Messages from the Principal

Friday, June 12, 2020

Dear ENSATS Community,

This will be our final weekly parent message of the 2019-2020 school year.  We would like to express our heartfelt thanks for the final time to all of our parents and caregivers for trusting us with your children this year and for your patience and understanding as we worked through this very unusual ending to the school year.  We have to commend our teachers and students for their very smooth transition into remote learning, their hard work, and their willingness to adapt to the COVID-19 situation.  This really has been a team effort, and we hope you can all get some much-deserved rest and relaxation this summer.

 

Video from Dr. Brown

As a follow up to Dr. Riccio’s email last week about equity, empathy, and love, we are including a Master Class from Dr. Adolph Brown.  Dr. Brown is a clinical psychologist who specializes in implicit bias. He teaches across the country and was the youngest tenured full university professor in the United States at the age of 29. Dr. Brown works to encourage teachers, nurturing family members, and supporting community agencies. This is the first in a number of learning opportunities for our staff, students, and families regarding equity.

 

Planning for Fall 2020

We realize there are many questions related to the fall of 2020.  We will be working over the next several weeks to develop a plan that meets the requirements set forth by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and Governor Baker.  We anticipate that next week there will be further guidance from Commissioner Riley, and we will be communicating with you throughout the summer as we create our opening plan in order to keep you updated once we have the plan in place. We appreciate your continued support.

 

Updated School Year 2020-21 Calendar

We have made some adjustments to the 2020-21 school calendar.  Please see the revised version here.  We will keep you informed of any additional changes throughout the summer.

 

MCAS Update

We have received some preliminary information from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education that the Class of 2022, so next year’s 11th graders, will likely take their MCAS English Language Arts and Mathematics tests in the winter of 2021.  They will not be required to take the MCAS Biology test if they have successfully completed their Biology courses. We will share more detailed information with students and families as soon as this is available.

Summer Reading 2020

An email was sent yesterday with details about summer reading.  This summer, all students need to read two books:

Book #1: The first book is an open-choice book and can be fiction or nonfiction, but must be written for young adults or adults.

Book #2: Entering grade 9, 10, and 11 students will read Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life… And Maybe The World, by Admiral William H. McRaven.  There is an online version of Make Your Bed as well as a hardcover version and both are about the same price.  The senior class will read Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom.

 

Final Farewell

For our senior parents… it is amazing to think that four years have passed since your child came to Essex Tech! It has been a pleasure watching them grow into mature young adults who are ready to take on the world. We wish for them, the best that life has to offer. This experience is just one in many that will help shape who they become. As parents ourselves, we would like to personally thank you for your support and constant encouragement. We appreciate you and hope you will continue to keep in touch.

 

All the best!

Heidi, Shannon, and Tom

 

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

Friday, June 5, 2020

Dear ENSATS Community,

We hope that our seniors and their families enjoyed the Senior Week events this past week, including cap and gown drop off with Grace’s mac and cheese!, Senior Trivia Night, Awards Night, and the Senior Parade (today).  Thank you especially to the many students who participated in these festivities.  We also want to thank all of the staff members who helped make this week a success, so many volunteered to make deliveries, participate in trivia teams, or cheer for our seniors during the parade.  Your dedication to our Essex North Shore community does not go unnoticed and is very much appreciated. A shout-out to our parents who show up every day for their child! We thank you.

 

Senior Video

Here is a special message from the Essex North Shore Chorus and the Class of 2020 Officers and Advisors.  Thank you to the Chorus students and Advisors for putting this together.  Great job!

 

Here is a quick preview of the schedule for next week:

Monday, June 8 Day 4: Blue
Tuesday, June 9 Day 5: Blue
Wednesday, June 10 Day 1: Blue
Thursday, June 11 Day 2: Blue
Friday, June 12 Day 4: Blue

 

Last Week to Submit Assignments

This is the last week for students to submit late assignments.   Grades close on Friday, June 12th.  Please check Aspen to be sure that all assignments are complete.

 

MCAS Update

We have received some preliminary information that the Class of 2022 student will likely take their MCAS ELA and Math assessment in the winter of 2021.  We will share more detailed information with students and families as soon as it is available.

 

Pick Up and Drop Off of Belongings

On Tuesday, June 9th, Wednesday, June 10th, and Thursday, June 11th, we are scheduling contactless curbside pick up of any belongings you have left in the building.  To make this possible, we are asking students to complete this Google Form listing all the belongings you need to pick up and where they are located. Please make every effort to provide specific details, including locker numbers and lock combinations, so that belongings can be located.  We will then collect your belongings and meet you for a contactless curbside pick up in designated locations based on your CTE Program.

 

Please understand that at this time we cannot allow all students to be on campus at once, so we have created a schedule for students to arrive to pick up their items according to their CTE area. Here is the schedule for the pickup, according to which day each CTE program has been assigned for students to come to their designated area.  Pick up will run from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.  When students are on campus to pick up their belongings, we will also have a drop-off location for any students who need to return textbooks, library books, sports uniforms, or iPads/computers/chargers.  This drop-off location will be in front of the school.

 

Please note: students must sign up using the Google Form above and arrive on the date scheduled for their CTE area.  CTE teachers will not be present to give belongings on multiple days.  If a student is not able to make the date scheduled, please contact your CTE Director (CTE East Academy Director: Mr. Ducharme [email protected] or CTE West Academy Director: Ms. Sawyer [email protected]) to schedule another pick-up date, time, and designated location.

 

Summer Reading 2020

An email was sent yesterday with details about summer reading.  This summer, all students need to read two books:

Book #1: The first book is an open-choice book and can be fiction or nonfiction, but must be written for young adults or adults.

Book #2: Entering grade 9, 10, and 11 students will read Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life… And Maybe The World, by Admiral William H. McRaven.  There is an online version of Make Your Bed as well as a hardcover version and both are about the same price.  The senior class will read Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom.

 

All the best!

Heidi, Shannon, and Tom

 

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

Friday, May 29, 2020

Dear ENSATS Community,

This has been an exciting week for our seniors as they completed their Senior Showcase Portfolio presentations.  CTE staff and students have spent many hours preparing for the presentations, and it is always impressive to see the final products that display tremendous growth in their technical skills and career preparedness. Today also marks the final day of classes for the Class of 2020.  Congratulations to all of our Seniors, we hope you enjoy the fun events planned for next week!

 

A sample project from the Make Your Bed entries:

Make Your Bed Project

Please click on our weekly message from our food services crew!

 

Here is a quick preview of the schedule for next week:

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

 

Final Weeks

Next week will be the last CTE week for grades 9 and 11 and the last academic week for grade 10.  June 8th – June 15th, will be the last CTE week for grade 10 and the last academic week for grades 9 and 11.  Students should be using these last two weeks to complete any missing assignments and do their best to finish on a good note.  Teachers will be available via email or virtual meetings to meet with students who need assistance on their final assignments.

 

Pick Up and Drop Off of Belongings

On Tuesday, June 9th, Wednesday, June 10th, and Thursday, June 11th, we are scheduling contactless curbside pick up of any belongings you have left in the building.  To make this possible, we are asking students to complete this Google Form listing all the belongings you need to pick up and where they are located. Please make every effort to provide specific details, including locker numbers and lock combinations, so that belongings can be located.  We will then collect your belongings and meet you for a contactless curbside pick up in designated locations based on your CTE Program.

Please understand that at this time we cannot allow all students to be on campus at once, so we have created a schedule for students to arrive to pick up their items according to their CTE area. Here is the schedule for the pick up according to which day each CTE program has been assigned for students to come to their designated area.  Pick up will run from 10:00 am to12:00 pm.  When students are on campus to pick up their belongings, we will also have a drop-off location for any students who need to return textbooks, library books, sports uniforms, or iPads/computers/chargers.  This drop-off location will be in front of the school.

Please note: students must sign up using the Google Form above and arrive on the date scheduled for their CTE area.  CTE teachers will not be present to give belongings on multiple days.  If a student is not able to make the date scheduled, please contact your CTE Director (CTE East Academy Director: Mr. Ducharme [email protected] or CTE West Academy Director: Ms. Sawyer [email protected]) to schedule another pick-up date, time, and designated location.

 

Revised 2021 Budget

We are currently working on a revised budget that will account for the anticipated reductions to state and local aid. While there are many uncertainties related to the state budget, we must work toward reductions as we will begin the 2021 school year with less funding than we first expected. Like all school districts and municipalities,  we have had to make difficult decisions. Working with our local labor unions, we will present some creative solutions to reduce the impact to overall staffing and ensure our students have the best technical and agricultural education. As staffing is a personnel matter, we appreciate your understanding of confidentiality. We will continue to update you as we move through the process.

 

Summer Reading 2020

An email was sent last week with details about summer reading.  This summer all students need to read two books:

Book #1: The first book is an open-choice book and can be fiction or nonfiction, but must be written for young adults or adults.

Book #2: Entering grade 9, 10, and 11 students will read Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life… And Maybe The World, by Admiral William H. McRaven.  There is an online version of Make Your Bed as well as a hardcover version and both are about the same price.  The senior class will read Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom.

Quill of the Mind 

Thank you to Ms. Nancy Dashcund for working with the Literary Magazine students to develop an online collection of creative works written by our own students. You can read those works on their new website here.

 

Spring Sports – User Fee Refund 

All athletes/caretakers will receive a refund for spring sports. The refund for senior athletes will be applied back to their bank account or credit card, whichever form they paid with originally. The refund for juniors, sophomores, and freshman athletes will be applied to their 8to18 account, which can be used at a later date towards another sport or the same sport next year. At this time, baseball, boys volleyball, and girls and boys track and field have received refunds. All other sports will receive a refund within a week.

 

All the best!

Heidi, Shannon, and Tom

 

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

Friday, May 22, 2020

Dear ENSATS Community,

What a beautiful day to start this meaningful weekend!

As the seniors enter their last week of classes, the underclassmen enter their last three weeks.  As mentioned in an email that went home yesterday, students in grades 9, 10, and 11 will have no new work assigned for these last few weeks.  All assignments from this point on will be enrichment activities that students can complete for bonus points.  In addition, this will allow time for students who need to complete missing assignments to do so.  All late work will be accepted for full credit.

 

Please click on this picture to view a video message from our Central Office Administrators, Ms. Carr, Ms. Holman, and Ms. Znamierowski:

Please click on this picture to view a musical tribute from our staff.

Here is a quick preview of the schedule for next week:

Monday, May 26 Memorial Day: No School
Tuesday, May 26 Day 5: Blue
Wednesday, May 27 Day 1: Blue
Thursday, May 28 Day 2: Blue
Friday, May 29 Day 3: Blue

 

Summer Reading 2020

An email was sent yesterday with details about summer reading.  This summer all students need to read two books:

Book #1: The first book is an open-choice book and can be fiction or nonfiction, but must be written for young adults or adults.

Book #2: Entering grade 9, 10, and 11 students will read Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life… And Maybe The World, by Admiral William H. McRaven.  There is an online version of Make Your Bed as well as a hardcover version and both are about the same price.  The senior class will read Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom.

 

Quill of the Mind 

Thank you to Ms. Nancy Dashcund for working with the Literary Magazine students to develop an online collection of creative works written by our own students. You can read those works on their new website here.

 

Graduation

As we mentioned last week, we will plan to have a Graduation Ceremony on Saturday, August 1, 2020, with a rain date of Sunday, August 2, 2020. We will have more details, such as the time and numbers of guests, in the near future. We will be following Governor Baker’s guidance regarding social functions at that time. The Graduation Committee will be meeting next week to discuss the details.

 

Connecting with Teachers

We want to commend our teachers for the great job they have been doing guiding our students through the remote learning process.  Students should feel free to email teachers directly if they have questions, concerns, or need help with assignments.

 

Spring Sports – User Fee Refund 

All athletes/caretakers will receive a refund for spring sports. The refund for senior athletes will be applied back to their bank account or credit card, whichever form they paid with originally. The refund for juniors, sophomores, and freshman athletes will be applied to their 8to18 account, which can be used at a later date towards another sport or the same sport next year. At this time, baseball, boys volleyball, and girls and boys track and field have received refunds. All other sports will receive a refund within a week.

 

Helping Hands

We continue to receive messages from parents wanting to help other families with food purchases. Some have gift cards to Market Basket. We would like to thank that anonymous person and open it up to others who may be able to assist. These cards will be mailed directly to families needing food assistance. We ask that any donated gift cards be made in $20.00 increments. You can drop off at the Main Office daily from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm or mail to us directly. We thank you for helping our Essex Tech family during these challenging times. If you would like a card to go to a specific family, please email Heidi at [email protected].

 

Enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend!

American Flag

“I believe our flag is more than just cloth and ink. It is a universally recognized symbol that stands for liberty, and freedom. It is the history of our nation, and it’s marked by the blood of those who died defending it.”

– John Thune

 

 

All the best!

Heidi, Shannon, and Tom

 

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

Friday, May 15, 2020

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.  This includes the final assignments for the Make Your Bed, Little Things That Can Change Your Life….And Maybe The World book read and the Senior Portfolios.  We want to see all of our seniors finish strong.

 

We eagerly await Governor Baker’s message next week as we plan for graduation, senior activities, and summer programming.

 

Please click on this picture to view a video message from our Facilities, Farm & Grounds team.

 

Here is a quick preview of the schedule for next week:

Monday, May 18 Day 9: Green
Tuesday, May 19 Day 10: Green
Wednesday, May 20 Day 6: Green
Thursday, May 21 Day 7: Green
Friday, May 22 Day 8: Green

 

Message from Commissioner Riley

Please see the following letter to families from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Riley.

Graduation

As we mentioned last week, we will plan to have a Graduation Ceremony on Saturday, August 1, 2020, with a rain date of Sunday, August 2, 2020. We will have more details, such as the time and numbers of guests, in the near future. We will be following Governor Baker’s guidance regarding social functions at that time. The Graduation Committee will be meeting next week to discuss the details.

 

Senior Shout Outs

We are working on a social media project for Senior Shout Outs.  All seniors received an email from Principal Donnelly last week that contained a link to the following Senior Shout Out form.  At this time, we have received approximately 115 responses, but we would like to create a shout out for every senior.  Principal Donnelly will resend the survey today.  Senior parents, if you could please encourage your child to complete the form, it would be much appreciated.

 

Senior Exit Survey

Guidance has sent an exit survey to seniors. This survey will provide us with important information about post-secondary plans and contact information.  Seniors, please complete this survey.

 

Connecting with Teachers

We want to commend our teachers for the great job they have been doing guiding our students through the remote learning process.  Students should feel free to email teachers directly if they have questions, concerns, or need help with assignments.

 

Spring Sports – User Fee Refund 

All athletes/caretakers will receive a refund for spring sports. The refund for senior athletes will be applied back to their bank account or credit card, whichever form they paid with originally. The refund for juniors, sophomores, and freshman athletes will be applied to their 8to18 account, which can be used at a later date towards another sport or the same sport next year. At this time, baseball, boys volleyball, and girls and boys track and field have received refunds. All other sports will receive a refund within a week.

 

Last Day of School

We were informed last week that Commissioner Riley has approved our plan for the last day of school.  Therefore, our last official day of school for grades 9, 10, and 11 will be Monday, June 15, 2020.  Hang in there… it’s only 20 more days.

 

Helping Hands

We continue to receive messages from parents wanting to help other families with food purchases. Some have gift cards to Market Basket. We would like to thank that anonymous person and open it up to others who may be able to assist. These cards will be mailed directly to families needing food assistance. We ask that any donated gift cards be made in $20.00 increments. You can drop off at the Main Office daily from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm or mail to us directly. We thank you for helping our Essex Tech family during these challenging times.

 

Food Resources

Food Services will continue to deliver meals until the end of the school year. If you are in need of services due to a recent layoff or other financial situation, we urge you to please contact us. We are here for you and more than happy to help! All we ask is that you complete the survey in the link so that we can provide some direct meal assistance to your family: Essex Tech Food Assistance Request  Also, the state’s School Closure Meal Information site offers families up-to-date food resource information in your home communities: http://www.meals4kids.org/schoolclosure

 

All the best!

Heidi, Shannon, and Tom

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

Friday, May 8, 2020

 

Dear ENSATS Community,

Progress Reports are currently available in Aspen.  If you are concerned about your child’s progress, please contact their teachers directly.  At this point, Seniors have 7 days of academics and 7 days of CTE left.  Sophomores have 12 academic days and 13 CTE days, while the Juniors and Freshman have 13 academic and 12 CTE days left.  Please encourage your child to keep working and to finish strong.

