Pathways to Excellence
Welcome Back Students and Staff!

Dear Essex Intermediate School Students, Parents, and Community Members, On behalf of the faculty and staff at Essex Intermediate School, it is my pleasure to extend a warm and heartfelt welcome to all of our students, families, and community members as we prepare for the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year. Our faculty and staff are eagerly preparing for the start of a new school year, and we are looking forward to an exciting year as we work together to ensure that we are meeting the needs of each of our students. Please plan to join us on Thursday, September 3rd at 5:00 p.m. at Essex Intermediate School for our Open House. We will begin our Open House at 5:00 in the cafeteria where I will provide students and families with general information and updates about the 2015-2016 school year. Students and families will then move to their first period class where they will receive their schedule. Throughout the remainder of our Open House, students and families will follow their class schedule and have an opportunity to find their classrooms as well as meet with each teacher. In addition to providing students with the opportunity to meet their teachers and become familiar with their classrooms, there will also be representatives present from several local groups including Essex County Parks and Recreation and our PTO. The Parks and Recreation program will have information about the new after school enrichment program they are providing at EIS. Essex Intermediate School’s PTO will have representatives present for those family members who are interested in learning more about our PTO or who are interested in joining the organization. The first day of school for students will be Tuesday, September 8th. Our doors will open at 7:50 a.m., and students will be considered tardy if they arrive after 8:10 a.m. Our school day begins at 8:10 a.m. and ends at 3:15 p.m. Parents who wish to pick their students up from school on a regular basis using a car pass will have an opportunity to register for a pass at Open House. If you have any questions about our Open House or the beginning of the school year, please feel free to contact me at (804) 443-3040 or hgentry@essex.k12.va.us. I am excited to see the return of our students as we embark on the 2015-2016 school year together. I look forward to creating lasting relationships with each of you as we work to provide an excellent educational experience for all of our students. Together we can make each day a great day of learning for each child.
Best regards, Heather Gentry Essex Intermediate School Principal

Community Outreach Meeting for EIS

At Essex Intermediate School, we value the role of parental and community involvement as we lay the foundation for our students’ academic and social successes. We are always seeking new avenues of partnering with parents and community members to ensure our community members and students’ families are actively engaged with our school and we are working together as a team to ensure the progress of every student. To help in this effort, we are asking that community leaders, church leaders, parents, and family members meet with us to devise a plan and strategies that we can collectively employ so that we are able to work together as a team to meet these goals. Please join us Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. in the Essex Intermediate School library for an opportunity to collaborate regarding how we can involve both families and community members in our quest to support the individual needs of our students. Please RSVP by Monday, September 14, 2015 by emailing hgentry@essex.k12.va.us or calling (804)-443-3040.

PowerSchool Parent Portal Access Temporarily Unavailable!

We are in the process of rolling over our student information system to the new school year. The PowerSchool Parent Portal will be disabled until 09/04/2015 while we finalize classes and schedules for the 2015-16 school year. We appreciate your patience and look forward to a productive school year as our students continue on their Pathways to Excellence.

New Elective for 7th Graders

We are introducing a new class at Essex Intermediate School that is available to 7th graders as an elective choice. We are excited to offer both an introduction to Spanish class as well as an introduction to French class for the 2015-2016 school year. Students will be immersed in the culture for their selected class as well as learn basic vocabulary and structures of the language. If your rising 7th grader would like to participate in a foreign language elective for the 2015-2016 school year, please fill out the attached form and return it to EIS by Friday, August 28th. Click Here!

EIS Open House

Mark your calendars for September 3 from 5PM to 7PM! 

Starting in the cafeteria, parents and students will receive information and updates about the 2015-2016 school year.  After this very short, important session, you will be directed to your child's first period classroom to pick up his/her schedule.  And then finally, you can walk together through this schedule to meet the remaining teachers. 


Mom, I'm so bored. What can I do?

Parents, does your child ever say those words during the summer? If so, the Math and English teachers at EIS have prepared summer learning packets to help your child stay on top of his or her math and reading skills.

These packets were sent home the last week of school. Ask your child about them! Get involved with these activities during the summer to earn extra credit in the fall. If you need additional packets they will be available at the school.

EIS teachers support EHS seniors

In support of the second annual Declaration Day at EHS on May 1st, the EIS teachers wore their college T-shirts or a T-shirt for a college they support.
EIS Teachers


EIS Book Club

Nineteen fifth and sixth grade students signed up for the EIS book club. Students are meeting twice a month to discuss books and promote reading at EIS. Currently, students are developing slideshows as a response to our most recent book, i Totally Funniest. These will be displayed during the fifth and sixth grade lunches in May.

Advisors: Ms. Sydnor and Mrs. Grichtmeier

Participating Students: Arianna Massey-Valetta, Dalyn Taylor, Nakhia Garnett, Amiree Lewis-Toulson, Aaliyah Roane, Cassie Adams, Shaneyra Smith, Zariah Smith, Bryanne Roane, Chynia Harris, Gracie Byrd, Jaclyn Suggs, Jaime Beazley, Alexis Barrett, Gracie Sandy, Madison Taylor 



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