New Program Initiated around 40 Developmental Assets Approach

I apologize for the length of this message, but it contains very important details about a new effort underway. I am writing with information regarding a newly formed regional partnership aimed at strengthening the likelihood of success for our students in school and as members of the community. This regional effort, the Essex County Asset Builder Network, is being funded by the Tower Foundation. The focus is on proactive measures to equip our youth to make positive choices, rather than being reactive following an unfortunate event. The effort is framed around The 40 Development Assets Approach by the Search Institute, and you can read more about it by clicking here.

Research has identified 40 developmental assets comprised of skills, relationships and behaviors that enable youth to be successful as adults. While the assets build youth self-esteem and competence, the framework also emphasizes the importance of building community supports to help youth thrive. Recently, the communities of Amesbury, Georgetown, Newbury, Rowley, Salisbury and Newburyport have partnered together to form the Essex County Asset Builder Network and have received a grant to use a common language of asset development (creating protective factors) that will enhance the great work already being done to support youth and families, and expand community supports, opportunities, and resources. Tina Los is the Regional Project Coordinator for this work.

This fall, all communities in the partnership will be administering the Attitudes and Behaviors Survey which anonymously measures youth assets and risk behaviors with students grades 6 – 12. This data will help create a global picture of strengths and needs of our students and to help us understand how we can best support them to be successful in the future. This survey is being conducted as part of a larger regional partnership bringing the communities of Amesbury, Georgetown, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, and Salisbury together to prevent and reduce health risk behaviors among youth. The data will only be reported on a global basis by school, as there won’t be any personal  identifying information included.

We will be administering this voluntary student survey in mid November to all students in grades 6 through 12, with the exact date varying by school. This survey will be administered by your child’s teachers, be taken online, completed anonymously, and will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. As a parent, your child’s school will be sending a form to officially opt out of the survey. However, students will also be instructed that they can opt out on the day of the survey, or they can skip any questions they don’t want to answer if they do participate. This will be made very clear by the teacher when administering the survey. As this is global data, the more responses we receive, the more information we’ll have to know where best to target our prevention efforts.

There will be an information session for parents/guardians at each school. Tina Los will be present, and able to answer questions about the 40 Developmental Assets, as well as the survey itself. While we can’t send home copies of the survey, we will have them available to review at the schools and also during these information sessions.

Parent Information Sessions:

  • Middle/High School: Wednesday, October 25th @ 5:30 PM
  • Newbury Elementary School: November 16th @ 6:30 PM
  • Pine Grove School: November 7th @ 6:00 PM
  • Salisbury Elementary School: November 14th @ 5:30 PM

I would encourage you to attend the parent information session if you have questions about the 40 Assets or the survey specifically. You can also reach out directly to Tina Los at TLos@cityofnewburyport.com or by phone at (978) 992-1671.

Thank you, and I look forward to partnering with you and our community at large on behalf of our children!

Brian Forget

Musical Instrument Donation to Triton Elementary Schools

The Triton community is beyond grateful to be the recipient of a generous donation of 15 woodwind instruments from the Richard Kaplan Instrument Scholarship Fund in memory of SES alum, Dick Kaplan.  Sisters Abby Kaplan Broughton, Laura Valme, and Melinda Kouloheras, raised over $2700 through a GoFundMe campaign to purchase the instruments & distribute them in memory of their late father. “He would have loved this,” Abby said.  Somewhat of a celebrity in the local music scene, Kaplan’s spirit and love of music will ring through the halls of the elementary schools for years to come.

To read more about Dick Kaplan, check out the story in the Newburyport Daily News

BRYAN EATON/Staff photo. The family of the late Dick Kaplan, a well-known local musician, donated $2,770 to Triton Regional District Schools from a foundation created for his memory. Presenting the instruments to school officials are his daughters, Laura Kaplan Valme, left, and Abigail Kaplan Broughton. Back from left, school superintendent Brian L. Forget; business administrator Michelle Cresta; Newbury Elementary School principal Beth Yango and district elementary band teacher Deb MacKinnon.

 

New Grab-n-Go Breakfast Option Comes to Pine Grove Elementary School!

Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. Research shows that eating breakfast closer to instructional time has a greater impact on academic success. By serving breakfast at school, we can be sure that all PGS students are ready to learn. Success starts with school breakfast.

 

With the help of a grant provided by the Dairy Council, the new option had a kick-off celebration by offering each student a free breakfast on September 15th!

What is it?

Grab-n-Go school breakfast is easy and fun. Students pick up a healthy breakfast in the lobby, check in with the cashier and bring their breakfast to the classroom to eat. Serving Grab-n-Go breakfast limits the morning rush when students get to school and gives them time to eat their meal without having to worry about being late for class. Breakfast will be served from 8:10-8:25 am at the brand new breakfast kiosk located in the main lobby. Price: $1.75 (paid) $0.30 (reduced price) Free (for students who for qualify for free lunch).

 

 

Graduate Tour Slideshow

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.

Triton Seniors Take Graduate Tour

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!

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!

2017-2018 School Calendar

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

 

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Triton Night at Sea Festival of Trees – 11/22

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.

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Superintendent Forget Announces Listening Forums at All Schools

 

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.

Brian

Triton Community Celebrates Grand Opening of Triton Memorial Field at Institution for Savings Stadium

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.

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