NES Kindergarten Information Night Postponed

Due to the weather, the NES Kindergarten Information Night scheduled for this evening has been postponed and will now be held on Wednesday, February 8th at 6:30 pm.

Triton Night at Sea Festival of Trees – 11/22

Looking to get in a festive spirit? “Triton Night at SeaFestival of Trees” is Tuesday, November 22, 2016. Students and residents of Newbury, Byfield, Rowley, and Salisbury receive discounted admission, free hot cocoa and a cookie! Admission is only $2. The money raised at the festival benefits Anna Jaques Hospital and the Salisbury Beach Partnership.

This year our district is showcasing four trees! Salisbury Elementary School, the Salisbury Elementary PTA, Triton, and TALC are all donating trees.

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Superintendent Forget Announces Listening Forums at All Schools

 

A letter from Superintendent Forget:

As I have previously mentioned, I am conducting a formal entry planning process that includes a vast array of listening meetings to hear from all constituencies across the Triton district. I have completed 32 meetings to date that include private interviews, as well as public meetings with groups including staff, the Triton SEPAC and Boards of Selectmen. Through these dialogues, I have been able receive clarity on some issues, and provide clarity to some on others. With 32 meetings under my belt, and another 30+ to go, I have already learned invaluable information about our district that will help guide us as we look to celebrate our successes while striving to continually make our schools better.

I have scheduled an open forum style meeting for you as parents and guardians at each of the 5 schools in the coming weeks. With an eye towards learning what we do well and where we need to improve, your perspective as parents and guardians is unique, and can differ significantly from school to school. That is the basis for scheduling meetings at each location.

The following are the dates scheduled for these listening forums.

Newbury Elementary: Monday, November 21st at 7:00 PM – NES Auditorium
Pine Grove School: Wednesday, November 30th at 7:00 PM – PGS All Purpose Room
Salisbury Elementary School: Monday, November 28th at 7:00 PM – SES Library
Middle School: Monday, December 12th at 7:00 PM – Middle School library
High School: Monday, December 19th at 7:00 PM – High School Library

My intentions from these sessions are not to identify those that shared the information in my public findings in the spring, but to look at those data points among many to find trends and patterns of our collective beliefs. That said, if there is information that you believe is important for me to know, but while sitting there you feel it is not something that is not productive to share in an open forum, I would be happy to hear from you directly or to meet with you personally afterwards. You can contact me directly via email or by phone.

I look forward to your thoughts, and encourage everyone to come and participate in these sessions.

Brian

Triton Community Celebrates Grand Opening of Triton Memorial Field at Institution for Savings Stadium

The Triton Regional School District is pleased to announce the Grand Opening of Triton Memorial Field at Institution for Savings Stadium at the Middle and High School campus.  The opening ceremony will take place prior to the home opener football game on October 14th, 2016 at 6:45pm, with the kickoff scheduled for 7pm.  On the agenda are welcoming remarks by Institution for Savings President, Michael Jones, Athletic Director Sean McInnis, and student athlete Erin Savage.  

Students from all grades and schools will play a large part in the celebration. The memorial ticket and poster have been designed by student artists, student athletes from all sports teams will meet and greet the community, and elementary school band students have been invited to play The National Anthem alongside the High School & Middle School bands prior to Kickoff. Additionally, to help spread the word and generate excitement among lower grades, high school students accompanied by the Triton Viking are scheduled to visit and greet students at each elementary school the week of the Grand Opening. The half-time show will feature the Triton Viking Cheerleaders, a performance by the Triton Marching Band and a special event sponsored by Arthur S. Page Insurance Company: A chance to win $10,000 for a successful 40-yard field goal! Stay tuned for details on how to enter!

The Triton Stadium is a state-of-the-art facility that replaces the former stadium that was in complete disrepair.  The new stadium features a full amenities building, full width soccer pitch, full 8 lane straight/ 6 lane oval track, track timing system, team room, and a one-of-a-kind location with views of the marsh that can’t be beat.  The stadium will seat 1,512, with additional standing room that will increase capacity by approximately another 1,000 spectators. The stadium and fields will be used by a number of different fall and spring sports teams including Football, Field Hockey, Boys & Girls Soccer, Marching Band, Color Guard, Boys & Girls Lacrosse, and Boys & Girls Track & Field. Baseball, Softball and Cross Country will also use the fields for practice.

There were many people involved who made the new Stadium a reality. Thank you to the Town Officials and the towns of Newbury, Rowley and Salisbury for supporting the project, The Institution for Savings and officers Mike Jones, President and Kim Rock, Executive Vice President, and the Triton Education Foundation.

Online tickets to the Home Opener are on sale now thru Thursday October 13th by clicking here. Tickets will also be available for advance sale on Wednesday and Thursday, October 12 and 13th, at the high School, and at the door the night of the game.  Tickets are $4 for students and Seniors, $6 for Adults.

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Save the Date for the American Music & Harvest Festival – 9/24/16

American Music & Harvest Festival Continues Tradition of Bringing Best of New England Music to Historic Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm 

Sixth Annual Event raises money for schools with live music, local food, and fun for the whole family on a historic Newbury farm.

