New Inductees Announced for the Triton Athletic Hall of Fame

The Triton High School Athletic Program and the Triton Education Foundation (TEF) are proud to announce the newest class of inductees to the Triton Athletic Hall of Fame.  This year’s class will be the third class to enter the Hall of Fame and first since 2015.

For over 45 years, the athletic program at Triton has built a strong tradition of excellence in the Cape Ann League as well as in the state ranks.  Over the years, numerous student-athletes have worn the colors of Triton with pride and represented the communities for which it serves with honor and respect.  At this time, we have the opportunity to honor some of the “best of the best” while they were here at Triton.  Every two years the Hall of Fame Committee reviews candidates that are submitted in the following categories: Athlete, Coach, Championship teams, and Merit (Contributors).

The class of 2017 will include five student-athletes and one coach/athletic Director.  The inductees are as follows:

Neil Patrick Hickey ‘78
Mark T. Babcock ‘86
Maureen Madigan ‘89
Jen McDonald ‘96
Shane Lee  ‘06
Ron Corcoran – Head Football Coach 1977 – 1997 & Athletic director 1983 -2001

On Tuesday, June 6, 2017, the inductees will be honored for their athletic accomplishments and contributions during their time at Triton High School.  A banquet in their honor, sponsored by the Triton Education Foundation, will be held at Seaglass Restaurant in Salisbury, MA beginning at 6:00 PM.  We would like to invite anyone that would like to attend and honor these guests to visit www.tritonschools.org/athletics to order tickets for this exciting event.  We hope that you will spread the word to assist in getting as many former teammates and players in attendance for this evening.  Deadline for tickets is Friday May 26, 2017.

Keeping the history of Triton Athletics alive and creating, an event like this is extremely time consuming and takes a large group to make it a success.  The Triton Athletic Program would like to give a special thanks to our selection committee, the Triton Administration, the Triton community, and the Triton Educational Foundation.  Without the help of these groups and individuals, this great event would not feasible.

For Information

Good Afternoon,

I’m writing to update everyone within the district on an incident that occurred this afternoon at Newbury Elementary School. While I’m not at liberty to give extensive details as it involves an individual student, I felt it was important to share some basic facts to ensure everyone is aware of what occurred. Further, it is important to me that you understand that students were never in any danger, and that all students are safe.

During lunchtime recess, a sixth grade student made the choice to leave the playground and enter the woods. Students and monitors reacted quickly, and both teachers and administration followed the student into the woods. Given the fact that they lost visual contact with the student, the decision was made out of an abundance of caution to alert the police. The police responded immediately, including K-9 units, so the scene became active very quickly. The student was found safe and sound very shortly thereafter.

Due to the nature of the involvement with the police and quite noticeable activity, I wanted to ensure rumors didn’t begin swirling around what might have happened to prompt the response from the Newbury Police. As always, we are incredibly appreciative to have an active partnership with all of our member police departments who always go above and beyond to keep our schools and students safe.

Sincerely,
Brian

High School Students inducted into Foreign Language National Honor Society

Eighteen students were recently inducted into Triton High School’s Foreign Language National Honor Society: the name of Triton’s chapter is: “Tous Ensemble“, “Todos Juntos”, “All Together”.  Our motto is: “Toujours Mieux”, “Siempre es Mejor”, “Always Better”. The philosophy of the organization is “Man who knows two languages is worth two.”

The inductees were honored at a multilingual “transmission of the torch” induction ceremony in the school library on Wednesday evening, March 16th, 2017 by current FLNHS members of the graduating class of 2017, and by the Society’s Officers.

Foreign Language Teachers grades 7-12 were present at the event,  as were parents, School Committee members, and members of the Triton Regional School District administration.

Opening the ceremony were FLNHS resident Sarah Mclellan and Chief Academic Officer Kimberly Croteau. Mrs. Croteau stressed the academic achievements of the new inductees and current members: all are currently enrolled in a foreign language course, have a minimum 90 percent cumulative average of all foreign language courses taken from ninth grade to the present, have an 83 percent cumulative average and have a behavioral record free from suspension, instances of academic dishonesty and/or a pattern of inappropriate behavior.  

Sarah Mclellan led the recitation of the Society’s Pledge to all of the students:

“As a member of the Triton Regional High School Chapter, I promise to devote myself to the study of the French and Spanish language/s in order to master them. Someday, remembering that a language can be a strong tie between persons of differing origins of race or religion. As a citizen of my country, I promise to promote friendship and understanding between the United States and the other lands of the world. This is my promise and my oath.”

The aim of the society is to promote high standards of scholarship, to reward excellence in the highest level of instruction of Foreign Language at Triton High School and to provide a service to the school and community. The Triton advisors to the society are Regina Symonds for French and Eben Williams for Spanish.

The organization’s goal is to stimulate interest in the study of foreign language, global learning and diplomacy, and to create enthusiasm for and an understanding of foreign cultures and civilization, to promote and perpetuate international friendship and to reward efforts toward furthering solidarity in the International world.

Membership in this organization, sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French and the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, is the highest honor for secondary students of foreign language in the country. These honor societies offer students a variety of scholarships, travel awards and other opportunities, such as writing contests and the opportunity to serve in leadership roles in directing chapter events.

