Pathways to Excellence
Superintendent’s Forum – Dr. B. Asks for Community Assistance

Dr. Scott A. Burckbuchler held a Superintendent’s Forum on 6/29/15 where he gave an overview of the condition of our schools and the plan we are following to improve them. In his comments, he asked the community for assistance and called for the creation of the Essex Community Partnership for Educational Excellence (ECPEE). This advisory and action committee will be made up of a cross-section of our community. Dr. Burckbuchler looks forward to this opportunity for partnerships as we serve the needs of our students. If you would like to nominate yourself or others or have any suggestions, questions, etc., please email or call 804-443-4366. You can access Dr. Burckbuchler ’s comments by clicking here

Application for ECPEE click here.

A planning/organization meeting will be held on August 17, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the School Board Office. Those that wish to participate, please fill out the application and email it back to Thank you

VDOE Surveying Parents & Public on Redesign of School Performance Report Cards

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is surveying parents and other members of the public to find out what information and features should be added to the online performance report cards the department publishes for schools, school divisions and the state.

“The current report cards provide a wealth of data, but the static format limits the usefulness of the information and can be confusing,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples said. “The results of this survey will help the department and the state Board of Education identify additional indicators to provide the public with a fuller understanding of a school’s or division’s performance.”

The 16-item survey may be accessed from the VDOE homepage ( or directly at The survey takes 15-20 minutes to complete and will remain active until Friday, August 14, 2015. Responses are anonymous.

Information from the survey will be presented later this year to the Board of Education, which was directed by the 2015 General Assembly to unveil redesigned report cards to the public by October 1, 2016.

“School and division performance report cards will continue to provide accountability ratings and detailed state assessment results,” said Diane T. Atkinson, chairman of the Board of Education’s Committee on School and Division Accountability. “But the new report cards will include contextual information to help the public understand the challenges schools face and tools that parents and others can use to zero in on the information that most interests them.”

The 2015 legislation — House Bill 1672, sponsored by Del. Thomas A. “Tag” Greason (R-Loudoun) and Senate Bill 727, sponsored by Sen. Richard H. Black (R-Loudoun) — directed the board to develop report cards that are “more effective in communicating to parents and the public the status and achievements of the public schools and local school divisions in the Commonwealth.”

The identical bills also repealed 2013 legislation that required the state board to develop and implement an A-F school grading system.

ECPS Live Streams EHS Graduation

Essex County Public Schools will stream the 2015 Essex High School Senior Graduation live on Google Hangouts. The event will start June 13th 2015 at 9:00 A.M. You can access the stream by clicking here.


All parents of school-aged children and youth who receive special education services in Virginia’s schools are encouraged to complete the Virginia Department of Education’s annual Parent Involvement Survey. This survey is not intended to measure satisfaction with the special education program. It is designed to determine whether or not the school facilitated parent involvement. The English and Spanish versions of the survey have been combined into one survey with both languages.

If you are unable to take the survey online, please contact the Essex County Special Education Department at 804-443-3959 and they will provide paper versions for your use. All paper versions of the survey will include a pre-addressed, postage-paid return envelope. All responses will be sent directly to the Virginia Department of Education.

The survey will be available until September 30, 2015.

Please CLICK HERE to take the survey. 

May 4th – 8th is Teacher Appreciation Week!

A very special THANK YOU to our teachers for your hard work and dedication to our students!

May 4th – 8th is School Nutrition Employee Week!

We celebrate our School Nutrition Employees this week for their hard work in planning, preparing, and serving hundreds of nutritious meals every day! THANK YOU for all you do!

May 6th is School Nurse Appreciation Day!

THANK YOU to our School Nurses for always taking care of our health needs making sure we are safe, healthy, and ready to learn!

Kindergarten Registration

Please CLICK HERE for the flyer.  Make sure you bring ALL of the documents with you to registration.

Please CLICK HERE for the required documents.

Student Uniform Survey

We would like to hear your opinion. This link is for a survey to gather the community's opinion on a school uniform/dress code. This is an important survey for all stakeholders in Essex County.

Please click on the link and complete the brief, 10 question survey. CLICK HERE

Thank you for taking the time to share your opinion on this topic.

March School Board Meeting

It is "Music and Art in Our Schools Month" and student's art was displayed and several students were honored at the school board meeting. From Tappahannock Elementary, the Art Teacher, Mrs. Joyce Crown-Wilkins, recognized Waverly for his excellent art work. Mrs. Jacy Atkins, Essex Intermediate School's Art Teacher, recognized Carolyn Andrews.

Mrs. Teresa Harris, the Music Teacher from Tappahannock Elementary School, had her students perform a play! They did an awesome job!

Mr. Wormley's students from Essex Intermediate and Essex High School sung different selections and Mr. Loveless' band students were recognized for their performance at their recent competition.

A former student, Mr. Ronnie N. Sidney, came to the School Board Meeting to recognize some of his former teachers. He started with a quote from talk show host, Mr. Steve Harvey - "Behind every success story are others helping to make it happen."  Mr. Sidney attended ECPS from kindergarten thru 12th grade and he is a 2001 graduate. He recently graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Master's Degree in Social Work and is presently an Outpatient Therapist at the Warsaw Counseling Center. 

The teachers he recognized are pictured above and they are as follows:
Mrs. Kurzack, Mrs. Shipp, Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Tobey, and Mr. Wright. There were a few others that he recognized and he also gave them a special gift to let them know that they made an impact on his life.

PK Screening - 2015-2016

The Virginia Preschool Initiative Screening (PK Classes) will be held the week of March 23-27, 2015 at Tappahannock Elementary School. Appointments will be taken starting March 2, 2015. Please call 443-5301 to set a screening appointment if your child will be 4 years old by September 30, 2015.
Please CLICK HERE for the list of documents you have to bring with you.

Budget Calendar Narrative for FY2016

Please CLICK HERE for the updated budget calendar that is based on input from the November 10th School Board Meeting. 

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