NEWBURY, Mass. (August 2, 2016) – The 6th annual American Music & Harvest Festival will be Saturday, September 24 at Historic New England’s Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury, Massachusetts. Through a generous donation by Institution for Savings, the day-long family event will feature music, vintage base ball, and farm activities. This year’s gathering will feature Boston rockers Watts, funk fan favorites Das Pintos, Western Mass darlings The Fawns, along with Bulgarian surf guitar, New Orleans brass bands, a rousing sea shanty sing-along, and local food and fresh brew.
Keeping with and expanding upon festival tradition, proceeds from the American Music & Harvest Festival will be donated to the Amesbury, Georgetown, Gloucester, Ipswich, Masconomet, Newburyport , Pentucket, Rockport, and Triton Education Foundations, The Immaculate Conception School and the River Valley Charter School Foundation.
“We are honored to be a part of the 6th annual American Music & Harvest Festival.  This is an amazing community event where we can bring 11 education foundations together to celebrate their schools, their community, the fall harvest and enjoy great music, great food  and vintage baseball” said Megan Ashe, president of Newburyport Education Foundation. “We truly believe the festival will continue to be a true community event for many years to come. Once again, there will be something for everyone–fantastic food and beer vendors, vintage baseball, and kid friendly activities to celebrate the harvest season such as tractor rides, cider pressing and a husking bee. We are so thankful to the Institution for Savings for their continued generous investment in our community.”

The day also features triple-headers with the Essex Base Ball Association, which plays using rules and uniforms from the 1860’s, and teams from around New England.

Proposed schedule for the day is:

10:00 – 12:00 Community stage featuring the Chuck Walker Trio and the Greater Newburyport Children’s Chorus
12:00   King Carubia’s Hot Society Band
1:00     B11
2:00    Soggy Po Boys
3:00    The Fawns
4:00     Watts
5:00     Das Pintos
6:00     Freevolt

Tickets for the American Music & Harvest Festival can be purchased in advance at http://www.newburyportef.org  or at the event. Advance ticket prices are $15 individual/$30 fam. (2 adults & all kids), and day-of tickets are $20/individual, $15/Historic New England member, $40/family (2 adults & all kids). The event location is Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Littles Lane, Newbury, Massachusetts, 10:00AM – 7:00 PM Saturday, September 24.

The Newburyport Education Foundation (NEF) is the organizer and primary sponsor of this community event to benefit local education foundations and schools. Institution for Savings is the title sponsor. Proceeds from ticket sales to benefit: The Amesbury, Georgetown, Gloucester, Ipswich, Masconomet, Newburyport , Pentucket, Rockport, and Triton Education Foundations;
The Immaculate Conception School; and the River Valley Charter School Foundation. Festival attendees may select their preferred recipient of their ticket funds when purchasing tickets. The event is sponsored by Institution for Savings. Additional sponsors include Newburyport Brewing Company, Oregano Restaurant, Historic New England, Ipswich Ale Brewery, and SEL Designs

For more information, please visit http://www.newburyportef.org/what-we-do/events/music-festival/

About the Newburyport Education Foundation (NEF) The Mission of the Newburyport Education Foundation is to bring philanthropy into the Newburyport Public Schools and generate financial resources that will enhance the quality of public education throughout the school system. Formed to enhance educational opportunities for the city’s public school children, the goal of the Newburyport Education Foundation is to supplement funding for programs which are already supported by public financing at a basic level, but which can be substantially improved by additional private sector financing, and to finance programs that might not receive funding from traditional sources such as the district budget or state aid.

For more information about the Newburyport Education Foundation or email [email protected], or  visit www.NewburyportEF.org.

 

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Welcome Back from Superintendent Forget

Good Afternoon,

The summer is winding down, and our attention turns to welcoming back students for another school year. I am looking forward to seeing the halls and classrooms bustling with students and teachers, abuzz with excitement and energy as old friends reconnect, and new friendships are formed. I hope your summer was good and relaxing, and that everyone is ready for a return to the fall routines.

As is true in any summer, transitions were made, as some faculty and staff retired or moved on and new educators have been hired in their place. I am truly appreciative to those that have served Triton students in the past, whether for a short period of time, or those that dedicated their entire career spanning decades to the betterment of our children. Detailed information will be coming out about new hires through your child(ren)’s school(s), but I am confident you will find that our newest recruits will show the same passion and dedication to your children that you’ve come to expect from Triton educators.

As I begin my first year as Superintendent, I wanted to express how thrilled I am to have been given the opportunity to serve your children in this new role. I am excited about the challenges and opportunities this coming year will present, and look forward to working to ensure that our students have the greatest opportunities for success in academics, artistic performance, and in athletic competition. Your children deserve our very best, and it is my commitment to ensure that is what they receive.

The final details are coming into place, as schedules and class lists have been shared, and bus routes have been posted online. The school year calendar was approved last spring, and I the final version can be found here.  Students return on Tuesday, September 6th, with preschool programs starting the following week.

If there is ever a question I can answer, my door is always open. I look forward to the 2016/2017 school year, and wish you a wonderful final full week of summer next week.

