June 2019
The following are the words of the staff at Shabazz who have worked with Aric for the entire time he's been with us. We're sure our sentiments are shared by many in our school community.

Aric never wavered from his dedication to the excellence of our school. He has lead with a graceful blend of the head and the heart. He can wax on for hours (and hours and hours) with big ideas about education but all the while he stays rooted in the only purpose that matters- these young humans in our care. He has shared beautiful and personal metaphors during school assemblies that have brought him to the brink of tears in order to encourage all of us to keep striving, (dance our clumsy dance), recognize our accomplishments, and practice deep self-acceptance.

He has been a champion of this place, pushing us always toward excellence, always with a growth mindset. We are grateful for his tireless advocacy with decision makers for our autonomy and the resources and support our school needs. He has treated us as valuable colleagues, supporting our passions to enable us to be the best professionals we can be and continually renew our school as a vibrant institution. He has also honored the students by treating them with dignity, respect and acceptance. He has never lost sight of their humanity and takes great joy in their growthful journeys.

Thank you Aric for these 10 years! We wish you well in your future endeavors.
It was 22 years ago, around this time of year, that I first stepped foot inside of Shabazz City High School. At the time, I was working on my teaching certification at UW Madison and I was recruiting students for a summer class I designed using the Lord of the Ring s as a base text. I ended up with one student, a Shabazz student, and we worked through the summer reading the series and discussing Tolkien’s interpretation of good and evil. This brief interaction and a long discussion with a student who just completed his student teaching led me to ask Michael Brockmeyer if I could be his student teacher. He said, yes, and I began my Shabazz journey.

I chose Shabazz, so many years ago, because it offered me, as a new teacher, the opportunity to jump right in, take big risks, and create and teach my own courses. When I shared my ideas with Michael, he would smile and say, “That sounds great.” I taught a class called the Philosophical Conceptions of Good and Evil. I taught a class that integrated Chinese philosophy and the physical art of tai chi chuan. I co-taught a Shabazz newspaper class with a fellow student teacher. I still have a copy of that newspaper, the Shabazzoid Monthly, buried somewhere in my old files. >>> Continue reading >>>
Shabazz Pre-Graduation Food Cart Community Meal and Fundraiser
Planning to attend graduation or just want to mingle and support the Shabazz Community? Come and join us on Graduation night, June 11, from 4-6 pm for a food cart meal and chance to connect with Shabazz friends and family past and present.

There will be two food carts ( Buzzy’s Lake House and Jolly Frog ) on the Shabazz front lawn with plenty of picnic tables and grass seating. Shabazz receives 15% of all sales, but come and join in the gathering even if you’re not hungry. Graduation starts at 6 pm.
Congratulations Shabazz City High School
According to the 2018-19 culture and climate data and student responses, Shabazz is the safest middle or high school in Madison. Only one elementary school scored higher than Shabazz on the question “I feel safe at my school.” Shabazz students also rated Shabazz higher than the elementary, middle, or high school averages on “I feel valued at school.” No high school or middle school scored higher. 
Shabazz Rotary Award Honorees 2019
Six Shabazz students were among 48 other MMSD students who were recognized for their scholastic achievements and contributions to the Madison Community. Honorees were awarded Rotary certificates and cash awards during a noon luncheon at the Park Hotel on May 8. Awards for Shabazz students were from left to right:

Laila Freeman - Wilson Sophomore Academic Improvement Award
Gaia Braman-Wanek - Outstanding Senior Award
Eden Riphenburg - Senior Academic Achievement Award
Levi Parsley (back) - Wilson Junior Academic Improvement Award
Karyme Ruiz (front) - Sophomore Rotary Youth Leadership Award
Edward Randle, Jr. - Wilson Junior Academic Improvement Award

Congratulations to each of these students, and we wish them well in all their future endeavors!
Creating Ripples of Change for a Better Future
Members of Shabazz's student leadership group joined over 200 other students across the area for the 2019 Youth Social Justice Forum called Empower on April 29.

The purpose of the event, which took place at American Family Insurance, was to bring Dane County's youth leaders together to connect and have conversations around the work of social justice. Read more about the event at the Madison365 website.
Creating Ripples of Change for a Better Future
Madison high school students attended the Madison region's largest annual business luncheon, the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce's IceBreaker in April. Students, including Shabazz student Evan Brandt ( third from left ), are pictured here with Chamber President Zach Brandon.
JUNE CALENDAR and August Sneak Peak
June 5
Celebration of Learning
12:25 - 3:15 pm
School-wide open house celebrating the academic accomplishments of students and classes. Parents/guardians are invited to attend.

