NTZB Parent Bulletin
February 3, 2023
Hello New Tech Families,
There is much to celebrate these days at New Tech. We began second semester with 100% of our freshman class being “on-track” to graduate and our average daily attendance percentage for first semester was at 94%. Let’s keep up the great work in second semester!
We begin the month of February with a focus on Black History and the significant contributions made by African Americans, impacting our country, community, and schools. New Tech staff and student groups are planning and developing meaningful activities and informational videos to help celebrate and champion Black History!
All parents/guardians are invited to attend our spring parent/teacher conferences happening next week on February 9, 2023, from 6:00-8:00pm at New Tech. This is a great opportunity to reach out to teachers with any questions or concerns regarding your child’s academic progress. Finally, you may have seen the parent link to complete the 5 Essentials Survey on our website or bulletin, I would ask all parents consider completing the survey as soon as possible. Parental feedback and opinions are welcomed and valued! As always, I look forward to creating more great days for our students and staff!
Please complete the annual 5Essentials Survey: Organizing Schools for Improvement. Your participation is vital and provides feedback to the Illinois State Board of Education regarding the following five indicators:
Effective Leaders -- Collaborative Teachers -- Involved Families
Supportive Environments -- Ambitious Instruction
This survey generates valuable data that districts can use to guide their ongoing efforts to improve schools and to offer students an excellent education. The survey is another improvement tool that allows districts and the state to share data as a means to inform parents and community members about the school’s learning environment. (From the ISBE website.)
Survey deadline is MARCH 31, 2023.
For more information, view the By the Numbers Infographic.
Student of the Month Recipients
Congratulations to the following students:
12th Grade - Allison Castellanos
11th Grade - Alexis Vaughn-Knuckles
10th Grade - Aniya Burnes
9th Grade - Stephanie Reyes
Asst. Principal Mr. McKnight pictured with (L to R):
Allison Castellanos, Aniya Burnes, and Stephanie Reyes
NJROTC State Rifle Champions
The NJROTC Rifle Team competed in the IL State Rifle Championship at the River Valley Sharpshooters Range in Kankakee, IL on January 21st-22nd. Scoring a team “Personal Best” (PB) 2223 points out of a possible 2400 points, the ZB’s earned gold for the 18th time in the last 20 state championships. ZB team two earned the silver medal.
"In my 20 years of coaching, this was the best showing of any of my teams and I’ve had a lot of good ones over the years. So proud of our program, team, and cadets." -Daniel Hackstein
Congratulations to New Tech Cadets Gianna Gomez (Silver), Davin Braden, and Shannon Braden!
The NJROTC Rifle Team headed to Sandy, Utah for the Navy National Rifle Championship.
(New Tech's Gianna Gomez is pictured second from right.)
BLACK HISTORY MONTH & MORE
February is a month bursting with opportunities to celebrate, recognize, and honor individuals that have made a tremendous impact on our nation. Please take some time to explore the sampling of online resources that highlight the strength of the human spirit and the boundless limits of ingenuity through the lens of Black History Month.
We are living in an increasingly mobile and digitally connected world. Technology has changed the way we receive and share information, communicate, and engage. As our community becomes increasingly connected, it is imperative that we have the digital literacy skills needed to successfully participate and support our children in our digitally connected global society.
In partnership with ISTE, Dell Technologies has developed digital literacy resources for parents and caregivers that focus on strengthening the digital literacy skills needed to be successful in work, empowered as citizens, and fulfilled in life, including supporting online safety and privacy. A questionnaire allows you to determine your strengths and areas of growth related to locating content, evaluating sources, interpreting information, expressing ideas, communicating with others and navigating technology ecosystems. It also provides resources focused on supporting a healthy entertainment diet, digital learning, and online safety and privacy. We encourage you to take the questionnaire to learn more about your digital literacy as well as strategies for helping your child.
Director of Technology
IMPORTANT DATES/UPCOMING EVENTS
- Wednesday, 2/8/23 - Freshmen Orientation: ZBTHS 6:30 - 8:00 PM
- Wednesday, 2/8/23 - College and Career Fair: ZBTHS Field House 6:30 - 8:00 PM
- Thursday, 2/9/23 - Parent Conferences: NTZB 6:00 - 8:00 PM
- Friday, 2/10/23 - Early Dismissal: NTZB 1:35 PM
- Monday, 2/20/23 - President's Day - No School
- Monday, 3/6/23- District Registration Begins for 2023-2024
- Friday, 3/24/23 - Early Dismissal: NTZB 1:35 PM
- Monday, 3/27/23 - Friday, 3/31/23 - Spring Break - No School
- Monday, 4/3/23 - Classes Resume
- Friday, 4/7/23 - School Holiday - No School