Respectfully,

Brian

Teacher Assignments: Wednesday, August 17th

A reminder to parents: Teacher assignments will be released on Wednesday, August 17th. In order to find your child(ren)’s teacher for the 2016-17 school year, please log on to ASPEN using the following link: https://ma-triton.myfollett.com/aspen/logon.do.

Usernames typically follow the format “fam-FirstInitialLastname.” (example: fam-jsmith for Jane Smith) and are usually under the mother’s name.  If you need assistance, please enter a HelpDesk ticket via email or visit https://www.tritonschools.org/students-parents/aspen-help/ for additional information.

PLEASE NOTE: all elementary parents will be getting an email tomorrow (8/17) with their child’s placement. ASPEN login will not be necessary.

Triton Studens Make Strong Showing on PARCC Test

In the spring, the PARCC tests were administered to students in the Triton elementary and middle school.  The district had decided to administer the PARCC rather than the MCAS tests because the former are aligned with state standards for English Language Arts and Math, whereas the MCAS tests are not. Further even if the PARCC tests are not adopted in their entirety it is clear that they represent the direction in which the state is moving.  Given that the PARCC tests are designed to be more rigorous than the MCAS tests, this year’s results were anticipated with some trepidation.

In practice, the Triton students made a very strong showing. Across the district as a whole the results in English Language Arts for Grades 3 through 6 were better than the previous year’s MCAS scores.  In Grade 7 they matched the 2014 MCAS scores, and were a little below in Grade 8.

The general view has been that Math would provide the greater challenge. Here, Triton results were lower than the prior year’s MCAS scores, but were nevertheless better than the state average.

The improvement in student achievement was also reflected in student growth indicators.

Commenting on the results Superintendent Christopher Farmer said, “What students and their teachers have achieved is enormously encouraging. Notwithstanding the fact that we try not to teach to the test, the students have shown their mettle when challenged by more rigorous assessments than the MCAS. Whatever the state puts in place in the form of MCAS 2.0 we have shown that we are on the right track.”

The state has mandated that Triton students will take the PARCC tests again next year while it develops an updated version of MCAS. High school students will continue to take the MCAS tests this year as they are a graduation requirement.

Grades 1 -12 District Engineering/Technology and Computer Programming

Triton Regional School District will be offering a comprehensive Engineering/Technology and Computer Programming curriculum in Grades 1 -12 beginning this school year.

The comprehensive program will be implemented by the Technology specialists of the five schools where they will facilitate the learning and exploration of Engineering concepts using the Engineering is Elementary curriculum units (EIE) offered by the Museum of Science in Grades 1 – 8. Students in Grades 3- 5 will also begin learning how to program using Scratch 2.0 computer software and Microsoft EXCEL and students in Grades 6 – 8 will program using Alice 4.0 computer software and Microsoft EXCEL. This new program, which aligns with the new Massachusetts state 21st Century STEM standards, will enhance students’ ability to think logically and methodically as they sequence through learning how to code. This will in turn afford students with fundamental skills in problem solving as they matriculate through school. Increasing one’s ability to think logically is a skill that will prepare our students for college and careers. On a global scale, there will be 1.4 million computer programming jobs available by 2020. By offering Engineering and Computer Programming in our district we provide our students with greater options when applying to college and seeking employment in the job market. In a world where the current job market is flooded with Computer Programming positions, Triton students will leave their footprint leading the charge in Computer Science and Engineering domain.

The middle and high school will continue its efforts offering a wide array of Engineering/Technology and computer programming classes in Grades 7 – 12. Engineering classes include Engineering Technology 1, 2 and 3, web design, 3D design software programs and a computer science program, which includes BASIC/Visual BASIC, C++ Programming and Robotics and AP Computer Science.

We have put Triton on the 21st Century STEM map and are providing our students with college and career readiness in Engineering/Technology and Computer Programming.

Triton School District Completes School-Wide Website Updates

True to the district’s commitment to technology and functionality upgrades, the final stages of website redesigns have been accomplished with the completion of the Middle School and three Elementary school websites.  These websites join the already updated District, High School and Athletic sites.  Not only do the websites now all share a cohesive look and feel, but the information within has also been organized in such a way as to make it as user-friendly and easy to navigate as possible.  Additionally, each site employs custom features and menus to cater to the specific needs of each of the website’s users. The websites are built with mobile functionality to adjust for parents and students on the go who may be using smartphones and tablets, as well as calendars that can be subscribed to in order to follow important events. The websites are fully developed, but will continue to be a work in progress as they continue to build out the available content.

With the vast number of browsers and operating systems, each one responds differently to changes. As such, you may have to use the ‘refresh’ or ‘reload’ button on your browser for the new site to show accurately. Further, there may be a need to empty the browser cache to remove all history of the old site.

In conjunction with the completion of the websites, the district has updated its website address (URL). You will notice that www.trsd.net will automatically redirect to www.tritonschools.org.  Additionally, the email addresses of all teachers and staff have been updated to [email protected].  Please note that the old website address and all email addresses will continue to work indefinitely. Messages sent to the old addresses will continue to forward to the correct people, and replies will now come from the new address.

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