Distance Learning Continues

May 18, 2020

2020-2021 Class Schedule

Here is the link for next year's schedule:

This can also be found in the Licensed Staff folder under Schedules, 2020-2021.

I will be updating the course guide, as well as sending out a google schedule selection form for case managers to schedule their returning students.

Thanks! -Rachel

Talent Show

Final call for videos. We will accept any late talent show entries through the google classroom or emailed to Tyler McCracken and Christina Brantner through Wednesday, May 20th. Videos after this date may not make it into the show due to the editing and technology needed to prepare for the show.

Our virtual show is scheduled on Wednesday, May 27th at 1:30pm. We will not send a meet-up link until closer to the date, so stay connected to your advisories and your Tplus staff! Tplus staff, keep an eye on emails and MMM for this important information.

Virtual Spirit Week: May 25-29, 2020

We've got spirit, yes we do! We've Spirit, how about you?

Help us celebrate our graduates with a virtual spirit week! This is a fun but optional way to join our meet and greets, advisories, dance party, talent show, bingo game, and graduation ceremony in spirit gear! You should not be expected to purchase anything special for participating! Have fun, be creative, and remember we are on camera, so appropriate dress codes still apply!

Monday - Memorial Day, no school

Tuesday - Career Day/Professional Day - "When I grow up, I want to be..."

Wednesday - Hero/Character Day - Costumes, book characters, historical figures, and heroes!

Thursday - True Colors Day - favorite colors Day (this could also be your favorite sports team colors/gear)

Fancy Friday - Do it up in your Dress up, fanciest clothes. Movie Star Make-up and dress to impress for Graduation Day.

Chat an Chill

  • Aria, Arnee, Mina, and Jenneba will be hosting a Chat and Chill Session with students via google meet on Wednesdays at 2:30.

Here is the link: https://meet.google.com/zzz-riiu-pvd

  • Rachel Z, Rhonda and Aria Chat and Chill Wednesdays at 11:00am:

Join with Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/wsf-pfsh-knu

+1 413-338-6286

  • Rachel Z, Janelle and Sarah Chat and Chill Thursdays at noon:


+1 484-469-5389

Project SEARCH update

We are pleased to announce the following students have been accepted to Project SEARCH for the 2020-21 school year.

At Hennepin Healthcare: Verdiana M, Salado A, Katie K, Mustaf H, Chasity S, Yessinia G-R, and students from Robbinsdale.

At Children's Hospital: Cal N, Zachariah A, Alex M, Charity S, Iqra H, Abdi K and students from Orono, Bloomington and Eden Prairie.

Please congratulate these students! Special thanks to everyone who helped with completing the Project SEARCH applications and to everyone who assisted students with interview prep. It was truly an awesome team effort to overcome the extra challenges this year!

Webinar Opportunity


Join us for an interactive and entertaining webinar on ADA Rights and Responsibilities for Students

INTENDED AUDIENCE: School Staff, Students, Parents and VRS Staff

DATE/TIME: May 19, 2020, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm


All participants will:

  1. Gain a better understanding of the rights & responsibilities of students regarding Title 1 of the ADA including, but not limited to; interviewing, disclosure and reasonable accommodations as it impacts people with disabilities and their employers
  2. Become more knowledgeable about the 5 Titles of the ADA
  3. Learn about the rights and responsibilities of a student as it pertains to accommodations while attending a post-secondary educational institution both in the classroom and in a residential dorm setting
  4. Find out about and have access to both local and national ADA resources

This webinar will be recorded and have closed captioning.


Cindy Held Tarshish, The Metropolitan Center for Independent Living (MCIL), ADA Minnesota Program Manager

To join event via WebEx:

Join the Meeting

You can pre-register for the event by clicking on this Join the Meeting link above and entering your information. Then you will get an invite for the event on your calendar.

For the meeting you may utilize your computer audio, or upon joining choose to receive

a call back on your phone from WebEx (requires you to provide your phone number

when you join the event).

To join the audio conference only:

Call this number and enter the access code

Audio conference:

US Toll Free


Access code: 961 331 103

A password should not be required for the event, but if it is, it will be: ADA2020

QUESTIONS? For assistance with accommodation needs please contact Marianne Wygant at marianne.wygant@state.mn.us

TPlus Library Audio and Ebooks

Hi all, just wanted to share that audio and ebooks are now available for check out through the Tplus school library. There are over 500 audiobooks. And right now, the ebook/audiobook company has temporarily added 10,000 ebooks to our library as a promotion.

Here is link to a screencast video of how to access the audio and ebooks


Here is a link to the starting point for accessing the audio and ebooks through the Tplus library. Unfortunately, I do not think staff can access with their own log in. To test it out so you can assist students, you will need to use a student log in.


From the Community School Collaborative

Hey Everyone! We are continuing to support students' mental health needs during this time of distance learning. We have transitioned to telehealth, so many students meet with us online through Zoom. Some students we still meet in person, with social distancing precautions.

We're open to new referrals, as well, so please keep us in mind as you think of your students needs.

If you have questions about whether a student is a good fit for our services, or want to make a referral, please ask your social worker. Thanks!

This Week at Virtual TPlus and Upcoming

Monday------------ Cap & Gown pickup------------ 10:00-4:00

Tuesday ----------- Team 1 Meeting ----------------- 8:30

Wednesday------ Java with Jay---------------------- 8:30

--------------------------Shout outs----------------------------12:00

-------------------------Team 3 Meeting------------------- 1:30

Thursday---------- Team 2 Meeting------------------- 1:00

Friday -------------- ILT--------------------------------------- 8:30-9:15

------------------------- Dance Party----------------------- 1:30

------------------------- ESP Meeting----------------------- 2:00

------------------------- Bingo--------------------------------- 3:00

May 26 ------------ Memorial Day

May 27------------- Talent Show-----------------------1:30

May 27 & 28----- Classroom Clean Out/ End of Year Check List

May 29------------- Graduation-------------------------12:00

June 2-------------- Locker item pick-up

June 4-------------- Graduate Device Drop Off/ Diploma Pick up

Class of 2020 Commencement Speech

Obama's Virtual Commencement Speech To Class Of 2020: 'This Is Your Generation's World To Shape'