Messages from the Principal

Friday, May 31, 2019

Dear ENSATS Community,

 

It was an exciting day at Essex Tech!  Senior Sign Out Day. It nice to see our seniors collect their student records and caps and gowns.  I want to thank all of the families and staff members who have supported these students. I hope the seniors enjoy their Senior Week beginning on Monday.  Parents, please note that your senior should be bringing home a large manila envelope today that contains their student records, including their original medical forms.  We do not maintain a copy of these records.

 

Anyone seeking up-to-date information regarding athletics, please visithttp://ma.8to18.com/essextech/. Information about student activities can be found via the following link: https://essexnorthshore.org/student-activities/student-activities-calendar/

 

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

Monday, June 3 Day 4: Blue
Tuesday, June 4 Day 10: Green
Wednesday, June 5 Day 6: Green
Thursday, June 6 Day 7: Green
Friday, June 7 Day 8: Green

 

Team Hoyt

We would like to thank Mr. Dick Hoyt for his presentation to the 9th and 10th graders today.  He gave an inspiring speech about resiliency and perseverance. This was a moving and emotional presentation and we appreciate his time and the fact that he shared his unbelievable story with us.

 

5:45 Sports Buses

Please note that there will be no 5:45 pm late buses running on Friday, June 7th.

 

News from Athletics

There will be a meeting for all students interested in playing football next fall on Thursday, June 6th at 3:00 pm in the Main Cafeteria.  Students should sign up for and take the 4:00 pm late bus home if needed.

 

MCAS Reminders

On Tuesday, June 4th and Wednesday, June 5th, all 10th graders will be participating in the Biology MCAS Test.  We have prepared students all year by embedding the strategies and skills that they will need to be successful when taking this new MCAS test.  Our goal is for students to not only possess these skills but to feel confident when they take this test. This test is a paper test, it is not a computer-based test as were MCAS Engish Language Arts and Mathematics.  Therefore, students will not need their iPads. Breakfast will be provided free of charge for all 10th graders beginning at 7:30 am in the Main Cafeteria. As always, please encourage your child 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.

All students will receive an email on Monday, June 3rd with their testing room assignments.

 

Graduation Ticket Clarification

Seniors have been visiting the Main Office this week to get their graduation tickets.  Every senior will receive seven tickets. If the weather cooperates and graduation is held outside, all seven tickets can be used.  You will notice that five tickets are marked with just “a sun” icon, while two are marked with both “a sun” and “a raindrop.”  Again, all seven of these tickets can be used for outdoor seating. If the ceremony is held indoors due to rain, then only the tickets that have the raindrop can be used and each graduate will be able to bring only two guests.  Please keep in mind that tickets will be required for admission to the field and stadium. We do have some extra tickets available on a first come, first served basis. If you would like to obtain additional tickets please email Erin Nestor at [email protected]. There will be standing room available outside for additional guest that do not have tickets. If you have additional questions regarding graduation, please feel free to contact me.

 

Sales at Graduation

SkillsUSA will be holding a fundraising event at graduation. We will be selling a dozen roses for $20 and a single rose bouquet for $5. Bottled water will also be on sale. ALL SALES ARE CASH ONLY.

 

Parking Reminders

Any Sophomore or Junior that would like to park on campus from Wednesday, June 5th until Thursday, June 13th must complete a student parking application and submit it to Ms. Kelly in the Main Office.  These forms will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.  Each student with a completed form will be given an assigned parking spot.  There is no cost for these spots, given that they will only be available for the last few days of the school year.  Please Note: these spots will be assigned from June 5th-June 13th only.  New parking applications, parking fee payment, and class dues payment will be required to park on campus during the 2019-2020 school year, We will send out information regarding student parking for the 2019-2020 school year later this summer.

 

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday,  June 4 and Wednesday, June 5 – Gr 10 Biology MCAS Testing

Thursday, June 13 – Last day of school – 11:02 am Early Release

 

Previous Messages

If you would like to review any of my earlier messages, these are available on the Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School website. Please click here to view them: Messages from the Principal

 

Enjoy the weekend!

 

Shannon B. Donnelly
Principal

Friday, May 24, 2019

 

Dear ENSATS Community,

 

There have been so many exciting things happening at school over the past week.  Our annual Auto Show was a huge success, the Drama Club cast and crew put on a fabulous performance of 9 to 5, and we hosted a regional job fair for our Nighthawk Advanced Manufacturing students.  The seniors finished their final week of academic classes and are heading into their last CTE week.  Lastly, grade 10 students took the Mathematics MCAS test, marking the completion of one more MCAS hurdle.

 

Anyone seeking up-to-date information regarding athletics, please visithttp://ma.8to18.com/essextech/. Information about student activities can be found via the following link: https://essexnorthshore.org/student-activities/student-activities-calendar/

 

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

Monday, May 27 No School: Memorial Day
Tuesday, May 28 Day 5: Blue
Wednesday, May 29 Day 1: Blue
Thursday, May 30 Day 2: Blue
Friday, May 31 Day 3: Blue

 

 

News from Athletics

Congratulations to all spring sports for qualifying for the MIAA State Tournament. Here are some of the spring team accomplishments:

  • Girls Track and Field: Dual meet Champions, CAC League Meet Champions, and Vocational State Champions.
  • Boys Lacrosse: CAC League Champions (co-champs with Shawsheen Tech)

Good luck to all track and field athletes who will be competing in the Division 3 Outdoor Track and Field Championship meet on Sunday, May 26th at Merrimack College.

 

Cross Country will be holding an informative meeting on Thursday, May 30th on the outside track from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm. All interested students should sign up for the 4:00 pm late bus or arrange for a ride home at 4:00 pm.

 

 

Graduation Ticket Clarification

Seniors have been visiting the main office this week to get their graduation tickets.  Every senior will receive seven tickets. If the weather cooperates and graduation is held outside, all seven tickets can be used.  You will notice that five tickets are marked with just a sun, while two are marked with a sun and a raindrop.  Again, all seven of these tickets can be used for outdoor seating. If the ceremony is held indoors due to rain, then only the tickets that have the raindrop can be used and each graduate will be able to bring only two guests.  Please keep in mind that tickets will be required for admission to the field and stadium. We do have some extra tickets available on a first come, first served basis. If you would like to obtain additional tickets please email Erin Nestor at[email protected]. There will be standing room available for additional guest that do not have tickets. If you have additional questions regarding graduation, please feel free to contact me.

 

Morning Drop Off

As a reminder, students should be dropped off at the rear of the building between 7:00 – 7:45 am.  Students should not be dropped off in front of the school during this time.  Our drop-off procedures are designed to avoid students crossing in front of buses, to keep the bus lane clear for the buses, and to allow staff members to access their parking spots.

 

Parking Reminders

Please keep in mind that sophomores are not allowed to park on campus until after the seniors have graduated.  It has come to our attention that several 10th graders have been driving to school and are parking in our student lots.  This is unfair to students who have paid for parking passes and arrive at school to find that someone has parked in their assigned spot.  We will communicate with grade 10 students and parents in the coming weeks about a sign-up process for spots that will be available in June.  Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Upcoming Dates

Monday, May 27 – No School: Memorial Day

Friday, May 31 – Last day for seniors

Tuesday,  June 4 and Wednesday, June 5 – Gr 10 Biology MCAS Testing

 

Previous Messages

If you would like to review any of my earlier messages, these are available on the Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School website. Please click here to view them: Messages from the Principal

 

Enjoy the long weekend!

 

Shannon B. Donnelly
Principal

 

Friday, May 17, 2019

 

Dear ENSATS Community,

 

We have reached the final two weeks for our seniors.  Please ensure that final academic and career tech assignments are complete and turned in.  We want to see all of our seniors finish strong and enter senior week relaxed and ready to enjoy the graduation week festivities.

 

Anyone seeking up-to-date information regarding athletics, please visithttp://ma.8to18.com/essextech/. Information about student activities can be found via the following link: https://essexnorthshore.org/student-activities/student-activities-calendar/

 

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

Monday, May 20 Day 4:  Blue
Tuesday, May 21 Day 10: Green
Wednesday, May 22 Day 6: Green
Thursday, May 23 Day 7: Green
Friday, May 24 Day 8: Green

 

MCAS Reminders

On Tuesday, May 21st and Wednesday, May 22nd, all 10th graders will be participating in the Next-Generation Mathematics MCAS Test.  We have prepared students all year by embedding the strategies and skills that they will need to be successful when taking this new MCAS test.  Our goal is for students to not only possess these skills but to feel confident when they take this test. As with the Next-Generation English Language Arts MCAS Test, MCAS Mathematics is also a computer-based test, and students will be using their iPads for testing.  We will provide keyboards, but are asking all students tobring a fully charged iPad to school for testing.  We will have extra iPads 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.  Please encourage your child 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.

 

All students received an email today with their room assignments and a presentation of reminders about MCAS.  Here is a link to the presentation for you to review as well:  Presentation

 

Late Start for Seniors

Due to MCAS testing for grade 10 students, all seniors will have a late start on Tuesday, May 21st and again on Wednesday, May 22nd.  Seniors need to arrive at 11:30 am and will report to their C-block class. Seniors will have lunch from 12:00-12:30 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 21st and 22nd should have signed up for the bus in their respective Academy office by Thursday, May 16th.  We will not be running all of the regular buses, so only students who sign up by May 16th will be picked up.

 

Drama Production

Best of Luck to our Essex Tech Drama Club who will perform 9 to 5: The Musical!  Show dates and times are Friday, May 17th at 7:00 pm, Saturday, May 18th at 3:00 pm & 7:00 pm, and Sunday, May 19th at 3:00 pm in the Smith Hall Auditorium. The Friday evening show is already SOLD OUT.   Some tickets are available for the other 3 shows.  Tickets can be reserved at the following link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/essex-tech-drama-presents-9-to-5-the-musical-tickets-61337230307

Questions can be directed to Alyssa Gibbs or Mike Zupancic at[email protected].

 

Auto Show

The annual Auto Show will be held tomorrow, May 18, 2019, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm in the main parking lot.

 

Early Release

There has been a slight calendar adjustment.  On Friday, May 24, 2019, all students will be dismissed at 11:02 am.  We will follow our early-release schedule with all blocks running for approximately 35 minutes.  Lunch will not be served on this day.

 

Morning Drop Off

As a reminder, students should be dropped off at the rear of the building between 7:00 – 7:45 am.  Students should not be dropped off in front of the school during this time.  Our drop-off procedures are designed to avoid students crossing in front of buses, to keep the bus lane clear for the buses, and to allow staff members to access their parking spots.

 

Parking Reminders

Please keep in mind that sophomores are not allowed to park on campus until after the seniors have graduated.  It has come to our attention that several 10th graders have been driving to school and are parking in our student lots.  This is unfair to students who have paid for parking passes and arrive at school to find that someone has parked in their assigned spot.  We will communicate with grade 10 students and parents in the coming weeks about a sign-up process for spots that will be available in June.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Sales at Graduation

SkillsUSA will be pre-selling graduation flowers for pick up at graduation and an order form will be forthcoming.  Stay tuned for more information.

 

Activities: Week of May 20, 2019

Please review the following document for information about activities for the:Week of May 20, 2019

 

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday,  May 21 and Wednesday, May 22 – Gr 10 Math MCAS Testing & Senior Late Start (11:30 am)

Friday, May 24 – Early Release for students with an 11:02 am dismissal

Monday, May 27 – No School: Memorial Day

 

Previous Messages

If you would like to review any of my earlier messages, these are available on the Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School website. Please click here to view them: Messages from the Principal

 

Have a good weekend!

 

Shannon B. Donnelly
Principal

 

Friday, May 10, 2019

 

Dear ENSATS Community,

 

Our seniors did a fantastic job presenting their portfolios over the last two weeks.  Faculty, administrators, and industry representatives were on hand to view the presentations during which students displayed their best academic selections, resume, and cover letter, as well as many reflections and samples of their CTE work.  This is a very rewarding experience for our students and industry representatives are always impressed with the quality of work our students demonstrate.

 

I mentioned in my memo last week that the draft calendar for the 2019-2020 school year is now available on our website at https://essexnorthshore.org/calendar/.  I also mentioned that we will begin school at 8:45 am on Wednesdays next year to allow for common planning time for our teachers.  I wanted to clarify that although school will begin on Wednesdays at 8:45 am, we will still dismiss students at 2:27 pm. In addition, all classes will meet on Wednesdays, but each class will be a few minutes shorter.  A revised bell schedule for Wednesdays will be available before school begins in the fall. Breakfast will still be provided as well.

 

Anyone seeking up-to-date information regarding athletics, please visit http://ma.8to18.com/essextech/. Information about student activities can be found via the following link: https://essexnorthshore.org/student-activities/student-activities-calendar/

 

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

Monday, May 13 Day 9:  Green
Tuesday, May 14 Day 10: Green
Wednesday, May 15 Day 1: Blue  Late Start (periods C, D, E)
Thursday, May 16 Day 2: Blue
Friday, May 17 Day 3: Blue

 

Drama Production

On Friday, May 17th through Sunday, May 19th please join Essex Tech’s Drama Club for 9 to 5: The Musical!  Show dates and times are Friday, May 17th at 7:00 pm, Saturday, May 18th at 3:00 pm & 7:00 pm, and Sunday, May 19th at 3:00 pm in the Smith Hall Auditorium. Tickets can be reserved at the following link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/essex-tech-drama-presents-9-to-5-the-musical-tickets-61337230307

Make sure to reserve tickets as these shows always sell out.  Questions can be directed to Alyssa Gibbs or Mike Zupancic at [email protected].

 

Early Release

There has been a slight calendar adjustment, on Friday, May 24, 2019, all students will be dismissed at 11:02 am.  We will follow our early-release schedule, with all blocks running for approximately 35 minutes.  Lunch will not be served on this day.

 

Next-Generation MCAS Mathematics Test

On Tuesday, May 21st and Wednesday, May 22nd, all 10th-graders will be participating in the Next-Generation Math MCAS Test.  We have prepared students all year by embedding the strategies and skills that they will need to be successful when taking this new MCAS test.  Our goal is for students to not only possess these skills but to feel confident when they take this test. As with the Next-Generation ELA MCAS Test, MCAS Mathematics is also a computer-based test, and students will be using their iPads for testing.  We will provide keyboards, but are asking all students to bring a fully charged iPad to school for testing.  We will have extra iPads 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.  Please encourage your child 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 Tuesday, May 21st and again on Wednesday, May 22nd.  Seniors need to arrive at 11:30 am and will report to their C-block class. Seniors will have lunch from 12:00-12:30 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 21st and 22nd should have signed up for the bus in their respective Academy office by Thursday, May 16th.  We will not be running all of the regular buses, so only students who sign up by May 16th will be picked up.

 

Morning Drop Off

As a reminder, students should be dropped off at the back of the building between 7:00 am – 7:45 am.  Students should not be dropped off in front of the school during this time.  Our drop-off procedures are designed to avoid students crossing in front of buses, to keep the bus lane clear for the buses, and to allow staff members to access their parking spots.

 

Parking Reminders

Please keep in mind that sophomores are not allowed to park on campus until after the seniors have graduated.  It has come to our attention that several 10th graders have been driving to school and are parking in our student lots.  This is unfair to students who have paid for parking passes and arrive at school to find that someone has parked in their assigned spot.  We will communicate with grade 10 students and parents in the coming weeks about a sign-up process for spots that will be available in June.  Thank you for your cooperation.

 

MCAS Prep for Biology and Math

Just a quick reminder that the MCAS Mathematics and MCAS Biology after-school help sessions continue here at school.  Our goal is to prepare students for the computer-based, Next-Generation Mathematics Test the third week of May and for the paper-and-pencil MCAS Biology Test the first full week of June.   MCAS Mathematics Prep classes meet every Monday and Thursday in Room A-211 from 2:30-3:30 pm until May 21st.  MCAS Biology Prep classes meet every Monday and Tuesday in Room B-207 from 2:30-3:30 pm, running until June 3rd.  Students planning to attend either prep session should sign up for the 4:00 pm late bus in the morning.  We are committed to helping any student who wants to put in additional hours to get ready for these tests.  We also know that when it comes to MCAS practice is key.

 

Sales at Graduation

SkillsUSA will be pre-selling graduation flowers for pick up at graduation and an order form will be forthcoming.  Stay tuned for more information.

 

Activities: Week of May 13, 2019

Please review the following document for information about activities for the: Week of May 13, 2019

 

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, May 15 – Late Start

Tuesday,  May 21 and Wednesday, May 22 – Grade 10 Mathematics MCAS Testing

Friday, May 24 – Early Release for students with an 11:02 am dismissal

Monday, May 27 – No School: Memorial Day

 

Previous Messages

If you would like to review any of my earlier messages, these are available on the Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School website. Please click here to view them: Messages from the Principal

 

Have a good weekend!

