Transition Plus June 4

Say HELLO to summer!!!

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TPlus final bingo is TODAY at 1pm!

Congratulations Mary Amaya

Mary Amaya was recognized at a ceremony on Thursday evening at the Celebration of Teachers. This ceremony was celebrating and recognizing teachers who are making significant growth with students and have highly effective instructional practice.

MPS hosts the annual recognition event for teachers who are identified through evidence-based nominations or recommendations and MPS teacher evaluation system. We honor 100 MPS educators annually for their work and inspiring exceptional growth in their students.

Summer Work - CBI Modules- Licensed Staff

Please let Traci know if you are planning on taking advantage of the additional 8 hours of leadership pay to develop your CBI Modules.

We are trying to plan for several projects this summer and want to know if we will have additional funds for this work.

All CBI bus requests need to be submitted ASAP as the deadline for submission was June 1.

PD End of the year

If you are doing alternate PD on Monday June 11, please make sure you notify Melissa so we can plan accordingly for the number of staff that will be present.

Upstream Arts Summer Opportunities

Upstream Arts has an opportunity to participate in an program at Artistry in Bloomington during the summer months. Artistry has been a wonderful partner in hosting programs. The classes will be Monday evenings, starting June 11th, and are open to individuals with disabilities 16 years of age and older.

You can find out more about the program here:

On June 11th Upstream Arts is also facilitating The Art of Voice and Choice, a community training on Person Centered Planning and Informed Choice for service providers, family, and people with disabilities. More info can be found at the link above as well.

See the attached flyers for more info!

Mental Health Team Tip of the Week

This is an especially good time of year for self-care, here are some options and the link with 20 more options:

1. Take deep breaths.
2. Drink a cup of herbal tea.
3. Recite affirmations.
4. Light a soothing candle.
5. Listen to your favorite song.
6. Do some light stretches.
7. Use an essential oil.

8. Wear your favorite outfit.
9. Think of three things you're grateful for.

10. Take a bath.
11. Color for 30 minutes after school.
12. Call someone you love.

13. Order your favorite food.

14. Put on cozy clothes when you get home from school.
15. Write in your journal.
16. Try a face mask.
17. Go for a walk.
18. Work on a puzzle.
19. Write down three good things that happened today.
20. Draw or paint without judging yourself.

Mindfulness in Education Summer Institute

The Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing at the University of Minnesota is hosting their second annual Mindfulness in Education Summer Institute, June 18-20th at Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis (registration link).

The Institute brings together academic scholars and educators for 3 days of cutting edge research, teaching demonstrations, networking and hands-on workshops. This year features 3 program tracks for participants: new to mindfulness, administrators, and alumni/experienced practitioners. Participants can pick and choose which sessions they wish to attend, but these tracks offer cohesive learning paths for specific audiences.

Please see the attached flyer for more information.

MyMPS Access Extension

Please review the below information regarding MyMPS:

In a previous communication we notified you that our contract with MyMPS, is set to expire on June 30th and all content in MyMPS must be retained by this deadline.

I am happy to share with you that since this announcement was made, we have been able to negotiate a no-cost extension to allow teacher-only access to the system for the purpose of retaining their content through October 31st 2018 - allowing an additional 4 months to move and back-up your content! We still strongly encourage you to begin this work ASAP.

Related to this effort, we have put together some resources to support you through this transition:

· General Support documents related to in backing up content from MyMPS can be found here; Get Content Out of MyMPS

· Student/Teacher Courses will now be supported in Google Classroom - Support found here; Google Classroom Training on The Source

· Focused Instruction Curriculum Guides are currently being moved from MyMPS to the Staff Intranet site (SharePoint) - No action needed at the school level

· Online Learning will be using Odysseyware to host courses - No action needed at the school level

· Communication Pages will also need to be moved from MyMPS to the Staff Intranet site (SharePoint) - Support found here; SharePoint Training on The Source

In addition to the support documents noted above, we will be offering Open Lab sessions for teachers interested in using Google Classroom:

· Open Lab Support Sessions: June 13 & June 14 10am-2pm

o 6/13 - Google Classroom Drop-in Support @ Davis Center Section #112357

o 6/14 - Google Classroom Drop-in Support @ Davis Center Section #112358

- If you need in-person support, please join a session by registering online via eCompass.

Graduation Slideshow Pics

Today is the last call to check grad slideshow pictures… If possible, look them over, including the file names – that’s in case I have the wrong student name on any of them. If you have any question, addition or replacement - contact TODAY.

A gigantic thanks to staff and students who helped amass this set of pictures!

IMPORTANT - We try to represent all grads who have a media release, but the slideshow can include students who are NOT graduating. It’s meant to represent our school in general.

Use your school Google log in to access:

ESP End of the year.

If you are on the current cycle for ESP evaluation- I sent out a clarifying email last week re: this requirement.

