February 2019
No students attend. Staff work day.

New Student Orientation, 8:45 AM - 2:15 PM. Only new students beginning Semester 2 attend. Lunch will be provided. All Mondays are early release days at 2:15 PM.

All students attend. First day of Semester 2. In the morning, students will receive their schedules and move through a shortened class cycle. In the afternoon, we will hold our  Celebration of Learning , which was originally scheduled on our first snow cancellation day. Families are welcome to attend the Celebration of Learning.
Local Kid Does Good!
Shabazz student Carter Newbury wanted to impact the homeless community by providing menstrual products to Second Harvest. They did this by hosting a bake sale and using the money to purchase pads, tampons, and cups. 

Way to go Carter!
Shabazz Land Ethic Initiative
In Shabazz Ecology courses this past semester students learned about how to make positive change in our local ecosystem. Students have adopted the idea of “ Think global. Act local ,” with the thought that it is important to understand large ecological systems and challenges, but the highest leverage actions we can take to influence change occur on a local level.

With this mindset at the forefront students have embarked on a number of environmental projects this fall through a variety of engaging courses.

Thinking about watersheds in particular, students have taken “watershed walks” along the route that water would flow from Shabazz. Students clearly learned the essential truism of watersheds, that where the water flows, so too do the pollutants. Along this walk down Sherman and Aberg Ave., students (seen here) collected six bags of trash that would have otherwise stayed as lasting pollutants in our Yahara watershed. More information and pictures here .
Theater Production Class Shows Their Stuff
Our theater production students performed two plays and one monologue in January; once for parents and twice again for fellow students and staff.

Leaving was a contemporary play dealing with fidelity and sexuality. It was written and directed by Shabazz junior Iona McGregor and starred Erin Price and Heaven Jewell, also juniors.

The Promotion was written by Shabazz senior, Ed Randle, and directed by theater production teacher, Colleen Kellogg. This one-act play questioning workplace ethics and food choices (that's putting it mildly) starred seniors Derek Knight and Dylan Virnig.

And finally, sophomore Laila Freeman performed a Monologue , which was spoken by community activist Gina Rae after the race riots in Los Angeles of 1992. In her monologue, she references 15 year old Latasha Harlins , who was unjustifiably killed 13 days before the infamous beating of Rodney King.

All productions received high praise from students and staff and definitely sparked interest in students who may have been considering taking the theater production class.
ACT Day for All Juniors - February 20
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 is the day that all grade 11 students in the state of Wisconsin will take the ACT. This will be a "JUNIORS ONLY" day.  

There will be no school for freshmen, sophomores, and seniors on February 20, 2019.  

All juniors will have the opportunity to show their academic learning and growth when they take the ACT. This test provides a measurement of college and career readiness in English, mathematics, reading, science, and writing. Scores from this test may be reported to colleges to support student applications for admission. The ACT is a state-mandated test that all students are required to take. Whole school scores are reported to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, and calculated into the state school report cards. 

There are a number of reasons to take the ACT, including keeping college options open, winning scholarships, and even appealing to potential employers. 

Students will prepare for the test during lunch the week of February 11-15.
Student Led Parent Teacher Conferences - February 26
Student Led Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Tuesday, February 26 from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm. There are no regular classes for students on that day.

Call 204-2440 to schedule your 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 15 minutes with each teacher. Slots are filling up so call to schedule your conference ASAP!
February 1
Staff work day. NO SCHOOL

February 4
New student orientation. 8:45-2:15 NO SCHOOL for returning students.

February 5
First day of semester 2. ALL STUDENTS ATTEND. Celebration of Learning in afternoon.

February 6
All Juniors report to LMC 4th period for ACT prep

February 8
Professional Development Day Canceled

February 13
LMC 6:30-7:30 pm

February 20

February 26
10:00 am - 7:30 pm

March 25-30 - Spring Break
February's Book Wish List - New or Used
Our LMC is always looking for new books, and below is our list of Top Five Picks for February. Why not read one of these first, and then donate it to Shabazz. A win-win! All donations are tax deductible and used copies are most welcomed. Thanks for considering!

Children of Blood and Bone , Tomi Adeyemi
Darius the Great is Not OK  , Adib Khorram
Dry - Neal and Jerrod Shusterman
Pride - Ibi Zoboi
The Light Between Worlds - Laura Weymouth
One More Call for Legos
Denise likes to create 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. You can bring them into the Main Office any time! Thank you.
Second Reminder for 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.
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.

Visit the Shabazz Connections Facebook page. Feel free to reach out to Katy via email at ktmainslie@madison.k12.wi.us or by phone at 608-204-2450.
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Shabazz City High School
1601 Sherman Avenue
Madison WI 53704