Welcome, Tracker, to PGS!

The PGS community is excited to welcome Tracker, a 7-year-old Labrador Retriever owned by Mrs. LaPerriere, to Pine Grove Elementary. Tracker is a certified therapy dog through the Nice Dog Therapy Program as well as a Canine Good Citizen through the AKC.

Empirical evidence has shown that therapy dogs can enhance children’s psychological development, improve social skills, and increase self-esteem among other benefits. Dogs can also teach responsibility, compassion, and respect for other living things. Dogs in the school can be used to calm fears, relieve anxiety, and teach skills.

Below is a summary of the potential benefits of therapy dogs (Data adapted from the Australian Companion Animal Council):

  • Physical – interaction with a furry friend reduces blood pressure, provides tactile stimulation, assists with pain management, gives motivation to move, walk, and stimulates the senses
  • Social – a visit with a dog provides a positive mutual topic for discussion, promotes greater self-esteem and well-being, and focused interaction with others
  • Cognitive – companionship with a dog stimulates memory, problem solving, and game playing
  • Emotional – an adorable four-legged visitor improves self-esteem, acceptance from others, and lifts mood often provoking laughter
  • Environmental – a dog in a facility decreases the feeling of a sterile environment, lifts mood and this continues after visit.
  • Reading – reading to dogs has been proven to help children develop literacy skills and build confidence, through both the calming effect the dog’s presence has on children as well as the fact that a dog will listen to children read without being judgmental or critical. This comforting environment helps to nurture children’s enthusiasm for reading and provides them with the confidence to read aloud.

Before Tracker’s arrival, children and staff will be educated on how to approach and interact with him so as to make the transition for everyone as smooth as possible. Tracker is not the first therapy dog at Triton schools. For several years, Salisbury elementary students enjoyed the company of Warren, a black lab. We look forward to welcoming Tracker to PGS within the next week.

National Honor Society

2018 National Honor Society Induction

On Tuesday, December 11th, 15 Triton High School Students were inducted into Triton High School’s chapter of the National Honor Society. Following a brief yet solemn candlelight ceremony, newly inducted candidates were led in the National Honor Society pledge.  With this pledge, students promised to maintain their high scholastic standing and untarnished character.  They also pledged to endeavor to be courageous leaders and to give of themselves in service to others.

We are very proud of our students and congratulate them on their tremendous accomplishment.

Guest Speaker: James Allen
NHS Officers: Lily Fullford, Anna Behringer, Juliana Orlandi, and Isabella Lesinski
New members:
Jaimeson Bell
Samuel Bell
Eric Buczala
Sarah Burd
Adrianna Deeb
Sophia Dixon
Linda Freeman
Tyler Godfrey
Ivy Huang
Tirth Patel
Samantha Protopapas
Keegan Ritchie
Nicholas Ritchie
Olivia Ritchie
Abigail Wing

National Honor Society Officers 2018 National Honor Society Induction

Triton & Rowley Fire & Police Departments

Fire Extinguished on Roof of Pine Grove School in Rowley – School Declared Safe to Open for the Day

ROWLEY — Fire Chief James Broderick, Police Chief Scott Dumas and Triton Regional School District Superintendent Brian Forget report that a fire was extinguished on the roof of the Pine Grove School Friday morning shortly before the start of the school day.

At approximately 8 a.m., a Rowley firefighter working a fire detail at the Pine Grove School, 191 Main St., reported a fire on the roof of the south wing of the school. Construction workers were doing welding work on the roof at the time.

The fire was able to be contained by the detail firefighter with the help of the construction workers before additional firefighters arrived.

Firefighters arrived on scene minutes later and were able to quickly extinguish the flames.

Due to the size of the building, the scene commander called for mutual aid and fire departments from Ipswich, Newbury and Georgetown responded, with the Topsfield Fire Department providing station coverage.

A preliminary investigation indicates that the temporary insulation on the roof ignited and there was no fire damage caused to the building itself.

Firefighters checked to see if the flames extended to anywhere else in the building and checked each classroom in the school for smoke conditions. All of the classrooms were clear and declared safe to use for the school day.

A construction worker suffered from smoke inhalation and was provided care at the scene by Action Ambulance personnel. The worker declined to go to the hospital. No other injuries were reported.