 

Shannon B. Donnelly
Principal

 

Friday, May 3, 2019

 

Dear ENSATS Community,

 

As we enter the final leg of our school year and we are thinking about graduation, summer jobs, and vacations, we have also begun to plan for our upcoming school year.  With that, I would like to share the draft calendar for the 2019-2020 school year.  Please note that this is a calendar draft and it will be updated throughout the spring and early summer as more information becomes available. If updates occur between now and the end of the school year, I will include the updated calendar in my memos.  We will email notifications about calendar updates over the summer. In addition, I wanted to point out that to accommodate common planning time for teachers, school will begin at 8:45 am on Wednesdays next year.

 

Anyone seeking up-to-date information regarding athletics, please visithttp://ma.8to18.com/essextech/. Information about student activities can be found via the following link: https://essexnorthshore.org/student-activities/student-activities-calendar/

 

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

Monday, May 6 Day 4: Blue
Tuesday, May 7 Day 5: Blue
Wednesday, May 8 Day 6: Green
Thursday, May 9 Day 7: Green
Friday, May 10 Day 8: Green

 

Early Release

There has been a slight calendar adjustment, on Friday, May 24, 2019, all students will be dismissed at 11:02 am.  We will follow our early-release schedule, with all blocks running for approximately 35 minutes.  Lunch will not be served on this day.

 

Next-Generation MCAS Mathematics Test

On Tuesday, May 21st and Wednesday, May 22nd, all 10th-graders will be participating in the Next-Generation Math MCAS Test.  We have prepared students all year by embedding the strategies and skills that they will need to be successful when taking this new MCAS test.  Our goal is for students to not only possess these skills but to feel confident when they take this test. As with the Next-Generation ELA MCAS Test, MCAS Mathematics is also a computer-based test, and students will be using their iPads for testing.  We will provide keyboards, but are asking all students to bring a fully charged iPad to school for testing.  We will have extra iPads 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.  Please encourage your child 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 Tuesday, May 21st and again on Wednesday, May 22nd.  Seniors need to arrive at 11:30 am and will report to their C-block class. Seniors will have lunch from 12:00-12:30 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 21st and 22nd should have signed up for the bus in their respective Academy office by Thursday, May 16th.  We will not be running all of the regular buses, so only students who sign up by May 16th will be picked up.

 

SkillsUSA

Congratulations to all of our talented students who participated in the SkillsUSA State Competition last Friday at Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School!  These students competed in various events related to their CTE areas, public speaking, and customer service. We are so proud of all of the competitors who represented Essex Tech with respect and professionalism.

Here is a special shout out to our medal winners:

  • Wesley Crowley: Gold in Internetworking
  • Henry Jacques: Gold in Job Skills Demonstration
  • Gabriella Rudzis: Silver in Cosmetology
  • Cameron Lampert: Bronze in Electrical Wiring
  • Sylvia Officer, Erin Survilis and Samantha Sorrento: Bronze for Promotional Bulletin Board

 

FFA

Our FFA students have also been competing in several state competitions over the last few months.  Many individual students and student teams have been recognized for their performance in their FFA Career Development Events.There are three teams eligible to compete at National Convention in October: Ag Sales, Livestock Judging & Science Exhibit.  In addition, seven Essex FFA members earned their State FFA Degrees: Aly Ciarametaro, Milana Cioffi, Sophia Gouveia, Jazlynn Martinez, Andrea Morin, Sunny Marcus, and Jessica Walker.  We want to also recognize Brian Curley who was Elected State FFA Vice President. Congratulations to Essex FFA!

 

News from the Media Center

The ENSATS community can now access the library website 24/7 using a single sign-on.  Just use your Google school login and password to access information. It’s not too early to think about SUMMER READING!  Check out the EBSCO eBook collection and download a great read to any device. Looking for the best research information? Browse one of the complete, credible, and up-to-date content databases in our Gale collection. How about enjoying a popular magazine – online?  Flipster is our online service where you can access favorite magazines chosen just for our school. So much great information at your fingertips! For more information, please access the library newsletter here.

 

 

Heelys

We have seen an increase in students wearing Heelys (sneakers with wheels) in school.  Due to safety concerns, students are not allowed to wear Heelys at school. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

MCAS Prep for Biology and Math

Just a quick reminder that the MCAS Mathematics and MCAS Biology after-school help sessions continue here at school.  Our goal is to prepare students for the computer-based, Next-Generation Mathematics Test the third week of May and for the paper-and-pencil MCAS Biology Test the first full week of June.   MCAS Mathematics Prep classes meet every Monday and Thursday in Room A-211 from 2:30-3:30 pm until May 21st.  MCAS Biology Prep classes meet every Monday and Tuesday in Room B-207 from 2:30-3:30 pm, running until June 3rd.  Students planning to attend either prep session should sign up for the 4:00 pm late bus in the morning.  We are committed to helping any student who wants to put in additional hours to get ready for these tests.  We also know that when it comes to MCAS practice is key.

 

Sales at Graduation

SkillsUSA will be pre-selling graduation flowers for pick up at graduation and an order form will be forthcoming.  Stay tuned for more information.

 

Activities: Week of May 6, 2019

Please review the following document for information about activities for the:Week of May 6, 2019

 

Upcoming Dates

Thursday, May 2 –  Tuesday, May 7 – Senior Portfolio Presentations

Wednesday, May 15 – Late Start

Tuesday,  May 21 and Wednesday, May 22 – Grade 10 Mathematics MCAS Testing

Friday, May 24 – Early Release for students with an 11:02 am dismissal

Monday, May 27 – No School: Memorial Day

 

Previous Messages

If you would like to review any of my earlier messages, these are available on the Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School website. Please click here to view them: Messages from the Principal

 

Have a good weekend!

 

Shannon B. Donnelly
Principal

 

Friday, April 26, 2019

 

Dear ENSATS Community,

 

I want to congratulate the 50 students who were inducted into the National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.  These scholars received this well-deserved recognition for their academic efforts, participation in clubs or athletics, community service and leadership. Special thanks to the members of the committee who reviewed all of the applications, our National Honor Society advisor, Ms. Dashcund, and all of the families and staff members in attendance at the ceremony.

 

Anyone seeking up-to-date information regarding athletics, please visithttp://ma.8to18.com/essextech/. Information about student activities can be found via the following link: https://essexnorthshore.org/student-activities/student-activities-calendar/

 

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

Monday, April 29 Day 9: Green
Tuesday, April 30 Day 10: Green
Wednesday, May 1 Day 1: Blue
Thursday, May 2 Day 2: Blue
Friday, May 3 Day 3: Blue

 

MCAS Prep for Biology and Math

Just a quick reminder that the MCAS Mathematics and MCAS Biology after-school help sessions continue here at school.  Our goal is to prepare students for the computer-based, Next-Generation Mathematics Test the third week of May and for the paper-and-pencil MCAS Biology Test the first full week of June.   MCAS Mathematics Prep classes meet every Monday and Thursday in Room A-211 from 2:30-3:30 pm until May 21st.  MCAS Biology Prep classes meet every Monday and Tuesday in Room B-207 from 2:30-3:30 pm, running until June 3rd.  Students planning to attend either prep session should sign up for the 4:00 pm late bus in the morning.  And, yes, it’s never too late to join these after- school sessions even if you have missed the meetings thus far.  We are committed to helping any student who wants to put in additional hours to get ready for these tests. We also know that when it comes to MCAS practice is key.

 

Graduation Rain Date

While our graduation date is set for Friday, June 7, 2019, at the stadium, we have decided this year to add a rain date on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at 10:00 am.   A concern should we move graduation indoors to the gym is that it will significantly limit the number of guests for each graduate. By having a rain date, we will have the option of postponing graduation so that graduates can still bring their guests to the outdoor event.

 

Tiered Focus Monitoring

During the week of May 6, 2019, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will conduct a review of special education and civil rights at our school.  The review chairperson, Mr. Moses Nduati, will send all parents of students with disabilities an online survey. Parents and other individuals may call Mr. Nduati at 781-338-3707 to request a telephone interview. If an individual requires an accommodation, such as translation, to participate in an interview, the Department will make the necessary arrangements.  Within approximately 60 business days after the on-site visit, the review chairperson will provide our school with a report. The public will be able to access the report at www.doe.mass.edu/pqa/review/cpr/reports/.  If anyone has questions about the review, please contact Janet Norris, Director of Special Education, at 978-304-4700 X2105 or via email at [email protected].

 

Employment Application Assistance

Ms. Lisa Berube and Ms. Tammy Garron will be providing workshops for students who need help with Employment Applications. The first workshop was held on Thursday, April 25th and the second will be held next Thursday, May 2nd in the Media Center immediately after school at 2:30 pm.  These workshops are intended for grade 10 students, but all students are welcome to join.  Students who wish to attend and need transportation home can sign up for the 4:00 pm late bus.

 

Senior Portfolio Presentations

Senior Portfolio presentations will begin on Thursday, May 2nd.  All seniors will present their portfolios to a committee made up of their teachers, administrators, and industry representatives.  This is an exciting moment for our seniors as they display their achievements in their career tech area and in academics. In my opinion, this is a proud moment for our students and their teachers and is one of my favorite events leading up to all of our graduation festivities.

 

Crossing Route 62

Due to the fact that we use two parking lots on the South Campus for student parking, we have students crossing Route 62 to get to the main school building.  It is imperative that students cross at the crosswalk at the Main Campus entrance. This crosswalk has a crossing signal that will stop traffic on both sides of Route 62, making it safe for pedestrians to cross.  Many students will cross the road at other places, and I am very concerned about a student being injured. Especially at this time of year, the solar glare in the morning makes it difficult for drivers to see and, therefore, it is even more dangerous for students to be outside the crosswalk.

 

Activities: Week of April 29, 2019

Please review the following document for information about activities for the:Week of April 29, 2019

 

Upcoming Dates

Thursday, May 2 –  Tuesday, May 7 – Senior Portfolio Presentations

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 – Late Start

Tuesday,  May 21 and Wednesday, May 22 – Grade 10 Math MCAS

Monday, May 27 – Memorial Day

 

Previous Messages

If you would like to review any of my earlier messages, these are available on the Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School website. Please click here to view them: Messages from the Principal

 

Have a restful weekend!

 

Shannon B. Donnelly
Principal

 

Friday, April 12, 2019

 

Dear ENSATS Community,

 

I want to take this time to thank everyone for reaching April vacation and for hanging in there from what has been a challenging past two weeks for the Essex Tech family.  I wish you all a well-deserved rest over this next week so that we can come back and continue our hard work right through to the end of the school year.

 

Anyone seeking up-to-date information regarding athletics, please visithttp://ma.8to18.com/essextech/. Information about student activities can be found via the following link: https://essexnorthshore.org/student-activities/student-activities-calendar/

 

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

Monday, April 22 Day 4: Blue
Tuesday, April 23 Day 5: Blue
Wednesday, April 24 Day 6: Green
Thursday, April 25 Day 7: Green
Friday, April 26 Day 8: Green

 

Kindness Week

We are very proud of the Essex Tech learning community who gathered on Monday, April 8th to kick off a new school tradition by celebrating Kindness Week.  Students and staff dedicated the entire week to a variety of kindness-related activities to share how much everyone here is appreciated and spread kindness and positivity in our learning community and beyond.  One activity involved collecting donations in the form of stuffed animals, night lights, and earbuds, for the Wonderfund, which is an organization that provides items for children in the Department of Children and Families care.

Kindness week culminated today in a whole-school photo using our Joe-Marino-guided school drone with the entire student body and staff on the athletic field to spell the words: “Hawks Kindness Week 2019.”  Here is the picture…

hawks kindness week 2019

Our Kindness Week is inspired by One Boston Day, which is celebrated on April 15th.  One Boston Day began after the Marathon Bombings on April 15, 2013, and the goal is to encourage people everywhere to commit random acts of kindness.  For more information about One Boston Day please visit:https://onebostonday.org/  Anyone interested in what we have done with the various Kindness Week activities, please check out our social media pages and look for #hawkskindnessweek

 

Day of Silence

The Day of Silence was held today at Essex Tech! Everyone was invited to participate as either a silent participant or a vocal supporter for this school-wide event. The Day of Silence is a nationally held event sponsored by GLSEN that brings attention to the silencing effect of bullying and harassment on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students. We are committed to working together to wipe out all forms of bullying and harassment at Essex Tech!  As they have since our school opened five years ago, the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) sponsored this event and staffed sign-up tables to volunteer to be silent participants or vocal supporters. If you have any questions about the event or want to join the GSA, please feel free to speak with the advisor, Mrs. Kimani, or a GSA member. You can also find more information athttps://www.glsen.org/day-silence. Thank you again for your support!

 

MCAS Prep for Biology and Math

Just a quick reminder that the MCAS Mathematics and MCAS Biology after-school help sessions continue here at school.  Our goal is to prepare students for the computer-based, Next-Generation Mathematics Test and for the paper-and-pencil MCAS Biology Test.   MCAS Mathematics Prep classes meet every Monday and Thursday in Room A-211 from 2:30-3:30 pm until May 21st.  MCAS Biology Prep classes meet every Monday and Tuesday in Room B-207 from 2:30-3:30 pm, running until June 3rd.  Students planning to attend either prep session should sign up for the 4:00 pm late bus in the morning.  And, yes, you can come to these after-school sessions even if you have missed the first few meetings before April vacation week.  We are committed to helping any student who wants to put in additional hours to get ready for these tests.

 

National Honor Society Induction Ceremony

A reminder that the National Honor and National Technical Honor Society Induction Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at 7:00 pm in the gymnasium. Family and friends of the inductees are invited to attend, and current NHS/NTHS members will be participating in the ceremony. Appropriate dress as outlined in the instructions given to students at the March 25th meeting is required.

 

Graduation Rain Date

While our graduation date is set for Friday, June 7, 2019, at the stadium, we have decided to add a rain date on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at 10:00 am.   A concern should we move graduation indoors to the gym is that it will significantly limit the number of guests for each graduate. By having a rain date, we will have the option of postponing graduation so that graduates can still bring their guests to the outdoor event.

 

Tiered Focus Monitoring

During the week of May 6, 2019, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will conduct a review of special education and civil rights at our school.  The review chairperson, Mr. Moses Nduati, will send all parents of students with disabilities an online survey. Parents and other individuals may call Mr. Nduati at 781-338-3707 to request a telephone interview. If an individual requires an accommodation, such as translation, to participate in an interview, the Department will make the necessary arrangements.  Within approximately 60 business days after the onsite visit, the review chairperson will provide our school with a report. The public will be able to access the report at www.doe.mass.edu/pqa/review/cpr/reports/.  If anyone has questions about the review, please contact Janet Norris, Director of Special Education at 978-304-4700 X2105 or via email at [email protected].

 

Crossing Route 62

Due to the fact that we use two parking lots on the South Campus for student parking, we have students crossing Route 62 to get to the main school building.  It is imperative that students cross at the crosswalk at the Main Campus entrance. This crosswalk has a crossing signal that will stop traffic on both sides of Route 62 making it safe for pedestrians to cross.  Many students will cross the road at other places, and I am very concerned about a student being injured. Especially at this time of year, the solar glare in the morning makes it difficult for drivers to see and, therefore, it is even more dangerous for students to be outside the crosswalk.

 

Activities: Week of April 22, 2019

Please review the following document for information about activities for the:Week of April 22, 2019

 

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 – National Honor Society Induction Ceremony

 

Previous Messages

If you would like to review any of my earlier messages, these are available on the Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School website. Please click here to view them: Messages from the Principal

 

Have a fun and restful vacation!

 

Shannon B. Donnelly
Principal

 

Friday, April 5, 2019

 

Dear ENSATS Community,

I want to take a moment to commend our staff and students on their compassion and willingness to support one another during this very difficult week.  I also want to thank the many parents who have called, emailed, or stopped by to see if they could lend a hand or offer support. It is during these difficult times that we see what a special place Essex Tech is.

 

Anyone seeking up-to-date information regarding athletics, please visithttp://ma.8to18.com/essextech/. Information about student activities can be found via the following link: https://essexnorthshore.org/student-activities/student-activities-calendar/

 

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

Monday, April 8 Day 9: Green
Tuesday, April 9 Day 10: Green
Wednesday, April 10 Day 1: Blue
Thursday, April 11 Day 2: Blue
Friday, April 12 Day 3: Blue

 

Kindness Week

During the week of April 8th, we will be celebrating Kindness Week at Essex Tech.  This week will include a variety of activities that allow our students and staff to let others know how much they are appreciated and spread kindness and positivity in our community.  As part of this event, we will be collecting donations for the Wonderfund. Wonderfund is an organization that provides items for children in DCF care.  They are asking for stuffed animals, night lights, and earbuds. If you would like to donate, please have your child drop off the item(s) in the main lobby by Friday, April 12, 2019.  This week will lead up to One Boston Day, which is celebrated on April 15th. One Boston Day began after the Marathon Bombings on April 15, 2013, and the goal is to encourage people everywhere to commit random acts of kindness.  For more information about One Boston Day please visit: https://onebostonday.org/  To follow our Kindness Week activities, please follow us on our social media pages and look for #hawkskindnessweek

 

Day of Silence

The Day of Silence is coming to Essex Tech! This school-wide event will take place on Friday, April 12, 2019, and everyone is invited to participate as either a silent participant or a vocal supporter. The Day of Silence is a nationally held event sponsored by GLSEN that brings attention to the silencing effect of bullying and harassment on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students. Let’s join together to wipe out all bullying and harassment at Essex Tech!  The Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) is sponsoring this event, and sign-up sheets will be at the table across from the Main Office beginning on March 29th through April 11th for students and staff members. On Friday, April 12th at 8:00 am, all students who signed up to be silent participants or vocal supporters will be called down to D/E Dining to pick up ribbons and speaking cards and to listen to instructions for the day. If you have any questions, feel free to speak with the advisor, Mrs. Kimani, or a GSA member. You can also find more information athttps://www.glsen.org/day-silence. Thank you for your support!

