Transition Plus Oct 8

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Spooky!

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.




Please email the engagement team a summary of the incident that you were a part of or witness with all parties involved and the date, time and location.

If you need help creating an email group for engagement, please come see Paul.


  • Students are expected to return from lunch by 1:30.
  • If students arrive late after lunch – the latest they will be allowed to re-enter the building is 1:45.
  • If student returns later than 1:45 SW and/or CM will be called to greet student to come up with plan

  • If students arrive late in the morning- the latest they will be allowed to enter is 11 am unless they have an altered schedule

  • Smoke breaks are allowed during their lunch and advisory unless noted in their IEP (no notes from teachers)

Equity Partners- Book Study Groups

Each person should find one other person to have some conversations with regarding some equity topics we are going to be going deeper into.

Here are a number of podcasts you can use to have deepened conversations with your equity partner

I would like to get 3-4 volunteers who would like to host a book study group- each group will consist of no more than 7-8 individuals who will meet regularly to dive into a book with the focus on race. T-Plus will purchase the books

Please let me know if you are interested in being a host and I will provide you with a structure and format.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Minnesota Rehabilitation Association's Transition Division's first 1-day training is December 4th, 2018 from 9am-4pm at the Best Western Dakota Ridge in Eagan, Minnesota.

The topic is Youth Mental Health First Aid hosted by Wellness in the Woods. This training will focus on the different mental health diagnoses and understanding the differences between what is a mental health symptom and what is normal youth behavior. After completing the training you will receive a Mental Health First Aid Certificate of completion.

Attached is the registration form and more information regarding the day of training. If you have any questions please reach out.

Please note space is limited and is on a first come first serve basis. So register early to save your place in the training!

Amber Gunderson, Alex Breiland, Jessica Norem, Jessica Snyder

MRA Transition Division Board

Link for Online Registration using a Credit Card:

Great News- only 1 file was marked out of compliance for the month of September. Congratulations case managers, and keep up the good work!

School Counseling Services

School counselors work in three domains: academic, social/emotional, and college and career readiness. Now that the bulk of the scheduling is complete, I would love to start meeting with more students! If you have a student who needs a check-in or is having a tough day, please consider me as a resource. I am also very interested in helping students determine their future plans, and can assist in the goal-setting/transition process. Please invite me to IEP/relevant meetings so I can learn more and get to know the students and families better. Additionally, I can teach small Advisory/classroom lessons within any of the aforementioned domains and have been trained in circle practices.

The first Accuplacer test will be offered Wednesday, October 10th, during 1st, 2nd, and 3rd hours. The sign-up sheets are posted on the bulletin board outside of

Rachel's office, C226.

Here is the link to State Graduation Assessment Requirements based on the year the student first entered 8th grade:

Moving Updates- Tours

Once again, I was onsite at the new building on Friday. It continues to look more and more amazing each time I see it.

We will have tours of the new building this week

10/9 Tuesday --------------Team 2

10/10 .Wednesday--------- Team 3

10/11 .Thursday------------- Team 1

We will be meeting onsite at 8:25 in the lobby with tours beginning at 8:30. Anyone not in the lobby by 8:30 will not be able to join the tour on that day. If you are a paraprofessional or support staff and want to join the tour please let Melissa know which day you will be joining.

On Tuesday, November 20, students will have the opportunity to have lunch from the MPS Food Truck and staff can order food too.

Please complete the form if you are interested in ordering.

Join the Paper Route

We have students that are working on employment goals. You can help by adding your room to the paper route. A student will stop by once or twice a week during 6th period to ask if you have any papers that our students can shred. If you don’t have papers, not a problem! The goal of the Paper Route is designed for students to learn employment skills, such as, learning a route, following a work routine, building interpersonal skills, and finding pride in a job well done.

If you are interested in helping by joining our paper route contact Ben Rodriguez at:

Hurricane Fundraiser

The students from Tom/Frederick’s Advisory are going to do a Fundraiser for Hurricane Florence.

Many people are still being impacted by this storm and we want to reach out and help. During the month of October, we will collect donations of any amount. We will check with case managers about times to come into Advisory to present our information. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Get To Work Grant

Do you have students who have not been competitively employed, but

want to be working for a paycheck? Rise has a grant to support these students to reach their goal! Rise will be presenting on their programming on October 12th at 1:30pm in Room C121.

To qualify, students must fit one of these requirements:

  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver eligible
  • The student’s IEP is being served at Federal Education Setting Level 3 or 4
  • Adult (18+) SSI/SSDI eligible

Contact one of the work coordinators for more information!

Need Some Extra materials?

Do you need some extra materials for your room?

DO you have an innovative idea you need funded?

Nat is the new T-Plus grant writer!

Let them know about your great ideas that need funding through this Google Form. They'll be in touch soon!

Staff Absences

From the Staff Handbook -

Staff Absences

All staff members are required to report your absences daily, prior to the start of your work day. In order to facilitate staffing reassignments due to absences or tardiness, please call as early as possible. You are to report your absence directly at 612-668-4100. If you are not able to speak to Secretary, you are to leave a message on the voice mail.

In addition you need to send Jason an explanation of the absence via email- e.g. illness, family illness, child care issues etc.

Please complete the pre-approval request off form in the office for planned absences. This helps us plan for our preferred substitutes.

If you know you are coming late, or leaving early a pre-approval request form needs to be filled out.

Upcoming at TPlus

Monday ------

Tuesday ------ Tour--------------8:25

Wednesday-- Tour--------------8:25

Thursday----- Tour---------------8:25

Friday---------- PSWE/EET-----8:30--------

Upcoming Dates

Monday -------- Oct 15- Picture Day--------------------------------------- Auditorium

Tuesday -------- Oct 16- Family Engagement Night/ Conferences

Wednesday---- Oct 17- Conferences

----------------------------------- Flu Clinic -------11:30-2pm

Thursday-------- Oct 18- MEA Trade day (licensed staff if you worked Monday 8/20)

Friday ------------ Oct 19- MEA No school

Wednesday--- Oct 24- New SEA Meeting----------------------------- 10:05 ------- C205