Last Thursday, Triton’s graduating Seniors returned to their former elementary schools for a final farewell. It was a wonderful experience for the elementary students, teachers & staff, and the seniors themselves, and will hopefully be the start of a new tradition at Triton. Take a look at the slideshow for a sneak peek of the day.
It all started last year when an article was posted on the popular blog site, “Scary Mommy” about a school in Texas that implemented a “Senior Walk” at the end of the year. The “walk” consisted of this: all graduating seniors donned their caps & gowns and paraded through the hallways of their elementary school as current elementary students cheered them on. This year, with the support of Superintendent Brian Forget, all three elementary schools in the Triton School District will be part of what promises to be an inspiring new tradition.
On Thursday, June 1st, Triton graduating Seniors will be bussed to their former elementary schools in their graduation regalia to carry out the Graduate Tour. Current elementary students will line the halls to celebrate the graduates and bear witness to what their own future could look like. It’s no secret that most elementary students are somewhat in awe of and want to emulate “big kids,” so seeing them in such a way will surely serve as inspiration to them. Likewise, the seniors will have a chance to see how far they’ve come, say thanks to their teachers, and for a moment, step back in time. Senior Erin Savage reflects, “For me personally, NES was my home away from home when I was a kid, and was where I developed most. I’m beyond grateful for everyone who was a part of the journey and all the opportunities that were given to me. There’s no better way to celebrate than by going back to the place that made it all possible.” Students, of course, won’t be the only ones to benefit. Former teachers and staff are just as eager to have a chance to congratulate and send off their former students.
Each school has different events planned after the tour, from assemblies to PTA sponsored lunches. Whatever the day holds, coming full circle will be the perfect way for graduating seniors to complete their experience at Triton. We wish them all the best in the future!
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!
The Calendar for the 2017-18 School year has been approved by the School Committee and can be found below.
Looking to get in a festive spirit? “Triton Night at SeaFestival of Trees” is Tuesday, November 22, 2016. Students and residents of Newbury, Byfield, Rowley, and Salisbury receive discounted admission, free hot cocoa and a cookie! Admission is only $2. The money raised at the festival benefits Anna Jaques Hospital and the Salisbury Beach Partnership.
This year our district is showcasing four trees! Salisbury Elementary School, the Salisbury Elementary PTA, Triton, and TALC are all donating trees.
A letter from Superintendent Forget:
As I have previously mentioned, I am conducting a formal entry planning process that includes a vast array of listening meetings to hear from all constituencies across the Triton district. I have completed 32 meetings to date that include private interviews, as well as public meetings with groups including staff, the Triton SEPAC and Boards of Selectmen. Through these dialogues, I have been able receive clarity on some issues, and provide clarity to some on others. With 32 meetings under my belt, and another 30+ to go, I have already learned invaluable information about our district that will help guide us as we look to celebrate our successes while striving to continually make our schools better.
I have scheduled an open forum style meeting for you as parents and guardians at each of the 5 schools in the coming weeks. With an eye towards learning what we do well and where we need to improve, your perspective as parents and guardians is unique, and can differ significantly from school to school. That is the basis for scheduling meetings at each location.
The following are the dates scheduled for these listening forums.
Newbury Elementary: Monday, November 21st at 7:00 PM – NES Auditorium
Pine Grove School: Wednesday, November 30th at 7:00 PM – PGS All Purpose Room
Salisbury Elementary School: Monday, November 28th at 7:00 PM – SES Library
Middle School: Monday, December 12th at 7:00 PM – Middle School library
High School: Monday, December 19th at 7:00 PM – High School Library
My intentions from these sessions are not to identify those that shared the information in my public findings in the spring, but to look at those data points among many to find trends and patterns of our collective beliefs. That said, if there is information that you believe is important for me to know, but while sitting there you feel it is not something that is not productive to share in an open forum, I would be happy to hear from you directly or to meet with you personally afterwards. You can contact me directly via email or by phone.
I look forward to your thoughts, and encourage everyone to come and participate in these sessions.