 

MCAS Prep for Biology and Math

After school help session will be offered to prepare students for the computer-based, Next-Generation Mathematics Test and the Biology MCAS Test.   MCAS Mathematics Prep classes will meet every Monday and Thursday in Room A-211 from 2:30-3:30 pm, beginning April 1st until May 21st.  MCAS Biology Prepclasses will meet every Monday and Tuesday in Room B-207 from 2:30-3:30 pm, starting April 8th and running until June 3rd.  Students planning to attend either prep session should sign up for the 4:00 pm late bus in the morning.

 

National Honor Society Induction Ceremony

The National Honor and National Technical Honor Society Induction Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at 7:00 pm in the gymnasium. Family and friends of the inductees are invited to attend, and current NHS/NTHS members will be participating in the ceremony. Appropriate dress as outlined in the instructions given to students at the March 25th meeting is required.

 

Graduation Rain Date

While our graduation date is set for Friday, June 7, 2019, at the stadium, we have decided to add a rain date on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at 10:00 am.   A concern should we move graduation indoors to the gym is that it will significantly limit the number of guests for each graduate. By having a rain date, we will have the option of postponing graduation so that graduates can still bring their guests to the outdoor event.

 

Tiered Focus Monitoring

During the week of May 6, 2019, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will conduct a review of special education and civil rights at our school.  The review chairperson, Mr. Moses Nduati, will send all parents of students with disabilities an online survey. Parents and other individuals may call Mr. Nduati at 781-338-3707 to request a telephone interview. If an individual requires an accommodation, such as translation, to participate in an interview, the Department will make the necessary arrangements.  Within approximately 60 business days after the onsite visit, the review chairperson will provide our school with a report. The public will be able to access the report at www.doe.mass.edu/pqa/review/cpr/reports/.  If anyone has questions about the review, please contact Janet Norris, Director of Special Education at 978-304-4700 X2105 or via email at [email protected].

 

Parking on Campus

As a reminder, only students who have parking passes are allowed to park on campus in the assigned parking lots.  In recent weeks, many students who have paid for their parking pass have not been able to park in the lots because other students are parking there.  It is unfair if students who pay for the passes cannot park. I understand the frustration for our newer drivers, but we simply do not have enough parking spaces to accommodate all of our student drivers.

 

Crossing Route 62

Due to the fact that we use two parking lots on the South Campus for student parking, we have students crossing Route 62 to get to the main school building.  It is imperative that students cross at the crosswalk at the Main Campus entrance. This crosswalk has a crossing signal that will stop traffic on both sides of Route 62 making it safe for pedestrians to cross.  Many students will cross the road at other places, and I am very concerned about a student being injured. Especially at this time of year, the solar glare in the morning makes it difficult for drivers to see and, therefore, it is even more dangerous for students to be outside the crosswalk.

 

Activities: Week of April 1, 2019

Please review the following document for information about activities for the:Week of April 8, 2019

 

 

Upcoming Dates

Monday, April 15 – Friday, April 19, 2019 – April Vacation

 

Previous Messages

If you would like to review any of my earlier messages, these are available on the Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School website. Please click here to view them: Messages from the Principal

 

Have a good weekend!

 

Shannon B. Donnelly
Principal

 

Friday, March 29, 2019

 

Dear ENSATS Community,

This was an important week for our grade 10 students as they completed the Next-Generation English Language Arts (ELA) MCAS Test.  This was the first time that Essex Tech has conducted a state-wide, computer-based test, and it was very successful. I want to thank the Technology Department, MCAS team, all of the proctors and administrators that worked tirelessly this week to support our students and create a positive testing environment.  Now we are on to the Next-Generation MCAS Mathematics Test scheduled for May 21st and 22nd.

 

Anyone seeking up-to-date information regarding athletics, please visithttp://ma.8to18.com/essextech/. Information about student activities can be found via the following link: https://essexnorthshore.org/student-activities/student-activities-calendar/

 

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

Monday, April 1 Day 4: Blue
Tuesday, April 2 Day 5: Blue
Wednesday, April 3 Day 6: Green
Thursday, April 4 Day 7: Green
Friday, April 5 Day 8: Green

 

Student Authors

Fifty-four students from Ms. Maxey’s English classes are published thanks to YoungWriters.

Their works have been published in, “Stranger Sagas, Stories from Massachusetts” edited by Megan Roberts.  YoungWriters prides itself on encouraging young writers to read, write, and enjoy poetry and creative writing. Congratulations to all of our student authors and to Ms. Maxey.

 

Parking on Campus

As a reminder, only students who have parking passes are allowed to park on campus in the assigned parking lots.  In recent weeks, many students who have paid for their parking pass have not been able to park in the lots because other students are parking there.  It is unfair if students who pay for the passes cannot park. I understand the frustration for our newer drivers, but we simply do not have enough parking spaces to accommodate all of our student drivers.

 

Crossing Route 62

Due to the fact that we use two parking lots on the South Campus for student parking, we have students crossing Route 62 to get to the main school building.  It is imperative that students cross at the crosswalk at the Main Campus entrance. This crosswalk has a crossing signal that will stop traffic on both sides of Route 62 making it safe for pedestrians to cross.  Many students will cross the road at other places, and I am very concerned about a student being injured. Especially at this time of year, the solar glare in the morning makes it difficult for drivers to see and, therefore, it is even more dangerous for students to be outside the crosswalk.

 

MCAS Prep for Biology and Math

After school help session will be offered to prepare students for the Mathematics and Biology MCAS tests.   MCAS Mathematics Prep classes will meet every Monday and Thursday in room A-211 from 2:30-3:30 pm, starting April 1st until May 21st.  MCAS Biology Prep classes will meet every Monday and Tuesday in room B-207 from 2:30-3:30 pm, starting April 8th until June 3rd.  Students planning to attend either prep session should sign up for the 4:00 p.m. late bus in the morning.

 

Day of Silence

The Day of Silence is coming to Essex Tech! This school-wide event will take place on Friday, April 12, 2019, and everyone is invited to participate as either a silent participant or a vocal supporter. The Day of Silence is a nationally held event sponsored by GLSEN that brings attention to the silencing effect of bullying and harassment on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students. Let’s join together to wipe out all bullying and harassment at Essex Tech!  The Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) is sponsoring this event, and sign-up sheets will be at the table across from the Main Office beginning on March 29th through April 11th for students and staff members. On Friday the 12th at 8:00 am, all students who signed up to be silent participants or vocal supporters will be called down to D/E Dining to pick up ribbons and speaking cards and to listen to instructions for the day. If you have any questions, feel free to speak with the advisor, Mrs. Kimani, or a GSA member. You can also find more information athttps://www.glsen.org/day-silence. Thank you for your support!

 

Activities: Week of April 1, 2019

Please review the following document for information about activities for the:Week of April 1, 2019

 

Upcoming Dates

Monday, April 15 – Friday, April 19, 2019 – April Vacation

 

Previous Messages

If you would like to review any of my earlier messages, these are available on the Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School website. Please click here to view them: Messages from the Principal

 

Have a good weekend!

 

Shannon B. Donnelly
Principal

 

Friday, March 22, 2019

 

Dear ENSATS Community,

I hope that all of the students enjoyed some free time and the beautiful weather on their day off on Wednesday.  During our professional development, the faculty was busy participating in Wellness activities, learning about diversity, and planning CTE-Academic integration lessons.  We are actively developing ways to interconnect student learning here through this process. It was a productive and enjoyable day that provided opportunities for our teachers to work together.

 

Anyone seeking up-to-date information regarding athletics, please visithttp://ma.8to18.com/essextech/. Information about student activities can be found via the following link: https://essexnorthshore.org/student-activities/student-activities-calendar/

 

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

Monday, March 25 Day 9: Green
Tuesday, March 26 Day 10: Green
Wednesday, March 27 Day 6: Green
Thursday, March 28 Day 7: Green
Friday, March 29 Day 8: Green

 

Trimester 2 Grades

Trimester 2 report cards are now available in the “Published Reports” section of the Aspen Portal home page.

If you are unable to access the portal, please email [email protected]. Please provide your students full name, ID number, and date of birth, along with your name and relationship to the student. Upon verification of this information, you will receive an email with your login details.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding a grade or comment please start by contacting the teacher directly. Further questions or concerns may be brought to your student’s guidance counselor or assistant principal if necessary.

 

Next-Generation MCAS English Language Arts Test

On Tuesday, March 26th and Wednesday, March 27th all 10th-graders will be participating in the Next-Generation English Language Arts (ELA) MCAS Test, this year comprised of two, not three, testing days.  We have prepared students all year by embedding the strategies and skills that they will need to be successful when taking this new MCAS test. Our goal is for students to not only possess these skills but to feel confident when they take this test.  The Next-Generation ELA MCAS Test is a computer-based test, and students will be using their iPads for testing. We will provide keyboards, but are asking all students to bring a fully charged iPad to school for testing.  We will have extra iPads 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.  Please encourage your child 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 Tuesday, March 26th and again on Wednesday, March 27th.  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 March 26th and 27th should have signed up for the bus in their respective Academy office by Tuesday, March 19th.  We will not be running all of the regular buses, so only students who sign up by March 19th will be picked up.

 

Athletics Meeting

A spring sports meeting for parents/guardians will be held on Tuesday, March 26th at 6:00 pm in the Main Cafeteria. All parents/guardians should attend.

 

Career Fair

On Thursday, March 21, 2019, we hosted our 2nd-annual ENSATS Career Fair. Over forty businesses and organizations were on hand to represent a variety of career areas.  Students were able to talk with representatives and discuss job opportunities. Thank you to the many businesses that were able to attend and to Ms. Berube, our Cooperative Education Coordinator, for putting this fantastic event together for our students!

 

Activities: Week of March 25, 2019

Please review the following document for information about activities for the: Week of March 25, 2019

 

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, March 26 & Wednesday, March 27, 2019 – Grade 10 – ELA MCAS

– Grade 12 – 11:30 Late Start

Monday, April 15 – Friday, April 19, 2019 – April Vacation

 

Previous Messages

If you would like to review any of my earlier messages, these are available on the Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School website. Please click here to view them: Messages from the Principal

 

Have a good weekend!

 

Shannon B. Donnelly
Principal

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Friday, March 15, 2019

 

Dear ENSATS Community,

Spring has sprung at Essex Tech!  The weather is warming up and spring sports are getting ready to begin.  We have also welcomed seven baby lambs this week. They were too cute not to share.

lambs

Anyone seeking up-to-date information regarding athletics, please visithttp://ma.8to18.com/essextech/. Information about student activities can be found via the following link: https://essexnorthshore.org/student-activities/student-activities-calendar/

 

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

Monday, March 18 Day 4: Blue
Tuesday, March 19 Day 5: Blue
Wednesday, March 20 Professional Day: No School for Students
Thursday, March 21 Day 2: Blue
Friday, March 22 Day 4: Blue

We will have four Blue days this coming week (March 18, 2019 – March 22, 2019).  Therefore, sophomores and seniors will be in CTE and freshman and juniors will be in academics.  This will be followed by five Green days during the week of March 25, 2019 – March 29, 2019; the five Green days are necessary due to MCAS testing.  If you would like more clarification regarding the school calendar please click here:  2018-2019 Calendar

 

SkillsUSA and FFA

This was a very busy week for student activities! Twenty-seven students attended the FFA State Convention in Sturbridge, MA from Tuesday to Friday, to compete in several Career and Leadership Development Events. The students participated in agricultural competitions, public speaking competitions, and a science fair.  Our FFA students were very successful, bringing home several awards and trophies. Thank you to Ms. Plante, Mr. Chouinard, and Ms. Coggeshall for attending and keeping an eye on all of our FFA rockstars!

 

The SkillsUSA District Competition was held on Thursday, March 14, 2019, at Greater Lowell Technical High School.  Approximately 100 students from over fifteen Career Technical Areas competed against students from five other vocational schools.  They came home with twenty-three medals and one state officer candidate. Thank you to Mr. Conard, Ms. Batzer, Ms. Williams, Mr. Bailin, Ms. Dresser, Mr. Ducharme, and Ms. Sawyer who were there to cheer on our SkillsUSA participants.

 

We are so proud of the success of our SkillsUSA and FFA students and we are impressed with the effort and hard work.  I also want to acknowledge the CTE teachers who supported their students over the last few months as they prepared for these events.  They couldn’t do it without you!

 

Trimester 2 Grades

Teachers will be finalizing grades over the next week and we plan to have report cards posted to Aspen by Friday, March 22, 2019.  I will send a connect ed message out when report cards are ready to be viewed.

 

Next Generation MCAS English Language Arts Preparations

We have been very busy preparing for the upcoming MCAS testing season.  On Monday, March 11, 2019, all tenth-grade students participated in the ELA Infrastructure Trial.  This trial run of the computer-based MCAS test allowed the students and proctors to become familiar with the testing platform and accessibility tools prior to taking the actual MCAS ELA Test. The trial was very successful and helped with our preparations. In addition, the tenth graders attended informational presentations this week.  During these presentations, we reviewed the schedule for the testing days, specific rules regarding technology use during testing and helpful hints.

We also held MCAS proctor training for all of our academic, special education, and guidance staff.

 

After-School Prep for the Next-Generation MCAS English Language Arts Test

It is still not too late for any grade 10 student to attend after-school sessions to help improve scores on the first-ever, computer-based, Grade 10 Next-Generation MCAS English Language Arts Test that will be administered at Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School on March 26-27, 2019. Sessions are held every Tuesday and Thursday immediately after school in Room D-210. Students are receiving customized coaching based on their own reading and writing abilities, reviewing test-taking strategies, and getting guided practice to improve or strengthen their scores. Students can come for every session or drop in for particular help based on their needs and availability. These sessions end in time for students to take the 4:00 pm late bus home.

 

Activities: Week of March 11, 2019

Please review the following document for information about activities for the:Week of March 18, 2019

 

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 – Professional Day – No school for students

 

Previous Messages

If you would like to review any of my earlier messages, these are available on the Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School website. Please click here to view them: Messages from the Principal

 

Have a good weekend!

 

Shannon B. Donnelly
Principal

 

Friday, March 8, 2019

 

Dear ENSATS Community,
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 marks the first day of Trimester 3.  It is hard to believe we have just over 60 days left in the school year.  I am relieved that we made it to the beginning of March before we had a snow day.  Our last day of school will now be Thursday, June 13, 2019.

 

Anyone seeking up-to-date information regarding athletics, please visit http://ma.8to18.com/essextech/. Information about student activities can be found via the following link: https://essexnorthshore.org/student-activities/student-activities-calendar/

 

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

Monday, March 11 Day 9: Green
Tuesday, March 12 Day 10: Green
Wednesday, March 13 Day 1: Blue
Thursday, March 14 Day 2: Blue
Friday, March 15 Day 3: Blue

 

Trimester 2 Grades

Teachers will be finalizing grades over the next two weeks and we plan to have report cards posted to Aspen by Friday, March 22, 2019.  I will send a connect ed message out when report cards are ready to be viewed.

 

Next Generation MCAS English Language Arts Infrastructure Trial

On Monday, March 11, 2019, all tenth-grade students will participate in the ELA Infrastructure Trial.  This is a trial run of the computer-based MCAS test and will allow the students a chance to become familiar with the testing platform and tools prior to taking the actual MCAS ELA Test. The trial will take place during D block and will take approximately 60 minutes.  The students do not need to do anything to prepare for the infrastructure trial, except to bring their charged iPads to class just as they will on the actual MCAS ELA testing days later this month on March 26 and 27.

 

After-School Prep for the Next-Generation MCAS English Language Arts Test

It is still not too late for any grade 10 student to attend after-school sessions to help improve scores on the first-ever, computer-based, Grade 10 Next-Generation MCAS English Language Arts Test that will be administered at Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School on March 26-27, 2019. Sessions are held every Tuesday and Thursday immediately after school in Room D-210. Students are receiving customized coaching based on their own reading and writing abilities, reviewing test-taking strategies, and getting guided practice to improve or strengthen their scores. Students can come for every session or drop in for particular help based on their needs and availability. These sessions end in time for students to take the 4:00 pm late bus home.

