June 2020
Dear Shabazz Community,

The last week of school, we made it! I know that this last part of the year was challenging for you as parents and guardians as you navigated the pandemic as it related to careers, childcare, staying healthy, and the overall safety of your family. 

I could not be more proud of our faculty, staff, community and our parents for helping our students finish out the year strong. This experience will no doubt help teach our students the “grit” that it takes to succeed in tough times such as these with COVID19.

So congratulations to YOU and our students for making it until the end of the year!

As many of you are probably wondering, we are not sure what school will look like in August/September as of now due to COVID 19. I am hopeful that we will be back in some version of a classroom setting with our students and continuing to make our students better than they already are. I encourage everyone to follow the MMSD webpage and social media sites for updates this summer as it relates to the 2020-2021 school year. 

It is such an honor to be the Principal of Malcolm Shabazz City High School and I am thankful to be able to serve such an amazing group of students, parents, faculty, staff, and the community. I take personal pride in continuing Shabazz's record of excellence that has existed for decades.  

Stay safe and Go Wildflowers!
Mary Jankovich

P.S. Take a look at our beautiful 2019-20 Year in Review !
In solidarity with MMSD Interim Superintendent Jane Belmore’s letter to the District , the Shabazz Staff offers our commitment to being co-conspirators with people of color. We will continue our work as anti-racist educators to examine our part in the racism of the educational system so that we can change it. We support communities of color who continue to face discrimination, violence, and terrorism in local communities across the United States and here in Madison. We condemn the actions of the racist white individuals involved in these incidents and cheer the recent charges brought against the murderer of George Floyd. We share in our community’s justified anger that this is not a singular occurrence rather a centuries-long system of institutional racism in our country. 

We would like to offer some resources to get informed, stay informed and take action to expose and dismantle our country's racist institutions. Several of these resources seek to amplify and support local black leadership. While we don’t pretend to have all of the answers, we will continue bringing the Shabazz community together to work toward and support anti-racist solutions.

Active, local anti-racism groups: Urban Triage , Freedom Inc. , and PSLmadison

Nehemiah and Justified Anger’s message: Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Response

Black Lives Matter: https://blacklivesmatter.com/

Healthy communication about race:

Madison 365 website: https://madison365.com/

100 race-conscious things to say to your child to advance racial justice: http://www.raceconscious.org/2016/06/100-race-conscious-things-to-say-to-your-child-to-advance-racial-justice/

Pick-Up and Drop-Off Opportunities

Tuesday, June 9: 9 am - 1 pm
Wednesday, June 10: 1 - 4 pm

Please wear a mask and practice social distancing by maintaining six feet of space between members of different households. There will be a series of tables along the Shabazz building in the parking lot. You will find:

  • Senior Table: Seniors can grab their 2020 Graduation shirts, yearbooks, and wildflower seed packets (all items free of charge). Seniors with MMSD Chromebooks must also drop off their devices at this time.
  • Yearbook Table: Yearbook pick-up and payment for 9 - 11 grade students.
  • Locker Pick-Up: Locker contents will be in bags, labeled by locker number.
  • Unclaimed Items: There will be a table of unclaimed items left behind by students. Please take a look!
  • Drop-Off Table: Students can return borrowed school items, such as textbooks and LMC materials
Shabazz Virtual Summer Office Hours

Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Phone: (608) 301-5344
Note: The office will not be open during the summer.
COVID-19 Updates Available

Make sure to continue to check  mmsd.org/COVID-19  for the latest updates on virtual learning, food and device distribution and more. The site is updated every day.

TEP Resources and Updates - This valuable resource includes COVID-19 related information about food, shelter, medical assistance, legal support and more.
Shabazz Year in Review
Thank you to Rachel Schramm who put together a comprehensive photo review of our 2019-20 school year. A year we will never forget. Background music by student Kai Vanden Heuvel, performing Little Liza Jane , one of the assignments for Peter's Fiddle and Sing-along class, 4th Quarter. Enjoy our Review here!
Help Reunite Denise With Her Books

Please check your house for books that were borrowed from Denise's classroom book collection. We are trying to reclaim all resources we can.