Please see Traci to schedule an end of the year check in/out with Jason. Each session will take 20-30 minutes. There will be some time available on 6/12 if you are not able to schedule before then.

Make sure you have completed your portion in ecompass.

We will review your goals and how the year was for you.


Please read and be familiar with the “Exit, Graduation and Follow Up Procedures”, in the Due Process Manuel.

When a student will be graduating and exiting from Transition Plus, the following steps must be completed:

1. SUMMARY OF PERFORMANCE (formerly called Exit Summary): This is in Ed Plan under Documents on the left hand side. The first section addresses the progress the student has made on their goals, accommodations and assistive technology that helpful etc. The second section is a student advocacy statement with the intent of being completed with the student in the student’s voice. Community agencies the student is working with should also be included. All students need a summary of performance.

Note (taken from Due Process Manuel): Before a special education student graduates or ages out of special education, the school district is legally required to provide a summary of the student's academic achievement and functional performance, including recommendations on how to assist the student in meeting his/her future goals.

This document can be completed ahead of time (at an IEP meeting, when meeting with student)

2. NOTICE OF DISCONTINUATION OF ALL SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES- this is the Notice of Proposed Action or Denial on EdPlan with the third option checked. A copy is given to the student/guardian.

A PWN needs to be completed on every student who taking their diploma before May of the year that they age out of service.

3. DIPLOMA REQUEST FORM- complete all sections and turn in to the social worker for the student’s team. Please indicate which high school the diploma should be issued from. Diplomas can come from the student’s previous high school, home school, Transition Plus or a generic Minneapolis Public School.

See your social worker if you have any questions.

Time and Effort Reporting

As the end of the years draws near, please ensure all

Time & Effort reports are completed before you leave for the summer.

Also, all Periodic reports (bi-yearly) will be posted towards the end of June and will need to be completed as well.

Another reminder will be sent the 2nd or 3rd week in June for the Periodic deadline.

Tplus's BIGGEST Garage Sale!

Starting Tuesday May 29 we will begin collecting items for an ENORMOUS garage sale of giveaway items. Here is the scoop:

  • Collection will begin May 29 and all items will be brought to the MAC computer lab on the mezzanine.
  • Items can be picked up by students during 6th hour, call or email Patricia to request a pick up.
  • Bring items to the MAC computer lab yourself before or after school, find Patricia if you need to get in there.
  • Items will be available for staff to take for USE AT TPLUS between Monday June 4 and Friday June 8. The MAC lab will be open for shopping before and after school and other times at request.
  • Items will be available for staff to take TO DONATE ELSEWHERE beginning Monday June 11.
  • Small items only, NO FURNITURE
  • If you have things you want to give to students, please do that individually. The garage sale will not be available to students.

CBI Friday option for students interested in computer programming

Friday mornings next year, I will be offering a course focused on the Python programming language. It will include lessons from MCTC ITEC 1150, Programming Logic and Design. Students who are taking computer science class 2nd hour, and others who may be interested in qualifying for 3 college credits, should consider this option. There will be a couple of field trips during the year, but it’s a graded class (not a drop in situation).

Thanks for keeping it in the back of your mind. ?s…

Staff Updates

Here are staff updates for next year:

Staff not returning next year - we wish them all the best as they each move onto the next chapter in their lives!

  • Lyle
  • Nikki
  • Matt Hentges
  • Mandie
  • Sue
  • Britt
  • Austin
  • Riley
  • Tra

Staff Joining us next year:

  • Rachel Prince--------------------- New Counselor
  • Adam Webo----------------------- New Teacher
  • Jeremiah Satterthwaite------- New Teacher
  • Katie Flaherty--------------------- High School Work Coordinator
  • Alexandra Renken------------- High School Work Coordinator
  • Jake Anderson------------------ New Teacher (returning )
  • Anthony Scott------------------ AE High School CBVT jobsite
  • Amber Hunter----------------- AE High School CBVT jobsite
  • Molly Bosford------------------ New SEA
  • Michael Pucci------------------- New SEA

Staff position changes for next year

  • Ben Rodriguez------------------ Team 1 Work Coordinator
  • Dave- AE -------------------------- building/ AE Cadre
  • Adam------------------------------- SEA at Children's Hospital
  • Greg ------------------------------- Classroom teacher (.7 FTE)
  • Jeanne---------------------------- .9 FTE
  • Joanne---------------------------- .9 FTE
  • Peggy----------------------------- .9 FTE

Upcoming at T- Plus

June 4------------ Final Bingo ----- 1pm

June 5------------ Licensed staff Meeting- Auditorium

June 6------------ Project Search Graduation

--------------------------HCMC---------- 9:30-10:30

--------------------------Children's---- 11-12

June 7 ----------- Graduation with reception at T Plus following

--------------------- Convention Center 11am

June 8 ----------- Barbecue/ Field Day

June 11& 12--- PD days

June 13 --------- Record Keeping Day