 

Senior Cap & Gown Orders

The senior class advisors are in the process of collecting sizes for caps & gowns. Many seniors have not yet completed the cap and gown form to indicate their size. We urge you to please ask your child to fill out the form as soon as possible. Here is the link for the form:

https://goo.gl/forms/THRIBea5JZEfENMD3

 

Spring Sports Letter

Please see the following Spring Sports Letter if your child is interested in participating in sports this spring.

 

News from the Athletic Department

We are happy to announce that Sean Parsons has been hired as the head coach for the boy’s lacrosse program. Coach Parsons comes to us with over ten years of coaching experience at the high school level. All players are invited to meet Coach Parsons on Thursday, March 14th at 2:45 pm in the Main Cafe

 

Activities: Week of March 11, 2019

Please review the following document for information about activities for the: Week of March 11, 2019

 

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 – Professional Day – No school for students

 

Previous Messages

If you would like to review any of my earlier messages, these are available on the Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School website. Please click here to view them: Messages from the Principal

 

Have a good weekend!

 

Shannon B. Donnelly
Principal

 

Friday, March 1, 2019

 

Dear ENSATS Community,
As we begin the month of March, there are many exciting things happening at Essex Tech.  The Drama Club is performing their play Under Milk Wood, this weekend.  The Skills USA and FFA students are getting ready for their upcoming competitions.  Winter sports are wrapping up and spring sports will begin in a few weeks. We have also been hard at work getting ready for the Next-Generation MCAS English Language Arts Test that our grade 10 students will take later this month.

 

Anyone seeking up-to-date information regarding athletics, please visit http://ma.8to18.com/essextech/. Information about student activities can be found via the following link: https://essexnorthshore.org/student-activities/student-activities-calendar/

 

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

Monday, March 4 Day 4: Blue
Tuesday, March 5 Day 5: Blue
Wednesday, March 6 Day 6: Green
Thursday, March 7 Day 7: Green
Friday, March 8 Day 8: Green

 

Drama Club Performance

Essex Tech Drama will perform an abridged version of Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas under the direction of Alyssa Gibbs and Mike Zupancic at the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild (METG)  Preliminary Round on Saturday, March 2 at North Reading High School at 11:15 am. Essex Tech will compete against seven other schools from surrounding communities for the opportunity to move on to the semi-finals round. Audience members are advised to arrive at the theater fifteen minutes prior to show time. Once a show has started there will be no late seating. Tickets are $12 for the day (1 show or all) and can be purchased at the door.  Tickets are cash or check only. Break a leg, Essex Tech cast & crew!

 

Senior Cap & Gown Orders

The senior class advisors are in the process of collecting sizes for caps & gowns. Many seniors have not yet completed the cap and gown form to indicate their size. We urge you to please ask your child to fill out the form as soon as possible. Here is the link for the form:

https://goo.gl/forms/THRIBea5JZEfENMD3

 

Spring Sports Letter

Please see the following Spring Sports Letter if your child is interested in participating in sports this spring.

 

ADHD and Executive Skills Presentation

Please join us for a Special Education Parent Advisory Council Meeting on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at 6:00 pm in the Maple Street Bistro. Dr. Peg Dawson will be presenting about ADHD and Executive Skills. Dr. Dawson works at the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders in Portsmouth, NH and specializes in the assessment of children and adults with learning and attention disorders. If interested please RSVP to Martha Barrett at [email protected].

 

Attendance Calls

In an effort to improve school-to-home communication, we will begin sending automated phone calls for all student absences. Parents will receive a call even if they have already called in the absence to the attendance line.

 

After-School Prep for the Next-Generation MCAS English Language Arts Test

It is not too late for any grade 10 student to attend after-school sessions to help improve scores on the first-ever, computer-based, Grade 10 Next-Generation MCAS English Language Arts Test that will be administered at Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School on March 26-27, 2019. After school sessions are held every Tuesday and Thursday immediately after school in Room D-210. Students will receive customized coaching based on their own reading and writing abilities, review test-taking strategies, and receive guided practice to improve or strengthen their scores. Students can come for every session or drop in for particular help based on their needs and availability. These sessions end in time for students to take the 4:00 pm late bus home.

 

Activities: Week of March 4, 2019

Please review the following document for information about activities for the: Week of March 4, 2019

 

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 – Sophomore/Junior Guidance Parent Night

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 – Professional Day – No school for students

 

Previous Messages

If you would like to review any of my earlier messages, these are available on the Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School website. Click here to view them: Messages from the Principal

 

Have a good weekend!

 

Shannon B. Donnelly
Principal

 

Friday, February 15, 2019

 

Dear ENSATS Community,
We have reached February vacation. I hope all of our students and faculty are able to spend the week relaxing and enjoying time with family and friends. We will see everyone when school resumes on February 25th.

 

Anyone seeking up-to-date information regarding athletics, please visit http://ma.8to18.com/essextech/. Information about student activities can be found via the following link: https://essexnorthshore.org/student-activities/student-activities-calendar/

 

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

Monday, February 25 Day 9: Green
Tuesday, February 26 Day 10: Green
Wednesday, February 27 Late Start Day 1: Blue
Thursday, February 28 Day 2: Blue
Friday, March 1 Day 3: Blue

 

Late-Start: Wednesday, February 27, 2019

February 29, 2019, which is the Wednesday that we return from vacation, will be a Late-Start day. Please see the 2018-2019 Bus Routes for Late-Start pick-up times at Bus Routes. Student drivers and those students who are dropped off should arrive no earlier than 10:00 am. Seniors with first lunch can arrive after first lunch at 10:51 am. The order of periods for the Late-Start day will be C, A, B.

 

Spring Sports Letter

Please see the following Spring Sports Letter if your child is interested in participating in sports this spring.

 

Taste of Essex Tech

Attention food lovers! Come celebrate the 2nd Annual Taste of Essex Tech. Enjoy scrumptious and savory treats from local food artisans on Saturday, April 6, 2019, from 4:00-6:00 pm at the Essex North Shore Agriculture and Technical School gymnasium. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and children. This event is a smash hit! You do not want to wait or you will miss out! Stay tuned for information regarding the purchase of tickets. If you are interested in creating a basket for a raffle? Please contact us at [email protected] If you are interested in becoming a vendor or sponsor, please contact us at [email protected]

 

ADHD and Executive Skills Presentation

Please join us for a Special Education Parent Advisory Council Meeting on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at 6:00 pm in the Maple Street Bistro. Dr. Peg Dawson will be presenting about ADHD and Executive Skills. Dr. Dawson works at the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders in Portsmouth, NH and specializes in the assessment of children and adults with learning and attention disorders. If interested please RSVP to Martha Barrett at [email protected].

 

Attendance Calls

In an effort to improve school-to-home communication, we will begin sending automated phone calls for all student absences. Parents will receive a call even if they have already called in the absence to the attendance line.

 

After-School Prep for the Next-Generation MCAS English Language Arts Test

We are offering to all grade 10 students the opportunity to attend after-school sessions to help students improve their score on the first-ever, computer-based, Grade 10 Next-Generation MCAS English Language Arts Test that will be administered at Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School on March 26-27, 2019. After school sessions are held every Tuesday and Thursday immediately after school in Room D-210. Students will receive customized coaching based on their own reading and writing abilities, review test-taking strategies, and receive guided practice to improve or strengthen their scores. Students can come for every session or drop in for particular help based on their needs and availability. These sessions end in time for students to take the 4:00 pm late bus home.

 

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 – Late Start

 

Previous Messages

If you would like to review any of my earlier messages, these are available on the Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School website. Click here to view them: Messages from the Principal

 

Have a good vacation!

 

Shannon B. Donnelly
Principal

 

Saturday, February 9, 2019

 

Dear ENSATS Community,
This past Monday, February 4, 2019, marked our 100th day of school.  At this point in the school year, there are ten green days and seven blue days left in Trimester 2.  Please encourage your student to catch up on missed work and see teachers for extra help if needed before the trimester ends on March 12, 2019.

 

Anyone seeking up-to-date information regarding athletics, please visit http://ma.8to18.com/essextech/.  Information about student activities can be found via the following link: https://essexnorthshore.org/student-activities/student-activities-calendar/

 

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

Monday, February 11 Day 4: Blue
Tuesday, February 12 Day 5: Blue
Wednesday, February 13 Day 6: Green
Thursday, February 14 Day 7: Green
Friday, February 15 Day 8: Green

 

Attendance Calls

In an effort to improve school-to-home communication, we will begin sending automated phone calls for all student absences. Parents will receive a call even if they have already called in the absence to the attendance line.

 

After-School Prep for the Next-Generation MCAS English Language Arts Test

All grade 10 students are welcome to attend after-school sessions to help students improve their score on the Next-Generation MCAS English Language Arts Test that will be administered at Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School on March 26-27, 2019.  After school sessions run every Tuesday and Thursday immediately after school in Room D-210. Students will receive customized coaching based on their own reading and writing abilities, review test-taking strategies, and receive guided practice to improve or strengthen their scores.  Students can come for every session or drop in for particular help based on their needs and availability. These sessions end in time for students to take the 4:00 pm late bus home.

 

National Honor Society

All grade 11 and 12 students who have weighted GPAs of 3.86 or higher have been invited to submit applications for the National Honor Society. A meeting was held on Monday, January 14, 2019, to explain the application process.  The application packets were available at the meeting and will be available in the Main Office. The applications and supporting references are due on February 12, 2109. If you have questions, please email Ms. Nancy Dashcund, [email protected].

 

Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)

The ASVAB is a multiple-aptitude battery that measures abilities and helps predict success in the military. It will be administered at Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School on February 14, 2019.  For more information, please contact Julie Montague at [email protected].

 

Activities: Week of February 11, 2019

Please review the following document for information about activities for the: Week of February 11, 2019

 

Upcoming Dates

Monday, February 18, 2019 – Friday, February 22, 2019 –  No School: February Vacation

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 – Late Start

 

Previous Messages

If you would like to review any of my earlier messages, these are available on the Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School website.  Click here to view them: Messages from the Principal

 

Have a good weekend!

 

Shannon B. Donnelly
Principal
Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School

 

 

Friday, February 1, 2019

 

Dear ENSATS Community,
I want to thank everyone for their patience as we dealt with the difficult weather this week.  I hope that the delayed start on Thursday helped to limit the amount of time students had to wait for their buses.  I also want to thank our Maintenance department for all of their efforts to keep our campus roads, parking lots and walkways as safe as possible.

 

Anyone seeking up-to-date information regarding athletics, please visithttp://ma.8to18.com/essextech/.  Information about student activities can be found via the following link: https://essexnorthshore.org/student-activities/student-activities-calendar/

 

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

Monday, February 4 Day 9: Green
Tuesday, February 5 Day 10: Green
Wednesday, February 6 Day 1: Blue
Thursday, February 7 Day 2: Blue
Friday, February 8 Day 3: Blue

 

Natural Resource Management Composting Project

The Natural Resource Management senior class rolled out their composting project with a presentation at our faculty meeting on January 10, 2019.  They have now started composting during all of our lunches. Natural Resource Management students have been present at lunch to assist students and explain the composting process and to help students to recycle lunch paper and plastics in the appropriate bins.  The NR students have done a fantastic job guiding the staff and students as we learn to be more environmentally conscious as a learning community.

 

PTO News

Calling all Essex Tech parents!  Please join the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) at their next meeting on February 5, 2019, at 6:30 pm in our Bistro.  The PTO is looking for new members to help with events.

 

After-School Prep for the Next-Generation MCAS English Language Arts Test

All grade 10 students are welcome to attend after-school sessions to help students improve their score on the Next-Generation MCAS English Language Arts Test that will be administered at Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School on March 26-27, 2019. After school sessions run every Tuesday and Thursday immediately after school in Room D-210. Students will receive customized coaching based on their own reading and writing abilities, review test-taking strategies, and receive guided practice to improve or strengthen their scores.  Students can come for every session or drop in for particular help based on their needs and availability. These sessions end in time for students to take the 4:00 pm late bus home.

 

National Honor Society

All grade 11 and 12 students who have weighted GPAs of 3.86 or higher have been invited to submit applications for the National Honor Society. A meeting was held on Monday, January 14, 2019, to explain the application process.  The application packets were available at the meeting and will be available in the Main Office. The applications and supporting references are due on February 12, 2109. If you have questions, please email Ms. Nancy Dashcund,[email protected].

 

Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)

The ASVAB is a multiple-aptitude battery that measures abilities and helps predict success in the military. It will be administered at Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School on February 14, 2019.  For more information, please contact Julie Montague at [email protected].

 

Activities: Week of February 4, 2019

Please review the following document for information about activities for the:Week of February 4, 2019

 

Upcoming Dates

Monday, February 18, 2019 – Friday, February 22, 2019 –  No School: February Vacation

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 – Late Start

 

Previous Messages

If you would like to review any of my earlier messages, these are available on the Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School website.  Click here to view them: Messages from the Principal

 

Enjoy the weekend! Go Pats!

 

Shannon B. Donnelly
Principal
Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School
565 Maple Street | Hathorne, MA 01937
(978) 304-4700 | EssexNorthShore.org
Find us on Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

 

Friday, January 25, 2019

 

Dear ENSATS Community,
Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School was proud to present  “If They Had Known” to our parents, guardians, and community members on Wednesday, January 23, 2019.  The “If They Had Known” program included an important, powerful 30-minute video documentary that focuses on the risks of current party culture.  This documentary is a candid film about the risks of recreationally mixing prescription drugs with alcohol. The film is an honest and emotional account of a real event, culminating in the death of a local young man named Clay Soper as well as what Clay’s friends and family learned from this tragedy.  We were honored to have Clay’s parents, Geoff and Genny Soper, join us and speak to the audience. It is their hope to spread their message to all who will hear, and Essex North Shore is proud to assist as well as honor Clay’s memory. Thank you to the many families, community members, staff, students, and especially the Sopers for joining us and sharing this powerful and important message.  If you were unable to attend but would like more information, please visit https://www.iftheyhadknown.com/

 

Anyone seeking up-to-date information regarding athletics, please visit http://ma.8to18.com/essextech/.  Information about student activities can be found via the following link: https://essexnorthshore.org/student-activities/student-activities-calendar/

 

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

Monday, January 28 Day 4: Blue
Tuesday, January 29 Day 5: Blue
Wednesday, January 30 Day 6: Green
Thursday, January 31 Day 7: Green
Friday, February 1 Day 8: Green

 

Trimester 2 Progress Reports

Trimester 2 Progress Reports were posted to the Aspen portal this morning. All parents and guardians should receive an email and voicemail with directions for accessing these progress reports.

 

Natural Resource Management Composting Project

The Natural Resource Management senior class rolled out their composting project with a presentation at our faculty meeting on January 10, 2019.  They have now started composting during all of our lunches. Natural Resource Management students have been present at lunch to assist students and explain the composting process and to help students to recycle lunch paper and plastics in the appropriate bins.  The NR students have done a fantastic job guiding the staff and students as we learn to be more environmentally conscious as a learning community.

 

World Hijab Day

On February 1, 2019, Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School will celebrate World Hijab Day.  In doing so, we will show support for millions of Muslim women who choose to wear the hijab and live a life of modesty. Female staff members and students can volunteer to wear a hijab on February 1st.  Buttons will be available for male staff and students to show support and for any female who would like to be a supporter but not wear a head scarf.  For more information, please visit www.worldhijabday.com

 

Dismissal Procedure

If a student needs to be dismissed, the most efficient way is to send a note to be dropped off at the Academy office prior to the start of the school day. This will help to minimize classroom disruptions and ensure that students will be waiting when parents arrive to pick them up. As a reminder, parents will be asked to show a license/identification when picking up their child.  Please keep in mind that this is a security measure to ensure the safety of our students. Thank you again for your cooperation.

 

PTO News

Calling all Essex Tech parents!  Please join the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) at their next meeting on February 5, 2019, at 6:30 pm in our Bistro.  The PTO is looking for new members to help with events.

 

School Closing Information

The following information regarding school cancellation or delayed openings was posted to the Families page of the website recently.  I thought it would be helpful to provide the information here as well. School Cancellation Information

 

National Honor Society

All grade 11 and 12 students who have weighted GPAs of 3.86 or higher have been invited to submit applications for the National Honor Society. A meeting was held on Monday, January 14, 2019, to explain the application process.  The application packets were available at the meeting and will be available in the Main Office. The applications and supporting references are due on February 12, 2109. If you have questions, please email Ms. Nancy Dashcund, [email protected].

 

Activities: Week of January 28, 2019

Please review the following document for information about activities: Week of January 28, 2019

 

Upcoming Dates

Monday, February 18, 2019 – Friday, February 22, 2019 –  No School: February Vacation

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 – Late Start

 

Previous Messages

If you would like to review any of my earlier messages, these are available on the Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School website.  Click here to view them: Messages from the Principal

 

Enjoy the weekend!

