May 2020
Dear Shabazz Community,

I hope this letter finds you all doing well and enjoying some of our first evidence of summer. I wanted to make sure I communicate some important dates as we move to the end of the 2019-2020 school year. 

With the shift to virtual learning, it has adjusted our end of school timeline a bit. Shabazz students will be completing the last of their coursework by May 29. If they are missing assignments/tasks for their class they will have an opportunity to work with their teacher and support staff until June 3 as that is the last day of school for all high school students within MMSD. Staff will, however, continue to have professional development until June 11 which will be focusing on our continued visioning work for the 2020-2021 school year.

We do have exciting news to share. WISC-TV (channel 3) is airing the Shabazz Class of 2020 graduation on June 13 at 6:30 pm. Our graduation committee has worked very hard over the past few weeks to try and replicate, as much as we could, our authentic and unique ceremony that only Shabazz delivers. I'd encourage you to view the experience of this event that hopefully brings our school community to life for all viewers.
The Shabazz community loves our graduates and wish them the very best as they embark on their new chapters of life--they are the  "Class of 2020: Born to Make History."
Shabazz strong,
Mary Jankovich
Deadline to Apply for 2019-20 School Year - May 20

Do you have a family member or friend who may be interested in attending Shabazz next year? We taking applications for the 2020-21 school year until Wednesday, May 20, 2020. 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 .
Help Reunite Denise With Her Books
Please check your house for books that were borrowed from Denise's classroom book collection.  Her books like to hide under beds, back of closets, under the couch, in the trunk of cars, and with all the other books on your shelves. Given the economic effects of Covid-19, it is doubtful that we will be able to replace any lost materials.  We are trying to reclaim all resources we can.

Families will be able to pick up and drop off items outside of the school from 10 am - 6 pm on June 8-11. So, set those books and materials next to your Chromebook for an all-at-once return. Thank you!
Student Play Featured in Virtual Performance of the Young Playwright's Festival on May 7.

Shabazz junior Corey Wimmer's play,  The Forty-Two  was chosen by Children's Theater of Madison (CTM) to highlight at their spring Young Playwrights Festival at the Overture Center. Given the circumstances, they set-up a virtual live performance of all of the selected plays from participating schools. To see Corey's play performed by local actors (directed by professional directors) as a staged reading, click on the link below.

Corey's play is the last in the program so you can forward to 1:48 to watch both the play and an interview with Cory following the performance. We're proud of you Corey!
School Closure Causes Cancelation of Student Plays

In March Colleen’s Advanced Theatre Production class had every intention of performing three student written ten-minute plays for the Shabazz community.

“Noah’s Lark”, written by Denali Jensen told the story of two college-aged friends who discover that their personal beliefs have the power to destroy their friendship.   Denali Jenson  and  Cyrus Dasho worked tirelessly on these characters. 

Laila Freeman  and Bridget Fair  would have performed in Fenn Williams ’ “Sage.” The conflict in this play involves a mother who finds that she must surrender the family companion animal to the humane society despite the protests of her teenage daughter. 

And “The Polar Express” was written by A Group of Humans . This play featured two college-age students who undergo an existential crisis when they contemplate a question posed by one of their philosophy professors.   Joe Pinkerton  and  Malachi Delwiche  were the scheduled actors. This play was directed by the co-author,  Iona McGregor .
Aaron's Recommended Podcasts

Here is a list of podcasts from Aaron's Social Studies classes that might be of interest to our community.

Leadership Class: This American Life - to help students think about important ideas when working to be a leader

Mirrors of Discrimination Class: Scene On Radio - to teach students about the history and practice of racism and whiteness

PGT - NPR Podcasts - Living Downstream - for case studies on different environmental justice issues

Visit our Student Services Info Page for May to learn about the following:

National School Nurse Day
Mental Health Month
NAMI Dane County Online Support Groups
Memorial Day Meals
Check out the district wide  Spring School Counseling Newsletter ! This newsletter includes many resources for students as you look toward summer and fall.

Shabazz Scholarships
 Once again seniors will have the opportunity to apply for the Shabazz Scholarship.  Please complete the  Shabazz Scholarship Application by Monday, May 25, 2020 . Scholarship award notifications will be made the first week of June 2020.

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
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