Salisbury Elementary PTA receives Institution for Savings Charitable Foundation Award

Salisbury Elementary PTA (SES PTA) recently received $20,000 from the Institution for Savings Charitable Foundation. This award will go to support a number of initiatives at SES including Parent Speakers, playground equipment, Triton Senior Walk, and a filtered water bubbler and bottle filling station.

Project Information:

The grants committee of the Institution for Savings Charitable Giving announced awarding SES PTA for a number of projects that the PTA supports. As proven throughout town, Institution for Savings believes in supporting Salisbury, education, youth, arts, and culture. They are dedicated to make our community a better place to live. This award is yet another example of putting their mission into motion. Monies from this award will fund a Parent Speaker Series. The 2016/2017 Salisbury Elementary PTA Community Parent Speaker Series created engaging conversations around cyberbullying, technology, learning, anxiety, behavior, positive parenting, and so much more. Community Parent Speaker Series connect the community with leaders in the fields of socio emotional, physical, technological, and education to discuss important topics that impact our children, our families, and our school.  The 2016/2017 Free Parent Speaker Series at Salisbury Elementary funded by Institution for Savings were a wonderful success. SES Cafetorium was filled with those that live and interact with children, many of which attended all sessions. Parenting is an incredibly hard job, it is dynamic and emotional. Empowering those that interact with children with the resources, tools, and knowledge from respected professionals will lead to our children making better choices and our families living happier lives.

A portion of the award will be used to purchase portable playground equipment. SES Playground was constructed in 2000 and contains the original equipment. Portable equipment will provide much needed, immediate, fun and engaging activities to keep children physically active during recess.

A new, but already favorite tradition: Triton Graduate Senior Walk. Triton Graduating Seniors will be transported to their alma mater, SES, wearing their caps and gowns, parading through the school while children line the hallways and high five and cheer them on. Graduates are then to proceed to the gymnasium for question, answers, and short speeches. This event is inspiring for our elementary students, empowering for our teachers, and builds confidence and celebrates our seniors.  Funding will provide transportation and a luncheon to conclude the event.

Lastly, SES PTA will use a portion of the funding to retrofit a filtered hydration filling station near the café and gymnasium. A filling station will quickly fill a cup or a reusable water bottle with FREE, cold, fresh, and filtered water that children, staff, and/or guests can drink throughout the day.  Filling stations will also move the school toward sustainability—reducing single-use plastic water bottle waste.

Once again, the Institution for Savings generosity will have such a huge impact on our school, the PTA, and more importantly our children! Our relationship with the Institute has always been positive and they have shown such generosity in many different ways. They are truly carrying out the vision to positively affect the lives of every person, business and organization within the communities they serve.

Salisbury Elementary School PTA is a nationally recognized PTA School of Excellence and  is also the oldest operating PTA, founded in 1910. SES PTA strives to carry out the mission and values of the PTA, which are to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children. Encouraging and supporting student growth is one of the most important aspects of education. The SES PTA addresses these issues through training and support of local PTA units as well as collaborations on projects and educational programs. SES PTA is continually striving to advocate, communicate and support our units with the ultimate goal of keeping parents and our community involved in our children’s education. 

Not only do they provide a voice for our community’s children, they  work hard to ensure these children have enriching educational experiences that they may not have otherwise.

Triton SEPAC Transition Workshops

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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).



Transportation Update from Superintendent Forget

Good Afternoon,

I apologize for this lengthy email, but please review in its entirety. This information is being sent as a follow up to my message of August 31st. In that message I outlined a change we were making with regular daytime bus runs on a trial basis through this week as a last ditch effort to restore late busses for the current year. For the past three weeks we ran one fewer bus in both Rowley and Salisbury. If these routes had worked, the money saved would have restored late runs at all campuses.

Unfortunately, the changes did not work as smoothly as we hoped, and numbers of students riding have been too high on some runs. We have heard from many families who are not having their children ride because the buses are so packed. Further, arrival times in the morning have been impacted with the changes, causing disruptions to the start of the day. While student numbers are still within safety guidelines, the disruption is too great to continue long term. With that in mind, I have made the decision that we need to add back the daytime runs for both for Rowley and Salisbury, which means late buses will not be running this year.

As outlined in my previous email, we determined that we would make the call by this week, and institute changes as of this coming Monday. Unfortunately, our transportation company (NRT) is still in the process of hiring and training drivers as substitutes and for these runs. This has proven very difficult as there is a shortage of drivers that is well documented across the state and region. We are dependent on the state for their approvals of licenses and testing of drivers, and there is a considerable back log of drivers awaiting approval at the state level. As a result, we will not be able to restore the additional Rowley and Salisbury run until Tuesday, October 10th, the day after the Columbus Day holiday.

Bus routes will be re-posted to the website and a notice sent out to families no later than Friday, October 6th. Again, actual bus stops will not change, but the bus (#) picking up your child(ren) and corresponding pickup/drop off times may change accordingly. Again, these changes will not take place until Tuesday, October 10th.

I sincerely apologize for any confusion this has caused. Given the impact of losing late buses, I still believe it was worth giving these alternate bus routes a try. However, now confirming that the changes have created complications that we can’t remedy, we will not be able to sustain the modified routes, and therefore are not able to add late buses back.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me.

Thank you,

American Music & Harvest Festival: Saturday, September 30th

Don’t miss the 2017 American Music & Harvest Festival and support the Triton School District!!

