The Hornet Buzz


In this Issue

  • District Assessments
  • AP Ambassadors
  • Book Discussion Group
  • Homecoming Dance 10/8
  • Spirit Week 10/11-10/14
  • Please No Parking at Essex Rescue
  • Flex Block Information for 12th Grade Students
  • EWSD Portrait of a Graduate
  • CLEP Exams
  • 9th Grade Counselor Meetings
  • PSAT 10/12
  • The Hive News
  • For Your Safety-Stay Off the Tracks
  • Open House/ Parent Conferences 10/6

District Assessments Coming Up

This year, we will be implementing the STAR Math and STAR Reading assessment, along with the DESSA SEL screener. This is part of our district assessment plan. There will be an adjusted schedule for these days. Please see the assessment dates below.

Assessment Dates:

STAR Math: 10/4

STAR English: 10/11

DESSA: 10/18

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AP Ambassadors

Mission Statement:

To grow participation, performance, and diversity in our Advanced Placement (AP courses at Essex High School

What we can do for EHS:

Taking AP classes comes with both rewards and challenges, and AP Ambassadors strives to be the group of students who can provide support. With experience in many AP Classes offered at EHS, the AP Ambassadors can offer other students their advice and experience, providing individual assistance as needed.


AP Ambassadors is a student-led group whose goal is to help diversify the AP program here at EHS. Student leaders who are a part of this club will be tasked with providing EHS students with registration information, tips, and tricks for navigating testing here at EHS, and a sense of community.

What will the group be tasked to do in a school year:

Students selected to participate in the AP Ambassador program are provided with training on how the College Board conducts their AP programs, support in talking about the AP program here at EHS. The AP Ambassadors will assist in planning and executing the fall and spring mandatory AP meetings with students, support the AP team in maintaining the AP website, and visit with 8th and 9th-grade classes to promote AP as an alternative pathway to graduation here at EHS.

If you are interested in joining this organization please reach out to Mrs. Ritchie @

Book Discussion Group

Thursday during Flex- Join Nikki in the Library for a student book club. We read and discuss popular books with the input of our members.
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Please Do Not Park at Essex Rescue

It has been brought to our attention that at pick-up, cars are parking and turning around in the driveway at Essex Rescue.

Please do not use the driveway in Essex Rescue- it needs to stay clear for Essex Rescue to respond to emergencies if needed.

FLEX Block Information for 12th Grade Students

Information on Employment, College Planning, and Independent Living will happen during FLEX blocks for 12th grade students.

Thursday 10/6

Sign up for "FLEX College Planning" with your advisor on Wednesday or email your counselor to sign up. Room C112. A great opportunity to ask questions and get help on your college application steps.

EWSD Portrait of a Graduate

Help the EWSD Shape the Direction of Our Educational System!

The EWSD is leading the way in making 21st-century learning a reality for all students. We are seeking diverse perspectives from our students, families, staff, and the broader community in developing a Portrait of a Graduate.

Now more than ever, our students must be provided high-level learning opportunities that foster critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity, and other 21st-century skills and mindsets. Our shared aspiration is that all our students have an educational experience that prepares them to be lifelong learners and contributors today and tomorrow.

If you are interested in taking part, please fill out this two-question survey. You can also learn more by visiting:


Are you interested in taking a College Board College Level Examination? (CLEP)

The College Board’s College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) has been the most widely trusted credit-by-examination program for over 50 years, accepted by 2,900 colleges and universities. This rigorous program allows students from a wide range of ages and backgrounds to demonstrate their mastery of introductory college-level material and earn college credit. Students can earn credit for what they already know by getting qualifying scores on any of the 34 examinations.

- Students can take exams at any time. CLEP has no class requirements or set testing dates.

-Students can prepare using affordable online study resources and knowledge gained from advanced or honors coursework.

- Interested students should visit the EHS AP/CLEP website for more information

Attention 9th Grade Students

Hello 9th-grade Families!

From September 26th through October 18th, counselors will meet with each

of their 9th-grade students. These 30-minute meetings are pre-scheduled

and will take place during the school day. Lists will be hanging in the counseling office windows where they will see the day and time that they are scheduled to meet with their school counselor.

These meetings are intended for connection between the counselor and the student only. We do our best to schedule these meetings during study hall blocks in your student's schedule, but they may find that they are scheduled during a class. If so, your student's teacher will know in advance and they will be excused from class for the meeting without penalty. If you would like to connect directly with your student's counselor or if you have any questions about this process, please contact the School Counseling Office at 857-7111 to set up a meeting or ask questions.


EHS will be hosting the PSAT on Wednesday 10/12. Students should meet in the Auditorium at 8:15 am.

Students: please use this google form to sign up. *Only students can sign up.

This year 11th graders are being given the option of assessing, and we anticipate between 120-200 students will be interested. We are not requiring participation as we have in past years. Depending on students' interests we may facilitate the assessment here at EHS or at a nearby community center.

11th graders will miss their 1/2, 3/4, and 5/6 classes with the intention that students return to campus for their 7/8 class. The Wednesday timing will be tight and some students may be late for 7/8.

Our intention is to facilitate the assessment without teaching faculty being assigned to proctor and with the desired outcome of disrupting the school community as minimally as possible, and not shutting down the school for an entire day as was past practice.

We do recognize the impact of losing every 11th grader for their classes this Wednesday. Thank you for your support of the PSAT program for 11th graders.

Please contact Ben Skoglund if you have any questions or concerns.

The Hive News

The Hive just launched for the 2022-2023 school year. There are few ways to keep up with the news.

- Check out our website:

- Follow us on Instagram: @theehshive

- Download the app Student News Source and search for EHS. With the app, you will receive notifications when a new story is published.

For Your Safety, Please Stay off Train Tracks!

Railroad tracks are private property, not public trails. It's illegal to walk on the tracks unless you're at a designated crossing. It's extremely dangerous to walk, run, or drive down the railroad tracks or even alongside them.

It can take a mile or more to stop a train, so a locomotive engineer who suddenly sees someone on the tracks will likely be unable to stop in time. For your safety, please stay off the tracks.

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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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