Transition Plus December 17

Be Kind Whenever Possible. It Is Always Possible.

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.

Employment and Training Opportunities for Students

Are you 16-24 years old? Living in Minneapolis?

Looking for employment or training opportunities?

This is for you!

Short-term, credentialed training options such as:

  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Medical Office Support
  • Forklift Operator
  • Maintenance/Custodial
  • Servsafe Food Manager
  • Job search and career planning
  • Support to achieve your diploma or GED
  • Transportation assistance
  • And more!

Text, call, or email for more information:

Becca Lopez 612-323-9531 Emily Schloesser 763-321-6020

Survey Says!

The 5E Survey is live for all licensed staff and students. You should have received an email with a username and passcode from UChicago Impact Surveys last week.

The window remain open until December 21st. Students will need their birth dates and student ID numbers to log in.

Please contact Rachel Prince for more information.

This is a survey we will need a certain percentage completed by this time. Thanks for completing it ASAP!

The next Accuplacer will be held on Wednesday, December 19th in

Patricia's room, T201, during 2nd, 3rd, and 4th period.

Sign-ups will be posted outside Rachel's room, T314.

February is African American Heritage Month which is a great time to reflect on the community we build with our friends, family and neighbors.

We can make this year's celebration meaningful with some preparation. As a building, we can do anything from inviting families for coffee to preparing students to reflect on and share their thoughts and journeys to inviting people from the community to help celebrate.

Tell Colleen your ideas for how to make it meaningful for our students and our community and how you are willing to participate in making that happen.

International Potluck

Teachers, on December 20 we are hosting our 5th annual International Potluck and building tours for families. Please personally invite your families to come with a dish to share on December 20 from 5:00 - 7:00.

A robo call will also be going out to invite families but that is rarely as effective as personal invitations.

Here are the invitations letters:

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Opportunity for Youth Artists!

Show + Sell your work in the Powderhorn Art Fair Youth Showcase

Applications Accepted November 12th through May 7th 2019

Qualifying artists must be between the ages of 13 and 18 years old.

All artists participating must be showing their original artwork.

Just a reminder--

  • Everyone should sign in. There have been instances where staff intercepts a visitor before the office staff has a chance to ask the person to sign in. Please support us in ensuring that all visitors have signed in. This includes district staff who are visitors to our building.

  • All staff should use their swipe card or #3 key to gain access to the building from outside. Let's try to be gentle on the security monitors and be as self sufficient as possible.

  • Staff can gain entry to the office from the main, shared hallway by swiping your card on the wall to the right of the door as you are looking at the office.

  • Walkie Talkies should be put in the charger and turned off overnight. If they are not turned off, the charge will not last throughout the day.

  • If you need to order materials or goods for an upcoming class or project, please let Traci know as far in advance as possible. The purchasing department has launched a new system and for now, it may take a bit longer than usual to get orders.

  • The sensory room and quiet room are not for staff breaks

  • Payroll should be entered by Friday payday. Traci starts approving on Monday morning and continues through Tuesday. If you enter or change anything on ESS after Tuesday at 4:00, you will need to let Traci know.

Please refer to the payroll schedule here

Multicultural Literacy Resources

Check out these great multicultural literacy resources! Be sure to choose narration in the student's native language along with English. They can have the book read to them in their native language, then in English.

Unite for Literacy provides free digital access to picture books, narrated in many languages. Literacy is at the core of a healthy community, so we unite with partners to enable all families to read with their young children.

Storybooks Minnesota has stories from many countries. There are stories with Characters that reflect many of our students. Stories can be read to students in the language that you choose and in the level that you choose.

Peer Coaching Sessions for Licensed Staff

Each session meets over 2 days:

Dec. 3 and Dec. 10, 5-8pm @ MFT Building

Jan. 9 and Jan. 16, 5-8pm @ Davis Center Assembly Room

Feb. 11 and Feb. 25, 5-8pm @ Davis Center Assembly Room

Register in eCompass, course #90854

Peer Coaching is a requirement for Achievement of Tenure (AofT) and

is also a peer observation option for tenured teachers.

Licensed staff will learn how to plan, observe and post-conference with colleagues to create a positive, professional, impactful, and high-quality peer coaching experience.

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.


Over the last month we had an individual enter two different schools during dismissal and take personal items including cash and credit cards from classrooms. MPD is involved and is building a case against the individual.

In general it is good practice to minimize the number of credit cards or cash that you carry every day and keep items with you or locked. More information on security reminders and procedures can be found here.

This is another reason/reminder to keep your doors closed and locked. The best security comes from relationship building. Be sure to be in the halls greeting students as they enter each period.

Textbook Replacement Funds

We have a limited amount of money to use for replacement books, literature, etc. Please think of books that are needed to reinforce your class library, curriculum room, etc.

Send your lists to Traci no later than January 21st.

ESS Outage

Planned Outage of SAP and ESS

There will be a planned outage of our SAP systems, including Employee Self-Service (ESS) and Online Purchasing (SRM), starting at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 3, and ending by 7 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 7. During this time, staff will not be able to view paystubs, enter time, submit requisitions, etc.

Employees will be able to view their paystubs for their Jan. 4 paycheck (covering the pay period from Dec. 9 through Dec. 22) beginning at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3. Paystubs will be available until ESS shuts down at 4:00 p.m. that day.

Please plan your use of these systems accordingly. If you have any questions regarding your paystub, please contact MPS Payroll at

SEL Work Groups

Center for Adult Education Celebration

On Friday, December 21 the administration team would like to celebrate our two groups of staff and provide lunch for you. This will be our gift to you this holiday season and a way to mingle and get to know our colleagues we are sharing a building with.

Lunch will be provided in the staff break room from 10:45-1 pm.

Come and celebrate !

Grand Opening

Our Grand opening will be Wednesday, January 9, 2019

We will celebrate in the lobby from 10:30-11:30. Please feel free to bring your students down during this time to get a treat.

Be aware, there will be a number of people touring the building during this time.

Upcoming at TPlus

Monday -------- Non-tenured licensed staff meeting ---Molly's room 8:30

Tuesday -------- Licensed staff PD- Small Cafe- 8:30


Thursday-------- Celebration at Collin's home

Friday ------------ PSWE- Equity and Engagement----8:30--- T312 (engagement room)

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.

December 21, 2018- luncheon provided by building administration- A chance to mingle with our neighbors

January 9, 2019- Grand opening of the building 10:30-11:30
Enjoy this as we enter into the final two weeks before break!