Transition Plus Sep 3

Goodbye summer...Hello school

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.

Sign out your students

If you are leaving the building with students please leave a list of names with the front desk. This way we know who is in the building.

Due Process

Case managers--

  • please assign yourself as case manager in EdPlan to all the students on your roster.
  • please accept all Proposed IEP's of your students in EdPlan.
Students names should be emailed to Daphne in order to get a ToGo card.

If students are leaving early, please notify the front desk @45009 or by walkie.

Tplus Community Choir


Hopefully this exciting news is great for Tplus students looking for music opportunities. There is a new Music Therapy class: “073285 Social Learning Through Music” that is geared for Team 2 & 3 students.

Both classes (if asked) address all CASEL areas of SEL. Both classes also meet NASET standards:

  • 3.1.2 Youth participate in the creative arts, physical education, and health education programs in the school and the community
  • 3.1.4 Youth develop interpersonal skills, including communication, decision-making, assertiveness, and peer refusal skills, and have the ability to create healthy relationships.
  • 3.3.3 Youth demonstrate awareness, understanding, and knowledge of other cultures and societies and show respect for all people

If you feel your students would be excited and wanting to be a part of this class, here is the breakdown of the classes:

073285 Social Learning Through Music MW 1st hr - is a course for those who want to focus on vocal music, community music-making, and singing. If this fits with a future vision, this could be a performing group for in-house and community experiences with Guthrie Theatre Collab. Please make it clear to students who sign up for this course that this will be a rehearsal and learning time of group music collaboration through vocal expression.

073285 Social Learning Through Music T/Th 1st hr - is a course for students who want to focus more on social emotional learning through instrumental music. Topics will follow the approved Syllabus but will be designed for team 2 & 3.

Please give Christina Brantner a heads up if your students enroll as this is not a “social hangout” or “choose my own music class” to avoid any misconceptions.


Any teacher who is planning on doing mindfulness activities and needs a chime let me know.

Professional Development:

If you have not already done so, please take a moment to share your preferences for professional development this year.

Complete this short Google form and tell us what you'd like to see for PD during our one hour teacher meeting times.

Student Logins

Mary Bock complied a list of student logins if students need help. She also made a short training video that is helpful. If you need this information contact Melissa in the office 45074.

Let's get social!

It's the theme for the year!

We will be posting regularly to keep students, families and staff updated and entertained. Please let Melissa know if you have information or photos you'd like to include.

The sites should be up and running by the end of the week!

It has taken a little longer than anticipated to get the accounts set up than expected- Everything should be working by the end of the week! stay tuned!

Do you have an extra 3 foot by 2 foot hanging white board that you do not want or are not using? Please let Traci know.

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)

"Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions." (CASEL, 2016)

Advisory lessons begin! The first SEL competency area is--


The ability to accurately recognize one’s emotions and thoughts and their influence on behavior. This includes accurately assessing one’s strengths and areas for growth and possessing a well-grounded sense of confidence and optimism.

We will be working on this competency school-wide for the next 7 weeks from September 4 – November 2.

The Google doc, SEL Activities, can be found here:

Hello from the Community School (Mental Health) Collaborative!

It's been fun to see classes/advisories touring through the building! I was able to catch some of you to introduce myself to your students. In addition, I'd like to visit any of your classrooms or advisories, to continue to familiarize students with myself and CSC/mental health services, and answer any questions they may have. Please let me know if you want me to come by (anywhere from 5-15 minutes) and I will!

Also, I will be facilitating a team 2/3 new student lunch group for the month of September. The group will be informal, held in the cafeteria, during the regularly scheduled lunch time. My goal is to provide a little structure to help new students connect with other new students. Group will be on Wednesdays 1-1:30. No need to sign up in advance - I'll just plan to be there during that time. If you could pass this information on to students, that would be a great help!

~ Stephanie

Student Devices

Please read the following document re: students using their own computer or electronic devices here at school.

SEA Work Times and Breaks

SEA work times are 9:40-4:10. All SEA Staff must punch in and out unless told by me. Staff my punch in early but you will not be paid for that time unless you have prior approval from me. SEAs not assigned to a bus should help students get on their afternoon buses prior to punching out.

13.8.5 Breaks-Timing (as per the ESP contract):

  • a. Unless mutually agreed upon by the employee and the supervisor, breaks shall not be scheduled for at least thirty (30) minutes after the start of the employee's scheduled duty day and at least thirty (30) minutes before the end of the employee's scheduled duty day.
  • b. Duty free lunch breaks shall be scheduled as close to the middle of the employee's scheduled duty day, unless mutually agreed upon by the employee and the supervisor.

13.8.6 Break Synopsis:

Hours Worked:

  • 4----------------------- One 15 minute break
  • 5------------------------One 15 minute break--------------------------------------------One 30 minute lunch
  • 6------------------------One 10 minute break-----One 15 minute break------One 30 minute lunch
  • 7+----------------------Two 15 minute breaks----------------------------------------- One 30 minute lunch

New and returning Paraprofessionals

Below are some links that will help you in getting ready for your role here at MPS

You can be looking this over during time your teacher is on Prep or if you need a small amount of extended time to do this let me know.

This Week at TPlus

Monday ------Labor day/ No school

Tuesday ------Licensed Staff Meeting- Auditorium- 8:30


Thursday----- Non-tenured license staff- 8:30 (Jake's room)

Friday---------- ILT---C205- 8:30