Message from ENSATS

Good Afternoon Caregivers and Students,


Oh what a week! We started with DECA states and ended with SkillsUSA 

District competition and FFA state awards ceremony! In between, lots of learning and a set of triplets in the animal barn! Life is good. Now, for the fun stuff!!!! We begin our Grade 10 MCAS testing next week with the English Language Arts tests.  

Grade 10 students will be taking the English Language Arts MCAS tests on Tuesday, March 22nd and Wednesday, March 23rd.  Please note that due to MCAS testing there are some schedule adjustments for next week:

  • All 5 days next week are Green Days with Grade 9 and 11 students in CTE and Grade 10 and 12 students in Academics.  
  • School will begin at 7:45 am on Tuesday, March 22 and Wednesday, March 23rd for Grade 9 and 10 students only.  
  • We will not have an 8:45 am start on Wednesday so that Grade 10 students can start the MCAS test as early as possible at 7:45 am.
  • Grade 11 and 12 students will arrive at school at 11:30 am on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Upon arrival, Grade 12 students will report to lunch and then D block and Grade 11 students will report to their CTE areas.


Upcoming Schedule

Here is a preview of the schedule for next week.  

Monday, March 21, 2022 Day 9: Green
Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Grade 10 ELA MCAS

Day 10: Green

7:45 start time for Grades 9 and 10

11:30 start time for Grades 11 and 12

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Grade 10 ELA MCAS

Day 6: Green

7:45 start time for Grades 9 and 10

11:30 start time for Grades 11 and 12  

Thursday, March 24, 2022 Day 7: Green
Friday, March 25, 2022 Day 8: Green


MCAS Reminders

  • All Grade 10 students will take the ELA MCAS Test on Tuesday, March 22nd for Session 1 and Wednesday, March 23rd for Session 2.
  • Grade 10 students should arrive at school on time and be well-rested.
  • Breakfast will be provided for all students in the Main Cafeteria.
  • All Grade 10 students will need their fully-charged Chromebooks for testing.
  • All Grade 10 students will receive an email with their testing locations.


Buses for Grade 11 and 12 Students during MCAS

Once again, students in Grades 11 and 12 will arrive at school by 11:30 am on Tuesday, March 22nd and Wednesday, March 23rd.  Any student who will need to ride the bus to school on these days needed to sign up for the bus with Ms. Kelly by the 14th.  Bus pick-up times for Tuesday and Wednesday will be determined by Monday, March 21st.  Students can stop at the Main Office to pick up the list of pick-up times on Monday.  We will also post the routes and times online. 


Activities: Week of March 21, 2022

The following document includes activities for the: Week of March 21, 2022.


Early College Designation

We are excited to be awarded by the MA Board of Education and Commissioner Riley to be an Early College Designation. This will provide college courses for our students at no cost. This application has been two years in the making and it is difficult to get this at a vocational school because of the nature of our school.


COVID Dashboard and COVID Information Update

Here is the link to our COVID Dashboard.  The Dashboard can be accessed directly on the families page of our website in the COVID-19 section.  


Have a restful weekend.


Heidi T. Riccio, Ed.D., Superintendent-Director
Shannon Donnelly, M.A.T., Principal
Thomas O’Toole, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent
Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School

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Pictures of the Week

Triplets were born this week in our animal barn.


Dr. Hartman and Ms. Johnston from UMASS Lowell toured our school on how we can collaborate and promote our state college system.

UMass Visit

SkillUSA District Competition was a success!



Our Essex FFA team presented well to the MA DESE regarding our curriculum frameworks for agricultural programs at the state conference!  We also received numerous awards and recognition!



DECA State Competition where Essex Tech will be sending two students to the National Conference in April!


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