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

Student of the  Month

Kyle with members of the staff and school committee.

MLK Day of Service

Students Participate in MLK Day of Service Activities

As we continue our district wide year of service at Triton, and we approach our next National Day of Service, MLK Day, our students are involved in a variety of service projects to remember and serve.  Here’s what’s happening around the district:

Salisbury Elementary School is running a “Toiletry” drive and will be creating hygiene gift totes to donate to the Pettengill House.  Any donations from our greater community will be happily accepted at SES or at Central Office in the high school.

Pine Grove School is holding a “Book Drive” to collect new or gently loved books to create book totes which will be donated to local community partners to increase literacy and home libraries.  Community donations can be brought to PGS or to Central Office in the high school.

TMS student council is creating “Birthday Bags” full of decorations and party supplies to give to families at Pettengill House so that children there will feel extra special on their birthdays. The middle school drive for requested donations will run this week. Our middle school art classes, high school students with special needs and other student volunteers, as well as the Kid’s Club at NES are helping to decorate these special bags.

THS is taking on a large scale project based on financial literacy.  All math classes are focusing on different financial literacy topics and will be creating a public awareness financial literacy booklet from their studies. The booklet will then be published and distributed to our greater community.  We thank Salem Five and the Bureau for Consumer Protection for partnering on this project with us.

We are excited to share pictures in the coming weeks of these great projects!  Stay tuned!

Thank you to our grant funding partners: Youth Service America @youthserviceamerica, The Charles Mott Foundation @mottfoundation, and CNCS @nationalservice.

Triton PTA’s Awarded Outstanding School Partner Award

The three Triton elementary school PTA’s have recently been recognized by the Massachusetts Association of School Committees with an Outstanding School Partner Award for 2019. The PTAs have a long history of successfully supporting each of their schools with events, programming, and donations, however they did so separately within their school communities, each with their own culture and priorities.

What made 2019 even more special is that for the first time the three PTA’s came together to create a campaign called “#TritonKind, A Random Act of Kindness Campaign” to encourage the ENTIRE Triton Regional community across all three towns to participate in random acts of kindness.  From collecting food donations for food pantries, to leaving anonymous notes to brighten a stranger’s day, the community watched as kindness grew within the district.  The campaign culminated in two major events that involved all five schools in the district – a Random Acts of Kindness week in February and a “Kindness Rocks!” event in June.

Together with MASC, we applaud the efforts that our three PTAs put into uniting and channeling their creativity and energy into one campaign which benefitted the entire district. We are so lucky to have their support and congratulate them on this acknowledgement of their efforts.

Triton PTAs accept award

Jennifer Roketenetz, SES PTA President, Liz Sforza, NES PTA President, and Sara Spaulding, PGS PTA Treasurer joined by other members of the PTAs officially accept the award,

MSCPA

Triton HS Students Get a Taste of Accounting as a Career at Conference Hosted by the MSCPA

Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants Hosts Six Students Interested in the Profession at Merrimack College

BOSTON, MA—December 5, 2019—The Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA), the professional association of CPAs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, recently previewed what an accounting career future would look like for 91 students, including six students from Triton High School at its “Is Accounting for Me?” conference at Merrimack College on November 22.

The conference included interactive accounting exercises and workshops, discussions about accounting careers and CPA services, information about college programs and student life and a networking lunch. Students heard from CPAs about their jobs and spoke with college accounting majors about their coursework and experience. They also took part in an accounting-based case study competition focusing on personal finances.

Amy Pitter, president and CEO of the MSCPA, said these programs are crucial in building and sustaining a pipeline of young people interested and passionate about the profession.

“Today’s event is the first step in what could be a very exciting and fulfilling career in accounting for these young people,” said Pitter. “Our organization wants to introduce as many students as possible to the many benefits of working as a certified public accountant. The industry is ready and hungry for the next generation.”

Teachers selected the students in attendance based on their aptitude for accounting.

