---Transition Plus--- ---Nov 12----
The road to success is always under construction
A friendly reminder: If you have information that needs to go out to the whole staff, and it can wait until Monday, submit it to be included in the MMM. We are trying to cut down on all staff emails.
Navigating in our New Space
If you see our new custodial staff, be sure to introduce yourselves- Pete and DJ are currently working with us and Scott will be joining us once Adult Education moves in.
Security Concerns in the new building
- Please keep your doors locked and closed during classtime
- Staff should be in the halls during passing times
- Encourage students to only use stairway C to go between floors
- Students who ar not their own guardians need to have signed permission to leave the building
- Provide Engagement staff a list of students who are not their own guardians
- There is an unlocked gender neutral bathroom on each floor that either staff or students can use
- Students should not be allowed to eat lunch in classrooms
- Staff have one bathroom on each floor - please use the T Plus bathrooms - NOT AE bathrooms.
Equity and Engagement News
The Equity and Engagement team met last Friday to discuss Social Emotional Learning, Equity, and Engagement.
Tia and Mary are attending a SEL meeting this week to determine our next steps as a SEL cohort school.
The team also discussed Lunch and Food Expectations.
- As a reminder, there is no food allowed in classrooms.
- Please discuss with your advisories about expectations and procedures for getting food at the Hi-Lake corner.
The Engagement Team updated the team on student behavior needs.
Students should be using stairwell C to move between floors.
Greg updated the Team relating to Youth Participatory Evaluation and how student leadership will be working to identify a research question and data collection to help inform school decision making.
Discussed concerns about safety for students at the new location.
Case managers should confirm with families if they are comfortable with their student having off campus privileges.
If you are interested in partnering with an advisory Team 1 with a Team 2/3 advisory please email Mary Amaya.
World Kindness Day- Tuesday November 13
Please Share with your Advisories- and look for a little kindness in your box this week!
Created in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement, a conglomeration of kindness organizations around the world, this unofficial holiday encourages people to be kind to each other and spread happiness, joy and peace through kindness.
Considered to be a virtue, and valued in most societies and religions as an important quality, kindness is the act of being considerate, compassionate and empathetic towards other people and living beings.
How to Celebrate?
- Be kind and do random acts of kindness.
- Smile at strangers and do kind things for them. Give up your seat on the bus to someone else. Buy someone’s coffee for them. Volunteer your time at the local soup kitchen. Leave a kind note for someone.
- Kindness should not only be reserved for our fellow human beings. Be kind to the animals and to the environment as well.
- If you have children in your life, teach them the virtue of kindness by practicing it in your daily life.
Did You Know…
…that researchers have found there is a positive feedback loop between happiness and kindness? Undertaking acts of kindness makes one happy, and people who are happy tend to be kinder to others.
MPS Job Fair
MPS needs YOU to create safe and welcoming environments for learning. Join us to learn more and apply. Come take on a job that will make a difference in kids’ lives.
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Headquarters 2117 West River Road N. Minneapolis, MN 55411 Date: November 27 From: 3:30pm – 7:00pm
Questions? For more information, please contact MPS Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 612.668.0528.
Staff will be available to talk about the right Career Path for YOU!
Minneapolis Public Schools 612.668.0500 email@example.com
Receive a Job Offer at the Job Fair!
• Food Service/Nutrition Workers
• Bus Drivers
• Child Care Workers (before and after school)
Please bring three (3) copies of your resume to share with hiring managers.
American Red Cross Donation
A donation was made to the Hurricane Relief efforts to the American Red Cross on behalf of Transition Plus. Students from Tom/Frederick’s Advisory collected donations during the month
of October. The total was $60.00 but that amount was matched by GOOGLE to make it a value of $120.00. Thank you to all of you that made a donation to this worthy cause.
Welcome to PDP at Transition Plus!
PDP/Data Meetings will be held once a month but PDP teams are invited to meet as needed throughout the year in order to meet the goal of the team.
Increase Team 1 students communication and advocacy skills from the level indicated on IEP goals to a level of being able to communicate and advocate at a level of increased independence, by the end of the school year.
Increase student advocacy and engagement in the development of their individualized education plan, to a level of 75% of all Team 2/3/4 students in leading a IEP conference, by the end of the school year.
