Message from ENSATS 1/13/2023

Good Afternoon, Families,


It is an exciting time at Essex Tech as we work to place our youngest Hawks into their Career Technical and Agricultural programs. We want to thank all of the staff who have worked many extra hours to make this happen. Grade 9 students will begin in their CTAE placements on Wednesday, January 18th. 

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

As we honor MLK on Monday, we ask that you seek to serve as he did. We are also excited to report that Mara Stein, a senior in our Carpentry program will be performing in Boston on Monday in celebration of Martin Luther King’s work and how he lived his life. More information below.

Kenneth Griffith, Jacob Hiser, Mara Stein and Jean-Caleb Belizaire of Boston Children’s Chorus joined us for an in-studio performance ahead of their “Becoming King: 20th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert” at Boston Symphony Orchestra. Griffith is a conductor and Associate Director of Choirs for the Boston Children’s Chorus. Hiser is the collaborative pianist for the Boston Children’s Chorus. Stein and Belizaire are members of the Boston Children’s Chorus. For tickets to Monday’s “Becoming King: 20th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert” at Boston Symphony Orchestra, go to

Mara was also interviewed yesterday with WGBH. You can find that interview here.


Upcoming Schedule

Here is a preview of the schedule for next week:  

Monday, January 16, 2023 No School: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Tuesday, January 17, 2023 Day 5: Blue 
Wednesday, January 18, 2023 Day 6: Green   10:54 am  Late Start
Thursday, January 19, 2023 Day 7: Green 
Friday, January 20, 2023 Day 8: Green 


Late Start on Wednesday, January 18th

We have a 10:54 am late start on Wednesday. We will run classes A, B, and C.  Bus pick up times have been adjusted and are listed on the transportation page of the website in the “Late Start” column.


End of Semester 1

Semester 1 ends on Wednesday, January 25th. This will be the last day of all Semester 1 courses. New Semester 2 courses will begin on Thursday, January 26th. Students should check their schedules in Aspen for course changes and locations. Also, please note that we have just 7 days left in Semester 1. Students should be sure to complete any missing assignments.


Early College Information Session

We are pleased to announce that we continue to partner with North Shore Community College (NSCC) to offer Early College Program courses to ENSATS students beginning in Grade 10. Early College Program courses are collaboratively taught by a team of ENSATS instructors and NSCC faculty.  Learning will take place on both the ENSATS and NSCC campuses throughout the term of each course, with transportation provided to and from NSCC. All ENSATS Grade 9 and Grade 10 students are eligible to be considered for participating in this tremendous opportunity and are encouraged to join us for our Zoom information session on January 25, 2023, at 6:00 pm. For more information about the Early College program and the information session, please click here.

Caregivers Workshop 

The Adolescent Experience: What Is Typical And What’s Not…” Thursday, February 2, 2023, 6:00 pm Media Center presented by Windi Bowditch, LMHC, NorthShore Education Consortium. Click Here for the Flier:


Bathrooms Update

At this time, we plan to temporarily close the bathrooms in lower A, upper A,  lower E, and upper E. These are the bathrooms where we have had some vandalism and vape concerns. There will be nine bathrooms still open and available to students, with multiple bathrooms on each level of the building. Our primary focus is to keep students safe and to prevent the destruction of property. Vaping is a societal concern, and we need your help from the safety and health aspect of our future. 


Superintendent Mid-Cycle Review

Each January, the Superintendent-Director presents to the District Committee her Mid-Cycle Review. This is a culmination of the work the District has done since July. You can find these documents here.

Mid-Cycle Review Narrative

Mid-Cycle SMARTIE Goal Update

Mid-Cycle Presentation


Online Safety Presentation

The United States Attorney’s Office is hosting a virtual Internet safety presentation for parents on the evening of Wednesday, January 18th, from 6:30 – 7:30 pm. The presentation, entitled Keeping Kids Safe and Secure Online:  A Project Safe Childhood Presentation for Parents, will bring awareness to the dangers of the internet, including gaming and social media platforms that predators use to groom children with the intent of exploiting them sexually online or for an in-person meeting. The presentation will focus on prevention by educating parents and community members on how to help keep children safe online. We will be covering the following topics: Social Media 101 & Digital Footprint, Cyberbullying, Sexting, Gaming, Victim Support, and Protecting Against Online Predation. The presentation is free. Registration is required. The link to register is included below:   


Graduate in Need

A 2020 graduate, Elivette Garcia is seeking support as she represents Massachusetts. She would like to raise awareness for Lupus, an illness she suffers from. She is almost at her goal. Any support is greatly appreciated. 



Please register at the following link: (via Chrome browser))
Event address for attendees:
Password:  PSC1
Questions or difficulty registering?  Please contact: Karen Legace @ 


Student Activities Calendar

For information regarding Student Activity meetings, please view our Student Activities Calendar.


In case you missed it!

Click here to view our previous messages. 



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Picture of the Week

The Arboriculture and Engineering programs created these beautiful signs for the annual School Committee dinner. John Dewey is often referred to as the “Grandfather of Vocational Education.”

The Arboriculture and Engineering programs created these beautiful signs for the annual School Committee dinner. John Dewey i

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