 

Please click on the picture below to watch a video message from our AP team.

 

Teacher Appreciation

We celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week with note cards, gift cards, raffles, and this amazing video.  A big shout out as well to our Essex North Shore PTO who delivered surprise gift cards to a number of teachers and bus drivers!  The PTO’s generosity and thoughtfulness are amazing.

 

Please click on the image below to view our Teacher Appreciation video.

Here is a quick preview of the schedule for next week:

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

 

Senior Graduation Survey

Thank you so much for the overwhelming response to our graduation survey.  After reviewing the results, the top choice is to have a graduation ceremony later this summer.  Given this information, we will plan to have a Graduation Ceremony on Saturday, August 1, 2020, with a rain date of Sunday, August 2, 2020.  We will have more details, such as time and numbers of guests, in the near future.  Please note that we will be following Governor Baker’s guidance regarding social functions that may be in effect at that time.

 

Senior Shout Outs!

We are working on a social media project for Senior Shout Outs.  All seniors received an email from Principal Donnelly this evening that contained a link to the following Senior Shout Out form.  Senior parents, if you could please encourage your child to complete the form, it would be much appreciated.  We’d like to get one for every senior so that no one is left out.  Thank you!

 

Last Day of School

We were informed this week that Commissioner Riley has approved our plan for the last day of school.  Therefore, our last official day of school for grades 9, 10, and 11 will be Monday, June 15, 2020.  Hang in there… it’s only 25 more days

 

We Prefer to Buy Local!

As an on-going way to support our families who own businesses, we would like business owners to fill out this form. When complete, we will share the information with families to promote your business and buy local!

 

Essex North Shore PTO Scholarship

Just a reminder that the Parent Teacher Organization Senior Scholarship application was sent to the seniors through Naviance.  The PTO would love to do something extra for our seniors during this difficult time and have increased the scholarship amounts to four $500 scholarships.  The deadline has been extended from April 25th to May 10th!  Any interested seniors are encouraged to send the completed applications and a short essay to [email protected].

 

Helping Hands

We continue to receive messages from parents wanting to help other families with food purchases. Some have gift cards to Market Basket. We would like to thank that anonymous person and open it up to others who may be able to assist. These cards will be mailed directly to families needing food assistance. We ask that any donated gift cards be made in $20.00 increments. You can drop off at the Main Office daily from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm or mail to us directly. We thank you for helping our Essex Tech family during these challenging times.

 

Food Resources

Food Services will continue to deliver meals until the end of the school year. If you are in need of services due to a recent layoff or other financial hardship, we urge you to please contact us. We are here for you and more than happy to help! Please complete the survey in the link to inform us if we can provide some direct meal assistance to your family: Essex Tech Food Assistance Request  Also, the state’s School Closure Meal Information site offers families up-to-date food resource information in your home communities: http://www.meals4kids.org/schoolclosure

 

All the best!

Heidi, Shannon, and Tom

 

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

Friday, May 1, 2020

Dear ENSATS Community,

We returned from vacation for the home stretch of the school year.  Once again we want to thank our Essex Tech Community for showing determination and dedication as we learn remotely. This Wednesday on April 29th, all senior CTE classes began reading Make Your Bed, Little Things That Can Change Your Life….And Maybe The World by Admiral William McRaven.  This coming Wednesday, May 6th, all junior CTE classes will begin reading this same book with their CTE teachers.

Please click on the picture below to view a video message from our CTE team.

Here is a quick preview of the schedule for next week:

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

 

Teacher Appreciation Week

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week!  We may be biased, but we really do think that we have the best teachers in the Commonwealth.  This is usually a great week at school when we have lots of activities to celebrate our teachers.  In order to let teachers know how much we appreciate them, we have created a Padlet site for you to post your thank you wishes for them.  Please send your messages as soon as you can so the teachers can enjoy them this next week.  Click here to send your message: Teachers Appreciation Padlet

We Prefer to Buy Local!

As an on-going way to support our families who own businesses, we would like business owners to fill this form. When complete, we will share the information with families to promote your business and buy local!

Senior Dues & Activities

We have received several messages regarding senior dues. These dues help defray the cost of senior activities, the yearbook, graduation cap & gown, senior t-shirts, class gift, etc. There is no intention of returning these funds as they will be needed to support these costs. We continue to work with our team in determining a plan for graduation and the prom.

Student Routine and Structure

At the time of our last weekly email, we were unsure if we were coming back to school.  Now that Governor Baker has closed schools for the remainder of the year, we advise providing students with a daily schedule to keep them focused during the school day on completing their online school work.

Essex North Shore PTO Scholarship

Just a reminder that the PTO Senior Scholarship application was sent to the seniors through Naviance.  The PTO would love to do something extra for our seniors during this difficult time and have increased the scholarship amounts to four $500 scholarships.  The deadline has been extended from April 25th to May 10th!  Any interested seniors are encouraged to send the completed applications and a short essay to [email protected]

Progress Reports

Now that we are at the midpoint of the Trimester 3, Progress Reports will be available in Aspen next week.  You will receive a voicemail message when they have been posted.

Kindness Week Video

Our dedicated DVC and Graphic Communications teachers would like to create a video as a follow up to Essex Tech’s Kindness Week for our staff.  If you would like to participate and show us what kindness means to you, please click here: Kindness Week Form

Helping Hands

We have received some messages from parents wanting to help other families with food purchases. Some have gift cards to Market Basket. We would like to thank that anonymous person and open it up to others who may be able to assist. These cards will be mailed directly to families needing food assistance. We ask that any donated gift cards be made in $20.00 increments. You can drop off at the Main Office daily from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm or mail to us directly. We thank you for helping our Essex Tech family during these challenging times.

Food Resources

Food Services will continue to deliver meals until the end of the school year. If you are in need of services due to a recent layoff or other financial hardship, we urge you to please contact us. We are here for you and more than happy to help! Please complete the survey in the link to inform us if we can provide some direct meal assistance to your family: Essex Tech Food Assistance Request  Also, the state’s School Closure Meal Information site offers families up-to-date food resource information in your home communities: http://www.meals4kids.org/schoolclosure

National School Principal’s Day

Today is National School Principal’s Day, we want to thank our Principal, Ms. Shannon Donnelly for all that she does for the Essex Tech community. To show Shannon how much we appreciate her, our teachers posted their sentiments for her on this padlet. As a final thank you surprise, we have prepared the video below:

All the best!

Heidi, Shannon, and Tom

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

Friday, April 17, 2020

Dear ENSATS Community,

After a month of remote learning, we have finally reached April vacation, and we are happy that our students and staff will be able to get some much-needed rest and relaxation.  We hope that we will be able to return to our remote learning and to school, recharged and ready for a strong finish to the 2019-20 school year when we return on Monday, April 27th.  We still await Governor Baker’s updated decision as to whether he will keep Massachusetts schools closed beyond May 4, 2020.

 

Please click on this picture to view a video message from us.

 

Here is a quick preview of the schedule for the week we return from vacation:

Monday, April 27 Day 9:  Green
Tuesday, April 28 Day 10:  Green
Wednesday, April 29 Day 1: Blue
Thursday, April 30 Day 2: Blue
Friday, May 1 Day 3: Blue

 

Grade 11 & 12 Group Book Read for CTE

When we return from April vacation, our grade 11 and 12 students will be reading a book with their CTE teachers, administrators, and other staff.  You are also welcome to join us should you be interested. During these times, we thought this easy read, Make Your Bed https://www.amazon.com/Make-Your-Bed-Little-Things/dp/1455570249would be relevant. It was written by retired Navy Seal, Admiral William H. McRaven in 2017 and showcases 10 life lessons. A graduation speech was the inspiration for this book.  We recommend that you watch the following clip with your child as it is a powerful messagehttps://youtu.be/pxBQLFLei70

 

Progress Reports & Missing Assignments

At this time, we have asked teachers to mark missing assignments with a Missing Assignment code, listed as MI, in Aspen.  Please keep in mind that MI grades will become zeros on April 28th, in order to have an accurate grade for Trimester 3 progress reports.  Please reach out to us if there are extenuating circumstances we should consider.

 

Teacher Availability

Our remote learning plan allows students to join a virtual meeting to meet with their teachers each day.  These virtual meetings are optional and students can join if they are available and want to participate. We have found that these virtual meetings have been very useful for students and allow time for teachers to answer any questions that the students may have.  Students can access assignments and instructions via Google classroom, Aspen, or email and complete the assignments at a time that works best for them. We have seen over the last few weeks that some students are working in the evening or late at night, and students sometimes email teachers with questions at these late hours.  It is unreasonable to ask our teachers to be online and answering emails at all times. Therefore, if a teacher receives an email in the evening or later, they may not be able to respond until the following morning. In addition, teachers may not respond to emails over the weekends. Just as the teachers are being flexible with deadlines for students, please be flexible with their response time.

 

2020-21 School Calendar

On April 15, 2020, the Essex North Shore School Committee approved the 2020-21 school year calendar.  There are many dates that are still to be determined. The calendar will be posted to our website and will be updated regularly, so please check back frequently for the most up-to-date information.

 

Kindness Week Video

Our dedicated DVC and Graphic Communications teachers would like to create a video as a follow up to Essex Tech’s Kindness Week.  If you would like to participate and show us what kindness means to you, please click here: Kindness Week Form

 

Food Resources

Food Services will be working this April vacation and transportation will continue to deliver meals. If you are in need of services due to a recent layoff or other financial hardship, please contact us. We are here for you! Please complete the survey in the link to inform us if we can provide some direct meal assistance to your family: Essex Tech Food Assistance Request  Also, the state’s School Closure Meal Information site offers families up-to-date food resource information in your home communities: http://www.meals4kids.org/schoolclosure

 

All the best!

Heidi, Shannon, and Tom

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

Friday, April 10, 2020

Dear ENSATS Community,

 

As we come to the end of Week 4 of our Instructional Continuity Plan and the transition to remote learning, we extend our thanks to students, caregivers, teachers, and support staff as you continue to support our learning community.  We are all in this together and remain committed to every student’s success.

 

With the help of our staff, we have created a message to let you all know how much we miss you and are thinking of you.  Special thanks to Mr. Mejia for putting this all together.

Please click the photo below or click here. Enjoy!

 

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

Monday, April 13 Day 4:  Blue
Tuesday, April 14 Day 5:  Blue
Wednesday, April 15 Day 6: Green
Thursday, April 16 Day 7: Green
Friday, April 17 Day 8: Green

 

***VERY IMPORTANT*** Progress Reports & Missing Assignments

At this time, we have asked teachers to mark missing assignments with a Missing Assignment code listed as MI in Aspen.  Please keep in mind that MI grades will become zeros on April 28th, in order to have an accurate grade for Trimester 3 progress reports.  Please reach out to us if there are extenuating circumstances we should consider.

 

April Vacation

Although many surrounding districts have decided to cancel the April vacation, Essex North Shore will keep our April vacation as planned; students and staff will be on vacation from Monday, April 20th – Friday, April 24th.  After more than 4 weeks of remote learning, we feel that everyone deserves some time to rest and recharge.

 

Food Resources

We recognize that some of our families need continued food assistance and access to community-based food resources and we may have new families in need. We are happy to help.  Please complete the survey in the below link to inform us if we can provide some direct meal assistance to your family Essex Tech Food Assistance Request  Also, the state’s School Closure Meal Information site offers families up-to-date food resource information in your home communities: http://www.meals4kids.org/schoolclosure

 

 

All the best!

Heidi, Shannon, and Tom

 

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

Friday, April 3, 2020

Dear ENSATS Community,

 

As we move into our third week of remote learning, our students and teachers are adjusting to the new learning routine. The Administrative team has been able to join some of the virtual classes and have enjoyed seeing the students and teachers at work. Our Facilities crew has been working to deep clean the school building and our Farm crew has been hard at work caring for all of our animals.  The Food Service staff has been preparing meals for families and the transportation department delivered these meals and were delighted to see some of the students as they made their deliveries. We have volunteers who are printing masks for those on the frontlines of our healthcare industry. We are all busy with our new normal, but we definitely miss seeing our Essex North Shore family every day.

 

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

Monday, April 6 Day 9: Green
Tuesday, April 7 Day 10: Green
Wednesday, April 8 Day 1: Blue
Thursday, April 9 Day 2: Blue
Friday, April 10 Good Friday: No School

 

Food Resources

We recognize that some of our families need continued food assistance and access to community-based food resources. We are happy to help.  Please complete the survey in the below link to inform us if we can provide some direct meal assistance to your family Essex Tech Food Assistance Request  Also, the state’s School Closure Meal Information site offers families up-to-date food resource information in your home communities: http://www.meals4kids.org/schoolclosure

 

Progress Reports & Missing Assignments

At this time, we have asked teachers to mark missing assignments with a Missing Assignment code listed as MI in Aspen, these missing assignments will not have a negative impact on student grades.  However, please keep in mind that these MI grades will become zeros on April 28th, in order to have an accurate grade for Trimester # progress reports.  As always, we will make considerations for students who are sick or experiencing other extenuating circumstances.

 

Parking Fees

We will be providing a pro-rated refund for student parking.  Seniors will receive a refund of $61.00 and Juniors will have the $61.00 credited to their parking fees for the 2020-21 school year.  Please understand that it will take some time for the Business office to issue the refund and for School Committee approval.  Seniors should expect the refund some time in late May 2020.

 

Spring Sports Update

The MIAA Board of Directors met on March 30th and determined that the Spring season will begin no earlier than May 4th and will be completed by June 27th, with consideration of June 28th for weather and/or facility needs.  If at a later date, the decision is made to cancel the spring season, all registered athletes will receive a refund for their athletic fee.

 

Senior 2020 Europe Trip

We will be sending out information next week regarding the updated refund policy by Explorica.

 

All the best!

Heidi, Shannon, and Tom

 

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

Friday, March 20, 2020

Dear ENSATS Community,

Once again, we would like to thank all of the Essex North Shore staff, students, and families for their understanding and cooperation over the past week as we begin our Instructional Continuity Plan and respond to the COVID-19 situation.  We would like to also commend our staff as they work to implement this plan and engage with our students to keep them learning during this time away from school. We also want to thank caregivers who are supporting students at home as we make this transition to online learning.  Special thanks to our Facilities, Farm, and Grounds crew who are still working to clean our buildings and to take good care of our plants and animals.

 

Here is a quick preview of the schedule for this coming week.  In keeping with the school calendar, we will have five Green days next week.

 

Monday, March 23 Day 9: Green
Tuesday, March 24 Day 10: Green
Wednesday, March 25 Day 6: Green
Thursday, March 26 Day 7: Green
Friday, March 27 Day 8: Green

 

Resources for Parents & Guardians

While our teachers are using different platforms to communicate with their students.  Many are using Aspen, so I wanted to remind students and families to send all questions regarding Aspen use or Aspen issues to [email protected].  In addition, Google Classroom is being used by many of our teachers.  I wanted to share this Google Classroom Parent Letter created by our staff, in the event that you would like to learn more about Google Classroom to best support your student.

 

Points of Contact

If you have questions or concerns regarding specific assignments or course work please contact the teacher or liaison (if applicable) directly via email.  If you or your child would like to schedule a conference with their School Counselor regarding school-based matters, please email the counselor directly.

 

Update on MCAS Testing
At this time, there is no definitive update on Spring 2020 MCAS testing other than the MCAS English Language Arts Test scheduled for March 24th and 25th has been delayed. We will continue to update you as we receive information from Commissioner Riley.

 

Delay of Spring Athletics

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) Board of Directors announced that the start of the 2020 spring sports season has been delayed until April 27, 2020.  We will provide additional information regarding spring sports as we receive it.

 

Student Activities

At this time, all student activities are postponed until further notice.

 

Food Resources

We continue to support students and families by providing access to food resources for ENSATS’ families in need.  Here is a Student Resource Letter that will help should you need further assistance.

 

Taste of Essex Tech Community

The Essex North Shore PTO’s Taste of Essex Tech Community Event has been postponed until Saturday, May 16th.  We are hopeful that things will improve and that we will be able to hold this fun family event in May. If you are unable to attend the event on the rescheduled date, you can request a refund on Eventbrite by using the following link. https://www.eventbrite.com/d/ma–salem/taste-of-essex-tech/  If you have any questions, please feel free to email the PTO directly at [email protected].

