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Graduation Design Feedback Needed

This Friday morning, through lunch & advisory – please bring groups of students to the tech room C179 to view our display of Graduation Invitation designs, submitted by students.


Everyone is invited to vote for favorites. Students’ design concepts will be used to create the real T+ graduation invite and program.

T Plus Marketing

The Downtown (Central) Library has offered us the use of a rather large display window to showcase our program - for public viewing.


The window is available from May 5th and could last a few months. What a great way to show the public some of the things that we do.


Thank you, Tra Carter, for making this connection for us!


Projects could be created by advisories, but may also include photos from classes in the Transition areas that we cover, students at work, students in the community, etc.


The transition areas should be clearly delineated, but students could also have some input on what is important to them.


We will need photos, pictures drawn, statements made by students, etc. etc.

The "sky is the limit" (within reason), but it will also be a fun and meaningful project for students.


Please think about what we would want to show the public about what students do at Transition Plus, and talk to your students.


We don't have exact dimensions yet, but the whole window area is about 6 feet tall by 8 feet wide.


We also need to make sure that photos used are of those students who have the media release on file. (Or we'll need to get them.)

Principal Partner Day

On Thursday we have an opportunity for a community leader to come in and observe what we do as a Special Education Site and a Transition Program. Kristine Steinman will be here with me from 8:20-11:30 am. She is an IT Project Manager with Accenture. When she registered, Kristine indicated she was interested in learning more about special education plans and discipline policies in MPS. This event is sponsored by AchieveMpls


If you have something you'd like us to specifically see while we are walking around let me know. I want to showcase some of the amazing work you do.

Counselor News



PSEO Priority Deadline


MCTC has a new priority deadline of April 15th for PSEO. Student who don't have the test scores yet or are not sure if they want to do PSEO can wait to apply by the July 1 deadline, however, students who know they want to do PSEO may want to meet the priority deadline. The main advantage to meeting the priority deadline is students get to pick classes earlier (before some classes fill up) and they can complete orientation earlier. Students can still submit applications up until the final deadline of July 1 but it is an absolute, final deadline. Student can make an appointment to complete the PSEO application with Britt.


POY


The Power of You priority deadline has passed but students can still submit applications until April 25th. Students can make an appointment to complete the PSEO application with Britt.

Mental Health Team Tip of the Week:

The Healthy Mind Platter contains seven essential mental activities necessary for optimum mental health in daily life, according to Dr. Dan Siegel and Dr. David Rock.

We covered sleep, physical time, and focus time in recent weeks.


Today we're highlighting Connecting Time. When we connect with other people, ideally in person, and when we take time to appreciate our connection to the natural world around us, we activate and reinforce the brain's relational circuitry. Hopefully everyone had opportunities for connection over spring break!


The following link has great info on how to connect with others, especially in the midst of social media. You could share this with your students!

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-creativity-cure/201509/8-ways-really-connect-each-other


Stay tuned for more info on the fifth essential activity next week - or check it out for yourself:

http://www.drdansiegel.com/resources/healthy_mind_platter/

TPlus Spa Event

We're having another Spa Day

on CBI Friday, April 20 (next week).


If you have any UNUSED beauty and hygiene products, samples, makeup etc. please bring in to share with students to make their day special. Items can be left with Melissa at the main office. If you have any questions, contact Vicki

Brunch and Bingo

Enjoy Brunch and Bingo Saturday, May 5th at Bryant Square Park hosted by Mpls Community Education's Access Program for adults with Developmental Disabilities and the Mpls Park and Rec Board. See the flyer for details!

Food Service News!!!


Specialty Cookies BIG!

$1.00


All kinds of add-ins: chocolate, coconut, walnuts, marshmallows, sprinkles, white chocolate, peanut butter, raisins, oatmeal, kitchen sink

Choose one that’s already made or put in an order for what you want.

Transgender update from the District

The Illusion Theater is currently staging Pink Unicorn, a great show about transgender issues that you may appreciate and enjoy. Emily Olson, another principal saw it last weekend & said it's both hilarious and very well done. See below for details.


Illusion will give $5 off each ticket for you & your GSA students/staff/families. Please pass this along. Folks can use the code EDUCATOR to order online or by phone.


Enjoy!

Interview and Select

Given the board meeting last week, Interview and Select will be shifting. We are still uncertain as to when that will be. Schools impacted by the Board directive need to complete their budget Tie Outs the week of April 23-27. Given this shift it is anticipated Interview and Select will be Mid May for round One- Round two is anticipated to happen during the beginning of June.


T Plus currently has four positions open for Interview and Select
  • 2 High School Work Coordinator Positions
  • 1 EBD Teacher position
  • 1 DCD (team 1)Teacher position


I would like to prepare for 3 interview teams that would be available May 1 & 2- 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at Anne Sullivan


Each Team would have an opportunity to view potential candidates and provide me with recommendations April 26 & 27


Please let me know if you would like to be on a team, specify which one.


ESP positions will be posted after the first round of Interview and Select. There will be several SEA positions and three AE positions posted (HS job coach and T Plus Cadre).

Planning for Next Year

In planning for next school year I would like to hear from each of you re: requests of assignments for next year. This is your chance to have some say in your placement for next year. We will try to honor as many requests as possible but we cannot ensure everyone will get what they want.


Final staff placements will not be complete until back to school week for staff - depending on scholar and classroom needs


There are many factors that go into the staffing of each classroom that we take into account including ensuring gender balance, diversity, staff strengths, scholar needs, ESP job classification (each SEA is hired to work with a certain disability area), teacher prep times and much more.Planning for classroom and program staffing usually takes multiple days because of the various puzzle pieces.


If you are a licensed staff and would like to make requests for SEAs click here


If you are an SEA and would like to make a request for next year click here

Site Council

Thank you Tia and Nikki for recruiting 3 interested parents- Any more?


We are attempting to get a stronger family and student voice on the T Plus Site Council.


Please reach out to your students and/or their parents to see if their is an interest in being a part of this advisory group.


We also would appreciate 1-2 SEAs on the Site Council.


Please let me or Maryann Sulik know so we can invite them to our final meeting in May.

What is Transition Plus

The following documents were created by a small group to represent Transition Plus- a Huge thanks to Laura and Jeanne! Please look over the documents and if you see items that you feel should be changed/ added/ deleted please let me know before Thursday.


The first document represents T Plus as a whole- click here


The second document represents Tplus course offerings to help at Transition Meetings- click here

Upcoming at T- Plus

April is Autism Awareness Month


Monday--------- Snow Day

Tuesday -------- Team 2 Meeting

Wednesday---- Team 3 Meeting

Thursday------- Team 1 Meeting - Principal Partner Day

Friday ----------- PSWE - 8 am

Autism Awareness

April is Autism Awareness Month. Please check out the information below.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-9rmjz28Rw