NTZB Parent Bulletin

October 1, 2021


Hello New Tech Families,

As the seasons begin to change and our first quarter is ending, I find myself reflecting on the tenacity and perseverance of our students and staff. I am proud of how our New Tech students have adjusted to life back at school and the willingness of our staff to address their social and emotional needs. I recognize it is not easy to jump back into school, homework, and hectic schedules--along with the basic pressures of just being a teenager these days! Our school climate has been positive, strong, and supportive. Students and staff continue to demonstrate a sense of calm as we navigate many challenging situations.

Thank you to all the parents that support our school and students to work toward the common goal of excellence! October brings several items of importance, including the end of first quarter on October 8th, the district's Hispanic Heritage Celebration on October 7th, and the District Assessment Day on October 13, 2021. Again, I look forward to creating more great days for our students and staff!

In partnership,

Bonnie Felske

Contact Information

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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 New Tech, 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 our Principal or Assistant Principal immediately. For information about reporting incidents anonymously, please visit Anonymous Alerts through our school site.

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.

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Congratulations to New Tech senior, DeSean Russell, being crowned Homecoming King 2021! Homecoming 2021 was a success and ZB pride was on display all week long. Friday, a pep assembly was held at the ZBTHS Athletic Stadium where fun competitions took place among staff, seniors and underclassmen. The energy carried over into the football game later that night (Congratulations, Seniors!) and was all capped off the next evening during the Homecoming Dance where students turned out dressed for the event!
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Get the vaccine and stay for the ZB Football Game against Libertyville!



4:30 to 8:30 PM

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Herff Jones Yearbook Order Center School Code: 19578

Lifetouch School Pictures Picture Day ID: EVT64MDKH

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Friday, October 8, 2021

Each year, District 126 holds a BEE Pink campaign to assist our local community. Over the years, thousands of dollars have been used to help those battling cancer and to raise awareness. During the Covid pandemic, and again this year, all proceeds from t-shirt sales benefit our local Abiding Love Food Pantry. Special thanks to our ZB BEE Pink coordinators, Christine Di Grazia and Genevieve Sherman.

You can still participate by "pinking out" the stands during Friday's football game (10/8) and/or making a direct donation to Abiding Love Food Pantry.

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

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 which places her 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.

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Wednesday, October 13th

Freshmen will be taking the PSAT 8/9 and both sophomores and juniors will be taking the PSAT/NMSQT. (Seniors will not be in attendance this day.)

Room assignments will be posted around the school and advisors will share information with the students during advisory the day before. Students will be released early and a bus will be provided for those who need transportation. The testing schedule will be available on our school’s website.

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This way to your area college fair...

You'll get to meet admission representatives from many in-state and out-of-state colleges and universities; ask all your questions, and get answers from the experts. Save time and register now! Go to www.strivefair.com to register. Get a barcode to show to colleges who will scan it to send you more information about their schools. It's free and saves you time.

Por aquí a la feria universitaria de su área...

Podrás reunirte con representantes de universidades y colegios de Illinois y otros estados. Recibe respuestas a tus preguntas por parte de los expertos. Ahorra tiempo y regístrate ahora.

Visita www.strivefair.com para registrarte. Obtendrás un código de barras que deberá ser mostrado a los representantes, el cual será escaneado y recibirás mas información sobre las instituciones. Es gratis y te ahorra tiempo.

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Please use the links below to access online information provided by the district's Athletic, College & Career, and Counseling departments. Don't miss Mrs. Ondo's regular newsletter called "The Scoop" available to New Tech students.
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  • Monday, 10/11/21: NO SCHOOL- Columbus Day Holiday
  • Wednesday, 10/13/21: Fall SAT Test Day for 9th, 10th, and 11th grades- NT Early Release (TBA)

  • Thursday, 11/11/21: Veteran’s Day Recognition Program-TBD (School in session)
  • Tuesday, 11/23/21: NT Early Release (1:35 PM)
  • Wednesday, 11/24/21: NO SCHOOL-School Holiday
  • Thursday, 11/25/21: NO SCHOOL- Thanksgiving Day Holiday
  • Friday, 11/26/21: NO SCHOOL- Day after Thanksgiving

  • Tuesday 12/14/21: Exams- NT Early Release (1:04 PM)
  • Wednesday 12/15/21: Exams- NT Early Release (1:04 PM)
  • Thursday 12/16/21: Exams -NT Early Release (11:25 AM)
  • Thursday 12/16/21: End of Quarter 2
  • Friday 12/17/21: NO SCHOOL- School Holiday
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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!