Hailey Bradley – November Student of the Month

A big congratulations to 8th grader Hailey Bradley who was chosen by The School Committee as the November Student of the Month. Hailey was nominated by Middle School Science teacher, Paige Ribaudo-Smith, who worked with Hailey last year in the full-time remote academy and has her as a student again this year.  As any student will tell you, learning in a remote atmosphere is anything but easy, and Hailey would be no exception. As she entered 8th grade in-person learning this fall, there were a number of obstacles that met her head on.  However, what she has accomplished as a result of overcoming these challenges has been nothing short of amazing.  “Hailey blew me away from the first day of school,” said Ribaudo-Smith. “She has completed every assignment and has put forth amazing efforts to do so. She is advocating for herself and seeking me out during our study hall period in order to get the one-on-one support she needs to ensure her work is done above and beyond the expectations I have put forth for her.  She exemplifies the hard work, determination, and excellence of our core values. I know that Hailey can do anything she puts her mind to in the future.”

Congratulations Hailey for being recognized for your tremendous efforts! We are so proud of you!

 

Rafael Galarza – Student of the Month

Congratulations to SES Fifth Grader Rafael Galarza who was chosen as the first Student of the Month for the 21/22 School Year by the Triton School Committee.  Rafael was nominated by Principal Dawe for his wonderful display of compassion, determination, and understanding that he showed to a fellow student who was struggling with the return to school this year.  When no one else could get through to this student, Rafael quietly connected with him in a demonstration of kindness and empathy that one would not expect from a 10-year old.  Ms. Dawe explained, “What he gave to that student was the most powerful gift. And that gift was not only given to the student, but it was a valuable gift to all of us, as well. He exemplifies the type of positive character that SES and the Triton District wants for each and every student.  For everything Rafael did that day and continues to do each day, we are so lucky and proud that he belongs to us at SES.” Congratulations, Rafael!

Student of the Month

Addressing the Needs of the Triton Regional MS/HS Campus

The Triton Regional Middle and High School campus building was first built and came online in the fall of 1971. A renovation and addition project was completed in the late ’90s and opened in 2000, adding the current middle school and making some updates to the remainder of the original building. Many systems and structures from the original building were updated at that time, however, there were some that remained unchanged from the 1971 building construction. While routine maintenance and upgrades have been completed over this period, many of the systems are nearing the end of their useful life and are needing significant updates and improvements.

After discussion with town officials from Newbury, Rowley, and Salisbury, the district contracted with Habeeb & Associates Architects to complete a Comprehensive Facilities Assessment to get a firm sense of the scope of the need. The report (available at https://bit.ly/3DiGiGO) categorizes the needed repairs and prioritizes them into four separate ‘scopes’ based on the urgency of the existing condition, scope 1 being the most urgent.  A summary of the needed repairs identified in the assessment, as well as next steps for the district can be found here.

Joseph Luciano

A Financial Trifecta for Senior Joseph Luciano

A huge congratulations to Triton Senior Joseph Luciano who has ended his Triton career with a “financial” Trifecta. For the third consecutive year, Joe has won the The Stock Market Game, which is an annual competition run by the “Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association” (SIFMA), a United States industry trade group representing securities firms, banks, and asset management companies.

Achievement in the game is based on actual companies and the authentic daily stock prices of those companies. Contestants are provided with a “virtual” $100,000 to invest and are then expected to maximize this investment stake in real companies, and gain earnings based on their actual performance. This year, Joe made over a million dollars in The Stock Market Game! He ranked number one out of 1,491 in the Massachusetts competition, and astounded all observers. Within the 8-month competition window, Joe realized an extraordinary final account balance of $1,005,202.63! For comparison, the next best mark in game performance in Massachusetts for the same time-period came in at a normally outstanding $208,130.

Joe’s performance was so extraordinary, that his account was reviewed for rules compliance and/or an IT/system glitch by a Stock Market Game team of analysts. However, after careful review and a detailed refutation statement to the SMG Director, his account was found to follow all rules and he had won, fair and square.
Typically, a Stock Market Game Annual Awards Ceremony and Luncheon is held at Fidelity Investments in Boston. The luncheon includes invitations for the winner’s family members, teacher, the school principal, and the district superintendent. Unfortunately, the ceremony was, of course, cancelled, however Joe will still go down in the Stock Market Game’s Hall of Fame!

Similar to an athletic champion, Joseph Luciano’s name has become well known among high school students and faculty. In 2018/19 Joe competed in a similar 3-month event achieving first place out of 1,165 teams with an incredible $88,956 in realized gains, and in 2017/18 he also placed first out of 1,701 competitors, realizing $80,592 in approximately 8 months.