 

We will continue to keep you apprised as we receive information, and we appreciate your patience as we navigate these uncharted waters.

 

We hope you all stay healthy and wash your hands,

Heidi, Shannon, and Tom

 

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

Friday, March 6, 2020

Dear ENSATS Community,

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 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 third trimester with only one snow day. Our last day of school is scheduled to be Monday, June 15th.

 

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 9 Day 9: Green
Tuesday, March 10 Day 10: Green
Wednesday, March 11 Day 1: Blue 8:45 am Late Start for Students
Thursday, March 12 Day 2: Blue
Friday, March 13 Day 3: Blue

 

Changes to the School Calendar     

There have been a few changes to the school calendar that I want to bring to your attention.   Wednesday, April 15th will be an 11:02 am Early Release for students to allow for staff professional development in the afternoon.  Wednesday, April 29th will no longer be a 10:21 am late start.  Instead, we will start school at our normal 8:45 am Wednesday start time on April 29th.  In addition, due to the snow day on December 4th, our last day of school is projected to be Monday, June 15th.  Here is a link to the new calendar.

 

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 20th. I will send a ConnectEd message when report cards are ready to be viewed.

 

Next-Generation MCAS English Language Arts Infrastructure Trial

On Tuesday, March 10th, all tenth-grade students will participate in the MCAS ELA Infrastructure Trial. This is a trial run of the computer-based Next-Generation MCAS ELA Test and will allow the students an opportunity to become familiar with the testing platform and test-taking tools prior to taking the actual MCAS ELA Test later this month. The trial will take place during all tenth-grade History classes and is 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 be asked to do on the actual MCAS ELA testing days on March 24th and 25th

 

Schedule for Seniors during MCAS

During our Next-Generation MCAS English Language Arts testing on Tuesday, March 24th and Wednesday, March 25th, all SENIORS will have a late start.  Seniors should arrive at school by 11:30 am. They will have lunch from 11:30 am – 12:00 pm and then go to their D-block class. Buses will be available for students who will need transportation to school on those mornings.  All students that need bus transportation must sign up for the bus between March 16th and March 19th. They can sign up in the Assistant Principal office (Building D office) or by emailing Ms. Horgan at [email protected]  Final routes and pick up times will be distributed to students by Monday, March 23rd.

 

Student Handbook Reminders

I wanted to provide two brief reminders from the student handbook.

  • Per the Dress Code: students are not to wear hats or hoods in the building.
  • As a reminder to parents who are picking up their students, you must pick up behind the school in the gym parking lot. Many parents are picking up students at Smith Hall or at the Angell Animal Hospital, this causes congestion in these parking lots and poses a safety hazard.

 

Electronics Recycling

The Essex North Shore DECA Club is having an Electronics Recycling event at school on Saturday, March 28th.  If you have any old electronics this is a good way to get rid of them and support a worthy cause at the same time.  For more information click here: DECA Recycling Fundraiser.

 

Special Education Parent Advisory Council (PAC) Meeting

On Wednesday, March 18th, the Special Education department is hosting a Special Education PAC meeting.  For more information, click here: Special Education PAC Meeting

 

Guidance Parent Night

This past Wednesday, March 4th our Guidance Department hosted a Grade 10 and 11 Parent/Guardian Night.  In our continued quest to ensure access to information please see below for topics discussed and resources made available.

District Report Card

Each school district is required to share their school report card with families each year.  The report card contains information about teacher qualifications, MCAS results, student discipline, etc.  I have provided the ENSATS District Report Card here.  In addition, here is a reference sheet about district report cards: 5 Quick Facts about the School Report Card.

 

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 24-25, 2020.  After school sessions run every Tuesday and Thursday immediately after school in the Library/Media Center Conference Room. 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.

 

Taste of Essex

The Essex North Shore PTO’s Taste of Essex Tech Community Event is coming up on Saturday, March 14th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm and I wanted to share some additional information with you.  There are many local vendors who will be attending as well as exciting raffle prizes. Tickets are on sale now!  The cost of admission is $15.00. Please click here to purchase tickets. If you would like to support the Essex North Shore PTO and the Taste of Essex Tech by making a donation or volunteering your time, please visit their Sign Up Genius site to see how you can help.

 

Activities: Week of March 9, 2020

Please review the following document for information about activities: Week of March 9, 2020

 

Upcoming Dates

Friday, March 20th – Teacher Professional Development Day – No school for students.

 

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 wonderful weekend.

Shannon B. Donnelly
Principal

Friday, February 28, 2020

 

Dear ENSATS Community,

As we reach the end of February, there are many exciting things happening at Essex Tech. The Drama Club is performing this weekend at St. John’s Prep for the Preliminary Round of the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild’s High School Drama Festival. Our DECA team is competing in the state competition this weekend. The SkillsUSA 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 2 Day 4: Blue
Tuesday, March 3 Day 5: Blue
Wednesday, March 4 Day 6: Green 8:45 Late Start for Students
Thursday, March 5 Day 7: Green
Friday, March 6 Day 8: Green

 

District Report Card

School districts are required to share their school report card with families each year.  The report card contains information about teacher qualifications, MCAS results, student discipline, etc.  I have provided the ENSATS District Report Card here. In addition, here is a reference sheet about district report cards: 5 Quick Facts about the School Report Card.

 

Drama Club Performance

Essex Tech Drama will perform an abridged version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream under the direction of Alyssa Gibbs and Mike Zupancic at the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild (METG) Preliminary Round on Saturday, February 29th  at St. John’s Prep at 3:00 pm. 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 showtime. Once a show has started there will be no late seating. Tickets are $15 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!

 

Spring Sports

Any students who are interested in playing tennis should attend a short meeting after school on Monday, March 2nd at 2:45 pm in the main cafe. This is a meeting to gauge student interest and see what our options may be for a tennis team this year or in the future. Please sign up for the 4:00 pm late bus or arrange for a ride home at 3:15 pm.

All spring sports will start on Monday, March 16th directly after school.  Please register immediately on our website: http://ma.8to18.com/essextech

 

Coffee with an Administrator

Our Director of Special Education, Sue Stevens, and Director of School Counseling, Sandy Goldstein, will be hosting a “Coffee with an Administrator” drop-in meeting on Tuesday, March 3rd from 7:45 – 8:30 am and again from 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm in the Maple Street Bistro. If you would like to meet them or have a question to ask please stop by.

 

Sophomore-Junior Parent Information Night

The Essex North Shore Guidance Department will be hosting our annual Sophomore/Junior Parent Information Night on Wednesday, March 4th at 6:00 pm in the Media Center.  Agenda items include information to support families with preparing for their child’s career and/or college goals.

 

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 Friday, March 6, 2020, from 7:45-11:30 in the Media Center. Students who are planning to take the test need to bring a note of permission from a parent or guardian. For more information, please contact Julie Montague at [email protected].

 

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 24-25, 2020.  After school sessions run every Tuesday and Thursday immediately after school in the Library/Media Center Conference Room. 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.

 

Senior Scholarship & Award Opportunities

Guidance Counselors spoke to seniors about scholarship and award opportunities last month during English classes. All seniors were provided with the Essex North Shore Award Application. This award opportunity is unique in that ALL seniors are eligible to apply for consideration. Completed applications are due on March 6, 2020, and will be reviewed by the ENSATS Scholarship Committee.  The Committee nominates recipients for numerous awards designated to help graduating seniors who are pursuing employment in the workforce, apprenticeships and vocational training programs, and/or going onto higher education college.

Our Guidance Counselors also shared information with seniors about local and national scholarship and financial aid award processes including how to access local and national scholarships using their Naviance Student accounts. Seniors and their families are encouraged to review this information frequently at this time of year, as we post new award and scholarship applications as they come to our attention. For more information about award or scholarship opportunities, please contact your child’s Guidance Counselor.

 

Taste of Essex

The Essex North Shore PTO’s Taste of Essex Tech Community event is coming up on Saturday, March 14th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm and I wanted to share some additional information with you.  There are many local vendors that will be attending as well as exciting raffle prizes.  Tickets are on sale now! The cost is $15.00 from now until February 29th and $20.00 from March 1st through March 10th.  Please click here to purchase tickets.  If you would like to support the Essex North Shore PTO and the Taste of Essex by making a donation or volunteering your time, please visit their Sign Up Genius site to see how you can help.

 

Senior Superlatives and Information Sheets

All seniors should receive an email today or tomorrow with a Google Form regarding senior superlatives and information sheets. These forms need to be completed by Friday, March 6th.

 

Activities: Week of March 2, 2020

Please review the following document for information about activities: Week of March 2, 2020

 

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, March 3rd – PTO Meeting at 6:30 pm in the Maple Street Bistro

Friday, March 20th – Teacher Professional Development Day – No school for students.

 

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

Friday, February 14, 2020

 

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 24th.

 

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 24 Day 9: Green
Tuesday, February 25 Day 10: Green
Wednesday, February 26 Day 1: Blue 10:21 Late Start for Students
Thursday, February 27 Day 2: Blue
Friday, February 28 Day 3: Blue

 

Late-Start: Wednesday, February 26, 2020

February 26th, the Wednesday after vacation, will be a 10:21 late start day. Please see the 2019-2020 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.

 

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 24-25, 2020.  After school sessions run every Tuesday and Thursday immediately after school in the Library/Media Center Conference Room. 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.

 

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 Friday, March 6, 2020, from 7:45-11:30 in the Media Center.  Students who are planning to take the test need to bring a note of permission from a parent or guardian. For more information, please contact Julie Montague at [email protected].

 

Senior Scholarship & Award Opportunities

Guidance Counselors spoke to seniors about scholarship and award opportunities last month during English classes.  All seniors were provided with the Essex North Shore Award Application. This award opportunity is unique in that ALL seniors are eligible to apply for consideration.  Completed applications are due on March 6, 2020, and will be reviewed by the ENSATS Scholarship Committee. The Committee nominates recipients for numerous awards designated to help graduating seniors who are pursuing employment in the workforce, apprenticeships and vocational training programs, and/or going onto higher education college.

Our Guidance Counselors also shared information with seniors about local and national scholarship and financial aid award processes including how to access local and national scholarships using Naviance Student accounts.  Seniors and their families are encouraged to review this information frequently at this time of year as we post new award and scholarship applications as they come to our attention.  For more information about award or scholarship opportunities, please contact your child’s Guidance Counselor.

 

Morning Bus Stops

As a reminder, students should be waiting outside for buses. Recently, students have been waiting in cars, I’m sure because it has been cold.  While the regular drivers, may anticipate this, the issue is that we often have substitute drivers who will be looking for students standing outside at the bus stops.  If they do not see students, they may not stop and may inadvertently miss a student.

 

Taste of Essex

Please review the following document for exciting information about the upcoming Essex North Shore PTO’s Taste of Essex to be held in our gymnasium on Saturday, March 14th.

 

Activities: Week of February 24, 2020

Please review the following document for information about activities: Week of February 24, 2020

 

Upcoming Dates

Monday, February 17 – Friday, February 21 –  No School: February Vacation

Wednesday, February 26 – 10:15 am Late Start

 

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 restful vacation.

Shannon B. Donnelly
Principal

 

Friday, February 7, 2020

 

Dear ENSATS Community,

This past Wednesday, February 5th, 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 Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

 

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 10 Day 4: Blue
Tuesday, February 11 Day 5: Blue
Wednesday, February 12 Day 6: Green  8:45 am Start for Students
Thursday, February 13 Day 7: Green
Friday, February 14 Day 8: Green

 

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 24-25, 2020.  After school sessions run every Tuesday and Thursday immediately after school in the Library/Media Center Conference Room. 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.

 

 

Girls Basketball Fundraiser

The Essex North Shore girls basketball team is having a bake sale and collecting donations to benefit Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem on Monday, February 10th at their home games.  Please see the following flyer for more information.

 

 

CTE Uniform Information

Please see the attached letter from the CTE Directors regarding the ordering of Freshman CTE uniforms and for replacement orders for upperclassmen.

 

Late Bus Sign-Ups

We have been opening the sign-up form for the 4:00 pm and 5:45 pm late buses earlier in the morning.  Students should be able to access the online form before 7:00 am in order to sign up for the late bus and need to sign up by 10:00 am.  The number of students who continue to forget to sign up for the late buses remains a concern.  When students try to add their names to the late-bus lists in the afternoon or simply arrive to take the late bus at 4:00 pm or 5:45 pm without signing up, we may not have a bus going to their particular stop.  Routes are planned in the early afternoon based on the list of students who have signed up. Students are encouraged to access the late-bus form online and sign up first thing in the morning in order to ensure that they will have transportation home.  Beginning next week, we will not be able to add stops to the late runs after 12:00 pm.  Students that try to sign up after 12:00 pm will have to go to a stop that is already scheduled or they will need to take the 2:27 pm bus home.

 

SNAP Codes

Even though we have reached the midpoint of the school year, there are still several families who have not completed our Required Information Form.  This form includes contact information for parents/guardians, emergency contacts, important medical information, and permission to publish student names or pictures.  It is imperative that we have accurate and up-to-date information for all students.   If you have not yet completed the form, you will be receiving an email with a SNAP code that will allow you to access the form.  Please complete the form as soon as possible. If you did not receive an email with the SNAP code, please email [email protected] to create a helpdesk ticket.

 

Taste of Essex

Please review the following document for exciting information about the upcoming Essex North Shore PTO’s Taste of Essex to be held in our gymnasium on Saturday, March 14th.

 

Activities: Week of February 10, 2020

Please review the following document for information about activities: Week of February 10, 2020

 

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, February 12 – PTO Meeting at 6:30 pm in the Maple Street Bistro

Monday, February 17 – Friday, February 21 –  No School: February Vacation

Wednesday, February 26 – 10:15 am Late Start

 

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 wonderful weekend.

Shannon B. Donnelly
Principal

Friday, January 31, 2020

 

Dear ENSATS Community,

This has been an exciting week for our Juniors as they became eligible for Cooperative Education.  Over 30 Juniors have begun their coop placements this week.  Students from 12 of our CTE and Agricultural programs are getting real-life work experience in their chosen fields.  Students who are interested in Co-op should make an appointment with Ms. Berube or Ms. Shea to begin the Co-op process.

 

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 3 Day 9: Green
Tuesday, February 4 Day 10: Green
Wednesday, February 5 Day 1: Blue 8:45 am Start Time
Thursday, February 6 Day 2: Blue
Friday, February 7 Day 3: Blue

 

CTE Uniform Information

Please see the attached letter from the CTE Directors regarding the ordering of Freshman CTE uniforms and for replacement orders for upperclassmen.

 

Coffee with an Administrator

Our Co-op Coordinator, Lisa Berube, and Director of Workforce Development, Bonnie Carr, will be hosting a “Coffee with an Administrator” drop-in meeting on Tuesday, February 4th from 7:45 – 8:30 am and again from 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm in the Maple Street Bistro.  If you would like to meet them or have a question to ask please stop by.

 

Late Bus Sign-Ups

Beginning today we will be opening the sign-up form for the 4:00 pm and 5:45 pm late buses earlier in the morning.  Students should be able to access the online form before 7:00 am in order to sign up for the late bus and need to sign up by 10:00 am.  The number of students who continue to forget to sign up for the late buses remains a concern.  When students try to add their names to the late-bus lists in the afternoon or simply arrive to take the late bus at 4:00 pm or 5:45 pm without signing up, we may not have a bus going to their particular stop.  Routes are planned in the early afternoon based on the list of students who have signed up. Students are encouraged to access the late-bus form online and sign up first thing in the morning in order to ensure that they will have transportation home.  Beginning next week, we will not be able to add stops to the late runs after 12:00 pm.  Students that try to sign up after 12:00 pm, will have to go to a stop that is already scheduled or they will need to take the 2:27 pm bus home.

 

SNAP Codes

Even though we have reached the midpoint of the school year, there are still several families who have not completed our Required Information Form.  This form includes contact information for parents/guardians, emergency contacts, important medical information, and permission to publish student names or pictures.  It is imperative that we have accurate and up-to-date information for all students.   If you have not yet completed the form, you will be receiving an email with a SNAP code that will allow you to access the form.  Please complete the form as soon as possible. If you did not receive an email with the SNAP code, please email [email protected] to create a helpdesk ticket.