Students will develop self-awareness and self-management skills to achieve school and life success from the baseline determined by the SEL quickcheck to a level of increased self-awareness and/or self-management skills as measured by the SEL Quickcheck assessment, by the end of the school year.
Increase our English Learners connectedness to Adult Services from baseline to 90% by May of 2019 as measured by school-wide data collection systems.
Options for PDP
Equity Book Clubs
- Tom Perry: We are all Criminals by Emily Turner
- Anie Voorhees: I Got Schooled by M. Night Shyamalan
- Peter Gawienowski: White Fragility: White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
- Patricia Milbrath: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
- Laura Lyman: The Color of Law or Whistling Vivaldi
Groups need to be determined by Thursday - so we can order books Friday!
SEL Advisory Data
Student-led IEP Caseload Data
Caseload Adult Services Data
PDP Next Steps: Get your stuff into eCompass by Friday, November 16th
PIck a PDP option and Team Members
eCompass > My PDP Plans > Click on 2018-1019 Plan: > Enter Team Members > Enter PDP Plan
Dec. 3-7: Share Plan with Team
Jan. 28-Feb 1: Progress Share-Out 1
March 25-29: Progress Share-Out 2
April 29-May 3: PDP Final Reflection
May 27-31: PDP End of year Party!!!
PDP Fiction Book Club!
Patricia will be leading a book club experience which can meet the PDP requirements. The book chosen is The Hate U Give, a highly reviewed young adult novel. When the book club is finished with the book, it can be used in classes with students! The book club will read independently and meet during the school day, time TBD. Let Patricia know if you want to participate. Here is a synopsis of the book:
After Starr and her childhood friend Khalil, both black, leave a party together, they are pulled over by a white police officer, who kills Khalil. The sole witness to the homicide, Starr must testify before a grand jury that will decide whether to indict the cop, and she's terrified, especially as emotions run high. By turns frightened, discouraged, enraged, and impassioned, Starr is authentically adolescent in her reactions. Inhabiting two vastly different spheres—her poor, predominantly black neighborhood, Garden Heights, where gangs are a fact of life, and her rich, mostly white private school—causes strain, and Thomas perceptively illustrates how the personal is political: Starr is disturbed by the racism of her white friend Hailey, who writes Khalil off as a drug dealer, and Starr's father is torn between his desire to support Garden Heights and his need to move his family to a safer environment. The first-person, present-tense narrative is immediate and intense, and the pacing is strong, with Thomas balancing dramatic scenes of violence and protest with moments of reflection. The characterization is slightly uneven; at times, Starr's friends at school feel thinly fleshed out. However, Starr, her family, and the individuals in their neighborhood are achingly real and lovingly crafted. VERDICT Pair this powerful debut with Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely's All American Boys to start a conversation on racism, police brutality, and the Black Lives Matter movement.—Mahnaz Dar, School Library Journal
Edcamp Fusion will take place on Saturday, December 8, 2018, at the Minneapolis Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We're calling it EdCamp Fusion because the volunteers putting it together come from different areas of interest in education and anyone can attend. This will be a FREE open forum for discussions on a wide range of topics and influences on K-12 education.
Edcamp Fusion will be held before the opening events of the #TIES18 Education Technology Conference. If you are interested in staying for lunch and a keynote address by Pernille Ripp (including a 1-hour CEU), register separately here.
To learn more about Edcamps, click here.
Payroll codes for ESP's for 11/1 & 11/2
For those who worked on November 1 & 2, enter the following on ESS, you have to enter the time on the day you worked. Use the Daily View Tab on ESS. This will allow you to add the comment, which needs to be entered. Note - you need to enter a different comment for each day.
Use drop down EA extended time
CC - 2380
Fund - 1006
Func. Area - 640.335.000
Int. Order - 190000021
November 1 - PD
November 2 - Collab w/teachers
Upcoming at TPlus
Monday -------- Non tenured staff meeting----Collin's Room
Tuesday -------- Licensed Staff Meeting-------- Small Cafe
Friday ------------ ILT -------------------------------------- Engagement Room
Save the Date--
The next Family Resource Event will occur on December 20, 2018.
This will be an opportunity for families to tour the new building.