The Hornet Buzz

February 10, 2023

In this Issue

  • Advisory Announcements Slides
  • Pink Zone Girls' Basketball Game Postponed
  • EWSD Updated Safety Measures at Athletic Events
  • National School Counseling Week 2/6-2/10
  • Spirit Week 2/6-2/10 and Pep Rally!
  • DESSA Assessment- 2/13
  • Scholarship Opportunity for Senior Students
  • Youth Risk Behavior Survey 2/16
  • Academy Applications
  • Student Job Opportunities
  • American Auxiliary Green Mountain Girls State Application
  • Lost and Found
  • Textbook Return Reminder
  • The Governor's Institute of Vermont (GIV) is Now Accepting Applications
  • Parking Permits

Senior Section

  • Seniors check here for updates

Advisory Announcements Slides

Please see the Announcements for this week's Advisory Slides linked here.

Pink Zone Girls' Basketball Game Postponed

The Pink Zone girls' basketball game is postponed until this Saturday, February 11th against MMU. All donations will go to the Vermont Breast Cancer research.


11:30- EMS vs. ADL

1:00 pm- JV girls vs MMU

2:30 pm Varsity vs MMU

Wearing pink at school at the game is encouraged. Let's fill the bleachers to support girls' basketball programs and fight cancer!

EWSD Updated Safety Measures at Athletic Events

February 10, 2023

The Essex Westford School District’s top priority is keeping our students and visitors safe. In recent weeks we have heard and seen the news from around the State, and on some of our own campuses, about assaultive and concerning behaviors at various athletic events.

We remind you to be a supportive and encouraging spectator. Let the coaches coach, players play, and officials call the games/contests. Please review the Vermont Principals’ Association Guide to Good Sportsmanship.

The EWSD will be implementing new safety measures at some of our venues for the remainder of the winter sports season. Please stay out of restricted ‘no spectator’ areas and respectfully follow the directions of EWSD staff members and site personnel.

Thank you families and community members for working with us to ensure positive, supportive, and healthy learning environments for our student-athletes and everyone involved.

National School Counseling Week

National School Counseling Week comes to an end this Friday, February 10th.

Thank you to our AMAZING EHS School Counseling team!

Students: There's still time to stop by the counseling office to fill out a shout-out to your school counselor.

Spirit Week: February 6th-10th!!

Show your school spirit by participating in the theme days:

Monday: Zoom day

Tuesday: Beach vs. Ski

Wednesday: Green Out

Thursday: Anything but a backpack- DO NOT bring anything alive (no pets, siblings etc.)

Friday: Blue and gold

There will be a Pep Rally Friday at 10:30 am in the Gym! Let's go hornets!

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DESSA Assessment Monday 2/13

Quick reminder that EHS will be administering the DESSA self-assessment on Monday, February 13th during Advisory.

The assessment is quick, usually taking about 10 minutes to complete, and the information that is gathered helps us to address a variety of the non-academic skills students use to be successful in & out of school.

Paper copies of the assessment are available in the main office for anyone who has difficulty logging in.

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Scholarship Opportunity for Senior Students

Dr. Alice Angney Scholarship for Leadership and Service

The Vermont Superintendents Association has established a student scholarship to honor former long-time Lamoille South Supervisory Union Superintendent, Dr. Alice Angney. The scholarship commemorates Dr. Angney’s outstanding service to public education and children in Vermont by providing a $3,000 scholarship to a Vermont high school senior. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of the student's leadership, service to his/her/their community, academic achievement, and initiative in overcoming a specific challenge.

Information and forms for the annual scholarship will be posted on February 1st of each year.

For additional information on the Scholarship see your high school guidance staff or contact Kristi Tate at the Vermont Superintendents Association at or (802) 229-5834. Open to high school seniors who are Vermont residents.

Online application can be found here. The deadline to apply is March 13, 2023.

Youth Risk Behavior Survey 2/16

Our school is taking part in the 2023 Youth Risk Behavior Survey on Thursday, February 16, 2023 during block 3/4. The YRBS was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and is sponsored by the Vermont Department of Health and Agency of Education. The YRBS has been administered every other year in Vermont since 1993. Separate versions of the survey ask middle or high school students about health behaviors and assets or protective factors. Topics include personal safety and injury prevention, mental health, nutrition, physical activity, sexual health, substance use, and protective factors.

Results from the YRBS help us determine the extent to which adolescents engage in or experience health risk behaviors. The results from the YRBS support public health officials, educators, and community organizations ability to assess and improve efforts to reduce health risk behaviors among adolescents throughout the state and nation. They help us develop and evaluate health-related programs and secure their future funding.

Thanks in advance for your support and participation in this project.

Academy Applications Deadline: February 24

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Attention Students: Reminder that applications for Academies are due on Friday, February 24th.

STEM Academy: STEM Applications can be found online here The completed applications can either be emailed to or put in the STEM mailbox in the main office.

GLP Applications: Applications can be found online here. Completed applications emailed to

AVPA Applications: Applications found online here *If interested in AVAP, it’s recommended that you sign up for at least 1 Fine Arts class Course.

Student Job Opportunities

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Crumbl Cookies

Crumbl Cookies is coming to Williston.

Apply at:

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American Auxiliary Green Mountain Girls State Application

High school students, who have completed their junior year, are eligible to apply to become an ALA Girls State program participant. ALA Girls State participants spend an intensive week of study, working together as self-governing citizens and learning how to participate in the functioning of Vermont’s local and state government in preparation for their future roles as responsible adult citizens. Participants spend time campaigning for local and statewide office, writing bills, and passing resolutions. Girls also have other ways to be engaged and fully participating citizens of their independent “Girls State.” Then they get to put what they have learned to use when they attend a mock-government session at the Vermont State House as part of their ALA Girls State experience.

Student learn how to campaign and run for office at the Local, State, and Federal government levels. They also go to Montpelier during their stay, to shadow our representatives there.

The session this year begins on June 17th and ends on June 22nd. It is fully paid for by the Auxiliary!

The application says due March 10th but the date is extended to March 18th and will do the interviews on that date at the American Legion, 3650 Roosevelt Highway in Colchester.

Find application here:

Lost and Found Items

If you lost something, please come to the main office to claim it. We are currently taking inventory and will link a page to the website soon.

We have coats, gloves, hats, water bottles, and more. Come and take a look!

Textbook Return Reminder

Students, Please make sure to return your semester 1 textbooks to your teachers. Your teachers need these to distribute to Semester 2 classes.

Do this early to avoid a late fee

Thanks for your help with this!

The Governor's Institute of Vermont (GIV) is Now Accepting Applications

The Governor’s Institutes of Vermont offers a variety of intensive, residential summer learning programs hosted at college campuses all over the state. Each Institute focuses on a unique area of interest and introduces you to mentors and friends who will help you pursue your passions and create your future. These programs are open to students in grades 9, 10 or 11. Institutes this summer are:

  • Arts
  • Engineering
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Science & Technology
  • Global Issues & Youth Action
  • Health & Medicine
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Health & Medicine
  • Technology & Design

To learn more about GIV please visit their website The application deadline is: March 31, 2023. If you have questions, you may contact Siobhan Barber, in the School Counseling Office.

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

  • The Next Senior Class Meeting: Friday, February 17th during flex in the Auditorium.
  • 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- Ordering is closed. Pick up date for cap and gowns will be June 1st from 10:00 am-2 pm in the Gym. As well as June 7th during lunches outside the cafe. Payment due at pick up of $24 cash or check made out to Balfour.
  • Yearbook is no longer accepting senior photos.
  • Yearbooks can be purchased through Jostens here.

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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