June 7
Last Day of School - End of Year Get-Together

June 11
6:00-9:00 pm in Gym
August 14
2019-20 Enrollment
2:00-6:00 pm

August 27
Advisory/Scheduling Day
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

September 3
New Student Orientation
8:45 am - 3:15 pm

September 4
First Day of School for All Students
8:45 am - 3:15 pm
Shabazz Merchandise Available Online
Shabazz merchandise is a great gift for graduation or just to say "You had a great year!", so visit the Shabazz Merch store and browse various tees, hoodies, onesies, and other items. We even have items with our very own service dog, Crawford, as the main attraction. See the merch here .
Library Books Due - Plus Info About Accessing eBooks and Audiobooks Over Summer
All library books are due. If you find stray library books over the summer months, please return them to the Shabazz Main Office. Students can access library eBooks and Audiobooks over the summer! Visit the Library Portal’s eBook page: http://madison.campusguides.com/shabazz/

Username and password for Sora, MMSD's eBook Lending Library, is the student's student ID and password.
Free Meals This Summer!
MMSD is once again offering free meals for anyone 18 and younger at many sites around Madison. The summer program offers children nutritious meals when school is not in session. Children can eat two meals per site for free, Monday - Friday, June 24 through August 16. MMSD offers breakfast, lunch and snack. Meals vary by location. No application is required. 

Visit the 2019 Summer Food Program page for more information about sites and weekly menus.

The fresh local produce is in cooperation with  REAP Food Group  - Try fresh, tasty fruits and veggies! Look for the barn symbol.  
GSAFE Leadership Training Institute Deadline Extended
Leadership Training Institute (LTI) is Wisconsin’s singular summer camp for high school students organizing at the intersection of LGBTQ+ and racial justice. During LTI, attendees collaborate with LGBTQ+ peer and adult activists to share and refine skills in mobilizing for change in their schools and communities. Click the image to the left to see the full brochure.

To see more information and/or to apply visit the GSAFE Leadership Training Institute 2019 Application . No one will be turned away for inability to pay the $300 registration. If you are interested in accessing a scholarship, please contact Sawyer J. at  sawyer@gsafewi.org
Please Pick Up Medication from Health Office
As we come to end of the year, please make sure to pick up any medication that was brought to the Health Office. There are some prescription medications as well as over-the-counter medications at the Health Office located at Sherman Middle School. Any prescription medications left at the end of the year will be disposed of regardless of expiration date and any over the counter medications that are left at the end of the year will be disposed of if they will expire prior to the end of August of 2019.
Notes from Shabazz School Psychologist Melanie Salgado

May was Mental Health Awareness Month. According to the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), 75-80% of students who need mental health services do not receive them. And, of those who do, 70-80% receive services in school. Mental health needs that go unaddressed put students at risk for suspension, expulsion, dropout, and entering the juvenile justice system. School psychologists, counselors, and social workers can provide a continuum of mental health services for students.

What parents can do (from NASP; click here for more details)
  • Create a sense of belonging
  • Promote resilience
  • Develop competencies
  • Teach and reinforce positive behaviors and decision making
  • Encourage helping others
  • Encourage good physical health
  • Ensure access to school-based mental health supports
Melanie Salgado, School Psychologist
Katy Ainslie-Wallace, School Counselor
Susan Kaye, School Social Worker

Some resources:
Up and coming Juniors and Seniors! Interested in a college fair? Wisconsin Education Fairs is coming to Sun Prairie High School on Thursday, September 19th from 9-11 AM, and from 6-8 PM. I’d love to get a group of students to go during the day, so if you are interested please contact me! I need to RSVP by September 6th with numbers, and students need to register for their barcode. There are over 120 universities, colleges, tech schools, trade schools, and the military that will be meeting with students, guardians and parents! You can find more information at the WEF website .

Seniors who are attending a college or university next year should make sure to send their final transcripts. They can do so by logging in to parchment.com and requesting that it be sent once their grades post.
Shabazz City High School
1601 Sherman Avenue
Madison WI 53704