Transition Plus May 13

Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength

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.

Fire Drill Clarification

If on the first floor and able, evacuate from the building - Be sure to cross either 20th or 21st to the other side of the street or to the back of the parking lot behind the fence on 30 ½.

Do not cross Lake Street

Leave your room and go to nearest exit

If there is a person with a mobility issue and they are on floor two or three direct them to the safe area

  • Safe Areas are
  • T207 & T304 on TPlus side
  • A208 & A308 on AE side
Emergency team member will sweep the halls and go to safe room - at the safe room there will need to be a count - how many individuals requiring an assist and how many individuals not needing an assist


Graduation invites are bundled in 4’s, and sitting in a bin next to the staff mailboxes.

Please write down the number of bundles you take – there is a paper/ clipboard there for you to use. Beautiful work by all the students who submitted designs.

Main contributors to the final design: Sol, Nikko, Emma, Devon and Asad. Thanks to the folding crew: Kyassac, Mark, Nikko, John, Asad, Demian, Mustaf, Max, Rudy, Molly M. & to Julie for having her room invaded!

Power to the building will be shut off on

Friday 5/24 from 5:00-7:00 pm for maintenance.

Minneapolis Parks- Special Olympics- Bocce Ball

Please see this new offering from Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Board.

Special Olympics Bocce Ball - Share this with families please.

Let Melissa know if you need to have some paper copies.

Staff Updates

We had a great Interview and Select first round-

We did not lose any teachers

We got our first choice in each of the newly created licensed staff positions

  • Shekinah Stigler will join us as our added ASD teacher
  • James (Jamie) Brummel will join us as our ESL Lead
  • Emilie Keller- will join the HS Work Coordinator Team

We will be scheduling interviews for the open ESP positions in the next week.

Wifi Rules

Please do not give students the password for the secure wifi. They can use the wifi labeled as mpsguest without a password.

The network has been getting bogged down with so many students on the network at once. In order to make sure staff have full access, encurage students to use MPSGuest

Check out the electronic boards daily for a "Thought of the Day."

Feedback and suggestions are welcome

Pictures Please!

It’s that time again!

Please send informal pictures of your 2019 graduates and other students, to be included in the graduation slide show/ Tplus movie.

You can email pictures to Mary Bock, text them to her at 612-845-4849, upload them to this shared folder on GD, or bring your device to her room & she’ll take care of it. The tech media team and Mary will double check for media releases, crop/edit the photos etc. Very short videos are fine too!

Engagement Team Planning:

A team of staff met to discuss roles and responsibilities of the Engagement Team as well as the Engagement Team Lead (SSPA).

Please review our notes thus far and share any additions or thoughts of what the roles should include by adding a “comment.”

Thank you in advance for your thoughtful contributions and professional constructive feedback. Click the link and “add comment.” You will need to be signed into your MPS Google account to access this document.

Student Newsletter

Transition Plus needs a Student Newsletter! Staff please send any ideas or suggestions on the content you think would be appropriate to Colleen. Your input is GREATLY appreciated!


New jobs, recognition at a job site, upcoming events, etc.

Mailing Reminders

When sending U.S. mail to students and families, the envelope should be addressed to a parent or guardian if the student lives in a multi-housing unit.

We get mail returned due to the mail being addressed to the student. It is likely that the student's name is not on the mailbox.

For instance - Mail carrier's don't know who lives in apartment #2. They only know who lives there by who's name is on the mailbox.

Don't let your mail get delayed.

Needs for Changing Rooms

We are in need of plastic bags for all the changing rooms

Also, PLEASE do NOT flush the wipes down the toilet-

the toilets are getting plugged with wipes

Caps and Gowns

Graduating students and their Case Managers can come to the office the week of May 20th to choose their cap and gown. Once chosen please have students keep their cap and gown in their advisory room.

