NTZB Parent Bulletin

October 15, 2021


Hello New Tech Families,

Hard to believe that we ended our first quarter of the school year last Friday! Please keep an eye out for your student’s midterm grade reports, which were sent home in the mail today. This is a great time to log into Echo and check your student’s progress. If your student is struggling in a class, talk to your student and encourage them to meet with their teacher and discuss strategies for raising their grades. Also, reach out to our teachers for insights into what your student can do to improve their grades. Early intervention and communication are extremely important to keep our students on the right track! I am happy to report that we had 97% of our students in attendance for our first school-wide Assessment Day on October 13th. I am proud to say our students took the test seriously and put forth a great amount of effort! Please review the Bulletin to learn about some new exciting opportunities, such as our After-Hours Tutoring and Red Ribbon Week activities scheduled to begin October 25, 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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This week we reintroduced our After Hours Tutoring program which is available to all New Tech students and is absolutely FREE! Students are welcome to stay after school on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays to receive academic support in any subject; however, students may want to consult the schedule if they need support in a specific subject. Bus transportation is available after the tutoring sessions.

Do you have questions about your student's academic progress? Please consult Skyward Family Access, ECHO, or email your student's teachers directly.

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New Tech's Healthy YOUth will be bringing many activities to our campus for National Red Ribbon Week to celebrate, educate, and encourage Drug-Free lifestyles the week of October 25th. In addition to the Spirit Days shown below, each lunch period there will be trivia about drug prevention, a spooky classroom door decorating contest, and window decorating throughout the building.

The 2021 National Red Ribbon Week Theme is Drug Free Looks Like Me™ and is a reminder that everyday Americans across the country make significant daily contributions to their communities by being the best they can be because they live Drug-Free! (From: https://www.redribbon.org/)

For more information about the history of Red Ribbon Week and the death of DEA Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena that inspired the campaign, visit https://www.redribbon.org/about.

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New Tech has a strong connection to Hispanic Heritage as Spanish is the exclusive foreign language offered at our campus. Over the past month, our Freshman and Sophomore students were immersed in the culture through special projects such as:

  • Studying the geography of the Spanish speaking world
  • Watching the biopic feature film Selena and learning about a young woman who still remains an inspiration today
  • Learning the history behind the celebration through readings in Spanish
  • Discussing in Spanish the topic and debunking some common misconceptions
  • Reading biographies and holding discussions about the contribution of people from Spanish speaking countries from Latin America in the U.S.A. and compared this to the contribution their family members made daily to our society to embrace the pride for our culture and identity
  • Researching and creating brochures of all Central American Countries where students played the role of travel agents to catch the attention of “tourists”
  • Making passports in class and earning stamps from each country “visited”

Many of our students share in this rich and wonderful heritage and New Tech was proud to celebrate them, their families, their culture, and their history.

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Encourage your Junior and Senior students to take advantage of these informational events, tours, offers, and more. Feel free to contact our school counselor, Mrs. Schuda, with questions through email schudaL@ntzb.org or by calling our office at (847) 731-9800.
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The Northern Illinois Food Bank will be hosting drive-thru pop-up markets on:

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

3:00 - 5:00 PM

College of Lake County

19351 W. Washington St. .

Grayslake, IL 60030

Thursday, November 4, 2021

4:00 - 6:00 PM

Cristo Rey

3106 Belvidere Rd

Waukegan, IL 60085

Everyone who needs groceries is welcome – no ID, proof of income, or referral is needed. For more information, visit solvehungertoday.org.

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This Saturday morning, ZEE-BEE Athletics will be hosting the North Suburban Conference meet at our home course by the Zion Park District Leisure Center (2400 Dowie Memorial Drive, Zion). The event will feature food trucks and great competition from across Lake County.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Varsity boys start at 9:00 AM

Varsity girls start at 9:40 AM

JV and Freshman levels will follow

If you are available, come out and support our BEES!

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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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  • 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!