As you may remember, an initial round of informal ‘drop in’ budget meetings were scheduled early in March, prior to the School Committee voting a final budget on March 13th. These sessions had no specific format or agenda, but gave an opportunity for anyone from our communities to come and ask questions about our current budget, or spending on education overall. These were scheduled during the day at each town’s public library in an attempt to offer a different time and venue, as the vast majority of our budget meetings occur in the evening at the high school or in town halls. Those who did attend the meetings shared that the opportunity for informal discussion was helpful and should be repeated. Further, there were several who shared that they could not make a daytime meeting, but would like to attend an evening session.
To that end, we have scheduled another round of these drop in meetings in each town in April and May, prior to that town’s Annual Town Meeting. We have reserved the space from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, but since there is no formal presentation, please feel free to drop in at any time during that window to join the discussion.
- Newbury Public Library – Monday, April 8, 2019 at 6:00 PM : Facebook Event
- Rowley Public Library – Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 6:00 PM : Facebook Event
- Salisbury Public Library – Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 6:00 PM : Facebook Event
Following last year’s win in the Massachusetts Stock Market Game, now Junior Joseph Luciano has achieved first place in the DECA Stock Market Game! He and fellow Junior Benjamin Smith, who attained an impressive 13th place, will be headed to Florida to participate in the Stock Market Game at the 2019 DECA International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Orlando, Florida next month. While there, the students will defend their investment decisions with a 10-page written document describing their stock market investing project along with a 15-minute oral presentation.
The Stock Market Game is an online simulation of the global capital markets that engages students in the world of economics, investing and personal finance. Achievement in the game is based on real companies and the actual stock prices of those companies. Students receive a “virtual” $100,000 to invest in the stocks of real companies of their choice, and gain earnings based on actual company stock performance.
Joe and Ben participated in the DECA Stock Market Game in the North Atlantic region which included 1,165 participants from the following regions: New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Delaware, District of Colombia, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Ontario Canada, and Germany.
In this year’s DECA Stock Market Game Competition, Joe achieved $88,956 in realized gains in approximately 3 months’ time.
Congratulations, gentlemen! We see a bright future ahead for you both!
It is with great pleasure that the Triton Athletic Hall of Fame committee announces the class of 2019 inductees to the Triton Athletic Hall of Fame. On June 11, 2019 the following individuals, team and coach will be honored for their athletic accomplishments and contributions during their time at Triton High School. A banquet in their honor sponsored by the Triton Education Foundation will held at Seaglass Restaurant in Salisbury, MA beginning at 6:00 PM. We would like to invite anyone that would like to attend and honor these guests to visit www.trsdathletic.net to order tickets for this exciting event.
Glenn Bateman ‘79
Svet Wilson ‘03
Cam Kneeland ‘08
Keely Maguire ‘08
2008 Girls outdoor Track Team
Merite inductee Mike Carey 1971 – 2006
As budget deficits plague the nation, public schools, school committees and superintendent’s offices are put in the unfortunate position of finding creative ways to finance programs and curriculums that teach our students lifelong skills, or lose them. Among these critical programs is performing arts. Data shows performing arts provide children with outlets for self-expression, discovery and creativity; that they boost confidence, help develop cognitive abilities, and improve communication skills.
Currently, Educational Theatre Association, International Thespian Society, American Alliance of Theatre & Education, and Theater in Our Schools have partnered to raise public awareness of the impact of theater education and draw attention to the need for more access to quality programs for all students. They are using March and April 2019 to officially promote community and school-based events and celebrations nationwide.
In conjunction with the nationwide efforts and to ensure Triton’s theater arts longevity, the district applied for and was awarded a two year grant of $46,920.00 to develop a self-sustaining performing arts program. Triton has partnered with Theater in Our Schools to not only raise awareness inside the school walls, but also into the community and beyond, through the Middle School’s production of Disney’s Aladdin. The Middle School program has extended an invitation to all students in grades 5-9 in the district to participate in the musical, in an effort to ensure Triton’s theater arts longevity.
Aladdin will be performed on Friday, April 5th at 7pm and Saturday, April 6th at 2pm and 7pm at the Triton High School Auditorium. Thanks to the support and creativity of an administration that believes in the arts, Triton is on its way to creating a self-sustaining, high-quality and enduring districtwide performing arts program.
The School Committee approved the calendar for next year, including the half days for professional development. We have been discussing alternative options for our half day professional development days through the year. These have traditionally been held on Fridays, and they are an early release for students with PD in the afternoon for educators. The idea of flipping that arrangement was raised and discussed as it has been successful in other districts. This would mean that we hold professional development in the morning, and then students arrive late to school (by lunchtime) with a routine afternoon including all after school activities.
With over 820 responses to the brief survey that was sent out to families and educators, the overwhelming response was in favor of keeping the current arrangement. While we will continue to discuss other options for future years, I recommended no change from our existing schedule for next year, and the School Committee approved the calendar under those assumptions. The calendar is posted online at https://www.tritonschools.org/2019-2020-school-year-calendar/. You can get to this year’s calendar, next year’s calendar, or the Google calendar of current events by hovering over the “Calendar” link at the top/right of our main website.
