October 2020
October Message from Mary Jankovich

Dear Shabazz Community,

We're off to a strong start this year. I'm so proud of our students and staff, and how quickly we've settled into healthy and productive routines around distance learning. I am excited to announce that we have a number of students with above 90 percent attendance for the first four weeks of school. Virtually entering into classrooms, on any given day, I see amazing things happening. As I wrote at the start of the school year, we need to make sure that as a school community we recognize and focus on the importance of building strong, trusting relationships as the foundation for all we do. What I see here, virtually, indicates that we're making some great progress. We need to continue to work together to build a collaborative community that supports all students equitably.

Our teachers are in the process of finalizing their First Quarter Progress Reports by Thursday, October 8, and the reports will be viewable in the Infinite Campus Parent Portal on Friday, October 9. Please email our Lead Secretary Hannah Shafer at hshafer@madison.k12.wi.us if you have any questions about logging into the Parent Portal. This is such an important communication tool for monitoring your student's academic progress and attendance.

Grading and reporting are important to the success of all students. At progress report time we have two categories for grading:

  • Continuing Progress (CP)-Any student who has a grade that is calculating a 59.5% or above

  • Incomplete (I)-Any student who has a grade that is calculating a 59.4% or below

Again, please encourage your student to reach out for help if ever they feel behind. This is a critical step in helping all students succeed. They should first let their teachers know; they can provide more targeted support both inside and outside the classroom. Please be mindful that students also have the ability to get individual support with their identified Shabazz Virtual Learning Coach, and of course, we always have our wonderful support staff that could assist with more intensive support and needs. 

As a reminder, Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences will be Wednesday, October 14, 10AM - 7:30PM. Check your inbox on Monday, October 5 for the conference sign-up form. They will be held virtually, in the form of 15-minute Zoom meetings. Both parents/guardians and students are encouraged to attend.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Mary Jankovich
Monthly Calendar and Handy Quick Links
Calendar Highlights

October 1

Financial aid from the federal government can help you pay for education expenses at an eligible college or career school. Grants, loans and work-study are types of federal student aid.

You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to apply for this aid. More information here > > >
Free Thanksgiving Baskets
¡Cestas de Acción de Gracias gratis
Early Registration Deadline: October 9

For the past 32 years, the Goodman Community Center has provided Thanksgiving Baskets to thousands of families throughout Dane County. Each basket contains all the food you need to prepare a home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner, including a frozen turkey, fruit and veggies, stuffing, pumpkin pie, and all the fixings. Read more:

Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences

October 14

Save the date for Shabazz's Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm. Both parents and students are encouraged to attend.

Conferences will include 10-15 minutes of private Zoom time with Shabazz teachers.

On Monday, October 5, parents/guardians will receive a form to sign up for your conference time slots.

Conferences are a great way for parents to become involved and to send a positive message that school is important. No classes are held on this day.
Costume Contest!

Deadline October 23

Halloween is a big deal at Shabazz and we want to celebrate with you! Please take a moment to put on your favorite "school appropriate" costume and take a selfie! Share it with us to use in the Halloween Costume Contest!

Parents Invited to Circle Keeper's Class
Aaron and the Circle Keeper's class would like to invite any parents of Shabazz students to our virtual circles. Circles are a process used at Shabazz to solve conflicts, have difficult conversations, and build community.

Parents who join the circles would not need any special training or preparation, just come and share your experiences connected with the topics we are discussing. This quarter, circles take place from 1:00 - 1:30 on Mondays and/or Tuesdays.

If you have availability and interest, please contact Aaron at aakaio@madison.k12.wi.us
Shabazz Teachers Headed to Racial Justice Summit

Starting on September 29, three Shabazz teachers - Jeff, Nathan, and Grant are "headed" to the YWCA's Racial Justice Summit. This is the most teachers that Shabazz has been able to send to the summit since their teachers started attending the summit in 2019. Each year the summit is transformative for those who attend and we hope to continue the trend. This year's theme is:

Reconstruction. Centering Blackness
A Path to Build Collective Power and Justice for All.

This year's summit is virtual and will take place over three days, where the teachers will get to see world class scholars and activists speaking about how to make change more systemic for marginalized communities. Teachers will also get a chance to participate in discussion circles with other attendees and speakers.
Where Are Our Shabazz Graduates?

Shabazz alums hold a special place in the hearts of the entire Shabazz community. Fill out the Where in the World form and submit it so we can share information about you with fellow Shabazz grads and families. Visit our Alumni page to read about your fellow classmates.
Virtual Student Center

Don't forget to check our Virtual Student Center regularly. There you can see our week's schedule, hear Monday announcements in both English and Spanish, give a Shout-Out, check out some art, or see who's having a birthday, among other things.
Virtual Learning Tips

From setting a morning routine to taking breaks to collaborating with classmates, our list of Virtual Learning Tips will help keep our students on track during this transition to online learning. Click here for a printable PDF.
Student Support Staff Contact Information

Our Student Support Staff includes four full-time staff members who are available to our students and families Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Click here for more information

Julie Evert, PST/Special Education Dept. Head

Aaron Geiger, School Psychologist

Susan Kaye, School Social Worker

Elizabeth Long, School Counselor

Conversations with Student Services staff members are confidential; however, there are some exceptions if the situation involves risk of harm to the student or someone else.
Shabazz City High School
1601 Sherman Avenue
Madison WI 53704