The Hornet Buzz

March 24, 2023

In this Issue

  • Advisory Announcements Slides
  • Spring Conferences March 24
  • Bus Evacuations Next Week
  • Canadian College Fair
  • Volunteers Needed VT City Marathon
  • Free Week- Long Summer Program
  • Senator Sanders Youth Chess Day
  • School Librarian Day- April 4
  • Youth Vaping Virtual Expert Panel
  • Career Challenge Day
  • Chess Tournament 4/6
  • Brad Nadeau Scholarship
  • Student Job Opportunities
  • Lost and Found
  • Parking Permits
  • Senior Section

Advisory Announcements Slides

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

Beginning next week, students will participate in a bus evacuation drill.

Per the Vermont state law on emergency evacuation, students must receive instruction in safe riding practices including in-person school bus evacuations.

Canadian College Fair

Have you ever considered studying in Canada? On April 30th, 3-5pm South Burlington High School will be hosting the "Consider Canada College Tour". You will have the opportunity to talk with 15 different colleges and learn the benefits of studying in Canada. To learn more you can contact The following colleges will be in attendance:

University of New Brunswick

Acadia University



Mount Saint Vincent

Carleton University

University of Guelph

University of King's College

Brock University

Queens University

Bishop's University

St. Thomas University

Dalhousie University

St. Francis Xavier University

Toronto Metropolitan University

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Volunteers Needed - Vermont City Marathon

VCM has several upcoming events that need volunteers.

EVENT #1 - The morning of April 8th. It’s their Half Marathon “Unplugged” that starts in Colchester at Airport Park and ends on Flynn Ave east of Oakledge Park. This event still has several opportunities for volunteers but some of those may be age restricted (16 and older). The direct link to Run Signup, our Volunteer Registration Website is-

EVENT #2 - M&T Bank Vermont City Marathon and Relay. They have many volunteer opportunities beginning May 26th and continuing through Race Day on May 28th. The direct link to register for these tasks is-

EVENT #3 - Mini Marathon Race on Saturday morning May 27th. This is their children’s event. There are opportunities to help with this event on the 26th and 27th. The direct link to register for these tasks is-

You may use the QR Code on the flyer to go directly to the Run Vermont website. From that page, volunteers can choose any of the events listed above and go to the appropriate Run Signup web page.

Free Week-Long Summer Program

Check out this FREE Week-Long Summer Program for students who are interested in hands-on exposure to the trades! You must be in grades 9-12 next school year and identify as a girl, non-binary, or gender-expansive to apply.

Program Details:

What: Vermont Works for Women offers LIFT (Launching Inclusive Futures in Trades) Program

Dates: June 26-30, 2023

Location: Center for Technology Essex

Time: 9:00-4:00 Monday-Friday

Deadline: Application will be open until June 1st or until we reach max capacity (10 students)

Apply: Online at this link.

Earn a Stipend: Learn more here on the LIFT website about earning a $250 stipend and more by completing the program.

Questions: Contact Caelan at

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Senator Sander's First Annual Youth Chess Day

Senator Sanders is pleased to invite young Vermonters to the First Annual Youth Chess Day on Saturday, April 1 at Vermont Technical College in Randolph!

Senator Sanders is a strong believer in the importance of after-school activities, including sports, hiking, the outdoors, the fine arts, music, dance, speech and debate, and games of logic, reason, and strategy. In his view, young people should also be able to learn and excel in chess, a game that demands discipline and strategy – intellectual tools which are of value to all of us. While we have a number of chess clubs around the state, Bernie believes we can do more to expand the game in Vermont.

To help more young Vermonters try chess for the first time – and for experienced young players to have the opportunity to compete against each other – the Senator’s office has organized a Youth Chess Day. It will feature learn-to-play sessions for students interested in trying out the game as well as a recreational tournament for experienced players.

If you are a chess club teacher or advisor and would like to lend your skills to the event, please let me know. And, check out our office’s interview with Vermont’s youngest chess champion, Alexander Collins, who helped us announce this event!

April 4th School Librarians Day

In honor of School Librarian's day on April 4th, we are looking for notes of appreciation for our wonderful Librarians at EHS! Use the QR Code below to leave a message.
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Youth Vaping Virtual Expert Panel

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Visit here to register April 13th at 7pm. Registrants will receive the Zoom link via e-mail, which is expected to send roughly a day in advance so please check your email and/or spam filters.

Go here for more information.

Career Challenge Day

Vermont Works for Women (VWW) and Burlington Technical Center (BTC) are partnering to host Career Challenge Day on Tuesday, May 2, 2023.

Career Challenge Day is a free, one-day career exploration event for girls and gender-expansive youth in grades 6-7-8-9. The event introduces girls and gender-expansive students to a range of careers that they may not traditionally be exposed to and allows students to explore opportunities available to them at BTC in a safe, fun, and empowering way.

If you are interested in attending, please email Mrs. Hemingway by April 10th. There will be transportation provided.
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Chess Tournament April 6th

EHS Students: Are you interested in entering the Chess Tournament?

Sign Up Here

Brad Nadeau Scholarship

The Brad Nadeau Scholarship is offered each year to a graduating 12th grade student planning to attend a training or college program next year. This scholarship is in memory of Brad Nadeau. Brad Nadeau was a strong, kind-hearted and non-judgmental young man. He was a proud member of the soccer and track teams here at Essex High School. He loved being surrounded by all of his friends and teammates. He worked extremely hard and powered through many obstacles to achieve his successes. But as focused as he was on his own goals, he did not hesitate to assist a friend in need. Brad lived his life with a charitable spirit and strong passion to help others. Brad died in April 2012 at the age of 17 from an undetected heart condition. Brad’s goal was to work in the human services field as he wanted to give of himself to others. This scholarship was established by his family and friends to embody Brad’s values and his compassion for friends and community.

  • Scholarship amount: $1,000.00.
  • Eligibility: A 12th grade student at Essex High School attending college in the fall, demonstrate academic achievement (minimum of a C or 2.0), completion of the required essay. Students may find the scholarship application here.
  • The deadline for applications is April 25, 2023.

If you have any questions, please contact Siobhan Barber

Student Job Opportunities

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Lost and Found Items

If you lost something, please come to the main office to claim it. We are currently taking inventory of what we have.

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

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/ Information

    • Honor’s Night: May 24th at 7pm in the EHS Auditorium. Invitations to those students being recognized will be mailed in early May.

    • Prom: May 20th at the Hampton Inn in Colchester 8 pm-11:00 pm.

    • Graduation will be held at Essex High School Saturday, June 17th at 10:00 am. The current plan calls for a return to an indoor ceremony. After the ceremony families will be encouraged to gather and take photos outdoors.

    • Cap and gown ordering through Balfour is now closed. If you didn’t order a cap and gown, there will be extras available at the pick-up dates.

    • Cap and gown pick-up dates are:

      • June 1st, 10:00 am-1:30 pm in the gym.

      • June 7th during lunches outside the cafe.

      • Payment is due at pick up of the cap and gown and the price is $25. Cash or check made out to Balfour.

  • Any students wanting to order custom graduation announcements should go to
  • 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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