Transition Plus February 10th

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Student Library Opening This Week!

Library open 1st and 4th hours Monday-Thursday this week! Students can check out a maximum of 2 books. Books are due three weeks after they are checked out.

ASL Classes at Metro Deaf School

I think this is an amazing opportunity.

I’ve found that using ASL with visual learners can make a big breakthrough in the communication.

Even if the student doesn’t know ASL, the visual stimulation (along with simultaneous withdrawal of auditory instruction) really brings their attention back to me.

I have even discovered a few students who understand ASL, even though their IEP team doesn’t know this about them.

Have you ever received any feedback from staff who may want to learn ASL?

If so, maybe you’d like to pass this along to them?

Register Here!


This course introduces the basics of American Sign Language (ASL). This course is designed for students with no or minimal sign language skills to develop basic skills in the use of ASL and knowledge of Deaf culture. Emphasis is upon acquisition of comprehension, production and interactional skills using basic grammatical features. ASL will be taught within contexts and related to general surroundings and everyday life experiences.

A self-placement assessment tool is available here. If you understand more than 80% of this video, you may be ready for the intermediate course. If you scored below 80%, you may benefit from this beginner course.


This course is designed to continue development of American Sign Language (ASL) skills with a primary focus on refining the use of basic ASL sentence types. Classifiers, spatial referencing, pluralization, and temporal and distributional aspects are introduced. Students will learn routine communicative functions of the language: asking, requesting, providing clarification, giving and asking for directions. Information about the Deaf Community and Deaf Culture will be included.

A self-placement assessment tool is available here. If you understand more than 80% of this video, you may be ready for the advanced course. If you scored between 60%-80% you may benefit from this intermediate course. If you scored below 60%, you may benefit from the beginner course.


This course builds on the skills learned in Intermediate American Sign Language (ASL), adding more complex ASL grammatical features and vocabulary, short stories, narratives, and dialogues. This course has strong student participation, with many opportunities for application and discussion. Students should be able to hold conversations for long periods of time. Information about the Deaf Community and Deaf Culture will be included. Students should be able to hold conversations for long periods of time.

A self-placement assessment tool is available here. If you understand 80%-90% of this video, you may be ready for the advanced course. If you scored between 60-80%, you may benefit from the intermediate course. If you scored below 60%, you may benefit from the beginner course. If you scored above 90%, you may want to consider taking college-level classes.

Professional Development!

Do you have an interest in a leadership role in the building? Why not serve as Transition Plus PD Chair! Develop, plan, and organize professional development throughout the year while working closely with Principal Backes! It would be wonderful to also have a team of people to support in the planning process! Interested in talking about this for the 2020-2021 school year? Email Jason!
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Quality of Life for People with Developmental Disabilities

Do you, or does anyone in your household or immediate family have a developmental disability? If so, we invite you to participate in a Quality of Life survey conducted on behalf of the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD). Your opinions are very important and results of this survey could inform government policy decisions that affect the lives of people with developmental disabilities in Minnesota.

Answers to the questions throughout this survey should be provided by the person with developmental disabilities to the extent they are able. Guardians/Advocates should assist as needed or complete this survey on their behalf.

Please keep in mind there are no right or wrong answers, it is your opinions that count. All of the information you share by participating in this survey will be kept confidential, and your participation will not directly impact any government or private services or support you may be receiving.

Thank you in advance for including your voice in this important quality of life study for people with developmental disabilities in Minnesota!

Please click here to begin taking the survey.

Hi Transition Plus!

  • Do you have students who need work experience to put on their resumes?

  • Do you have students who need to improve their employability skills?

  • Do you have a student who enjoys using the computer, scanner, laminator, and copier, as well as performing other clerical duties such as data entry, cutting, binding, hole-punching and more?

Then your student should sign up for The Scan Lab! The Scan Lab is a perfect place for students on Team 1, 2, and 3 to build resumes and employability skills in school!

Scan Lab still has openings for 2nd and 5th hour Monday/Wednesday and 2nd hour Tuesday! Get your student signed up before classes fill up!

If you have students who would be interested in this opportunity, please sign them up with Rachel Prince!

Transition Plus is going to the Guthrie!!!

Thursday, March 12, Transition Plus has been invited to bring the whole school (250 tickets) to the Guthrie to watch "The Twelfth Night". We will be jumping on buses by 10:00 that morning, and will be returning by 1:00. Most worksites (except Cookie Cart) will be cancelled that day (look for more specific information in the near future).

Colleen needs to know which students and staff will be participating in the great opportunity. Please email her a list of your caseload stating which students will go, including all staff in your room.

Start Thinking Prom!!!

Prom Attire Event details:

When: March 12, 13, 14, 15 & 20

Where: An empty store at The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes in Maple Grove (The girls will truly feel like they have a traditional prom dress shopping experience!)

Who: Any young woman who’s attending prom is welcome! This is also an LGBTQ+ friendly event.