 

Taste of Essex

Please review the following document for exciting information about the Essex North Shore PTO’s Taste of Essex to be held in our gymnasium on Saturday, March 14th.

 

Activities: Week of February 3, 2020

Please review the following document for information about activities: Week of February 3, 2020

 

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, February 4 – PTO Meeting at 6:30 pm in the Maple Street Bistro

Monday, February 17 – Friday, February 21 –  No School: February Vacation

Wednesday, February 26 – 10:15 am Late Start

 

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 wonderful weekend.

Shannon B. Donnelly
Principal

 

Friday, January 24, 2020

 

Dear ENSATS Community,

This has been an exciting week for our Juniors as they became eligible for Cooperative Education.  Over 30 Juniors have begun their coop placements this week.  Students from 12 of our CTE and Agricultural programs are getting real-life work experience in their chosen fields.  Students who are interested in Co-op should make an appointment with Ms. Berube or Ms. Shea to begin the Co-op process.

 

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 3 Day 9: Green
Tuesday, February 4 Day 10: Green
Wednesday, February 5 Day 1: Blue 8:45 am Start Time
Thursday, February 6 Day 2: Blue
Friday, February 7 Day 3: Blue

 

CTE Uniform Information

Please see the attached letter from the CTE Directors regarding the ordering of Freshman CTE uniforms and for replacement orders for upperclassmen.

 

Coffee with an Administrator

Our Co-op Coordinator, Lisa Berube, and Director of Workforce Development, Bonnie Carr, will be hosting a “Coffee with an Administrator” drop-in meeting on Tuesday, February 4th from 7:45 – 8:30 am and again from 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm in the Maple Street Bistro.  If you would like to meet them or have a question to ask please stop by.

 

Late Bus Sign-Ups

Beginning today we will be opening the sign-up form for the 4:00 pm and 5:45 pm late buses earlier in the morning.  Students should be able to access the online form before 7:00 am in order to sign up for the late bus and need to sign up by 10:00 am.  The number of students who continue to forget to sign up for the late buses remains a concern.  When students try to add their names to the late-bus lists in the afternoon or simply arrive to take the late bus at 4:00 pm or 5:45 pm without signing up, we may not have a bus going to their particular stop.  Routes are planned in the early afternoon based on the list of students who have signed up. Students are encouraged to access the late-bus form online and sign up first thing in the morning in order to ensure that they will have transportation home.  Beginning next week, we will not be able to add stops to the late runs after 12:00 pm.  Students that try to sign up after 12:00 pm, will have to go to a stop that is already scheduled or they will need to take the 2:27 pm bus home.

 

SNAP Codes

Even though we have reached the midpoint of the school year, there are still several families who have not completed our Required Information Form.  This form includes contact information for parents/guardians, emergency contacts, important medical information, and permission to publish student names or pictures.  It is imperative that we have accurate and up-to-date information for all students.   If you have not yet completed the form, you will be receiving an email with a SNAP code that will allow you to access the form.  Please complete the form as soon as possible. If you did not receive an email with the SNAP code, please email aspe[email protected] to create a helpdesk ticket.

 

Taste of Essex

Please review the following document for exciting information about the Essex North Shore PTO’s Taste of Essex to be held in our gymnasium on Saturday, March 14th.

 

Activities: Week of February 3, 2020

Please review the following document for information about activities: Week of February 3, 2020

 

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, February 4 – PTO Meeting at 6:30 pm in the Maple Street Bistro

Monday, February 17 – Friday, February 21 –  No School: February Vacation

Wednesday, February 26 – 10:15 am Late Start

 

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 wonderful weekend.

Shannon B. Donnelly
Principal

 

Friday, January 24, 2020

 

Dear ENSATS Community,

Yesterday was 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 27 Day 4: Blue
Tuesday, January 28 Day 5: Blue
Wednesday, January 29 Day 6: Green 10:15 am Late Start
Thursday, January 30 Day 7: Green
Friday, January 31 Day 8: Green

 

Lynn Lyons Presentation

On Wednesday, January 29, 2020, at 6:00 pm, Lynn Lyons LICSW will be at Essex Tech for a parent presentation on Managing Anxiety at School and Home.  This workshop will provide concrete strategies parents can use to help teens handle anxiety. Please click here for more information: Managing Anxiety Workshop.  If you plan to attend, please click on this link to share how many are expected from your family or group: Lynn Lyons Response Form

 

Late-Start: Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Wednesday, January 29th will be a TWO HOUR late start. Please see the 2019-2020 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.

 

World Hijab Day

On Friday, January  31st, Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School will celebrate World Hijab Day. The formal, world-wide recognition of World Hijab Day is on February 1st, a Saturday.  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 January 31st.  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 headscarf.  For more information, please visit www.worldhijabday.com

 

SNAP Codes

Even though we have reached the midpoint of the school year, there are still several families who have not completed our Required Information Form.  This form includes contact information for parents/guardians, emergency contacts, important medical information, and permission to publish student names or pictures.  It is imperative that we have accurate and up-to-date information for all students.   If you have not yet completed the form, you will be receiving an email with a SNAP code that will allow you to access the form.  Please complete the form as soon as possible. If you did not receive an email with the SNAP code, please email [email protected] to create a helpdesk ticket.

 

Late Bus Sign-Ups

Beginning today we will be opening the sign-up form for the 4:00 pm and 5:45 pm late buses earlier in the morning.  Students should be able to access the online form before 7:00 am to sign up for the late bus. The number of students who continue to forget to sign up for the late buses remains a concern.  When students try to add their names to the late-bus lists in the afternoon or simply arrive to take the bus at 4:00 pm or 5:45 pm without signing up, we may not have a bus going to their particular stop.  Routes are planned in the early afternoon based on the list of students who have signed up. Students are encouraged to access the late-bus form online and sign up first thing in the morning in order to ensure that they will have transportation home.

 

School Closing Information

The following information regarding school cancellations or delayed openings is posted to the Families page of the Essex North Shore website.  I thought it would be helpful to provide the information here as well. School Cancellation Information

 

Activities: Week of January 27, 2020

Please review the following document for information about activities: Week of January 27, 2020

 

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, January 29: 10:15 am Late Start

Monday, February 17 – Friday, February 21 –  No School: February Vacation

Wednesday, February 26 – 10:15 am Late Start

 

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 wonderful weekend.

Shannon B. Donnelly
Principal

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Friday, January 17, 2020

 

Dear ENSATS Community,

It was an exciting week for Freshman as they work in their eighth and final CTE exploratory cycle.  On Thursday, they made the big decision of choosing a CTE path. Thank you to all of the parents, counselors, CTE teachers, and administrators who have helped guide our grade 9 students as they make this very important decision. Final assignments and scheduling will be completed next week and our Class of 2023 will begin the next step of their CTE journey on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, in their new CTE program.

 

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 20 No School
Tuesday, January 21 Day 10: Green
Wednesday, January 22 Day 1: Blue  8:45 am Start
Thursday, January 23 Day 2: Blue
Friday, January 24 Day 3: Blue

 

Late Bus Sign-Ups

Beginning today we will be opening the sign-up form for the 4:00 pm and 5:45 pm late buses earlier in the morning.  Students should be able to access the online form before 7:00 am to sign up for the late bus. The number of students who continue to forget to sign up for the late buses is a concern.  When students try to add their names to the late-bus lists in the afternoon or simply arrive to take the bus at 4:00 pm or 5:45 pm without signing up, we may not have a bus going to their particular stop.  Routes are planned in the early afternoon based on the list of students who have signed up. Students are encouraged to access the late-bus form online and sign up first thing in the morning in order to ensure that they will have transportation home.

 

Lynn Lyons Presentation

On Wednesday, January 29, 2020, at 6:00 pm, Lynn Lyons LICSW will be at Essex Tech for a parent presentation on Managing Anxiety at School and Home.  This workshop will provide concrete strategies parents can use to help teens handle anxiety. Please click here for more information: Managing Anxiety Workshop

 

Chorus and Pop Choir Winter Concert

Come see Essex Tech’s Chorus and Pop Choir perform at our annual Winter Concert on Friday, January 24th. The performance takes place in the Media Center at 7:00 pm. Attendance is free, but donations are appreciated!

 

School Closing Information

The following information regarding school cancellations or delayed openings is posted to the Families page of the Essex North Shore website.  I thought it would be helpful to provide the information here as well. School Cancellation Information

 

Exiting South Campus

This message is for students who park on the South Campus parking lots: please use extra caution when exiting the lot at dismissal and allow plenty of room between you and the buses (or other motorists) that are driving on Route 62.  With the winter months come poor road conditions, and we are seeing drivers pull out directly in front of buses which is creating an unsafe situation for our student drivers and the students and drivers on the buses. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Activities: Week of January 21, 2020

Please review the following document for information about activities: Week of January 21, 2020

 

Upcoming Dates

Monday, January 20: No School – Martin Luther King Day

Wednesday, January 29: 10:20 am Late Start

 

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 wonderful long weekend.

Shannon B. Donnelly
Principal

 

Friday, January 10, 2020

 

Dear ENSATS Community,

As we move closer to the midpoint of the school year, I want to remind students and families again about our attendance policy.  All students are limited to 10 unexcused absences per year; this breaks down to three absences in Trimester 1, three absences in Trimester 2, and four absences in Trimester 3.  Students who exceed the allowed number of absences in a trimester will not receive credit for their classes that trimester.  Students will, however, be given the opportunity to make up time and missed assignments, either after school or during Saturday sessions to reinstate the missed credit. Parents/guardians will be contacted if their child has exceeded the number of unexcused absences allowed to discuss how their student will make up time.  Therefore, we urge you to please view your child’s attendance in Aspen regularly, and if you need help accessing Aspen please contact the Technology Department at 1.978.304.4700 ext 1504. For more information about our attendance policy please see page 7 of the Student Handbook which can be found on the Families page of the school website.

 

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 13 Day 4: Blue
Tuesday, January 14 Day 5: Blue
Wednesday, January 15 Day 6: Green 8:45 am Start
Thursday, January 16 Day 7: Green
Friday, January 17 Day 8: Green

 

Lynn Lyons Presentation

On Wednesday, January 29, 2020, at 6:00 pm, Lynn Lyons LICSW will be at Essex Tech for a parent presentation on Managing Anxiety at School and Home.  This workshop will provide concrete strategies parents can use to help teens handle anxiety. Please click here for more information: Managing Anxiety Workshop

 

Chorus and Pop Choir Winter Concert

Come see Essex Tech’s Chorus and Pop Choir perform at our annual Winter Concert on Friday, January 24th. The performance takes place in the Media Center at 7:00 pm. Attendance is free, but donations are appreciated!

 

Auditions for Our Drama Club’s Spring Musical 

Auditions for the Drama Club’s Spring musical, Urinetown, will be held after school on Tuesday, January 14th, Wednesday, January 15th and Thursday, January 16th in the Smith Hall Auditorium from 2:45 – 5:45 pm. Students should sign up for the 5:45 pm late buses. All interested actors may pick up an audition packet from Mrs. Gibbs in A-219 or Mr. Zupancic in B-212. Actors must attend all 3 days of auditions to be considered for a lead role and should prepare song selections as outlined in the audition packet. Technicians do not need to attend auditions. Any questions, or requests for electronic audition packets, can be sent to [email protected]sextech.net

 

Exiting South Campus

This message is for students who park on the South Campus parking lots: please use extra caution when exiting the lot at dismissal and allow plenty of room between you and the buses (or other motorists) that are driving on Route 62.  With the winter months come poor road conditions, and we are seeing drivers pull out directly in front of buses which is creating an unsafe situation for our student drivers and the students and drivers on the buses. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Activities: Week of January 13, 2020

Please review the following document for information about activities: Week of January 13, 2020

 

Upcoming Dates

Monday, January 20: No School – Martin Luther King Day

Wednesday, January 29: 10:20 am Late Start

 

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 wonderful weekend.

Shannon B. Donnelly
Principal

 

Friday, January 3, 2020

 

Dear ENSATS Community,

I hope you all had an enjoyable holiday season.  Students and staff returned to school on Thursday, January 2, 2020, rested and ready to work and learn.  This is an exciting time for freshmen as they finish their seventh exploratory cycle and begin their final CTE exploratory cycle.  In just two weeks, they make the big decision of choosing a CTE path. Thank you to all of the parents, 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 6 Day 9: Green
Tuesday, January 7 Day 10: Green
Wednesday, January 8 Day 1: Blue 8:45 Late Start
Thursday, January 9 Day 2: Blue
Friday, January 10 Day 3: Blue

 

Grade 9 CTE Fair

Our annual CTE Fair was held on Thursday, January 2nd, and the turnout was very impressive.  I want to thank all of the CTE 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 slides 11 & 12 of the presentation for contact information.

 

Coffee with an Administrator

Our Assistant Principals, Ms. Janet Norris and Mr. Joel Spruance will be hosting a “Coffee with an Administrator” drop-in meeting on Tuesday, January 7th from 7:45 – 8:30 am and again from 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm in the Maple Street Bistro.  If you would like to meet them or have a question to ask please stop by.

 

Lynn Lyons Presentation

On Wednesday, January 29, 2020, at 6:00 pm, Lynn Lyons LICSW will be at Essex Tech for a parent presentation on Managing Anxiety at School and Home.  This workshop will provide concrete strategies parents can use to help teens handle anxiety. Please click here for more information: Managing Anxiety Workshop

 

Drivers Ed

Any student interested in signing up for Driver’s Education Classes to be conducted here at Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School must sign up in the Main Office on Tuesday, January 7th or Wednesday, January 8th between 7:30 and 7:45 am or at 2:30 pm.

All completed paperwork for sign-ups must be returned to the Main Office no later than Monday, January 13th, due to limited seating.  Driver’s Education classes will begin on Tuesday, January 21st and run through Thursday, April 30th. The classes will take place on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 2:35 – 3:45 pm. Students should sign up online for late transportation each morning.  If you have any questions, please contact Marian Garabedian at 978-304-4700 ext. 5106

 

Mitten Tree

If you would like to help Essex Tech’s Key Club fill our Mitten Trees, please hang new socks, hats, mittens, gloves, scarves, earmuffs, etc. on designated trees in the front lobby, A/B cafeteria, and D/E cafeteria.  All donations will be given to Lifebridge of Salem. Items will be collected until January 10, 2020. Thank you.

 

Student Drop Off 

As a reminder, all students should be dropped off in the back of the building by the gym between 7:00 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. Dropping students off in front of the school when buses and staff are arriving poses logistical and safety concerns.

 

Activities: Week of January 6, 2020

Please review the following document for information about activities: Week of January 6, 2020

 

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, January 7: PTO Meeting at 6:30 pm in the Maple Street Bistro

Monday, January 20: No School – Martin Luther King Day

Wednesday, January 29: 10:20 Late Start

 

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 wonderful weekend.

Shannon B. Donnelly
Principal

 

Friday, December 20, 2019

 

Dear ENSATS Community,

We have reached our first vacation week of the school year and after many months of learning and growing, 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 2020.

 

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 30 No School
Tuesday, December 30 No School
Wednesday, January 1 No School
Thursday, January 2 Day 7: Green
Friday, January 3 Day 8: Green

 

CTE Fair

On January 2, 2020 from 6:00-8:00 pm, please join us for the CTE Fair.  Parents and students are welcome to join us for an informative session regarding the Freshman CTE selection process.  CTE instructors from each program area will be available to answer questions about their program, curriculum, and career pathways.

 

Young Writers Writing Contest

Since 1991, Young Writers, a company from Peabody, MA, has been publishing student writing through creative writing contests. They challenge students to write a complete story using only 100 words. This year’s theme was Survival Sagas: Mission Contamination. “The unthinkable has happened. A wave of contamination so epic, it has almost eliminated the entire human race. Will the survivors manage to build up resistance or will too many become infected, changing the world forever…?” Young Writers invited students to write a mini saga, a “short” short story in just 100 words, to tell a thrilling tale that answers the question of what would happen if Planet Earth became contaminated.  92 freshman and sophomore students in Mrs. Kimani’s English classes and members of the after school Horror Literature Club submitted mini sagas to Young Writers, and all of their essays were chosen for publication! Congratulations to these students. We are so proud of their hard work and look forward to seeing their work published in a book in February 2020.