 

Shannon B. Donnelly
Principal
Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School
565 Maple Street | Hathorne, MA 01937
(978) 304-4700 | EssexNorthShore.org
Find us on Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

 

Friday, January 18, 2019

 

Dear ENSATS Community,
Today is the 90th day of school and so this is the halfway point of the school year.  Day 90 also marks the midpoint of Trimester 2. This means that Trimester 2 progress reports will be available on the Aspen Portal next week.  Stay tuned for an email and voicemail message regarding progress report access.

 

Anyone seeking up-to-date information regarding athletics, please visit http://ma.8to18.com/essextech/.  Information about student activities can be found via the following link: https://essexnorthshore.org/student-activities/student-activities-calendar/

 

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

Monday, January 21 No School
Tuesday, January 22 Day 10: Green
Wednesday, January 23 Late Start Day 6: Blue
Thursday, January 24 Day 7: Blue
Friday, January 25 Day 8: Blue

 

Late-Start: Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Wednesday, January 23, 2019, will be a late start. Please see the 2018-2019 Bus Routes for Late-Start pick-up times at Bus Routes.  Student drivers and those students who are dropped off should arrive no earlier than 10:00 am.  Seniors with first lunch can arrive after first lunch at 10:51 am.  The order of periods for the Late-Start day will be C, D, E.

 

Dismissal Procedure

If a student needs to be dismissed, the most efficient way is to send a note to be dropped off at the Academy office prior to the start of the school day. This will help to minimize classroom disruptions and ensure that students will be waiting when parents arrive to pick them up. As a reminder, parents will be asked to show a license/identification when picking up their child.  This is a security measure to ensure the safety of our students. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

PTO News

Calling all Essex Tech parents!  Please join the PTO on Feb 5th at 6:30 pm in the Bistro.  The PTO is looking for new members to help with events.

 

School Closing Information

The following information regarding school cancellation or delayed openings was posted to the Families page of the website recently.  I thought it would be helpful to provide the information here as well. School Cancellation Information

 

National Honor Society

All grade 11 and 12 students who have weighted GPAs of 3.86 or higher have been invited to submit applications for the National Honor Society. A meeting was held on Monday, January 14, 2019, to explain the application process.  The application packets were available at the meeting and will be available in the main office. The applications and supporting references are due on February 12, 2109. If you have questions, please email Ms. Nancy Dashcund, [email protected].

 

If They Had Known

Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School is proud to present  “If They Had Known” to our parents and guardians as well as any and all interested community members on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at 6:30 pm on our Main Campus.  The “If They Had Known”  program includes an important, powerful 30-minute video documentary that focuses on the risks of current party culture.  It is not a program about addiction or substance abuse. Rather, the documentary is a candid film spoken BY kids TO kids and families about the risks of recreationally mixing prescription drugs with alcohol.  The film is an honest and emotional account of a real event culminating in the death of a local young man named Clay Soper (Winchester HS graduate) as well as what Clay’s friends and family learned from this tragedy.   It is their hope to spread their messages to all who will hear and Essex North Shore is proud to assist as well as honor Clay’s memory. For more information visit iftheyhadknown.com/

 

Student Drop Off

As a reminder, all students should be dropped off in the back of the building by the gym between 7:05 and 7:45 am.  If you are dropping your child off after 7:45 am, please drop them off at the main entrance in front of the building because the doors by the gym will be automatically locked at 7:45 am.  These guidelines are in place for student safety. Continuing to drop students off in front of the school when buses and staff are arriving poses logistical and safety concerns.

 

Upcoming Dates

Monday, January 21, 2019 – No School: Martin Luther King Day

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 – Late Start

 

Previous Messages

If you would like to review any of my earlier messages, these are available on the Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School website.  Click here to view them: Messages from the Principal

 

Enjoy the long weekend!

 

Shannon B. Donnelly
Principal
Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School
565 Maple Street | Hathorne, MA 01937
(978) 304-4700 | EssexNorthShore.org
Find us on Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

 

Friday, January 11, 2019

 

Dear ENSATS Community,
I am happy to report the Grade 9 CTE placement is complete.  I want to thank all of the staff members who played a role in this very important grade 9 transition.  Special thanks to our school counseling staff who take the lead in guiding students and families through this process.  We wish our freshman every success as they embark on their career pathways.

 

Anyone seeking up-to-date information regarding athletics, please visithttp://ma.8to18.com/essextech/.  Information about student activities can be found via the following link: https://essexnorthshore.org/student-activities/student-activities-calendar/

 

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

Monday, January 14 Day 4: Blue
Tuesday, January 15 Day 5: Blue
Wednesday, January 16 Day 6: Green
Thursday, January 17 Day 7: Green
Friday, January 18 Day 8: Green

 

CTE Placement

Grade 9 students received their official CTE Program Placement Certificates today. Their schedules are now complete in Aspen and reflect their final CTE Program Placements.  Students will report to their assigned CTE Program placement next Wednesday, January 16, 2019.  Instructors will provide them with information about curriculum and course expectations, supplies/tools, uniform requirements, and PPE (personal protective equipment) requirements. Uniform requirements can also be previewed on our website atEssexNorthShore.org in the Families tab or click here: Uniform Procedures.

 

National Honor Society

All grade 11 and 12 students who have weighted GPAs of 3.86 or higher are invited to submit applications for the National Honor Society. A meeting, wherein the application process will be explained, is scheduled for Monday, January 14, at 2:00 pm. Students will be sent an email inviting them to attend this meeting. The application packets will be available at the meeting and in the main office.  The applications and supporting references are due on February 12, 2109. If you have questions, please email Ms. Nancy Dashcund,[email protected].

 

If They Had Known

Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School is proud to present  “If They Had Known” to our parents and guardians as well as any and all interested community members on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at 6:30 pm on our Main Campus.  The “If They Had Known”  program includes an important, powerful 30-minute video documentary that focuses on the risks of current party culture.  It is not a program about addiction or substance abuse. Rather, the documentary is a candid film spoken BY kids TO kids and families about the risks of recreationally mixing prescription drugs with alcohol.  The film is an honest and emotional account of a real event culminating in the death of a local young man named Clay Soper (Winchester HS graduate) as well as what Clay’s friends and family learned from this tragedy.   It is their hope to spread their messages to all who will hear and Essex North Shore is proud to assist as well as honor Clay’s memory. For more information visitiftheyhadknown.com/

 

Activities: Week of January 14, 2019

Please review the following document for information about activities: Week of January 14, 2019

 

West Distributive Dining Lunch

We will no longer be selling lunch in West Distributive Dining.  The dining area will be open for students to eat, but students will need to purchase lunch in the Main Cafeteria or East Distributive Dining and then travel to West Dining if they want to eat there.  Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Student Drop Off

As a reminder, all students should be dropped off in the back of the building by the gym between 7:05 and 7:45 am.  If you are dropping your child off after 7:45 am, please drop them off at the main entrance in front of the building because the doors by the gym will be automatically locked at 7:45 am.  These guidelines are in place for student safety. Continuing to drop students off in front of the school when buses and staff are arriving poses logistical and safety concerns.

 

Upcoming Dates

Monday, January 21, 2019 – No School: Martin Luther King Day

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 – Late Start

 

Previous Messages

If you would like to review any of my earlier messages, these are available on the Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School website.  Click here to view them: Messages from the Principal

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Shannon B. Donnelly
Principal
Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School
565 Maple Street | Hathorne, MA 01937
(978) 304-4700 | EssexNorthShore.org
Find us on Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

 

Friday, January 4, 2019

 

Dear ENSATS Community,

I hope you all had an enjoyable holiday season.  Students and staff returned to school on Wednesday, January 2, 2019, ready to work and learn.  It was an exciting week for Freshman as they began their eighth and final CTE exploratory cycle.  Today they make the big decision of choosing a CTE path. Thank you to all of the parents, Freshman counselors, and CTE teachers who have helped guide our freshman as they make this very important decision.    

 

Anyone seeking up-to-date information regarding athletics, please visit http://ma.8to18.com/essextech/.  Information about student activities can be found via the following link: https://essexnorthshore.org/student-activities/student-activities-calendar/

 

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

Monday, January 7 Day 9: Green
Tuesday, January 8 Day 10: Green
Wednesday, January 9 Day 1: Blue
Thursday, January 10 Day 2: Blue
Friday, January 11 Day 3: Blue

 

Grade 9 CTE Fair

Our annual CTE Fair was held on Thursday, January 3, 2019, and the turnout was very impressive.  I want to thank all of the CTE and Guidance staff who made this night a huge success. I also want to thank all of the parents who were able to attend.  I hope you enjoyed meeting the CTE teachers and gained some valuable information. If you were not able to attend, here is a link to the presentation: Grade 9 CTE Fair Presentation  If you have questions or concerns about CTE placement or programs please see the last two slides of the presentation for contact information.  

 

Grade 9 CTE Selection

Freshman will be bringing home their CTE selection sheets today.  All forms must be signed by a parent or guardian and returned to the Freshman Academy Office on Monday, January 7, 2019, by 8 am.  

 

End Distracted Driving

We have been able to schedule End Distracted Driving presentations for our 10th-, 11th-, and 12th-grade students.  End Distracted Driving is a program developed by Joel Feldman, who tragically lost his 21-year-old daughter to a distracted driver in 2009.  Joel Feldman and his colleagues will be here on Monday, January 7th to speak to our students. If you would like more information about the End Distracted Driving program, please visit https://www.enddd.org/

 

Drivers Education

Any student interested in signing up for Driver’s Education Classes to be held here at Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School must sign up in the Main Office on Tuesday, January 8th or Wednesday, January 9th between 7:30 and 7:45 a.m. or at 2:30 p.m. All completed paperwork for sign-ups must be returned to the Main Office no later than Thursday, January 10th.  Please keep in mind that seats are limited. Driver’s Education Classes will begin on Monday, January 21, 2019, and will run through Thursday, April 12, 2019. The classes will take place on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 2:35–3:45 pm. Students should sign up online each morning for the 4:00 late bus if needed. For more information, please contact Marian Garabedian at 1-978-304-4700 ext. 3312

 

Activities: Week of January 7, 2019

Please review the following document for information about activities: Week of January 7, 2019

 

West Distributive Dining Lunch

We will no longer be selling lunch in West Distributive Dining.  The dining area will be open for students to eat, but students will need to purchase lunch in the Main Cafeteria or East Distributive Dining and then travel to West Dining if they want to eat there.  Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Social Sentinel

We have begun using Social Sentinel a service that assists in monitoring possible threats that may be posted on social media.  If you would like more information about this please feel free to contact me at 1-978-304-4700, ext 3105 or Joseph Marino, Interim Technology Director at 1-978-304-4700, ext 1502.

 

Employment Article

Here is a CNBC article, out today, regarding employment trends that may be of interest:

Manufacturing Industry Post Biggest Annual Job Gains in 20 Years

Student Drop Off

As a reminder, all students should be dropped off in the back of the building by the gym between 7:05 and 7:45 am.  If you are dropping your child off after 7:45 am, please drop them off at the main entrance in front of the building because the doors by the gym will be automatically locked at 7:45 am.  These guidelines are in place for student safety. Continuing to drop students off in front of the school when buses and staff are arriving poses logistical and safety concerns.

 

Upcoming Dates

Monday, January 21, 2019 – No School: Martin Luther King Day

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 – Late Start

 

Previous Messages

If you would like to review any of my earlier messages, these are available on the Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School website.  Click here to view them: Messages from the Principal

 

Have a great weekend!

Shannon B. Donnelly

 

Friday, December 21, 2018

 

Dear ENSATS Community,
We have reached our first vacation week of the year and after so many months of learning, effort, and hard work, I am glad that our students and staff will get some much-deserved rest. I hope that the time off is relaxing and spent enjoying the company of family and friends. A restful vacation will set us up to return to school in January recharged and ready to get back to work. On behalf of the Administrative team, I wish you all a happy holiday season and all the best for 2019.

 

Anyone seeking up-to-date information regarding athletics, please visit http://ma.8to18.com/essextech/.  Information about student activities can be found via the following link: https://essexnorthshore.org/student-activities/student-activities-calendar/

 

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

Monday, December 31 No School
Tuesday, January 1 No School
Wednesday, January 2 Day 6: Green
Thursday, January 3 Day 7: Green
Friday, January 4 Day 8: Green

 

West Distributed Dining Lunch

After the holiday break, we will no longer be selling lunch in West Distributed Dining.  The dining area will be open for students to eat, but students will need to purchase lunch in the Main cafeteria or East Distributed and then travel to West dining if they want to eat there. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Student Drop Off

As a reminder, all students should be dropped off in the back of the building by the gym between 7:05 and 7:45 am.  If you are dropping your child off after 7:45 am, please drop them off at the main entrance in front of the building because the doors by the gym will be automatically locked at 7:45 am.  These guidelines are in place for student safety. Continuing to drop students off in front of the school when buses and staff are arriving poses logistical and safety concerns.

 

Upcoming Dates

December 24 – December 31, 2018 – No School: Winter Vacation

Tuesday, January 1, 2019 – No School: New Year’s Day

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 – School Re-opens

 

Previous Messages

If you would like to review any of my earlier messages, they are available on theEssex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School website.  Click here to view them: Messages from the Principal

 

Have a great weekend!

Shannon B. Donnelly

 

Friday, December 14, 2018

 

Dear ENSATS Community,
Hawk Holiday Hope day has finally arrived!  Today was a fantastic day filled with festivities, fun activities and lots of giving back to the community.  It makes me so proud to see how generous our student, staff, and families are. We were able to provide gifts for 125 children-in-need from the North Shore.  This was an enormous undertaking that could not have been accomplished without the help of our Hawk Holiday Hope Planning Committee and the Essex North Shore PTO.  Thank you for planning, organizing, shopping, decorating, and keeping this entire project on track. I also want to thank the students, staff, and families who support this amazing community service project.  I am so grateful for your generosity, and I hope you know that you have made the holidays so much brighter for children in our community.

 

I also want to update you on the other events that went on today.  Our annual door-decorating contest produced some amazing displays.  Students along with their teachers were able to judge the decorations and vote for their favorite door.  The winners were: E-216, D-205, Collision, and Equine.

 

We also put our faculty athletes to the test with a student-staff basketball game and a student-staff hockey game. The students were victorious on the court with a game-clinching three-point shot at the buzzer for a thrilling 47-46 win.  The faculty, however, excelled in hockey and came away with a 4-1 win.

 

Anyone seeking up-to-date information regarding athletics, please visit http://ma.8to18.com/essextech/.  Information about student activities can be found via the following link: https://essexnorthshore.org/student-activities/student-activities-calendar/

 

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

Monday, December 17 Day 9: Green
Tuesday, December 18 Day 10: Green
Wednesday, December 19 Day 1: Blue
Thursday, December 20 Day 2: Blue
Friday, December 21 Day 3: Blue

Early Release: 11:02 am dismissal

 

Blooming Designs and More

We are very excited to announce that our school store is officially open for business.  Please stop by and check out our wide variety of Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School apparel along with other Hawk merchandise.

 

Hours:  7:15 – 7:45 am
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
2:30 – 3:00 pm

Extended Holiday Hours are December 10th-20th (excluding Fridays) from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm.
Students can visit the school store during lunches and passes will be available from all three cafeterias.  Families, please park in A Lot, right outside of the school store (signs will direct you).

 

Activities: Week of December 17, 2018

Please review the following document for information about activities: Week of December 17, 2018

 

Class Rings

Class rings orders are in and will be available for pick up on December 20, 2018, across from the Main Office during all three lunches.

 

Student Drop Off

As a reminder, all students should be dropped off in the back of the building by the gym between 7:05 and 7:45 am.  If you are dropping your child off after 7:45 am, please drop them off at the main entrance in front of the building because the doors by the gym will be automatically locked at 7:45 am.  These guidelines are in place for student safety. Continuing to drop students off in front of the school when buses and staff are arriving poses logistical and safety concerns.

 

Key Club Activities

The Key Club students have been very busy with many community service projects.  Here is an update about their activities:

 

TROOP FAN MAIL
The Essex Tech Key Club with help from the faculty and student body sent 4,583 holiday greeting cards to deployed troops around the world.  Friends of Our Troops is a non-profit organization that has sent millions of cards and letters since the founding of their organization (formerly Vietnam Mail Call) in 1965. The Sgt. John W. Powers Post, American Legion Auxiliary, Unit #59 in Milford underwrote the cost of the cards, the mailing of the cards to Friends of Our Troops’ headquarters in Missouri and the per piece price of each card sent.

BLANKETED WITH LOVE AND HOPE
The Essex Tech Key Club in conjunction with Blanketed with Love and Hope of Peabody made 100 no-sew fleece blankets that will be donated to Children’s Hospital in Boston.  The Key Club was fortunate to have assistance from FFA, GSA, Horror Literature Club, Cattle Club, Goat Club, the girls basketball team and several staff members.

The Thifault Family started this annual event eight years ago as a way to give back to the community. Children arrive at Boston Children’s Hospital often on an emergency and have nothing with them from home. Having a cozy, soft blanket to cuddle up with can bring a little warmth, love and hope to what can be a scary time for a family. They love that this has become an annual tradition that our friends, families, children’s schools and local businesses have become involved in!

