Cyberbullying & Social Media Parent Speaker Series – Nov. 29th

Please save the date, November 29, 20166:30PM at the Salisbury Elementary School.

Salisbury Elementary School PTA Presents:

Dr. Elizabeth Englander speaking on Cyberbullying & Social Media – What Every Parent Needs to Know

This event is free and open to the public.

Please see the flyer for complete information.

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Triton School Lunch Program Celebrates Food Day!

Triton School Lunch Program Celebrates Food Day!  Let’s Get Real!  Monday, October 24th is Food Day, a national holiday celebrating the push toward a healthy, sustainable food system.  Food Day inspires Americans to change their diets and our food policies towards reducing the prevalence of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems.  Join Triton and “Eat Real” on Food Day.  Check out our menu to see what Triton is serving for lunch.

Every October 24, thousands of events all around the country bring Americans together to celebrate eating and enjoying real food and to push for improved food policies.  Food day involves some of the country’s most prominent food activists, united by a vision of food that is healthy, affordable, and produced with care for the environment, farm animals, and the people who grow, harvest, and serve it.

Get in on the celebration!  Use October 24 to start eating a healthier diet and putting your family’s diet on track. Food Day is not just a day; it’s a year-long catalyst for healthier diets and a better food system. Let’s use this energy to make a meaningful and long-lasting difference!

For more information please contact: Food Day – real food, just food. 1220 L St NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20005 | Contact Us

Triton Stadium Updates!

So much has happened since our last update in June. Check out the pictures and video of the progress on the new field, track, and bleachers. Also, watch in real-time as the progress continues each day!

2016-17 School Calendar

The finalized School Calendar for 2016-17 is below.

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SPOT Grant Awarded For Biotech and Forensics

TRHS Science Department is excited to have recently received $3,400 in equipment awarded by Mass BioEd, supported by the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center and Fisher Scientific.  Four new thermocyclers will be used to implement lab investigations in both the Biotech and Forensics electives that require students to be able to copy sections of actual DNA in a technique called polymerase chain reaction (PCR).  Science Teacher, Ivan Ferron applied for the grant, and couldn’t be more excited for Triton’s science students!

Most estimates suggest that over 99% of human DNA is identical.  Our new equipment will help students investigate questions such as, “How and where does human DNA vary? How do scientists work with human DNA? How are genetic mutations identified?”  In Forensics, students will be able to make copies of a section of ”junk” DNA that is used in criminal investigations for DNA “fingerprinting”.  The Biotech classes will examine a mutation found in a gene associated with the ability to detect bitterness.  Even more compelling: students will use their own DNA in both investigations.

These hands-on investigations are doubly rewarding as they reinforce lab techniques such as proper use of a micropipettes and electrophoresis equipment and concepts such as genetic variability, gene expression and DNA replication.  Along with PCR, these techniques and concepts are foundational in genetic studies as well as many studies in the biotech industry.

Save the date for Triton Summer Enrichment University – July 11th – 28th

Triton Summer Enrichment University is offering an array of enrichment opportunities for students in grades 5-9 this summer.  These include Broadway Bound, Robotic Science, Media Production and Environmental Engineering. Take a look at the descriptions in the attached document and use the form to enroll. Enrollment is on a first come, first serve basis and class sizes are limited.

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Update from Wednesday’s School Committee Budget Meeting

At its meeting on Wednesday evening the School Committee approved the proposed Tentative Budget as presented. Those parts of the budget document that provide context for the budget proposals and the details can be found here.

Expenditure increases of $1,478,257 to maintain services and meet contractual and mandatory obligations, coupled with a reduction in anticipated revenues are offset by $631,579 in cuts, all but $20,000 of which are personnel reductions.

At this stage implied changes to town assessments are as follows:

Average                                     +3.18%

Newbury         -$193,313         -2.16%
Rowley            +$569,651       +6.54%
Salisbury         +$507,359      +5.02%

The above variations are due to the way that the state’s regional school district funding formula works, changes in enrollment, and one element of the Governor’s budget proposals.

Rowley’s Board of Selectmen has advised that the town can afford an additional $222,365 next year. A further $1m in cuts would be needed to achieve that.

At this stage we have no information on Salisbury’s situation.

The School Committee will hold a public hearing on the budget at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 in the high school library

Triton SEPAC Workshop – Ten Traits of Effective Parents in Special Education, Monday, 11/16

Ten Traits of Effective Parents in Special Education

Monday, November 16
6:30 pm
Triton High School Library
112 Elm St., Byfield

Advocating for children in the special education system can be a frustrating and overwhelming experience for parents. Parents of children who require special education services quickly learn that they must be attentive and zealous advocates to help their children obtain the supports and placements that they need to make meaningful educational progress. When the system works in a way that allows a child to reach his potential, it is extremely rewarding for parents to see that their advocacy made a difference. Over the past decade Attorney Jeffrey Sankey has worked with hundreds of families to help them obtain special education services for their children. Through his work with these families, it has become obvious that those parents who are best able to navigate the intricacies of the special education process share several common traits. Mr. Sankey will discuss these traits and answer questions during this workshop.

Jeffrey M. Sankey is the founder of Sankey Law Offices, P.C., a general practice litigation firm in Braintree with a concentration in special education law. For the past 15 years, his litigation practice has included representation of students with special needs in proceedings before the Bureau of Special Education Appeals. Attorney Sankey served for nine years on the Mansfield School Committee, which formed the basis for his passion for working on behalf of young people.   Attorney Sankey served on active duty in the United States Marine Corps from 1979 to 1993, followed by service in the Marine Corps Reserves until his retirement in 2005 at the rank of Colonel.  Attorney Sankey is a graduate of Boston University School of Law.

SEPAC first meeting of they year: Tuesday, 11/3 7pm

The SEPAC will have its first meeting of the year:
TUESDAY, November 3, 7 pm

Triton High School Library Conference Room 
The agenda includes:
  • Discussion with Superintendent Christopher Farmer and Administrator of Special Education David Magee about the Commonwealth’s review of our district special education programs and procedures. The findings and pcorrection plan will be presented.  Read the full report here: http://www.doe.mass.edu/pqa/review/cpr/reports/2015/0773.pdf
  • Responding to Objective 7 from the district development plan: The percentage of students enrolled in the Triton High School for four consecutive years who meet the district graduation requirements within four years of entering high school will increase. The improvement data will be based on three-year rolling averages (students with disabilities whose support needs preclude their formal graduation will not be included in the data).
If you cannot attend, please send your feedback and recommendations on these items to SEPACtriton@gmail.com by Monday, Nov. 2 at 5 pm. 
The SEPAC 
The mission of the Triton Special Ediucation Parent Advisory Council is to work for understanding of, respect for, and support of all children with special needs in the community. Membership is open to all. We understand finding childcare is not easy. Children who are supervised are welcome to accompany you to our meetings and events.
To join our email list, email SEPACtriton@gmail.com.