Congratulations, Joe on this incredible achievement. There is a bright future ahead of you! In fact, we believe there may already be a line forming for your services! Enjoy this well-deserved recognition as you take the next steps beyond Triton High School.

A Statement About Recent Events & Protests

Dear Triton Community,

As a district, we have always sought to celebrate diversity in our community and our student body. We are committed to remaining a place where students, staff, and families feel supported and treated with respect, grace, encouragement, and appreciation.

During the last few months, our students and families have experienced anxiety and confusion around the pandemic and the ways it would impact all our lives. These feelings have been further compounded by the most recent protests happening across our country, speaking out against the killing of George Floyd, the latest example of centuries of racially-motivated abuse, assaults, and the killing of black women and men. It is a pain that many of us can never truly understand, but we must be committed to living in ways that ensure that we as a district and community are contributing to productive dialogue, experiences, and solutions. Part of that process is learning by listening, and then, when we are prone to speak, choosing to listen even more to those whose experiences differ from our own. It is vital that we all do our part in the hard work of developing a more thorough understanding of the challenges they face. Collectively, we can and must be better.

These most recent tragedies have sparked a nationwide response, and at the core of the anger, fear, and the tumult is a cry for understanding, dialogue, and change. If we are willing to have difficult conversations to fully understand the past that has led us to where we are today and the roles we have played, then we can be part of the solution.

Never forget the eyes that are watching all of us right now. Our children and teens are listening, watching and searching for helpful ways to understand what is occurring, and are keenly on the lookout for those who are peacemakers, leaders, and champions of a world where racism does not exist. We as adults, educators, parents, and guardians, need to have age-appropriate discussions with our students about the issue of systemic racism, and the hurt it continues to cause. Ultimately, we want our entire community to have an appreciation for and conviction in our core values:

  • Respect for Self and Others,
  • Integrity in Words and Actions, and
  • Excellence for All

I challenge everyone among us to keep these, our ideals, in the forefront of your mind as a lens through which we might view and understand the events occurring in our country. These deeply-rooted challenges will not be fully solved in weeks, months, or even years, but it is incumbent upon all of us as individuals, and as a community, to do our part to work toward change and improvement each and every day. Below you will find links to various collections of resources that you may find helpful as you have these difficult conversations in our classrooms and in our homes.

We promise to do our part as educators and role models to ensure that our students are not only well-versed in our responsibilities as U.S. citizens but also equipped to help create a world where racism and prejudice no longer exist. The preparation for sending contributing citizens into the world begins at home, but you have our pledge that we will do our best to educate our students in an environment that fosters respect and integrity, where each student can explore and learn how they can be productive agents-of-change in a world that desperately needs them.
“Beloved community is formed not by the eradication of difference but by its affirmation, by each of us claiming the identities and cultural legacies that shape who we are and how we live in the world.”  Bell Hooks, Killing Rage

Resources: 

Sincerely,
Brian

Brody Hawkes – Student of the Month

Prior to our departure from school, Brody Hawkes, a vivacious and gregarious first grade student at Newbury Elementary School, was named by the School Committee as Student of the Month. While Brody has many strengths, enthusiasm for life might be his greatest.  Learning is sometimes tough for Brody, however, this six-year-old is rarely deterred.  “He is a gregarious young man who is thoughtful in his interactions and relationships with others,” said Special Education Teacher, Amanda Struss. She continues, “Brody is incredibly engaged with peers and reflective when conflict arises. The gains that he has made this year alone are phenomenal and the joy that he brings to those around him is unparalleled.” We are happy to bestow this honor on such a well-deserving student. Congratulations, Brody!

Brody Hawkes Student of the Month

Viking Day of Giving

2nd Annual Viking Day of Giving

Last year Student Council President, Lily Fullford worked with staff member Stacey Beaulieu to start a tradition called The Viking Day of Giving.  Lily’s original thought was to have groups of Triton students go out and volunteer in the community, yet ultimately the decision was made to stay focused on things that could be done on the high school campus.  The initiative was started with the hope to promote volunteerism, school spirit, and Viking pride.   

Last year over 100 students, 20 staff and several community members participated in the day.  Three classrooms were painted, a number of walls that were not school colors were painted to columbia blue, brag boards were added to exhibit students’ excellent work, two English teacher’s doors were painted their favorite book cover and photos were hung of Athletics and Visual and Performing Arts.   The work done was simple and small in scale, but it made an immediate impact when the student body returned to school on Monday.  

The first Viking Day of Giving was a success.  Countless students remarked about how much they liked walking down a hall with Triton colors, seeing pictures of their teams and friends on display and many asked how they could help next time.

