March 1, 2021

Dear Shabazz Community,
Here we are in March! I heard the snow melting over the weekend and it did make this Florida native smile. 
As the return for high school students is still unknown at this time, know that at Shabazz, we are continuing to develop systems and structures that have the health and safety of all students, families, and staff members at the center. 
We are continuing our strong push into second semester and our students and staff continue to do some amazing things each and every day. 
Some very exciting news that is happening this week is that all of our staff will be participating in a three day professional development around Project Based Learning, so students will be having asynchronous learning March 2, 3, and 4 so all staff can ground themselves in this learning. You can watch more about Project Based Learning:

I believe school interest and engagement begins with strong, trusting relationships among students and staff, and in all types of classrooms. The Shabazz Graduate Profile is based on the belief that all students can be successful if they are well-understood and well-supported, and that's on all of us. Working together, we can make sure every single student is well-understood, well-supported, and truly connected to our school community. We are currently redesigning our daily/weekly schedule for the 21-22 school year. We will have this ready for review by April and will have a number of listening and questioning sessions for all students and families. This is so very exciting.
Thank you as always for your support and please let me know if you need anything.
Mary Jankovich
Handy Quick Links and Monthly Calendar
Applications Being Accepted for 2021-22 School Year

Do you have a family member or friend who may be interested in attending Shabazz next year? We are now accepting applications for the 2021-22 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. Check out our new video, highlighting everything that makes Shabazz a special place.

The process begins by completing a short Application Form online. For more information about applying to Shabazz visit our admissions page.
Calendar Highlights
Update to Monday VLT Meetings!

With the change in asynchronous days from Wednesday to Monday, our school wide Virtual Learning Team (VLT) meetings will also be changing. These meetings will move to Tuesdays from 2:30-3:30 pm beginning Tuesday, March 9. Students will receive a calendar invite with the zoom link in their emails! We'd love for any and all students that are interested in connecting with each other, socializing, and having a little fun to join us! 
Weekly Schedule and Attendance Shifts

Beginning March 8, Mondays will become asynchronous learning days for all MMSD students. On these days, students will complete assigned work independently, reach out to teachers for support, or connect with virtual mentors. Due to this flexible approach, all students will be marked present on asynchronous Mondays.

Synchronous learning will shift to Tuesday - Friday. Periods 1 - 2 - 3 will meet on Tues/Wed, and Periods 4 - 5 - 6 will meet on Thurs/Fri. Synchronous class times will remain the same.
If your child will be absent on any day, we ask that you continue to excuse the absence by emailing Hannah at or by entering the absence in IC.

If you have any questions about this, please contact Susan Kaye or text: (608)909-1410

ACT Update for Juniors

As a reminder, the State of Wisconsin requires all juniors to take the ACT on one of 3 primary dates. This testing must be administered in-person (face-to-face). Our original testing date was March 9th, but in order to plan thoughtfully and ensure the health and safety of our students and staff, we will be shifting the test administration window to a later date.

Instead of March 9, we plan on administering the ACT beginning on April 13. March 9 will be a full day for all students, rather than a “juniors only day”. All students are expected to be in attendance on March 9. Please see this document with more specific information about the ACT test administration.

Beginning March 1, all Juniors at Shabazz will receive information about entering their pre-ACT information into their MyACT account to prepare for the test. Students will be able to get support with entering this information at two separate sessions. Wednesday, March 3 from 4:00-5:00 pm OR Monday, March 8 from 3:00-4:00 pm. Zoom links for both sessions will be emailed to Juniors on Tuesday, March 2.

Please reach out to Elizabeth Long, Shabazz Counselor with any questions (
Submit Your Photo for Our 2020-21 Yearbook

Shabazz staff decided to try to create a yearbook this year, despite an ongoing pandemic. Although this comes with many challenges we feel it's important to keep this tradition going. Currently we do not have up to date photos of students for the photo section of the yearbook and would love students and families to submit photos for the yearbook, especially for our graduating seniors. If you'd like to submit a yearbook photo please email directly to
. . . Speaking of Yearbooks

Students had an opportunity to purchase a yearbook during online enrollment at the beginning of the year. Families who already purchased a yearbook received a confirmation email from Hannah on 2/25/21. However, any student can still purchase a yearbook from now until May 14! The cost is $20.00. The order form must be submitted and payment made by May 14.
How can you order and pay for a yearbook?
Fill out this GOOGLE FORM to indicate your interest in purchasing a yearbook and how you will submit your payment.
Yearbooks should be ready for distribution during the final days of the fourth quarter (early June). Anyone who purchased a yearbook will need to come to Shabazz during designated pick-up times (TBD).
We Want To Hear From You

Shabazz's anti-racist team is looking for feedback. We are currently crafting our school's equity vision and want both student and family imput. If you'd be interested in giving us your thoughts we will be holding two virtual listening sessions to gather feedback. We hope you join us, your feedback is critical to shape our vision of equity at Shabazz. 

Get Paid to Help Make the World a Better Place for Trans Youth

The Trans Youth Justice Project is a youth leadership development program based in gender and racial justice. If you are a trans/nonbinary/gender-nonconforming youth age 16-22, and want to get paid to help make the world a better place for trans youth, visit the Trans Youth Justice Project website to find out how to get involved. Deadline for this program is today, March 1.
Student Support Staff Contact Information

Our full-time Student Support Staff are available to our students and families Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. See our Shabazz Student Support Staff page here.
The Staff of Shabazz Commitments

The staff of Shabazz is deeply committed to helping our students find success during these very difficult times. Below are some of our commitments to you as a community member of Shabazz.

The staff of Shabazz will…
  • Always support students to bravely learn about themselves
  • Commit to be co-conspirators in dismantling white supremacy 
  • Help foster a strong classroom community that will help students learn and grow
  • Always problem solve when students are not finding success
  • Make ourselves available to connect and chat, community connection is so important
  • Be a positive and encouraging advocate for student success
  • Weave anti-racist practice into our classrooms, exploring our own implicit bias
  • Make space for student passions and interests in the classroom


The staff of Shabazz
Shabazz City High School
1601 Sherman Avenue
Madison WI 53704