Transition Plus February 24th

If you want something you better make some noise - Malcolm X

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Students and Staff when entering and exiting the building please use Door 6 (entrance facing the parking lot). Staff, your 3 key or swipe badge will open the door. Thanks for your help!

Please Plan ahead !

The Food Service class is being overwhelmed by constant requests for ingredients and supplies. Please do not ask the Food Service Class to provide missing ingredients for your cooking projects.

The Food Service class works hard to earn enough money to buy their own ingredients. The school does not pay for these items. When you take something from Food Service, you are taking the students’ profit. The students have also worked to purchase much of the equipment in the kitchen. If you borrow something and ruin it or don’t bring it back, you have just lost the students’ equipment. Please plan for your own needs. It is not OK to ask someone else to open the room for you to take something. You must talk with Tia or Jill,

Testing Today!

Accuplacer Test Monday February 24th:

1st, 2nd and 3rd hour in the AE Testing Lab.

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Please invite Rachel Prince to any IEP meetings in which school counseling services may be relevant, ie: post-secondary, employment/career or social/emotional.

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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SEL message

Hello Amazing Staff!

Couple of quick SEL reminders:

Try to incorporate the 3 signature practices in all your lessons. These are:

1. Warm welcome

2. Engaging practices

3. Optimistic close

These are the same practices we use at all our staff meetings.

We should all be working on Relationship Skills in our Advisory groups. SEL activities for this and other areas of SEL are in the Google Drive. Just a note that the table of contents is under constructions. Relationship Skills is in the 4th of 5 sections.

You can access the document here: SEL Activities

Don’t forget to set an intention for the day or week

We need BINGO prizes!!!

You can bring them to the main office. Thanks!

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!

Food Service News

Breakfast sandwiches:

Wednesday mornings $2.50

Staff lunch meal deal:

Thursdays $5.50

Bakery Orders:

Whatever your needs- we can bake it!

Look for more healthy snacks in the near future!

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

Staff Reminders


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

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