Transition Plus August 19

Let today be the start of something new!

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First Day Back

Today is the first day of a new school year for many staff. I hope everyone has had an enjoyable summer. I know this summer has brought changes for a number of staff. There have been some staff members who have had losses and some that have added to their families.

I want to let staff know, I will not be at TPlus this week. I am currently in Florida addressing a family emergency that happened Friday. I'm sorry I will not be there to greet and welcome our new staff but I am sure all of you will be great at helping them feel welcome!

If you are coming in Monday (as your MEA trade day) please be sure to sign in at the front office. Traci will have a sheet available for staff to sign in.

Please review items as there have been some updates made, especially around staffing & teaching buddies.

Start of School Year 2019-20

Here is a look at the two weeks prior to the start of school

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 8/20/19 @ 8:30- we will be having an extended licensed staff meeting.

Optional: August 19th - 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 29th- First Day Back for ESP Staff- ALL Staff will participate in onsite PD (ESP staff will be expected to attend at TPlus unless pre-approved for other district training that day)

Staff Updates

Here are staff updates this year:

Staff Deciding this summer to not return this school year:

  • Pamela Wurtz
  • K Taylor
  • Kristi Ternes
  • Eric Reichow - accepted a DPF position

Staff Joining us next year:

  • Rachel Hawkins------------------- New Social Worker (will begin October 28)
  • Dara Ceasar------------------------- Substitute Social Worker (9/3-10/28)
  • Shekinah Stigler ------------------ New Teacher (added position)
  • Jamie Brummel------------------- Lead ELL Teacher (added position)
  • Emilie Keller ------------------------ HS Work Coordinator (added position)
  • Emily Norton ----------------------- New Licensed School Nurse
  • Laura Anderson------------------- New SEA (1:1)
  • Sahra Kassim --------------------- New SEA (1:1)
  • Ari Newman ----------------------- New SEA (1:1)
  • Aria Campbell --------------------- New SEA
  • Tiffany Tyus ------------------------ New SEA
  • Sarah Nelson ---------------------- New SEA
  • Bryan Hooper ---------------------- New AE - Engagement Team
  • Olivia Olick -------------------------- New AE - Engagement Team
  • Erin Ditmarson -------------------- New SSPA
  • Faith Binmann--------------------- Student Teacher / with Brett
  • TBD ------------------------------------- SEA
  • TBD ------------------------------------- SEA

Staff position changes for next year

  • Analee Francisco------------------ Hennepin Healthcare Project Search
  • Stephanie Z ------------------------- Building float
  • David Leusser----------------------- AE at Coffee Plus
  • Devon ----------------------------------- SEA at Children's Hospital
  • Adam------------------------------------ SEA back onsite
  • Greg -------------------------------------- Increase IS to .5 FTE
  • Tia----------------------------------------- SEL Coach .4 FTE
  • Peggy ----------------------------------- 1.0 FTE

Meeting Schedule for the year

Here is a list of the meetings scheduled for the year- there will be a couple of other groups with additional meetings scheduled - this will be coming soon!

As you are writing these meetings on your calendars, if you are a licensed staff you should consider setting up you IEP calendar too. Check in with a buddy teacher or Liz Carlson if you need help.

T Plus Structure

So everyone understands T Plus and our structure, here are a few documents to help you. Keep in mind these documents are fluid and will be changing as others have input and certain areas/ staffing is finalized.

TPlus Big Picture with Roles and Responsibilities

TPlus Services Overview

2019-20 Assignments

Funding Opportunity: Achievement & Integration Mini-Grants

We are excited to announce an opportunity for schools to support our district achievement and integration goals. The primary purpose of the Integration & Achievement Mini-Grants is to give schools the opportunity to promote racial integration for students at racially isolated and non racially isolated sites. Integrated learning experiences are meaningful opportunities for students to build relationships between students of different races, ethnicities and socioeconomic status and are sustained over time. They enable students to build awareness, knowledge and skills for authentic relationships with people from racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds different from their own.

Tentative grant timeline:

  • Applications accepted starting August 23

  • Award notices sent: starting September 6

  • Awards distributed: starting mid-September

  • Awards spent by June 15, 2020

  • End of year evaluation due: June 15, 2020

Projects will be selected based on a review of their project description, alignment to the Achievement & Integration Goals, clarity of project goals, evaluation metrics, and project budget. Any school may apply for a project supporting student integration as long as:

  • Racially isolated sites can partner with a non-RIS site or an interdistrict partner school (Saint Louis Park and Robbinsdale) Non racially isolated sites must partner with a racially isolated site(s)

Applications can be found here. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting August 23rd. We will fund programs until funding runs out.

For more information, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions. If you have a different question, please contact Betsy Ohrn at 612-668-0731 or


All teachers need to begin taking attendance on the first day of school. Please mark every student on your roster either U for unexcused or E for Etagged. Please continue to mark students unexcused each day they do not attend class. This allows us to drop students that have enrolled for the 2019-2020 year but never attend.

Parking Update at Center for Adult Learning

Here is the response to all of the concerns brought forward last year around parking.

There will be additional information coming out with how to get the hang tags and garage openers.

Be Sure to Check out this great new product the district is offering!!!!