ZBTHS Parent Bulletin

From the ZBTHS Principal's Office Vol. 2, Issue 2

Principal's Message 8/9/21

The 2021-2022 school year is just days away. I want to welcome everyone back to school!

I am so proud of this community and District 126 for the dedication and perseverance that have been on display over the last year and half. We have proven that we are capable of anything. We will need to continue to lean on our past experiences as we begin this new school year. Safety and the continuity of educational services will continue to be our primary commitments to the students and families of the Zion-Benton community.

Please take some time to read through all the items in this newsletter and be sure to navigate through the hyperlinks as well. I do want to bring your attention to a few important items worthy of your immediate attention. First, we are under a mask requirement for all students, staff, and visitors in our buildings. Second, all freshmen are expected to attend Freshman Zero Day on Wednesday, 8/11/21. We would like all sophomores to attend as well since many who learned remotely all year did not have an opportunity to experience the building. Both freshmen and sophomores will have opportunities to walk through their schedules and meet their teachers. Third, our first ever “Back to School Bee Bash” will be held in front of the building on Wednesday, 8/11/21 from 3:00pm to 5:30pm. Lastly, the first day of school for all students is Thursday, 8/12/21.

We are finally bringing everyone together once again after 17 months. We are excited. We are prepared. We have ZB Pride!


Dr. Chris Pawelczyk

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LATE REGISTRATION for 2021-2022 School Year

If you have not yet registered your student, late registration will be open on Tuesday August 10th from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm in the North Cafe at Zion Benton High School. Please complete the online portion of the registration through Skyward Family Access.

Información importante si aún NO ha registrado a su estudiante. La inscripción tardía estará abierta el martes 10 de agosto de 8 a.m. a 2 p.m. Los estudiantes de ZB se registrarán en la cafetería Norte en Zion Benton. Complete la parte en línea del registro a través del acceso familiar Skyward.

For more information, please visit Registration for 2021-2022 School Year.

Freshman AND Sophomore Zero Day

Freshmen AND Sophomores, your attendance is requested on Wednesday, 8/11/21 for our annual day 1 orientation. Due to remote learning last year in response to the COVID pandemic, all freshmen and sophomores are welcome. Click this link to view a brief video about Freshman AND Sophomore Zero Day on Wednesday, August 11, 2021. Please use the link below to access a letter with more information.

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2021-2022 Student Parking Protocols

With the start of a new construction project, a large portion of the student parking lot has been closed off. During this time, student parking will continue to follow the same protocols in the past. New in the last two years, the District no longer charges a fee to park in the student parking lot. Although there is no fee, students will need to register their vehicle with the Attendance Office and secure a parking tag. Spaces may be limited depending on need. Information will be shared in advisories. More details can be found in the Student Handbook.

Arrival to School

The first period of the day at Zion-Benton High School starts at 7:50 am. It is important that all students arrive to the building early enough so they can be on time for the first class of the day. Busses will drop students off on the south and west sides of the building around 7:30 am. This will provide students with enough time to go to lockers and/or have breakfast. Parents/guardians who drive students to school should drop off students by 7:30 am in the front of the building for students to enter through the main entrance. Students who drive to school should be sure to arrive in time to park their car, walk to the building from the parking lot, have breakfast, and/or go to their locker and also make it to their first period class by 7:50 am.


District 126 worked diligently last year to implement multiple mitigation strategies to keep students, families, and staff healthy and well. These mitigation strategies worked well in preventing the spread of COVID-19, and will continue to be implemented during the 2021-2022 school year. In accordance with the state mandate issued by the Governor of Illinois, ZBTHS D126 will require all persons entering the building to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status. This policy is effective immediately. For more information click on the link below.

Mask Guidance and COVID mitigations for Zion-Benton District 126 Schools


COVID-19 vaccines for those 12 and over

Zion-Benton Families,

Thank you to all that participated in the Zion Community Vaccine Clinic at New Tech and Marvy Banquet Halls. We have been able to provide over 1400 shots for the communities of Zion and Benton Townships. If you still need your second shot, please schedule your second dose to complete the vaccination process. If you have not gotten either of the doses yet, we strongly encourage everyone 12 and older to look into the possibilities that still exist for getting vaccinated free of charge.

Free vaccines will be available during the Back to School Bee Bash on Wednesday, 8/11/21 between the hours of 3:00 pm and 5:30 pm.





Jewel Osco:


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What’s happening in Athletics?

Please welcome our new Executive Director of Athletics, Mr. Jack Niemi, and his Administrative Assistant, Ms. Kari Torola.

The Fall athletic season begins Monday, August 9, 2021

To view ZBTHS District 126's athletic teams, contest calendar/information, etc... CLICK HERE!

Congratulations to Class of 2021 graduate Amar Aguillard on earning a full athletic scholarship to Georgia Southern University. #zeebeepride
Check out this video with a special message from our District 126 school community:

About us...

Zion-Benton High School, the Zion Alternative Program (ZAP), and our Transitions Program serve approximately 2,250 high school students from the communities of Beach Park, Winthrop Harbor, Zion, and portions of Wadsworth. We have partnerships with the Lake County Tech Campus and Special Education District of Lake County. We are proud of our rich heritage and diversity, often being described as "a slice of America."

District 126's academic and extra-curricular opportunities are vast and provide impressive opportunities for students to be successful. Our students have been accepted into the finest colleges and universities; received academic and extracurricular regional, state, and national awards; and provided countless hours of community service.

We encourage you to explore our website and the abundance of information it provides. Furthermore, we welcome you to attend all our District 126 events that are listed on our calendar. It's always a great day to be a Zee-Bee. Please join us!