Pathways to Excellence
EIS Literacy Night

On March 19, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. we will be be having a Literacy Event which will focus on vocabulary! Please CLICK HERE for the flyer, 

EIS Newsletter

Our March 2015 issue of the EIS newspaper is ready!  CLICK HERE  

Pennies for Patients


EIS is trying to raise $1000 for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. With everyone's support we know that we can reach our goal! Please read the following flyer for more details! Click Here for the flyer.

Summer 2015 Opportunities


Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology (BLAST) is offering an on-campus summer opportunity for current 8th and 9th grade students. The application deadline is February 2, 2015. You can apply today! Click Here for the flyer.

The University of Virginia is offering a Summer Enrichment Program for rising 5th through 11th grade students. Applications are available and are due February 15, 2015. Click the following link for more information. 
UVA Curry School of Education Summer Enrichment Program

Woodmen of the World


If you needed an American Flag, where could you go to get one? Patrick DiSpirito, principal of Essex Intermediate School, asked this very question as the school's present flag was in need of replacement.

Enter the organization, Woodmen of the World. Or more specifically, Chapter 442 of Woodmen of the World located in West Point. On January 9, 2015, Nancy Hazzard, from the organization presented Mr. DiSpirito and a seventh grade student, Leighton Pitts, studying Civics with several flags and a classroom set of "American Patriot's" handbooks for the students.

According to their website, Woodmen of the World is one of the largest distributors of U.S. flags. They have donated more than 2 million American flags and presented them to worthy non-profit and community organizations.

The new flags will be proudly displayed at the front entrance of EIS and in the Civics classroom.


National Junior Honor Society


Nineteen 7th and 8th grade students were inducted into the Essex Intermediate School chapter of the National Junior Honor Society. According to the sponsor, Marcy Tignor, this year's applicants were very strong in several of the pillars associated with this organization. To be considered a candidate - a student has to have a 3.0 GPA during their 6th or 7th grade school year. The other four standards include the following:
Leadership  *  Service  *  Character  *  Citizenship

Mrs. Cressandra Layne's Science Class

6th Grade students in Mrs. Layne's class worked in small groups and created different graphic organizers illustrating the different forms of energy. Some of the students created additional illustrations to accompany the graphic organizers to help them remember key vocabulary terms. Students "taught" the class after they completed the assignment - and shared what they learned about energy. They included many triggers and process skills within their lesson.