The Hornet Buzz

January 13, 2023

In this Issue

  • Mid Term Assessment Week Schedule/ Information
  • Winter STAR Assessments 1/30, 1/31, 2/2 and 2/3
  • Textbook Return Reminder
  • Essex Has Talent Auditions
  • The Governor's Institute of Vermont (GIV) is Now Accepting Applications
  • Speech Contest
  • Student Job Opportunity
  • Save the Date- Winter Ball 1/21/23
  • Parking Permits

Senior Section

  • Seniors check here for updates

Mid Term Assessment Schedule 1/17-1/20

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Mid Term Assessment Important Information

Midterm Assessment Week is from 1/17/22-1/20/23, with the make up day taking place on Monday, January 23rd, 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. If a student misses an assessment due to an absence, it is the student’s responsibility to reach out to their teacher(s) and schedule a time to make up the assessment on Monday, January 23rd.

Please note, all teachers are giving an assessment during this week, but not all assessments are exams. Students may be required to take an exam, complete a project, give a presentation, or describe a portfolio piece during Assessment Week.

Mid terms are 2-hour blocks and students are required to remain in their classroom for the full duration of the exam. It’s important that students arrive at their assessment on time. Students that arrive late may have to make up the assessment during make up day on 1/23.

Students with a study hall on their schedule do not have a midterm assessment. The cafeteria and library will be supervised for students in study halls.

Dismissing Students:

If students have early dismissal during Mid Term Assessment week please contact the Main Office prior to the start of the exam. This will allow us to notify the student and teacher prior to the exam and limiting interruptions during the exam time.

EHS Students who are also CTE students are reminded that on the 17th and 20th they are expected to attend CTE classes.

Transportation Information:

For bus route information, please see this document for detailed transportation information.

Westford, Georgia, and Islands families will receive a survey via email to determine transportation needs for 12:55 serving EHS exams, and 2:45 serving CTE, EMS, and ADL. Families should respond to this survey no later than noon on Friday, January 13th.

Child Nutrition Services will be open during the following times:


Cafeteria- Tuesday-Friday 7:15 am to 9:30 am

Buzz's Bagels- Tuesday-Friday 7:15 am to 10:00 am

Monday 1/23 only Buzz's Bagels will be open 7:15 am-10:00 am


Cafeteria- Tuesday-Friday 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Monday 1/23 11:30 am -1:00 pm

End of Semester Dates:

1/13: End of Quarter 2

1/17 - 1/20: Midterm Assessment Week

1/23: Midterm Assessment Make-Up Day

1/24: First Day of Quarter 3 (A-Day)

Winter STAR Assessments

Students will complete the STAR Reading Assessment in their English classes and the STAR Math Assessment in their math classes.

STAR Reading: During English classes on Monday, 1/30 (A) and Tuesday, 1/31 (B)

STAR Math: During math classes on Thursday, 2/2 (B) and Friday, 2/3 (A)

Students without math and/or English classes will be emailed and scheduled to the cafeteria via Adaptive Scheduler during flex on 1/31, 2/2, 2/3, 2/7, 2/9, and 2/10. These dates are also when make-ups for all students will take place.

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!

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Speech Contest

The Essex Rotary is sponsoring the annual high school speech contest on February 22 with a $200 cash prize!

Why is Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Important? Prepare and deliver a five-minute speech that relates this topic to your life, school, and Rotary values. Memorization is not required.

Please contact Mrs. Frisbie if you are interested in participating.

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.

Student Job Opportunity

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Winter Ball January 21, 2023!

Winter Ball will be held at the Hampton Inn in Colchester on January 21st. Doors will open between 8PM - 9PM. Light refreshments are included in the price of your ticket!

Ticket sales this past week are over at the $20 ticket price.

Next week January 18th, 19th, and 20th tickets will be sold between exams for the price of $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.

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.

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.
  • 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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