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School Breakfast Program

Breakfast provides students with the nourishment their bodies and minds need to start their day focused and ready to learn.  When students start the day with a healthy meal, they are more likely to retain what they learn in class, behave better, and experience better health outcomes. All Triton Schools offer breakfast daily in a variety of ways and locations to ensure students receive a nutritious meal at the start of their school day.  Paid breakfast is only $1.75, Reduced-price is $0.30 and no charge for free eligibility. *All SES students receive breakfast free of charge regardless of lunch eligibility.

Breakfast – it does the brain and body good!

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Budget Update & Drop-In Meetings

Good Morning,

It is hard to believe that we are already past winter break and March is upon us. Fasten your seat belts, because it will be June before you know it!

With a process that began right after the holiday break back in January, we continue the work of developing the Fiscal 2020 (19/20 school year) budget. The approach taken this year has been quite modest, with our focus centered on maintaining a level services budget. This means any new expenditures reflect costs that are necessary to maintain the same level of programming and services as we have in the current year. As discussed at great length over the past months and years, there are many programs and services we would like to add or restore back into our budget. However, the state budget continues to provide very few new dollars to our district, and therefore any and all increases come on the backs of our member towns and tax payers. You can view any of these previous meetings and budget discussions on the SC YouTube Channel at https://goo.gl/3Bm5R5

The School Committee passed a Tentative Budget on February 13th that requires an increase in spending of roughly $1.7 million dollars, representing level services and increases only as required. You can view the current and past budget documents on our website at www.tritonschools.org/budget, or link directly to the FY20 Tentative Budget document in PDF by clicking HERE.

As is the case with any human services organization, more than 75% of our budget spending is attributed to personnel costs. The fast paced world we live in requires new and innovative ways of addressing student needs and preparing them to be successful beyond graduation. This includes programming for students who perform above our expectation and need additional challenge to reach their potential, as well as those needing more support and intervention to find success. Aside from in district spending, more and more students are being placed in outside placements through Special Education, and those costs continue to increase at rates that can’t be supported without state assistance. As I mentioned previously, there is certainly more that we would like to be doing, but the Tentative Budget as presented and approved maintains the current programming we have in place, and I am hopeful to maintain this for our students.

I am often asked why our slow and steady decreasing student enrollment doesn’t allow costs to decrease as well. I created a brief video that hopefully helps explain the reasoning behind the disconnect between student enrollment and overall costs. It is posted it on my YouTube Channel at https://youtu.be/2ZRUk164QMw.

The figures as approved present a particularly challenging assessment increase for Salisbury as the student enrollment shifts continue to place more of the burden on them. As we continue to work through this process with the School Committee and our member town officials, we have several upcoming opportunities for you to provide feedback on the district budget.

  • Public Hearing:  We have the formal Public Hearing on the Tentative Budget this Wednesday, February 27th at 7:00 PM in the High School Library. This is a regular, televised School Committee meeting. As is always the case at a public hearing, the Committee will listen but will not respond to information presented until the following week when they deliberate on March 6th at 7:00 PM.
  • Budget “Drop In” Meetings:  New this year, we have setup a time in each town to be available to answer questions about the district budget. There is no formal presentation planned, but this is an opportunity for anyone from the community to drop in and ask any questions about this year’s budget, or our spending or programs in general. Our Business Administrator, Michelle Cresta, and I will be present, along with some Committee members. We have set a time to meet in each town, but anyone is welcome at any of the meetings, and I am hopeful the selection of days and times offer flexibility to allow those interested to stop in to ask questions. The locations and times are as follows, and Facebook users can click the link to the right of each listing to go to the Facebook Event for that meeting:

Monday, March 4th:  Rowley Town Library — 10:00 AM — Facebook Event

Tuesday, March 5th:  Newbury Town Library — 11:00 AM — Facebook Event

Wednesday, March 6th:  Salisbury Town Library — 1:00 PM — Facebook Event

As I have mentioned previously, we continue our advocacy efforts at the state level, so watch for updates on how you can help as the state process ‘ramps up’ in the coming weeks. Our united voice as an entire Triton Community is important as we look to ensure our legislators and state officials understand the impacts of their failed state funding formula.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Sincerely,
Brian

