Transition Plus January 21st

Intelligence + character that is the true goal of education

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.

Happy New Year from Barnes & Noble!

2 things:

  • All Educators get a special 25% discount every Sat and Sun in January – classroom and personal purchases. More info here.

  • We recently came out with STEM/Literacy project based learning plans K-8. We are holding a workshop/demo Jan 25th at our stores. Please let me know who from your school you recommend that I reach out to and I will provide additional info.

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.

Screening of "THE KIDS WE LOSE"

Dr. Ross Greene Author of Lost at School & The Explosive Child is coming to Minneapolis. A screening of his documentary “The Kids we Lose” is being hosted by the Special Education Department at:

Southwest High School

January 21, 2020

6:00p.m.-8:30 p.m.

This will include a follow-up question and answer session with Dr. Ross Greene, There is more information in the flyer, linked here.

Please consider helping us get the word out by:

posting the linked flyer in your building,

print and backpack home the flyer with students.

add to your outward facing newsletters

Please encourage staff in your building will take advantage of the opportunity to engage with Dr. Greene and his Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS) model of working with our students whose emotional and behavioral needs may stand in the way of their academic success.

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.

Nominations can be made Here.
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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!

Staff Reminders


  • As the weather continues to change please keep in mind your start time - Plan accordingly.

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.

Updated Student Information

  • Please be sure to let Melissa or Traci know of any changes that need to be made in Discovery - Change of address, phone numbers, contact info, etc. We want to be sure student records are accurate.


  • Please let Traci know of any class supplies you will need for 2nd semester

Classroom furniture needs

Please have your wish list to Traci by the end of the day on Wednesday, January 23rd. The sales rep will be touring with Traci and we need to be able to know exactly what the needs are in order to get a quote.

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

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.

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 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.

Coming Up at TPlus

Monday----------------- No School/MLK Jr Day

Tuesday---------------- Lic Staff PD ----------------- 8:30-9:30



Friday-------------------- PSWE -------------------------- 8:30-9:30

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

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