 

Lynn Lyons Presentation

On Wednesday, January 29, 2020, at 6:00 pm, Lynn Lyons, LICSW will be at Essex Tech for a parent presentation on Managing Anxiety at School and Home.  This workshop will provide concrete strategies parents can use to help teens handle anxiety. Please click here for more information: Managing Anxiety Workshop

 

Mitten Tree

If you would like to help Essex Tech’s Key Club fill our Mitten Trees, please hang new socks, hats, mittens, gloves, scarves, earmuffs, etc. on designated trees in the front lobby, A/B cafeteria, and D/E cafeteria.  All donations will be given to Lifebridge of Salem. Items will be collected until January 10, 2020. Thank you.

 

Safety Improvements

I attended a School Shooting Prevention conference recently, along with Mr. Spruance, Mr. St. Pierre, Mr. Marino, and Officer Chase.  The conference was presented by The School Safety Advocacy Council and provided many suggestions that we hope to implement in order to improve our safety practices. One of the changes we will implement beginning January 1st is to keep the doors to classrooms and CTE areas locked.  This will eliminate the need for teachers to lock the doors in the event of an emergency. We have also added sensors to several exterior doors in the Construction and Arbor buildings. These sensors are similar to the sensors on the doors in the main school building and will alert our security staff if the doors have been left open or are propped open.  In addition, we will be systematically adding and replacing security cameras in the main building and on South campus, to further improve our campus visibility and monitoring capability.

 

Student Drop Off 

As a reminder, all students should be dropped off in the back of the building by the gym between 7:00 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 23rd – January 1st: Winter vacation

Thursday, January 2nd: School Resumes

Thursday, January 2nd: Freshman CTE Fair

 

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 wonderful vacation!

 

Shannon B. Donnelly
Principal

 

Friday, December 13, 2019

 

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 students, staff, and families are each year. In this our 5th-annual Hawk Holiday Hope day, we were able to provide gifts for 175 children-in-need from the North Shore.  This is 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 winner of the contest was Health Assisting!

We also put our faculty athletes to the test with a student-staff basketball game and a student-staff hockey game. Our student athletes were victorious on both the court and the ice today.  The student hockey players were a force to be reckoned with beating the faculty 9-3.  Basketball was a much closer game, but the students took the win 46-42. This year, we had a fantastic addition to our afternoon events, the Essex North Shore Drama Club reprising a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Thank you to our cast, crew, and production team for an excellent show.

 

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 16 Day 9: Green
Tuesday, December 17 Day 10: Green
Wednesday, December 18 Day 1: Blue 8:45 am Start
Thursday, December 19 Day 2: Blue
Friday, December 20 Day 3: Blue 11:02 Release

 

 

Skills USA Tree Sale

SkillsUSA will be selling Christmas Trees for $50 each beginning on Monday, December 2nd through Saturday, December 14th, while supplies last.  This tree sale will take place at our Farm Stand from 4:00-7:00 pm on weekdays, 11:00 am -7:00 pm on December 7th and 3:00-7:00 pm on December 14th. Cash, credit cards and checks will be accepted.

 

Blooming Designs and More Holiday Hours

We have extended the hours for the school store to accommodate your holiday shopping.

Saturday 12/14  9:00 am – 11:00 am

Monday 12/16 10:15 am – 11:30 am and 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

Tuesday 12/17 10:15 am – 11:30 am and 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

Wednesday 12/18 10:15 am – 11:30 am and 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

Thursday 12/19 10:15 am – 11:30 am and 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

 

Mitten Tree

If you would like to help Essex Tech’s Key Club fill our Mitten Trees, please hang new socks, hats, mittens, gloves, scarves, earmuffs, etc on our trees in the front lobby, A/B cafeteria, and D/E cafeteria.  All donations will be given to Lifebridge of Salem. Items will be connected until

January 10, 2020. Thank you.

 

Safety Improvements

I attended a School Shooting Prevention conference recently, along with Mr. Spruance, Mr. St. Pierre, Mr. Marino, and Officer Chase.  The conference was presented by The School Safety Advocacy Council and provided many suggestions that we hope to implement in order to improve our safety practices. One of the changes we will implement beginning January 1st is to keep the doors to classrooms and CTE areas locked.  This will eliminate the need for teachers to lock the doors in the event of an emergency. We have also added sensors to several exterior doors in the Construction and Arbor buildings. These sensors are similar sensors on the doors in the main school building and will alert our security staff if the doors have been left open or are propped open.  In addition, we will be systematically adding and replacing security cameras in the main building and on South campus, to further improve our campus visibility and monitoring.

 

Student Drop Off 

As a reminder, all students should be dropped off in the back of the building by the gym between 7:00 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.

 

Angell at Essex

We are excited to announce that the Angell at Essex veterinary clinic opened this week.  Many thanks to the students, staff and our Facilities crew who works to renovate the space and create a beautiful new clinic.  We are delighted to welcome the new Angell staff to the Essex Tech community and we look forward to this amazing partnership. Dr. Erin Turowski, the veterinarian for Angell at Essex, asked me to pass on the following message:

Angell at Essex is proud to announce that we will begin seeing appointments at Essex Tech on Monday, December 2! We will be open for wellness and stable (non-emergent) sick visits for cats and dogs as well as elective and general surgeries, including but not limited to spays, neuters, dentals, mass removals, and other procedures.  We welcome pets of Essex Tech students, staff, and faculty, and parents can take advantage of our convenient location by scheduling visits around their students’ dropoff/pickup times. Please call (978) 304-4648 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Turowski. We would love to be your primary veterinarian and help your children learn while we provide quality, compassionate care for your pets.  Please be prepared to provide vaccine and medical records if you have them, or if your pet has been seen at any other Angell facility in the past, we can access their records here at Essex Tech.

 

Activities: Week of December 16, 2019

The following link provides information about activities the Week of December 16, 2019.

 

Upcoming Dates

Friday, December 20th: 11:02 am early release

December 23rd – January 1st: Winter vacation

Thursday, January 2nd: School Resumes

Thursday, January 2nd: Freshman CTE Fair

 

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 wonderful weekend!

 

Shannon B. Donnelly
Principal

 

Friday, December 6, 2019

 

Dear ENSATS Community,

Today we are one week away from celebrating our school-wide community service event, Hawk Holiday Hope!  Next Friday, December 13th, students and staff will assemble in the gymnasium the gifts we have gathered for over 170 children-in-need from the North Shore through the Salem office of the Department of Children and Families. We have many fun events planned for Hawk Holiday Hope Day, which is a day where we celebrate what it means to be a school community that cares about others.

 

The day will begin with gift wrapping in A-block classes.  Followed by two Hawk Holiday Hope gift presentation assemblies (the first for grades 9 & 11 and the second for grades 10 & 12).  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, a student-staff hockey game, and the first time ever student showing of our Drama Club’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

 

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.

 

Please note the change to the normal blue/green schedule due to our Hawk Holiday Hope festivities this week.

 

Monday, December 9 Day 4: Blue
Tuesday, December 10 Day 10: Green
Wednesday, December 11 Day 6: Green 8:45 am Start
Thursday, December 12 Day 7: Green
Friday, December 13 Day 3: Blue

 

Essex North Shore Drama presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream!

Friday, December 6 at 7:00 PM 

Saturday, December 7 at 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM 

Join us as we take a comedic romp through one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, circus-style! With star-crossed lovers, a hilarious play within a play, and a troupe of juggling, hula hooping, aerialist circus performers, this play is sure to delight audience members of all ages.

 

Tickets are limited and always sell out!  So reserving seats in advance is recommended. Reserve through Eventbrite and pay at the door. Tickets are $10 and payment may be made in cash, check, or by credit card at the door. Children 6 and under are free.

There is no need to print your tickets, we’ll have your order confirmation at the door!

This performance will take place in the Smith Hall Theater.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fall-production-a-midsummer-nights-dream-tickets-79838778937

 

Hawk Holiday Hope

The Essex North Shore PTO is instrumental in making Hawk Holiday Hope a success.  If you would like to help out with donations, decorating, or clean up please click here to check out the PTO Sign Up Genius  Thank you in advance for your help and support.

 

News from the PTO and the ENSATS Key Club

Blanketed with Love and Hope has a blanket donation box set up in the main entrance of the school.  Every year for the past 9 years, we have collected No-Sew Blanket Kits to make and then donate to Boston Children’s Hospital for the families that have to spend the holidays there.  Last year we delivered over 400 blankets just before Christmas! Kits can be purchased at Joann Fabrics and placed in the donation bin at the school. You can also make a monetary donation through Venmo @blanketedwithloveandhope.

Essex Tech’s Key Club invites the ENTIRE school community to join us in making no-sew fleece blankets in conjunction with Blanketed With Love and Hope.   Students, faculty, and staff that would like to help can join the Key Club in the Main Cafe on Wednesday, December 11th from 2:45 – 5:45 pm (Student should sign up for the 5:45 pm late bus) and Thursday, December 12th from 2:45 – 4:00 pm  (Student should sign up for the 4:00 pm late bus).   No experience is needed.  They are very easy to make.  We hope to make 150 blankets this year.  We look forward to seeing you.

 

 

Skills USA Tree Sale

SkillsUSA will be selling Christmas Trees for $50 each beginning on Monday, December 2nd through Saturday, December 14th, while supplies last.  This tree sale will take place at our Farm Stand from 4:00-7:00 pm on weekdays, 11:00 am -7:00 pm on December 7th and 3:00-7:00 pm on December 14th. Cash, credit cards and checks will be accepted.

 

Angell at Essex

We are excited to announce that the Angell at Essex veterinary clinic opened this week.  Many thanks to the students, staff and our Facilities crew who works to renovate the space and create a beautiful new clinic.  We are delighted to welcome the new Angell staff to the Essex Tech community and we look forward to this amazing partnership. Dr. Erin Turowski, the veterinarian for Angell at Essex, asked me to pass on the following message:

 

Angell at Essex is proud to announce that we will begin seeing appointments at Essex Tech on Monday, December 2! We will be open for wellness and stable (non-emergent) sick visits for cats and dogs as well as elective and general surgeries, including but not limited to spays, neuters, dentals, mass removals, and other procedures.  We welcome pets of Essex Tech students, staff, and faculty, and parents can take advantage of our convenient location by scheduling visits around their students’ dropoff/pickup times. Please call (978) 304-4648 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Turowski. We would love to be your primary veterinarian and help your children learn while we provide quality, compassionate care for your pets.  Please be prepared to provide vaccine and medical records if you have them, or if your pet has been seen at any other Angell facility in the past, we can access their records here at Essex Tech.

 

DanversCARES Vaping Seminar

DanversCARES is offering a free seminar for parents if teens about the dangers of vaping on December 10th from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Danvers High School.  Please click here for details.

 

New Student Activity

Essex Tech is launching a Model UN club and seeking interested students. The club will meet bi-weekly in room B203 on Thursdays. Students interested in history, geography, politics and world issues are encouraged to attend.  Our next meeting will be Thursday, December 12th at 2:45 pm.

 

Activities: Week of December 9, 2019

Please review the following document for information about activities for the Week of December 9, 2019.

 

Upcoming Dates

Monday, December 9th: 6:30 pm PTO Meeting in the Bistro

Friday, December 20th: 11:02 am early release

December 23rd – January 1st: Winter vacation

Thursday, January 2nd: School Resumes

Thursday, January 2nd: Freshman CTE Fair

 

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 wonderful weekend!

 

Shannon B. Donnelly
Principal

 

Friday, November 22, 2019

 

Dear ENSATS Community,

I want to thank all of the Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School staff for their hard work and efforts to make Open House a tremendous success.  We received numerous comments from our guests about our knowledgeable staff, beautiful facility, and a welcoming environment. But more than anything, guests commented on the student volunteers.  They were impressed with our students’ professionalism, helpfulness, and extensive knowledge about the school and CTE programs. Our students really are the best recruitment tool we have. They are true examples of what Essex Tech is all about, and I was so proud to have them represent us on Saturday.

 

Given our short week of school next week, my next message will be sent on Friday, December 6, 2019.  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 weeks.

 

Monday, November 25 Day 4: Blue
Tuesday, November 26 Day 5: Blue
Wednesday, November 27 Day 6: Green 7:45 am Start and 11:02 am Early Release
Thursday, November 28 No School: Thanksgiving Recess
Friday, November 29 No School: Thanksgiving Recess

 

Monday, December 2 Day 9: Green
Tuesday, December 3 Day 10:  Green
Wednesday, December 4 Day 1: Blue 8:45 am Start
Thursday, December 5 Day 2: Blue
Friday, December 6 Day 3: Blue

 

Spirit Days and Pep Rally Information

Our Spirit Weeks are underway! Sophomores and Seniors Spirit Weekfinished on Tuesday and the Freshman/Junior Spirit Week began on Wednesday and will run until November 26th.  When students dress up in the theme for the day, they earn Spirit Points for their class.  Here are the Freshman/Junior Spirit Week remaining days:

  • Monday 11/18 & 11/25 – Tropical Day
  • Tuesday 11/19 & 11/26 – Decade Day

 

Students are also invited to help decorate their section of the gym in preparation for the Pep Rally, on Tuesday, November 26th after school. Students should check-in with their class advisors if they would like to help decorate. The classes will also receive Spirit Points for their decorations.

 

All of these festivities lead up to our amazing Pep Rally on Wednesday, November 27th.  During the rally, classes will earn even more Spirit Points by competing in cheering competitions, dance competitions, and relay races.  The class with the most points at the end of the rally will win the coveted Hawk Cup and Spirit Stick and bragging rights until next Thanksgiving.

 

Hawk Holiday Hope

On Friday, November 8, 2019, we began our yearly Community Service Learning event that we call Hawk Holiday Hope.  I will be providing more information about this exciting event as we get closer to our December 13, 2019, school-wide assemblies.  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.

 

The Essex North Shore PTO is instrumental in making Hawk Holiday Hope a success.  If you would like to help out with donations, decorating or clean up please click here to check out the PTO Sign Up Genius  Thank you in advance for your help and support.

 

News from the PTO

Blanketed with Love and Hope has a blanket donation box set up in the main entrance of the school to the right by the glass display.  Every year for the past 9 years, we have collected No-Sew Blanket Kits to make and then donate to Boston Children’s Hospital for the families that have to spend the holidays there.  Last year we delivered over 400 blankets just before Christmas! Kits can be purchased at Joann Fabrics and placed in the donation bin at the school. You can also make a monetary donation through Venmo @blanketedwithloveandhope.  We make weekly trips to Joann’s to purchase kits from all the donations. Mrs. Grace is organizing 2 blanket making afternoons after school as well for all of the students, faculty, and staff that would like to help. Stay tuned for those dates & times! Please visit our Facebook page and “like” and “follow” us to see our progress!  Thank you for your support!

 

 

Winter Sports Registration

Registration for winter sports is now open. Please register online through our athletic website as soon as possible. Registration will close on Friday, November 29th. All winter sports will start on Monday, December 2nd.  Also, check with the Athletic office to ensure that you have an updated physical on file (within the last 13 months). More detailed information about winter sports (coaches, tryout dates, etc.) will be shared in the near future. Please be on the lookout for an email from Ms. Lalli, our Athletic Director that will contain detailed information about all our winter sports.

 

SkillsUSA Tree Sale

SkillsUSA will be selling Christmas Trees for $50 each beginning on Monday, December 2nd through Saturday, December 14th, while supplies last.  This tree sale will take place at our Farm Stand from 4:00-7:00 pm on weekdays, 11:00 am -7:00 pm on December 7th and 3:00-7:00 pm on December 14th. Cash, credit cards, and checks will be accepted.

 

FAFSA Day at Essex Tech

On Wednesday, December 4th at 6:00 pm, Essex Tech will host FAFSA Day, organized by MEFA (Massachusetts Educational Finance Authority).  This event will provide parents/guardians and college-bound students with an opportunity to get free assistance from qualified financial aid representatives with completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form.  Please register by Friday, November 29th using this FAFSA Day Registration Link.

 

Semi-Formal Dance

SkillsUSA will be having a “Snow Ball” Frosty Night themed semi-formal dance on December 6th from 6:00-9:00 pm in the gym. Tickets will be on sale during all three lunches beginning on Monday, November 25th next to the Bistro. Tickets will be $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Students can pick up guest forms when purchasing their tickets, if needed.  Snacks, drinks, raffles, and professional pictures will be available for purchase at the dance.

