The Hornet Buzz

December 9, 2022

In this Issue

  • Names in 2023 Yearbook
  • Ugly Sweater Contest 12/21
  • Ahmadi Named US Senate Youth Program Delegate
  • Winter Break Box Drive
  • EHS Winter Warmth Gift Card Fundraiser
  • Computer Science Week- Hour of Code
  • Statewide Family Engagement Council
  • Save the Date- Winter Ball 1/21/23
  • Student Selections Coffee House Sign Up
  • EJRP Program Options
  • Parking Permits

Senior Section

  • Important Dates
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Ahmadi Named US Senate Youth Program Delegate

Congratulations to Essex High School senior Maddie Ahmadi, who was one of only two Vermont students named a state delegate as part of the 2023 United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP).

Annually, two students from each state are selected for a $10,000 scholarship and an all-expenses-paid week-long trip to Washington D.C. While at the capitol, students learn about the inner workings of the federal government and they meet with members of Congress, the Supreme Court, and the Presidential Administration.

The Vermont Principals’ Association, the United States Senate Youth Program, and the USSYP Committee all encourage Vermont students who will be in their junior or senior years, and hold an elected or appointed school or community position, to apply for this distinguished scholarship and opportunity next year. Completed applications for next year are due by October 23, 2023. For more information please visit

Winter Break Box Drive

The Food Drive has been extended. Drop off items in your Advisory before Tuesday, December 20th. Please take a look at the non-perishable items in the list below that are in need.
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EHS Winter Warmth Gift Card Fundraiser

EHS Winter Warmth Gift Card Fundraiser update:

We received an anonymous donation of Target gift cards totaling $1,000! Thank you so much to our anonymous donor!

We are a little more than 1/2 way to our goal of $3,200! We are so grateful to all those who have donated so far! Thank you!

Gift cards can be dropped off at the Essex High Safety Office (located just inside the front door of the main entrance) or can be mailed to Essex High School Main Office ATTN: Kristin Roy, 2 Educational Drive, Essex Junction, Vermont 05452 from now until the end of the school day on December 16, 2022.

Our EHS Student Assistance Program (SAP) Counselor will then confidentially coordinate assistance to EHS students and families in need.

Computer Science Week-Hour of Code

Between Dec. 5-11, students around the world will celebrate Computer Science Education Week by doing an Hour of Code at their school. It’s an opportunity for every child to learn how the technology around us works. The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics.

Renee Langevin will be holding an Hour of Code Flex in the library on Dec. 6, 8, & 9. Students who complete a activity can enter their completion certificate into a drawing. Students must have their certificates to enter.

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Statewide Family Engagement Council

The Agency of Education announced the formation of a Family Engagement Council to advise the secretary on education policy and topics of interest to parents in Vermont.

The Agency of Education is seeking to have a council of 10-15 members who are parents, guardians, or family members who are primary caregivers of a student or students enrolled in a Vermont school or Home Study program.

The membership of the council wishes to represent the state’s geographic, gender, socio-economic, racial, and ethnic diversity. Parents of younger children, parents in non-traditional families, and grandparents or other relatives acting as primary caregivers are especially encouraged to apply.

In the first year, the Family Engagement Council will focus on the following policy areas, among others:

  • School district quality, health and safety, and school facilities
  • Academic progress: What do we use to measure success and proficiency?

Interested parents, guardians, and caregivers can fill out the Application for Appointment, which is designed to take ten minutes to complete.

Applications are due by Dec. 18, 2022.

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Winter Ball Details

Student Government is excited to announce this year's Winter Wonderland themed Winter Ball will be held on January 21st. We have taken the suggestions from last year and we are pleased to announce that we will be hosting the Winter Ball at the Hampton Inn in Colchester! Doors will open between 8PM - 9PM.

This year will be selling tickets outside the cafeteria during all lunches on January 11th, 12th, and 13th for $20. As well as, on January 18th, 19th, and 20th we will be selling tickets between exams for $25. Those who wish to bring a non-EHS students need to complete the Guest Application Form before purchasing tickets. Please go to the Main Office to pick up a form. Light refreshments are included in the price of your ticket!

Student Government is also seeking your opinion on what you would like to hear for music at the Winter Ball. Please fill out this form to help inform the development of the music list.

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Student Coffee House Sign Up

Hello, it's Amelia again!

First off, I want to give a huge thank you to everyone who submitted songs for the coffeehouse! So far I've gotten 41 submissions, which is a lot! Since I have such a big list now, I am going to open up an opportunity now for students to sign up to perform! You may collaborate with other students if you'd like, and you can perform as many songs as you want as long as you are able to learn them all in time.

Please use this form to sign up to perform.

Please note that a few of the songs that were submitted have a few swear words that may need to be cut out and a few of them are instrumental only. I haven't had the opportunity to review all of them yet, but I will continue to update the survey to reflect which songs those are.

For those of you who are still interested in submitting songs, I'd like you to know that any new songs that are submitted during or after break are less likely to be considered for the coffeehouse because I'd like performers to be able to use the break to learn their songs. But you can still submit songs if you'd like me to include them in the final playlist that I will share with everyone.

I've also gotten word that the link for the song submission form is not working for some people. If you are having trouble, try this link:

Thanks to everyone for all their support!

-Amelia Lawson

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Parking Permits

Students: It is not too late to apply for parking permits.

Go here to apply!

Permits can be picked up in the main office after the application process is complete.

Senior Section

12th -Grade Students and Families. Please look at this section for information and updates throughout the year.

Important Dates

  • Graduation: Will be held on Saturday, June 17th, 2023. *More information to follow as we get closer to June.
  • Cap and gown ordering through Balfour can be found here. No payment is needed at this time, payment is due when you pick up your cap and gown. Links for cap and gown ordering can also be found on the EHS website, the Hornet Buzz newsletter (in the senior section), and our social media pages.
  • Yearbook: Senior photo submission and senior quote deadline was Friday, November 18th. Please find that information on the EHS Website: Under the Activities tab, Yearbook Linked here.
  • Free Senior photos are available for those who want them. Please contact Jesse Keefe in the AV studio located in the Library. For more information and to schedule a time, please email Jesse at

Assistant Principal Grade Assignments

9th Grade: Erin Cavoneil

10th Grade: Lynn Kozloski

11th Grade: Gayle Botelho

12th Grade: Jeff Goodrich

EHS Events Calendar and Website

-EHS Events Calendar: This google calendar features all events at EHS and A/B Days.

-Essex High School Website: Check here for announcements and important information about our school, handbooks, daily schedules, and staff directory.

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