Safe, Authentic, Engaging
February 2018
Message from Principal Aric Soderbloom
Greetings families, students, and Shabazz community members,

It is climate survey time again. Every year the MMSD sends out surveys to staff, students, and parents to receive feedback on the overall climate of the district. Shabazz appreciates everyone who takes the time to respond to this survey so we can get a picture of how we are doing at Shabazz. These surveys also provides our community a useful comparison to how we are doing in the district relative to other schools.

Last year, our students completed a similar survey. Although many of our results were in line with the other high schools, some results stood out. The following items distinguished Shabazz from the high school average:

●       Statement: I use teacher feedback to improve my work. 82% of high school students agreed or strongly agreed. 91% of Shabazz students agreed or strongly agreed.
●       Statement: I believe I can learn, 86% of high school students agreed or strongly agreed. 97% of Shabazz students agreed or strongly agreed.
●       Statement: In my school, students help each other learn. 61% of high school students agreed or strongly agreed. 74% of Shabazz students agreed or strongly agreed.
●       Statement: I feel safe at my school. 64% of high school students agreed or strongly agreed. 80% of Shabazz students agreed or strongly agreed.
●       Statement: The adults at my school encourage me . 74% of high school students agreed or strongly agreed. 89% of Shabazz students agreed or strongly agreed.

We believe the differences in these scores provide evidence to support our beliefs in the effectiveness of our learning model at Shabazz and the vision that guides our work. Our focus on supporting students in taking positive risks and developing the skills to support other students provides the foundation for students to develop confidence and competence within a safe learning community. We believe it is also the foundation for the results we saw on last year’s survey.

Once again, we appreciate our parents, staff, and students support in gathering their input and feedback so we can assess our progress in creating a model for a safe, authentic, and engaging educational experience. Take care of yourselves and take care of each other.

PGT Recognized at Badger Bioneers Conference
This past fall Shabazz's Project Green Teen (PGT) was recognized as a Badger Bioneers Award Recipient at this year's Badger Bioneer Conference supported by Sustain Dane. What is a bioneer you may ask? Bioneers is a national non-profit organization that "highlights breakthrough solutions for restoring people and the planet" across the country. It was a tremendous honor for PGT and Shabazz to be highlighted and recognized at this regional conference. The team, including principal Aric Soderbloom, staff, and student alumni got the opportunity to speak about the power of experiential leaning and the community at Shabazz in addition to the specific work and impact of PGT. You can read more about PGT here .
Theater Production Class Performs Two Plays
Our theater production students performed two plays in January. Once for parents and twice again for fellow students and staff.

Love Has the Power to Change the World was written by current Shabazz student Rosie White, who also directed the play.

Moving On, and Other Post-Retirement Pastimes was directed by theater teacher Colleen Kellogg, and written by Shabazz graduate Hannah Kwiatkowski.

Both productions received high reviews from students and staff. There were many comments about how "in character" the students were during their scenes. You can read more about the plays here .
Seniors - Do You Want to Participate in Your Home School Graduation?
Although we have our own unique graduation ceremony, all Shabazz graduates have the option to participate in the ceremony of their home school. Visit " Do You Want to Graduate with your Home School? " for information about graduation at East, La Follette, Memorial, and West. The information may change, so students should connect with their home school for specific information closer to the date.
Yearbooks For Sale: Submit $$ to Office
Students who started at Shabazz first quarter this school year (2017-2018) had an opportunity to purchase a yearbook with other fees. Students who started at Shabazz  after  first quarter did not have an opportunity to purchase a yearbook with other school fees. However, any student can purchase a yearbook from now until May 1 simply by submitting $20.00 to Hannah in the Shabazz office. Students must submit payment to receive a yearbook. Yearbooks will be distributed in the last days of the final quarter.  
New Number for Calling in to Report Absences
The NEW NUMBER for calling in your student's absence is 204-2440. If you have the old number (204-2441) on your speed dial, please change it. Thank you!
Parent Teacher Conferences
Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, February 22 from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm. There is no school for students on that day, however they are invited to come to conferences with parents/guardians.

Call 204-2440 to schedule an arrival time. You can leave a message 24/7. Please leave your best contact number so we can return your call to confirm. Plan to be here for 1-1/2 hours, based on 15 minutes with each teacher. Please be sure to schedule your conference!
It's ACT Time for Juniors
Please see ACT dates below. A separate newsletter with all of the details will be sent soon.
Black History Month Luncheon - You Are Invited!
Shabazz's annual Black History Month Luncheon will be held on Thursday, February 8, 2018. Community Activism is hosting the luncheon and the after- lunch events. During 4th hour there will be conversations and presentations on Diversity in the 21st Century. Some presentations will be student led and some will be guest speakers. The lunch is $5 per person and $3 for small children. Donations are greatly appreciated. Alumni and family of Shabazz students are all welcome!

The menu includes fried chicken or veggie option, mac and cheese, greens, cornbread, sweet potato pie, and tea or lemonade. Hope to see you there.
Looking Ahead to Spring Break
It's always good to be prepared so this is a reminder that Spring Break is the week of March 26 - 30. In addition, Monday, April 2 is Staff Evaluation Day and Tuesday, April 3 is Staff Development Day, which extends Spring Break for students an additional two days. School will resume Wednesday, April 4.

Tuesday, February 6
Advisory Meetings for Grades 9,10,11

Wednesday, February 7
ACT Preparation Meeting - Juniors only
2:30 - 3:30 pm in LMC

Thursday, February 8
Black History Month Luncheon
During lunch in Shabazz Cafeteria

Friday, February 9
NO SCHOOL - Staff Development Day

Wednesday, February 14
6:30 - 7:30 pm in LMC

Tuesday, February 20
ACT Form Completion Meeting - Juniors only
1:00 - 3:00 pm in LMC

Thursday, February 22
Parent/Teacher Conferences
10 am - 7:30 pm

Tuesday, February 27
ACT Test - Juniors only
NO SCHOOL FOR GR. 9 and 12
Grade 10 students attend 1:30-2:30 only for a Resume Writing Workshop

Shabazz City High School
1601 Sherman Avenue
Madison WI 53704