Message from ENSATS 10/23/2020

Good Evening Caregivers & Students,


As of today, we have reached the 26th day of school and there are 17 days left in Quarter 1, which ends on November 17, 2020.  Students should check Aspen or Schoology to be sure that all assignments are complete.  There is still time to catch up if needed before the end of the quarter.


Here is a quick preview of the schedule for this coming week.

Monday, October 26 Day 9: Green On-Campus: Grade 11 CTE & Grade 10 Academics

Remote: Grade 9 CTE & Grade 12 Academics

Tuesday, October 27 Day 10: Green On-Campus: Grade 9 CTE & Grade 12 Academics

Remote: Grade 11 CTE & Grade 10 Academics

Wednesday, October 28

8:45 am Late Start

Day 1: Blue On-Campus: Grade 9 Academics & Grade 12 CTE

Remote: Grade 11 Academics & Grade 10 CTE

Thursday, October 29 Day 2: Blue On-Campus: Grade 11 Academics & Grade 10 CTE

Remote: Grade 9 Academics & Grade 12 CTE

Friday, October 30 Day 3: Blue On-Campus: Grade 9 Academics & Grade 12 CTE

Remote: Grade 11 Academics & Grade 10 CTE


New Information

Activities: Week of October 19, 2020

Please review the following document for information about activities for the: Week of October 26, 2020.


The Larkin Gala

Our Annual Larkin Gala to support the Larkin Cottage Building project will be held virtually on December 4th! Find information here about Catherine Larkin. The event will feature Keynote Speaker, Senator Joan Lovely. We are in need of silent auction items. Please contact Bonnie Carr at if you would like to donate to the auction.


Student Pick Up

All caregivers who are picking up students at the end of the day should pick up in the gymnasium parking lot behind the gym.  Over the last several weeks, we have noticed that students are being picked up on side streets, at Angel at Essex, and on South Campus.  There are so many moving parts at dismissal, it is not safe to have students picked up at other locations.  This also interferes with business at Smith Hall and Angel at Essex.  As a suggestion, if you are trying to avoid the dismissal traffic, arrive on campus at 2:45 pm or later, when all buses and student drivers will be off-campus, and you will be able to pull up to the Main Entrance and pick up your child. Students are more than welcome to wait a few extra minutes for you.


Important Reminders

As we wrap up our sixth week of school, we wanted to provide a few reminders for students:

  • Students must remain 6-feet apart during mask breaks, while in common areas and classes.
  • Students must wear masks at all times while on campus except during mask breaks.  If students are not wearing masks properly they will be sent home.
  • Students are asked not to lean on cars in parking lots before school or during mask breaks.
  • For grade 9 students exploratory students, please review the “Dress for Success” document in your orientation folders.  For safety, students should not be wearing sweatpants, yoga pants, or hoodies and must wear safety glasses in CTE areas.


Parent Night 

We are planning to have a Parent Night on Thursday, October 29th at 6:00 pm.  This will give caregivers the opportunity to meet their child’s teachers and learn about class expectations. On our website, you will find instructions to access your child’s schedule in Aspen and Parent Night schedules for each grade. On Thursday, there will also be a list of live Zoom links for each teacher’s Zoom meeting. Here are the schedules for each grade to allow you to plan your evening:

Grade 9             Grade 10              Grade 11               Grade 12


ALICE Training

During Career Enrichment and Health classes the week, our School Resource Officer Michael Chase taught a class about ALICE procedures for 10th and 12th-grade students.  The 9th and 11th-grade classes will be held on Monday and Tuesday. ALICE is an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate.  The ALICE Training Program provides lessons and information for all facets of response if a violent intruder is gaining access to a building.  We will conduct a school-wide drill on Thursday, October 29th and Friday, October 30th.


Prior Updates

Photo Distribution & Retakes

Pictures have arrived from LifeTouch and will be distributed throughout the next week in first-period classes. All students who were photographed will receive a proof from Lifetouch for your review. If you ordered photos through Lifetouch to be delivered here and you do not receive your photographs from your child’s teacher by October 28th, please contact our representative for LifeTouch Terry Bleiler at (781) 789-0778. If you decide you would like to order prints your proof will provide additional support to do so with your child’s access code. Retake pictures sessions will be conducted the week of December 14, 2020.  Students will need to sign up using this registration form link by December 10, 2020.


MCAS Testing Dates

We would like to share the 2021 MCAS dates for your planning purposes.  We will provide more specific information as we get closer to the testing dates.

  • Grade 11
    • Math: January 15th and January 19th.
    • ELA: January 27th, January 29th and February 2nd.
  • Grade 10
    • The testing window for both Math and ELA is from May 18th-May 27th.


Information from the Health Office

In order to maintain our home-school collaboration regarding sick or quarantined students.  Caregivers are reminded to keep your child home if the child is:

  • experiencing symptoms of illness including any COVID-like symptoms (see below), or
  • is identified as a “close contact” of a confirmed positive COVID person in their household or personal life.

When a child remains home for either of these reasons caregivers should contact the Essex Tech School Nurses at or (978) 304-4700 x 3119 right away to ensure school absence and return-to-school protocols are communicated directly. Students dismissed from Essex Tech or remaining home due to illness, close contact quarantines, or a positive COVID test cannot return to our school and campus without prior collaboration with our school nurses.

Covid Symptoms (Source: CDC)

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea


News from the Essex North Shore PTO

  • PTO Chipotle Fundraiser
    Join us at our restaurant for a fundraiser to support Essex North Shore PTO. Just come into Chipotle at 210 Andover Street in Peabody on Saturday, October 24th from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. Tell the cashier you are supporting the Essex North Shore PTO to make sure that 33% of the proceeds will be donated to our school!
  • The next PTO meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 4th via Zoom! They are always seeking new members and volunteers. Please consider joining.



Heidi Shannon Tom



Heidi T. Riccio, Ed.D., Superintendent-Director
Shannon Donnelly, M.A.T., Principal
Thomas O’Toole, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent
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