Transition Plus June 11

Goodbye for now...See you soon!

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Start of SY 2018-19

There will be further information coming out later in the summer, but so you can plan accordingly for the start of the school year here is some information you need to know!


Our school day for students is--- 9:40- 4:10

ESP time will be ------------------------9:40-4:10 unless otherwise specified

Licensed staff time will be--------- 8:30-4:30 unless otherwise specified


Licensed staff will be expected to report back to work 8/21/19 @ 8:30- we will be having an extended licensed staff meeting.


Optional: August 20th - Duty day for teachers and related service professionals who wish to flex the MEA Conference Day (Thursday, Oct. 18) as a non-duty day - Sign in will be required


August 24th- First Day Back for ESP Satff- ALL Staff will participate in onsite PD (ESP staff will be expected to attend at TPlus instead of district PD)

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: https://www.upstreamarts.org/2018/05/22/open-enrollment-for-summer-programs-at-artistry/


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!

EOY checkout forms were placed in mailboxes. Ask Traci for another if you misplaced yours.


Everyone needs to turn in a check out form.


For teachers that do grades and attendance, I also have another form that needs to be filled out. This is a Student Accounting requirement.


If you are choosing to work from home on Wednesday, you will need to do your check out on Tuesday. If you are doing your grades remotely on Wednesday, I will verify grades on Thursday morning. All grades need to be done by Wednesday at 4:00.


Let me know if you have any questions.

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.

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…mary.bock@mpls.k12.mn.us

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
  • Candis
  • Austin
  • Riley
  • Tra
  • Mamie


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
  • Chad Lizakowski--------------- Psychologist



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 11& 12--- PD days

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