Transition Plus April 29

Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.

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.

Wifi Rules

Please do not give students the password for the secure wifi. They can use the wifi labeled as mpsguest without a password.

The network has been getting bogged down with so many students on the network at once. In order to make sure staff have full access, encurage students to use MPSGuest

Check out the electronic boards daily for a "Thought of the Day."

Feedback and suggestions are welcome

Check out this upcoming event

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Supply orders due Wednesday May 1

Please submit supply orders to Traci by this Wednesday May 1. If you don't have current needs think about supplies for next year:

  • Notebooks
  • Folders
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Markers
  • Colored pencils
  • Bulletin board- size/location
  • Whiteboards- size/location
  • etc...

Caps and Gowns

Graduating students and their Case Managers can come to the office the week of May 20th to choose their cap and gown. Once chosen please have students keep their cap and gown in their advisory room.

Sue Lundgren Adapted Bike Day for TPlus

DATES: May 24th (Friday)

TIME: 10:30-11:30am

Location: Edison High School Track - 700 22nd Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

Volunteer information:

Questions? or

Coffee will no longer be available in the office. Please bring coffee from home in a travel mug, or purchase from the café or coffee cart.

Community Focused Project Based Learning-Summer Propay Course

James Fester, who is a Buck Institute certified PBL facilitator, is teaching a QComp Propay 1-2-3 Project Based Learning course over the summer and into the fall. His approach to PBL from more of a “place-based perspective”. It is an opportunity to take the course for free , be a part of a PBL MPS community and conduct action research with your own learning and your students learning (Teachers can also earn a lane change!) Teachers should register in eCompass ASAP, as these fill up very quickly and there are only 20 seats left. If people don’t know about Propay 1-2-3, they can learn more here:

Course Title: ProPay 1-2-3: Community Focused Project Based Learning

Course Description: In this course, participants will take a deep-dive into project-based learning (PBL), a research-support pedagogical approach to teaching and lesson design deeply rooted in the experiential learning tradition. This course will help participants understand The Buck Institute for Education’s Gold Standard model for high-quality project-based learning by providing them the skills and knowledge necessary to facilitate standards-based projects for students of all levels. The course will go beyond the simple designing of a project, adding the additional element of community resources to the process, helping teachers develop strategies for utilizing place-based resources such as museums, universities, non-profits, and parks to make their projects more community-centered, relevant, and rich. With the assistance of the facilitator, their peers, and their students, participants will design and carry out a PBL project in their classrooms, receive formative feedback on their implementation, and reflect on the impact their learning has had in the areas of student engagement, equity of voice, content acquisition, and success skill growth. Participants will be actively engaged throughout the entire course through hands-on design work, multimedia resources, blended online resources, books, and one-on-one coaching as the key mechanisms in providing an ongoing source of professional growth and support.

Course Learning Targets:

  • I can design lessons using the essential elements of high-quality PBL that are engaging to my students and relevant to their world.
  • I can incorporate principles of place-based learning and inquiry into my projects that give them context and connect students to real-world challenges.
  • I can integrate resources from outside the classroom into my lessons to add to the authenticity and rigor of my projects.
  • I can effectively employ teaching techniques in my classroom that support student-centered learning.

Course #: 93297 Section #: 114798

Course Format (check one): Face-to-Face, Blended

Number of Course Hours: 28 hours w/ option for up to two hours of independent coaching

Max: 25

Recommended Audience (Demographics) including any prerequisites! The course is designed to help classroom teachers grade 3-12 facilitate place-based project with their students. The course is applicable to any content area. Instructional coaches and other classroom support providers are welcome to join but will need to complete a project in the classroom to meet requirements.

Instructor(s) -: Project-Based Learning Facilitator and Coach, James Fester,

Class Dates and Times:

July 17, 2019 – 12:00pm to 4:00 pm - Davis Room N1-052

July 18, 2019 – 12:00pm to 4:00 pm - Davis Room N1-052

July 19, 2019 – 12:00pm to 4:00 pm - Davis Room N1-052

August 3, 2019 – 12:00pm to 4:00 pm - Davis Room N1-052

August 21, 2019 – 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

September 11, 2019 – 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

October 2, 2019 – 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

October 23, 2019 – 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

November 13, 2019 – 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

December 4, 2019 – 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

*1-hour coaching or observation scheduled w/ instructor

Lost and Found

The Lost and Found is currently in the office.

Seeking volunteer(s) to pick up and donate once per month. Or, wash the items and add to the clothes closet.

Also, the location in the office is not ideal. It would be best to be in an area where it is visible to students so they can see it. Ideas are welcome for another location.

Thank you!

Intelligent Lives Film Screening

I'd like to bring this film screening and panel discussion to your attention. The film highlights three young adults with intellectual disabilities who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce. Academy Award-winning actor and narrator Chris Cooper contextualizes the lives of these central characters through the emotional personal story of his son Jesse, as the film unpacks the shameful and ongoing track record of intelligence testing in the U.S. There are two opportunities to engage in the film or discussion:

with Dan Habib
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
6:00 p.m.
South High School
3131 South 19th Avenue
Minneapolis, MN

with Dan Habib
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
8:30 a.m.
John B. Davis Center
1250 West Broadway Avenue
Minneapolis, MN

Register here:

Other questions? Contact us at

Licensed Interview & Select Positions are posted 4/19/19.

Here is the calendar.

These are the tentative dates for postings:

May – Professional postings (internal)

5/6/19 – ESP postings

June – AFSCME postings

June – Professional postings (external)

Tools for Teaching Literacy Opportunity

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Greetings from Student Leadership. Please complete the following survey. We are working on gathering information related to student voice and lunch options. Students are working on projects related to Student Ambassadors, video games, campus beautification, as well as being more inclusive with each other during social times, like lunch. Thank you for helping us in gathering this information.

-Student Leadership.


Friendly reminder to complete your peer observation and/or peer collaboration requirements on eCompass. Please email or ask Greg if you have any questions.

Ramadan starts May 5th and ends June 4th

Upcoming at TPlus

Monday ---------

Tuesday -------- 5:00-7:00 Visit TPlus

---------------------- 6:00 Intelligent Lives- South High School

Wednesday---- 8:45-9:30 Team 3 Data Mtg

Thursday-------- 8:30-9:15 Team 1 Data Mtg

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

Upcoming- Scheduling Offsite for next year - moved to May 10 due to transfer meetings on 5/3