Congratulations to this year’s inductees: 

Sydney Accomando Malia Hulbert
Jamie Ciarmataro Joseph Killion
Gabrielle Doucot Erica Lamkin
Justin Flodman Thomas Lapham
Alden Giedraitis Anthony Lentz
Luke Groder Carolyn MacDonald
Alexandra Hall Kyle McKendry
Benjamin Hall Elisabeth Odoy
Owen Heffernan Danielle West

Entry Plan Findings

Good Afternoon,

After months of listening, meeting, discussing, and analysis, I am ready to present the findings of my entry planning process. Many of you took the time to be involved in the process and share your thoughts, and I thank you for your input. The report can be found below, and will be reviewed in detail at Wednesday night’s School Committee meeting. This report presents the facts and opinions as they were shared with me, without editorial comment or analysis. The next phase of analysis and planning for improvement in the areas identified begins now and will be completed by the summer. More information will be shared as the process continues.

I hope to see you on Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM in the High School Library. If there are any questions on the material contained in the report, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thank You.

Regards,
Brian

Triton Kitchen Managers Receive School Nutrition Association Certification

Did you know that students who eat a healthy diet are more likely to have improved attention spans,  perform better in academics and generally make healthier life decisions, from food choices to physical activity? 

Triton is proud to announce that every Kitchen Manager across the district has now been certified by the School Nutrition Association (SNA), a national, nonprofit professional organization recognized as the authority on school nutrition. The SNA has been advancing the availability, quality and acceptance of school nutrition programs as an integral part of education since 1946.

Why be Certified?

With the ever changing requirements and regulations of the school nutrition program, it’s more important than ever to invest in school nutrition professional development.  School Nutrition staff who achieve a Certificate in School Nutrition from SNA commit to ongoing training, growth & education that align with the USDA Professional Standards. Earning a Certificate in School Nutrition increases an individual’s knowledge of food safety and nutrition and demonstrates a commitment to the profession.

Congratulations to Lucinda Ward (District Director), Sharon Bolduc (MS/HS Kitchen Manager), Melinda Carey (PGS Kitchen Manager), Tammy Souther (SES Kitchen Manager), and Charlene Walsh (NES Kitchen Manager), who are all SNA Certified!

FY18 Budget – Important Information

As you are aware, we have our public hearing on the FY18 budget scheduled for tomorrow evening. As we continue to work with our member towns to navigate these challenging financial times, I wanted to provide this presentation that was shared with the School Committee on February 15th. Since that time, it has been repeated with our town and state officials via our District Communications Committee on February 16th, and then again last night directly with the Rowley Board of Selectmen at their invitation.

The purpose of the presentation is to answer the question being repeatedly asked; “Why does educating a population that has decreased over time continue to cost more each year?” It is a valid question that we need to all understand the answer to. Like many rural communities, Triton has seen positive trends with less students electing to Choice their children to other districts, but we still see decreasing enrollments year after year. This trend is more common in communities like ours as families are tending to ‘age in place’ within our towns rather than selling their homes to younger families with school aged children. This is not a phenomenon unique to Triton, but it is a factor that has a significant impact on our district, so it is one we must understand. Enrollment combined with the failure of the state’s funding formula (Chapter 70) to reflect accurate spending levels has placed an incredible burden on our member communities; a burden that is quickly reaching a crisis point.

Below are the presentation slides in PDF format for review.  For those wanting a more detailed explanation and presentation, you can watch the full video of the presentation I made to the School Committee in the On Demand UStream section on our website at the link below.

If you have any questions or comments on the process to date, I would be happy to speak with you further. You will also find the Tentative Budget as approved on the next tab over from the presentation at the link above.

Regards,
Brian

2017-2018 School Calendar

The Calendar for the 2017-18 School year has been approved by the School Committee and can be found below.

 

Download (PDF, 583KB)

NES Kindergarten Information Night Postponed

Due to the weather, the NES Kindergarten Information Night scheduled for this evening has been postponed and will now be held on Wednesday, February 8th at 6:30 pm.

The Meaning of Sportsmanship

Sometimes, winning has nothing to do with the score of the game.

On Monday, the 8th grade basketball team played Swampscott Middle School.  Although big in heart, they were small in number and ultimately lost the game.  However, during the game, with no coaching or prompting, they did a very special thing.  The opposing team put in a player that had special needs, who had never scored a point in competition.  These boys immediately “got it” and made sure that this boy was able to play some “competitive” basketball.  Not only did he score one basket, but he scored 6 points in all!

These players demonstrated great sportsmanship and gave another person a gift he will enjoy long past middle school.  They have been recognized not only by their own classmates and community, but by the Swampscott parents, faculty and students as well.

Kudos go out to Jaden Penrose, Kyle Odoy, Jack O’Shea, Alden Lentz, Jonathan Santoro, and Travis Overbaugh.  Go Vikes!

Basic Rights in Special Education: A Workshop for Parents and Professionals

The Triton SEPAC and Special Education Department present

Basic Rights in Special Education:
A workshop for Parents and Professionals

January 23
6:30- 8:30 PM
Triton Regional High School
112 Elm Street, Byfield

This workshop is a great resource for parents whether you are starting to consider special education services for your child or have been working with the special education department for a while but still have some questions.

Topics covered include
·      Basic rights under special education law
·      Basic special education procedures
·      Team Meetings
·      Dispute resolution options

The workshop will be presented by the Federation for Children with Special Needs. Supervised children are welcome to be in attendance.

The Triton SEPAC is a group of parents and education professionals who come together to maximize the educational and developmental opportunities for the district’s students with special needs.  We offer an opportunity to network with other parents and education professionals as well as host a number of informative presentations and workshops. For more information, email sepactriton@gmail.com.