The Hornet Buzz

EHS Newsletter: 08/19/22

Welcome to Essex High School!

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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 online letting us know 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 late arrival or early dismissal. All other students should check in with the Student Attendance Specialist in the Main Office when arriving at school.

Hazing, Harassment, Bullying and Retaliation

It is an expectation that EHS students follow policies and expectations during the regular school day as well as during any school activity on or off school campus in order to ensure a positive, safe, and connected learning environment. Hazing, Harassment, Bullying, and Retaliation are not tolerated.

Any person who believes they have been the victim of hazing, harassment, and/or bullying or the victim of revenge by making a complaint of such behavior, or any person with knowledge or objects that prove something of conduct which may be equal to hazing will report the possible acts immediately to a school leader, a school administrator, coach, or the superintendent’s office.

The rights and welfare of our students, faculty, staff, and community are a priority. For more information about Hazing, Harassment, Bullying, and Retaliation please visit the EWSD Handbook. A hard copy may be picked up at the EHS Main Office by request.

Senior Privileges

Seniors who are in good academic standing are eligible for Senior Privileges. Senior students may leave school grounds during a study hall. Caregivers of Seniors, please remember to complete the Senior Privilege section in PowerSchool if your student is eligible for this privilege.

Attached is a screenshot of where to find this information in PowerSchool. Any questions with PowerSchool, please contact Helpdesk or 802-857-7777


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

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.

Message from Health Office

The Office team looks forward to meeting the new Hornets and reconnecting with returning students!

The Health Office will be open at our regular hours (7:30 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.) starting Aug 24, 2022. Please feel free to call (802-857-7788) or email us ( with any questions or concerns. The best treatment for your child starts with good information and communication. We encourage you to complete the online Health Information form found through your PowerSchool Parent Portal as soon as possible. It also allows you to give permission for over the counter medications to be given at school as needed without contacting you first.

If you are unable to get on to the PowerSchool Parent Portal, please contact the EHS Helpdesk at or by calling (802) 857-7777.

Thank you,

Your nurses: Alyssa, Diane, Karen, and Kathleen.

EWSD District Communications Agreement

Communications are an integral part of our District. Learning opportunities are often active, student-centered, and innovative experiences.

As our students develop the knowledge, skills, and attributes needed to prepare them for the next stage of their lives, we often document and celebrate their learning through the use of digital and print media.

Photography and video are best at capturing these learning moments and sharing our stories.

As a District, we are actively using:

The Essex Westford School District does not require parents to sign a form giving the District permission to share images of students’ likeness or artistic work to be used in printed, televised, and web-based communication.

*Parents who wish to request otherwise may complete an opt-out form in the school’s main office. The opt-out form must be filled out each year.

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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At Essex High School, our mission is to engage students in learning that is intellectually vital, personally meaningful, and socially valuable.