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Music Making: From Creation to Community:


This class will allow students to learn the basic fundamentals of writing and recording pieces of music. Over the course of 7 sessions, students will work with Anton Jones, Interdisciplinary Artist of CEO of CLIMB Theatre to create, record, and share original pieces of music. Students will work together to define their community, explore a diverse array of music styles, and be exposed to job and mentorship opportunities in the local arts and music scene. Upon completion of this residency, participants will also be provided with a finished recording of the work created over the course.


Students are required to register and commit to the 7 sessions which will be held on Friday afternoons of CBI days in the auditorium 1-3pm - 2/23, 3/9, 3/23, 4/20, 5/4, 5/18 and 6/1


  • Be on time
  • If you miss more than 1 session your spot in the class will be replaced with an alternate.
  • When registering students for this please discuss with them the requirements and consequences of not meeting them
  • . First preference is going to go to team 2 or 3 students who may be in their last year AND are attending regularly.
  • Registration link



Staff supporting during this time will include K Taylor, Austin, Grace and Gerry.

I recognize this is prep time for many licensed staff, but if you want to participate you are more than welcome.


Anton Bio

Anton Jones’ mission is to “Change the face of the American Theatre Audience”, he holds his MFA from the University of Iowa Playwright’s Workshop and his BA in Theatre from Grinnell College (where he also accidentally fulfilled a Sociology and American Studies major). He has directed, written and provided hip-hop theatre workshops nationally and for all ages. He has worked as a director, playwright, and theatre educator for Penumbra Theatre, Pillsbury House Theatre, The Illusion Theatre, History Theatre, Karamu Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, Upstream Arts, Children’s Theatre Company, The Guthrie, St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, Imagination Stage in Bethesda, MD. He is a two time Jerome Many Voices Fellowship Recipient. As a sound designer/composer, his work has been heard internationally, and off-broadway. He has been a consultant to multiple schools and districts of all sizes and a staunch advocate for arts access, arts integration and arts for ALL communities. As of June of this year, he became the Artistic Director and CEO of CLIMB Theatre, a 42 year old touring theatre company with a mission to propel people towards actions that benefit themselves, each other, and their community.

Safety and Security- Please review with Advisory students

Given the recent events in Florida it is important to make sure we are more prudent regarding our security in the building.



  • Students arriving after 10:30 will not be allowed in unless the case manager has notified the front desk prior to the student entering.
  • Students will not be allowed to return from lunch after 1:20- students are expected to be back for advisory by 12:50
  • No students or staff should enter the building after 9 am by any door other than Door 16- please do not call and ask someone to let you in- we need to model this expectation for students
  • Staff leaving the building before the end of the duty day need to be sure to sign out at the front office
  • Students leaving the building before the end of the day need to be sure to sign out at door 16


The next Accuplacer date is Wednesday, March 7


College Credit Opportunity for Bilingual Students


Please see the attached flier for information about how bilingual students can earn college credit for free. Please spread the word and post this in your classrooms. Students can sign up with Britt.

Mental Health Team Tip of the Week:


In our work here at T Plus, we know the importance of having positive relationships with the people we serve. We always have room to grow, even when tired and winter seems never ending!


Sometimes it's hard to know the difference between sympathy and empathy; here's a funny and thoughtful clip to encourage our connections with students, families, and each other.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZBTYViDPlQ


Help Needed! If your class or advisory would be interested in using their creativity to help spread information and support related to mental health, please let us know! We want to team with a class to create posters to hang up around the school.

Contact Candis at: candis.haekenkamp@mpls.k12.mn.us if you can help!

Project Search Information Nights 2018

Do you have a student who would be a good fit for Project Search? Have them attend an Information Night. Please see the attached memo for detatils.

Garage Sale in Main Office and the Prices are Great!


Periodically this semester, there will be a "garage sale" collection of curriculum and other items available for use in any Tplus classroom. These "garage sales" will be in the area next to Tracie's desk in the main office! All items are FREE FREE FREE! Each "garage sale" will last about one week. After that time, the items will be available for any staff to donate to their favorite charitable organization.


  • Garage sale dates will be posted at the mail boxes. (and you CAN take materials any time you see them there)
  • The first garage sale will start sometime this week (hopefully)
  • If you want to donate materials to charity after the closing date of each garage sale, please tell me and Patricia will keep a list of staff to notify when items can be taken off campus.
  • If you have items IN your classroom to give to a garage sale let me know and Patricia will pick them up.
  • Patricia will try to collect boxes and keep them under the garage sale table for folks to use.

Need help with Google Classroom?


If you need help with beginning steps of using Google Classroom, or if you are using it already and want to do more with it, Patricia is available to help out. She is available before school 8-9am, during 1st hour and during 6th hour to help you with the following Google Classroom elements. Email her to set up a time.


  • Setting up a classroom and inviting students
  • Creating assignments
  • Using Topics to organize your google classroom
  • Linking google docs and pdfs to assignments
  • Creating google forms and linking to google classroom
  • Creating self scoring quizzes with google forms and linking to google classroom
  • Creating self correcting answer sheets with google forms for consumable materials, which turns them into reusable materials

Upcoming at T- Plus

Monday---------Holiday

Tuesday -------- Licensed Staff PD

Wednesday----

Thursday------- SEL Cohort Meeting (at Davis)

Friday ----------- PSWE

--------------------- CBI Friday

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjzITnc7PCE