National PTA Names Salisbury Elementary “School of Excellence”

Salisbury, MA (August 18, 2017)–Every child deserves an excellent education and school community. Salisbury Elementary School Community is celebrating the school’s recent selection as a National PTA School of Excellence, for achievement in building effective family-school partnerships. Salisbury Elementary is one of only two Massachusetts schools to earn this national designation (along with Rehoboth), and one in 143 schools recognized across the United States. National PTA’s School of Excellence program supports and celebrates partnerships between PTAs and schools that work to improve the educational experience and school environment for every child. This program provides guidance to assist school in engaging families in the school decision-making, and helps school build inclusive policies related to education, health, safety or the arts. National PTA’s certification recognizes schools that uphold the highest standards in parent involvement and provides resources and guidance needed to improve parent involvement in schools.

Salisbury Elementary School PTA (SES PTA) recognizes that it’s not so much that it takes a village to raise a child, rather than the tremendous strength, growth, and benefits that come from engaging the “village.” SES PTA, the oldest continuously operating PTA (1910), has continuously worked with Salisbury Elementary School (SES) to strengthen ties amongst family and the community. As part of the certification process, SES PTA shared information amongst a team consisting of the principal, teachers, parents, and representatives from the community, completed assessments, and applied for certification of excellence.

SES PTA prides itself in being a powerful voice for children, a relevant resource for parents, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership to SES PTA is open to anyone who is concerned with the education, health and welfare of children and youth. For more information visit our website:  Salisbury

Triton High School 2017 Hall of Fame Induction

The Triton Education Foundation, in conjunction with the Triton Regional High School Athletic Department, hosted the 3rd Annual Night of Champions and Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Seaglass Restaurant in Salisbury on Tuesday night.  The induction ceremony, led by Triton Athletic Director, Sean McInnis, was held in front of a full house of current and former Triton HS athletes, coaches, administrators, and community supporters.

The event showcased the outstanding achievements of recent team and individual school, league, and state champions this past year, and honored the career accomplishments of several of Triton’s legendary sports figures by inducting five former athletes and a coach into the Triton Hall of Fame.

The HOF ceremonies featured the induction of long-time legendary coach and Athletic Director, Ron Corcoran (Football Coach 77-97, AD 87-2001). Coach Corcoran was fondly remembered by many of his former players and assistants for leading the Triton football program into one of the Cape Ann League’s most premiere programs. His fiery style and dynamic leadership ability were at the core of his success as a coach, and later, as the Athletic Director.

Also inducted into the HOF were former student athletes:

Neil Hickey (’78) Mr. Hickey was a 4-time Cape Ann League All League member, a three-time All-State selection, and was a member of the 1977 All-State Championship team. He also completed his 1976 cross country season undefeated in the Cape Ann League.  During his track days, he set the Cape Ann league record for the 1 mile, which he still holds today.

Mark Babcock (’86) Mr. Babcock earned 10 Varsity Letters in his Triton career, the first two as an 8th grader in both soccer and hockey. He was a Cape Ann All-League (both sports), a Cape Ann All-Star (soccer) and Cape Ann Player of the Year (hockey). He was recognized for his stand-out achievement by not only the Newburyport Daily News, but also the Boston Globe and Boston Herald.

Maureen Madigan (’89) Ms. Madigan earned 8 Varsity Letters in her Field Hockey & Track careers at Triton. She was a Member of the Cape Ann League Championship teams in both sports, set many Cape Ann records and still holds the record at Triton in 4 Track & Field events.

Jen MacDonald (’96) Ms. MacDonald earned 11 Varsity Letters over her Triton career in Soccer, Basketball and Softball. She earned the honor of Cape Ann All-Star in all three sports, as well as a Cape Ann All League for 2 years in basketball and one year in Softball. Her basketball scoring record of 1263 points still stands today.

Shane Lee (06’) Mr. Lee earned 6 Varsity Letters in his football and track career at Triton. He was a Cape Ann All League in both sports, and was recognized by the Boston Globe as the football Player of the Week, twice. Mr. Lee set many records at Triton, 7 of which he still holds in football, and 2 of which in track.

The evening’s event culminated with a life-time achievement award presented to long-time soccer coach and teacher, Brad Smith, for his distinguished 30-year career at Triton HS.

“The Triton Education Foundation is once again extremely thrilled to have had the opportunity to sponsor this special event,” TEF President Jane O’Keefe said.  “This event is a rare opportunity to recognize current and legacy athletes, coaches, teams, and community supporters who uphold the integrity, excellence, and character of the Triton athletic program. It truly symbolizes the high academic and leadership qualities that have come to represent the Triton Regional School District and the entire Triton community.  We couldn’t be prouder of Sean and his team for pulling together this amazing event, and for his efforts in continuing to foster Triton Viking team culture and guiding the future of the Triton Athletic Department in this way.”

The Triton Education Foundation is grateful for the many donations, sponsors, and work of the volunteers that went into this wonderful evening.  A special thanks to our corporate sponsors: American BBQ; Rowley Realty; Susan B. Leader, OD-Agawam EyeAssociates; Douglas Shealy, D.D.S; The Winners Circle; and SLS Landscape Design & Development.  All funds raised for the event will continue to support the mission of the Foundation to provide further educational enrichment opportunities throughout the Triton Regional School District.

The Triton Education Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 charitable foundation committed to supporting and enhancing the educational experience of all students in the District.  For further information on the Triton Education Foundation, please go to

Pictured (left to right): Maureen Madigan, Neil Hickey, Mark Babcock, Jen MacDonald, Shane Lee, and Coach Ron Corcoran.

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!