Transition Plus Newsletter

November 2019 Edition

Getting Connected!

This is our first year of the Transition Plus Newsletter! It is delivered via email to all of our families that have submitted their email address. We are excited to share some of the great things that happened this month, things to look forward to next month, and needs that you can help us with. If there are others in your family that would like to receive the newsletter, call Transition Plus to update or add an email address.



November Calendar

November 1: No School

November 4: 2nd quarter begins

November 8: American Indian Family Celebration 1:30 - 3:30, all families invited!

November 27,28,29: No School - Thanksgiving Holiday




  • 8 students hired at Cookie Cart!
  • Students hired at Chipotle, and Gap
  • 7 students hired at TreeTrust paid training program, for which they alternate weeks attending Tplus classes and working at Tree Trust gaining building trades experience.
  • 10 students gaining first-time work experience in our Tplus Cafe, keeping things sanitary and tidy, serving customers, preparing food, training as a barista, and managing financial transactions

Congratulations to these students! We look forward to many more in the coming future. We also have many students working at our 10 job sites where they are gaining a variety of work skills that may lead to gainful employment in the future.

Project Search Highlights and APplication INfo

We are pleased to report that both of our Project SEARCH partnerships are off to a strong start this fall. The Transition Plus students selected for internships at Hennepin Healthcare are in more departments than ever and are learning to demonstrate professional behavior and teamwork.

Project SEARCH helps students make the transition to adult life via participation in at least 3 unpaid internships in a professional environment at either Hennepin Healthcare or Children’s Hospital during the school year. Students also utilize public transportation (city bus or Metro Mobility) and bring (or purchase) their own lunch as important elements of Project SEARCH.

Students must commit to actively pursue competitive employment upon completion of their Project SEARCH experience. A Transition Plus instructor and two Skills Trainers provide instruction and support at both hospitals to promote success for interns. As a result, the Project SEARCH experience typically leads to excellent outcomes for our students. Approximately 90% of those who complete Project SEARCH are employed within a few months at a job they like.

To participate in this unique partnership, students must apply and interview in the spring prior to the year they wish to participate. Please contact Trish Praus for more information about Project SEARCH or the application process. Applications for Project SEARCH are expected to be available in early February.

Project Search - Hennepin Healthcare Site

The Hennepin Healthcare interns have the opportunity to participate in internships in the Cafeteria, Environmental Services Department, Mail Room, Main Kitchen, Equipment Room, Gift Shop, Welcome Desk, Cancer Center and more. All of the interns are gaining valuable vocational experience and improving their communication skills –crucial for workplace success.

Project Search - Children's Hospital Site

The Project SEARCH interns at Children’s Hospital are also hard at work in Environmental Services, the hospital Mail Room, Nutrition Services, several Intensive Care Units, the Supply, Processing and Distribution Department and more. The interns are making big gains in their levels of professionalism, and their ability to work independently. They are also learning to accept feedback on their work.

Southside Services at Transition Plus!

Southside Services works with individuals with disabilities to support them in becoming more active, engaged members of the community. Southside has two new activities! Tuesday Soccer Club and Thursday Yoga are getting started this month and will be held in the Tplus gym from 10-10:55. If your student is interested, you can get more information from the school social workers or by contacting Stephanie or Adam at Southside Services. 612-721-1696 or visit our website

3 Strings

A group of TPlus students are part of this band!

The 3 Strings Band, one of Southwest’s many guitar ensembles, has been selected out of hundreds of applicants to perform the keynote address at the National Association of Music Educators Conference in Orlando, Florida this November. The group, under the direction of guitar educator, Ruth LeMay, will demonstrate innovative inclusive music education. The group must raise $58,000 to take 54 people, including 16 students with special needs, parents, staff and student support to Orlando in the two months. They are working on raising the final funds for this trip.

A concert and fundraiser will take place in the Southwest High School Commons on Wednesday, October 9th, at 7:00 p.m. and feature many Southwest guitar ensembles, including The 3 Strings. Fundraising will include a silent auction, homemade bake sale, ice cream truck, and pizza. Requested donation is $10.

If you're not able to attend but would still like to donate please visit their gofundme page.