Students who want to pick out dresses through school MUST SIGN UP WITH COLLEEN or DAPHNE BY FEBRUARY 7. The sign up will be closed after February 7.

Students who want to go on their own, please contact Jeni Asaba at or 646.354.0219. You can also visit the website for more information at

Staff, please do what you can to get the word out to all students. Thank you

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Food Service News

This week the Food Service class will be rolling out our new cookie recipe… Maple Bacon Chocolate Chip! That’s right! Bacon! In the cookie!

Breakfast sandwiches:

Wednesday mornings $2.50

Staff lunch meal deal:

Thursdays $5.50

Bakery Orders:

Whatever your needs- we can bake it!

The Food Service students will be helping to support Winter Wellness Week by providing infused water during lunch times. The district will provide the water and we will cut up fruits or veggies for the infusion. Please encourage your Advisory students to try the water and stress the importance of staying hydrated for health living. This is a nice connection that can be made to SEL self-care.

T Plus Website

Don't forget to see the For Staff section on our webpage. The password is Tplus4100.

Let Traci know if there is more you would like to see listed that would be beneficial.

Graduation Update

Graduation will be here soon and the graduation committee has started planning. This year our graduation date is May 29 at 11:30. We need to start collecting names of students who will be graduating, have graduated this year and/or aging out. Please give names to your social worker. We would like to get the first draft of names by March 1st.

Visit TPlus

Our first Visit Transition Plus event will be Monday February 10 at 5pm. This is an opportunity for families and students to learn more about T Plus in preparation for next year. There is a presentation, tour and student panel. We would love for a few teachers from each team to have their classrooms open and available, and for others staff to stay and participate.

As an incentive, if you are able to stay and participate, you can leave at 2 on February 18th (conference day). Please let one of the social workers know if you can help out.

Staff Reminders

The Toshiba devices are set-up with Auto Toner Replenishment, so Toshiba will automatically ship toner cartridge when it is low.

Each toner shipment will be specifically labeled and intended for the assigned device/asset. Format sample:

[Internal Location and Asset Tag Number]

[Site Name]

[Site Shipping Address]

Please deliver/distribute the toner to the intended internal asset at your sites.


As a reminder, if you are requesting service for a printer or needing supplies (staples/waste toner container, etc.) please call the phone number (1.888.855.1924) located on the front of the device. Please have the device ID number available when you call. An alternative to calling for service and supplies, you may also place these requests online at:

Service Calls | Customer Support Toshiba Business Solutions

Need to schedule a service appointment with your Toshiba Business Solutions dealer? Simply provide your Toshiba serial number or tag # along with your zip code and we’ll set up a service call for you. Scheduling of service calls available for our Toshiba Business Solutions customers; if you purchased your Toshiba from an independent dealer please contact them directly.


The preferred substitute list with names and phone numbers has been added to the Licensed Staff Teacher Folder on Google Drive.


Please check out the T-Plus website and let Traci know if there are any changes, updates, etc.

The FOR STAFF password is Tplus4100. The staff handbook, time off request forms, ESS time entry can be found there.


Updated T-Plus phone list can be found on the Google Share drive. There is one in the Licensed Staff Folder and one in the ESP folder.


Do you have an extra yoga mat you could donate? A classroom is looking for 10 yoga mats


MicroGrants up to $2000 from Arc MN available to our students through Spring 2021!!

Here is a link to the Minnesota Microgrant Partnership. webinar

You can find more information on our website here.

Link to the application here.

The flier highlighting students who have received grants to improve their job prospects or get settled into independent housing is attached for you to see how previous grants have been used.

You might also be interested in Arc's new podcast, Focus on the Future.

Finally, Arc has a Free online interest mapping tool called Get Set! It’s also available for students to do some future planning.

Need support at school? SEA Arnee Martin is happy to help.

Need more information? Contact

Susan Sochacki

Marketing Specialist, Minnesota Microgrant Partnership

The Arc Minnesota


Toll-free: 833.450.1494

CBI Round 4

East African Cultural Celebration planning Module Facilitator Needed for Round 4 (Feb 7-March 6)!! The whole module is available for planning. The celebration is on March 13th afternoon. There are so many community experts in the building and we should be able to get a great group of students to plan it. check out the CBI Module Overview

Let Colleen know if you would like to facilitate.

Coming Up at TPlus

On Friday, Feb 14, lunch will end at 1:20 to allow for our African American celebration setup. Students can go to their advisories, or help set up during those 10 minutes. Thank you!

Monday----------------- Non-Tenured Lic Staff Mtg -------- 8:30-9:30

------------------------------ Visit TPlus --------------------------------- 5:00-7:00

Tuesday---------------- Team 1 Mtg -------------------------------- 8:30-9:30

Wednesday----------- Team 3 Mtg -------------------------------- 8:30-9:30

Thursday--------------- Teams 2 Mtg ------------------------------ 8:30-9:30

Friday-------------------- ILT ---------------------------------- ------------ 8:30-9:15

Third Friday of the Month-------Newsletter Submissions for Families

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