Triton Viking

High School Principal Appointed – Introducing Mr. Patrick Kelley

With great anticipation and excitement for the leadership and innovation he will bring to the high school and our district at large, I am proud to announce I have appointed Mr. Patrick Kelley to be the next principal of Triton High School. Mr. Kelley will not begin his role officially until July 1, 2019, but there will be many opportunities between now and then for the students, staff, and community at large to meet Mr. Kelley. He will be present at the School Committee Budget Hearing on February 27th, and look for more information throughout the spring for more opportunities.

Mr. Kelley comes to Triton from his current role as Assistant Principal of Holliston High School, where he has served a similarly-sized high school for the past five years. During that time Patrick demonstrated his leadership in improving the educational experience for all students, and he became a valued and cherished member of their community. Prior to 2014 when he began his tenure in Holliston, Mr. Kelley was a History teacher at both Marblehead and Sharon High Schools. Patrick and his wife are both educators, and they have two young sons. We are very eager to have Patrick join the Viking Nation, and he looks forward to moving to the local area with his family.

My appointment of Mr. Kelley was made following an intensive three round process. The first round included representative panels of parents, faculty/staff, and administrators where each candidate spent a half day on site, interviewing separately with each panel. From those interviews, four semifinalists were moved forward to a second round of interviews with a combined panel of faculty, parents, and administrators. While I had anticipated naming 2 or 3 finalists for a third round, Mr. Kelley emerged as the unanimous favorite of all panel members after the first two rounds. Patrick returned this past Wednesday, February 13th for the full afternoon as the lone finalist to continue the interview process, including a chance to meet with student council representatives and me. The time here on Wednesday very clearly confirmed what I had already believed to be the case, that Patrick Kelley is the right person to lead Triton High School.

As previously mentioned, there will be opportunities to meet Mr. Kelley as we progress through the late winter and spring. If you have any questions about Patrick’s appointment or the process, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,
Brian

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Whittier Tech School Committee Open Seats

Rowley and Salisbury Community Members,

The Triton Regional School Committee is responsible for appointing our towns’ representatives to the Whittier Regional Vocational Technical School Committee. We were recently notified that the Salisbury and Rowley seats will be up for appointment in March 2019. Each seat would be for a 3 year term, and candidates must be a registered voter in the specified town. More information about the Whittier Regional Vocational Technical School Committee, including the upcoming meeting schedule, can be found at https://whittiertech.org/district-landing#school-committee. If you are interested in applying for one of these seats, please submit a short letter of interest by mail to Triton Regional School Committee, 112 Elm Street, Byfield, MA 01922 or by email to [email protected] by January 31, 2019. The Triton Regional School Committee will discuss and vote on the appointments at its meeting on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 7:00 PM. Thank you,

Nerissa Wallen

Chair, Triton Regional School Committee

Triton Education Foundation

Triton Education Foundation Appreciation

How much do you know about the Triton Education Foundation? Without this amazing group of parent and community volunteers, our schools would not have nearly as many opportunities to work with the latest technology, enhance student learning, or experience projects and programs outside of the normal school budget.  The Triton Education Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) charitable foundation that supports all five schools in the three towns of Rowley, Salisbury and Newbury.

Through their hard work so far this year, TEF has provided financial support in the following areas:

  • Chromebooks for classrooms in the High School Special Education department, Foreign Language Department, & History Department, as well as the Writing Lab in the Middle School.
  • Funds to hire a Science MCAS tutor to help prepare students for the Biology MCAS retest
  • Organic model kits for high school science teacher, Dr. Moore
  • Funds for a chiller for a marine aquarium in the high school
  • Funds to order science probes in the high school
  • Funds to purchase REFLEX Math for all 3rd graders at NES

We are so very fortunate to have such a wonderful group of people helping our schools to give the best to our students.  They rarely turn down a request for help, and always work to find a way to support and work with our teachers and faculty.  As a district, we are able to do so much more because of their efforts and work! Thank you, TEF!

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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.”

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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.