When the fire was first reported, school had not opened for the day and all school buses en route to the school were diverted to Saint Mary’s Church, across the street, and were kept there until the scene was cleared.

Those who were in the building at the time of the fire were evacuated when the fire alarm went off.

School was opened for the day at 9:45 a.m. and will dismiss at the normal time.

“This is a perfect example of why it is so important to have fire details at construction sites where welding or use of an open flame is being done,” Chief Broderick said. “Our detail firefighter was able to quickly alert the department that the fire was ongoing and helped to contain the flames while we were on our way to the school.”

Further roof work on the building has been suspended for the day and there will be a firefighter detail at the school for the remainder of the school day.

“At this point I am highly confident that students and staff re-entering the building are safe and it’s with that confidence that Chief Broderick and I have authorized them to re-enter,” Superintendent Forget said earlier today. “We do not anticipate any further disruption because of this event, but will be in touch if any details do change. The safety of our students and staff are a top priority so I thank you for your patience and understanding.”


Triton Pre-K & Kindergarten Information Nights Announced

Please save the dates for Triton’s Pre-K and Kindergarten Information Nights at the following times and locations:

Preschool Information Nights:

  • January 24th from 5:30-6:30 pm at Salisbury Elementary School
  • January 30, 2019 from 6:00-7:00 pm at Pine Grove School in Rowley
  • January 31, 2019 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm at Newbury Elementary School

Kindergarten Information Nights:

  • Jan. 22, 2019 from 6:00-7:00 at Pine Grove School in Rowley
  • Jan. 31, 2019 from 5:30-6:30 at Salisbury Elementary School
  • Feb. 7, 2019 from 6:30-7:30 at Newbury Elementary School

For questions or additional information, please feel free to contact the schools directly at the following numbers:

  • Pine Grove School: (978-948-2520)
  • Salisbury Elementary School: (978-463-5852)
  • Newbury Elementary School: (978-465-5353)
Maple Crest Farm

Maple Crest Farm Cut-Your-Own Christmas Tree Program to Aid The Triton Education Foundation

Please consider purchasing your Christmas Tree this season at Maple Crest Farm.  They will once again donate $5.00 for each tree bought to the Triton Education Foundation!  Simply complete a designation form which will be available at the check in/out booth when you go.

As always, the farm will have wagon rides, marshmallow toasting, picture taking opportunities with a cut out Christmas tree,  hot chocolate and Christmas ornament coloring, all included with the price of the tree!

The hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the weekends and by appointment during the week.  Maple Crest Farm is located at 102 Moulton Street, West Newbury, Mass.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact John Elwell at (508) 641-5955.

Triton's Annual Report

Triton’s First Annual Report

We are excited to announce the release of Triton’s first Annual Report which looks back at the 2017/2018 School Year! We invite you to review the report to get a better sense of your schools, including academics and finances, and our successes and challenges.  View the report here, or pick up a printed copy in your Town Hall, Town Library, Council on Aging, or in any of our schools.

Sea Festival of Trees

Triton Night at Sea Festival of Trees

Tuesday, November 20th from 5:00PM – 9:00PM

The Newbury, Pine Grove, and Salisbury PTA’s are your hosts for Triton Night at the Sea Festival of Trees!

$3 off admission + free cookie for residents from Newbury, Rowley, and Salisbury. Show proof of residency or student ID.

The Sixth Annual Sea Festival of Trees is open to the public from Saturday, November 17, through Sunday, December 2. It’s a 15-day holiday wonderland by the sea, located at the Blue Ocean Event Center on Salisbury Beach, Massachusetts.

Get ready for over 150 sparkling holiday trees, holiday stage performances, Seaside Ice rink and skate rentals, visits with Santa and other fun characters, our Giant Gingerbread House, Santa’s Treetop Shop, and Festival Café. All the trees are generously donated by local individuals, businesses, and organizations and are beautifully decorated for your enjoyment. The trees will be raffled off to lucky winners. Proceeds benefit Salisbury Beach Partnership, Inc.‘s Fund to Bring Back the Historic Carousel.

Topsfield Fair

TLC Adult Students Have A Busy First Quarter

For students in the Adult Learning Center at Triton, there is rarely a dull moment. Do you think you could keep up?

