NTZB Parent Bulletin

May 13, 2022


Hello New Tech Families,

It is hard to believe this is the final parent bulletin for the 2021-22 school year! I am so proud of the resiliency of our students and staff. This was a year filled with challenges and difficulty; however, our school community pushed through, and we are emerging stronger than ever! I look forward to our senior events next week and the graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 22, 2022, at 10:00 am in the Zion Benton Performing Arts Center. All other students will finish this year next week, with final exams on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Please see this bulletin for details about all relevant end of the year events. Throughout this year the School Improvement Planning team met repeatedly and worked to develop new curricular options, student choice in electives, and a new daily bell schedule. Please know that these changes will begin with the 2022-23 school year and we will send more details as the new school year approaches.

I hope students enjoy their well-deserved summer break and, if interested, check out the D126 summer school offerings! I hope every family gets the opportunity this summer to spend quality time together. Time really moves quickly, and I encourage all to slow down and enjoy one another over the long summer days! It has been a pleasure serving this community as the principal at New Tech and as always, I look forward to creating more great days for our students and staff next year!

In partnership,

Bonnie Felske

Contact Information

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Details regarding the end-of-year timeline, special events, commencement, and more can be found on our End-of-Year Senior Information page. Check back frequently for the most current information as it becomes available, including a livestream link the day of New Tech's Commencement Ceremony.

Congratulations to all of our graduating seniors and the families that have supported them through their high school career. We know the future is very bright for them all! Well done, Class of 2022!

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We would like to recognize the following New Tech graduates that were honored at the District 126 Senior Honors & Awards Program held on Tuesday, May 3, 2022.

SUMMA CUM LAUDE (GPA 4.0 and above)

Gianna Berrios - National Honor Society, Presidential Achievement Award, $1,000 Illinois Beach Sunrise Rotary Scholarship

Melissa Borland - National Honor Society, $1,000 for 4-Years Illinois Beach Sunrise Rotary Scholarship

Kennedy Brothers - National Honor Society, $2,000 Matthews Professional Employment Scholarship, $1,000 The Links, Inc Harbor Lites Chapter Scholarship

Taibrianna Foster - National Honor Society, $2,000 Illinois Beach Sunrise Rotary Scholarship

Martha Garcia - National Honor Society

Jakob Hildebrandt - National Honor Society, Illinois State Scholar, SAT Excellence Award, Presidential Excellence Award, Presidential Achievement Award, Class Leader, $4,000 Don Van Erden Scholarship

Chaiya McNeal - National Honor Society, Class Leader, $1,000 Lake County NAACP Scholarship, $500 NTZB Interact Club Scholarship

Yanely Padilla - Presidential Excellence Award, $500 Hodges Loizzi Eisenhammer Rodick & Kohn Scholarship

Iyana Vaughn - SAT Excellence Award, Presidential Achievement Award

Kevin Vazquez-Vega

Breylin Webb - Illinois State Scholar, SAT Excellence Award

MAGNA CUM LAUDE (GPA 3.75 - 3.99)

Taniyah Foster - National Honor Society

Tyshion Gordon - Presidential Award of Achievement, $100 Adeline J. Geo-Karis Leadership Award

Liliana Grande

Kurtis Gurtowski

Nadia Jimenez - Presidential Achievement Award

Zeidy Macias

Servario Regulus - National Honor Society, Presidential Achievement Award, Class Leader, $500 Herff Jones Scholarship

Jecilyn Romero - National Honor Society, SAT Excellence Award, Class Leader, $350 ZB Coalition for Healthy Communities Scholarship, Daughter of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award, $500 Winthrop Harbor Lions Club Scholarship

CUM LAUDE (GPA 3.5 - 3.74)

Esperanza Camacho

Christian Elrod

Alize Garcia - $100 Adeline J. Geo-Karis Leadership Award

Marian Ibarra

Angelina Patterson - National Honor Society

Yamato Plump - SAT Excellence Award, Presidential Achievement Award

Mary Whitmore - $500 Arthur Fossland Memorial Scholarship


Kris-Shun Bowens - $100 Adeline J. Geo-Karis Leadership Award

Trinity Wallace - National Honor Society, $250 NTZB Interact Club Scholarship

Use the link above to access the printed program, slide presentation, and recording of the event.

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Wednesday (5/11) was the Mercado Internacional hosted by our Spanish 1 & 2 classes. Students studied a Latin American country and developed a restaurant menu based on their research. Selected items were prepared and available "for sale" with "money" provided by Senoras Mahrt and Calingas. Transactions were encouraged to be conducted in Spanish and bartering was permissible. The building smelled amazing that day and the Spanish rooms were very busy with eager and hungry market attendees.
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Congratulations to New Tech Sophomore, Bryan Dussault for being a winner of the City of Zion Sign Contest. Bryan's design will be featured on two new signs, welcoming all that enter the city from those directions. In addition to his design being chosen, he was also awarded a $1,000 cash prize.

Well done, Bryan!

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Click on the image above, or use this link to view the video celebrating D126 Lake County Tech Campus students that were honored and awarded for their achievements this year.

Curious about the Lake County Tech Campus? Explore the link for more information.

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Research studies show that educators spend the first 4-6 weeks of a new school year reteaching students skills they lost over the summer. The challenges of Covid have made this "summer slide" even more problematic.

Reading for 2-3 hours a weeks has shown to combat the summer learning loss and as a librarian, I cannot think of a better way to spend the summer! New Tech does not have a required Summer Reading program; however, encourage your students to register for my Summer Reading Challenge (details coming soon). And don't forget to model this behavior. Put down the phone, turn off the television, and head to the Zion-Benton Public Library to load up for the summer!

Happy Reading,

Ms. Jackson

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Our local food pantries and mobile markets provide free groceries and food to those in need. Pantries offer perishable and non-perishable foods that you can choose from based on your dietary needs. If you have questions about the model of distribution your pantry is offering, or specific dietary needs or restrictions, a pantry would be happy to speak with you – just call ahead of time!

(844) 600-7627

Tuesday, May 24th

3:00 - 5:00 PM

College of Lake County

19351 W. Washington St.

Grayslake, IL 60073

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  • Tuesday 5/17/22 -- Thursday 5/19/22: Final Exams for Underclassmen
  • Friday 5/20/22: Teacher Institute Day
  • Sunday 5/22/22: NT@ZB Graduation (10:00 AM) and ZBTHS Graduation (1:00 PM)

  • Monday 8/15/22 -- Teacher Institute Day – No Students

  • Tuesday 8/16/22 -- Teacher Institute Day – No Students

  • Wednesday 8/17/22 -- Freshmen Only Day

  • Thursday 8/18/22 -- First Full Day of School for All Students

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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!