 

Activities: Week of November 25, 2019

Please review the following document for information about activities for the Week of November 25, 2019.

 

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, November 27th: Pep Rally and then an 11:02 am early release

Thursday, November 28th & Friday, November 29th: Thanksgiving Holiday: No School 

Tuesday, December 3rd: PTO meeting 6:30 pm in the Bistro

 

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 wonderful weekend!

 

Shannon B. Donnelly
Principal

 

Friday, November 15, 2019

 

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. When prospective families visit during Open House they really want to speak to the students; Open House would not be a success without our volunteers.  Please know how much we appreciate you!

 

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 18 Day 9: Green
Tuesday, November 19 Day 10: Green
Wednesday, November 20 Day 1: Blue 8:45 Late Start for Students
Thursday, November 21 Day 2: Blue
Friday, November 22 Day 3: Blue

 

Spirit Days and Pep Rally Information

Our Spirit Weeks are underway! Sophomore/Senior Spirit Week will run during their academic days from November 13th – November 19th and Freshman/Junior Spirit Week will run during their academic days from November 20th – November 26th.  When students dress up in the theme for the day, they earn spirit points for their class.

  • Wednesday 11/13 & 11/20 – Pajama Day
  • Thursday 11/14 & 11/21 – Twin Day
  • Friday 11/15 & 11/22 – USA Day
  • Monday 11/18 & 11/25 – Tropical Day
  • Tuesday 11/19 & 11/26 – Decade Day

 

Students are also invited to help decorate their section of the gym in preparation for the pep rally, on Monday, November 25th and Tuesday, November 26th. Students should check-in with their class advisors if they would like to help decorate. The classes will also receive spirit points for their decorations.

 

All of these festivities lead up to our amazing Pep Rally on Wednesday, November 27th.  During the rally, classes will earn even more spirit points by competing in cheering competitions, dance competitions, and relay races.  The class with the most points at the end of the rally will win the coveted Hawk Cup and Spirit Stick and bragging rights until next Thanksgiving.

 

Hawk Holiday Hope

On Friday, November 8, 2019, 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 our December 13, 2019, school-wide assemblies.  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.

 

Open Gym

The gym is available for student use on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Here is the schedule:

  • Tuesdays – 11/12, 11/19, 11/26 from  3:00 – 5:00 pm.
  • Thursdays – 11/14 and 11/21 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.

 

Winter Sports Registration

Registration for winter sports is now open. Please register online through our athletic website as soon as possible. Registration will close on Friday, November 29th. All winter sports will start on Monday, December 2nd.  Also, check with the athletic office to ensure that you have an updated physical on file (within the last 13 months). More detailed information about winter sports (coaches, tryout dates, etc.) will be shared in the near future. Please be on the lookout for an email from Ms. Lalli, our Athletic Director that will contain detailed information about all winter sports.

 

FAFSA Day at Essex Tech

On Wednesday, December 4th at 6:00 pm, Essex Tech will host FAFSA Day, organized by MEFA (Massachusetts Educational Finance Authority).  This event will provide parents/guardians and college-bound students with an opportunity to get free assistance from qualified financial aid representatives with completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form.  Please register by Friday, November 29th using this FAFSA Day Registration Link.

 

Activities: Week of November 18, 2019

Please review the following document for information about activities for the Week of November 18, 2019.

 

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, November 27th: Pep Rally and then an 11:02 am release

Thursday, November 28th & Friday, November 29th: Thanksgiving Holiday: No School 

 

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 wonderful weekend!

 

Shannon B. Donnelly
Principal

 

Friday, November 8, 2019

 
Dear ENSATS Community,

The building was buzzing with activity today.  The morning began with classes receiving the name of their child for our Hawk Holiday Hope program.  In honor of Veteran’s Day, students wrote thank you notes for Veterans in our communities and several students and staff had lunch with a group of veterans to show our appreciation for their service. This afternoon, teachers showed a video about the Pep Rally and all of the exciting events leading up to the rally on November 27th.  Please stay tuned for information about Hawk Holiday Hope and the Pep Rally in my upcoming messages.

 

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 11 Veteran’s Day: No School
Tuesday, November 12 Day 5: Blue
Wednesday, November 13 Day 6: Green 8:45 Start
Thursday, November 14 Day 7: Green
Friday, November 15 Day 8: Green

 

Open House

Our annual Open House for prospective students will be held next Saturday, November 16, 2019, 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.

 

ALICE Drill Feedback

Thank you to the students, staff, and parents who provided feedback following our ALICE safety drill last week.  The feedback helps us to evaluate our practice, identify any issues, and make improvements. One question that came up was if students who were on field trips or who were absent during the drill would have another opportunity to practice ALICE.  We plan to have additional drills throughout the school year to increase familiarity with the ALICE procedures. These drills will provide opportunities for the students who missed the first drill to practice their ALICE response.

 

Late Bus Change

There will be NO late buses running on Friday, November 15th.  The buses will be moved off campus to allow for additional guest parking during Open House on November 16th and therefore will not be available for late runs on Friday, November 15th.

 

Picture Distribution

If you ordered pictures of your child from Lifetouch Photography, the pictures are available for student pick-up any day after 10:30 am in the D Building Office in West Academy.

 

Open Gym

The gym is available for student use on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Here is the schedule:

  • Tuesdays – 11/12, 11/19, 11/26 from  3:00 – 5:00 pm.
  • Thursdays – 11/14 and 11/21 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.

 

Wrestling Meeting

There will be a meeting after school for any students interested in joining the Essex Tech Wrestling Team on Thursday, November 14th in room D-121.  Students that need transportation home should sign-up for the 4:00 pm late bus. If you have any questions or are unable to attend, please email Mr. Chouinard at [email protected]

 

Girls Basketball Meeting

For those interested in playing Girls Basketball this upcoming season there will be a brief meeting in the main cafe on Tuesday, November 12th at 2:45 pm. At the meeting, general information about expectations and how to prepare for the upcoming season/tryouts will be provided and coaches will be on hand to answer questions. It will be a brief meeting (~10 minutes). After the meeting, there will be an open gym session from 3:00-5:00 pm for anyone interested in staying. Please sign up for either the 4:00 or 5:45 late bus or you can schedule a ride home. If you can’t make it to the meeting and have any questions, please email Coach O’Brien at [email protected]

 

Winter Sports Registration

Registration for winter sports is now open. Please register online through our athletic website as soon as possible. Registration will close on Friday, November 29th. All winter sports will start on Monday, December 2nd.  Also, check with the athletic office to ensure that you have an updated physical on file (within the last 13 months). More detailed information about winter sports (coaches, tryout dates, etc.) will be shared in the near future. Please be on the lookout for an email Ms. Lalli, our Athletic Director, that will contain detailed information about all winter sports.

 

FAFSA Day at Essex Tech

On Wednesday, December 4 at 6:00 pm, Essex Tech will host FAFSA Day, organized by MEFA (Massachusetts Educational Finance Authority).  This event will provide parents/guardians and college-bound students with an opportunity to get free assistance from qualified financial aid representatives with completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form.  Please register by Friday, November 29th using this FAFSA Day Registration Link.

 

Contact Protocol

I thought it might be helpful to share the contact protocol for parents.  This is published in the Student Handbook, but it might help to see it again in the event that you need to contact us.

 

Activities: Week of November 4, 2019

Please review the following document for information about activities for the Week of November 11, 2019.

 

Upcoming Dates

Monday, November 11th: Veterans Day: No School

Wednesday, November 27th: Pep Rally and then an 11:02 am release

Thursday, November 28th & Friday, November 29th: Thanksgiving Holiday: No School 

 

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 wonderful long weekend!

 

Shannon B. Donnelly
Principal

 

Friday, November 1, 2019

 

Dear ENSATS Community,

I hope that all of our students enjoyed their day off today.  While the students were home, our teachers enjoyed a full day of professional learning; we had presentations about the dangers of marijuana and ways to manage attendance issues, we also had time to continue our collaborative work on project-based learning.  It was nice to have extra time for professional development and collaboration.

 

I want to remind you that due to the MCAS ELA Retest, Wednesday, November 6, 2019, will be a 7:45 start. We will not have an 8:45 start next week. All buses will be running at their regular 7:45 start times on Wednesday.

 

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 4 Day 9: Green
Tuesday, November 5 Day 10: Green
Wednesday, November 6 Day 1: Blue 7:45 Start
Thursday, November 7 Day 2: Blue
Friday, November 8 Day 3: Blue

 

Guinea Fowl on Campus

Please don’t be alarmed if you see our new group of friends wandering about campus. About six months ago we decided to incubate and hatch our own guinea fowl. They were released about two weeks ago. They are helping out in many ways.  Guinea fowl are a great natural form of pest control. They have been used for decades to control insects, including ticks. Flocks can also be known for controlling mice, which are not uncommon on farms or our campus.

 

Picture Distribution

If you ordered pictures of your child from Lifetouch Photography, the pictures are available for student pick-up any day after 10:30 am in the D Building Office in West Academy.

 

Late Bus Reminder

As a reminder, all students who are taking the 4:00 pm or 5:45 pm late buses must sign up using the online form every day that they need to take the bus.  The routes are determined based on the students who sign up, and we sometimes will cancel buses or condense routes should we not need to send buses to particular towns.  When students forget to sign up but arrive to take the bus, it can be difficult for our drivers to revise the routes at the last minute.

 

News from Athletics

Congratulations to the following teams for their accomplishments:

  • Cheerleading earned the Vocational State Title on October 20th at Tri-County.
  • Boys Cross Country earned the State Vocational Championship this Wednesday in Wrentham with Anthony Iannalfo placing 2nd, Patrick Carbone 4th, Josh Chadwick 5th, and Max Collins 6th.
  • Girls Cross Country placed 2nd as a team with Freshman Maddie McDonald placing 1st overall in the State Vocational meet.
  • Boys Soccer won the CAC league title
  • Girls Soccer won the CAC league title

 

Upcoming Games and Events:

  • State Vocational semi-final game: Boys Soccer vs Blackstone Valley today at 3:00 pm.

If they win, they will play for the Championships on Saturday, November 2nd at Northeast, time TBD

  • State Vocational Championship: Girls Soccer vs Blackstone Valley tomorrow at 2:30 pm
  • Cheering CAC League Meet competition – Sunday, November 3rd at home at 1:00 pm
  • November 4th, 6:00 pm – 2nd Round MIAA Tournament: Volleyball vs Ipswich at home
  • November 5th, 6:00 pm – 1st round MIAA Tournament: Boys Soccer vs TBA at home
  • November 6th, 6:00 pm – 2nd round MIAA Tournament: Girls Soccer vs TBA at home

Come Support your HAWKS!

 

Winter Sports Registration

Registration for winter sports is now open. Please register online through our athletic website as soon as possible. Registration will close on Friday, November 29th. All winter sports will start on Monday, December 2nd.  Also, check with the athletic office to ensure that you have an updated physical on file (within the last 13 months). More detailed information about winter sports (coaches, tryout dates, etc.) will be shared in the near future.

 

Freshman Guidance Parent Night

At 6:00 pm on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 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. Please note that this event is not for students.

 

Open House

Our annual Open House for prospective students will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2019, 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.

 

FAFSA Day at Essex Tech

On Wednesday, December 4 at 6:00 pm, Essex Tech will host FAFSA Day, organized by MEFA (Massachusetts Educational Finance Authority).  This event will provide parents/guardians and college-bound students with an opportunity to get free assistance from qualified financial aid representatives with completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form.  Please register by Friday, November 29th using this FAFSA Day Registration Link.

 

Activities: Week of November 4, 2019

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

 

Upcoming Dates

Monday, November 11th: Veterans Day: No School

Wednesday, November 27th: Pep Rally and then an 11:02 am release

Thursday, November 28th & Friday, November 29th: Thanksgiving Holiday: No School 

 

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 wonderful weekend!

 

Shannon B. Donnelly
Principal

 

Friday, October 25, 2019

 

Dear ENSATS Community,

It is hard to believe that the month of October is 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 cycle next week. At this time, we have 106 seniors working in their Cooperative Education placements and 8 seniors working on internships.  This means that we have almost 35% of our senior class working in our communities in their career areas. Over the next few weeks, Lisa Berube, our Cooperative Education Coordinator, and Liz Shea, our Career Counselor, will begin to meet with juniors that hope to start Co-op in January. They will also have general meetings with juniors to review the Co-op process.

 

Just a reminder that Friday, November 1, 2019, 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 28 Day 4: Blue
Tuesday, October 29 Day 5: Blue
Wednesday, October 30 Day 8: Green 8:45 Start Time
Thursday, October  31 Day 7: Green
Friday, November 1 No School for Students

 

Bus Reminders

First, our drivers have expressed concern about students walking toward the buses in the morning at their bus stops.  Some students are not waiting for the bus to come to a complete stop and for the Stop Sign arm to extend in order to stop traffic before stepping off the curb toward buses.  Any assistance you can provide to help remind your child to wait for the bus to stop completely will be greatly appreciated.

Second, I also want to remind parents that the buses arrive and begin to line up in front of the school beginning at 2:00 pm.  This allows all the buses to line up in time for dismissal. If you are on campus or need to pick up your child between 2:00 pm and 2:45 pm, please keep in mind that you may get blocked in by the buses, especially if you park in the lane in front of the school.  It will be easier to exit if you are parked in the parking lot in front of the school.

 

News from Athletics

Registration for winter sports is now open. Please register online through our athletic website as soon as possible. Registration will close on Friday, November 29th. All winter sports will start on Monday, December 2nd.  Also, check with the athletic office to ensure that you have an updated physical on file (within the last 13 months). More detailed information about winter sports (coaches, tryout dates, etc.) will be shared in the near future.

There will be a meeting for students interested in swimming/diving on Monday, October 28th at 2:00 pm in the Main Cafe. An announcement will be made to release students from class.

There will be a meeting for parents of hockey players on Tuesday, October 29th from 6:30 – 7:30 pm to discuss fundraisers for the season. The meeting will be held in the Main Cafe.

 

Freshman Guidance Parent Night

At 6:00 pm on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 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.

 

FAFSA Day at Essex Tech

On Wednesday, December 4 at 6:00 pm, Essex Tech will host FAFSA Day, organized by MEFA (Massachusetts Educational Finance Authority).  This event will provide parents/guardians and college-bound students with an opportunity to get free assistance from qualified financial aid representatives with completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form.  Please register by Friday, November 29th using this FAFSA Day Registration Link.

 

Activities: Week of October 28, 2019

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

 

Upcoming Dates

  • Friday, November 1st: Faculty Professional day: No school for students
  • Monday, November 11th: Veterans Day: No School
  • Wednesday, November 27th: 11:02 am release
  • Thursday, November 28th & Friday, November 29th: Thanksgiving Holiday: No School

 

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 wonderful weekend!

 

Shannon B. Donnelly
Principal

 

Friday, October 18, 2019

 

Dear ENSATS Community,

I need to ask for your assistance during dismissal.  After consulting with Officer Chase, we instituted a new traffic plan for dismissal at the beginning of the school year.  As part of this plan, the exit at the westernmost end of campus is a right turn only.  Motorists continue to ignore this rule and turn left at this exit. Officer Chase has stopped several drivers, both students and parents, to address this, but it has not helped. Please understand that we made this exit a right turn only because it is a dangerous intersection, especially at dismissal, and student safety is our first concern. Students that park in F lot that need to travel eastbound on Route 62, can turn right from F lot, follow the road behind the school and turn at the light in the front of the school.  Similarly, parents that pick up their children can also turn right out of the gymnasium lot and follow the road to the front of the building and turn left at the light.

We do our very best to dismiss our 1,500 students quickly and safely every day, but the continuous disregard for the traffic pattern is concerning. I am bringing this to your attention to let you know that these traffic rules are about safety, and we will continue to enforce them.

 

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 21 Day 9: Green
Tuesday, October 22 Day 10: Green
Wednesday, October 23 Day 1: Blue 8:45 Start Time
Thursday, October 24 Day 2: Blue
Friday, October 25 Day 3: Blue

 

Trimester 1

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 26, 2019.  This leaves approximately two-and-a-half to three 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.

