Weekly Message from ENSATS 5/7/2021

Good Afternoon Caregivers & Students:


Happy Mother’s Day to all those out there who take care of our kids!


We inducted 73 students into the National Honor and National Technical Honor Society last evening.  Congratulations to all of the inductees for your scholarship, leadership, and community service.


For your planning purposes, due to MCAS testing there will be no late start on Wednesday, May 19th and Wednesday, May 26th.  We will begin classes at 7:50 am on these dates.


We would like to thank the PTO for all of the special gifts given to our staff this week as we celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week! We cannot thank you enough for the cards, the donuts, the warm wishes, and for trusting us with your children! We feel fortunate to partner with you in education.


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

Monday, May 10 Day 4: Blue
Tuesday, May 11 Day 5: Blue
Wednesday, May 12 Day 6: Green

8:45 am Late Start for Students

Thursday, May 13 Day 7: Green
Friday, May 14 Day 8: Green


May is Asian Pacific American Month!

We would like to recognize that this is Asian Pacific American month and share some free resources here:  https://blogs.loc.gov/ and https://asianpacificheritage.gov/.


Description of the month taken from site:

The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants. A celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).


SkillsUSA State Competition

Congratulations to all of those who participated in the SkillsUSA State Competition! There was some live competition and others were virtual. We are proud of those who represented ENSATS.  We are happy to report that we brought back three gold medals, one silver, four bronze medals, a national delegate, and an advisor of the year: Elaine Batzer! Shalynn and Cameron from DMC created this video for our teachers: https://youtu.be/436ZsSme2MI


Grade 10 MCAS Dates

May 17 and 18: Grade 10 Next-Generation MCAS English Language Arts Test

May 24 and 25: Grade 10 Next-Generation MCAS Mathematics Test

All students will need to bring a fully charged Chromebook to school for MCAS testing.  We will have extra Chromebooks that can be borrowed if needed.  Breakfast will be provided free of charge for all 10th graders beginning at 7:30 am in the Main Cafeteria.  Testing will take place in 2nd-floor classrooms.  Room assignments will be distributed via email next week. Please encourage your student to get a good night’s sleep before each testing day and to arrive at school on time, so that they are prepared to begin testing at 7:50 am.


Grade 11 MCAS Dates  (optional test for those who have signed up)

May 19, 20, and 21: Grade 11 Legacy MCAS English Language Arts Test

May 26 and 27: Grade 11 Legacy MCAS Mathematics Test

All students will need to bring a fully charged iPad to school for MCAS testing.  We will have extra iPads that can be borrowed if needed.  All grade 11 students will be taking their MCAS test in Gallant Hall or Smith Hall.  Room assignments will be distributed via email next week. Breakfast will be provided free of charge for all 11th graders beginning at 7:30 am.  Please encourage your student to get a good night’s sleep before each testing day and to arrive at school on time, so that they are prepared to begin testing at 7:50 am.


Late Start for Seniors

Due to MCAS testing for grade 10 students, all seniors will have a late start on Monday, May 17th and Tuesday, May, 18th and again on Monday, May 24th and Tuesday, May 25th.  Seniors need to arrive at 11:30 am and will go to lunch from 11:30 am to 12:00 pm.  Period D will begin as usual at 12:05 pm. Please Note: Seniors must arrive at 11:30 am in order for these days to count as a full school day.  If students arrive after 11:30 am, they will not have enough time at school for the day to count,  and it will be recorded as an Absent: Tardy.   Any senior who needs bus transportation to school on May 17th, 18th, 24th and 25th  must sign up for the bus at the main office by Friday, May 14th.  We will not be running all of the regular buses, so only students who sign up by May 14th will be picked up.


After-School Prep for the MCAS English Language Arts and Math Tests 

We have been preparing Grade 10 and Grade 11 students in class for the past few months so that they will be ready to take the MCAS tests during the last two weeks of May.  If a student wants one final review of either the MCAS ELA tests or the MCAS Mathematics tests, we are offering an after-school session next Tuesday, May 11th and Thursday, May 13th from 2:45 to 4:00 pm for MCAS ELA.  For MCAS Mathematics, we are offering Tuesday, May 11thThursday, May 13thTuesday, May 18th, and Thursday, May 20th for either students in grades 10 and 11, with an additional date of Tuesday, May 25th for those students needing a review of the Grade 11 Legacy MCAS Mathematics Test.  For students interested in attending, please complete the following form here.


Senior Spirit Week

To celebrate the last week of academics, May 12thMay 18th, the senior class officers have planned a Spirit Week.  Here are the themes for each day:

Wednesday, May 12th – Tourist Day

Thursday, May 13th – Decades Day

Friday, May 14th – Pajama day

Monday, May 17th – Formal day

Tuesday, May 18th – Future plans day


Flowers for Graduation

SkillsUSA will be selling flowers at graduation. A pre-order form will be shared with senior families prior to graduation.


Dress Code

As the weather begins to get warmer, we have begun to see some dress code violations.  Please review the dress code requirements on page 21 of the student handbook for more details.


2021-2022 Calendar

Here is the DRAFT calendar for the 2021-2022 school year.  This calendar is going to the School Committee at the next meeting for approval and will then be available on the website.  We did want to share it now, as many families have asked about the start of the 2021-22 school year.


COVID Dashboard

Here is the link to the ENSATS COVID Dashboard.  This is updated at the close of every week. You can also find it on the Families page of our website in the COVID-19 section.


Activities: Week of May 10, 2021

Please review the following information about activities for the Week of May 10, 2021.




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

After years of planning, our apple orchard has been planted! Our Farm and Grounds staff, along with the help of Arbor, Landscape, Sustainable Horticulture, and Natural Resource students and teachers, planted 200 apple trees on Wednesday. Thank you all for your hard work!

Apple OrchardOrchard



Our Annual Plant Sale is happening! They have a great selection of spring plants, veggies, and herbs! You cannot beat the prices or the service. Stop by and pick them up today and next week. Check out our social media page for more information.

Plant SalePlant Sale

Plant Sale

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