NTZB Parent Bulletin

May 17, 2021


Welcome to the inaugural NTZB Parent Bulletin! This will be a valuable method of communication as we close out the school year and look ahead to the summer and fall. There are many exciting things happening at New Tech, and we look forward to sharing them via this new platform.

Principal Chris Kubic

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Stay up-to-date on the latest school events!

(For a downloadable full year calendar, click here.)

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Bad news...we literally have a nuclear problem in Zion. However, there is good news, too! Our Congressional representative, Brad Schneider, has specifically requested our help, and this is a great opportunity for civic engagement that truly makes a difference in the community!

Rep. Schneider and Sen. Duckworth have reintroduced a bill called the “STRANDED Act,” which would provide federal funds to communities like ours that have become de facto nuclear waste sites (after the nuclear power plant closed, they were going to ship the waste to Yucca Mountain out west, but that was shut down, so the waste is staying here – it’s buried “safely” by the lakefront, but it makes it so that land cannot be developed for businesses, which is a significant blow to our local economy).

What can you do?

1. Write a letter stating why you support the proposal and offer insights as to why this legislation is critical to our area (environmentally, economically, politically, etc.).

2. Upload your letters of support here (www.tinyurl.com/ZionSTRANDED) and they will be forwarded to Greg Claus, senior staffer for Rep. Brad Schneider. Or, write your local representatives directly.

3. Spread the word to others in the community asking for their help as well!

A sample script, contact information for our representatives, and details about the STRANDED Act can be found here. (www.tinyurl.com/ZionSTRANDED)

Let's pull together and significantly impact a positive change for ZION!

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Saturday, May 29th -- Beginning at 11:00

The Senior Car Parade route has been established in cooperation with the Zion Police Department. ZBTHS Alum (2005) Leah Blough, a radio personality at 102.3 WXLC, will be running a special radio segment during the parade for family members to call in and give shout outs to their graduate.

Watch for a district letter coming soon with parade rules and more details.

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Pre-register for photos before graduation day and receive a coupon for 20% off your entire order through GradImages. Visit their site for more information and to pre-register your senior.


New Tech High @ Zion-Benton East

2021 Commencement Ceremony

Thursday, June 3rd at 6:30 PM

Performing Arts Center (PAC)

ZBTHS Campus

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New Tech's Student Government has published their third volume of the New Tech Newsletter, a new feature this year.

Written by students, for the student body, the goal is to encourage conversation and provide an outlet for all types of news--global, national, local, or happening on campus.

All students are encouraged to contribute to upcoming publications. Please visit the Student Government page on our website to view the most recent publication as well as previous editions.

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We would like to invite all graduating high school seniors who attended school in Winthrop Harbor District 1, to attend our annual SENIOR WALK this year. Please come dressed in your cap and gown on May 28, 2021.

You will parade outside in front of our K-4 students at Westfield School at 10 AM. and then head over to North Prairie Junior High at 10:30 AM to parade in front of our 5th-8th graders.

We want to celebrate you and all you've accomplished. Please spread the word and invite other seniors to attend (they can be graduating from any high school). We hope to see you there!

Questions: email bshogren@sta.whsd1.org

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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!