Dear Shabazz Community,

Signs of summer are surely here. I absolutely love to look around the landscape of Madison and see so many things growing, blooming and exploding with color. 

Well, we have done it. The end of the 2020-2021 school year is almost here. The Shabazz community has realized many things in a year of unprecedented academics. One thing we have all realized is, our time is important. The students that we teach are precious to us, and they need to know that our time together, whether that was virtual or face to face, was worth it. So we will be ending the year: Celebrating learning, celebrating the moments we’ve had with one another, and savoring the last few days of June to support one another where it is needed most.

The end of the school year feels like the end to a very fast paced race. At the end of this race, be sure to make time to hear your students' cheers. The end of this school year should not be climactic. It should be exciting. The end of this school year needs to be a time of review, reflection, and celebration. Students and staff have earned it. Together we can make it epic.

As always please be watching for Hannah's very informative emails. They will always provide students and families with the most up to date information.

We will be saying goodbye to two very important support staff members at the end of this school year. Susan Kaye, our social worker, is retiring after many years of providing tremendous support to families and students within MMSD. Aaron Geiger, our school psychologist, is moving out of the area and we truly wish him the very best on his next chapter both personally and professionally. 

Shabazz wishes all of you a very safe and happy summer. If at any time you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out.

Mary Jankovich
Malcolm Shabazz City High School Principal
Time to Drop-Off Materials and (Senior) Chromebooks

Now is the time for students to start gathering up course materials (books, textbooks, etc) from this school year and return them to Shabazz. Graduating seniors need to return their Chromebooks. To return your items, just stop by Shabazz any day school is open, Tuesdays through Fridays from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. Give Hannah a call at (608) 204-2446 when you arrive! 
Graduation Details: THE VIDEO!

Click the image to watch as Hannah walks you through everything you would ever need or want to know about this year's Graduation at Monona Terrace! You can also watch the slideshow here.
Shabazz Awarded Big Ideas Grant! Exciting Things Planned for Next Year

Shabazz is extremely excited and honored to have been chosen as an 'MMSD Big Ideas Grant' recipient to fund our Project Based Learning Initiative that we will be implementing next fall. Project Based Learning (or PBL) is an educational model that actively engages students in real world and personally meaningful projects to make change in themselves and their communities.

The grant will support funding the construction of outdoor classrooms, a community garden space, native plant restoration on the Shabazz property, community art projects, transportation funds to get students out into the community, and a 'community connection fund' to fund collaboration with a wide range of community partners.

We are really excited and hopeful to see how implementation of PBL and the funding through the Big Ideas Grant can be utilized as an equity tool to attract, support, and retain students of color in addition to creating authentic and engaging learning experiences for all of our Shabazz students!

The work highlighted in our "pitch" was that of the entire Shabazz staff over the last year. The dedicated team that worked on writing, submitting, and presenting the grant proposal included principal Mary Jankovich, school counselor Elizabeth Long, Shabazz teachers Grant Goettl, Denise Aulik, Robert, Banks, Colleen Kellogg, Rachel Schramm, and Brian Counselman (who presented brilliantly as you will see in the video). Shabazz presentation begins at 1:26.
Where In The World Are Our Shabazz Alums?

Shabazz alums hold a special place in the hearts of the entire Shabazz community. We currently have stories of former Shabazz graduates from the class of 1971 to the class of 2015. You can read about our alums here. Then fill out the Where in the World form and submit it so we can share information about you with fellow Shabazz grads and families. 

AND SPEAKING OF ALUMS . . . A former Shabazz student was part of the team that developed the chip that controls the helicopter Ingenuity that flew around Mars last month. Jim Willmore, who worked in San Diego at Qualcomm Technologies, helped design the processor that "serves as the heart and brains of the helicopter." Jim passed away in 2019. You can read about it here.
Spots Still Available for 2021-22 School Year

There are still some open spots for new students during the 2021-22 school year. All MMSD students who are currently in grades 8-11 are welcome to apply. Our video, highlights 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.
Yearbooks May Be Picked Up This Week

If you ordered a yearbook, you can pick your copy up in the Main Office starting the first week of June. There are some extra copies available on a "first come, first served" basis. Just bring $20 to the Main Office if you would like one of the extra copies.
Making Shabazz Beautiful 
Students and staff worked to revitalize and beautify the front lawn garden. Once weeding is taken care of we are hoping to get some plants in the ground by the end of the school year. Thank you to everyone who pitched in to make Shabazz look beautiful and welcoming.
Congratulations Bridget and Malachi
Kudos to Shabazz students Bridget Fair and Malachi Delwiche who have been elected as members of the East High School Chapter of the National Honor Society.

This has been a challenging year. Our Shabazz community is proud of you both.
The Show Must Go On - Even During a Pandemic
Students enrolled in Theatre Production class this year were committed to bringing theatre back to the Shabazz community by any means necessary. Which brings us to something both wondrous and horrendous... Zoom. There were limitations to what we could do via Zoom, but we made the most of what we had. Creative problem-solving, flexibility, humor, and Corey Wimmer’s outstanding editing skills pulled us through. A special thanks goes out to Corey for making our productions happen. Volunteering his time and skills are just some of the many ways Corey has generously helped make Shabazz not just a school, but a compassionate community of amazing humans.

The first play titled Noah's Lark was written by Shabazz student Denali Jenson, and was performed by Denali Jenson and Reuben Kingslien. It featured two 19 year old college friends who make their way to a roadside attraction called the Ark Encounter. 
The second play, Out of the Woods, was written by Shabazz student Kylie Anderson and was performed by Penn Wyeth, Corey Wimmer, and Merrick Samsa. This story is about three high school friends who get lost in the woods one night as they are trying to make it home before curfew.

Both plays were streamed for students during their fifth period on May 20. Well done everyone - writers, actors, and Theatre Production class teacher Colleen Kellogg,
Congratulations Colleen and Rachel 
Congratulations to Shabazz teachers Colleen Kellogg (English and Theatre) and Rachel Schramm (Art) for being nominated for Teacher of the Year! This award recognizes a teacher whose work exemplifies all of the district’s core values and the best practices in the field of education.
Summer Post High School Planning From Your Phone

Sign up to receive text reminders about things you need to do to get ready for next year (housing deposits, register for classes, job applications etc). You can receive text and/or email messages from an MMSD School Counselor. Your information will only be shared with MMSD School Counselors working on this project. Complete the Summer Texting Campaign Sign Up Form today!

How are you paying for college? If you haven’t already, all senior families, regardless of income, should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This will qualify your student for grants, loans, scholarships and work-study.. FAFSA should be completed as soon as possible to qualify for the most aid. Parents and students need to register for an FSA ID prior to completing the FAFSA. For more information on financial aid check out the Federal Student Aid YouTube Channel
Post Script
Sophomore Kai Vanden Heuvel started the Shabazz Parks & Rec Club as a place for students to go to be with others while waiting for the bus or a ride. They do homework or just hang out after the morning classes. Here Parks & Rec was taking advantage of the nice weather to draw chalk designs and messages on our front sidewalk.
Shabazz City High School
1601 Sherman Avenue
Madison WI 53704