Parents and Guardians, if you know your student will be late to school, leaving early or absent for the day, please remember to call the main office number at 612-668-4100. This will help in accurate attendance reporting. Thank you.

Here Comes The Bus App

Wondering when the school bus will arrive at your house? Download the free "Here Comes the Bus" app on your phone's app store and follow the set up instructions in the following links to get a notification when the bus enters your neighborhood.



Feed The Need

The Social Justice Community Based Instruction student group at Transition Plus is asking for donations for our Feed The Need clothing closet and food shelf. Feed The Need is run by our students (check out their picture!) and serves our student community. Donations can be made throughout the year. Feed The Need will start operating on October 11th. If you need to access Feed The Need, contact your student's school social worker to make arrangements.

Donation Needs:

  • Shelf-stable foods
  • CLEAN New or gently used clothing
  • Soft, stretchy material pants for men and women
  • new undergarments for men and women SIZE: small - 4XL
  • clean stylish or plain hoodies
  • clean jackets in great condition



Cookie Cart

In order to be hired at Cookie Cart, students must apply and interview successfully with the Cookie Cart manager. In addition to earning a paycheck and gaining skills in Food Service, students are building their resume and improving their future employability. Transition Plus provides transportation to Cookie Cart and a Job Coach to support the student’s success at work. Interested students may also participate in Customer Service Training and learn to use a cash register.

We appreciate our wonderful 10+ years of partnering with Cookie Cart and look forward to many more valuable years of working together. Please contact Work Coordinator Trish Praus for more information about opportunities for Transition Plus students at Cookie Cart.

If you know of any employers who would be interested hiring students or groups of students, Transition Plus is always looking for partnerships to expand vocational opportunities.



American Indian Family Event

Friday, Nov. 8th, 1:30-3:30pm

2015 East Lake Street

Minneapolis, MN

Transition Plus Students and staff are excited to invite all our Tplus families to celebrate American Indian cultures. Come to Transition Plus from 1:30 - 3:30 for rotations of food, drumming , art, storytelling, and more!

American Indian families, contact us if you would like to display/explain artifacts, help prepare food, or be a part of the planning. 612-668-4103,

This is a monthly event to highlight and celebrate many of the cultures represented at Tplus. We need families to help plan, prepare, present, bring interesting artifacts, and/or prepare foods for every 2nd Friday of the month.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Student Opinion Editorials

The New Video Game Death Stranding is to Release November 8th

The new game created by Kojima Productions, studio behind Metal Gear Solid Franchise is about to release in November 8th, 2019 this year. This game is said to be a new genre different from the action games that we all come to know and love, and will be called “strand game” a game based around the concept of “connection”. This game will different from the stealth action genre which he also helped originate in the gaming industry Metal Gear in 1987.

This game is going to feature real-life actors such as, Mads Mikkelsen, the actor who played Hannibal Lector in the show Hannibal by Bryan Fuller and Kaecilius in Marvel’s Doctor Strange. Norman Reedus, the Actor who played Daryl Dixon in The Walking Dead. Lea Seydoux who was an actor Skyfall and Beauty and The Beast. While it’s still enigma what the game has to offer. It leaves fans of Kojima’s game in speculation and excitement as the clock is ticking for another pieces of Kojima media to release, exclusively PC and Playstation 4.

by: Amadeus Magee-Robinson


Party Room Fridays

On Friday afternoons, students facilitate student-lead social activities with staff support. A student favorite this year is when the apartment transforms to the Party Room, where we have fun by singing, dancing and we also have snacks. I encourage everyone at Transition Plus to join us on Fridays in the apartment room after lunch and it’s from 1:30pm to 3:30pm. Also, we let you sign up for songs you want hear during the Party. We hope to see you on Fridays. Let’s Party!!!

By Enrique Vivas-Vaquero

Highlights of our Latino Family Celebration!

Thank you to all the families that attended our Latino Family Celebration! We had some stiff salsa making/tasting competition where students got to practice voting. Alex Santos rocked the house with his drumming, DJ skills and a Salsa and Cumbia dance tutorial. Our students baked and decorated cookies, painted nails according to Latin flag colors, sampled Latin foods, danced, decorated Dia de los Muertos regalia, and more! It was a great student-planned party!

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