NTZB Parent Bulletin

September 2, 2022


Hello New Tech Families,

The 2022-23 school year has officially begun, and we are off to a great start! It has been exciting to see new faces and meet our Freshmen class of 2026! Students spent the first two weeks finding their way around the building and getting to know their teachers and classmates. Returning Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, experienced the operational and instructional changes that were put in place as a result of the work done last year by our School Improvement Planning team. We modified our daily bell schedule, which now includes a new 3-minute passing period. We also extended the lunch period and added a new Intervention and Enrichment period for all students. Instructionally we added more Dual Credit classes, now offering students the opportunity to earn 40 college credits as Juniors and Seniors. More specific information regarding our program changes can be found in this bulletin and on our school website.

I encourage all parents and guardians to be actively involved with their child’s education and contact our staff with questions and concerns. The first grading period will close on September 20, 2022, which is right around the corner! Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held in person this year on September 22, 2022, more information will be sent home next week. Please watch for our next parent bulletin, which will come out the first Friday of each month. As always, I look forward to creating more great days for our students and staff next year!

In partnership,

Bonnie Felske

Contact Information

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Parking Stickers are now available. Please have your student bring their license, insurance card, and sticker application form to Ms. McKenzie in the NT Main Office.

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

The NT Daily Bulletin with current campus announcements can be found on the New Tech homepage under the Bulletins heading. Stay in the New Tech loop!

Use Skyward Family Access to check student grades and pay outstanding fees. Unfamiliar with how to use the tool? View the Family Access Resource Kit (Herramientas de recurso) here.

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This is a flexible period devoted to intervention and enrichment. Three days a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, all students will be assigned to a teacher for study hall (9th period). During the Intervention and Enrichment (IE) time students that need extra attention for their academics will receive targeted interventions and have the opportunity to work directly with the Academic Success Coordinator, other support staff, or attend the Math Lab. Various social emotional support groups may meet during this time and district college/career staff may give grade-level presentations regarding post-secondary planning. Students may also participate in enrichment activities such as arts/crafts, science exploration, wellness activities, band/choir and more!

Due to Dual Credit seat time requirements, seniors taking courses with a CLC professor will have an extended 8th period class which will run into IE time. Senior students will be in class or attend study hall until 2:00. At that time senior students may be exempt from attending the remainder of the period and allowed an early release if they meet eligibility criteria with no D/F grades, behavior issues, and with parent permission.

All students will be assigned to a teacher and classroom for IE on M-W-F. This is a new program and enrichment opportunities will be rolled out to students in the coming weeks.

All students (including seniors) will report to Advisory on Tuesday’s during the IE time period. Advisory will be used to build strong teacher/student relationships, engage in social emotional learning activities, participate in college and career activities, and review individual student academic performance data.


  • All students needing interventions will be required to attend with assigned teacher during 9th period.
  • Students not assigned intervention or enrichment activity are REQUIRED to remain with their assigned teacher in the assigned room and use the time as a Quiet study period when not engaged in planned activity.
  • Students in study hall will use this time to engage in academic activities, homework, reading, revisions, retakes---phone use is not allowed.
  • Students may not visit other rooms during this time without PRIOR approval from that teacher.
  • Students must report to assigned room for attendance before going to the Math Lab, Media Center, student support center, or other location.
  • Students may choose band/choir during this time on M-F and will be bused to the ZB campus every day to attend those classes until 2:38 PM.

**As a reminder-All students have early dismissal at 1:36 every Thursday**

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Did you know that participation in extracurricular activities has been positively associated with consistent attendance, academic achievement, and aspirations for continuing education beyond high school? https://nces.ed.gov/pubs95/web/95741.asp

This week New Tech students had an opportunity to tour our Activity Fair and explore many options. More details can be found on our website under the Athletics/Clubs tab. An overview can be viewed here. Clubs will begin meeting soon, so encourage your student to get involved!

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Save the date for the upcoming in-person parent-teacher conferences.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to meet with your student's teachers,

speak with the administration, tour the building, and more!

Complete details will be available soon.

Thursday, September 22nd

1:30 - 3:30 PM


6:00 - 8:00 PM

New Tech Gymnasium

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District 126 continually assesses all safety measures to keep our students, staff, and visitors safe. New protocols for the 2022-2023 school year include bag searches and metal detection. This process takes time in the morning and we are working to make the process as efficient as possible. Students need arrive at school allowing ample time to complete the scanning process and avoid being tardy to their first period class. The bus is the best option for transportation; however, if students drive or receive a ride to school, please plan accordingly.

Any questions you have regarding the district's safety procedures can be directed to Mr. White.

MacArthur White

Asst. Director of Safety and Attendance


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Our local food pantries and mobile markets provide free groceries and food to those in need. Pantries offer perishable and non-perishable foods that you can choose from based on your dietary needs. If you have questions about the model of distribution your pantry is offering, or specific dietary needs or restrictions, a pantry would be happy to speak with you – just call ahead of time!

(844) 600-7627

Friday, September 9th

3:00 - 5:00 PM

Most Blessed Trinity Catholic Church

450 Keller Ave.

Waukegan, IL 60085

Thursday, September 22nd

Cristo Rey

3106 Belvidere Rd.

Waukegan, IL 60085

Tuesday, September 27th

College of Lake County

19351 W. Washington St.

Grayslake, IL 60030

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  • Monday 9/5/22: Labor Day Holiday -- No School
  • Thursday 9/22/22: Parent-Teacher Conferences 1:30-3:30 and 6:00 - 8:00 PM
  • Friday 9/23/22: Early Dismissal 1:35 PM

  • Saturday 10/8/22: Homecoming Dance

  • Monday 10/10/22: Indigenous Peoples' Day Holiday -- No School

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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!