Transition Plus

Working for a better future

Counseling Corner

Many of our students use job search websites like or Our students post their resumes on these sites and are lucky to get any response. If our students do get a response, it may take anywhere between 30-45 days after the initial submission.

There is a brand new job search website for our students to use and this site changes the “job search game” entireley! The website is: From their website, the site is a “quick and easy resource that uses correlated question-sets to systematiccaly align exceptional talent with great opportunities.” On traditional job sites, a resume is matched with a potential opportunity. Through the web site, you answer questions about your skills and interests. The answers are then calculated and are matched with job opportunities that fit your needs.

This is an excellent tool- I would like to show our students this website during Advisory next week.

Unfortunately, some of our students age out or drop out- it’s a reality. However, we can still guide them with finding a program that meets their needs. I am sure many of you know about the We Want You Back program- a part of this is program is dedicated to students 21 or over. Click here for the website for more information. 21+ programs are broken down in credit recovery programs, state diploma programs, GED programs, EL programs and state testing location categories.

I am in need of 1 student volunteer to clip out pictures in magazines for a classroom guidance lesson that I am planning. If you have a name, please pass it along to me. The job should take between 45 minutes and 1 ½ hours. Thanks!

Make it a great week everyone!

ESY Hiring Update:

For staff who are interested in working to provide extended school year services (ESY) this summer here is the timeline for hiring and filling ESY staff positions at cluster sites.

ESY Site Coordinator (5) positions are now posted in the success factor website. If you are interested in applying for one of the 5 site coordinator jobs you need to go into the success factor web site find the position posting and complete the on line application. Hiring for these positions will be posted until they are filled.

ESY Teaching and SEA positions will be open for application March 13 – 16. Round 1 hiring will start March 21 -23 and first round applicants will be notified by email if they have been selected for a position.

If you have additional questions you can call Lisa Siebold at 668-5423 or email or email Jennifer Schneider at

Buses for Fieldtrips

Field trip buses can be costly, but there is an opportunity from Target to apply for a grant to help fund. If you are interested in looking at this grant opportunity please check it out here.

May 4 Job fair for TPlus

Please mark your calendars. There will be a Job Fair at nearby Phelps Park (39th & Chicago Ave) for Transition Plus students on Thursday, May 4th.

The Job Fair is being organized expressly for Transition Plus students by the Mpls CTIC group and will run from 10 -1 pm. A few charter schools are also expected to attend the Job Fair.

Save the Date: Summer Institutes, Conferences and Intensives

The following dates have been identified for summer institutes, conferences, and intensives. More information about participants, expectations, and related information will be shared soon.

  • Language and Literacy Conferences (June 20-22, August 1-3)
  • Mental Health Intensives (June 23)
  • Racial Equity Institute (June 29th and 30th)
  • Leadership Institute: ILT and PSWE (August 8- 9)
  • New Licensed Staff Orientation (August 16-17)

Project Search Update

This past Friday was our Project Search Information Night at HCMC. There was limited attendance, but great presentation and information was shared by Eric, HCMC Staff, Jayne Spain and the current Project Search Interns.

We would like to encourage all staff to communicate with their students whom may be a good candidate or fit for this amazing opportunity.

The second Project Search Information Night is this Wednesday 3/15 at Children's Hospital from 4-6. If you need more information see Trish.

Project SEARCH applications are now available in room C201. Project SEARCH is for students with intellectual/ developmental disabilities who will be entering their last year of service at Transition Plus. If indicated in the grad plan this can be an option fro students entering into their second year if it would also be their last year and it's indicated on their IEP. Please look over your caseloads for younger students who are good candidates for Project SEARCH.

Lunch is Served!

The Food Service Class will be serving lunch this Wednesday. This week we will feature our first SALAD BAR!!

Wednesday 3/15/17

  • 11:50-1:00
  • $4.00
  • YUM! YUM!

Engagement Desk Reminders

Anyone who is not a staff or student of Minneapolis Public Schools needs to sign in and out at door 16. They will receive a visitor's badge. If you see someone in the halls without a MPS or visitors badge on you should stop him/her and inquire what his/her business is in the building.

Staff need to sign out and in at the office

Please review this with your advisory students:

If a student is entering the building after 10:30 without notifying their case manager or social worker ahead of time, or having prior approval, they will not be admitted. Front desk will check in with social workers or teachers, but it is better to plan ahead or call ahead, so classes are not interrupted.

If students are entering the building more than 10 minutes after they are to be back from lunch they will not be re-admitted.

Please do not excuse students out of the building other than during their lunch period. If leaving during their lunch period, the expectation is they will return on time to be in advisory or class.

During the day students should only exit and re-enter the building through door 16- remember to sign out/sign in.

Summer Proposals

If you have thoughts or ideas for summer work that could be funded through Q-Comp to:

  • improve collaboration between licensed and ESP staff
  • expand on curriculum work
  • develop resources for transition plus staff and/or students
  • innovative ideas
  • other

Please complete this by May 1st and submit to me. ILT will review proposals and budget available. You will be notified by May 31 if your proposal is accepted

Printing Changes

All of Wilder is switching to cloud printing. All district employees will be on the same district cloud queue. You will be able to print from any district printer.

All laser jets will be removed other than the Computer lab, main office and PAES lab.

Every person will get a sticker to put on the back of their badge and it will associate with you the first time you sign in- Many staff already have these.

* Roll out is Monday March 27th- You will not be able to print between 11-3 **

* Jobs will only suit in the queue for for 8 hours and then will disappear.

Upcoming Dates

March 14----Mandatory training for licensed staff on Mandated reporting 8-8:30

March 15----Project Search Informational Evening- Children's 4-6 pm

March 17----CBI Friday / Breakfast in Brad's room

March 24----Community Resource Fair

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