Together...From a Distance

Virtual Learning! ----August 31, 2020

TPlus Family

This week we all officially be back . It has been so good to see many of you in person and to see students and families at our Welcome Back event on Thursday. Thank you for all that made this afternoon/ evening a welcoming event for our students/ families even though it was so very different than in years past.


During this unprecedented start to the school year we will have many things that will be different but one thing will remain the same. Our students will need us to help guide them as they are moving into adulthood. When you are struggling with how to transcend certain difficult situations, I want you to remember how you would have done it while in person and then translate it to virtual.

Please see the following options during PD- It is highly encouraged that all staff attend these sessions as it would greatly benefit many of our students.
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School Counseling Updates

Hello, and welcome back! Below are some relevant updates/resources from my desk to yours to aid in the flurry of activity the next few weeks have in store for us.


  • Here is the link for the SY21 Distance Learning Schedule for Quarter 1. This is a staff-only document. We have alternative resources for families and students.

  • Here is the link for the Course Selection sheet to share with students and families.

  • Here is the link for the scheduling request Google form. Please complete this form if you have new or unscheduled students. If you have schedule changes, please email me directly at Rachel.Prince@mpls.k12.mn.us.

  • Here is the link for the SY21 Course Guide. This document contains course descriptions for all of our TPlus courses, including many that are not currently offered during distance learning.

  • If you have questions or issues regarding Gradebook, please contact me before you submit an e-ticket to IT. Typically they are issues I can resolve myself.

  • I will be offering virtual Accuplacer test administration again this year; testing will be done by appointment only.

  • I’m excited to get into “classrooms” more this year, and present lessons on different topics. More information to follow in the coming weeks.

Trans Students + Google Meet

Students can request to have their name changed in Google Meet if we request it through an eTicket to IT. This will change their name in Google Meet but not their other documents. Google Meet is not a legal document and not having the correct name for the student may prohibit them from joining our classes so a name change form is not required.

Attendance and Absences

During Distance Learning, the top priority is that students are engaged in learning every day. As such, the definition of an absence is when a student, or parent/guardian for elementary students, does not have contact with the teacher (or designee) on an instructional day.


Click here to review the attendance process.

Latest Updates from ILT


In order to help students stay organized, include the following when labeling classes in google classroom:

  • Teacher
  • Name of Class
  • Period

Thanks!

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Schedule for the first week of school

Tuesday, Sept 8 will be a day to connect with your students. At 9:30, all students meet with their advisory group. Once advisories have connected as a group, the rest of the morning could be dedicated to connecting individually with students or continuing as a group. It depends on the needs of the group. Advisories will meet again as a group at 1:00. TEACHERS INFORM YOUR STUDENTS AHEAD OF TIME TO JOIN ADVISORY AT 9:30 BECAUSE IT IS NOT THEIR REGULAR SCHEDULE!!


Wednesday&Thursday = normal class schedule.


Daily Class Schedule:


  • 9:30 - 10:25 - period 1
  • 10:30 - 11:25 - period 2
  • 11:30 - 12:25 - period 3
  • 1:00 - 1:55 - Advisory (period 4)
  • 2:00 - 2:55 - period 5
  • 3:00 - 3:55 - period 6


Students have the same classes Monday - Thursday. Fridays will begin with Advisory at 9:30, then offer virtual community/peer connections for which the students will sign up according to their needs/interests. We need people to lead CBI options.

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Google Classroom: If you have not had a chance, please complete the form so that we can help communicate with families and students so they are able to connect with their case managers and advisories.

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SEARCHING FOR CBI FACILITATORS


Calling all Tplus staff! Tplus is working towards building some peer/community connections into our Fridays again. The schedule would be:


  • 9:30 - 10:00 : Advisory
  • 10:05 - ? : Activity
  • 1:00 : Dance Party and Bingo


The 5-week module format will remain the same as last year. One difference: Activities will only last as long as makes sense - If the activity only needs 1 hour, then it only lasts 1 hour. Need 3 hours? You got it! Once the activity is finished, students will be "off" until dance party/bingo in the afternoon. Once we get a group of teachers/staff that want to lead/co-lead activities, we will put together a spreadsheet of the available activities. Once a student chooses an activity, the leader would invite them to join the activity on google classroom.

Activities that require materials are possible if


  • a) students are able to pick up 4 weeks worth of materials from Tplus (1st week would be dedicated to pick up, which leaves 4 weeks for activity)
  • b) a staff is willing to drop materials off at students' houses.



Some CBI ideas to get the creative juices flowing:

  • Chrome games
  • apples to apples
  • upstream arts
  • guest speakers/ted talks
  • random skills students want to learn
  • creative writing
  • virtual cultural celebrations
  • online bracelet making class
  • chat with Nurse Emily about Covid questions
  • arm knitting
  • transform junk into art
  • language learning
  • resume building
  • yoga/fitness
  • baking
  • budgeting
  • more!


Email Colleen.knuth@mpls.k12.mn.us with your interest or questions. Colleen is still working out the details and is happy for your input/feedback!

Songs!

Share the songs that help pump you up or calm you down. We can all use a little music to keep us going during these dynamic times.
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