Transition Plus Oct 15

Relax, Chill Out and Unwind

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.

The Move

A number of you have had an opportunity to see the new building this past week. There was a great deal of excitement and a number of questions. If you continue to have questions please feel free to ask Daphne or me.

I know not everything in the new building is exactly what everyone wants. I would ask as we move to our new space designed for us, we all have an open mind and be open to things that may be different than we have done in the past. There will be many opportunities for us to model flexibility and adaptability to change for our students.

The built in cabinetry that was originally planned is not in the current plan. Therefore, If you have storage cabinets you would like to bring with you to the new building, be sure to mark them for the move- they will need to be empty in order to be moved.

This week, as we have time you can work on packing on Wednesday or Thursday (if you did not work the trade day (August 20). Remember, we will need to be ready for the move on October 30th before you leave. The movers will be here early October 31st.

Wake Up Fitness 4 Life With Drums Alive! | project by Ms. Brantner

Help me give my students the necessary equipment recommended by the Drums Alive! curriculum to be successful. My students are learning about choosing Fitness 4 Life. They will be learning about engaging and fun recreational leisure choices through Drums Alive! program this year. The school is providing the curriculum and the teacher training, but our students need the materials in order to participate!

Sub Folders

Each teacher should have a sub folder in the office to provide a substitute teacher with a generic lesson plan and student information. I know many teachers provide their subs with a specialized lesson plan that may change, but these sub folders are helpful in case of an unexpected absence. Thanks!

Calling all basketball fans!

The Final Four Fan Jam Truck is visiting Transition Plus on Friday, Oct 26 from 1:30 - 3:30 thanks to Officer Phil!!! A waiver must be signed to participate. Students who are their own guardian can sign their own. Otherwise, waivers can be printed from the attachment or picked up from Colleen's office to be sent home for signing. It will "pop up" in the small parking lot outside of the cafeteria. If the weather is not favorable it will move into the cafeteria.

C179 pre-move give aways…

There is a bag of newspaper carrier bags in the back room. Must belong to someone???

Thanks, Mary Bock

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. Ideally your equity partner is someone who is different than you in some way.

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

I have had 5 volunteers to host groups- Thank you to:

  • Anie
  • Peter
  • Tom
  • Laura
  • Greg

We will talk more about the groups and Equity Partners on November 1st.

Some book suggestions so far are :

  • I Got Schooled By: M. Night Shyamalan
  • The End of Average By: Todd Rose
  • A Long Walk to Freedom By: Nelson Mandela
  • Why are all the Black Kids sitting together in the cafeteria

  • Other People’s Children: Cultural conflict in the classroom

  • Multiplication is for white people- raising expectations for other people’s children

  • White Awake

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:

October 31st Half day

As we are planning out transportation for our Halloween Half-day, it would be so helpful to have an estimation of how many students will be attending, paying closer attention to students who are on an altered schedule, students in wheelchairs, and our more fragile students.

Please use this week to personally check in with your students/families about their plans for that day. Click on this link to enter your proposed student attendance (I know it won't be 100% accurate but we can get a good enough number to plan for transportation and medical/hygiene needs)

As a reminder, we will be out of the building the whole morning without access to the medical/hygiene equipment that we are used to. Obviously, we will make accommodations as necessary to keep our students safe, but please assume low access.

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.

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


Please use the following codes when entering bus aide time - Delete the rows that you have with the previous codes on it. Traci cannot approve time with incorrect codes. Thank you.

Cost Center - 2380

Rec Order - 190000017

Rec Fund - 1001

Receiving Func. Area - 760.723.100

Note the last 3 digits were .000, they now need to be .100

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.

Upcoming at TPlus

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

Tuesday --------Oct 16- Due Process PD------------------- Auditorium- 8:30

---------------------------------- 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

Rest and relax this weekend as we will have a busy couple of weeks preparing for our move

Upcoming Dates

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