ZBTHS Parent Bulletin
From the ZBTHS Principal's Office Vol. 2, Issue 6
Principal's Message 10/1/21
The culture and climate of a school building has a tremendous impact on student experiences and student success. Everyone in our school community has a part to play in making Zion-Benton High School a safe and welcoming place for all of our students. With the return of all our students to the building after 18 months, we could only assume how the school community would respond going back to 8 periods per day from 7:50 am to 2:38 pm. This was a big change for everyone.
Believe it or not, the first quarter comes to an end next Friday, October 8th. We have certainly been faced with numerous challenges. Students are adjusting to being in a building with other students. We endured a hard lockdown several weeks ago. As COVID-19 continues to linger, some staff and students have needed to quarantine, most due to being in close contact and simply needing to wait it out.
With that said, the positives far outweigh the negatives. The overwhelming majority of students are doing awesome under the circumstances and thriving. I am so proud of the effort our students are investing in the classroom, athletics, and extra-curricular activities. Most students have returned to in-person learning with a positive energy and rejuvenated commitment to school. I am so thankful for our parents, guardians, and community for their partnership and support of our students. I am also very thankful to report the fact that COVID-19 is not being transmitted from person to person in the building. Staff and students have tested positive for COVID-19. However, our mitigation strategies have been working to keep the virus from moving throughout the buildings.
Moving forward, we must all remain diligent in our efforts to keep our school environment positive and conducive for student learning. Masks and vaccinations will remain key mitigations. Parents and guardians, please continue to check in with your children. Check their attendance and grades using Skyward Family Access: https://www.zbths.org/Page/1083. At ZBTHS, we will continue our efforts to help students transition back to school and make the necessary adjustments so they can have the most successful year ever.
Dr. Chris Pawelczyk
Zion-Benton Township High School District has clear expectations for student success and behavior. These expectations can be found in our student handbook that every student/family receives during the registration process. The electronic version can be found on our website using this link: https://www.zbths.org/Domain/2049.
We wanted to make you aware that users on the social media platform Tik Tok have been creating monthly harmful and unsafe ‘challenges’ for children and teens across the country. Currently, an October ‘challenge’ encourages students to slap a teacher and then run away. Users are asked to post their experience or video on Tik Tok. While this behavior has not occurred at Zion Benton Township High School or New Tech @ ZB East, we do want parents to be aware. We encourage parents to talk with their children about being watchful of any behaviors which would result in harm to anyone or property. If a student witnesses any harming behaviors it should be reported to the Dean's Office immediately. For information about reporting incidents anonymously, please visit Anonymous Alerts through our school site: https://www.zbths.org/Page/2274.
Students and their families should know that if students participate in this type of behavior, students will receive school consequences for their actions and staff have the right to file a report with the Police Department.
While we are all aware of the positive and negative effects that social media can have on our young student’s lives, this can be an opportunity for families to discuss the importance of internet safety, physical safety, and mental health.
Now, more than ever, it is essential for our students to utilize the online world with caution and knowledge. Thank you for your attention to this important matter.
Important Upcoming Dates
- Thursday, October 7 - Hispanic Heritage Celebration - 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
- Friday, October 8 - Bee Pink Day & End of Quarter 1
- Monday, October 11 - Columbus Day - No School
- Wednesday, October 13 - District Wide Assessment Day - Early Release at 12:00 pm
- Tuesday, October 26 - Board of Education Meeting - 7:00 p.m.
October 13, 2021 is the District-Wide Assessment Day.
October 13, 2021 is a distinct-wide assessment day. Attendance is mandatory for all Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors who will be taking a version of the PSAT Test. Seniors should not report to school and are encouraged to use this day to explore future college and career options.
Details will be sent out early next week from our Student Services Office.
For family planning purposes, the day will begin with regular bus runs and a start time of 7:50am similar to a regular school day. The tests are approximately 3 hours long. We will be releasing students early and transporting them home with busses. We anticipate the test to end and busses to take students home at 12:00pm.
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What's happening in Athletics?
Fall Athlete Success
Athletes are peaking at the right time as we enter the IHSA playoffs in many sports.
Congratulations to ZBTHS Junior Kirby Torola who advanced to the sectional round in golf with a 4 over par, 76 in the regional to place 7th overall.
Congratulations to junior Girls Cross Country runner, Audrey Luell, who ran 18:16 recently. This is now #1 on our home course record board. Just behind her was another junior, Riley Franz, who finished in 19:06. Riley is now #3 on our home course record board.
Guest Limitations For Fall Athletic Contests
ZBTHS D126 will be limiting guests for fall athletics the rest of this season. Due to on-going COVID-19 concerns, limited parking due to pending construction, and staffing needs the administration decided to limit crowds at both indoor and outdoor sporting events. The District is taking steps to ensure parents of participants will be able to get access to tickets.
We would like to thank everyone in advanced for the support and look forward to a great season. Should you have questions or recommendations please contact Mr. Jack Niemi, Athletic Director.