Special Called School Board Meeting
On Monday, October 27, 2014, there will be a Special Called School Board Meeting - Executive Session for Student Matters. It will be at 5:00 p.m. at the Essex County School Board Office. This is going to be "Closed Session."
2014 Voluntary Benefits Open Enrollment (Employees ONLY)
We have "New Voluntary Benefit Carriers and Portfolio of Benefits" that we have selected and will begin on November 1, 2014. ALL EMPLOYEES must meet with a counselor to review the "Special One-Time Guaranteed Issue" that they are offering and make your elections electronically before Thursday, October 30th. Benefit Counselors from Peak Performance Group will be on-site at each school as follows:
TES - Tuesday, October 22nd & Wednesday, October 29th
EIS - Thursday, October 23rd & Tuesday, October 28th
EHS - Friday. October 24th
For the ECPS 2014 Employee Benefits Booklet - Click Here
Essex Adopts Bring Your Own Device
The Essex County School Board adopted the proposed Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Policy at the October 2014 school board meeting. The Essex County Public School Division strongly believes in the educational value of electronic services and recognizes their potential to support its curriculum and student learning by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication. This policy allows for the future use of personal electronic devices in the classroom during teacher instructed BYOD times.
Click here to view the Bring Your Own Device Acceptable Use Policy
October School Board Meeting
Tappahannock Elementary School 1st grade student, Joshua Hartso-Smith, was recognized for his outstanding work researching the "Turtle". His teacher, Mrs. Whitney Orlando, asked him various questions about his research and his most interesting fact was turtles can live up to 150 years!
Essex Intermediate School had several Boy Scouts from Troop 304 that were recognized. From: Left to Right - Logan Cooke, Jose Cota, Austin Hammond, John Parker, and Anthony Urban. Troop Leader/5th & 6th Grade Social Studies Teacher - Mr. Joel Urban was also recognized. These Boy Scouts dedicate their time each morning and afternoon to respectfully raise the American Flag each morning and take it down properly each afternoon. Taking it down requires a Flag Folding Ceremony in which the Flag is folded into the shape of a triangle which bestows unique honor and respect upon the Flag. We would like to thank Troop 304 for ensuring respectful treatment of the Flag at EIS.
Ms. Mary Coggins and Ms. Annette Thompson from the Essex County School Board Office were recognized for successfully moving payroll records into a new system very effectively and efficiently.
The Rappahannock Times Newspaper Reporter, Mary Alice Passagaluppi and the WRAR 105.5 Radio Station Hosts, Betty Osburn and John Stallard were recognized for being on the Virginia School Boards Association "Media Honor Roll". They do a fantastic job reporting what's happening in Essex County Public Schools to our community and we would like to say "Thank you" for an outstanding job!
Essex High School Student Makes National News!
Dondre Harris is a senior at Essex High School. He just happens to be a 7-foot tall, 380-pound defensive lineman and the nation's tallest! MaxPreps, ESPN, our local WTVR Channel 6 News Station, USA Today and just about every other newspaper has featured Dondre Harris in their news headlines. Stephen Spiewak from MaxPreps wrote that the tallest player in the 2014 NFL Draft was defensive tackle Daniel McCullers who plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He's only 6-7 and weighs 360 pounds! Way to go Dondre! Have a great 2014-2015 football season!
Technology Integration Package
Essex County Public Schools has installed a "Technology Integration Package" (TIP) into every math class at Essex Intermediate School and Essex High School. This package consists of a laptop, tablet, LCD projector, six-foot projection screen, and a locked cabinet to store the equipment. Math teachers can utilize technology and allow students to participate by using the tablet which is projected onto the screen. We are teaching our students to be productive in the 21st Century by integrating this new technology to achieve our district goal.
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