The School Committee approved a Final FY20 Operating Budget at their meeting on Wednesday evening March 13th. The $42.4M spending plan represents a 4.14% spending increase over the current year, and reflects the spending necessary to carry the same level of services from the current year into next. I am very pleased to report that no cuts to staffing or programs are assumed in this budget, and there is a small restoration from prior cuts by adding back late buses two days per week at the Middle and High School campus only.
The full budget can be found on our website at https://www.tritonschools.org/district/triton-district-budget/fy-2020-budget/. As we continue our drive to engage our entire community in the fight for adequate education funding from the State, I would encourage you to take a look at the budget document, particularly the “story” contained in the first 13 or so pages. We need a unified voice with our state legislators, and more information with template letters and scripts will be coming as we progress through the spring and the state budget process. Your voice matters!
The assessments resulting from this budget vary by town, with a particularly challenging increase for Salisbury based on student enrollment. If you have specific questions about these figures and their impact, I would be more than happy to speak with you in person or by phone to clarify. We will also be planning additional budget “drop in” meetings in the evening later in March and early April. The times scheduled during the day last week were helpful and clarifying for those who joined us, and a similar evening opportunity was suggested. I look forward to more discussions to ensure everyone is clear on our overall budget, and the many contributing factors to the annual increases.
The Triton School Committee was pleased to announce the recipient of their first “Student of the Month” award last night, to a very well-deserving senior, Alice Thornton. Alice is in the top 10% of her class academically, is a member of NHS, women’s choir, and swim team, works part-time at a senior living facility, and has been a Girl Scout since 2nd grade, a role that requires true commitment and dedication to community service. However, it was not just these achievements that made Alice stand out to the School Committee members. What truly makes Alice exceptional is her character.
Alice is described as the “definition of a quiet leader.” She is “exceedingly polite,” kind, confident, and has “an exceptional level of maturity.” She is said to challenge herself without being asked, and is consistently the first person to offer help to her peers in school. Unfortunately, Alice’s maturity may be due in part to challenges she has faced, however those challenges have motivated her to lead a life that will leave the world better than it was before. Her hope for the future is to go to college and become a research scientist within the biomedical field with the aim of helping people live healthier and happier lives. With such a wonderful character and noble purpose, the Triton community is proud to call her one of our own. Congratulations, Alice.
I trust this message finds you well and enjoying a little sunshine and warmer temps after a very wintry start to March.
Our job as an educational institution is to prepare our students to be successful beyond our walls, and that is our greatest priority here in the Triton Schools. However, in order to ensure that level of success, students and educators need to have confidence in the safety and security of our schools and buildings, so this must take equal precedence. Our safety committees meet monthly across the district as they always have, but in the light of tragic events in recent months and years, we have continued to update our policies and procedures to be prepared for an active shooter situation. To that end, and as you know, the district is in the process of implementing the A.L.I.C.E. protocol.
A.L.I.C.E. is an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate, and is endorsed by federal and state security agencies and all three of our local Police Departments. Though we hope we never have to face an active shooter incident in any of our schools, we must prepare and train for such an event to ensure the safety of our students and staff.
A.L.I.C.E. uses information in a way that allows staff and students to make informed decisions in a crisis situation and to protect as many people as possible by moving away from the danger zone. A.L.I.C.E. is not a protocol that is useful only for schools, as it provides training that can be used beyond school walls in the community and ensures the highest rate of survival during a crisis. All staff have been trained since the start of this school year, and we have conducted internal drills and exercises to prepare for introduction of the concepts to students later this spring.
The next step in the implementation process is an Information Session for all Parents, Guardians, and the Community. This presentation and discussion is scheduled for Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 6:30 PM in the High School Auditorium. Our ALICE Trainers, Administrators from all our schools, and the chiefs and officers from the Newbury, Rowley, and Salisbury Police Departments will be presenting on this evening. The time will be structured with a brief overview of the protocols and our response, with extensive time set aside for questions and answers from those in attendance. I encourage you to attend this session.
There will be no drills or discussions with students before this event on April 9th. We will outline our next steps further at this event, but before any drills are conducted with students, we will work to help them understand the safety procedures at a developmentally and age appropriate level.
We look forward to sharing this information with you, and your participation in this session. Please contact me via the email or phone below with any questions.
On Tuesday April 2nd the Triton Regional School District will be hosting a presentation on gender education facilitated by Jeff Perotti, renowned expert in the field of Gender Education – Creating a Safe School Climate and founding director of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ students.
All are welcome to attend this informative presentation and discussion with Jeff. This event is open to all parents, students (appropriate for all ages) and community members in the Triton District and beyond.
Light refreshments will be served starting at 6:00 PM, with the presentation beginning at 6:30 PM. We hope you are able to attend.
For more event details please see the attached information. If you have questions, please contact Maureen Heffernan, TRSD School Committee Vice Chairperson at [email protected].
Triton Regional School District
112 Elm Street
Byfield, MA 01922
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