Functional academics, life skills and vocational training occur in the classroom in the morning, and in real-time on the road in the afternoon. Since the beginning of school, students have had the opportunity to work at the Morning Buzz Cafe, Flat Bread Pizza, Andyman’s Bakery, Salem Court House, and the Newburyport and Rowley Market Basket Centers.  Additionally, they have explored starting their own community-based business called “Order Up” which would be their own version of Stop and Shop’s Peapod.  Local senior citizens, businesses and school members could order their groceries and enjoy home delivery provided by TLC adult students and staff members.

When not busy working, TLC adult students have connected with other schools and programs, including Opportunity Works, The Arc, and the Newburyport, Pentucket, Haverhill and Topsfield Adult Vocational Programs. They will now be starting a “Circle of Friends” meeting group with Opportunity Works for students in the 18-22+ programs to come together to play cards, cook meals and build friendships.

If that’s not enough, check out some of the other great things the TLC adult students have participated in this year:
  • Attended a self advocacy group for high school/post graduate students in the surrounding areas (6 local high schools attend)
  • Participated in self-defense lessons at the DOJO in Salisbury
  • Taken art classes at Able Hearts in Amesbury
  • Exercised at Body Trends in Salisbury
  • Visited the Audubon and the Parker River Wildlife Refuge Center
  • Walked Hell Cat Trail in Rowley
  • Visited Castle Hill at Cranes Beach in Ipswich, MA
  • Toured downtown Salem and the Peabody Essex Museum
  • Picked Pumpkins at Cider Hill Farm, Amesbury
  • Shopped at Market Basket and cooked delicious meals and baked goods
  • Walked the new Garrison Trail Bike Path on the John Greenleaf Whittier Bridge
  • Explored small businesses at the Northshore and Liberty Tree Malls in Peabody and Danvers
  • Visited local libraries
  • Toured local colleges
  • sWorked on money skills, reading skills, writing/typing skills, communication skills, vocational skills, and social skills
Cooking a Meal Cooking in TLCSalisbury Library DOJO Painting
School Bus

Superintendent Brian Forget Nominated to Special Commission

Triton Superintendent, Brian Forget was recently nominated by Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr as his designee on the Special Commission on Improving Efficiencies in Student Transportation. Established in the fiscal year 2019 budget process, the Special Commission is tasked with making recommendations on how school districts can improve and implement efficiencies in regards to various student transportation issues.

“I appreciate Senator Tarr’s confidence in selecting me, as he is a strong proponent of the Triton Schools and has a clear understanding of the challenges in a regional school district,” said Forget. “I am excited for this opportunity to further educate those outside the regional structure on the many challenges educational finance structures in Massachusetts create for regional schools across the state.”

From a recent, official press release, Senator Adam Hinds, who is the co-chair of the Special Commission said, “The method and formulas by which our public school districts are funded are flawed, and this impacts the budgets of all our schools.”

School transportation was a hot-button issue during the 2018/19 Fiscal Year budget process.  According to MA General Law Chapter 71; Section 16C, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is legally required to fully reimburse regional school districts for transportation costs, subject to appropriation. In recent years, Massachusetts has reduced their funding for these costs, leaving local taxpayers to pick up the tab.  The debate was further fueled after State Auditor Suzanne Bump released her 2017 report, “Supporting Student and Community Success; Updating the Structure and Finance of Massachusetts Regional School Districts” which states that the act of fulfilling its promise to fund 100% of transportation costs would have a massive impact on the budgets of all regional school districts and their contributing towns. In a letter to Governor Baker, Ms. Bump writes, “As a Commonwealth, we must prioritize the public education of our children. Fully funding the Commonwealth’s obligation to these institutions is important not only to incentivize school districts to regionalize, but also to allow the school districts to effectively engage in long-term planning and budgeting so they can meet this most important of responsibilities.”

The commission is scheduled to file its report and recommendations with the clerks of the Senate and the House of Representatives by December 1, 2019.

SES Breakfast Program

Great Success at SES with the Bumble-Bee Breakfast Cart Express!

~ Great Success at SES with the Bumble-Bee Breakfast Cart Express!  Breakfast participation has nearly tripled over last year!  All SES students enjoy hot breakfast in the cafe or a grab-n-go meal at the cart at No-Cost!  Fuel up with breakfast and have an Energized Day! ~