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Letter from Principal Van Nostrand

Dear Families and Caregivers:

We are so excited for next week and the return of students!!

As the first day of school is quickly approaching, below are a few reminders of some key dates and information:

  • First Day for Grade 9 is Tuesday, August 30, 2002: First day of school for all 9th grade students, starting at 8:00 a.m. The schedule and more information has been emailed to all caregivers.

  • First Day for Grades 10, 11 and 12 is Wednesday, August 31, 2022: First day of classes for all 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade students. First block starts at 8:00 a.m. This is an Early Release Day and students are dismissed at 1:35 p.m.

  • Picture Day is Friday, September 9th: This is held In the EHS Gymnasium during the school day, and more information will be coming.

  • The School Day begins with Block 1/2, and starts at 8:00am. Please allow for time to enter the building, get breakfast if desired, and be in the classroom and ready to go by 8:00am. The last block, Block 7/8, ends at 2:35pm (exept on Wednesdays, when it ends at 1:35pm).

  • Student Schedules are available in PowerSchool. More information and other updates can be found on the School Counseling website.

  • Athletics have begun! Fall sports began the week of August 15th. For additional information be sure to check out the Activities or Athletics websites.

  • The Health Office needs updated information. Please take a minute to complete or update your student’s Annual Health Form to ensure that we have current medical information for your student. Forms for the 2022-2023 school year are accessible on PowerSchool and on the Health Office website. The Health Office team looks forward to meeting the new Hornets and reconnecting with returning students!

  • EHS strives to create safe and welcoming learning environments. The safety and wellness of students are priorities at Essex High School. Harassment and Bullying are not tolerated. Please take time to review the EWSD policies and reporting processes located on the website. A hard copy may be mailed or picked up at the school upon request.

If you have further questions, please email or call the main office at (802) 879-7121. I look forward to welcoming our incoming 9th grade students on August 30th, and welcoming back our 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students on August 31st. It is going to be an amazing year!


Donald S. Van Nostrand



Attendance is an important piece of student learning and experience at Essex High School. It's helpful that we know if students will be arriving late, being dismissed early, or absent from school.

Please call our attendance line (802) 879-5507 or fill out the attendance form on our website under the 'Report an Absence' icon letting us know of any changes in your student's attendance.

If your student is leaving early or coming in late-please have them stop in the main office for a blue slip. Blue slips allow the teacher to know the student has an excused and verified late arrival or early dismissal.

It is important that students arrive at school on time. School begins at 8:00 a.m. Students may enter the building starting at 7:30 a.m. Any student arriving late to school is expected to check in with the Student Attendance Specialist in the Main Office.


Please find the District handbook, EHS Supplemental Handbook and Athletic Digest linked below: (link opens in a new window)

EWSD Handbook

EHS Supplemental Handbook

Athletic Digest


Students are given a Chromebook for the time they are at Essex High School, including summers. Students are expected to carry Chromebooks back and forth between home and school to ensure that the Chromebook is properly cared for and charged in preparation for each school day. Support is provided by the HelpDesk, which is located at B116, and phone support is provided at 802-857-7777. Email support is available via

Returning students should remember to bring their fully charged Chromebooks on the first day of school.

Incoming 9th graders will receive a Chromebook on August 30th or August 31st.

New students not entering 9th grade can get their Chromebook on August 30th or August 31st.

EHS Emergency Drill Information

We follow the state guidelines for fire drills and run-hide-fight/resist drills. For the 2022-2023 school year, EHS and CTE will hold joint fire drills in September, October, December, February, April, and June. We will hold run-hide-fight/resist training in September, November, and January. Please visit the EWSD District Safety website for additional information, and feel free to reach out to Garry Scott, Director of Facilities & District Safety, at (802) 857 - 7043 should you have questions.

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.

Assistant Principal Grade Assignments

9th Grade: Erin Cavoneil

10th Grade: Lynn Kozloski

11th Grade: Gayle Botelho

12th Grade: Jeff Goodrich

Wednesday is Early Release

During the 2022-2023 school year, every Wednesday is an early release day. Students will start school at 8:00 a.m. and be dismissed at 1:35 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Parking and Drop Off/Pick Up

Parking: Starting on September 12th, 2022, students will need a parking permit to park on school grounds during regular school hours. Juniors and Seniors can apply for a permit here.

Parking permits will open up for Sophomores later in the school year based on availability.

Visitor parking is available in front of the school including the horseshoe loop.

Drop off and pick up: Classes begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. Lots A and B are for student drop-off/pick-up. The front of the school is for bus drop-off only. Please do not drive or park in front of the school.

Labor Day September 5th- No School

Picture Day

Picture day this year is on Friday, September 9th in the gym.

Order forms will be handed out to advisories and families can pre-order using this link. Password is ehs322

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