 

Homecoming

The campus was buzzing this afternoon for our Friday Homecoming activities. I would like to thank the many parents, staff, and students who have been hard at work planning these Homecoming weekend events.  Without your help, we would not be able to provide these special activities for our students. Please know how much I appreciate all of your effort and hard work.

 

Homecoming 5K

Our first-annual Homecoming Weekend 5K will be held tomorrow, Saturday, October 19th at 9:30 am. The 5K is designed for all members of the Essex Tech community: students, alumni, parents, supporters, and neighbors.  Everyone can come together to have fun while raising funds for the Class of 2020 and Student Scholarships. If you have not registered and would like to participate registration will be open in the concession stand at the stadium from 7:30 am – 9:00 am.

 

Homecoming Dance

The Homecoming Dance will be held tomorrow, Saturday, October 19th at 6:30 pm in the gym.  Tickets can be purchased at the door for $15. Dress for the Homecoming Dance is semi-formal. We ask that parents drop students off in the back of the building at the gymnasium. Student drivers should park in the lot by the gymnasium. The dance will end promptly at 9:30 pm.  Student pick-up will also be in the gymnasium lot.

 

PSAT

As a reminder, students who have registered for the PSATs at Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School should arrive on Saturday, October 19th at 7:30 am.  Please bring #2 pencils and a calculator. All students should enter through the D/E entrance at the West end of the building and check-in with guidance counselors in D/E dining.  We ask that student drivers park in F-lot.

 

Activities: Week of October 21, 2019

Please review the following document for information about activities for the: Week of October 21, 2019.

 

Upcoming Dates

Friday, November 1st: Faculty Professional day: No school for students

 

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 wonderful weekend!

 

Shannon B. Donnelly
Principal

 

Friday, October 11, 2019

 

Dear ENSATS Community,

As we reach the long holiday weekend, we are looking ahead to the many exciting events that will be held next week for Homecoming.  Please see the list of activities listed below. I would like to thank the many parents, staff, and students who have been hard at work planning these Homecoming weekend events.  Without your help, we would not be able to provide these special activities for our students. Please know how much I appreciate all of your effort and hard work.

 

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 14 Columbus Day: No School
Tuesday, October 15 Day 5: Blue
Wednesday, October 16 Day 6: Green 8:45 Start Time
Thursday, October 17 Day 7: Green
Friday, October 18 Day 8: Green

 

Homecoming

We will be celebrating Homecoming weekend on October 18th and 19th.  The Culture Committee has been hard at work coordinating with parents 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 come join us and join in the fun. Friday afternoon festivities will occur all afternoon.  Students are invited to stay straight through until the football game. No need to go home!

 

Spirit Day is Friday, October 18th!  Wear your Essex North Shore gear to school!  The administration will pick the Best Super Fan from each grade, and this will be shared on social media.

 

Friday, October 18th Events:

 

2:45 – 3:45 pm – Student and Staff Dodgeball Tournament

 

4:00 – 5:30 pm – Varsity Soccer Game (Turf Field)

 

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

for the Classes of 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.  All are welcome.

 

7:00 – 9:00 pm – Varsity Football Game

 

Saturday, October 19th Events:

 

9:30 – 11:00 am – First Annual Homecoming 5K Race

 

6:30 – 9:30 pm – Homecoming Dance

 

Homecoming Dance Ticket Sales

Students can purchase dance tickets in the Main Cafeteria during all three lunches.  Tickets cost $10 if purchased in advance and $15 at the door. Dress for the Homecoming Dance is semi-formal.

 

Picture Day

Student photos for all sophomores, juniors, and seniors are scheduled to be taken on Friday, October 18th.  Any freshman students who have not had their pictures taken should also plan to have their pictures taken on Friday, October 18th.  Please keep in mind that this is NOT the picture retake day.  An opportunity for all students to have their photos re-taken is scheduled for Friday, November 22nd. Please click here for information regarding ordering photos: Life Touch Order Information

 

PSAT

PSATs will be offered at Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School on Saturday, October 19th at 7:30 am.  Registration opens for Juniors on Monday, September 30th and registrations for Sophomores will open on October 7th. For more information click here: PSAT

 

It was brought to our attention that some families have been contacted by phone from an outside company about additional fees for the PSAT.  The names of students who have registered for the PSAT with us are kept on an internal list and their names and contact information are NOT shared with any outside companies.  The only cost for ENSATS students to take the PSAT is the $35.00 charge that is paid directly to the school. I wanted to make you aware of this so that you will avoid any type of call regarding the PSAT.

 

Homecoming 5K

Our first-annual Homecoming Weekend 5K will be held on Saturday, October 19th at 9:30 am.  The 5K is designed for all members of the Essex Tech community: students, alumni, parents, supporters, and neighbors.  Everyone can come together to have fun while raising funds for the Class of 2020 and Student Scholarships. For more information and to register please visit www.essexnorthshorehomecoming5k.com

 

Activities: Week of October 14, 2019

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

 

Upcoming Dates

Monday, October 14th: Columbus Day: No school.

Friday, November 1st: Faculty Professional day: No school for students

 

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

 

Enjoy the long weekend!

 

Shannon B. Donnelly
Principal

 

Friday, October 4, 2019

 

Dear ENSATS Community,

It is hard to believe, but October 9, 2019, is the midpoint of Trimester 1.  Trimester 1 progress reports will be available on the Aspen Portal on or around October 18, 2019.  More information regarding progress reports will be sent in my memo in the next two weeks.

 

I would like to thank our Guidance Department for providing a wonderful College Fair for our students and families this week.  Representatives from over 45 colleges and universities were on hand to speak to students and parents. Thank you to all who attended and I hope that you found the evening informative.

 

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 7 Day 9: Green
Tuesday, October 8 Day 10: Green
Wednesday, October 9 Day 1: Blue 8:45 Start Time
Thursday, October 10 Day 2: Blue
Friday, October 11 Day 3: Blue

 

Picture Day

Student photos for all sophomores, juniors, and seniors are scheduled to be taken on Friday, October 18th.  Any freshman students who have not had their pictures taken should also plan to have their pictures taken on Friday, October 18th.  Please keep in mind that this is NOT the picture retake day.  An opportunity for all students to have their photos re-taken is scheduled for Friday, November 22nd. Please click here for information regarding ordering photos: Life Touch Order Information

 

Coffee with an Administrator

We are going to begin a series of monthly meetings for parents to meet with an administrator.  The administrative team will rotate through these meetings. Parents are welcome to attend all of the meetings or you can choose a meeting with a particular administrator.  Our first meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 10th at 5:00 pm in the Maple Street Bistro

 

Homecoming

We will be celebrating Homecoming weekend on October 18th and 19th.  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 afternoon festivities will occur all afternoon.  Students are invited to stay straight through until the football game. No need to go home!

 

Spirit Day is Friday, October 18th!  Wear your Essex North Shore gear to school!  The administration will pick the Best Super Fan from each grade and this will be shared on social media.

 

Friday, October 18th Events:

2:45 – 3:45 pm – Student and Staff Dodgeball Tournament

4:00 – 5:30 pm – Varsity Soccer Game (Turf Field)

6:00 – 6:45 pm – Alumni Collation in the Maple Street Bistro for the Classes of 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.  All are welcome.

7:00 – 9:00 pm – Varsity Football Game

 

Saturday, October 19th Events:

9:30 – 11:00 am – First Annual Homecoming 5K Race

6:30 – 9:30 pm – Homecoming Dance

 

Athletics Update

Congratulations to the Golf team who won the State Vocational Tournament this week.  Way to go!

 

PTO Facebook Resources

The Essex North Shore PTO has created Facebook pages for each class to help keep parents informed about important ENSATS news and specific information that is directly related to their student’s class.  Here are the links to the Facebook pages if you’d like to follow any of them:

Freshman (Class of 2023)  https://www.facebook.com/groups/2439688662979065/

Sophomore (Class of 2022) https://www.facebook.com/groups/2787626831267103/

Junior (Class of 2021) https://www.facebook.com/groups/513801179410513/

Senior (Class of 2020) https://www.facebook.com/groups/2389013054552331/

 

Gold Standard Program

In keeping with our efforts to increase kindness in our school and promote a positive culture where we take care of each other.  Dr. Riccio and I are introducing a new initiative called the Gold Standard Program. ‘Gold standard’ is a term often used in business that refers to taking something one step further or relates to actions and deeds that exceed expectations.  The Administrative Team will be recognizing students and staff members for their hard work, good deeds, citizenship, and community service with gold star pins to be placed on their lanyard. When a staff member or student has earned 10 stars, he/she will receive a $40.00 gift card to be used in the school store.  The idea of this program is to catch someone doing something good; not because they have to but because they want to. The Gold Standard Program began on October 1, 2019. We hope this will be a positive, new tradition that lasts for years to come.

 

PSAT

PSATs will be offered at Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School on Saturday, October 19th at 7:30 am.  Registration opens for Juniors on Monday, September 30th and registrations for Sophomores will open on October 7th. For more information click here: PSAT

It was brought to our attention that some families have been contacted by phone from an outside company about additional fees for the PSAT.  The names of students who have registered for the PSAT with us, are kept on an internal list and their names and contact information are not shared with any outside companies.  The only cost for ENSATS students to take the PSAT is the $35.00 charge that is paid directly to the school. I wanted to make you aware of this so that you will avoid any type of call regarding the PSAT.

 

Homecoming 5K

Our first-annual Homecoming Weekend 5K will be held on Saturday, October 19th at 9:30 am.  The 5K is designed for all members of the Essex Tech community: students, alumni, parents, supporters, and neighbors.  Everyone can come together to have fun while raising funds for the Class of 2020 and Student Scholarships. For more information and to register please visit www.essexnorthshorehomecoming5k.com

 

SNAP Codes

Thank you to those who have completed and submitted the form.  Unfortunately, we still have families who have not done so. A new Snap Code email was sent on September 14th for families who have not completed the form.  This document will provide us with up-to-date contact and emergency information, as well as any important medical information about your child. If you have not yet completed the form, please do so as soon as possible. If you did not receive an email with the SNAP Code, please email [email protected] to create a helpdesk ticket.

 

Activities: Week of October 7, 2019

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

 

Upcoming Dates

Monday, October 14th: Columbus Day: No school.

Friday, November 1st: Faculty Professional day: No school for students

 

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

 

Friday, September 27, 2019

 

Dear ENSATS Community,

As we reach the end of September, things are in full swing at Essex Tech.  Athletics are well underway, with many games each week both away and at home.  Student activities have also started to have meetings and are happy to welcome new and returning students to their groups.  It is nice to see how many students are on campus after school for sports, clubs, and meetings.

 

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 30 Day 4: Blue
Tuesday, October 1 Day 5: Blue
Wednesday, October 2 Day 6: Green 8:45 Start Time
Thursday, October 3 Day 7: Green
Friday, October 4 Day 8: Green

 

Bus Route Pick Up Time  Adjustments

In an effort to get all of our buses to school on time in the morning, the pick-up times needed to be adjusted for some of our routes.  Please visits our transportation page to view the new pick-up times.  You will notice that there is now a column that contains the pick-up times for our 8:45 am Late-Start Wednesdays.  Please note that although all of the routes have not changed, some have and that there could be changes in the regular pick-up time and/or the 8:45 am pick-up time.  Please review the routes carefully to ensure that your child will be at the bus stop on time.  These new route times will be posted on each bus as well.

 

Revised Calendar

Please click here for the most up-to-date version of our 2019-20 school calendar: 19-20 Calendar We have made a few adjustments over the last few weeks. Please ignore the earlier versions of the calendar.

 

Picture Day

Student photos for all sophomores, juniors, and seniors are scheduled to be taken on Friday, October 18th.  Any freshman students who have not had their pictures taken should also plan to have their pictures taken on Friday, October 18th.  This is NOT the picture re-take day. An opportunity for all students to have their photos re-taken is scheduled for Friday, November 22nd. Please click here for information regarding ordering photos: Life Touch Order Information

 

PTO Facebook Resources

The Essex North Shore PTO has created Facebook pages for each class to help keep parents informed about important ENSATS news and specific information that is directly related to their student’s class.  Here are the links to the Facebook pages if you’d like to follow any of them:

Freshman (Class of 2023)  https://www.facebook.com/groups/2439688662979065/

Sophomore (Class of 2022) https://www.facebook.com/groups/2787626831267103/

Junior (Class of 2021) https://www.facebook.com/groups/513801179410513/

Senior (Class of 2020) https://www.facebook.com/groups/2389013054552331/

 

Gold Standard Program

In keeping with our efforts to increase kindness in our school and promote a positive culture where we take care of each other.  Dr. Riccio and I are introducing a new initiative called the Gold Standard Program. ‘Gold standard’ is a term often used in business that refers to taking something one step further or relates to actions and deeds that exceed expectations.  The Administrative Team will be recognizing students and staff members for their hard work, good deeds, citizenship, and community service with gold star pins to be placed on their lanyard. When a staff member or student has earned 10 stars, he/she will receive a $40.00 gift card to be used in the school store.  The idea of this program is to catch someone doing something good; not because they have to but because they want to. The Gold Standard Program is starting on October 1, 2019. We hope this will be a positive, new tradition that lasts for years to come.

 

College Fair at Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School

Our annual College Fair will be held on Wednesday, October 2nd from 5:30 – 7:00 pm in our Hawks Nest Gymnasium.  It is anticipated that over fifty private and public colleges and universities will be attending. We encourage everyone to join us!    For a complete listing of anticipated college and university participants, please visit the NEWS at EssexNorthShore.org

 

Senior Parent Information Session

Also on October 2nd, Guidance Counselors and the Cooperative Education Team will be available to senior parents and guardians from 5:45 – 7:45 pm (during and just after the College Fair) in the Main Cafeteria to provide support with post-high school planning considerations such as

  • Applying to 4-year or 2-year colleges and/or universities, or
  • Preparing to enter the workforce,
  • Cooperative education,
  • Preparing to enter the military, and/or
  • Financial aid and scholarship information.

This segment of the evening is designed to offer senior families support with navigating the post-high school planning process.  Information about our NightHawks Adult/Evening Education Program will also be available.

 

PSAT

PSATs will be offered at Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School on Saturday, October 19th at 7:30 am.  Registration opens for Juniors on Monday, September 30th and registrations for Sophomores will open on October 7th. For more information click here: PSAT

 

Homecoming 5K

Our first annual Homecoming Weekend 5K will be held on Saturday, October 19th at 9:30 am.  The 5K is designed for all members of the Essex Tech community: students, alumni, parents, supporters, and neighbors.  Everyone can come together to have fun while raising funds for the Class of 2020 and Student Scholarships. For more information and to register please visit www.essexnorthshorehomecoming5k.com

 

SNAP Codes

Thank you to those who have completed and submitted the form.  Unfortunately, we still have families who have not done so. A new Snapcode email was sent on September 14th for families who have not completed the form.  This document will provide us with up-to-date contact and emergency information, as well as any important medical information about your child. If you have not yet completed the form, please do so as soon as possible. If you did not receive an email with the SNAP code, please email [email protected] to create a helpdesk ticket.

 

Late Buses

As a reminder, 4:00 pm late buses are available for students who stay on campus for extra help, activities, or to work on homework in the Media Center.  The 5:45 pm late buses are for students that participate in the drama club or athletics only. There is limited supervision after 4:00 pm; therefore, students are not allowed to remain on campus to hang out until 5:45 pm unless they are in athletics or drama.

 

Activities: Week of September 30, 2019

Please review the following document for information about activities for the: Week of September 30, 2019.

 

Upcoming Dates

Monday, October 14th: Columbus Day: No school.

 

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

 

Friday, September 20, 2019

 

Dear ENSATS Community,

 

This was an exciting week as ninth-graders began their first exploratory cycle on Wednesday.  This is one more big step toward selecting a CTE program. I want to thank all of the Guidance, Technology, and Freshman Academy staff for their hard work and assistance with exploratory selection and scheduling.  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 23 Day 9: Green
Tuesday, September 24 Day 10: Green
Wednesday, September 25 Late Start Day 1: Blue   10:15 am Start Time
Thursday, September 26 Day 2: Blue
Friday, September 27 Day 3: Blue

 

Revised Calendar

Please click here for the most up-to-date version of our 2019-20 school calendar: 19-20 Calendar We have made a few adjustments over the last few weeks. Please ignore the earlier versions of the calendar.

