Distance Learning Continues

May 11, 2020

From Daniel Hertz, MPS Emeritus Counselor (at TPlus from 2011-2016):

Dear colleagues,

I am so excited to share with you that my memoir, Everything is A Little Bit Alright, has recently been published. The uplifting stories were written for and about educators. Every day I went into work I was in awe of the strength, resilience, and creativity shown by the staff members. The theme running through the book is how the grief from the passing of my mom is transformed to gratitude, forgiveness, and joy as I move along the healing path with the help of my dog, Roy. Included are many easy to learn stress management and wellness strategies from my practice of yoga and meditation. It is available on Amazon in paperback or kindle. Here is the link to the book description on the publisher's website:

Talent Show

Please pass along the talent show information to your advisories and students in the coming week, letting them know that anyone can join the google classroom in order to submit their talent show video submissions! https://classroom.google.com/u/0/h

class code: rgqejtq

Tyler McCracken and Christina Brantner are hosting 1:1 appointments for students who want to practice their talent, need help with making a video, or want to create their own music on Soundtrap app (for phones or computers)!

Talent Show dates will be scheduled once we begin getting student submissions!

Virtual Spirit Week: May 25-29, 2020

Join us in showing your virtual school spirit week during Graduation week! Staff and students can show off their spirit during advisories, meet & greets, post a picture on the TPlus Facebook page, dance party or bingo!

Teachers, please ask your students this week what ideas they have for a theme day, then send those ideas to Christina (christina.brantner@mpls.k12.mn.us).

Stay tuned for the theme announcements in a future MMM!

Preferences for 2020-21

As we begin to plan for the fall I would like to take preferences into consideration when looking at staff placement.

Preference and choice is only one factor that goes into the placement of support staff in classrooms. When possible, we look at balancing a classroom based on many factors including preference, skills and student needs including language needs, changing needs and connection points for students with staff in different areas.

Classroom Teachers please fill out this form-

SEAs please fill out this form-

Thank you

Chat an Chill

Aria, Arnee, Mina, and Jenneba will be hosting a Chat and Chill Session with students via google meet on Wednesdays at 2:30.

Here is the link: https://meet.google.com/zzz-riiu-pvd

Whether virtual or real… our graduation slide show will have pictures of our 2020 graduates, as well as other great pictures of T+ activities and students.

Send your best shots to mary.bock@mpls.k12.mn.us or you can text them to 612-845-4849.

Very short video clips could work too. Also, I was planning to host online CBI to work on this, starting Friday 4/24. Interested students will work on invite and program design, music selection and editing, picture editing, and video editing for the slide show. I will keep with 11 am mtg. time, if that works. Open to feedback on time, etc.

-Mary Bock

Make Some Music

Let’s make some music! Come join us for Garage Band Live online and Student Talent Show video submissions! All are welcome. You do not have to be registered in the class to join us. You get to choose your learning:

1. how to create music from your computer or phone using “Soundtrap” app

2. Get individual support in creating and uploading your music video for a virtual student talent show!

Join us here by following the link, and enter in your class code!


class code: r2awuhr

Have questions or need help? Contact Christina Brantner (christina.brantner@mpls.k12.mn.us)

Christina Brantner

Tyler McCracken

This Week at Virtual TPlus

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Tuesday ----------- Staff Mtg---------------------------- 8:30-9:30



Friday -------------- PSWE---------------------------------- 8:30-9:15

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------------------------- Bingo----------------------- 3:00

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