Weekly Message from ENSATS 10/16/2020

Good Evening Caregivers & Students,


This is an exciting time for our grade 9 students, they made their exploratory selections this week.  They will receive their exploratory schedules on Tuesday, October 20th.  Exploratory #1 will begin the following day on Wednesday, October 21st.  Please review the “Dress for Success” guidelines in the grade 9 folders to ensure that your child is dressed appropriately to meet the particular safety requirements in our CTE areas.


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

Monday, October 19 Day 4: Blue On-Campus: Grade 11 Academics & Grade 10 CTE

Remote: Grade 9 Academics & Grade 12 CTE

Tuesday, October 20 Day 5: Blue On-Campus: Grade 9 Academics & Grade 12 CTE

Remote: Grade 11 Academics & Grade 10 CTE

Wednesday, October 21

8:45 am Late Start

Day 6: Green On-Campus: Grade 9 CTE & Grade 12 Academics

Remote: Grade 11 CTE & Grade 10 Academics

Thursday, October 22 Day 7: Green On-Campus: Grade 11 CTE & Grade 10 Academics

Remote: Grade 9 CTEs & Grade 12 Academics

Friday, October 23 Day 8: Green On-Campus: Grade 9 CTE & Grade 12 Academics

Remote: Grade 11 CTE & Grade 10 Academics


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 nurse@essextech.net 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

Virtual Parent Night – Save the Date

Our back-to-school Parent Night will be VIRTUAL this year! We are planning to have a Virtual 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. We will provide more details regarding the schedule, timing, and meeting links as we get closer to the event.


Virtual Open House

Our 2020 Open House will be held virtually.  The link to Open House will be available online on Saturday, November 21, 2020.


ALICE Training

During Career Enrichment and Health classes next week, our School Resource Officer Michael Chase will be talking with students about ALICE procedures. 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.  Our staff has already been trained, and we will conduct a school-wide drill on Thursday, October 29th and Friday, October 30th.


Conditioning Approval

At the October 16, 2020 School Committee meeting it was determined that three athletic programs are able to condition while we wait for the floating sports season in February. The cheerleading, football, and volleyball programs are able to condition using the COVID-19 reopening plan presented to the Athletic Director, Administration, and School Committee. Coaches will be sending further information out to athletes.


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.


In celebration of Hispanic Month

The Culinary Arts Department prepared traditional foods representative of several countries. Our staff was able to sample the delicious tastes of tuna nicoise salad, flan, enchiladas, tortillas, dulce leche, and conchas! It was a great experience!


Students of the Month

Congratulations to our September 2020 Students of the Month:

  • Abigail Kilbride  Grade 12 – Dental Assisting – Peabody
  • Ariana Barrows  Grade 11 –  Dental Assisting – Danvers
  • Kailey Bettencourt Grade 10 – Masonry – Danvers
  • Justin Agri Grade 9 –  Exploratory – Danvers


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.
      • Specific testing dates TBD


Virtual College Fair 

Earlier this week, the Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School Guidance Department invited our junior and senior students and families to our very first Virtual College Fair.  For more information click here: ENSATS Virtual College Fair 2020.


Activities: Week of October 19, 2020

Please review the following document for information about activities for the: Week of October 19, 2020.


Hats, Hoods, and IDs

In order to improve safety and security in our building, hats and hoods are not permitted.  Students should promptly remove their hat or hood when they enter the building.  In addition, student IDs should be worn and visible at all times while in the school building, unless a student is working with equipment and the ID will pose a safety hazard.


Social Media Presence

Please like us on our social media pages @essexnorthshore on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram , so you can see all the exciting things we are doing each day.


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 the 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 PTO will be selling Class of ‘21, Class of ‘22, Class of ‘23, and Class of ‘24 hoodies and t-shirts.  Here is a link to the online store for these items:  Essex Tech “Class of ” Store.  These will only be available for a limited time.

The next PTO meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 4th via Zoom! They are always seeking new members and volunteers. Please consider joining.


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

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