The following seniors from Triton High School attended the event:

Kaia Cohen
Jack Crocker
Bradford Killion
Joseph Luciano
Benjamin Smith
Jack Sullivan

For more information about MSCPA’s outreach to aspiring CPAs and resources for high school and college students, visit cpatrack.com.

About the Massachusetts Society of CPAs
The Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants, Inc. is the state’s professional association of certified public accountants, representing over 11,000 members in public accounting practice, industry and business, government and education. The Society works to develop and maintain high professional standards and offers a wide array of legislative, technical and referral services to its members.

MSCPA Conference

From left to right: Jack Crocker, Jack Sullivan, Benjamin Smith, Joseph Luciano, Bradford Killion, Kaia Cohen

Robotics

Triton Robotics Team Finds Success!

The Triton High School Robotics team competed at the WPI robotics tournament last weekend. All four team’s robots qualified and made it to the semi-finals in the competition. These students are an incredible group of individuals and future engineers! Congratulations!

They are: Gaius Cremin, Adrianna Deeb, Ivy Huang, Tyler Godfrey, Sam Bell, Ross Lyon, Colin Pearson, Sam Nicholson, Matt Lyon, Zach Godfrey, Nate Ewell, Migel Gandet, Eric Buczala, and Jonah Burd
Advisor: Kathy Norton

Triton Robotics Team

An array of fruits and vegetables

Expanding Students’ Produce Palates One Fruit and Vegetable at a Time…!

Salisbury Elementary School was awarded the USDA Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program Grant for School Year 2019-20!  The foods being sampled are showcased on the “Farm Stand” board located in the café.

September 24, 2019 was the start of students at SES being exposed to a variety of healthy fresh fruit and vegetables in school as a result of this FFVP grant.  Small samples are passed out to the classrooms twice a week along with “Food Facts” explaining what the food is, where it comes from, and health benefits of eating it.  Some of the foods being sampled are not typically part of the School Breakfast or School Lunch Programs due to the cost.  To date, SES students have sampled peaches, corn on the cob, kumquats, colorful cherry tomatoes, golden kiwi, celery, blueberries, cauliflower, Asian pears, beets, honeydew melon, and colorful carrots.  Looking ahead to November, they will try red and purple plums, butternut squash, green grapes, red peppers, dragon fruit, kale and apples.  Students, parents, and staff feel this program has been quite a success!  Going to the produce section of the grocery store or farmer markets has a whole new meaning.  Students are now able to identify the many foods they are exposed to in school as a result of this program making it not only tasty but educational.  This grant also complements our Wellness Policy in creating an environment that promotes healthy eating and overall well-being.  Many of the foods are being procured from local MA farms making this program a win-win for everyone!

Monthly menus and fact sheets are posted on the district website under “Food Services; Menus & Memos.”

Happy Munching!  ~ Lucinda Ward, MEd, RD, SNS, Director of Food & Nutrition Services

Student of the Month – Emily Meatty

The Triton School Committee recognized their first Student of the Month for the 2019/2020 School Year at their meeting on October 16th. Congratulations to senior Emily Meatty who was nominated by the entire staff of the REACH program at the high school.

Emily has faced a variety of obstacles over her 17 years but hasn’t let any of them hold her back. Rather than use any of her challenges as an excuse to fall behind, Emily has worked very hard so that she can graduate with her peers this spring. Not only will she graduate, but she was also an honor roll student all last year, even winning the end-of-the-year award for her English class. “Emily is a rock star and a true example of hard work, fortitude, commitment and dedication to graduate from high school,” said Lenora Swerling, Evaluation Team Chairperson. 
 
While students often struggle to determine their path after high school, Emily already has a plan. She will be attending Northern Essex Community College, will be starting her own dog walking business, and eventually hopes to own a doggy day are.  “Emily is one of the most resourceful and hard-working people I know who does not take ‘no’ for an answer,” said Triton teacher Joshua Noble. “In a time when many criticize this generation for not working hard, Emily is an exception.” Congratulations, Emily! We can’t wait to see how your future unfolds.
Student of the Month