Sue Lundgren Adapted Bike Day for TPlus

DATES: May 24th (Friday)

TIME: 10:30-11:30am

Location: Edison High School Track - 700 22nd Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

Volunteer information:

Questions? or

Rising Star for May

Please congratulate Transition Plus student Enrique Vivas-Vaquero for being named Rising Star for May at Cookie Cart Bakery. Enrique brings energy and enthusiasm to his duties at Cookie Cart. He works smoothly as part of the team and is always willing to assist his co-workers. Enrique is supported at Cookie Cart by job coach Jenneba Swaray.

Community Focused Project Based Learning-Summer Propay Course

James Fester, who is a Buck Institute certified PBL facilitator, is teaching a QComp Propay 1-2-3 Project Based Learning course over the summer and into the fall. His approach to PBL from more of a “place-based perspective”. It is an opportunity to take the course for free , be a part of a PBL MPS community and conduct action research with your own learning and your students learning (Teachers can also earn a lane change!) Teachers should register in eCompass ASAP, as these fill up very quickly and there are only 20 seats left. If people don’t know about Propay 1-2-3, they can learn more here:

Course Title: ProPay 1-2-3: Community Focused Project Based Learning

Course Description: In this course, participants will take a deep-dive into project-based learning (PBL), a research-support pedagogical approach to teaching and lesson design deeply rooted in the experiential learning tradition. This course will help participants understand The Buck Institute for Education’s Gold Standard model for high-quality project-based learning by providing them the skills and knowledge necessary to facilitate standards-based projects for students of all levels. The course will go beyond the simple designing of a project, adding the additional element of community resources to the process, helping teachers develop strategies for utilizing place-based resources such as museums, universities, non-profits, and parks to make their projects more community-centered, relevant, and rich. With the assistance of the facilitator, their peers, and their students, participants will design and carry out a PBL project in their classrooms, receive formative feedback on their implementation, and reflect on the impact their learning has had in the areas of student engagement, equity of voice, content acquisition, and success skill growth. Participants will be actively engaged throughout the entire course through hands-on design work, multimedia resources, blended online resources, books, and one-on-one coaching as the key mechanisms in providing an ongoing source of professional growth and support.

Course Learning Targets:

  • I can design lessons using the essential elements of high-quality PBL that are engaging to my students and relevant to their world.
  • I can incorporate principles of place-based learning and inquiry into my projects that give them context and connect students to real-world challenges.
  • I can integrate resources from outside the classroom into my lessons to add to the authenticity and rigor of my projects.
  • I can effectively employ teaching techniques in my classroom that support student-centered learning.

Course #: 93297 Section #: 114798

Course Format (check one): Face-to-Face, Blended

Number of Course Hours: 28 hours w/ option for up to two hours of independent coaching

Max: 25

Recommended Audience (Demographics) including any prerequisites! The course is designed to help classroom teachers grade 3-12 facilitate place-based project with their students. The course is applicable to any content area. Instructional coaches and other classroom support providers are welcome to join but will need to complete a project in the classroom to meet requirements.

Instructor(s) -: Project-Based Learning Facilitator and Coach, James Fester,

Class Dates and Times:

July 17, 2019 – 12:00pm to 4:00 pm - Davis Room N1-052

July 18, 2019 – 12:00pm to 4:00 pm - Davis Room N1-052

July 19, 2019 – 12:00pm to 4:00 pm - Davis Room N1-052

August 3, 2019 – 12:00pm to 4:00 pm - Davis Room N1-052

August 21, 2019 – 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

September 11, 2019 – 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

October 2, 2019 – 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

October 23, 2019 – 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

November 13, 2019 – 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

December 4, 2019 – 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

*1-hour coaching or observation scheduled w/ instructor


Friendly reminder to complete your peer observation and/or peer collaboration requirements on eCompass. Please email or ask Greg if you have any questions.

Kind words...

Emily Mentz, the speech intern, recently finished up her work here at TPlus and left a lovely card with Jason:

"Thank you so much for your support and hospitality all throughout my internship. I have learned so much from all of you and am inspired by the dedication and care you show every student, Supporting these incredible young adults is not easy work-but it is important work and I've been honored to watch it unfold.

Wishing you all an excellent end to the school year and restful summers!"

Upcoming at TPlus

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