Transition Plus February 18

Never be limited by other people's limited imaginations

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.

TPlus Library

Exciting news...TPlus will have a student library! This will not be a traditional library, although there will be traditional components to it. We have the option to add e-books, audio books, and maker space activities.

Suggestions for materials can be added here. Please survey your students and families and start adding titles people want to see in the library.

If you have requests for the library see Ben, Patricia or Jewell

This is being offered to all teachers and staff at MPS. Substitute pay is available. If you are interested in attending, please fill out a absence request.

Registration is Now Open!

Registration is now open for the March 13, 2019 Waste In Place Educator Training. Participants must register by February 26, 2019.

MPS Culinary and Wellness Services will be hosting an educator training provided by the City of Minneapolis, Solid Waste and Recycling Division, and Keep America Beautiful for the Waste in Place curriculum. All Minneapolis Public School teachers and staff members are welcome to register.

  • Lunch provided
  • Substitute pay available

Attendees will receive a complete Keep America Beautiful, Waste in Place Curriculum kit, with hands-on training in how to use it.

Waste in Place teaches the fundamentals of litter prevention, waste prevention, recycling, composting, waste-to-energy, and landfills for:

  • Early Childhood (Pre K–2)
  • Primary (3-4)
  • Intermediate (5-6)

MPS Culinary and Wellness Services will share a 2019 update and overview of resources and programs such as:

  • Farm to School
  • Safe Routes to School
  • True Food, No Waste

Check out these activities!

Craft Night, Adaptive Open Gym and Dance Night!!!

All activities are located at Northeast Park.

Engagement Team News

Please send all incident reports(even if you are a witness) via Google, Paper or email to Michael or Daphne. Please feel free to send assignments, worksheets or ideas that may help us to engage student.

Social Work Team Update

Heads Up! We’ll be hosting high school School Social Workers and Counselor to share information on programming at TPlus and the referral process for high school students. Expect to see some extra visitors in the building Thursday, February 28th in the morning from 8 - 9 and afternoon from 2-3.

Similarly, we will also be hosting a few additional Visit Transition Plus for prospective students and families to tour our new building and ask questions of our student panel. Here are the upcoming dates for Visit Transition Plus:

Wednesday, March 6 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (south schools)

Thursday, March 7 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (north schools)

Tuesday, April 30 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Professional Development

If you have not already done so, please complete this short survey regarding our PD Thursday, January, 24th.

Upcoming YWCA Workshop

Microaggressions and Bias 101 Workshop

Wed, Feb 20, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm @ YWCA Downtown

What does it mean to have bias? Are biases good or bad? Where does bias come from? This workshop helps individuals understand how and why biases form. Then we will talk about the impact biases have in our decision-making and how to respond to microaggressions that may occur in our everyday lives...

Cost $5 for YW members and $10 for non members

Project SEARCH update

Mark your calendars now to attend one (or both) of the information sessions.

  • The Children's Hospital event will be on Wednesday, March 13 from 4-6 pm in the Education Center located at 2525 Chicago Ave.

  • The Hennepin Healthcare event will be on Thursday, March 14 from 4-6 pm in the Stillman room located on the first floor at 715 8th Street .

Please contact Trish Praus with any Project SEARCH questions


All teachers, including teachers who are not case managers, now have access to our school edition of Nearpod. Everyone should have received an email about their new account. Those who have already been using it have been invited to join the school edition and you can keep your username and password. New users had accounts, usernames and passwords created for them. You should be able to change your password if you would like. If you want help with Nearpod, you can ask Patricia, Adam, Frederick, Jeremiah, or Brad. We also have the option to have a one hour web training, so we can talk about that.

Just a reminder--

Ordering - If you need to order something, please let Traci know well in advance of when you need it. A new process has been implemented, and it takes a little bit longer to process.

ESS Time Entry - Friday, February 8th (weather related day off) - enter as regular time, unless you had a previously scheduled absence, you will need to enter it as planned per payroll.

Friday, February 15th, is a non duty day. Enter vacation time if you have it, or don't enter anything.

Monday, February 18th is a HOLIDAY, you need to enter holiday time if you want to get paid.

Restorative Practices Drop In Sessions

Wednesday this week you will have the opportunity to meet with Vince Jackson. He is our PSWE DPF and he can provide you guidance on restorative practices in your classrooms or in the building.

Since he will be here all day you can use him in different ways-

  • Come to the front office and have a conversation with him
  • Email him ahead of time if you want him to come into your room to explore restorative practices with your students

Attention teachers!

Today, and tomorrow- February 19 and 20.

  • 2nd hour CNA class will be in Brad's room.
  • ACCESS testing from 10am-3:00pm in the Apartment.
  • ---a list of students to be tested will be sent to you
  • ---Send the students to the apartment beginning at 10:30.

Upcoming at TPlus

Monday -------- Presidents' Day (No school)

Tuesday ------- Licensed Staff PD---- 8:30-----Small Cafe

---------------------- ACCESS Testing

Wednesday---- Vince on site all day- drop in -front office

----------------------- ACCESS Testing

Thursday-------- Site Council------------- 4:30-6:00 ----Small Cafe

Friday ------------ PSWE---------------------- 8:30-----Engagement Room