Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Please Donate to the Essex Food Shelf!

Last week, the Phoenix Team collected and delivered food donations to the Essex Food Shelf, which is located at FMS.  Nonperishable food items can be brought in at any time to the food shelf. Just look for the large bin near the front desk. Please consider supporting local families in need in our area by donating! 


Monday, April 17, 2017

Reflections from DC

Early spring in 8th grade means one thing here at Essex Middle School...the annual field trip to Washington, D.C.!  Students recently traveled to our nation’s capital for 3 days experiencing our rich history at places like Arlington National Cemetery, walking amongst the many monuments and memorials, and some even touring the U.S. Capitol building.
There’s something about being in D.C. and truly feeling a part of history.  Dates and historical figures come alive as you read famous quotes, stand beneath larger than life monuments, and visit places where historical moments have taken place.  Students had an opportunity to view such famous parts of our past and present, as well as relax and enjoy some of the lighter sides the city has to offer like the National Zoo, and tour museums such as the Air and Space museum, Natural History Museum, and the American History Museum.  
Upon our return to Vermont, here are a few thoughts from some of our 8th graders:

“I had a lot of fun in D.C.  My favorite part was either the night tour of the monuments or the National Zoo.”
  • Ella Larson

“My favorite part on the trip was going on the night tour of the monuments and seeing all of the cool stuff in the museums.”
  • Shaylee Barber

“My favorite part of our trip was walking around The Mall and seeing all of the museums.”
  • Jack Synnott

“I really enjoyed the Air and Space Museum.”
  • Noah Adams

“My favorite part of D.C. was going to the museums, especially the Air and Space Museum.”
  • Sydney Martin


When students look back on their middle school years this trip won’t stand out because it rained, or because of the long bus trip:-); instead it will be remembered because of the memories made at each of our stops throughout our nation’s capital!


Laura Pratt
8th grade teacher

Early spring in 8th grade means one thing here at Essex Middle School...the annual field trip to Washington, D.C.!  Students recently traveled to our nation’s capital for 3 days experiencing our rich history at places like Arlington National Cemetery, walking amongst the many monuments and memorials, and some even touring the U.S. Capitol building.
There’s something about being in D.C. and truly feeling a part of history.  Dates and historical figures come alive as you read famous quotes, stand beneath larger than life monuments, and visit places where historical moments have taken place.  Students had an opportunity to view such famous parts of our past and present, as well as relax and enjoy some of the lighter sides the city has to offer like the National Zoo, and tour museums such as the Air and Space museum, Natural History Museum, and the American History Museum.  
Upon our return to Vermont, here are a few thoughts from some our 8th graders:

“I had a lot of fun in D.C.  My favorite part was either the night tour of the monuments or the National Zoo.”
  • Ella Larson

“My favorite part on the trip was going on the night tour of the monuments and seeing all of the cool stuff in the museums.”
  • Shaylee Barber

“My favorite part of our trip was walking around The Mall and seeing all of the museums.”
  • Jack Synnott

“I really enjoyed the Air and Space Museum.”
  • Noah Adams

“My favorite part of D.C. was going to the museums, especially the Air and Space Museum.”
  • Sydney Martin


When students look back on their middle school years this trip won’t stand out because it rained, or because of the long bus trip:-); instead it will be remembered because of the memories made at each of our stops throughout our nation’s capital!


Laura Pratt
8th grade teacher











Friday, April 14, 2017

Spring has sprung at EMS!

Spring means warmer weather, green grass, flowers blooming and SBAC testing.  Students on the Navigator Team were the first team at EMS to take the test for 2017.  To prepare for the hours of concentration the team participated in morning workouts to get the blood and oxygen flowing.  Here they are taking a brisk early morning run.





Tuesday, April 11, 2017

EMS Music Blog Post, April 2017
By Megan Beaucage

Music is alive in Essex Middle School! On March 27th, our annual Fine Arts Night occurred at Essex High School for grades 3 through 12. Our band, orchestra, and chorus prepared for months leading up to this event, learning several very different pieces of music to then perform with students from several other schools within our new district.
This annual event has bridged the gap between the Essex Town, Essex Junction, and Westford schools for over ten years. Previous to our upcoming merger, we have been meeting with other arts teachers yearly to plan for this wonderful event that encaptures our districts’ appreciation for the arts in a big way. The gymnasium at Essex High School is set up during Fine Arts Night that allows a 300+ choir to perform on several sets of risers. Once the choir is done, the amazing custodial staff from EHS takes the risers apart and puts them to the side rather quickly to reveal an orchestra! Once the orchestra performs, those chairs are packed up to reveal the biggest band most will ever see; it really is a sight.
Working towards a goal such as Fine Arts Night is extremely important to our musicians. Not only did they have to spend hours in preparation, but the day of, we had a field trip in the morning to EHS to prepare and practice with the other schools and their musicians. We are so lucky in our district that the arts are supported this much to be able to do such wonderful things and create such wonderful music. We all look forward to the future in our new district to see how the arts grows even further.