NTZB Parent Bulletin

May 28, 2021


Welcome to our second installment of the NTZB Parent Bulletin! We are excited about the upcoming opportunities for support and celebration as we close out this school year. We want to commend and thank our students, families, staff, and community members for their perseverance, creativity, and dedication through this unusual school year. We offer congratulations to our graduates and their families and encourage all of our New Tech Bees to finish strong!

Principal Chris Kubic


Tuesday 6/1, Wednesday 6/2, and Thursday 6/3 would have been our final exam dates in a normal school year. We will not have final exams this semester, and we will follow our normal hybrid schedule that we have been following since February 16.

Class time on these three days will be used to allow students to catch up on missing work. Teachers will not cover new material that will be graded. If a student has an overall grade of an “A” in a class, they will not be required to attend that class. Teachers will take attendance as normal and mark all absences as they normally would, including those students who have an “A” grade. Students must still attend any class in which they have an overall grade of less than an A. This policy applies to both in-person and remote classes. Parents do not need to call the attendance line to excuse students, although they may do so if they choose. Parents will still be notified as usual if their student is marked absent, regardless of their class grades.

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

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 graduates by calling (847) 336-1023 after 10 AM that morning.

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Thursday, June 3rd -- 6:30 PM

For more information regarding mandatory commencement practice (6/2), guest and graduate arrival times, guest tickets, please visit our website for details.


Mariama Bah, NTZB Senior, poses with her design that was chosen as the official class banner for 2021. "I tried to incorporate two things: bees and our school colors. I think it turned out great! I used a program called Krita. It's a really nice program; I highly recommend it!"

NTZB Class of 2021

Zoom for the moon...land among the stars!

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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.



Student diplomas can be picked up beginning on Monday, June 7, at the New Tech's Main Office between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM.

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We are excited to announce that the COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for anyone 12 and older. Anyone under the age of 18 will need a parent or guardian present. Please note that the vaccine will play an important role in moving us towards a more normal school year next year, avoiding disruptions from quarantines, and resuming sports and other extracurriculars. We strongly encourage all eligible members of our communities to take advantage of the free vaccine. There are two sites:

Monday and Tuesday

8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

New Tech High @ Zion-Benton East

1634 23rd St

Wednesday and Thursday

10:00 AM – 6:30 PM

Marvy Banquet Hall

3363 Sheridan Rd (behind Culver's)

Please click on the following link to make an appointment.


Walk-ins may be possible if space is available.

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Monday, June 14th (Session 1 Begins)

Monday, June 28th (Session 2 Begins)

New Tech offers credit recovery options over the summer. Additionally, dual credit elective courses are offered through the College of Lake County on a first come first served basis for students that qualify.

Complete details can be found on our website.

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Members of the Student Government club met with a representative from the Zion Area Exchange Club to plan the installation of a Freedom Shrine at New Tech. The Freedom Shrine is a collection of framed copies of foundational documents in American history, including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and similar artifacts. The Shrine has already provided avenues for civic engagement for students, and will provide ongoing opportunities for students to interact with primary sources from American history as they consider the values reflected in the documents and whose voices are and are not represented in these documents.

View the documents by visiting the Virtual Freedom Shrine website, hosted by the Exchange Club of Salem, N.H.

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New Tech students and teachers Zoomed with Representative Brad Schneider and staff member Robert Perez about the STRANDED Act that Rep. Schneider and Senator Duckworth have introduced to Congress. The Act would compensate cities like Zion that have become nuclear waste storage sites. This was a great opportunity for students to engage with their elected officials about an important issue in their community. For more information about the STRANDED Act and how to support it, go to www.tinyurl.com/ZionSTRANDED.

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Check out the most recent issue of "College and Career News" which helps guide you and your student through college applications, financial aid, summer career opportunities, summer enrichment courses, internships, and much more.

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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!