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Congratulations ZCMS Class of 2020
06/08/2020
Congratulations Class of 2020, and good luck in High School! We know you will do great things.
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We Miss You
04/22/2020
Hi ZCMS family! We are missing our students like crazy, so we decided to come together from all of our different homes to show you just how much.
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Students standing outside Illinois Beach Resort
Catering Class Field Trip
03/06/2020
Our ZCMS catering class took a field trip to the Illinois Beach Resort!
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Dr. Roberts and Dr. Sharon Sanders-Funnye
TRIO Educational Talent Search Scholars Program
02/26/2020
The TRIO Educational Talent Search Scholars Program was recognized at the Zion Elementary District 6 Board Meeting on February 24th. The TRIO program has been instrumental in helping to ensure the success of the teens in our District.
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Artwork by 7th and 8th graders
Zentangle Artwork
02/21/2020
Check out the awesome artwork contributed by our 7th and 8th graders! This artwork is currently on display in the library.
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African Dance Troupe
Black History Month Assembly
02/21/2020
This afternoon, students gathered in the ZCMS auditorium for a Black History Month assembly.
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8th Grade Read-Along for Lakeview
02/20/2020
Zion Central Middle School 8th graders are creating a Read-Along for Lakeview preschool students! This project is giving 8th graders an opportunity to engage the preschool students in a way that will help them to enjoy reading.
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NJHS Volunteers at Feed My Starving Children
01/27/2020
Fourteen National Junior Honor Society members and four ZCMS staff members helped package meals at Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) this past week! Each volunteer manned a station as part of a packaging team, and in total the group packed 43 boxes of 9,288 meals. This will help to feed 25 kids for a whole year.
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Spelling Bee
01/17/2020
On Thursday, January 16th, ZCMS students participated in the annual Spelling Bee!
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Quarter 2 Top Chef
01/14/2020
ZCMS Culinary Arts Students participated in the Quarter 2 Top Chef Competition today!
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Epic Battle
Staff vs Students: The Epic Battle
12/20/2019
To wrap up our last day before Holiday Break, ZCMS held “Staff vs Students: The Epic Battle”.
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Cookies decorated by ZCMS culinary arts students
Nourishing Appetites with the Holiday Spirit
12/19/2019
Our ZCMS Culinary Arts students spent the last two days baking and decorating cookies to get into the holiday spirit!
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Students making reindeer candy canes
2nd Annual Holiday Family Fun Fair
12/19/2019
Last night The National Junior Honor Society held their 2nd Annual Holiday Family Fun Fair. Our students and parents made finger paint ornament cards, reindeer candy canes, rainbow ornaments, jingle bell necklaces, and played pin the nose on Rudolph. We hope our families enjoyed the Reindeer Munch and hot chocolate. Thank you for coming out to this great event. Happy Holidays!
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Boys basketball
Winter Blast Basketball Tournament
12/17/2019
This past weekend, our 7th and 8th grade boys basketball teams were able to participate in the 9th Annual Wheatland’s A-Team Winter Blast Tournament in Burlington, WI.
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Our students got to experience a Google Virtual Reality Expedition!
Virtual Reality Expedition
12/17/2019
Our students got to experience a Google Virtual Reality Expedition!
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Chef Marcia Jackson-Cunningham
Seasoning our Culinary Arts Students
12/09/2019
Thank you Chef Marcia Jackson-Cunningham for speaking to our young culinary students today! Ms. Cunningham spoke to our students about the hospitality industry, what it's like to be a chef, and what culinary school is all about.
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Flipping Towards Success
Flipping Towards Success
12/03/2019
Forward Motion BMX came to Central today! These professional BMX riders showcase extreme athleticism, years of disciplined practice, and a positive attitude to encourage our students to find their passion in life. Take a look at our morning!
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NJHS 8th Graders
NJHS Trash Cleanup
11/15/2019
The ZCMS National Junior Honor Society braved the cold Saturday morning and picked up trash on 21st Street in Zion.
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Scholastic Book Fair
Scholastic Book Fair
11/15/2019
Reading for pleasure unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Here’s what you can do to help children develop stronger reading skills and a love for reading: Set the example. Let children see you read. Have a collection of books in your home. Update this collection routinely to keep up with changing tastes and reading skills. Support our school’s Book Fair. Allow your children to choose their own books to read. Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.
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Reading Night
Reading Night
11/14/2019
In honor or National Family Literacy Month, ZCMS hosted a Reading Night! This month, let's give Reading a chance and commit at least 15 minutes a day to read our favorite book.
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 National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)
National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)
11/01/2019
On Wednesday, October 30th, 22 eighth grade students at Zion Central Middle School were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS). NJHS is an international student organization that elevates a school’s commitment to the values of scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship. ZCMS NJHS is for eighth graders who had at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA for their 7th grade year and displayed positive behavior/character.
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Red Ribbon Week Assembly
Red Ribbon Week Assembly
10/25/2019
Thank you to the Assistant State's Attorney, Mr. Newman and Lake County Sheriff Officer, Mr. Buchberger for being our honored guest speakers at yesterday's red ribbon assembly. Mr. Newman and Mr. Buchberger spoke about the importance of staying drug free and making good decisions in life. Zion Central Middle School supports a drug-free life.
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8th Grade Winners
Top Chef - Quarter 1
10/23/2019
On Tuesday, October 22nd, ZCMS Culinary Arts students participated in the Quarter 1 Top Chef Competition!
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District 6 student
FALLing For School
10/10/2019
This October, our District 6 students are FALLing for school! When asked what their favorite thing about school was, our students had lots of great answers. Take a look! #ZD6OnTheMove #ZionD6 #D6Proud
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Trades Classes at ZCMS!
Trades Classes at ZCMS!
09/20/2019
National Tradesmen Day honors those whose skills and hard work build America. Take a peak into our Trades Classes at ZCMS!
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Beacon Light speaking to ZCMS students
Anti-Bullying Assembly
09/05/2019
Students attended an anti-bullying assembly
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Smiling on the first day of school.
First Day of School!
08/26/2019
We were #D6Proud to welcome all of our students to school today!
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Congratulations Class of 2020
Congratulations Class of 2020
We may have celebrated the promotion of our 8th graders virtually, but we are still #pirateproud of each and every one of our graduates
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