HOUSEHOLD GOODS COLLECTION
On December 6th the Essex Tech Key Club filled the Epilepsy Foundation of New England truck with household goods and clothing donations as part of their fundraising efforts.  In addition to helping the Epilepsy Foundation, the Key Club will be paid per pound for the donated items.

MITTEN TREE
For the fifth year, the Essex Tech Key Club has set up Mitten Trees in the Main Lobby and Distributive Dining Rooms to collect hats, mittens, gloves, scarves and socks that will be donated to Lifebridge with locations in Salem, Beverly and Gloucester.  For more than three decades, Lifebridge has been working to meet the most urgent needs of the homeless and under-housed on the North Shore.

 

Upcoming Dates

Friday, December 21, 2018 – Early Release: 11:02 am dismissal

December 24 – December 31, 2018 – No School: Winter Vacation

Tuesday, January 1, 2019 – No School: New Year’s Day

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 – School Re-opens

 

Previous Messages

If you would like to review any of my earlier messages, they are available on the Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School website.  Click here to view them: Messages from the Principal

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Shannon B. Donnelly
Principal
Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School
565 Maple Street | Hathorne, MA 01937
(978) 304-4700 | EssexNorthShore.org
Find us on Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

 

Friday, December 7, 2018

 

Dear ENSATS Community,
We are very excited about Hawk Holiday Hope!  With just one week to go, students and staff have been busy working together to gather gifts for 125 children-in-need from the North Shore through the Department of Children and Families out of their Salem office. We have many fun events planned to celebrate Hawk Holiday Hope Day on Friday, December 14th.

 

The day will begin with gift wrapping in A-block classes.  Followed by two Hawk Holiday Hope gift presentation assemblies.  During C-block classes students will participate in a school-wide door-decorating contest.  We will finish the day with a student-staff basketball game and a student-staff hockey game.

 

Anyone seeking up-to-date information regarding athletics, please visit http://ma.8to18.com/essextech/.  Information about student activities can be found via the following link: https://essexnorthshore.org/student-activities/student-activities-calendar/

 

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

Monday, December 10 Day 4: Blue
Tuesday, December 11 Day 5: Blue
Wednesday, December 12 Day 6: Green
Thursday, December 13 Day 7: Green
Friday, December 14 Day 3: Blue **Please note this is a change to accommodate Hawk Holiday Hope!**

 

A Message from the Essex North Shore Parent Teacher Organization

The Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is hoping to bring some holiday sparkle to the kids, teachers, and staff by creating a “Winter Wonderland Theme” on Thursday evening, December 13th to set the stage for the Hawk Holiday Hope celebration the following day.  We need many volunteers and donations to create this magical Winter Wonderland at the school. Decorations can be dropped off on or before December 13th. We will also need volunteers on the evening of December 13th to decorate, as well as on the morning of the Hawk Holiday Hope assemblies to assist with gift processing.  Thank you in advance for any help you can offer to make this a great event for the school.   Here is a link to the PTO Hawk Holiday Hope Volunteer Sign Up Genius:
https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/4090a4eafaa2ba0fe3-hawk2/77215210

 

Blooming Designs and More

We are very excited to announce that our school store is officially open for business.  Please stop by and check out our wide variety of Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School apparel along with other Hawk merchandise.

 

Hours:  7:15 – 7:45 am
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
2:30 – 3:00 pm

Extended Holiday Hours are December 10th-20th (excluding Fridays) from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm.
Students can visit the school store during lunches and passes will be available from all three cafeterias.  Families, please park in A Lot, right outside of the school store (signs will direct you).

 

Coffee with Officer Chase

Join us on Thursday, December 13, 2018, to meet our new School Resource Officer Michael Chase.  Officer Chase, Dr. Riccio and I will be meeting with parents in the Maple Street Bistro from 8:00 to 9:00 am.  Please join us if you have specific questions or if you’d just like to meet Officer Chase in person. I realize that some parents cannot make it to a morning meeting, so in an effort to accommodate everyone, we do plan to have another meeting later in the year that will be scheduled in the evening.

 

Activities: Week of December 10, 2018

Please review the following document for information about activities: Week of December 10, 2018

 

Class Rings

Class rings orders are in and will be available for pick up on December 20, 2018, across from the Main Office during all three lunches.

 

Upcoming Dates

Friday, December 14, 2018 – Hawk Holiday Hope (This is a BLUE day 3)

Friday, December 21, 2018 – Early Release: 11:02 am dismissal

December 24 – December 31, 2018 – No School: Winter Vacation

Tuesday, January 1, 2019 – No School: New Year’s Day

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 – School Re-opens

 

Previous Messages

If you would like to review any of my earlier messages, they are available on the Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School website.  Click here to view them: Messages from the Principal

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Shannon B. Donnelly
Principal
Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School
565 Maple Street | Hathorne, MA 01937
(978) 304-4700 | EssexNorthShore.org
Find us on Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

 

Friday, November 30, 2018

 

Dear ENSATS Community,
 

Tuesday, November 27, 2018, marked the end of Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 is now officially underway.  It is hard to believe that we are one-third of the way through the school year already. Teachers will be finalizing grades over the next week and we plan to have report cards posted to Aspen by Friday, December 7, 2018.

 

Anyone seeking up-to-date information regarding athletics, please visit http://ma.8to18.com/essextech/.  Information about student activities can be found via the following link: https://essexnorthshore.org/student-activities/student-activities-calendar/

 

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

Monday, December 3 Day 9: Green
Tuesday, December 4 Day 10:  Green
Wednesday, December 5 Day 1: Blue
Thursday, December 6 Day 2: Blue
Friday, December 7 Day 3: Blue

 

Trimester 2 Academic Skills Workshop

As a reminder to the freshmen: Trimester 2 Academic Skills Seminar classes shift to a different Academic Skills content (English, Mathematics, or Biology) class, beginning on Wednesday, December 5, 2018.  Please check your schedules before going back into the academic cycle to make sure you attend the correct Academic Skills Seminar class. 

 

Blooming Designs and More

We are very excited to announce that our school store is officially open for business.  Please stop by and check out our wide variety of Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School apparel along with other Hawk merchandise.  

 

Hours:  7:15 am – 7:45 am
            10:30 am – 12:00 pm
            2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

 

Extended Holiday Hours are December 10th-20th (excluding Fridays) 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm.
Students can visit the school store during lunches – passes will be available from all three cafeterias.  Families, please park in A Lot, right outside of the school store (signs will direct you).

 

Coffee with Officer Chase

Join us on Thursday, December 13, 2018, to meet our new School Resource Officer Michael Chase. Officer Chase, Dr. Riccio and I will be meeting with parents in the Maple Street Bistro from 8:00 am to 9:00 am. Please join us if you have specific questions or if you’d just like to meet Officer Chase in person. I realize that some parents cannot make it to a morning meeting, so in an effort to accommodate everyone, we do plan to have another meeting later in the year that will be scheduled in the evening.  

 

Hawk Holiday Hope

The planning for Hawk Holiday Hope continues and soon our celebration of this our 4th-Annual Hawk Holiday Hope Day at Essex North Shore will be upon us. The big day is Friday, December 14, 2018. Students and staff at Essex North Shore have adopted 125 children-in-need from the North Shore through the Department of Children and Families out of their Salem office. We want to thanks the charitable spirit that so many members of the Essex North Shore learning community have shown this year. More details will be shared about the specifics of Hawk Holiday Hope Day as we get closer to this event.

 

Upcoming Dates

Friday, December 14, 2018 – Hawk Holiday Hope (This is also a BLUE day 3)

Friday, December 21, 2018 – Early Release: 11:02 am dismissal

December 24 – December 31, 2018 – No School: Winter Vacation

Tuesday, January 1, 2019 – No School: New Year’s Day

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 – School Re-opens

 

Previous Messages

If you would like to review any of my earlier messages, they are available on the Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School website.  Click here to view them: Messages from the Principal

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Shannon B. Donnelly
Principal
Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School
565 Maple Street | Hathorne, MA 01937
(978) 304-4700 | EssexNorthShore.org
Find us on Twitter | Facebook | Instagram 

Saturday, November 17, 2018

 

Dear ENSATS Community,
We are excited to welcome prospective students and their families for our annual Open House.  Our staff and students have been hard at work getting ready and are looking forward to showing off all the great things that we do each day.  I want to extend a special thank you to the dozens of students who have volunteered their time on a Saturday to assist with Open House. They will be present in CTE areas to answer questions and demonstrate skills.  Students will also be representing teams and activities in the gym and serving as student ambassadors to guide families and provide directions throughout the building. Open House would not be a success without our student volunteers, and we appreciate you all!

 

Given our short week of school next week, my next message will be sent on Friday, November 30, 2018.  I do want to take this opportunity to wish all of our families a Happy Thanksgiving.

 

Anyone seeking up-to-date information regarding athletics, please visit http://ma.8to18.com/essextech/.  Information about student activities can be found via the following link: https://essexnorthshore.org/student-activities/student-activities-calendar/

 

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

Monday, November 19 Day 9: Green
Tuesday, November 20 Day 10:  Green
Wednesday, November 21 Day 1: Blue
Thursday, November 22 No School: Thanksgiving Recess
Friday, November 23 No School: Thanksgiving Recess

 

Spirit Week & Pep Rally Information

Our Spirit Week is underway and will continue into this next shortened week with additional events leading up to our Third-Annual Pep Rally on Wednesday, November 21st.

 

Class Bulletin Board Competition: throughout the week bulletin boards will be decorated and judging will take place on Tuesday, November 20th.  Students should see their Class Advisor if they would like to participate.

 

  • Monday, November 19th:  Marvel Monday – Dress as your favorite superhero and Write a ‘Thank You’ note to your “hero” during lunch.

 

  • Tuesday, November 20th:  Character Day: Dress up as your favorite character. Class Bulletin Boards to be judged. After school, students can decorate the section of the gym assigned to their class.  Pizza will be served.  A DJ will be playing music.

 

  • Wednesday, November 21st:  PEP RALLY will begin at 9:10 a.m. Students should wear their class color:
    • Seniors – white
    • Juniors –  green
    • Sophomores – blue
    • Freshmen –  blue, green, white, or ENS gear

 

Hawk Holiday Hope

On Thursday, November 8, 2018, we began our yearly Community Service Learning event, Hawk Holiday Hope.  I will be providing more information about this exciting event as we get closer to December 14, 2018. In the meantime, I wanted to share a video made by our HHH planning team that explains many of the details about this exciting day at Essex North Shore.  Click here to watch the Hawk Holiday Hope video.

 

Student Drop Off

As a reminder, all students should be dropped off in the back of the building by the gym between 7:05 and 7:45 am.  We are working with the maintenance staff to make sure that the doors are unlocked at 7:05 am. If you are dropping your child off after 7:45 am, please drop them off at the main entrance in front of the building because the doors by the gym will be automatically locked at 7:45 am.  These guidelines are in place for student safety. Continuing to drop students off in front of the school when buses and staff are arriving poses logistical and safety concerns.

 

Dismissal Procedures

I wanted to take a moment to review our dismissal procedures.  If your child needs to be dismissed, please send a note with your child to be dropped off at the Academy office prior to the start of the school day. This will help to minimize classroom disruptions and ensure that your child will be waiting for you when you arrive for pick up. Parents may also be asked to show their ID when picking up their child. This is done as a safety precaution.

 

Updated Calendar

We have made one change to the school calendar regarding Grade 9 CTE selection dates.  Please click this link for the current calendar: 2018-2019 Calendar

 

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 – Pep Rally and Early Release: 11:02 am dismissal

Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23, 2018 – No School: Thanksgiving Recess

 

Previous Messages

If you would like to review any of my earlier messages, these are available on the Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School website.  Click here to view them: Messages from the Principal

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Shannon B. Donnelly
Principal
Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School
565 Maple Street | Hathorne, MA 01937
(978) 304-4700 | EssexNorthShore.org
Find us on Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

 

Friday, November 9, 2018

 

Dear ENSATS Community,
On Tuesday, November 6, 2018, we had the privilege of presenting 98 of our seniors with the John and Abigail Adams Scholarships.  These awards go to the students who placed in the top 25% of their Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School class on their tenth grade MCAS tests and affords students the opportunity for free tuition at state colleges and universities.  Congratulations to these seniors! You should be proud of this accomplishment.

 

Anyone seeking up-to-date information regarding athletics, please visit http://ma.8to18.com/essextech/.  Information about student activities can be found via the following link: https://essexnorthshore.org/student-activities/student-activities-calendar/

 

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

Monday, November 12 No School: Veterans Day observed
Tuesday, November 13 Day 5:  Blue
Wednesday, November 14 Day 6: Green
Thursday, November 15 Day 7: Green
Friday, November 16 Day 8: Green

 

Open House

Our annual Open House for prospective students will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2018, from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.  If you have a child who is interested in applying for admission, please come and visit our Career Technical Education programs, speak to academic teachers, and learn about what Essex North Shore has to offer.

 

Spirit Week & Pep Rally Information

We have an exciting week of activities planned beginning on Wednesday, November 14th. leading up to our Third Annual Pep Rally on Wednesday, November 21st.

 

Class Bulletin Board Competition: throughout the week bulletin boards will be decorated and judging will take place on Tuesday, November 20th.  Students should see their Class Advisor if they would like to participate.

 

Wednesday, November 14th:

  • Dress in your favorite Boston Sports team clothing

Thursday, November 15th:

  • Throwback Thursday – Pick a decade and dress for that time

Friday, November 16th:

  • CTE day – wear shop identifying clothes – Grade 9: pick your favorite!

Monday, November 19th:

  • Marvel Monday – dress as your favorite superhero
  • Write a Thank You note to your “hero” during lunch

Tuesday, November 20th:

  • Character Day: dress up as your favorite character.
  • Class Bulletin Boards to be judged.
  • After school, students can decorate the section of the gym assigned to their class.  Pizza will be served.  A DJ will be playing music.

Wednesday, November 21st:

  • PEP RALLY will begin at 9:10 a.m.
  • Students should wear their class color
    • Seniors – white
    • Juniors –  green
    • Sophomores – blue
    • Freshmen –  blue, green, white, or ENS gear

 

Hawk Holiday Hope

On Thursday, November 8, 2018, we began our yearly Community Service Learning event, Hawk Holiday Hope.  I will be providing more information about this exciting event as we get closer to December 14, 2018. In the meantime, I wanted to share a video made by our HHH planning team that explains many of the details about this exciting day at Essex North Shore.  Click here to watch the Hawk Holiday Hope video.

 

Activities: Week of November 12, 2018

Please review the following document for information about activities: Activites: Week of 11.12.18

 

Athletics Update

Congrats to the girls and boys cross country teams.  The girls placed first on Wednesday at the State Vocational Tournament and the boys placed second.  Amanda Davidson placed first in the girls’ division. Both teams have had great success over the past few years.  Great job Hawks!

 

There will be no open skate on Monday, November 12, 2018.

 

If you plan on trying out for a winter sport, please register online as soon as possible.  Winter sports start on Monday, November 26, 2018.

 

Upcoming Dates

Monday, November 12, 2018 – No School: Veterans Day observed

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 – Pep Rally and Early Release: 11:02 dismissal

Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23, 2018 – No School: Thanksgiving Recess

 

Previous Messages

If you would like to review any of my earlier messages, these are available on the Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School website.  Click here to view them: Messages from the Principal

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Shannon B. Donnelly
Principal
Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School
565 Maple Street | Hathorne, MA 01937
(978) 304-4700 | EssexNorthShore.org
Find us on Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

 

Friday, November 2, 2018

 

Dear ENSATS Community,
 I hope that our students enjoyed their day off on Wednesday. It was so nice that there was the added bonus for those who wanted to attend the Red Sox parade. While our students were off, our staff had a full day of professional learning. Our morning consisted of an off-campus evacuation practice, epipen training, and instruction on the importance of increasing student self-efficacy. During the afternoon, various technology workshops were offered and taught by our own staff members. It was a great day of collaboration and learning for all.

 

Anyone seeking up-to-date information regarding athletics, please visit http://ma.8to18.com/essextech/.  Information about student activities can be found via the following link: https://essexnorthshore.org/student-activities/student-activities-calendar/

 

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

Monday, November 5 Day 9: Green
Tuesday, November 6 Day 10: Green
Wednesday, November 7 Day 1: Blue
Thursday, November 8 Day 2: Blue
Friday, November 9 Day 3: Blue

 

Activities: Week of November 5, 2018

Please review the following document for information about activities: Activites: Week of 11.5.18

 

Sporting Events

There are several important sporting events taking place over the next few days.

 

Best of luck to the Girls and Boys Soccer teams who will host the 1st round of the MIAA Tournament today at 5:00 pm when the girls take on Boston International and at 7:00 pm when the boys play against New Mission. Please come and support the HAWKS!

 

The Cheerleaders will host the CAC Cheering Competition this Saturday, November 3, 2018, in the main gym. Doors open at 12:00 pm.

