December 2018/January 2019
Dear families, students, and friends of Shabazz,

I wanted to let families, students, and the friends of Shabazz know that this will be my last year as the principal of Shabazz City High School. After ten rewarding and challenging years, I look forward to seeking new professional opportunities.

I am proud of the work we have accomplished and the progress we have made in strengthening our instructional practices and developing a shared instructional purpose. I am proud that we have maintained a focus on deeply engaging students in authentic interdisciplinary learning and, at the same time, building a caring community.

Shabazz Awarded C.D. Besadny Conservation Fund Grant for Land Ethic Initiative
Shabazz was awarded a $1000 grant from the C.D. Besadny Conservation Fund to support our Land Ethic Initiative project.

The Land Ethic Initiative will offer students the opportunity to engage in authentic experiences in nature in order to make personal and academic connections with the ecosystems surrounding them. With the study and integration of Aldo Leopold's concept of The Land Ethic, students in a sequence of classes offered at Shabazz will have the opportunity to foster their own understanding of The Land Ethic and use that ethical understanding to engage in authentic and needed land restoration efforts in Dane and Vernon County.

Last month Bill Lunney (second from right), one of the Foundation's board members, personally delivered the check and learned more about this project. The C.D. Besadny Conservation Fund is a project of the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin.

Thank you NRFW and the C.D. Besadny Conservation Fund!
Look What Showed Up at Goodwill Northside!
To celebrate the communities and neighborhoods it serves, Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin (SCWI) has embarked on an art project that showcases the 11 locations in the region with iconic images that create a sense of place in each store.

This black and white image of Shabazz was taken by Digital Marketing Coordinator Addie Peck and was enhanced by a color wash that reflects Goodwill’s color palette, resulting in a stunning portrayal of our school.

Next time you’re at the Northside Goodwill, be sure to take a look for yourself. Thank you Goodwill SCWI!
Junior Conferences
Junior Conferences are new at Shabazz this year. All 11th graders will meet individually with school counselor Katy for brief conversation about post-secondary planning, ACT testing, credit audit, and course planning for the remainder of this school year and their senior year. An email was sent to parents and students with an attached document which will be used to guide the conference and contains helpful links and a timeline for graduation. If you did not receive the email, please feel free to reach out to Katy at . Parents are welcomed and encouraged to participate in the conference with their student! These meetings will most likely continue through the semester, but the goal is to have them complete by winter break.
Students Give Thanks and Celebrate Shabazz Community
On Tuesday, November 20 students and staff celebrated our Shabazz community before heading to Thanksgiving break. Regular classes were held in the morning, followed by a Thanksgiving themed potluck lunch (turkey and Tofurky), games, karaoke, basketball, board games, and finally appreciation and dessert.

Many thanks to Brian Counselman for spearheading the celebration and to generous donations (both food and cash to purchase the food) from our wonderful Shabazz families and staff.
Students Get Hands-On Experience During MPD Visit
A small group of students who expressed interest in Police Science to their advisors attended a field trip to the Madison Police Department’s training center. We found out about their mission, what sets them apart from other police departments, the training and opportunities available within MPD. We also had a tour of their facility, which was pretty cool. We even got to play with the handcuffs and participated in a simulator! Thank you MPD! Hopefully we will have more opportunities like this to get hands-on experience with other careers! Any ideas are welcomed, and if you can host something like this at your place of employment, please reach out!
Informational Session for Students Interested in Project Green Teen (PGT)
Is your student interested in hands on learning or experiencing the great outdoors? Please encourage them to attend one of the informational session on Tuesday, January 8 during lunch. For more information please check out the PGT website or email Robert at

PGT (Project Green Teen) is an environmental service learning class that addresses authentic environmental needs in multiple communities. Instruction is integrated across all high school subject areas and delivered thematically with emphasis on real world connections reaching into students future school, community and career opportunities. Students learn in-depth land and water sciences and how the two are interconnected. Sustainability is the main theme across all subjects.
Do Your Legos Need a New Home?
Denise is always looking for fun and interesting ways to build community in her classroom. She is looking for used or new Classic Legos for creative projects. These highly-popular activity sets are a foundational option in the Mind, Body, and Soul class on Creativity Fridays.

Also, thank you to everyone who donated books and lamps this year for our library. What a generous and supportive community we have! Visit our Book Wish List . Used books accepted.
December 2

December 10
Professional Development Day

December 12
LMC 6:30-7:30 pm

December 22-January 6

January 7
School Resumes

January 8
PGT Informational Session

January 9
LMC 6:30-7:30 pm

January 15
Scheduling/Advisory Day
Students meet with advisers to schedule Semester 2 classes

January 16
Play Performance for Parents
5:30-7:00 pm

January 21
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 23
3:15-4:00 pm

January 24
Celebration of Learning
All day. Student work will be presented around building.
Families are welcome to attend

January 25 - End of Quarter
Evaluation Day

January 28
Evaluation Day

January 29
New Student Orientation

January 30
First Day of Semester 2
Planning for Graduation or Summer Vacation? Please Note These Changes to Last Days of School
Our June calendar has been revised, so be sure to take note of the updated dates below. Please make these two changes to your 2019 calendar.

The last day of school is June 7, 2019.
Graduation has been changed to June 11, 2019.
Where in the World are Our Shabazz Graduates?
Shabazz alums hold a special place in the hearts of the entire Shabazz community. If you attended Shabazz, we want to know how and what you're doing! You can do that by visiting the Where Are Our Shabazz Graduates webpage and fill out the form so we can share information about you with fellow Shabazz grads and families. Once there you can also read about your fellow alumni.
Yearbook Photos - Attention Graduating Seniors
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.

Visit the Shabazz Connections Facebook page. Feel free to reach out to Katy via email at or by phone at 608-204-2450.
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Shabazz City High School
1601 Sherman Avenue
Madison WI 53704