 

Late-Start: Wednesday, September 25th

Wednesday, September 25th will be our first 10:15 am late start. Please see the 2019-2020 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 blocks for the late-start day will be C, A, B.

 

ALICE Training

On Wednesday, September 25th, we will have a staff training for ALICE (Active Shooter Response).  During Period D students will be guided through this training by their teachers.

 

Financial Aid Night

Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School’s Guidance Department will host a Financial Aid Information Night on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 6:00 pm in the Media Center.  A representative from the Massachusetts Educational Finance Authority (MEFA) will be presenting on the process for completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid Form (FAFSA).  Parents/Guardians are encouraged to attend if their child plans on enrolling in higher education after graduation (i.e. 2 or 4-year college &/or technical school).

 

College Fair at Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School

Our annual College Fair will be held on Wednesday, October 2nd from 5:30 – 7:00 pm in our Hawks Nest Gymnasium.  It is anticipated that over fifty private and public colleges and universities will be attending. We encourage everyone to join us!    For a complete listing of anticipated college and university participants, please visit the NEWS at EssexNorthShore.org

 

Senior Parent Information Session

Guidance Counselors and the Cooperative Education Team will be available to senior parents and guardians from 5:45 – 7:45 pm (during and just after the College Fair) in the Main Cafeteria to provide support with post-high school planning considerations such as

  • Applying to 4-year or 2-year colleges and/or universities, or
  • Preparing to enter the workforce,
  • Cooperative education,
  • Preparing to enter the military, and/or
  • Financial aid and scholarship information.

This segment of the evening is designed to offer senior families support with navigating the post-high school planning process.  Information about our NightHawks Adult/Evening Education Program will also be available.

 

PSAT

PSATs will be offered at Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School on Saturday, October 19th at 7:30 am.  For more information click here: PSAT

 

Auditions for Drama Club’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream 

Auditions for the Fall production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be held on Tuesday, September 24th and Wednesday, September 25th in the Smith Hall Auditorium. Please meet in East (A/B) Dining at the end of the school day and walk to Smith Hall together. Auditions will run from 2:30 – 5:30 pm; attending students should sign up for the 5:45 pm late bus or be picked up at that time. Actors should plan to attend both days of auditions. Questions? See Mrs. Gibbs in A-219 or email [email protected].

 

Spanish Update

We are working on concerns for Spanish regarding tenth-grade students.  Thank you for your feedback and patience as we work on this.

 

Homecoming 5K

Our first annual Homecoming Weekend 5K will be held on Saturday, October 19th at 9:30 am.  The 5K is designed for all members of the Essex Tech community: students, alumni, parents, supporters, and neighbors.  Everyone can come together to have fun while raising funds for the Class of 2020 and Student Scholarships. For more information and to register please visit www.essexnorthshorehomecoming5k.com

 

SNAP Codes

Thank you to those who have completed and submitted the form.  Unfortunately, we still have over 400 families who have not done so. A new Snapcode email was sent on September 14th for families who have not completed the form.  This document will provide us with up-to-date contact and emergency information, as well as any important medical information about your child. If you have not yet completed the form, please do so as soon as possible. If you did not receive an email with the SNAP code, please email [email protected] to create a helpdesk ticket.

 

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 (and 8:45 am every Wednesday).  If you are dropping your child off after 7:45 am (or 8:45 am on Wednesdays), please drop them off at the main entrance in front of the building because the doors by the gym will be locked at 7:45 am.  At the end of the day, all students should be picked up in the back of the building. Thank you for your patience during dismissal.

 

Late Buses

The 4:00 pm late buses and the 5:45 pm late buses are running.  The 4:00 late buses run on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays only.  They do not run on Wednesdays and Fridays. Please note that there are only nine 4:00 buses, therefore the route number and stop may be different than the route/stop for regular morning and afternoon runs.  If students are unsure of their route or stop, they should go to the Assistant Principal’s office in Building D or the Freshman office in Building E for assistance. The 5:45 pm late buses will continue to run daily for students participating in athletics or drama.  All students should sign up online by 9:15 am. 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.

 

Activities: Week of September 23, 2019

Please review the following document for information about activities for the: Week of September 23, 2019.

 

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, September 25th: Late Start: Students arrive at 10:15 am.

Monday, October 14th: Columbus Day: No school.

 

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

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Saturday, September 14, 2019

 

Dear ENSATS Community,

 

Back-to-School Night was held on Wednesday, September 11th and the turn out for the evening was very impressive.  Thank you to all who attended. We hope you enjoyed meeting your child’s teachers and visiting the academic classrooms 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 16 Day 4: Blue
Tuesday, September 17 Day 5: Blue
Wednesday, September 18 Day 6: Green  8:45 Start Time
Thursday, September 19 Day 7: Green
Friday, September 20 Day 8: Green

 

Grade 9 Exploratory

Next week is a very exciting week for our Grade 9 students!  They will receive their exploratory schedules on Tuesday, September 17th.  Exploratory #1 will begin the following day on Wednesday, September 18th. 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.

 

September 11th Remembrance

In addition to a moment of silence on Wednesday for those lost on September 11, 2001, all students wrote thank you notes for first responders in our community.  This allowed students time to reflect on the sacrifices that these brave men and women make every day. The cards were grouped by town and delivered to police and fire stations in all of our sending communities.  For our parents, family members and staff who are first responders, we also thank you for your service.

 

Training Advisory

The Northeast Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC) will be conducting training exercises on Tuesday, September 17th on our South Campus in the McNamara-O’Shea building and in the Larkin Cottage from  8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. These buildings are not used by students or staff and students and staff will not be working on the grounds outside these two buildings during this training. There will be an increased police presence around Essex Tech area during this time. This is a pre-planned training exercise. Please do not be alarmed.  If you have any questions please contact me at (978) 304-4700 ext 3105 or Dr. Riccio at (978) 304-4700 ext 7102.

 

Homecoming 5K

Our first annual Homecoming 5K will be held on Saturday, October 19th at 9:30 am.  The 5K is designed for all members of the community: students, alumni, parents, supporters, and neighbors.  Everyone can come together to have fun while raising funds for the Class of 2020 and Student Scholarships. For more information and to register please visit www.essexnorthshorehomecoming5k.com

 

SNAP Codes

All families should have received an email with a SNAP code and a link to our Required Information Form. This form will allow you to complete all required documents and signoffs online using one form.  If you have not yet completed the form, please do so as soon as possible. If you did not receive an email with the SNAP code, please email [email protected] to create a helpdesk ticket.

 

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 (and 8:45 am every Wednesday).  If you are dropping your child off after 7:45 am (or 8:45 am on Wednesdays), please drop them off at the main entrance in front of the building because the doors by the gym will be locked at 7:45 am.  At the end of the day, all students should be picked up in the back of the building. Thank you for your patience during dismissal.

 

Late Buses

The 4:00 pm late buses and the 5:45 pm late buses are running.  The 4:00 late buses run on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays only.  They do not run on Wednesdays and Fridays. Please note that there are only nine 4:00 buses, therefore the route number and stop may be different than the route/stop for regular morning and afternoon runs.  If students are unsure of their route or stop, they should go to the Assistant Principal’s office in Building D or the Freshman office in Building E for assistance. The 5:45 pm late buses will continue to run daily for students participating in athletics or drama.  All students should sign up online by 9:15 am. 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.

 

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.  When purchasing a lock please purchase a standard Master Lock as some of the larger locks will not fit on our lockers.  We have a supply of locks that can be rented for the year for $2.00. If the student returns the lock at the end of the school year, we will return the $2.00.  We have a limited supply so these are available on a first-come-first-serve basis and can be picked up in the Freshman Academy office or the Assistant Principal’s office.

 

Activities: Week of September 16, 2019

Please review the following document for information about activities for the: Week of September 15, 2019

 

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, September 25th: Late Start: Students arrive at 10:15 am.

Monday, October 14th: Columbus Day: No school.

 

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

 

Friday, September 6, 2019

 

Dear ENSATS Community,

 

As we entered the second week of the school year, sophomores and seniors have spent a few days in academic classes getting to know their new teachers.  Juniors are back in their Career Tech areas and the Freshmen are learning all about our 26 CTE programs as they move through Career Discovery. As a reminder to parents and grade 9 students: please review the “Dress for Success” guidelines that were included in the Freshman Orientation folders to ensure that your child is dressed appropriately to meet the particular safety requirements in our CTE areas.  Thank you for your cooperation.

 

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 9 Day 9: Green
Tuesday, September 10 Day 10: Green
Wednesday, September 11 Day 1: Blue  8:45 Start Time
Thursday, September 12 Day 2: Blue
Friday, September 13 Day 3: Blue

 

Back to School Night

Back to School Night is scheduled for this coming Wednesday, September 11, 2019.  Grade 9 parents are invited to attend from 6:00-7:30 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 Wellness and Cooperative Education.  Please have your child share their schedule with you, you will need the schedule to find the classes. Back to School Night is for parents only. We ask that students 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 11th.  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 on Thursday, Sept. 12th to ensure timely Exploratory Program scheduling.

 

SNAP Codes

All families should have received an email with a SNAP code and a link to our Required Information Form. This form will allow you to complete all required documents and signoffs online using one form.  The online form will include:

  • Student Biographical Information
  • Family/Emergency Information
  • Medical Information
  • Directory Information
  • Student Handbook
  • Technology Responsible Use Policy

We asked that each family complete the Required Information Form by Friday, September 6, 2019, if you have not yet completed the form, please do so as soon as possible.

 

Student Attendance Policy Changes

There have been some changes to our Attendance Policy this year, most importantly, the number of unexcused absences allowed per year is now ten.  The entire policy can be found on page 7 of the Student Handbook.  I have also included some of the important parts of the policy here:

  • If a student is going to be absent for any reason, a parent or guardian must contact the school between 7:30 – 8:15 a.m. at (978) 304-4700 at the prompt enter #2.
  • Excused absences include absences such as illness or hospitalization documented by a doctor’s note; family emergencies, death in the family, funerals, religious holidays, college visits, court attendance, external suspensions, and other absences approved by the Assistant Principal/Principal. All other absences will be recorded as unexcused.
  • Skipping school is defined as truancy. Students who are truant will not be allowed to make up work. In addition, disciplinary consequences will follow
  • Students may not miss more than 10 days per year (3 days in trimester one, 3 days in trimester two, and 4 days in trimester three.)
  • Students who have more than 3 unexcused absences in trimester one or two, or 4 unexcused absences in trimester three will not receive credit for classes during that trimester. However, they may make up time and correlating assignments after school or during Saturday sessions to reinstate the credit.
  • Students who have received no credit for two trimesters and have not made up the time will be required to repeat a course(s) or may not be promotable.

 

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 (and 8:45 am every Wednesday).  If you are dropping your child off after 7:45 am (or 8:45 am on Wednesdays), please drop them off at the main entrance in front of the building because the doors by the gym will be locked at 7:45 am.  At the end of the day, all students should be picked up in the back of the building. Thank you for your patience during dismissal.

 

Late Buses

The 4:00 pm late buses will begin on Monday, September 9th.  The 4:00 late buses run on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays only.  They do not run on Wednesdays and Fridays. Please note that there are only nine 4:00 buses, therefore the route number and stop may be different than the route/stop for regular morning and afternoon runs.  If students are unsure of their route or stop, they should go to the Assistant Principal’s office in Building D or the Freshman office in Building E for assistance. The 5:45 pm late buses will continue to run daily for students participating in athletics or drama.  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. 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.

 

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.  When purchasing a lock please purchase a standard Master Lock as some of the larger locks will not fit on our lockers.  We have a supply of locks that can be rented for the year for $2.00. If the student returns the lock at the end of the school year, we will return the $2.00.  We have a limited supply so these are available on a first-come-first-serve basis and can be picked up in the Freshman Academy office or the Assistant Principal’s office.

 

IDs

We are actively working with our school photography company to provide all students with an ID.  If your child is a freshman and was not photographed on September 28th please have your child reach out to Mrs. Skane in the Freshman Academy office to make arrangements to create an ID.  All students grades 10-12 should receive a new ID by the end of next week. Once students receive their ID they are required to have it on them at all times.

 

Library Hours

The library hours for the 2019-2020 school year are as follows:

Monday         7:45 – 3:45 p.m.

Tuesday         7:45 – 3:45 p.m.

Wednesday    7:00 – 3:00 p.m. 

Thursday       7:45 – 3:45 p.m.

Friday            7:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Students are welcome to come to the library after school to work on homework or meet with their peers.  Students who plan to stay in the library after school, must sign up for a 4:00 late bus or arrange a ride home.

 

Music Club

Music Club’s first meeting will be Tuesday, September 10 in room E221. We will continue to meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. Please bring instruments or just your love for music. All are welcome, musicians and fans alike.

 

Have a great weekend!

Shannon B. Donnelly
Principal

 

Thursday, August 29, 2019

 

Dear ENSATS Community,

 

It has been a fantastic week as we welcomed our students and staff back to school.  Our tenth and twelfth graders are already busy in their CTE areas, while eleventh-grade students are acclimating in their return to Academics.  Our new ninth graders are finding their way around the building and getting to know their new teachers and classmates.

 

We also had the pleasure of welcoming Matt Brown today.  Matt is the author of our school-wide summer reading book, Line Change.  Matt addressed all students and staff at a school-wide assembly and talked about overcoming unexpected adversity and learning to become a witnessing voice who can inspire others to do the same.

 

Upcoming Schedule

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 are in CTE and 10/12 shift into Academics.   Please note that grade 9 students will begin Career Discovery on Wednesday, September 4th.  Refer to the Dress for Success document that went home in the Student Orientation folders to ensure that your child is dressed appropriately.

 

Tuesday, September 3 Day 5: Blue
Wednesday, September 4 Day 6: Green 8:45 Start Time
Thursday, September 5 Day 7: Green
Friday, September 6 Day 8: Green

 

SNAP Codes

All families will be receiving an email with a SNAP code and a link to our Required Information Form soon. It has not been sent yet, so you did not miss it. This form will allow you to complete all required documents and signoffs online using one form.  The online form will include:

  • Student Biographical Information
  • Family/Emergency Information
  • Medical Information
  • Directory Information
  • Student Handbook
  • Technology Responsible Use Policy

 

We asked that each family complete the Required Information Form by Friday, September 6, 2019. 

 

Chromebooks and iPads

“Chromebook Nights” for freshman students and their families will be held on Tuesday, September 3rd and Thursday, September 5th from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. During these times, families who will be bringing their own Chromebooks will be assisted in configuring and enrolling their Chromebooks into the Essex Tech management system. Families that are borrowing Chromebooks from the school will fill out a Technology Loan Agreement, pay the technology fee, receive the Chromebook, and get assistance setting it up. More information about the Chromebook 1-to-1 program can be found on the Technology page of the website.

 

Sophomore, Junior, and Senior families who borrow an iPad from the school must complete a Technology Loan Agreement for the new school year. Printed copies of the agreement may be picked up from the Technology Office. Signed and completed loan agreements may be brought to the Technology Office in exchange for the student’s iPad.

 

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 team!  Thank you also for supporting the ninth-graders and new tenth graders as they made their way through the first week of school.

 

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 (and 8:45 am every Wednesday).  If you are dropping your child off after 7:45 am (or 8:45 am on Wednesdays), 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 back of the building. Thank you for your patience during dismissal. The process will become more efficient as we move forward.

 

Bus Route Adjustments

We have had a few buses that have been arriving late to school, as a result, we have adjusted the start time for these buses.  The routes are 3, 11, 19, 21, 24, and 26. Students should have received a revised pick-up schedule from their drivers and the route pick up times have been adjusted on the transportation webpage.  Stay tuned for other bus adjustments over the next few weeks as we work to get all of our students here on time. Please contact our Director of Transportation, Kathy Russo at 1.978.479.9120 with questions.

 

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. The 4:00 pm late buses will begin on Monday, September 9th.

 

Have a great long weekend!
Shannon B. Donnelly
Principal

 


School Year 2018-2019

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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 at EssexNorthShore.org in the Families tab.

 

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

 

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
Principal

 

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
Principal

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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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

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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
Principal

 

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

 

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.

 

Enjoy the weekend!

 

Shannon B. Donnelly
Interim Principal

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

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

 

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