 

The Girls Volleyball Team will host the 2nd round of the MIAA Tournament on Monday, November 5, 2018, at 6:00 pm. Let’s pack the gym with HAWK fans!

 

Freshman Guidance Parent Night

At 6:00 pm on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, Grade 9 Guidance Counselors will host an information session for parents and guardians regarding Grade 9 Career Tech selection and placement.  All Grade 9 parents and guardians are encouraged to attend, though keep in mind that this event is not for students.

 

Open House

Our annual Open House for prospective students will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2018, from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.  If you have a child who is interested in applying for admission, please come and visit our Career Technical Education programs, speak to academic teachers and learn about what Essex Tech has to offer.

 

FFA Nationals

Along with Ms. Plante and Mr. Chouinard, twelve students traveled to Indianapolis on October 23, 2018, for the National FFA Convention.  If you’d like to read more about their exciting and educational trip, please click here: FFA National Convention News

 

Upcoming Dates

Monday, November 12, 2018 – No School: Veterans Day

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 – Pep Rally and Early Release: 11:02 dismissal

Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23, 2018 – No School: Thanksgiving Recess

 

Previous Messages

If you would like to review any of my earlier messages, these are available on the Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School website.  Click here to view them: Messages from the Principal

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Shannon B. Donnelly
Principal
Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School
565 Maple Street | Hathorne, MA 01937
(978) 304-4700 | EssexNorthShore.org
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Friday, October 26, 2018

 

Dear ENSATS Community,
It is hard to believe that the month of October is almost coming to an end.  The school year seems to be moving along quickly. The freshmen are nearing the halfway mark of Exploratory and will participate in their fourth exploratory week next week. At this time, we have 82 seniors working in their cooperative education placements and 8 seniors working on internships.  This means that we have almost 25% of our senior class working in our communities in their career areas.

 

Just a reminder that Wednesday, October 31, 2018, is a full-day, professional day for teachers and staff.  There will be no school for students on that day.

 

Anyone seeking up-to-date information regarding athletics, please visit http://ma.8to18.com/essextech/.  Information about student activities can be found via the following link: https://essexnorthshore.org/student-activities/student-activities-calendar/

 

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

Monday, October 29 Day 4: Blue
Tuesday, October 30 Day 5: Blue
Wednesday, October 31 No School for Students
Thursday, November 1 Day 7: Green
Friday, November 2 Day 8: Green

 

Uniforms

We appreciate your patience with the uniform process.  At this time, all uniform orders have been received and are available for pick up in Room A-126.  Students are expected to wear their CTE uniforms to CTE each day. If you have any questions please contact Mr. D’Aloisio at [email protected]

 

Rethinking School Innovation and the Mass IDEAS Grant Survey

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Did we get your attention?  Good. Read on.

Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School is applying for a 150K Mass IDEAS grant.

They are seeking schools who want to think differently, creatively, and shift traditional pedagogy. This survey will help us with the application process and frame our responses to questions.

We need to hear from all parents, students, staff, and community partners by Monday, October 29th, so please use the link below to take this short survey about school innovation.

Survey Link

Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

All the best,

Team ENSATS – Heidi T. Riccio, Shannon Donnelly, Tom O’Toole, Maryellen Rancourt

 

Freshman Guidance Parent Night

At 6:00 pm on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, Grade 9 Guidance Counselors will host an information session for parents and guardians regarding Grade 9 Career Tech selection and placement.  All Grade 9 parents and guardians are encouraged to attend; this event is not for students.

 

Swimming and Diving Meeting

All students interested in joining the Swimming and Diving team should attend the meeting November 1, 2018, from 2:30 pm – 2:45 pm in the Main Cafeteria. Please sign up for the 4:00 pm late bus or arrange for a ride home.

 

Basketball Meeting

The Boys Basketball team will be having a meeting on Thursday, November 1, 2018, at 2:45 pm in the Main Cafeteria. All returning players and new players should attend this meeting. If you cannot attend, please contact either Coach Juan or Coach Murphy. Athletes should sign up for the 4:00 pm late bus or arrange for a ride home.

 

Previous Messages

If you would like to review any of my earlier messages, these are available on the Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School website.  Click here to view them: Messages from the Principal

 

Have a great weekend! Go Sox!

 

Shannon B. Donnelly
Principal
Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School
565 Maple Street | Hathorne, MA 01937
(978) 304-4700 | EssexNorthShore.org
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Friday, October 19, 2018

 

I would like to thank all of the parents who helped make Homecoming Weekend a success.  It was great to see students attending sporting events on Friday and the Homecoming Dance on Saturday night.

 

Trimester 1 progress reports are now available on the Aspen Portal.   All families should have received an email and a voicemail message regarding progress reports.  Please contact the school at (978) 307-4700 if you need a printed copy of your child’s progress report. Although, this week marked the halfway point of Trimester 1, please be aware that this trimester ends on November 27, 2018.  This leaves approximately two-and-a-half weeks of both Academic and CTE classes remaining in Trimester 1. Therefore, it is never too early for students to catch up on missed work and see teachers for extra help if needed.

 

Anyone seeking up-to-date information regarding athletics, please visit http://ma.8to18.com/essextech/.  Information about student activities can be found via the following link: https://essexnorthshore.org/student-activities/student-activities-calendar/

 

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

Monday, October 22 Day 9: Green
Tuesday, October 23 Day 10: Green
Wednesday, October 24 Day 1: Blue
Thursday, October 25 Day 2: Blue
Friday, October 26 Day 3: Blue

 

Program Advisory

Thank you to the many students, parents, graduates, and community representatives who made our Program Advisory dinner on Thursday, October 18, 2018, a huge success!  We appreciate the time you take to meet with our teachers and provide advice and guidance for our CTE programs. I also want to thank all of our amazing CTE staff for your hard work and professionalism.  Great job to all.

 

Swimming and Diving Meeting

All students interested in joining the swimming/diving team should attend the meeting November 1st from 2:30 pm – 2:45 pm in the Main Cafe. Please sign up for the 4:00 pm late bus or arrange for a ride home.  

 

Open Skate

Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School will be offering “open skates” from 3:00 pm to 4:20 pm, beginning Monday, October 15, 2018, through Thursday, November 15, 2018. Sessions will be held on Mondays and Thursdays at the Essex Sports Center just around the corner from our school on Manning Road in Middleton.  There is no charge for this activity and it will be supervised by an Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School staff member. All interested students should pick up a permission slip and rink waiver in the Athletic office. Keep in mind that all students must pass in a signed permission slip and rink waiver in order to participate.

 

Student Pictures and Retakes

Student photographs have arrived.  Students can pick them up at their Academy offices.

Lifetouch will be on campus for Picture Retakes on Monday, October 22, 2018.  If a student would like to have a picture retaken, please sign up for retakes in the Main Office.  The Lifetouch ID for retakes in RI088010Q2.

 

October 31st

Just a reminder that Wednesday, October 31, 2018, is a full-day, professional day for teachers and staff.  There will be no school for students on that day.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Shannon B. Donnelly

 

Friday, October 12, 2018

 

Dear ENSATS Community,
We are excited about all of our Homecoming Weekend events that are happening on campus today and tomorrow.  Special thanks to our Culture Committee, the PTO and parents of our athletes for all you have done to make Homecoming an amazing event for our students, staff, and families.

 

Trimester 1 progress reports will be available on the Aspen Portal next week.  Stay tuned for an email and voicemail message regarding progress report access.

 

Anyone seeking up-to-date information regarding athletics, please visithttp://ma.8to18.com/essextech/.  Information about student activities can be found via the following link: https://essexnorthshore.org/student-activities/student-activities-calendar/

 

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

Monday, October 15 Day 4: Blue
Tuesday, October 16 Day 5: Blue
Wednesday, October 17 Day 6: Green
Thursday, October 18 Day 7: Green
Friday, October 19 Day 8: Green

 

Athletics Update

 

Boys Hockey

There will be a Parent/Guardian meeting for those interested in playing hockey on Tuesday, October 16th at 6:30 pm at the Essex Sports Center in the upstairs conference room.

 

Swimming and Diving Meeting

All students interested in joining the swimming/diving team should attend the meeting November 1st from 2:30 pm – 2:45 pm in the Main Cafe. Please sign up for the 4:00 pm late bus or arrange for a ride home.

 

Open Skate

Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School will be offering “open skates” from 3:00 pm to 4:20 pm, beginning Monday, October 15, 2018, through Thursday, November 15, 2018. Sessions will be held on Mondays and Thursdays at the Essex Sports Center just around the corner from our school on Manning Road in Middleton.  There is no charge for this activity and it will be supervised by an Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School staff member. All interested students should pick up a permission slip and rink waiver in the Athletic office. Keep in mind that all students must pass in a signed permission slip and rink waiver in order to participate.

 

Student Pictures and Retakes

Student photographs have arrived.  Students can pick them up at their Academy offices.

Lifetouch will be on campus on for Picture Retakes on Monday, October 22, 2018.  If a student would like to have a picture retaken, please sign up for retakes in the Main Office.  The Lifetouch ID for retakes in RI088010Q2.

 

October 31st

Just a reminder that Wednesday, October 31, 2018, is a full-day, professional day for teachers.  There will be no school for students on that day.

 

MEFA (Financial Aid Information Session)

A representative from the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) will be presenting to Essex North Shore Families on Wednesday, October 17 at 6:00 pm in our Media Center.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Shannon B. Donnelly
Principal
Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School
565 Maple Street | Hathorne, MA 01937
(978) 304-4700 | EssexNorthShore.org
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Friday, October 5, 2018

 

Dear ENSATS Community,
It is hard to believe, but October 9, 2018, is the midpoint of Trimester 1.  Trimester 1 progress reports will be available on the Aspen Portal on or around October 17, 2018.  More information regarding progress reports will be sent next week.

 

The Danvers Fire Department was here this morning for a fire drill, students and staff did an excellent job evacuating the building and after a few minutes of beautiful fall, fresh air they were allowed back in the building and got back to work.

 

Anyone seeking up-to-date information regarding athletics, please visithttp://ma.8to18.com/essextech/.  Information about student activities can be found via the following link: https://essexnorthshore.org/student-activities/student-activities-calendar/

 

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

Monday, October 8 Columbus Day: No School
Tuesday, October 9 Day 10: Green
Wednesday, October 10 Day 1: Blue
Thursday, October 11 Day 2: Blue
Friday, October 12 Day 3: Blue

 

Homecoming

We will be celebrating Homecoming weekend on October 12 and 13, 2018.  The Culture Committee has been hard at work to plan a great weekend filled with fun activities for students and alumni.  We would love to see our current students, former students and families attend to enjoy the fun.

 

Friday, October 12

Spirit Day!  Wear your Essex North Shore Gear to school!  The administration will pick the Best Super Fan from each grade and it will be shared on social media.

 

Friday afternoon festivities will occur all afternoon.  Students are invited to stay straight through until the Football game.  No need to go home!

 

2:30 pm – 6:00 pm  The Essex North Shore PTO will be here with food, games, music on the patio outside of the main cafe.  All items will be sold for $1.00 or less.

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm   Badminton Tournament in the gym – Details below

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm   Boys Soccer Game vs. Whittier Tech in the stadium

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm   Badminton Finals in the gym – Details below

6:00 pm – 6:45 pm   Alumni Reception in the Maple Street Bistro

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm   Football Game vs. Whittier Tech in the stadium

 

If the students go to the soccer game and participate/go to the badminton games they will be able to attend the football game free of charge.  These students will get a bracelet to wear which will allow them to attend the football game without paying for a ticket.

Badminton Information:

Faculty and student teams are welcome!  Please sign up using the google form sent by email on Friday, October 5, 2018.  Each team should be no more than 5 players.

Prize Categories :

  • Tournament Trophy for the winning student team and the winning faculty team
  • Best team costume
  • Best super fan – even if you don’t play you should stay!

 

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Homecoming Dance – Semi-Formal – 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm in the gym

Tickets for the dance are being sold in the main lobby during all three lunches for $10.00 and will be sold at the door for $15.00.

 

Shortened School Legal Name Public Hearing

There will be a public hearing with the Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School Committee on October 11, 2018, at 6:00 pm in the Media Center to receive suggestions from the school community regarding a shortened reference to the legal name of our school.

 

Athletics Update

Big Shout out to the girls’ volleyball team who has qualified for the MIAA tournament with a current season record of 10-0! Go lady Hawks!

 

Girls Basketball:

For those interested in playing Girls Basketball this upcoming season there will be a brief meeting in the main cafe on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at 2:45. The meeting will be general information about expectations and how to prepare for the upcoming season and to answer any questions you may have. It will be a brief meeting (~10 minutes) so sign up for the 4:00 late bus or schedule a ride home. The fitness center will be open after the meeting if anyone wants to get a jump on preparing for the upcoming season. Also, If you have prior commitments and cannot make the meeting  but still have any interest in playing basketball you can reach out to me through email at[email protected]

 

Open Skate:

Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School will be offering “open skates” from 3:00 pm – 4:20 pm, beginning Monday, October 15, 2018, through Thursday, November 15, 2018. Sessions will be held on Mondays and Thursdays at the Essex Sports Center on Manning Road in Middleton.  There is no charge for this activity and it will be supervised by an Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School staff member. All interested students should pick up a permission slip and rink waiver in the athletic office. All students must pass in a signed permission slip and rink waiver in order to participate.

 

Hawk Football Merchandise

Hawk Football merchandise will be sold on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, in the main lobby during lunches.  Cash and debit cards accepted. A new hawk football shirt might be just what a student needs for the Essex North Shore Super Fan competition on Friday.

 

Student Pictures and Retakes

Student photographs have arrived.  Students can pick them up at their academy offices.

Lifetouch will be on campus on for Picture Retakes on Monday, October 22, 2018.  If a student would like to have their picture retaken, they should sign up for retakes in the main office.  The Lifetouch ID for retakes in RI088010Q2.

 

October 31st

Just a reminder that Wednesday, October 31, 2018, is a professional day for teachers.  There is no school for students.

 

PSAT

PSATs will be offered at Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School (ENSATS) on Saturday, October 13, 2018, at 7:30 am.  Registration is open to students in grade 10 and 11.  For more information click here: PSAT

 

MEFA (Financial Aid Information Session)

A representative from the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) will be presenting to Essex North Shore Families on Wednesday, October 17 at 6:00 pm in our Media Center.

 

Late Buses

The 5:45 pm sports buses continue to run daily. The 4:00 pm late buses will run every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.  As a point of clarification: 4:00 pm buses will pick up students at the front of the building and 5:45 pm buses will pick up students at the back of the building by the gym.  Students must sign up for these buses.  As a reminder, all students should now sign up for late buses online by 9:15 am.  If freshmen need assistance with the sign-up process, please go to the Freshmen Academy office.

 

Breast Cancer Awareness T-Shirts

Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School will be selling Breast Cancer Awareness T-Shirts.  The cost is $10 and the shirts can be purchased at the Maple Street Bistro, Cosmetology, the Main Office, or from any Student Leadership Team member.  All proceeds go to the Susan B. Komen For the Cure Foundation.

 

School Council

We were able to fill the two vacant seats for parents on the Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School Council.  Lisa LaPorte Pais and Nancy Santana will be the new parent representatives this year. Thank you to all who volunteered and to the many parents/guardians that took the time to vote.

 

Enjoy the long weekend!

 

Shannon B. Donnelly
Interim Principal

Friday, September 28, 2018

 

Dear ENSATS Community,
Wednesday, September 26th was a busy day at Essex North Shore.  While our students were able to sleep in, our staff started their day early and took part in several professional development meetings.  Our Guidance Director, Sandra Goldstein, reviewed the regulations around Civil Rights, Harassment, and Bullying. A representative from Middlesex Partnerships for Youth was here to speak with our staff about the dangers of vaping. Finally, officers from the Danvers Police Department, along with our School Resource Officer, Michael Chase, conducted a refresher of ALICE (Active Shooter Response) Training.

 

When students arrived, we held an Activities Fair for Grades 9 and 10.  Representatives from each club and activity were on hand to share details about their club and answer questions. Thank you to Ms. Skane for organizing this event and to all the Activity Advisors and students who participated. ALICE training was held for students during Period 4. Each class worked through three different scenarios with their teacher, to become familiar with ALICE techniques and to model how they would respond during an emergency. Thank you to Mr. Gibson for planning this important event. At the end of the day, grade 11 and 12 students watched a Middlesex Partnerships for Youth presentation about safe social media use, while grade 9 and 10 students attended a presentation with the Assistant Principals regarding Civil Rights and Bullying. This was a full and unique day of learning, and I appreciate all of our students, staff, and administrators for their help and participation.

 

Anyone seeking up-to-date information regarding athletics, please visithttp://ma.8to18.com/essextech/.  Information about student activities can be found via the following link: https://essexnorthshore.org/student-activities/student-activities-calendar/

 

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

Monday, October 1 Day 4: Blue
Tuesday, October 2 Day 5: Blue
Wednesday, October 3 Day 6: Green
Thursday, October 4 Day 7: Green
Friday, October 5 Day 8: Green

 

Revised Calendar

Please click here for the most up-to-date version of our school calendar: 18-19 Calendar. The calendar I sent last week had some errors.  We have corrected these and posted the newest version of the calendar on the school website.  I apologize for the confusion!

