Transition Plus May 6

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity

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.

Teacher Appreciation Week

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week. I believe we should show our appreciation for educators everyday! I have said this before and will continue to say, "Transition Plus has the best staff in MPS."

To celebrate our amazing staff, I have hired the food service class to provide lunch for our staff on Tuesday. Please plan on having lunch on me as a small token of my gratitude for all you do for and on behalf of students everyday!

Here are more deals for you to get free things from the community all week.

School Nurse Appreciation

This week is also School Nurse Appreciation Week.

Stop in to let Linda and Angela know how much you appreciate all they do!

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.

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

Coffee will no longer be available in the office. Please bring coffee from home in a travel mug, or purchase from the café or coffee cart.

Lost and Found

The Lost and Found is currently in the office.

Seeking volunteer(s) to pick up and donate once per month. Or, wash the items and add to the clothes closet.

Also, the location in the office is not ideal. It would be best to be in an area where it is visible to students so they can see it. Ideas are welcome for another location.

Thank you!

Are you interested in participating in the Minneapolis/Uppsala Educator Exchange Program next year? For more information and an application click here.
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Licensed Interview & Select Positions are posted 4/19/19.

Here is the calendar.

These are the tentative dates for postings:

May – Professional postings (internal)

5/6/19 – ESP postings

June – AFSCME postings

June – Professional postings (external)

Tools for Teaching Literacy Opportunity

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Greetings from Student Leadership. Please complete the following survey. We are working on gathering information related to student voice and lunch options. Students are working on projects related to Student Ambassadors, video games, campus beautification, as well as being more inclusive with each other during social times, like lunch. Thank you for helping us in gathering this information.

-Student Leadership.


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

Ramadan starts May 5th and ends June 4th

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Upcoming at TPlus

Teacher Appreciation Week

Monday --------- 5- 9:30 PM Interview and Select

Tuesday -------- 8:30-9:30 Lic Staff Mtg

----------------------- 11-1:30 Lunch Provided for All T Plus

---------------------- 5-9:30 PM Interview and Select

Wednesday---- School Nurse Appreciation Day


Friday ------------ 8-4 Scheduling Meeting at Davis