The second annual Viking Day of Giving will be Saturday, March 7 and we hope to make the same impact.  Volunteers will continue painting some of the walls that are currently not our school colors and we will add a school/building timeline on the wall heading from the office to the cafeteria behind the auditorium.  We are gathering more pictures to hang throughout the building and working with an English teacher to paint another classroom door.   

These are ambitious projects and it will take a lot of volunteers.   The Student Council is again asking the student body, along with faculty and staff, to volunteer to help.  We will need community volunteers, as well. On Friday, March 6  we will have a small group after school 11:30 – 4:00 to do the prep work.  On Saturday, March 7 we will run a morning and an afternoon crew to get it all done.   

Thank you for your consideration of this Student Council initiative.  Please contact Stacey Beaulieu, for additional information or if you wish to join this initiative in any way. [email protected]

 

Hannah Earley – Student of the Month

Congratulations to PGS First Grader Hannah Earley who was chosen as February’s Student of the Month by the Triton School Committee. Hannah was nominated by her first grade teacher, Lisa Manganello for her amazing attitude towards learning and her confidence to never give up, even when things may not come easy to her. “She has actually taught me a thing or two about the type of attitude I should have in a learning environment,” said Ms. Manganello. She goes on to describe her as kind, respectful, helpful, responsible, honest, fair and funny – all qualities of what a good person should look like. Congratulations, Hannah!

Student of the Month

Hannah and her family with 1st grade teacher, Lisa Manganello and PGS Principal Christine Kneeland.

Triton School Committee – What’s It All About?

For many people, the idea of the “school committee” is somewhat elusive. You know it’s there. You think it’s important. But other than that, you don’t know much about it.  In fact, not only is it important, but there are ways and reasons that you can and perhaps should get involved.

The Triton Regional School District School Committee is made up of nine members; Three community members from each town who are elected for a three year term on a rotating basis. The individuals who make up the School Committee are parents and community members, like you and me. They may or may not have children in the system, but they understand the importance of a strong school system in helping to elevate the towns in which they live.

The School Committee has three main functions: to determine policies and practices for the school district; to hire the superintendent; and to create and approve the budget.  Every member also serves on a subcommittee which includes Finance, Policy & Advocacy, and Personnel and Negotiations.

In 2020, two of Triton’s longest-term School Committee members are considering retiring. Dina Sullivan and Deb Choate have been on the Triton School Committee for 15 and 16 years respectively and have both been a tremendous asset to the district. While they leave behind enormous shoes to fill, they are both passionate about the importance of the job and hope others will step up to take on the role.

“Being on the school committee is one of the most important things we can do for our communities,” said Deb Choate. “The children in our schools will one day be running our communities. Giving them a quality education is what will allow them to successfully do that.” Ms. Choate goes on to describe her time on the School Committee as a very rewarding position, and one that she will miss if she does indeed step down.

Unquestionably, advocating for the students and staff of Triton is at the heart of what the School Committee does. “My work and decisions made while a member of the School Committee have always placed the needs of the students as the priority. I am proud of the time spent working on behalf of the staff and students of Triton,” Dina Sullivan explains.  “It has been an honor and privilege to serve on the Committee, but it is time for me to ‘graduate’ and move on to the next chapter in my life.”

For those interested in exploring the role of School Committee member, nomination papers are available from the town clerk in your town and require a minimum number of signatures from the candidate’s town of residence. Elections are May 12th and voters from all three district member towns vote for school committee members from all three towns. One person is elected from each member town for a term of three years. Should you have questions about the process or would like more information about the responsibilities of the school committee, please feel free to reach out to Dina, Deb or any other school committee member.  Their contact information can be found on the website: https://www.tritonschools.org/school-committee/

Dina Sullivan

Dina Sullivan

Deb Choate

Deborah Choate

 

Ryan Lattig & Kyle Odoy Recognized

We would like to recognize and congratulate our most recent Students of the Month, Ryan Lattig and Kyle Odoy.

Ryan Lattig, a member of Triton’s class of 2020, was nominated by high school English teacher Erin Dempsey and acknowledged by the School Committee in November. Ms. Dempsey described Ryan as a student for whom concepts did not come easily, but through hard work and determination became one of her top students and a true Triton success story.

Kyle Odoy was the Committee’s January Student of the Month. Kyle, a current Junior, was nominated by Shawn Devenish. Kyle is a member of the National Honor Society and is a three-sport athlete, holding the honor of being named captain of the football team as a junior this past fall. Mr. Devenish stated, “Not only is Kyle involved all over the school, he shows great character and respect to staff and fellow students. Kyle is a great example of the mission that Triton has for its students.”

Congratulations to these two students!

Student of the Month

Ryan with Erin Dempsey, Cheryl Wotton, and Melissa Janvrin

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Kyle with members of the staff and school committee.