Introduction

  • About Us

    EWSD Central Office Administrative Directory
    Superintendent ..................................................................... Beth Cobb
    Chief Operating Officer ..........................................................  Brian Donahue
    Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment ................... Amy Cole
    Director of Human Resources .................................................  Deb Anderson
    Director of Learning Design ....................................................  Ellen Thompson
    Director of Legal and Contract Services ....................................  Paul O`Brian
    Co-Director of Student Support Services ..................................  Dylan McNamara
    Co-Director of Student Support Services ..................................  Erin Maguire
    Director of Technology ...........................................................  Vince Gonillo

    EWSD Central Office
    51 Park Street/58 Founders Road - Essex Junction, VT 05452
    (phone) 802-878-8168; (fax) 802-878-5190


    Visit us online: www.ewsd.org
    Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/essexwestford 
    Follow us on Facebook: facebook.com/essexwestford

    Use of Social Media: Online behavior should reflect the same standards of honesty, respect, and consideration used face-to-face. Any speech that is considered inappropriate in the classroom is inappropriate online. This includes, but is not limited to: profanity; racist, sexist or discriminatory remarks; and personal attacks. All EWSD policies and procedures are relevant when using social media. For example, using individual Facebook accounts to post personal complaints or sharing individual judgments about people or schools, can be disruptive to the educational process and the partnership we are striving to create between schools and families.

    Social media posts that occur outside the school building or the school day and become an issue in school, may be addressed by administration and/or law enforcement. These guidelines are pursuant with the prevention of harassment, hazing, and bullying policy and those of the responsible computer, network and internet use policy.


    Superintendent`s Message

    Dear Students and Families,

    Welcome to the first school year of the newly formed Essex Westford School District! We are excited to be "one community".

    Our handbook is a result of collaborative work across the district. As a result of the merger, we have one set of policies and procedures. The policies, adopted by the EWSD Board, can be found our EWSD website (www.ewsd.org). The administration continues to work on procedures, many of which, will be familiar to you. The procedures will also be found on the website.

    As a school district, the relationships we form with students and families are extremely important. Our partnership is crucial in creating a safe and respectful learning environment for all. It is important that we know and understand the expectations that are laid out in the handbook. We are asking that you take time, as a family, to review and familiarize yourselves with the handbook.

    As the new superintendent, I look forward to meeting you and building relationships as we create a sense of one community for our students across Essex Junction, Essex Town, and Westford.

    Yours in education,

    Beth Cobb
    EWSD Superintendent


    EWSD Policy Manual

    The EWSD Board develops and maintains policies followed in all of our schools. This handbook contains information regarding frequently referred to policies. Students and parents/ guardians are expected to consult the district’s Policy Manual for a comprehensive listing of all district policies, many of which are not included in this handbook. The Policy Manual can be accessed at: www.ewsd.org


    Essex Westford School Board Member Directory

    Name Title Email
    Martha Heath Chair martha.heath@board.ewsd.org
    Kim Gleason Vice-Chair kim.gleason@board.ewsd.org
    Marla Durham Clerk marla.durham@board.ewsd.org
    Patrick Murray Member patrick.murray@board.ewsd.org
    Liz Subin Member liz.subin@board.ewsd.org
    Keeley Schell Member keeley.schell@board.ewsd.org
    Brendan Kinney Member brendan.kinney@board.ewsd.org
    Al Bombardier Member al.bombardier@board.ewsd.org
    Diane Clemens Member diane.clemens@board.ewsd.org
    Andre Roy Member andre.roy@board.ewsd.org


    Visit your school boards online!
    Access board meeting minutes, agendas, budgets, annual reports, and even watch board meetings! www.ewsd.org


    2017-2018 Calendar Dates

    Essex Westford School District (K-12)

    • Aug. 30 - First day of School
    • Sept. 4 - No School (Labor Day)
    • Oct. 16-27 - PreK-5 and Westford Flexible Parent/Guardian Conferences
    • Oct. 18 - ADL/EMS/EHS Early Release, Parent/Guardian/Teacher Conferences
    • Oct. 19 - No School, Parent/Guardian/Teacher Conferences
    • Oct. 20 - No School
    • Nov. 20 - 24 - No School (Thanksgiving Break)
    • Dec. 25 - Jan. 1 - No School (Winter Break)
    • Jan. 15 - No School (Martin Luther King Jr. Observance)
    • Feb. 26 - March 2 - No School (February Break)
    • March 23 - No School & Parent/Guardian/Teacher Conferences
    • April 23 - 27 - No School (Spring Break)
    • May 28 - No School (Memorial Day)
    • June 12 - Last Day of School for Students (Tentative)


    Center for Technology, Essex

    • Aug. 30 - First day of School
    • Sept. 4 - No School (Labor Day)
    • Oct. 19 - No School
    • Oct. 20 - No School
    • Nov. 20 - 24 - No School (Thanksgiving)
    • Dec. 25 - Jan. 1 - No School (Winter Break)
    • Jan. 15 - No School (Martin Luther King Jr. Observance)
    • Feb. 10 - Open House
    • Feb. 26 - March 2 - No School (February Break)
    • March 14 - National Technical Honor Society Induction
    • April 3 - Step Up Day
    • April 23 - 27 - No School (Spring Vacation)
    • May 28 - No School (Memorial Day)
    • June (TBA) - Recognition Night
    • June 8 - Last Day of School for Students (Tentative)

    School and Building Directory

    • EWSD Central Office
      51 Park Street/58 Founders Road, Essex Jct.
      Beth Cobb, Superintendent
      Main: 878-8169
      web: www.ewsd.org

    • Albert D. Lawton School
      104 Maple Street, Essex Jct. 
      Jennifer Wood, Principal
      Main: 878-1388

    • Essex Elementary School
      1 Bixby Hill Road, Essex Jct. Peter Farrell, Principal
      Main: 878-2584

    • Essex Middle School
      60 Founders Road, Essex Jct.
      Kevin Briggs, Principal
      Main: 87907173

    • Hiawatha Elementary School
      30 Hiawatha Avenue, Essex Jct.
      Katherine Grykien, Principal
      Main: 878-1384

    • Westford School
      146 Brookside Rd., Westford
      Marcie Lewis, Principal
      Main: 878-5932

    • Summit Street School
      17 Summit Street Essex Jct.
      Suzanne Gruendling, Principal
      Main: 878-1377

    • Essex High School
      2 Educational Drive, Essex Jct.
      Robert Reardon, Principal
      Main: 879-7121

    • Founders Memorial School
      33 Founders Road, Essex Jct.
      Wendy Cobb, Principal
      Main: 879-6326

    • Center For Technology, Essex
      2 Educational Drive, Suite 200, Essex Jct.
      Robert Travers, Principal
      Main: 879-5558

    • Thomas Fleming School
      21 Prispect Street, Essex Jct.
      Daniel Ryan, Pricnipal 
      Main: 878-1381

    • Essex Skating Facility
      2 Educational Drive, Essex Jct.
      Noel Boutin, Rink Manager
      Main: 878-1394
      Web: www.essexrink.com