Transition Plus November 19

Be thankful for what you have; Be fearless for what you want

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.

Season of Gratitude

As we move into this season of gratitude, I hope you take time to refresh and rejuvenate with your biological family and/or your family of choice.


I will not be in the building Monday or Tuesday and want you to help our students move into this time that for most can be joyous but for others it can be troublesome. Not all of our students will have the opportunity to celebrate with a feast or family. Be awaare of hte anxiety this may raise for our students.


Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Navigating in our New Space

If you see our new custodial staff, be sure to introduce yourselves- Pete and DJ are currently working with us and Scott will be joining us once Adult Education moves in.


Security Concerns in the new building

  • Please keep your doors locked and closed during classtime
  • Staff should be in the halls during passing times
  • Encourage students to only use stairway C to go between floors
  • Students who are not their own guardians need to have signed permission to leave the building
  • Provide Engagement staff a list of students who are not their own guardians


  • Students should not be allowed to eat lunch in classrooms
  • Staff have one bathroom on each floor - please use the T Plus bathrooms - NOT AE bathrooms.


The Monday after Thanksgiving break we will need all staff on hand to help us as we help AE students get into the building. There will be a number of students arriving as our students are entering.


Help us make a successful transition for all students.

CBI Round 3

Teachers, with only one week of CBI Round 2 left, please confirm your Round 3 plans with Colleen. Some Modules are already listed in the "3 December 7" sign-up spreadsheet in the CBI Friday Resources Folder.


Please include the following in your communication:


  • Teacher Partnerships
  • 1-2 sentence description of Module and intended audience
  • Dec 7: Activity
  • Dec 14: Activity
  • Dec 21: Activity
  • Jan 11: Activity
  • Jan 18: Activity



Teachers who are not facilitating modules, please check in with Tom, Greg and Patricia this week for tips on how to make the afternoon activities run smoothly (you may even want to do an "internship" on Nov 30th).

Ordway opportunity!


On Friday, November 30, we have an opportunity to go to the Ordway to see Nachito Herrera perform Afro-Latin Renaissance music!! https://ordway.org/event/nachito-herrera/


10 tickets total - 3 per team.


First come first serve on Nov 27.


Please send students who haven't yet had the opportunity to go. Email Colleen

Greetings from the CSC!


What's the CSC, you ask? It stands for "Community School Collaborative." It's what you know and refer to as the "Mental Health Collab."

I just wanted to let everyone know that the CSC is the agency that partners with Transition Plus to provide school based mental health.


My office is in the main office now, next to Jason's. Please welcome your students to come visit me any time! I'm also open to coming to your classrooms to talk with your students about mental health and/or the services I provide - just let me know!


Stephanie Nelson #84063 Thanks!

MPS Job Fair


MPS needs YOU to create safe and welcoming environments for learning. Join us to learn more and apply. Come take on a job that will make a difference in kids’ lives.


Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Headquarters 2117 West River Road N. Minneapolis, MN 55411 Date: November 27 From: 3:30pm – 7:00pm


Questions? For more information, please contact MPS Human Resources at jason.clopton@mpls.k12.mn.us or call 612.668.0528.


Staff will be available to talk about the right Career Path for YOU!


Minneapolis Public Schools 612.668.0500 staffing@mpls.k12.mn.us


Receive a Job Offer at the Job Fair!

• Custodians

• Food Service/Nutrition Workers

• Bus Drivers

• Child Care Workers (before and after school)


Please bring three (3) copies of your resume to share with hiring managers.

Sign Out - Please remember to sign out when you leave the building and sign back in. For safety reasons, it is important to know who is in the building at all times.


Lost Prep - If you are securing coverage for your class in the event you need to leave, the absence must be posted on AESOP in order for those teacher(s) to receive Lost Prep payment.


Remember - Those covering can only get paid for 1 period per day. Only licensed staff should cover your room unless you have approval from Jason for alternative coverage.


Time off- Please fill out time off request forms with as much notice as possible.


Keys/Badges- When entering the main doors of the building you can either swipe your badge to unlock the door or use your 03 key.

RAK Funds

Our Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) funds are available. RAK funds have been given to MPS schools by the Kopp Foundation to support students in emergency and high need situations to allow students to attend school with less stress.


We have a limited amount of funds for the entire year. These funds can be used for such items as clothing, supplies and other necessary items.


Case managers may request funds using the RAK request form (attached and in the office), and submit to their social worker for approval. Directions are on the request form.


See a social worker with any additional questions.



Please place your trash cans outside your doors at the

end of the day.

This makes the engineers job easier!



Entering holiday time in ESS:


ESP staff should enter holiday pay for November 22 and 23. You may use vacation time for November 21 if you have enough time accumulated or simply enter nothing for the 21st.

Edcamp Fusion will take place on Saturday, December 8, 2018, at the Minneapolis Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We're calling it EdCamp Fusion because the volunteers putting it together come from different areas of interest in education and anyone can attend. This will be a FREE open forum for discussions on a wide range of topics and influences on K-12 education.


Edcamp Fusion will be held before the opening events of the #TIES18 Education Technology Conference. If you are interested in staying for lunch and a keynote address by Pernille Ripp (including a 1-hour CEU), register separately here.


To learn more about Edcamps, click here.

Grant Opportunity


As of Oct. 1, CenturyLink is accepting grant applications for the CenturyLink Teachers and Technology Grants program with a purpose to identify and support teachers and projects that bring technology into the classroom in an innovative manner.


Grants are available to full-time public and private school teachers in grades PreK-12 operating in a CenturyLink service area. Schools do NOT need to be a CenturyLink customer in order to apply for a grant and no special consideration will be given to any school, regardless of customer status. Grants will be awarded up to $5,000 per project and applicants will provide a summary of their project, a budget and a detail on the impact they think this project/purchase will have in their classroom.


Applications may be submitted online at www.centurylink.com/teachersandtechnology through Jan. 12, 2019. Grants will then be awarded and presented to schools and teachers in-person April 1 - May, 2019.

Work Based Learning Update


Do you have a student who is working in a paid, competitive position and who could benefit from some additional support? Please send the student to T227 to speak to a work coordinator and pick up an OJT agreement. If the employer agrees, the work coordinator will visit the place of employment and help support the student's success on the job.


Please continue to encourage your students to get connected with VRS. Contact Cheryl Delery for north side students, Amber Gunderson for south side students, and Alamin Wahila for students who have recently arrived in the US or are experiencing a cultural barrier. No need to wait for an IEP meeting, or for the student's last year. Sooner is better!


Please be aware that over the next couple of weeks the work coordinators will be working to assess the career interests of each first year student. Our goal is to better tailor our work sites to students interests.

Shared Engagement Space


Janet would like to connect with whomever is using the engagement room after school or in the morning.She wants to meet with you to talk about the room set-up to find a solution to a Promethean Board problem she is having. Please contact her.

janet.hagen@mpls.k12.mn.us

Business Cards

If you need business cards ordered please email Traci with all of your information. Thanks!

Upcoming at TPlus


Monday --------

Tuesday -------- Licensed staff PD- Restorative Practices- Small Cafe

Wednesday---- No school (Thanksgiving break)

Thursday-------- No school (Thanksgiving break)

Friday ------------ No school (Thanksgiving break)



Save the Date--

The next Family Resource Event will occur on December 20, 2018.

This will be an opportunity for families to tour the new building.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMd1CcGZYwU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKt9CslbVsg