 

October 31st

Just a reminder that Wednesday, October 31, 2018 is a professional day for teachers.  There is no school for students.

 

College Fair at Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School

The Guidance Department will host their annual College Fair on October 3, 2018, from 5:30-7:00 pm in the Main Cafeteria. Representatives from over 50 public and private colleges and universities are anticipated to be in attendance. For more information click here: College Fair.

 

Uniforms

At this time most students have purchased and received their CTE uniforms.  If your child has his or her uniform it is expected that he/she wear it to CTE each day.  We expect to receive the remaining uniforms within the next two weeks. We appreciate your patience with the uniform process.

 

Breast Cancer Awareness T-Shirts

Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School will be selling Breast Cancer Awareness T-Shirts.  The cost is $10 and the shirts can be purchased at the Maple Street Bistro, Cosmetology, the Main Office, or from any Student Leadership Team member.  All proceeds go to the Susan B. Komen For the Cure Foundation.

 

Student Pictures

Student photographs have arrived.  Students can pick them up at their academy offices.

 

PSAT

PSATs will be offered at Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School (ENSATS) on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 7:30 am.  Registration is open to students in grade 10 and 11.  For more information click here: PSAT

 

School Council

There are two vacant seats for parents on the Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School Council.  I have had five parents volunteer for these open spots. Please click here to vote for your choice for parent representative: Parent Representatives for School Council.

 

Late Buses

The 5:45 pm sports buses continue to run daily. The 4:00 pm late buses will run every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.  As a point of clarification: 4:00 pm buses will pick up students at the front of the building and 5:45 pm buses will pick up students at the back of the building by the gym.  Students must sign up for these buses. As a reminder, all students should now sign up for late buses online by 9:15 am.  If freshmen need assistance with the sign-up process, please go to the Freshmen Academy office.

 

Locks

We ask that students lock their lockers to protect their belongings.  It would be beneficial for students to have a lock for their CTE/Academic locker and another lock available for their physical education locker.  Students are welcome to go to their Academy office to obtain a lock for a $2 rental fee if they need one.

 

Parent University

DanversCARES is offering Parent University program on November 3rd from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.  Please click here for more details: Parent University.

 

Enjoy the weekend!

 

Shannon B. Donnelly
Interim Principal
Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School
565 Maple Street | Hathorne, MA 01937
(978) 304-4700 | EssexNorthShore.org
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Friday, September 21, 2018

This was a exciting week as ninth graders began their first exploratory cycle on Wednesday.  I was impressed with the number of upperclassmen I saw helping the freshmen find their way to their CTE areas.  It makes me proud to see our students helping each other and making our new students feel welcome.

 

Anyone seeking up-to-date information regarding athletics, please visit http://ma.8to18.com/essextech/.  Information about student activities can be found via the following link: https://essexnorthshore.org/student-activities/student-activities-calendar/

 

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

Monday, September 24 Day 9: Green
Tuesday, September 25 Day 10: Green
Wednesday, September 26 Late Start Day 1: Blue
Thursday, September 27 Day 2: Blue
Friday, September 28 Day 3: Blue

 

Revised Calendar

Please click here for the most up-to-date version of our school calendar.  18-19 Calendar We have made a few adjustments to some of the late-start days and Blue/Green days later in the year due to scheduling conflicts with the new, computer-based Next-Generation MCAS tests this spring.  Please ignore the earlier versions of the calendar. I hope this will be the last calendar update.

 

Late-Start: Wednesday, September 26th

Wednesday, September 26th will be our first late start. Please see the 2018-2019 Bus Routes for Late-Start pick up times at Bus Routes.  Student drivers and those students who are dropped off should arrive no earlier than 10:00 am.  Seniors with first lunch can arrive after first lunch at 10:51 am. The order of periods for the Late-Start day will be C, A, B.  

 

ALICE Training

On Wednesday, September 26th we will have a school-wide ALICE (Active Shooter Response) Drill.  All students will be guided through this training by their teachers.

 

Activities Fair

There will be an Activities Fair for all grade 9 and 10 students on Wednesday, September 26th.  Students will attend the fair with their Period C teachers. Each Essex North Shore club or activity will have representatives available at the fair to provide details about their respective clubs.  Please encourage your child to sign up and become more involved at school.

 

College Fair at Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School

The Guidance Department will host their annual College Fair October 3, 2018, from 5:30-7:00 pm in the Main Cafeteria. Representatives from over 50 public and private colleges and universities are anticipated to be in attendance.  For more information click here: College Fair

 

PSAT

PSATs will be offered at Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School (ENSATS) on Saturday, October 13th at 7:30 am.  Registration is open to students in grade 10 and 11.  For more information click here: PSAT

 

School Council

There are two vacant seats for parents on the Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School Council.  The Council meets roughly five times per year to review educational goals for the school, identify the educational needs of students attending the school, review the annual school building budget, and review the School Improvement Plan.  These meetings are typically held on Thursday mornings at 7:45 am. If you are interested in participating please send me an email at [email protected]

 

School Nickname Survey

The Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School Committee has asked for suggestions for a shortened name (nickname) for the school.  They have asked for input from staff, students, and parents/guardians. We are working with the Student Leadership team to gather this data. For the first step of the process we have created a google form to gather suggested names.   Here is the link to the parent/guardian form: Parent/Guardian Nickname Survey  Please take a moment and add any suggestions you may have for our new nickname by Tuesday, September 25.  The Student Leadership Team will tally the results and send another survey in the next few weeks with a list of the most popular names to allow everyone to vote for their favorite name.  

 

Late Buses

The 5:45 pm sports buses continue to run daily.  4:00 pm late buses began on Monday, September 17th. The 4:00 pm late buses will run every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.  As a point of clarification: 4:00 pm buses will pick up students at the front of the building and 5:45 pm buses will pick up students at the back of the building by the gym.  Students must sign up for these buses.  As a reminder, all students should now sign up for late buses online by 9:15 am.  If freshmen need assistance with the sign-up process, please go to the Freshmen Academy office.

 

Locks

We ask that students lock their lockers to protect their belongings.  It would be beneficial for students to have a lock for their CTE/Academic locker and another lock available for their physical education locker.  Students are welcome to go to their Academy office to obtain a lock for a $2 rental fee if they need one.

 

Enjoy the weekend!

 

Shannon B. Donnelly

Friday, September 14, 2018

Back-to-School Night was held on Wednesday, September 12th and the turn out for the evening was very impressive.  Thank you to all who attended. We hope you enjoyed meeting the teachers and visiting your child’s Academic and CTE areas.  If you were not able to attend this event and would like to arrange a separate meeting with a teacher, please contact your child’s guidance counselor directly.

 

Anyone seeking up-to-date information regarding athletics, please visit http://ma.8to18.com/essextech/.  Information about student activities can be found via the following link: https://essexnorthshore.org/student-activities/student-activities-calendar/

 

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

Monday, September 17 Day 4: Blue
Tuesday, September 18 Day 5: Blue
Wednesday, September 19 Day 6: Green
Thursday, September 20 Day 7: Green
Friday, September 21 Day 8: Green

 

Grade 9 Exploratory

Grade 9 students will receive their exploratory schedules on Tuesday, September 18th.  Exploratory #1 will begin the following day on Wednesday, September 19th. Please review the “Dress for Success” guidelines to ensure that your child is dressed appropriately to meet the particular safety requirements in our CTE areas.    

 

National Day of Service and Remembrance

Tuesday, September 11th was National Day of Service and Remembrance.  In honor of this day we asked students and staff to donate non-perishable food items.  We also held a school-wide moment of silence in honor of the fallen heroes of September 11th and connected this event to community service.  In light of recent events in Merrimack Valley, we will continue to collect non-perishable food items next week and will deliver these to locations in the communities affected by the Columbia Gas pressure issue.  

 

Freshman iPads

iPads were distributed to freshmen on Thursday and Friday, September 13th and 14th.  If your child was absent and did not receive an iPad, please have him or her stop by the Technology Office on Monday to pick it up.

 

Student Drop Off and Pick Up

As a reminder, all students should be dropped off in the back of the building by the gym until 7:45 am.  Students should not be dropped off in front of the school prior to 7:45 am.  If you are dropping your child off after 7:45 am, please be sure to drop off at the main entrance in front of the building because the doors by the gym automatically lock at 7:45 am.  At the end of the day, all students should be picked up in the same location by the gym. Thank you again for your patience during drop off and dismissal.

 

Late Buses

The 5:45 pm sports buses continue to run daily.  4:00 pm late buses will begin on Monday, September 17th. The 4:00 pm late buses will run every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.  As a point of clarification: 4:00 pm buses will pick up students at the front of the building and 5:45 pm buses will pick up students at the back of the building by the gym.  Students must sign up for these buses.  As a reminder, all students should now sign up for late buses online by 9:15 am.  If freshmen need assistance with the sign-up process, please go to your Academy office.

 

Locks

We ask that students lock their lockers to protect their belongings.  It would be beneficial for students to have a lock for their CTE/Academic locker and another lock available for their physical education locker.  Students are welcome to go to their Academy office to obtain a lock if they need one.

 

Enjoy the weekend!

 

Shannon B. Donnelly

Interim Principal
Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School
565 Maple Street | Hathorne, MA 01937
(978) 304-4700 | EssexNorthShore.org
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Friday, September 7, 2018

 

Dear ENSATS Community,

 

Our students seem to be back in the swing of things now that we have entered our second week of the year.  Sophomores and seniors have spent a few days in Academics getting to know their new teachers. Juniors are back in CTE and the Freshmen are learning all about our 25 CTE programs as they move through Career Discovery.

 

I will be sending a weekly message every Friday this year, rather than the Daily Announcements that we have used to disseminate information in the past.  The intention is to keep this memo more concise while not passing along the same information day after day.

 

Anyone seeking up-to-date information regarding athletics, please visit http://ma.8to18.com/essextech/.  Information about student activities can be found via the following link: https://essexnorthshore.org/student-activities/student-activities-calendar/

 

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

Monday, September 10 Day 9: Green
Tuesday, September 11 Day 10: Green
Wednesday, September 12 Day 1: Blue
Thursday, September 13 Day 2: Blue
Friday, September 14 Day 3: Blue

 

Back to School Night

Back to School Night is scheduled for this coming Wednesday, September 12, 2018.  Grade 9 parents are invited to attend from 6:00-7:20 pm. During this time you will follow your child’s Academic schedule, meet their teachers and learn about the classes they are taking.  Parents of students in Grades 10, 11 and 12 are invited to attend from 6:00-8:30 pm. You will meet your child’s Academic teachers and visit their CTE programs. There will also be presentations about Cooperative Education, Athletics, Wellness and Student Activities.  Back to School Night is for parents only. We ask that student do not attend. In addition, due to the tight schedule of the evening, this is not an event that can accommodate individual parent-teacher discussions, which can be arranged separately on an as needed basis.

 

Grade 9 Exploratory Program Selection Day

Grade 9 students will be meeting with guidance counselors to identify exploratory programs of interest on Wednesday, September 12th.  Grade 9 students will bring home “Exploratory Selection Approval Forms” for parents/guardians to review and sign that evening. Students should return their signed “Exploratory Selection Approval Forms” to the Freshman Academy Office the following day (Thursday, Sept. 13th) to ensure timely Exploratory Program scheduling.

 

Freshman iPads

On Thursday and Friday, September 13th and 14th all freshmen will report to the Media Center with their Academic Skills Seminar Class to receive and/or setup their iPads. Please be on the lookout for an additional email from technology regarding iPad distribution and setup.

 

Student Drop Off and Pick Up

As a reminder, all students should be dropped off in the back of the building by the gym until 7:45 am.  Students should not be dropped off in front of the school prior to 7:45 am.  If you are dropping your child off after 7:45 am, please be sure to drop off at the main entrance in front of the building because the doors by the gym automatically lock at 7:45 am.  At the end of the day, all students should be picked up in the same location by the gym. Thank you again for your patience during drop off and dismissal.

 

Late Buses

The 5:45 pm sports buses are now running daily.  All grade 9 students should sign up for the late bus in the Freshman Academy office by 9:15 am.  Students in grades 10, 11 and 12 should sign up online by 9:15 am. We have a new start date for the 4:00 p.m. late buses.  They will begin on Monday, September 17th. Please note that these buses will not be running the week of September 10th as originally stated.

 

Locks

We ask that students lock their lockers to protect their belongings.  It would be beneficial for students to have a lock for their CTE/Academic locker and another lock available for their physical education locker.  Students may go to their Academy office to obtain a lock if they need one.

 

Europe Fundraiser

Students going to EUROPE in 2019 or 2020 who would like to participate in the optional Yankee Candle fundraiser can pick up materials from Mrs. Grace in E-220. Orders must be submitted by October 9th.  An email has already been sent to all students registered for the Europe trip. Please contact Mrs. Grace ([email protected]) with any further questions.

 

Upcoming Drama Club Events

Drama and Chorus Informational Meeting

Drama Club & Chorus will have their first Informational Meeting on Monday, September 10th from 2:30-5:45 pm in Room D-121. Students should sign up for the 5:45 am late busses. Any students interested in either activity should attend the meeting. New students in all grades are welcome!  Please see Mrs. Gibbs in D-121 or Mrs. Harding in the Freshman Academy if you have any questions. We look forward to having another amazing year!

Auditions for Drama Club’s Fall production of You Can’t Take It With You will be held on Thursday, September 13th and Friday, September 14th from 2:45-5:45 pm in the Smith Hall Auditorium. Actors should plan to stay for both days of auditions and should sign up for the 5:45 pm late busses. Scripts for auditions will be available at the Informational Meeting in D-121 on Monday, September 10th. Students in all grades and of all abilities are encouraged to attend. Please see Mrs. Gibbs in D-121 with any questions.

 

 

Nighthawks Adult Education

In addition to educating our students during the day, we are proud to offer Adult Education courses through our Nighthawks evening program.  These courses range from industry licensing and training to community interests and enrichment.  View these exciting opportunities on our website at https://essex-adulted.coursestorm.com/.

As the premier Career and Technical Education School on the North Shore, we work closely with our community partners and industry leaders to determine areas of training that will strengthen our workforce.  Please feel free to share this information through all of your social media.  The more who know, the more we grow!

 

 

Enjoy your weekend!

 

Shannon B. Donnelly
Interim Principal
Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School
565 Maple Street | Hathorne, MA 01937
(978) 304-4700 | EssexNorthShore.org
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Friday, August 31, 2018

Dear ENSATS Community,

 

It has been an exciting week as we welcomed our staff and students back to school.  Our tenth and twelfth graders are already busy in their CTE areas, while eleventh-grade students are acclimating back to Academics.  Our new ninth graders are finding their way around and meeting lots of new faces.

 

Here is a preview of the schedule for this coming week.  Note that we have our first cycle shift from Blue week, when grades 9 and 11 are in Academics and grades 10 and 12 are in CTE, to Green week on Wednesday, where 9/11 and 10/12 shift into Academics and CTE.   Please note that grade 9 students will begin Career Discovery on Wednesday, September 5th. Refer to the Dress of Success document that went home in Student Orientation folders to ensure that your child is dressed appropriately.

 

Tuesday, September 4 Day 5: Blue
Wednesday, September 5 Day 6: Green
Thursday, September 6 Day 7: Green
Friday, September 7 Day 8: Green

 

Student Mentors and Student Leadership Team

Many thanks to our Student Mentors and Student Leadership Team who helped welcome our new students at Orientation.  They led games, conducted the scavenger hunt, and helped to guide our newcomers throughout the building. Thank you so much for giving up one of your last summer days to be part of our welcoming process.  Thank you also for supporting the ninth graders and new tenth graders as they made their way through the first week of school.

 

Athletics

I wanted to thank our athletes, parents, coaches, and athletic trainer for their flexibility as we managed practices for the early release days and with the extreme heat this week.  Everyone was willing to share space and be flexible with time and locations. Thanks also to our Athletic Director, Ms. Lalli, for all of her work to organize and plan this week.

 

Student Drop Off and Pick Up

As a reminder, all students should be dropped off in the back of the building by the gym until 7:45 am.  If you are dropping your child off after 7:45 am, please drop them off at the main entrance in front of the building because the doors by the gym will be automatically locked at 7:45 am.  At the end of the day, all students should be picked up in the same location. Thank you for your patience during dismissal. The process will become more efficient as we move forward.

 

Late Buses

The 5:45 pm sports buses are running daily.  All grade 9 students should sign up for the late bus in the Freshman Academy office by 9:15 am.  Students in grades 10, 11 and 12 should sign up online by 9:15 am. The 4:00 p.m. late buses will begin on Monday, September 10th.

 

Have a great long weekend!

 

Shannon B. Donnelly
Interim Principal
Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School
565 Maple Street | Hathorne, MA 01937
(978) 304-4700 | EssexNorthShore.org
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