shoes, among personal items. If students are interested in a locker please contact your case manager or Olivia on Engagement team. It is important for students to also know that lockers are owned by Transition Plus and can be subject to search with reasonable cause. Here is a resource for explaining the locker contract to students and for students to use.

Restorative Practices ProPay Course

MPS is offering another opportunity for staff to be trained in Restorative Practices (RP). As the district continues to support implementation of RP, more offerings will become available. Here is the ProPay Restorative Practices link.

The classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:15 pm to 8:30 pm - All classes will be held at Davis in room L3-319. The class dates are as follows: 1/28, 1/30, 2/4, 2/6, 2/11, 2/13, 2/18, 2/20, and 2/27.

Learning Targets: Participants will be able to describe the key concepts of Restorative Practices, including:

  • Fundamental Hypothesis - individuals are more likely to make positive changes in behavior when those in authority do things “with” them, rather than “to” them or “for” them.
  • Social Discipline Window - four basic approaches to maintaining social norms and behavioral boundaries, represented as different combinations of high or low control and high or low support.
  • Fair Process - individuals are most likely to trust and cooperate freely with systems, whether they themselves win or lose by those systems, when fair process is observed.
  • Restorative Practices Continuum - affective statements and questions ranging from informal to formal that communicate peoples’ feelings on how behavior has affected others.
  • Restorative Conferencing - a structured meeting between offenders, victims and both parties' family and friends, in which they deal with the consequences of the wrongdoing and decide how best to repair the harm.

Upon completion of the course, participants and facilitators will reconvene to discuss and plan on-site training and/or professional development. These follow-up sessions will be beneficial for those that choose to do action research as part of the Pro-Pay course.

Please share this opportunity with your staff as you are able. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

The Positive School Wide Engagement Team:

  • Ms. Faiza Holmes
  • Ms. Hinda Abdi
  • Mr. Vince Jackson
  • Mr. Matthew Myrold

We would appreciate your help.


Tactile art materials/objects needed!

One of our students with a vision impairment is going to try out art class for the first time since middle school. We want him to be able to work with 100% 3-D materials to make it an authentic experience. We are seeking donations of all types of tactile materials and objects that could be used to create mosaics, collages, and sculpture. Things like: buttons, ribbons, small toys, fuzzy things, small pieces of wood, bottle caps, tactile fabric scraps, and small boxes. When you are about to toss something, think about it's possible artistic value first! Net bags that the tangerines come in, great! Bubble wrap, wow! Clean chunks of tin foil, perfect! There will be a box in Patricia or Jason's room for collection.

The Nail Tech CBI module will be holding a staff manicure event on Friday, Jan 31 from 10:30-11:30 in the cafeteria.

Please join us in the cafeteria so that students can give you a manicure. Students will not be cutting nails or cuticles, as they don’t have enough experience or training for that. They will file, push cuticles, buff and paint your nails.

Start Thinking Prom!!!

Prom Attire Event details:

When: March 12, 13, 14, 15 & 20

Where: An empty store at The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes in Maple Grove (The girls will truly feel like they have a traditional prom dress shopping experience!)

Who: Any young woman who’s attending prom is welcome! This is also an LGBTQ+ friendly event.

Students who want to pick out dresses through school MUST SIGN UP WITH COLLEEN or DAPHNE BY FEBRUARY 7. The sign up will be closed after February 7.

Students who want to go on their own, please contact Jeni Asaba at or 646.354.0219. You can also visit the website for more information at

Staff, please do what you can to get the word out to all students. Thank you

SEL message

Hello All,

I have enjoyed sharing and bragging about the amazing SEL work that our staff is doing when meeting with district staff. So many of us engage in such authentic ways with each other and our students.

A quick reminder to start each class with a warm welcome and end with an optimistic close. If you need ideas for welcoming activities, many can be found in the SEL Toolkit that you can access from the Staff Intranet page.

We have 3 more weeks of emphasis on Social Awareness. This is a good time to appreciate and respect the diversity and experiences of those around us.

Have a great week!


Food Service News

Breakfast sandwiches:

Wednesday mornings $2.50

Staff lunch meal deal:

Thursdays $5.50

Bakery Orders:

Don't forget that you may order baked goods from the Food Service class at any time. Our prices are reasonable, and we can make just about anything. We love special orders!

T Plus Website

Don't forget to see the For Staff section on our webpage. The password is Tplus4100.

Let Traci know if there is more you would like to see listed that would be beneficial.

Staff Reminders

Engagement notes

  • If a student is in need of clothing items, backpacks, food, or any other basic need item, please refer them to their case manager or social worker in order to access them.

  • When taking a class on an outing, please bring a list of all students and destination to the engagement desk and the front office desk.

Printer Info

  • All of the print jobs are set to 2 sided, as directed by the district to save money. Please be sure to check your printer preferences prior to sending a job to the printer.

  • Faxes can be sent, but incoming faxes will be sent to Melissa and myself. We will forward them to the recipient, who will need to print it. If you are expecting a fax and have not received it, check with us. Long Distance faxes that are not 1-800 can be sent using the same method/code you would for a phone call. 1-800 numbers do not need the code. Basically using the fax is the same way you call on school phones.

  • Scanning has been set up to send to yourself. You would need to forward it to whomever you want it to go to. We no longer have the ability to scan to a different department or person. Using this method ensures that the recipient gets the email.

