The Hornet Buzz

November 4, 2022

In this Issue

  • Quarter 1 Grades
  • Lost and Found Items
  • Morning Drop Off Reminders
  • Yearbook Information
  • EHS Dodgeball Tournament
  • Guest Speaker in Walk This Way PE Class
  • Let's Talk: Community Conversation Series
  • Buzz's Bagels
  • AVPA Student Capstone Projects: Donation of Old Devices, Coffee Houses
  • High School Constitutional Speech Contest
  • Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery
  • Parking Permits

Senior Section

  • First Senior Class Meeting 11/11/22
  • Deadlines for Yearbook- Photos, Quotes, Recognition
  • Cap and Gown Ordering

Quarter 1 Grades

As a reminder: Quarter 1 ended on November 1st. Grades will not be mailed home. Parents can check student grades on PowerSchool Monday, November 7th.

If you need help with your PowerSchool portal, please contact the Helpdesk at or by calling 802-857-7777.

Lost and Found

Students if you are missing an item, please go to the main office to see if it has been turned into the lost and found.

Items will be donated the week of Thanksgiving break.

Morning Drop Off

A reminder that student drop off is in A and B Lot. The front of the school is for bus drop off only. Please do not drive or park in front of the school.

Just as an awareness- as of November 1st there will be additional buses during morning drop off. Reminder please do not pass buses when their red lights are on.

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It is that time of year!

Please use this link to purchase the 2022-2023 Yearbook.

Yearbooks are $70 until 11/11, so purchase now to save $5. There are payment plans available on

Attention Senior Families:

Please use the link below to purchase a parent ad for your Senior.

Parent Ads are due 11/18.

Attention Business Owners:

Please consider purchasing a business ad in the yearbook. All funds are used to support scholarships for the yearbook. Use the link below to purchase an ad.

For other important information and deadlines, please check out the EHS website.

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Guest Speaker in Walk this Way PE Class

Shout out to Assistant Principal Mr. Goodrich who was a guest speaker in our “Walk This Way” PE class. Mr. Goodrich discussed local history as he guided the class on a mapped-out route of our local brickyard, the Drury family, and the cemetery.

It brought the streets to life on our walk and helped give our students a sense of appreciation of history here in Essex. It was a great cross-curricular learning opportunity for our students!

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Let's Talk: Community Conversation Series

Are the Kids Okay? Building Youth Back Up

Monday, November 14th from 6-8pm

Essex High School Library

Light dinner provided!

follow the event on Facebook here for updates

We all want to support our kids, yet all of this can be overwhelming and hard to navigate as a parent. Some stress is good for healthy development, so how much stress is too much stress? The system of resources to get help is at capacity right now, so what else can we do to support our kids to learn and practice coping skills? One thing we can be sure about—there was no handbook on how to raise adolescents during a pandemic. Rates of stress, anxiety and depression among our youth have set off loud and important alarm bells. At this open community event, local experts will share local data to help better understand what kids are experiencing and strategies for coping and thriving. There will be an opportunity to learn practical strategies for supporting mental well-being as well as a chance for small group discussions with other families.

Bring your aspirations, concerns, and experiences to share and learn from each other - and leave with actionable ways to support the youth in your life and build their resilience for the future.

  • Free and open to all

  • Light dinner provided

  • Space and toys will be provided for younger children

  • Interpretation provided for EWSD families - reach out to Tamara Parks at to request interpretation support.


  • Heath Kirby - public health supervisor for the Vermont Department of Health’s Burlington Office of Local Health

  • Betsy Ferry - Howard Center School Services Supervisor

  • Emily Jones - Howard Center School Services Clinician.

Organized by a local group of parents, caregivers, school staff and providers working to increase connections and resources for families in our school district.

Buzz's Bagels

We are excited to announce the opening of Buzz's Bagels. Buzz's is a breakfast kiosk located in the Guidance lobby. It’s a convenient location to grab a quick breakfast on the go!

We are offering grab-and-go breakfast sandwiches and yogurt parfaits between 7:30 and 9:30 daily. Breakfast meals are free for students and $4.00 for employees.

We hope to see you there!

Donation of Old Devices

Do you keep your old computers, phones, televisions, or any other dead devices because you can't throw them away? There is now a use for them! One of our EHS Seniors is collecting any and all devices that you may want to get rid of.

If you bring your tech into B114 (Mrs. Schmitt's room) there will be a labeled box to leave them in.

If you can't physically bring something into school, but would like to contribute, email, and they can organize a time with you to collect what you have to give.

BIPOC Coffee House

Senior EHS student Marcino Ambris is looking for Performers for BIPOC Coffee House. Please use this form to sign up.

For this event, I'm looking for each performer to do 1-2 pieces each, depending on how much time we have. I specifically chose to do this event for the BIPOC community because I find it important that people's voices are heard, as well as their love for the arts & their talent. So, I'm hoping that this gives people the chance to really feel like themselves within their craft, and helps them to be able to possibly meet some new faces and connections, too.

-Marcino Ambris

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Student Selection Coffeehouse

Hello everyone!

My name is Amelia Lawson and I am a senior in the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (AVPA). For my Capstone project this year I am arranging a coffeehouse where students will perform songs that have been submitted by other students (and staff, if any of you are interested). I've created a Google Form where you can submit a favorite song of yours if you'd like it to be performed! I will also send out the final list of songs to the community and create a Spotify playlist with a link so people can listen to them too.

Submissions will be due by November 4th and the coffeehouse will be on December 15th. If you're thinking about performing something, I will contact performers at a later date and ask you to choose a song. I would prefer that performers play something that someone else submitted instead of your own selection so that you can connect with new music.

You may use the QR code in the poster below or go directly to the google form here.

Thank you and I hope to see you there!


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High School Constitutional Speech Contest

The subject in the prepared oration portion of the contest must be about some phase of the Constitution of the United States, emphasizing the duties and obligations of a citizen.


  • Speech must be the original effort of each contestant and be 8-10 minutes in length
  • The student must also prepare two shorter speeches to be presented in a 3-5 minute format and based on one of four Amendments.
  • Your local American Legion Post will host the first contest in January 2023.
  • The District contests take place in February 2023.
  • The Department contest occurs Sat. Mar. 4, 2023.
  • Awards of $1500, $750, and $500 go to the first through third places in the March Department contest.

For more information:

High school students who are interested in entering the competition will find additional information at

Complete contest rules

Four Amendments of the Assigned Topics as subject matter

Student applications for participation should be postmarked no later than December 14, 2023.

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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.
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First Senior Class Meeting 11/11/22

Attention Seniors! There will be the first senior class meeting Friday, November 11th during Flex Block in the Auditorium.

This meeting is mandatory as the following will be discussed:


Cap and Gown Ordering


And more!

Yearbook- Photos, Quotes Recognition Ads

Seniors make sure to submit all senior photos, quotes, and parent recognition ads by November 11th. See below for more information.
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Senior Cap & Gown Ordering

Order your cap and gown from Balfour *No payment at this time

Fill out this form

Please include all information- be sure the student's name is on the order, not the parent placing the order, and hit submit button.

Fill out the form for ordering BEFORE November 18th.

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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