NTZB Parent Bulletin

November 4, 2022


Hello New Tech Families,

November brings a busy time of year for our students, staff, and families! Students continue to push toward the semester finish line, deep in their coursework. Staff are feeling the pressure to provide excellence in the classroom while accounting for learning loss, and parents are navigating the many facets of high school with their child. Rather than become overwhelmed with relentless pressures, may I suggest we all take time to slow down and reflect on the positive aspects of life and things that cause us to be thankful. I am thankful that every day I have the opportunity to spend my time at New Tech with awesome students and staff and I am inspired when I see our school community working together to create positive learning opportunities for all. I am thankful for the support of our amazing parents who continue to reach out with questions, ideas for growth, and support.

Please continue to communicate with your children about their grades and possible academic needs. Feel free to reach out to me and/or our teachers with questions, concerns, or comments. Currently, there are many things happening in our school and district which are highlighted on this bulletin. As a reminder, we continue to offer after school tutoring until 3:25 available to ALL students every day except Thursdays. I am looking forward to a strong first semester finish for every student. Together we will continue to build a strong school community. As always, I look forward to creating more great days for our students, families, and staff. On a personal note, I hope all will have the opportunity to connect and unwind over the upcoming school break. I wish all a safe, restful, and enjoyable holiday-Happy Thanksgiving!

In partnership,

Bonnie Felske

Contact Information

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Absences and Early Pick-ups should be reported using the 24/7 Attendance Line. Please leave a message--the line is monitored throughout the day. Updated procedures regarding Covid-related absences can be found here. Attendance Line: (847) 731-9813

Students that drive to school must have a sticker for their car. The "Drive to School" form is located in the NT Main Office. See Ms. McKenzie for the sticker once the form is completed and you can show driver's license and proof of insurance.

Underclassmen Picture Retakes will be held on Tuesday, November 15th, during Advisory (9th period).

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Zion-Benton Township High School District 126 has formed a Parent Advisory Committee and we need you! We aim to increase parent/student engagement and strengthen two-way communication. By partnering with our parents in our decision-making process we ensure our students have the best. Interested in participating? Please complete the brief Interest Survey and join us at our next meeting.

Wednesday, November 9th

6:00 PM

ZBTHS - South Commons

Please RSVP to Ramla Walker-Hakeem at (847) 731-9799 or ramla.walker-hakeem@zb126.org.

Zion-Benton Township High School Distrito 126 está formando un Comité Asesor de Padres. Nuestros objetivos son aumentar la participación de padres y estudiantes y fortalecer la comunicación bidireccional. Queremos asociarnos con los padres en la toma de decisiones para garantizar que nuestros estudiantes tengan lo mejor. Nos encantaría recopilar un poco más de información, utilice el enlace https://forms.office.com/r/A6ihiFQL8L.

Por favor asista a nuestra primera reunión. Miércoles 9 de noviembre a las

6 pm en la escuela Zion-Benton Township High School, 3901 W. 21st Street, South Cafe. Confirme su asistencia a Ramla Walker-Hakeem al 847-731-9799 o Ramla.Walker-Hakeem@zb126.org

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RSVP to ramla.walker-hakeem@zb126.org
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On Thursday, November 3rd, several New Tech clubs united to complete a service project. The National Honor Society (led by Ms. Biddle), Rotary Interact (led by Mr. Regnier), Healthy YOUth (led by Ms. Ruggles), and Bee Leaders (led by Ms. Schuda) worked at Feed My Starving Children in Libertyville to pack meals for children in need all over the globe. The results for the hours they served are impressive!

Boxes Packed: 97

Meals: 20,952

Kids Fed for a Year: 57

Cost: $5,028.48 (each meal costs approximately 25 cents to make)

This service opportunity is available year-round for families, individuals, corporate groups, church groups, etc., to donate hours packing meals. Short on time? Consider making a financial donation to FMSC to further the mission. WAYS TO GIVE

Looking for gift ideas for the upcoming holidays? Consider purchasing items from their online store featuring artisans from all over the world. This is the perfect time of year for giving. MARKETPLACE

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Last week the Illinois State Board of Education published annual report cards for public schools in our state. Review the results for New Tech and read the "Let's Celebrate" newsletter sent from Superintendent Rodriguez and Executive Director of Student Services, Jacob Carlson, for more information regarding what these results mean for our district. Our students are flourishing and the district is excelling!
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  • Tuesday 11/8/22: Election Day -- No School

  • Friday 11/11/22: Veterans' Day Recognition Programs -- School In Session

  • Tuesday 11/22/22: Early Dismissal -- 1:35 PM

  • Wednesday 11/23/22: School Holiday -- No School

  • Thursday 11/24/22: Thanksgiving Day Holiday -- No School

  • Friday 11/25/22: Day After Thanksgiving -- No School

  • Tuesday 12/20/22: Exams -- Early Dismissal -- 1:04 PM
  • Wednesday 12/21/22: Exams -- Early Dismissal -- 1:04 PM
  • Thursday 12/22/22: Exams -- Early Dismissal -- 11:25 AM --END OF QUARTER 2
  • Friday 12/23/22 - School Holiday -- No School
  • Monday 12/26/22 - Friday 1/6/23: Winter Break
  • Monday 1/9/23: Teacher Institute Day -- No Students
  • Tuesday 1/10/23: 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!