The Triton Regional School District is pleased to announce the Grand Opening of Triton Memorial Field at Institution for Savings Stadium at the Middle and High School campus. The opening ceremony will take place prior to the home opener football game on October 14th, 2016 at 6:45pm, with the kickoff scheduled for 7pm. On the agenda are welcoming remarks by Institution for Savings President, Michael Jones, Athletic Director Sean McInnis, and student athlete Erin Savage.
Students from all grades and schools will play a large part in the celebration. The memorial ticket and poster have been designed by student artists, student athletes from all sports teams will meet and greet the community, and elementary school band students have been invited to play The National Anthem alongside the High School & Middle School bands prior to Kickoff. Additionally, to help spread the word and generate excitement among lower grades, high school students accompanied by the Triton Viking are scheduled to visit and greet students at each elementary school the week of the Grand Opening. The half-time show will feature the Triton Viking Cheerleaders, a performance by the Triton Marching Band and a special event sponsored by Arthur S. Page Insurance Company: A chance to win $10,000 for a successful 40-yard field goal! Stay tuned for details on how to enter!
The Triton Stadium is a state-of-the-art facility that replaces the former stadium that was in complete disrepair. The new stadium features a full amenities building, full width soccer pitch, full 8 lane straight/ 6 lane oval track, track timing system, team room, and a one-of-a-kind location with views of the marsh that can’t be beat. The stadium will seat 1,512, with additional standing room that will increase capacity by approximately another 1,000 spectators. The stadium and fields will be used by a number of different fall and spring sports teams including Football, Field Hockey, Boys & Girls Soccer, Marching Band, Color Guard, Boys & Girls Lacrosse, and Boys & Girls Track & Field. Baseball, Softball and Cross Country will also use the fields for practice.
There were many people involved who made the new Stadium a reality. Thank you to the Town Officials and the towns of Newbury, Rowley and Salisbury for supporting the project, The Institution for Savings and officers Mike Jones, President and Kim Rock, Executive Vice President, and the Triton Education Foundation.
Online tickets to the Home Opener are on sale now thru Thursday October 13th by clicking here. Tickets will also be available for advance sale on Wednesday and Thursday, October 12 and 13th, at the high School, and at the door the night of the game. Tickets are $4 for students and Seniors, $6 for Adults.
American Music & Harvest Festival Continues Tradition of Bringing Best of New England Music to Historic Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm
Sixth Annual Event raises money for schools with live music, local food, and fun for the whole family on a historic Newbury farm.
NEWBURY, Mass. (August 2, 2016) – The 6th annual American Music & Harvest Festival will be Saturday, September 24 at Historic New England’s Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury, Massachusetts. Through a generous donation by Institution for Savings, the day-long family event will feature music, vintage base ball, and farm activities. This year’s gathering will feature Boston rockers Watts, funk fan favorites Das Pintos, Western Mass darlings The Fawns, along with Bulgarian surf guitar, New Orleans brass bands, a rousing sea shanty sing-along, and local food and fresh brew.
Keeping with and expanding upon festival tradition, proceeds from the American Music & Harvest Festival will be donated to the Amesbury, Georgetown, Gloucester, Ipswich, Masconomet, Newburyport , Pentucket, Rockport, and Triton Education Foundations, The Immaculate Conception School and the River Valley Charter School Foundation.
“We are honored to be a part of the 6th annual American Music & Harvest Festival. This is an amazing community event where we can bring 11 education foundations together to celebrate their schools, their community, the fall harvest and enjoy great music, great food and vintage baseball” said Megan Ashe, president of Newburyport Education Foundation. “We truly believe the festival will continue to be a true community event for many years to come. Once again, there will be something for everyone–fantastic food and beer vendors, vintage baseball, and kid friendly activities to celebrate the harvest season such as tractor rides, cider pressing and a husking bee. We are so thankful to the Institution for Savings for their continued generous investment in our community.”
The day also features triple-headers with the Essex Base Ball Association, which plays using rules and uniforms from the 1860’s, and teams from around New England.
