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!
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]
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!
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/
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!
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:
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.
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:
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.
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
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
Triton Regional School District
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Byfield, MA 01922
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