•   June 8, 2021


    Dear students and families,


    Welcome to the Delta team! We are so excited to have you begin your Essex Middle School experience with us. We can’t wait to meet you in the fall! In the meantime, please read the information in this letter.


    Here are some things to keep your brain sharp over the summer so you are ready to begin 6th grade on the first day back:


    FOR READING, your task is to read a minimum of five books this summer. These books should be books that you enjoy and that you can read and understand by yourself.  You will need to keep track of the books that you read and write very short summaries and reviews for three of them. The BINGO tracker and examples are on your Delta Summer Reading Assignment sheet. You may email your short summaries to Ms. Prescott (hprescott@ewsd.org) or bring them in on the first day of school. 


    If you’d like suggestions for great authors to explore this summer, you can use the websites created by Ms. Jablonski and Mr. Synnott found on the FMS and EMS web pages under the Learning Center.


    FOR MATH, you should work on multiplication facts through the 12’s.  If you’re already there, you can work on larger products. You may do this in a number of ways, including using flashcards and online programs. I’ve listed a few below.  Please work on 5th grade math skills for 10-15 minutes a couple of times each week. 

    Online Resources:






    SUGGESTED SCHOOL SUPPLIES In addition to working on your Summer Reading and Math assignments to get ready for 6th grade,  students in the past have found these items useful and purchased them over the summer as sales occur.  

    Please label all of your belongings.

    • 1.5” inch, 3-ring binder with front and back pockets; this will be used for your Math, Science, and Humanities classes. 
    • 3-hole-punched, loose-leaf paper
    • highlighters, lots of pencils and a 3-hole-punched pencil case that can be kept in your binder
    • plastic coated, two pocket folder to use as a home folder
    • 5-pack of notebook dividers


    Here’s what you can expect before school starts in the fall.  

    • In early August we will send out a welcome back letter. It will come in a packet from the EMS administration.
    • Wednesday, August 25th will be the first day of school. 


    We have attached a questionnaire for your parents to fill out so we can get to know our students better. You may mail it to us at 60 Founders Road or bring it the first day of school.


    We look forward to getting to know you and to working with you to make this coming year an exciting, rewarding, and meaningful learning experience for everyone! Please don’t hesitate to email if you have any questions at any time. We’ll see you in the fall!

    Mrs. Dunn Delta Science hdunn@ewsd.org

    Ms. Varhue Delta Math nvarhue@ewsd.org

    Ms. Prescott Delta Humanities hprescott@ewsd.org

    Mr. Mernick Special Education gmernick@ewsd.org


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The Delta Team Science Class

Meet Your Delta Team Teachers

Phone: 802-879-7173


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Dunn

As the science teacher on the Delta Team, I love using hands-on activities to engage all learners. In my free time, I enjoy snowboarding, hiking, and playing the bagpipes! I live in Waterville with my husband, two dogs, and daughter Maeve.

Phone: (802)879-7173


Degrees and Certifications:


As the Delta Team's math teacher, I love working with students to explore mathematical concepts and make connections with the patterns we see in our everyday life. Outside of the classroom, I love running, hiking, camping and spending time with my family and friends.  I am usually training for my next race or planning my next backpacking or canoeing trip. 

Phone: (802) 879-7173


Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Prescott

By exploring the world around us and learning through stories, my main goal is for students to become life-long readers and writers. I teach Humanities on Delta, and we focus on becoming stronger, more articulate, and more expressive communicators by exploring various themes. Throughout the year, we develop our reading, writing, listening, speaking, and social skills as we dive into world geography and literature set in the regions we are discovering. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy being outdoors, practicing my fiddle, trying to teach my cat tricks, and exploring new places with my family.

Phone: (802) 879-7173


Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Mernick

As the Special Educator for the Delta team, I look forward to helping students navigate toward success using their strengths, mediating their weaknesses and striving to produce their best finished work.  I will also be co-teaching a language arts class and a math class with the team. My teaching started at a school for students with learning dissabilities before transitioning to Essex, but it has also included teaching in Zurich, Switzerland for two years.  The diversity of teaching experiences has led to an understanding of how we all truly learn differently.

Personally, I enjoy biking, swimming and skiing in the winter.  Traveling, exploring and adventure would also describe my world. I am lucky to enjoy two older sons visiting often.