Proposed schedule for the day is:
10:00 – 12:00 Community stage featuring the Chuck Walker Trio and the Greater Newburyport Children’s Chorus
12:00 King Carubia’s Hot Society Band
2:00 Soggy Po Boys
3:00 The Fawns
5:00 Das Pintos
Tickets for the American Music & Harvest Festival can be purchased in advance at http://www.newburyportef.org or at the event. Advance ticket prices are $15 individual/$30 fam. (2 adults & all kids), and day-of tickets are $20/individual, $15/Historic New England member, $40/family (2 adults & all kids). The event location is Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Littles Lane, Newbury, Massachusetts, 10:00AM – 7:00 PM Saturday, September 24.
The Newburyport Education Foundation (NEF) is the organizer and primary sponsor of this community event to benefit local education foundations and schools. Institution for Savings is the title sponsor. Proceeds from ticket sales to benefit: The Amesbury, Georgetown, Gloucester, Ipswich, Masconomet, Newburyport , Pentucket, Rockport, and Triton Education Foundations;
The Immaculate Conception School; and the River Valley Charter School Foundation. Festival attendees may select their preferred recipient of their ticket funds when purchasing tickets. The event is sponsored by Institution for Savings. Additional sponsors include Newburyport Brewing Company, Oregano Restaurant, Historic New England, Ipswich Ale Brewery, and SEL Designs
For more information, please visit http://www.newburyportef.org/what-we-do/events/music-festival/
About the Newburyport Education Foundation (NEF) The Mission of the Newburyport Education Foundation is to bring philanthropy into the Newburyport Public Schools and generate financial resources that will enhance the quality of public education throughout the school system. Formed to enhance educational opportunities for the city’s public school children, the goal of the Newburyport Education Foundation is to supplement funding for programs which are already supported by public financing at a basic level, but which can be substantially improved by additional private sector financing, and to finance programs that might not receive funding from traditional sources such as the district budget or state aid.
The summer is winding down, and our attention turns to welcoming back students for another school year. I am looking forward to seeing the halls and classrooms bustling with students and teachers, abuzz with excitement and energy as old friends reconnect, and new friendships are formed. I hope your summer was good and relaxing, and that everyone is ready for a return to the fall routines.
As is true in any summer, transitions were made, as some faculty and staff retired or moved on and new educators have been hired in their place. I am truly appreciative to those that have served Triton students in the past, whether for a short period of time, or those that dedicated their entire career spanning decades to the betterment of our children. Detailed information will be coming out about new hires through your child(ren)’s school(s), but I am confident you will find that our newest recruits will show the same passion and dedication to your children that you’ve come to expect from Triton educators.
As I begin my first year as Superintendent, I wanted to express how thrilled I am to have been given the opportunity to serve your children in this new role. I am excited about the challenges and opportunities this coming year will present, and look forward to working to ensure that our students have the greatest opportunities for success in academics, artistic performance, and in athletic competition. Your children deserve our very best, and it is my commitment to ensure that is what they receive.
The final details are coming into place, as schedules and class lists have been shared, and bus routes have been posted online. The school year calendar was approved last spring, and I the final version can be found here. Students return on Tuesday, September 6th, with preschool programs starting the following week.
If there is ever a question I can answer, my door is always open. I look forward to the 2016/2017 school year, and wish you a wonderful final full week of summer next week.
A reminder to parents: Teacher assignments will be released on Wednesday, August 17th. In order to find your child(ren)’s teacher for the 2016-17 school year, please log on to ASPEN using the following link: https://ma-triton.myfollett.com/aspen/logon.do.
Usernames typically follow the format “fam-FirstInitialLastname.” (example: fam-jsmith for Jane Smith) and are usually under the mother’s name. If you need assistance, please enter a HelpDesk ticket via email or visit http://www.tritonschools.org/students-parents/aspen-help/ for additional information.
PLEASE NOTE: all elementary parents will be getting an email tomorrow (8/17) with their child’s placement. ASPEN login will not be necessary.
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