April 2019
In March students took the ACT WorkKeys exam; the Advanced Theater Production students wrote, directed, and presented two plays to families, staff, and fellow students; parents attended another monthly Parent Meeting; social studies teacher Nathan Vos published an article about our Cooperative Gaming class; student work was celebrated and displayed (and continues to be displayed) at Young at Art in the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art; bake sales, clothing drives, and community lunches were held; art teacher Rachel Schramm received a 2019 Kohl Foundation Fellowship award; and we all enjoyed a break from school last week. Welcome back!
Students Present Dramatic Readings at the Goodman Community Center
Saturday, April 6
Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa
5:30-8:00 pm

Come join students from Malcolm Shabazz City High School's Screenplay for Short Film class as they present dramatic readings of their original screenplays. Appetizers will be provided. Read more here .

Students, parents, and the public are invited to come and celebrate the hard, creative work these students have been doing!
Shabazz Day of Service
During quarter 3 of the 2018-19 school year, our Leadership Class students have been learning about service learning in addition to how to create stronger communities. As a result students have created projects to reach out and give back to various aspects of our community. 

But more than one class is needed to make these ambitious projects take flight. Students who are not in the Leadership Class will have the opportunity to help make a positive impacting by taking part in one of the projects on our Day of Service, Tuesday, April 9. It will run from 8:45 to 11:35

Proposed projects were quite varied. Some samples are Penpal Connections, where students connect with residents at the Madison Senior Center through letter writing, and the Shabazz Cleaning Club which aims to beautify our school.
Youth Summer Job Fair at Shabazz
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - Shabazz High School Student Center during lunch
Seven organizations have signed up so far including CEOs of Tomorrow, Inc., Goodman Community Center, and Dane Arts Mural Arts.
We Love Live Theater
Our Advanced Theater Production students Performed two plays last month; once for parents and twice again for fellow students and staff.

Death Inc. , a contemporary play about the afterlife, was written and directed by Shabazz senior Vanessa Levinson ( center ), and starred junior Heaven Jewell ( left ) and senior Adrian Martinez ( right ).

The Philadelphia was professionally written by David Ives and directed by teacher Colleen Kellogg. This play, which takes place in a restaurant in New York, is about two men who fall into black holes nicknamed after cities. Cast included seniors Vanessa Levenson ( center) and Dylan Virnig ( right ) with Colleen Kellogg stepping in at the last minute.

A lot of work went on behind the scenes of these two plays, so thank all of you who were involved in these impressive productions.
Shabazz Art Teacher Awarded 2019 Kohl Foundation Teacher Fellow Award
We are proud to announce that Shabazz art teacher Rachel Schramm has been recognized for her dedication and enthusiasm for bringing the arts to Malcolm Shabazz City High School. Rachel has been awarded one of the prestigious  2019 Kohl Foundation Teacher Fellow Awards . Our art program will be awarded $6000 dollars to support the continued growth of this program, specifically tech based art and exploring different cultures of art practices. 

The Kohl Teacher Fellowship program recognizes and supports teaching excellence and innovation throughout Wisconsin. The goal is to support teachers in the pursuit of their unrealized goals for their classrooms or professional development. Kohl Fellowship recipients receive a $6,000 grant and each recipient's school receives a matching $6,000 grant.

Fellowship awardees will be recognized at luncheon this spring. Congratulations Rachel! 
Still Time to See Student Work Celebrated at MMoCA's "Young at Art" Exhibit
Several Shabazz students played a role in the 2019 Young at Art Exhibit at MMoCA . Shabazz seniors Skylar Bull Lyon, Gaia Braman-Wanek, and sophomore Laila Freeman were among the many young artists celebrated at the exhibit. The opening was on March 17, however the exhibit will run through April 21. Look for Skylar's Sick Painting I , Gaia's cardboard sculpture, Her , and Laila's digital animation, The Christmas Attack.