  • Jobs are set up to be stored for 8 hours. They will not extend that because it 'bogs down' the server. If you forget to print your job out, it will not be there the following morning.

  • If there are issues with the printer in 305, please let Traci know right away. Put a note on it so everyone else knows that a request for repairs is in the process.

  • Toshiba will get an automatic update when toner or staples need to be delivered.

  • As always, if you have a single job that is 75 or more pages, it should be sent to the Document Center. Please plan ahead as it could take a few days. Send print jobs to Traci with explicit instructions.

ACCESS Winter 2020 Brochure

Here is the link to the ACCESS Winter Online Access brochure

Minneapolis Public Schools - 2020 Winter Access Brochure - Page 1

Check out the new classes and activities in this Winter Access brochure and find one that’s just right for you! Most evening classes begin the week of January 30th.

4th Annual Gallery Walk

We are seeking presenters for the 2020 Connect! Celebrate! Energize! Gallery Walk. This is a fun event for special education teachers, staff, related service providers, and general education teachers to come together to share and learn from one another on the amazing things that are happening throughout MPS! It will be taking place on 3/4 from 4-6pm.

In the past, we have had a small secondary representation of presenters and would love your help in recruiting some for this year's event. If you know of any successful or unique interventions, activities, visuals, resources being used in the middle and high schools, we would love to have them represented at this year's gallery walk. You can either direct the teacher (or related service provider) to fill out the below google form OR you can just email me with their name and what they would be interested in presenting.

Feel free to reach out if you have more questions about this event as well...Michele or I would be happy to elaborate.

This "call for presenters" message was sent out a couple weeks ago to all special ed teachers (including secondary).

Please fill out this brief form if you have an idea/topic you would be willing to share with your colleagues.

This is an open house style gallery walk. Presentation is an informal style of sharing intervention ideas, stories, and successes. It will be a fun night to connect with fellow teachers around the district. And, you will go home with ideas, materials, and raffle prizes! A light dinner will be served!

Past years topics have included: Visual supports, social stories, Core communication, comprehensive literacy, social emotional strategies, sensory and regulation activities, self management, reinforcement and token boards, STAR strategies, and many more! Our group can help purchase materials if you would like to include a "make and take" activity at your station.

If you want more information, please contact

Gradebook Information

We have had IEP's returned in the mail due to incorrect addresses being used. A couple of teachers have said they took the address from the IEP. Please be sure you are going into Gradebook to get the most current address. Also, be sure you are letting us know if you get demographic updates for students.

The SOURCE is a great learning tool to learn about all of the features that exist on Gradebook. I found this -

Learn More About Your Students
Viewing Student Information

You can easily learn more about a student by selecting the student's name (from the attendance or gradebook screen). When a students name is selected a pop-up window displays the following:

  • 1. Student Name, ID Number & Grade.
  • 2. Student Picture.
  • 3. Student Personal information including: DOB, address, email & phone.
  • 4. Parent/Guardian contact information: Name, phone (if different than student), & email (if on file).
  • 5. Health information will show here if a student takes medications or has other health conditions you should be aware of.

Learn more at:

Gradebook: A Guide for Teachers — The Source

Can't find what you're looking for? Submit an eTicket with your training request. In the category dropdown menu, select "Training," and the eTicket will come straight to the Design & Training team.

MicroGrants up to $2000 from Arc MN available to our students through Spring 2021!!

Here is a link to the Minnesota Microgrant Partnership. webinar

You can find more information on our website here.

Link to the application here.

The flier highlighting students who have received grants to improve their job prospects or get settled into independent housing is attached for you to see how previous grants have been used.

You might also be interested in Arc's new podcast, Focus on the Future.

Finally, Arc has a Free online interest mapping tool called Get Set! It’s also available for students to do some future planning.

Need support at school? SEA Arnee Martin is happy to help.

Need more information? Contact

Susan Sochacki

Marketing Specialist, Minnesota Microgrant Partnership

The Arc Minnesota


Toll-free: 833.450.1494

CBI Round 4

East African Cultural Celebration planning Module Facilitator Needed for Round 4 (Feb 7-March 6)!! The whole module is available for planning. The celebration is on March 13th afternoon. There are so many community experts in the building and we should be able to get a great group of students to plan it. check out the CBI Module Overview

Let Colleen know if you would like to facilitate.

ESP Appreciation Week

Thank you ESPs for all you do to support students with Transition needs at the high school and transition level. Governor Walz has dedicated this week as Paraprofessional Appreciation Week! To celebrate this week please check your mailboxes and email throughout the week to see what surprises we may have for you. (If you are offsite- please be sure to check your box when you come in )

On Tuesday, each ESP will get a free drink and snack from the Coffee Cart

On Wednesday, we will have lunch provided for you - Potato Bar

On Thursday , we will have a dessert bar for you.

Coming Up at TPlus


Tuesday---------------- PDP/ PLC-------------------------------------------8:30-9:30

Wednesday----------- Soup with Special Ed @ Davis Cafe-- 3:00-5:30


Friday-------------------- ILT ---------------------------------------------------- 8:30-9:30

------------------------------ Staff Manicures- Cafe---------------------- 10:30-11:30

Third Friday of the Month-------Newsletter Submissions for Families

Great Video to share with your students in Advisory!

Black Eyed Peas - Be Nice (feat. Snoop Dogg)