NTZB Parent Bulletin

November 13, 2021


Hello New Tech Families,

This is truly the time of year we find ourselves busy with school, work and personal tasks that can become overwhelming. Another grade period is approaching, the weather is turning colder, and the holiday season is right around the corner. But I also find this is the perfect time of year to reflect, focus on personal wellness and be “thankful” for the wonders of life! Everyday I have the opportunity to spend my time at New Tech with awesome students and staff and am inspired when I see our school community working together to create a positive learning environment for all-striving to meet the needs of our young people and community.

I encourage parents to continue to communicate with their children about their school experience and grades and reach out to me and/or our staff with questions, concerns, or comments! Many new and exciting things happening at New Tech are highlighted in this bulletin! Also, the SIP team has hosted several meetings this month and has been very busy reimagining New Tech. We look forward to sharing the Reimagination Plan and new opportunities for students next month as we recruit the class of 2026! I want to thank our students, parents and staff for the hard work and dedication all are putting forth this year. Together we will continue to build a strong school community. Finally, I hope all families will have the opportunity to connect and unwind over this upcoming school break and reflect on thankfulness. I wish all a safe, restful, and enjoyable holiday- Happy Thanksgiving!

In partnership,

Bonnie Felske

Contact Information

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Healthy YOUth has been spreading kindness throughout the school building with quotes of encouragement from celebrities, authors, athletes, inspirational speakers, and more.

New Tech also implemented #thecomplimentproject and students have been enthusiastic about sharing compliments with their classmates. The idea is simple; take one and pass it along. The response has been fantastic and this bulletin board outside the cafeteria is typically stripped of all the tabs by the end of each day.

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New Tech's National Honor Society members are holding a Canned and Non-Perishable Food Drive that will support families in the Zion Community through a partnership with Our Shining Stars Foundation.

They are also accepting donations for the 2021 Annual Blanket Drive coordinated through The Penny's Purpose. Please consider supporting both of these initiatives and extending kindness to your neighbors and those in need throughout the community.

Please contact Ms. Biddle with questions at biddleM@ntzb.org.

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The Bee Leaders are working on their second episode of Buzz Lead, a school-wide news video where each episode is designed to deliver news and comical relief to our entire student body. Bee Leaders are interviewing teachers and putting on a skit to educate our students on all of the "do’s, don’ts and expectations" for final exams since Freshmen and Sophomores haven’t experienced them in person yet. Thanks to our new technology, Bee Leaders are able to capitalize on the classroom TVs and use of our new VIVI software to show episodes during advisories and throughout the hallways before, after school, and during lunches.

Below: Two Bee Leaders interviewing Mr. Schiappacasse

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With cooler weather and busy schedules, what better way to participate than from your warm home and with your family? Assemble a team and look for the link to go live on November 18th and remain open until November 28th! Can you escape the locked bookstore in time for Thanksgiving?

Preview the complete list of titles selected for the current Illinois Lincoln Award Book List as several will be used as ciphers for the clues.

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November 22nd, all sophomores at NT will be completing and submitting their first college application to the College of Lake County. This is the first step in preparing for CLC’s dual credit placement test our sophomores will be taking in February. Each student gains practical experience in applying to college, and also begins their post-secondary coursework through the dual credit application process. Graduation will be here before you know it for these students.
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Tech Campus online pre-screening applications for the 2022-2023 school year

are now OPEN for current SOPHOMORES & JUNIORS.

ZB Students - CLICK HERE to apply

NT Students - CLICK HERE to apply

For more information about Tech Campus visit www.techcampus.org

CLICK HERE for a Tech Campus Course Guide.

For more information, contact the ZB Career Counselor, Mr. Adeloye (adeloyeb@zbths.org)


There is still time to purchase tickets for the 2021 Tech Campus Car Raffle! Ticket sales end on December 14th at noon. The raffle winner will be announced on December 15th, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. CST via Facebook Live on the Tech Campus Facebook page @LCTechCampus.

A portion of the proceeds will be given to Mother's Trust, a local charity that supports our students and their families in our county. The remainder of the proceeds will be put toward the Tech Campus Tool Scholarship Fund for our Automotive students.

The winner does not need to be present to win. The winner will be responsible for taxes, license and registration, title transfer and picking up the vehicle from Auto Parts City.

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Final Exam Schedule – New Tech High

Tuesday, December 14, 2021—7:30 a.m. to 1:04 p.m.

7:30 – 9:12 – Period 6 (102 minutes)

9:13 – 10:55 – Period 7 (102 minutes)

10:56 – 11:21 – Lunch (25 minutes)

11:22 – 1:04 – Period 8 (102 minutes)

Make up exams until 2:24

Activity Bus at 2:30

Wednesday, December 15, 2021—7:30 a.m. to 1:04 p.m.

7:30 – 9:12 – Study Session by Advisory

9:13 – 10:55 – Period 4

10:56 – 11:21 – Lunch

11:22 – 1:04 – Period 3

Make up exams until 2:24

Activity Bus at 2:30

Thursday, December 16, 2021 – 7:30 a.m. to 11:25 a.m.

7:30 - 7:59 - Study Session by Advisory

8:00 - 9:42 - Period 2

9:43 - 11:25 - Period 1

No lunch served

Make up exams until 2:24

Activity Bus at 2:30

Students with unexcused absences will receive a zero on their final and may not receive a make up exam. Excused absences require finals to be made up by appointment with the teacher during make up hours. It is the student’s responsibility to make up exams.

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On Wednesday, November 10th, athletes across the entire district were recognized and awarded for excellence. Take a look at the slideshow and see if you can spot any New Tech athletes.

Congratulations and well done on representing D126 with integrity, hard work, talent, and grit!

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  • Tuesday, 11/23/21: NT Early Release (1:35 PM)
  • Wednesday, 11/24/21: NO SCHOOL-School Holiday
  • Thursday, 11/25/21: NO SCHOOL- Thanksgiving Day Holiday
  • Friday, 11/26/21: NO SCHOOL- Day after Thanksgiving

  • Tuesday 12/14/21: Exams- NT Early Release (1:04 PM)
  • Wednesday 12/15/21: Exams- NT Early Release (1:04 PM)
  • Thursday 12/16/21: Exams -NT Early Release (11:25 AM)
  • Thursday 12/16/21: End of Quarter 2
  • Friday 12/17/21: NO SCHOOL- School Holiday
  • Monday 12/20/21 - Friday 12/30/21: Winter Break
  • Monday 1/3/22: Teacher Institute Day-No Students
  • Tuesday 1/4/22: Classes Resume (Start of Semester 2)
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Stay up-to-date on the latest school events!

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Only 400 students large, NT@ZB provides a highly focused educational environment within Zion-Benton Township. A part of District 126, NT@ZB is a companion campus to the larger central campus located across town. NT@ZB emphasizes 21st century learning skills in addition to its college preparatory curriculum taught in a project based learning format. Qualifying students have access to tuition-free dual credit college courses, the Lake County Tech Campus, and all students can participate in athletics as District 126 Zee-Bees!