Gaia was also featured in an article about young artists. Use this link and then scroll down to read her story.
Dear Parents and Guardians of Shabazz Students, Español

If you are a parent of a Shabazz student and either you or your child is a person of color, would you be willing to talk to a member of our Increasing Diversity Task Team about your family’s experience with Shabazz? Our team is addressing the lack of racial diversity at Shabazz. Compared to MMSD population, Malcolm Shabazz City high school has lower percentages of students of color. This data is troubling and unacceptable. And it is the reason we are reaching out to parents today. 

To achieve more diversity at our school, we believe we must listen to the people who can provide the most valuable information: Shabazz families and students of color. We want to know about your experiences as parents/guardians and about the experiences of your students.
We are sincere in our desire to listen with open minds and open hearts and face our shortcomings. We will manage any of our own internal reactions so that you will not be burdened by them. We recognize that confidentiality is key to obtaining accurate and honest feedback so please know that if you choose to participate, only task team members will know your identity. When we share with the staff, responses will be anonymous. 

Please click  this link  to fill out a quick survey to let us know you are interested and how best to contact you. A staff member will contact you about scheduling a one-on-one conversation at your earliest convenience. You can also simply call our main office and someone can get that contact information from you over the phone (608) 204-2440.

Please respond by Friday, April 19. 

Thank you for your consideration,

The Increasing Diversity Task Team
Colleen Kellogg, Aaron, Kaio, Susan Kaye, Gaia Braman-Wanek, Amy Bajkiewicz, Julie Evert
April 2
3:15 - 4:00 pm

April 2
Forward Exam for grade 10
Sophomores will miss their first hour class to take the exam. All other students will attend classes as normal. (Makeup day April 3)

April 6
Goodman Community Center
5:30 - 8:00 pm

April 8
NO SCHOOL - Evaluation Day

April 9
First day of Quarter 4

April 10
6:30 pm in Shabazz LMC

April 16
ACT Aspire Day for grades 9-10
Freshmen and Sophomores will take the exam. Juniors and seniors will attend classes as normal.

April 26
NO SCHOOL - Professional Development Day

April 30
Youth Summer Job Fair
11:30-12:30 in Shabazz Student Center
Shop Online to Help Our Student Leadership Students Raise Money for Shabazz
This fundraiser features over 1500 items to order online including magazines, kitchen items, jewelry, and more. We are hoping that every family will share this fundraising project with as many friends and family as possible. Here's what you can do to get a head start: Remind your child to register at gaschoolstore.com using our school ID 5612411 and share with your friends and family who may support your student. Online sales will count toward prizes. More information can be found here.
Applications Being Accepted for 2019-20 School Year
Do you have a family member or friend who may be interested in attending Shabazz next year? We are now taking applications for the 2019-20 school year. All MMSD students who are currently in grades 8-11 are welcome to apply. Students outside the MMSD boundaries can pursue Open Enrollment or pay MMSD tuition.

The process begins by completing a short Application Form online. For more information about applying to Shabazz visit our Admissions Process page or contact Lynn at lmpauly@madison.k12.wi.us or 608-204-2453.
Attention Graduating Seniors - Yearbook Photos
Each year the Shabazz Yearbook highlights graduating seniors. This special section of the yearbook typically contains a photo of each graduate, along with a brief “blurb.” Inclusion in the yearbook is voluntary. If your 2019 graduate has had professional photos taken for the occasion, we ask that you submit the photo directly to Shabazz, rather than relying on the photographer to send it.   More important info here . The cost of the yearbook is $20 and may be brought to the Main Office at any time.
Shabazz school counselor Katy Ainslie-Wallace has partnered with ASL teacher Sarah Drake to bring you a Facebook page with information for post-secondary options, opportunities, events, scholarships, college visits, and tons of other information. Please search Facebook for  Shabazz Connections  and join! Also, feel free to reach out to Katy via email at kmainslie@madison.k12.wi.us o r by phone at 608-204-2450.
Shabazz City High School
1601 Sherman Avenue
Madison WI 53704