Transition Plus September 2nd

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Counselor News

Scheduling Procedures for the first week of school:

  • Rachel will be stationed in the Scan Lab (Room 305) on Tuesday and (possibly) Wednesday. Please send students to 305 with scheduling needs.
  • If your student has changes that need to be made, please make note of the changes on their current schedule, and initial.
  • Schedule changes will be honored in the first two weeks of school with only the case manager’s initials, note, or verbal communication. Subsequent changes will need an official change of schedule form, to be signed by the student’s case manager, social worker, and principal. This procedure helps reduce arbitrary schedule changes and allows only IEP goal-related changes to be made when necessary.

We had to use several “work-around” course codes for classes this year:

  • Consumer Math 1 = Daily Living/Consumer Math 1
  • Consumer Math 2= Daily Living/Consumer Math 2
  • Consumer Math 3= Math Skills 1
  • Consumer Math 4= Math Skills 2
  • Current Events= People and Places
  • Social Justice= Responsible Adulthood/Citizenship
  • Trades Exploration= Small Engine Repair
  • Community Fitness= Team Sports
  • Intro to Cooking= Basic Cooking
  • Meal Prep Cooking= Basic Cooking
  • Service Learning: Ambassadors for Respect= Relationships

Employee Handbook

Please take some time to review the Employee Handbook. Once you've reviewed it please sign off on the back of your Emergency Staff card.

Need help with E-Tagging?

Check out this training video from the Source!

Weekly SEL message:

I’m excited to be the new SEL Coach for Transition Plus. This year we will divide the 5 areas of SEL by the same schedule as the CBI Friday Rounds. You will likely be doing be doing SEL activities from the first day, so the first section can be considered to start immediately. The SEL Activities are located on the share drive. The name of the document is SEL Activities. The document is currently being revised and added to (including Team 1 appropriate activities) so you will see the new one shortly. The following is a guideline for planning:

  • 09/03 to 10/11 Self Awareness
  • 10/14 to 12/06 Self Management
  • 12/09 to 01/31 Social Awareness
  • 02/03 to 03/06 Relationship Skills
  • 03/09 to 04/24 Responsible Decision Making

Please let me know if you have questions.


Staff Updates

Here are staff updates this year:

I was notified Friday that Tiffany Tyus, who was hired this summer will not continue at T-Plus.

We do have an interview scheduled this week for one of the open positions.

If you know of anyone interested in an SEA position at TPlus please ask them to apply.


Tplus will be emailing out monthly newsletters to families.

The nature of the newsletter is to celebrate victories, mention needs, and announce upcoming events.

If you know something that should go in the newsletter, email it to Melissa Freeman or Colleen Knuth, worded as it should be in the newsletter.

The deadline is the 3rd Friday of the month to make the next month's newsletter.

Meeting Schedule for the year

Here is a list of the meetings scheduled for the year- there will be a couple of other groups with additional meetings scheduled - this will be coming soon!

As you are writing these meetings on your calendars, if you are a licensed staff you should consider setting up you IEP calendar too. Check in with a buddy teacher or Liz Carlson if you need help.

Student login/account help

The IT help desk is available at 612-668-0088 and can help with student account problems or questions.

T Plus Structure

So everyone understands T Plus and our structure, here are a few documents to help you. Keep in mind these documents are fluid and will be changing as others have input and certain areas/ staffing is finalized.

TPlus Big Picture with Roles and Responsibilities

TPlus Services Overview

2019-20 Assignments


On September 6, the first Friday of school, we will be introducing our students to CBI, how it works, and get them signed up for the first round of modules.

Team 1, let's talk about your specific needs.


  • Welcome students and Breakfast
  • Advisory 9:40 - 10:00
  • CBI rotations 10:00 - 12:00
  • Advisory - CBI sign up 12:00 - 1:00
  • Lunch
  • CBI Friday Afternoon Activities (listed at bottom of rotation schedule)

After Breakfast, students will report to their advisory where Community Based Instruction will be explained as well as how the rotation will work. ESP's will lead their assigned advisory groups around to each module station according to the CBI rotation schedule until 12:00.

Thanks! Colleen

ESP Opportunity

ESPs will be compensated with Integration funds for serving in some of the 2019-20 Q Comp Leadership Roles

The 2019-20 roles that ESPs can hold and will be compensated for with Integration funds are:

  • Equity & Engagement Team Member - $350
  • ILT Member - $350
  • Site Council - $350

All leadership stipends will be paid out in May, 2020 for serving during the 2019-20 school year.

Funding Opportunity: Achievement & Integration Mini-Grants

We are excited to announce an opportunity for schools to support our district achievement and integration goals. The primary purpose of the Integration & Achievement Mini-Grants is to give schools the opportunity to promote racial integration for students at racially isolated and non racially isolated sites.

Integrated learning experiences are meaningful opportunities for students to build relationships between students of different races, ethnicities and socioeconomic status and are sustained over time. They enable students to build awareness, knowledge and skills for authentic relationships with people from racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds different from their own.

Tentative grant timeline:

  • Applications accepted starting August 23

  • Award notices sent: starting September 6

  • Awards distributed: starting mid-September

  • Awards spent by June 15, 2020

  • End of year evaluation due: June 15, 2020

Projects will be selected based on a review of their project description, alignment to the Achievement & Integration Goals, clarity of project goals, evaluation metrics, and project budget. Any school may apply for a project supporting student integration as long as:

  • Racially isolated sites can partner with a non-RIS site or an interdistrict partner school (Saint Louis Park and Robbinsdale) Non racially isolated sites must partner with a racially isolated site(s)

Applications can be found here. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting August 23rd. We will fund programs until funding runs out.

For more information, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions. If you have a different question, please contact Betsy Ohrn at 612-668-0731 or

Greetings from the CSC ("the mental health collab")!

I'm looking forward to another great year with all of you! I'm excited to share that I will have an intern working with me this year. Her name is Soyoul Song; she goes by "Soy." She's in the Marriage and Family Therapy program at St. Mary's and has experience working as a youth counselor at the Arlington House Youth Shelter in St. Paul. She is from South Korea and is passionate about serving immigrant communities and their families. I think she will be a great addition to our T Plus community. Please help me in welcoming her when you see her!

Just a reminder that we are available to come into your advisories and classrooms to share with students what resources and support we provide. We also support families in need, regardless of the student's ability to communicate or otherwise engage in "talk therapy." If you are concerned about a family who may have mental health needs, please talk to their social worker and/or myself to see if the CSC can offer support.

Feel free to email (or catch me in the hall!) with questions or to set up a time for us to come into your classroom:


All teachers need to begin taking attendance on the first day of school. Please mark every student on your roster either U for unexcused or E for Etagged. Please continue to mark students unexcused each day they do not attend class. This allows us to drop students that have enrolled for the 2019-2020 year but never attend.

Parking Update at Center for Adult Learning

Here is the response to all of the concerns brought forward last year around parking.

There will be additional information coming out with how to get the hang tags and garage openers.


On Tuesdays I would like staff to commit to dressing professional.

We can model for our students what a professional community can look like.

You can wear a bow tie, a neck tie, a tied scarf or just dress professionally.

MPS B2S Ahmed Ali
Words of Wisdom and Inspiration from Ahmed Ali for us as we begin our new year!