Please set those books and materials next to your Chromebook for the Pick-Up and Drop-Off days.
Virtual Gallery Show

Rachel's Art Club class this quarter did some fantastic artwork. Students received a weekly prompt that was very open-ended and could use any materials they had access to, to create an artistic response. The work was really cool. Check out our Virtual Gallery Show .
One Student's Coming of Age Reflection

2020 Graduate Erin Price reflected on her Shabazz experience, and it is our hope that all students see the value of a Shabazz education in such a positive light. Thank you, Erin, for sharing your story with our community.
A Note from the School Psychologist Melanie Salgado: A Sad Goodbye and a Happy Welcome

It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that I will be leaving Shabazz at the end of this school year. I have been at Shabazz part-time for the past four years. When I am not at Shabazz, I work through the district office as the Bilingual School Psychologist Lead, and that role will be expanding next year. As excited as I am about that expanding role, I am sad to be leaving Shabazz and Shabazz will always have a special place in my heart. I have learned so much from Shabazz staff, students, and families about alternative education and will always be an advocate for alternative education programs. 

While I am sad to be leaving Shabazz, I am happy for Shabazz to be able to have a full-time school psychologist next year! Aaron Geiger will be joining Shabazz from West High School. Before being at West, Aaron was at Capital High, so he will bring experience from both traditional and alternative high schools. Aaron will be a great addition to the Shabazz staff!
PATCH (Providers and Teens Communicating for Health) is still hiring Teen Educators in Dane County!  
Check out the online home for the application

Work Based Learning
Are you planning to work or volunteer on a regular basis over the summer? Are you interested in getting more out of the experience? Work based learning offers students the opportunity to earn credit through a hybrid of supervised work experience, Google Classroom assignments, and in-person meetings with a school-based coordinator & workplace mentor. 

Students interested in learning more should check out  this flyer . Have questions? Email  Sarah .   
Shabazz End of Year Survey
How did virtual learning as a Shabazz student go? What classes do you want to see offered in the fall? What were this year's roses and thorns for you? 
Your Shabazz staff and teachers have some questions for you! We hope you can take a moment to tell us here:  Shabazz End of the Year Survey
Looking for a summer job? 
Complete this Youth Employment Network (YEN) interest survey to indicate your interest in a variety of Summer 2020 employment programs being offered to youth in the Greater Madison area. YEN is a coalition among non-profit youth employment providers in the Greater Madison Area. Have questions? Email  Sarah  
Reminder: Seniors (and their families!) can sign up for summer texts to support college planning

Each summer MMSD offers a Summer Texting Campaign for recent graduates to support them through the summer college planning process. This year is especially important to stay connected to your school counselors as you may be questioning your post high school plans due to COVID-19. We are here for you! Sign up here to receive a couple of supportive reminders throughout the summer and communicate directly with an MMSD school counselor through your phone with any questions that may come up for you along the way.  Sign up here by Friday, June 5.
Food Resources Throughout the Summer

Information for families regarding food sites during summer will be updated on the following websites. 

Food pantries have increased their output and are all doing easy curbside pick up at their sites. Food pantries and other emergency food distribution sites and organizations are changing and adapting their schedules weekly to meet the needs of our community. For the most up to date information, please call the United Way's 2-1-1 service. Simply dial 2-1-1 to be connected to local government and non-profit agencies.  

Recursos alimenticios durante todo el verano
La información para las familias sobre los sitios de alimentación – Food Pantries - durante el verano se actualizará en los siguientes sitios web:

Las despensas de alimentos han aumentado su producción y están haciendo más fácil la recogida en sus sitios. Los almacenes de alimentos y otros sitios y organizaciones de distribución de alimentos de emergencia han cambiado y adaptado los horarios semanalmente para satisfacer las necesidades de la comunidad. Para obtener información más actualizada, por favor llame al servicio 2-1-1 de United Way. Simplemente marque el 2-1-1 para conecrase con el gobierno local y las agencias sin fines de lucro.  

TEP Resources and Updates
This valuable resource includes COVID-19 related information about food, shelter, medical assistance, legal support and more.

Rental Assistance Programs
The Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program (WRAP) was announced last week by Governor Evers for those who need help making their payments. Dane County residents can call 608-246-4730 to get more information and check their eligibility for this program. The following are two additional resources to look for help.

Shabazz's School Social Worker Contact Information
Susan Kaye

Shabazz’s School Counselor Contact Information
Elizabeth Long

Shabazz’s School Psychologist Contact Information
Melanie Salgado
Shabazz City High School
1601 Sherman Avenue
Madison WI 53704